Crime | Arrogant Brewing

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Brewed by:
Arrogant Brewing
California, United States
arrogantbastard.com

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A habitual offender returns
This beer is the result of what many beer enthusiasts would consider a most egregious crime―sequestering Arrogant Bastard Ale, Double Bastard Ale and OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale in Kentucky bourbon barrels, then blending them together with chile peppers. This new version of Crime is still very hoppy in spite of the barrel aging, with lots of oak and malt. The long finish reveals layers of oak, vanilla, bourbon, and malt that combine to produce complex caramel flavors, with peppers adding pleasant tamarind, subtle tropical fruit flavors and a milder heat than in previous concoctions.

Added by womencantsail on 02-06-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
513
Reviews:
115
Avg:
3.26
pDev:
32.52%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
130
For Trade:
15
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Ratings: 513 |  Reviews: 115
Photo of DucksFan16
2.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Not really sure how to rate this objectively. The smell is almost exactly like Tabasco Sauce. The taste is very similar to Tobasco as well. For the style, it is probably well done, but I couldn't drink more than a couple sips. Not my taste.

Can't taste the bourbon at all, the peppers completely overpower everything.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.52/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served from a caged and corked bomber into a snifter glass. Beer aged for approximately one year.
Aroma-Full-on spicy chilies and malt note in the background.
Taste-A literal "hot mess". Even with, or maybe because of, a year in the cellar this brew was just too much heat and pepper flavor to achieve any real balance in my opinion. I split this brew with another veteran craft beer drinker and we were hard pressed to finish it all. We didn't have the tastebuds left to try the "Punishment". I'll give that one another year and see what happens. Here's hoping.

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Photo of trvplxrd
3.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of toothirsty
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jakewatt135
1.7/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

just awful. i enjoy spicy food, not spicy peppers in my beer. instant heartburn, complete waste of time and money.

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Photo of WCKDVBZ
2.92/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of blacksbomber
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Stum-pub
2.86/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of McThulhu
5/5  rDev +53.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Never on this site have I seen a more divisive beer. Full disclosure, I love chili beer. This should be fun.

Looks like a dark IPA, smells and tastes like habañero peppers. So damn good!

What did you all expect?

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Photo of Iamjeff6
2.3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Hops_R_us
4.35/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not for those who do not enjoy heat. The Oaked bastard taste comes out very strongly, followed by an intense heat which lingers, and settles into the glorious lucky bastard finish. Fantastic.

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Photo of johnyb
2/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of double2chin
2/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of RolandBlunts
3.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of Drink_LocalSD
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of craftaholic
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of MDHopster
2.48/5  rDev -23.9%

overpowering pepper flavor, bourbon taste is almost demolished and barely perceptible. A sipping brew for those that like heat, lots of heat. But this bastard was destroyed (ruined per Stone). Rather than waste the rest, I used the 2nd half of the bottle to marinade a skirt steak for Carne Asada, interesting enough, here the bourbon barrel flavor came out stronger than the peppers. Although this is a rather expensive marinade and still was not up to my usual skirt steak seasoning, although it was interesting.

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Photo of fureousangel
3.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mabermud
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is spicy...For me, it wasn't enjoyable to drink. I imagine, for those who love pepper, this is great. Even thought this wasn't very enjoyable to drink, it is well made. I love hot and spicy food, but this isn't my cup of tea.

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Photo of ambruns1979
3.44/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of RobertConway
1.5/5  rDev -54%

I have enjoyed most things I have purchased from Stone over the years. This (and Punishment) were the expensive exceptions. The peppers were over-powering, to the point that I couldn't enjoy the ale and had to get rid of it.

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Photo of chihomebrew312
3.75/5  rDev +15%

Definitely not for someone who hates heat. Somewhat of a novelty beer in that it has tons of punch to it. However, I have no problem eating a hot pepper. Taste the bourbon barrel aging, however the capsaicin does take over a little too much. The beer will not burn your face and make you cry for water however, though it would be great if the heat was turned down a bit for the next batch if there is one.

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Photo of cj8311
1.75/5  rDev -46.3%

Photo of zbuchanan
1.75/5  rDev -46.3%

Photo of Budinetz
3.72/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a cork and cage bottle into a goblet. Bottles in October 2013.

Pours a deep amber color with a nice head that dissipates rather slowly. Great lacing around the glass and medium head retention.

Smells stale hops and hot peppers. Some sweet malt is detected but the pepper oil really stands out.

HOLY HOT! If you're not a hot pepper fan stay away! If you are a hot pepper fan then REJOICE!!! It's definitely a sipping beer, but give me some beans and rice or a nice bland taco and you won't need sauce! Just take a sip of this!

Mouthfeel is great, again if you like HOT peppers. Nice heat and good pepper sensations on the palate. The heat lingers for quite some time following.

Overall a great chile beer! I will age the other bottle I have to see if it changes over a year or two.

Cheers!

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Crime from Arrogant Brewing
3.26 out of 5 based on 513 ratings.
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