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Punishment - Stone Brewing Co.

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306 Ratings

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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 33.69%
Wants: 20
Gots: 76 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  12.00% 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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Reviews by Greywulfken:
Photo of Greywulfken
3.6/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is basically the same review I gave for Stone's Crime, and with all due respect, this beer tastes basically the same - the peppers will dominate your drinking experience. It has a higher abv, and some alcohol will express itself as an adjunct to the chile heat - and it has a thicker malt base; but, as was the case with Crime, this will not be a drinking experience many will want/need to repeat - certainly not at $20 for a 500 mL bottle.

A: dark amber brown, with a fat tan head that leaves ample thick lace behind as it recedes.

S: mild chewy caramel and toffee malts with airs of harsh whiskey and oak barrels; suggestions of the peppery heart contained within

T: the chile in the beer overwhelms all other flavors - the bourbon can't rise above the chile heat, and the malts are in the background; hops and yeasts overpowered by hot spicy pepper heat. As was not the case so much with Crime, some of the malts will assert themselves as you become used to the heat, and you may pick up a nuance of sweet bread or herbs. Alcohol is present but even it is subordinate to the chile peppers.

M: full-bodied beer, slick and smooth, but the heat from the chiles will light your mouth and lip on fire; chewier than Crime, it's sibling ale.

O: I liked the beer, but wouldn't return to it - a $20 bottle of hot sauce - 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 beer without regret. It is for fans of heat - who will love it. No kidding, forget beer - if you like hot sauce, you will like this beer. Seriously. Probably fantastic as a marinade. As a fan of bourbon barrel-aging, I was not be able to appreciate the bourbon at all.
If you want a firebomb beer-drinking experience, or you like extreme beers with high abv, give it a try. If your budget doesn't allow for a very pricey purchase, you needn't worry to pass it over..

Greywulfken, Dec 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev +6.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +24.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

codysjb, Jan 18, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Let's be clear about something; if you can't handle heat, you aren't man (or woman) enough for this beer. 6 of us sampled this, and we all enjoyed it. I am not even a big fan of spice, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

A: Cloudy, murky and dark amber
S: peppers. Lots of peppers. It almost smells like a jalapeño pizza with extra jalapeños.
T: First, you're assaulted with a wave of intense heat. Take a small sip and swirl it just to coat your mouth and get the initial shock over with. After that, take the time to enjoy it. There is a lot of good in the taste, some caramel and roasted flavors, a little vanilla, and some buttery notes before being once again washed out by the heat. The finish is pure heat.
M: Dense and oily, this beer coats your throat the entire way down.
O: A rather enjoyable, if somewhat masochistic, brew from Stone. You will NOT want to finish a bottle on your own. I had about 4 ounces and was done. I could feel the capsaicin burn from my mouth all the way down into my stomach, and every burp tasted like jalapeño pizza afterwards. I'd honestly recommend anyone try this beer, just don't focus too much on the heat and it's pretty damn good.

SuperbikeShaun, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of knowitall
1.1/5  rDev -61%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Listen Guy, this is the worst beer I have ever had besides Crime. Do not waste your money, sobriety or time. The smell made me want to throw up. My 3 friends and I could not drink more than a sip each. We poured ours out and drank a Founders Backwoods Bastard to bring our palates back.

knowitall, Dec 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +50.7%

MicroBeerMan1980, Jul 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

xdefeatsy, Nov 23, 2013
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2.01/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Confession: I'm not big on hot peppers,but in recent years I've gotten a bit more into spicier foods. I'm a bit intimidated by this one. Deep brown hued with a bit of light haziness. A quarter inch of khaki colored head rests on top. Odd aroma from the chilies and peppers almost gives it a cinnamon sweet aroma. Not inviting. Whoa! That first taste tells me all I need to know. I'm way out of my league. All I get is a burning sensation and a scorched palate. My tongue and especially my lips are burned. I think my chances of finishing this are zero. I can't recall the last time that happened. I honestly poured the rest out without another sip. FAIL!

Franziskaner, May 03, 2014
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2.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On Tap

Stone 15th Anniversary Celebration
CSU, San Marcos
San Marcos, CA

Dark amber and ruby with a thin light brown head and leaves spotted lacing down the glass.

A touch of caramel in the aroma and then lots and lots of face-smacking spice--smells like spicy jalapeno juice. Interesting, though perhaps even too powerful.

This beer starts similarly to the aroma: a faint hint of caramel and toffee sweetness, and then a stinging, spice flavor. This one seemed even more hot and spicy than it's little brother, Crime. This is Crime on spicy steroids! Tough to drink much, if any, of this beer, though it is unique and worth trying (once!).

Medium mouthfeel.

If given the choice, I'd drink Crime before drinking Punishment.

ehammond1, Aug 26, 2011
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Punishment from Stone Brewing Co.
67 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.