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Punishment | Arrogant Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A palate-punishing ale unlike any other
Never intended for the timid, Punishment is the capsaicin-throttled spawn of a beer behemoth, Double Bastard Ale. In this year’s brew, the flavors of Double Bastard Ale have been further enhanced by the bourbon barrel aging. The addition of chile peppers to the beer adds lingering flavors in the finish of subtle tropical fruit and some layers of heat along with the toffee, caramel malt and hop flavors.

Added by womencantsail on 02-06-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,559
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
384
pDev:
33.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
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Trade:
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Photo of EMV
3.39/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy thick brown pour. Thin head... modest lacing.

S: Spice and heat... bourbon, caramel, and typical Arrogant hops.

T/F: Mostly... painful. Spicy as hell up front, lots of heat but somewhat balanced by the booze and sweet caramel of the underlying brew. A slight smoky and vegetable presence... thick and chewy. Carbonation relatively light. Warm and tingly on the back of your throat and warming on the inside as it goes down.

O: Not pleasant really... but not horrible either. Interesting flavors... lots of heat... and a truly well named beer. I think I enjoyed this a little more than 'Crime' but it's not one I'd seek out again. I'm glad I tried it once... and even more glad that I shared the bomber with a friend. No way I could down one of these on my own.

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Photo of GoffmanvsDuffman
4.05/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I like chili beers and this has been the hottest. Hot pepper flavors followed by sweet oak and a lingering burn. Nice color and body. Great hot spice flavor.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.34/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml

Pours a very nice dark brown color, with some very nice carbonation, with a nice small/quick/fizzy light tan head, which leaves a nice medium size island and some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some very nice hoppyness, some licorice, chilies. The taste is very nice malty, very nice hop note, licorice notes, chilie. Full Body, ABV hidden pretty well, with a very nice bitter/dry finish. Overall, a very nice brew.

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Photo of jzeilinger
2.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In review is a 2013 bottle.

A - Deep burgundy color, no carbonation, no foam, no lacing, no nothin'!

S - Peppers, some paper-like oxidation, bourbon, sweet toasted malt aroma is extremely light.

T - Pepper, pepper, and pepper from start to finish. In fact, it's so obnoxious that is masks any other flavors that might be going on here. There's an oxidized malt presence that pokes through a little bit before the overwhelming burn takes over again.

M - Full bodied and coagulates all the spit in your mouth!

O - Good lord, get me some sour cream and a fire extinguisher!! Not recommended and not worth the $19 price tag.

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Photo of AJmon13
4.17/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Photo of myelle6987
2.11/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A: Poured dark copper with a light tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet caramel, vanilla and oak. Only got the slightest bit of pepper aroma
T: I absolutely love chili beers. After reading the reviews here I feel like I must have gotten a bad bottle. I was very excited for this supposedly " capsaicin-throttled spawn of a beer behemoth" I got absolutely no heat or pepper flavor in this beer. It tasted just like a barrel aged Double Bastard which is good but not what I was promised. It sounded like it would be the hottest beer I ever had and it was very mild. Very disappointing
M: It was had a good body with moderate carbonation.
D: I wish I would have gotten the beer that the bottle and many others say this beer is, but for some reason mine had no heat whatsoever :(

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
2.56/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Photo of russpowell
2.49/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75

2013 bottle ( tried the Crime form that year & buried this sucker deep ) Pours a turbid & effervescent Auburn with a pinky of tan head. Thin tan head, drops bright, below average head retention

Tons of Habenero, a little cherry, some oak. Becomes hotter & to to the point = DRAINPOUR

T: All this nose in the flavor, too damn spicy

MF: Medium body, a some carbonation

Unless you are some pepperhead, just, don't !!!

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Photo of PprBurke
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of WickedBeer
4.27/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jadjunk
3.64/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Punishment was born as Double Bastard ale- a heavy, bitter, beast of a beer. It was already not for the timid, but with the addition of jaw-dropping qualities of freshly harvested local peppers, including mid-level-heat red and green jalapenos and ultra-hot black nagas Caribbean red hots, Moruga scorpions and fatalis, it morphed into a truly punishing brew." Brewed in the style of an American Strong Ale, available in 500ml. bottles and on limited draft. Companion entry alongside Crime, past of the Quingenti Millilitre Series.

Poured from a 500ml. bottles to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a smooth, frothy foam head of a caramel cream color over a mildly hazy caramel brown body with light carbonation. Retention is average and there is no visible lacing. 3.5

(Smell) Bread and caramel malts, earthy spiciness of rich cinnamon and nutmeg, spicy pepper burn, rich bourbon barrel aromas with undertones of vanilla and subtle toasted oak tannins. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Rich, caramelized bread malt body with bourbon undertones of vanilla, oak and butterscotch and a considerable hot pepper presence that generates a significant tingle and afterburn following the finish, notably more pervasive than Crime. Finishes spicy and smooth. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, silky, softly chewy, smooth. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium/heavy for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is moderately spicy over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) Alarmingly spicy with about as much malt character and richness as Crime. With the build coming though otherwise identically, I'd much prefer the more appreciated balance of Crime over Punishment, but this may hit the spot for anybody looking for a rich beer with a serious dose of hot peppers. 3.75

Stone Brewing Company's
Punishment
3.64/5.00

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Photo of BradC
3.92/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle dated 2015, has about a year on it. If you like heat, this one is for you. Pours a reddish brown with very little head. Smells oxidized, caramel, toffee, sweet with some vegetal pepper notes. Tastw starts off like it smells, toffee, caramel, sweet vanilla, malt and then gives way to a lingering pepper heat. I get heat more than pepper flavor and the heat lingers. Carbonation is way low, but any more and it would make the burn uncomfortable. Overall, I like hit stuff and hot peppers and beer...I'm not crazy about this, but it's pretty well made and I would probably go another round with it. Crime was a little mellower and enjoyable IMO.

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Photo of Duffman79
4.19/5  rDev +43%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billshmeinke
3.81/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Corked and caged bottle that says 2015. Poured into a wine glass.

Look: Very murky reddish brown hue with a two finger foamy off white head. Leaves plenty of lacing behind.

Smell: Musty oxidation with lots of sweet caramel, molasses, and brown sugar. Some oaky vanilla sweetness with some spicy, fruity scents as well. Smells like an old ale with some caramel or toffee and a slice of jalapeño as a garnish. Interesting.

Taste: Sweet toffee and molasses are the big driving forces of the flavor here. They give way to resiny bitterness and some herbaceous and fruity jalapeño spice on the back end. There's a mocha/cocoa flavor that becomes more apparent as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat sticky and sweet, but somehow not super heavy. The alcohol and heat bring some numbing warmth to the equation. Carbonation is very low. The heat kicks you in the back of the throat.

Overall: This is like an old ale mixed with a chile beer. It's sweet, oxidized, and spicy. I personally dig it, although I wish the oxidation wasn't as prevalent. I'm not sure why the score is so low. I'd definitely try this one again. It's cool, and weird, and different. Fuck wid it if you're tryina get weird.

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Photo of dag1991
5/5  rDev +70.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DrStiffington
3.75/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NolaHopHead
2.2/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Enjoyed Crime, but this one was terrible. I like the pepper finish in a lot of these stouts and don't even mind a little heat, but this was nothing but heat, way too much. Kept trying Tio like it for several sips as it warmed, finally gave up and drain poured.

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Photo of budzNnugs614
3.44/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Nice golden hue, with decent head. Poured alot thicker than I had anticipated.

Smell: A prevalent malt prescence leanding to notes of caramel, and rich toffee. Bourbon makes is some known, sneaking in afterwards with hints of vanilla. Lastly, the bourbon lingers, pairing with a faint, but noticeable pepper prescence.

Taste: Similar to the smell, except this is where the peppers come into play. You get the malty sweetness, followed by clean bourbon flavors; not too assertive. Lastly the peppers hit. At first a strong pepper flavor then it carries into a spicy, dry ass finish, that does way with the beer.

Feel: Not as thick as it looks

Overall: Better than the average rating. Nothing crazy. It's a few sips, then down the drain unfortunately. I love spice, but the heat, especially the finish made it too much for a full glass. Granted I am extremely hung over when writing this, so my stomach is exactly handling alot at the moment. Try it if you see it. Nothing special though.

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Photo of Huffaroma
3.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.07/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm a bastard fan take out the chili's this is a 5 but this is a chili beer and done well it's hot mines aged a little but put a year or so this would be nice

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Photo of travolta
3.77/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arizcards
3.87/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 500 ml bottle from TW Arrowhead in mid-November for $16.99. Bottled in 2015.

Beer poured a murky brown with a nice white head.

Nose is getting nicer as the beer warms. Initially notes of chili pepper dominated but barrel notes have been coming out, primarily oak and vanilla.

Taste is well...hot chili peppers. Initial sips were hot but as the pallette has become desensitized the vanilla and oak flavors come out but definitely on the second level.

Feel is full and smooth.

Overall this is not as flavorful as Crime as it seems the chili intensity is higher. But hey this was fun to try. You gotta love Stone for putting out the product. Will i do it again? Nah, but life is short and try what is out there while we can!

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Photo of GoBeerGo
4.12/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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