Arrogant Consortia

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Chile Beer
Ranked #79
Ranked #50,059
2.99 | pDev: 32.44%
Arrogant Consortia
California, United States
Notes: 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.
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Reviews by scottfrie:
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scottfrie from California

3.83/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into snifter. Bottled October 2013. Consumed after Crime.

A: Pours a murky dirty iced tea color with some tiny floaters beneath a soft light tan head that faded I to a fuzzy collar. Spotty lacing was left down the glass.
S: Similar to Crime (spicy pepper reminds me of fresh green peppers with a hint of roast. Sweet caramel and a touch of hop resin is in there as well), but much more raw green pepper. Really hot smelling.
T: Hints of the base double bastard are noticeable up front just for a second before the flavors are immediately overshadowed by flavorful green chilies and then burning. Similar to Crime except there's actually a touch more sweetness up front before the burn, and there's a hotter lingering burn.
M: Medium-full body, smooth and slick mouthfeel. Not greasy or overly boozy, or as rough as I thought it would be. Really clean burn, really really hot. Low carbonation.
O: Holy hell this is hot. Definitely still drinkable, but there's such a long lingering burn. Not greasy but very clean long burn.

EDIT: I had no heartburn while drinking these, nor any stomach problems the next day. It didn't even burn coming out. Win.

Jun 30, 2014
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.78/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2015

A: Pours a murky brown/mahogany color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a thin cap/ring around the glass

S: Peppers, peppery heat, lots of malt, and the bourbon barrels (oak, vanilla, bourbon) all come out and try to fight for aromatic supremacy. The peppers win out by a hair (literally the peppers, not the heat). Quite balanced for what it is

T: Starts off with lots of peppery heat (definitely more of the heat this time) followed by the peppers, malty sweetness, bourbon, and vanilla. The woody oak takes some time to come through, hitting hardest once the heat has died down a touch. The heat lingers, but allows for all of the other flavors to come through nicely, most notably the vanilla and malty notes. The sweetness form these cuts the heat enough to the point where it's still in your face but not overwhelming. Finishes with lingering heat and some light vegetal pepper notes

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick

O: It seems like everyone who tries this and calls it too spicy doesn't get Stone and the fact that they hit home the point in everything they brew. No different here, which is why the beer is called Punishment. Definitely a brew for those who like EXTREMELY spicy foods (which is why I picked up both this and Crime and enjoyed both) and really not for anyone else. Just don't go on and bitch about it when there's a big explanation about how spicy the beer is on the back. You know damn well what you're getting into

Oct 26, 2015
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange, dark amber color. Some spots for lace.

Scary pepper smell, like nuclear wings. Very dry.

Oh my God, this is the most extreme of extreme beers. It is actually hotter than buffalo wings. You may need a beer to accompany this one. The aftertaste is forever and hot as hell.

Be prepared for this one. I think it's one of the great unique beers. It's something special, but it's not easy to drink.

Feb 21, 2015
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Hop_God from California

2.4/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A: murky brown like the Crime I just drain poured

S: The Devil's balls after sitting in a hot tub for an hour

T: Those same Devils balls. This is brutally spicy and just hurts

F: Non existent. Just burning pain and anger. Feels like you wish you didnt just drink this

O: Seriously... WTF?!

Edit: I absolutely love spicy hot food. This isnt bout being able to handle the heat, its just a bad beer.Plain and simple.

Aug 05, 2015
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psumjl269 from Virginia

1.5/5  rDev -49.8%

This beer is like drinking liquid Capsaicin - really there is not much else to say. There is so much spice heat in this beer that there really isn't much else that you notice. Awful, awful, terrible beer and I'm severely disappointed I bought it. Should have checked Beer Advocate's rating before plopping down $35 on this guy!

Aug 31, 2014
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knowitall from Virginia

1.12/5  rDev -62.5%
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.

Dec 15, 2013
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ellis0804 from Pennsylvania

1.25/5  rDev -58.2%

Mar 24, 2014
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HoppyBastard1 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +33.8%

Oct 08, 2014
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

2.2/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

Jun 30, 2016
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xnicknj from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +0.3%

Nov 20, 2011
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insearchofhops from Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -66.6%

Jul 25, 2014
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TKEbeerman from Florida

3.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Dec 19, 2013
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BiaSongThan from New York

4.86/5  rDev +62.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Muddy brown with tan head that dissipated. Aroma just like bba arrogant bastard. Oak, bourbon, toffee, caramel malt, slight citrus dank hop. And then a hint of chilies too. Taste: up front the oak, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, caramel, malt. Middle of the mouth the hot pepper appears and plays off the citrus hop flavors. Finishes with a lasting heat and slight alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall, excellent use of spicy flavor to enhance an already great beer. Heat doesn't overpower, but leaves you eager for another sip. Some find it too spicy, I didn't, thought it was just enough heat without interfering with the beer underneath. Maybe it could've been just a little hotter...

Dec 13, 2015
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craftaholic from New York

3/5  rDev +0.3%

Dec 04, 2014
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rspauldi from Texas

2/5  rDev -33.1%

Aug 10, 2014
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thinwhiteduke from Illinois

1.5/5  rDev -49.8%

Feb 03, 2014
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BuschLeagueOC from California

3.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Jul 19, 2014
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liamt07 from Canada (ON)

1.25/5  rDev -58.2%

Mar 15, 2014
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AJmon13 from Ohio

4.17/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Feb 06, 2017
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bumchilly25 from Canada (BC)

3.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Mar 21, 2014
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +20.4%

Aug 15, 2014
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ridgeline23 from Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -33.1%

Mar 03, 2014
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BcOneSeven from Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -49.8%

Jun 15, 2014
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Braseltonage from Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -16.4%

Feb 01, 2014
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Bramsigman from California

2/5  rDev -33.1%

Jun 13, 2014
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