Crime - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.44/5 rDev +22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pour deeply dark, reddish-brown. Some light gets through but it seems weary from the trip. Nice, light tan head leaves some pretty good lacing behind.
Smell is fainter than expected but malt, pepper, spice, and a hint of floral are present. Good balance but hard to suss out the details.
Taste is malt, spicy peppers, faint floral. Balance is skewed heavily to the peppers and malt. I like it. I wonder what the Scoville rating is for this beer? Hee hee.
Medium bodied, light effervescence. Fairly smooth, too, though drying at the finish.
Serving type: bottle
05-03-2014 17:43:25 | More by PorterLambic
2.15/5 rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25
Second negative review of the day, guess I just got a run of bad beers.
I am a Stone fanboy. There, I said it. Arrogant Bastard was the beer that got me into craft brews and I have loved it ever since. So my disappoint is genuine and my confusion quite profound. Why would a bunch of people who make a beer that I consider to be among the best I have ever tasted let something like this go out the door with their name on it?
The appearance of this beer is great. dark and luscious, a dark red and brown color that my years of drinking Stone have told me will yield a tasty brew.
The smell hits you and you just know something isn't on the level. It just smells too spicy. The imbalance is present on the nose, but you go in and sip anyways.
The taste is awful. This beer is like drinking hot sauce. I am a fan of hot sauces, and I mean the hot ones, but I don't drink them. The biggest and most immediately recognizable taste is that of jalapenos.There is little else on the palate, just a bit of that amazing Arrogant Bastard taste on the finish. This must be what disappointment tastes like.
The mouthfeel would be the same as many an aged Bastard, if you didn't feel like your mouth was being punched by jalapenos. I took off points for the way the burning interferes with the ability to appreciate mouthfeel.
So, was it worth the hefty price tag to get a bottle of this stuff? No, not at all. I want to give the Stone guys their due for being adventurous, but this effort falls short and they had to have known that prior to shipping it out. Maybe a bit more aging would change things, but I doubt it.
On a pairing note, I happened to have this with a liver pâté and they actually paired really well. The spice from the beer really did a good job of cutting through the fat. If you have a bottle of this beer, I recommend aging it a while and then trying it with some foie gras, a terrine or a nice pate. You might as well make the best of this beer if you have it.
The reviews for this might improve as the bottles are aged. Stone if you read this, ease up on the Jalapenos and try and keep some balance, you are better than this. Oh and make a Triple Bastard so that I can die happy.
Serving type: bottle
04-29-2014 03:04:29 | More by razorsdescent
1.81/5 rDev -35.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25
The cork actually would not turn at all--I ended up ripping the cork trying to turn it, and had to get a corkscrew, resulting in bits falling into the beer. Ugh! This hasn't happened in years.
Poured into a tall chalice, this is a dark, murky beer with a light, fading head. Bits drift around as I hold it the light. The nose... well, it smells pretty much like a jar of hot sauce that you're sniffing right at the container--one of those made with citric acid instead of vinegar, thankfully. A strong one. The taste, egad, it beers little resemblance to anything thing beer-like. It's moderately hot, but not unbearably (I've chugged a few bottles of hot sauce in my time)--the problem is nothing remains of the beer. It's all chile heat, and nothing else.
This is one wretched beer, drinking wise. I was thinking I'd pour it down the drain, but it might make a decent marinading ingredient, or maybe to go in chili, so I'm sticking it in the fridge. That $20 price tag is a damn steep price for a cooking beer, though.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 19:49:06 | More by allengarvin
Crime from Stone Brewing Co.
66 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.