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Crime - Stone Brewing Co.

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366 Ratings
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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 36.92%
Wants: 13
Gots: 87 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"What do you call it when Greg takes his entire harvest
bounty of chili pepper varieties from his own personal garden, take half of them and add to...and thus ruin...an otherwise beautiful oak barrel of Double Dry Hopped Lukcy Basartd Ale?"

A: "A Crime!"


Q: "What do you call it when you take a sip of oak barrel aged Double Bastard Ale that's had the other half of the bounty of chili peppers from Greg's home garden ceremoniously added in, resulting in a punishingly intense level of hot pepper heat to an already overly intense beer whose elevated alcohol level caused a significant transference of pain-inducing

A: "Punishment."


(Beer added by: womencantsail on 02-06-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

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New York

3/5  rDev +7.5%

12-11-2013 21:34:00 | More by sneaks2210
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New Hampshire

3.41/5  rDev +22.2%

Cheers to my heterosexual life partner in crime Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Disclaimer: I love spicy food. And hot sauce. This has a substantial impact on my impression of this beer.

Consumed 12/11/13

Appearance: Medium amber, with some caramel and reddish colors - lightly cloudy - pours with a very small, off-white head - fades to very little, but leaves some nice lacing

Smell: Peppers, peppers everywhere - fleshy, ripe peppers, with skin and some seeds - definitely some varieties I'm unfamiliar with, but they are definitely peppers - some hints of Arrogant and Double Bastard underneath, but it's mostly overpowered by the pepper explosion - some bourbon, too - kind of smells like a hot sauce, honestly

Taste: I feel like the phrase "refreshing pain" is the most accurate description of the flavor - very hot, very spicy - not extreme though (this is definitely not the hottest chile beer I've had) - not really painful in a bad way, more painful in a reinvigorating way - charmingly spicy - some nice chili pepper flavor - I would put this in my chili - the base works pretty well, with some cooked malts, roasted malts - some earthiness - some bourbon as well, which doesn't entirely work with the rest of the flavors - but really, this is all about the peppers

Mouthfeel: Medium body, oily (thanks to all the peppers), decent carbonation, certainly nice as a sipper

Overall: Feels so good on my skin!

This is a unique chile beer. It's not the hottest I've had. I would say that fresh Twisted Pine Ghost Face Killah (which is a good beer) and Cave Creek Chili Beer (which is undrinkable) are definitely hotter. This beer features a reasonable amount of heat, if you are someone that is accustomed to adding hot sauce to everything.

12-11-2013 07:13:29 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


4.05/5  rDev +45.2%

Appearance: Slightly hazed copper red. Head is off-white and almost instantly drops to a wispy cap and tiny bubbly collar. No lacing. Minimal carbonation on the pour. Looks like the base beer.

Smell: Malty sweetness. Some caramel and the cooked and caramelized malt sweetness I expect from the Bastard beers. Huge push of chiles. Adds a nice vegetal aroma as well as a complex spiciness. Rich and slightly earthy. Bourbon influence is buried deep. A touch of vanilla and alcohol. A nice balance of sweet, barrel, and chile. A touch of deeper toffee thrown in the mix.

Taste: There's heat and it builds with each sip. Vegetal with a ton of chile flavor. Layers of spiciness. Hits bright up front with a potent peppery spice on the middle and a lingering spice on the back of the tongue and lips. Malts offer some sort of counter, but it's minimal. Some caramel sweetness with a touch of toffee. Bourbon influence is truly minimal. Some vanilla and oak running through the back. It's all about the peppers. Alcohol pushes through as well. It's a boozy chile beer and unapologetically so. Slight solvent-like finish thanks to the sheer spice of the pepper. Pushes hard, but the malts are a nice counterpoint to the whole experience. Slight push of oily pine on the back.

Mouthfeel: A touch creamy up front. Medium body with minimal carbonation. Clean other than the lingering heat.

Overall: Better than most Russian literature.

A solid chile beer. Spicy and then some. It's not so hot it melts your face, but it's not for the faint of heart. The peppers add a nice vegetal depth to the mix. I'll take another.

12-11-2013 06:58:41 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +26.5%

A beer that makes no sense in the fact that one or even 3 people can't finish the bottle. It is very hot to the point of making it impossible to finish. In a sample pour it makes sense as the base beer is very well made ( of course) and the peppers are big and powerful. For the style it a great beer as it really pushes the limits of heat and flavour. Worth trying but you need friends.

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1.2/5  rDev -57%

This is indeed a crime.

A: I always give beers a 5 for appearance because I don't think the appearance of a beer should detract from its rating, If I could have given this beer 1s across the board, I would.
This one had a nice burnt amber color.

S: god awful. Smells like plastic honestly.

T: Complete mess. No pleasant taste what so ever, just hot peppers.

M: Pain? Just pain.

O: Its a shame that Stone would make such garbage, its even a bigger shame they'd make it so expensive. This bottle was $18 I think? More than $1 per ounce for a drain pour? Such a waste of money and barrels.

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New York

3.53/5  rDev +26.5%

A: looks like the other members of the 'Bastard line - deep dark amber with a tan head as big as you'd like that leaves ample thick lace behind as it recedes

S: mild chewy caramel and toffee malts and airs of bourbon barrels, suggestions of the peppery heart contained within

T: the chile in the beer overwhelms all other flavors - and I like heat in food and drink - but the bourbon can't rise above the chile heat, and the malts are but a shadow in the background; any hops used or yeasts are all left to the imagination, as the heat will hit you immediately and shut down your palate for the most part

M: medium bodied beer, slick and smooth, but the heat from the chiles will light your mouth and lip on fire

O: I liked the beer, but wouldn't return to it - a $20 bottle of pepper spray - as it is, I've got it's counterpart, Punishment, on tap, and I'm sure I'll enjoy it, but the beer lacks nuance - and it's a shame, too - a bourbon barrel aged beer should have more say in the final flavor than this beer has. If you have any hesitation about heat in beer, avoid this at all costs. If you are a fan of bourbon barrel-aging, skip over this, as you will not be able to appreciate the bourbon at all. But if you want a firebomb beer-drinking experience, or you like extreme beers with high abv, give it a try, but not if your budget doesn't allow for a very pricey purchase.

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Crime from Stone Brewing Co.
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