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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

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3.16
pDev:
31.65%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.21/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared at Tieman's tasting.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, pepper jack cheese, and chile pepper aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, chile pepper, and chile pepper juice flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of chile heat that lingers in the throat long after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is interesting with what exactly is in it, but pretty much a novelty in my opinion.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

(Here's the thing- a few ounces are plenty, more is just self mutilation.) We now return you to your regularly scheduled review...

Punishment. The counterpart to Crime. It portrays an element of correcting what was wronged. It serves a all the unpleasantries that's necessary in order to restore karma. Yet, how can a beer bearing such name offer so much glory and satisfaction? For those who revel in the pain, this beer comes calling to you!

Similar to the standard Double Bastard Ale, this veggie-inspired ale pours with the common deep amber, hazy and frothy appearance. As the beer slowly stratifies, it leaves an absurdly murky haze behind while a creamy and slowly developing pillow emerges above. Not much on retention, its lacing is also compromised- first notice that this beast of a beer has something minister smoldering beneath.

The first passing of the nose reveals some familiar scents- toffee, maple, caramel and vanilla (partly of ale, partly of barred), but then a deeper sniff stuns the nose. All that sweet and savory is abruptly interrupted with vegetative spice of pepper, agave, avocado, jalapeno, paprika, cumin and scorched earth. Its quickly obvious that the focus has shifted to the pepper additions.

That first reluctant sip unleashes a hurried sweetness of the same toffee, maple, caramel and oak taste- just ahead of the pepper onslaught to ensue. The vegetable flavors of jalapeno strike first with the fruit pulp that's similar to green tomato and agave. But the beer quickly sheds all that and dives head first into sheer heat! The build up of high capsaisin flavor burns of firey Tabasco, the sharpness of black nagas, and the ultra heated scorpion peppers. Though other peppers are involved, much gets lost with its sheer spice- even the beer's high saline and mineral character acts to elevate its heat. Just when utter abandonment of taste is held, the peppers waiver a bit and allow some civil semblance of palatability to ensue.

Medium-lig.... who fuckin' cares! This beer isn't about body. It could be thick, it could be thin- but that has nothing to do with this beer. All that is cared about is the effect of that spice on the palate sensations. And that is a bullying spice that numbs the mouth with ease and lights the throat and stomach like lava with even the very first sip. Its heat smolders on the palate with long-lasting throbbing response. Hot as fuck, this ale offers no apologies as it steels your girlfriend, burns your house, wrecks your car and then turn to laugh at you.

There's really no reason for a beer to be this hot..., this abrasive..., this defiant. Yet it does. As I have never had a beer that rivals the heat that was expressed here, it has support, balance and resonance. As abrasive as it may seem, this beer simply works!

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Photo of brentk56
3.57/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a nice head that leaves some shards of lacing behind

Smell: Habanero peppers with caramel, vanilla and oaky undertones

Taste: Keeping the liquid on the tip of my tongue enables me to taste the caramel, vanilla and oak before the massive burn from the peppers takes over; after that all hell breaks lose over the rest of my tastebuds

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a wallop of burn

Overall: I could have handled jalapenos, but when you get into nagas, Caribbean red hots, Moruga scorpions and fatilis, I am overwhelmed; I don't know anything about any of them but they are in the habanero category to me, if not hotter

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Photo of russpowell
2.49/5  rDev -21.2%
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 smcolw
4.01/5  rDev +26.9%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap at Stone

A: The beer pours an ominous murky amber color with a barely-there ring of tan foam.

S: You can smell the peppers before the glass even gets near your face. The heat is quite intense and the pepper smell is very, very green and fresh. I can't really even smell anything else, actually.

T: It starts off hot with a lot of chile flavor. There's a bit of chocolate and oak that come through, but before you can enjoy them, the intense heat comes back and sits on your tongue for quite some time.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is on the low end of medium. And the heat burns the back of your throat a bit.

D: This was pretty tough to drink. I would say even if you're a big chile beer fan this would be painful.

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Photo of stakem
2.34/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500ml corked and caged bottle poured into a matching stone pint glass. The pours a murkey mahogany color with an off-white cap that fades to a thin film atop and faint spotting of lacework stickin to the glass. A swirl revives the cap that is quick to fade.

The aroma is straight peppers. Very earthen with seemingly chipotle spice and almost a smoked earthen veggy and dry dusty pepper aspect. There is a little fruity to almost tropical kick behind the peppers as deeper sniffs are taken in. But be warned, taking a deep whiff is borderline offensive.

The flavor is all burning peppers upfront that is so spicy that it feels chalky, gritty and peppery with an earthen heat. Very faintly underneath you can feel something slightly fruity and almist tropical that is hardly reminescent of double bastard with a mild toffee-like maltiness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. This is about the most fitting name possible for a beer...ever. It is pungent and spicy to the point where its nearly imposdible to enjoy. An absolute endorphin rush. I am afraid of how bad this is going to feel tomorrow. Sidebar item: ive had this on tap 2 or so yeard ago so I knew just how bad this was going to be. Dont try to drink a whole bottle by yourself, its a dumb idea. This beer is highly recommended as a gag gift and nothing more. What a waste of barrel aged double bastard.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +34.5%
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 DoubleJ
3.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Double Bastard is already a very powerful beer. Add bourbon barrels to the mix and it gets more powerful. It begs one to ask "How much peppers were needed to spice this concoction up?" It must have been a lot based on what I tasted. On-tap at 38 Degrees, on to the beer:

It's an amber orange color beer with a little bit of lace that sticks around. Now that's out of the way....LOOK OUT!! It's a bombardment, no, an atom bomb of fresh, crisp, green peppers and spice. Even the Double Bastard base has been smuthered by the force of the peppers.

One sip and I knew I'd be sipping on this for a whiile. Two sips and I swore that this could be used instead of conventional medicine to clear congested sinuses. This is HOT HOT HOT! It's so spicy that I couldn't find the alcohol. It's a little sweet at the begining, with toasted sugar and bourbon notes, but it quickly turns to a spicy sensation that only a few other beers could match in its intensity. I don't know if I like or hate the taste, so I'll leave the taste score in the middle. The liquid is quite smooth on its own, though the spiciness won't let it be.

This really is punishment if not different from the mold. It's both a fun and horrifying experience. This could be great used in cooking, but really pushing it when it comes towards human consumption.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.35/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

2/6/2011

On tap at Winter Storm 2011. This is oak aged (not sure if barrel or chips) double bastard with more of Greg's home grown chili peppers.

A: Reddish brown.

S: Prominent chili with caramel and toffee. Dark fruits are evident, as well as a nutty quality. Peppers smell nice.

T: Pepper flavor is strong and they provide a powerful heat as well. Aside from that, there's little else going on. The flavor is watery. A little caramel. Upper moderate bitterness.

M: Lower medium body with upper low carbonation: Mouthfeel is thin, sticky, and watery.

Overall: I appreciate two new Stone beers, but the name of this one is fitting.

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Photo of jzeilinger
2.69/5  rDev -14.9%
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 jbaker67
3.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells hot, brewed with habeneros and ghost chilies. Tastes sweet, hoppy, and has a definite chili flavor Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, with a very spicy kick in the back of the throat Looks dark, golden brown. Happy to tried both Crime and Punishment but happier that I won't be trying them again.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

Corked and Caged bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a hazy caramel color with minimal off-white froth.

(S)- An enormous blast of capsaicin from the hot peppers. Seriously, not much else.

(T)- Again, just a massive burn from the hot peppers. Hotter than Crime, but better flavor.

(M)- It is just plain hot as hell. Massive heat to this. Too much heat actually. You start to lose any taste, and just feel a burn.

(O)- Simply nuclear. While I simply adore hot and spicy food, I think I draw the line when it comes to having it in my beer. It tasted fine starting out, but quickly changes to just start tasting like burning.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: The beer pours hazy dark amber to chestnut under a thich cream colored film. S: Hot chili pepper aromas with some green chili vegetal aromas over bourbon. T: Chili pepper vegetal flavor and some malt are immediately blasted to oblivion by intense chili heat. The heat is too intense for any other flavor such as bourbon or bourbon barrel to come through. F: The beer has medium-low carbonation and medium-high body. O: This is a kind of beer that macho teenage boys dare themselves to drink. Adults might want to try something else.

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Photo of cbutova
4.18/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Going into this beer I had heard a lot about the heat and how intense it truly was. The bad reviews only made me more interested. Opened and reviewed live at our Strong Ale/Barleywine tasting last week.

A- Somewhat hazy and dark red/brown murkiness like the original Double Bastard. Small creamy white head to half a finger or so but it falls quickly to a ring of foamy bubbles. Some decent spotty lace but mostly legs and bareness.

S- Pure fresh cut habanero and similar ghost peppers, just that fumy spicy capsacin doom. Maybe a tiny bit of malts but mostly just that fresh fruity habanero doom. Seriously this smells better than most hot sauces.

T- Opens up just a bit but the base beer is pretty much nonexistent again and the barrels are not here either. Again, habaneros and ghost peppers are pretty much dominant, fumy fruity pepper flesh is 95% of the flavor or more with just a bit of the malts and base coming through, barrels...? Charred, dried pepper skin and painful spiciness, I LOVE Habanero hot sauce as much as anyone but damn.

MF- Moderately highly carbonated with a medium thickness body. Hot, spicy peppers dominate the feel and ignite the palate. 12% is nothing in the shadow of the spiciness. Just an awesome habanero spicy lingering on the palate.

Habanero 100% to the max, like fumy fruity greatness extracted from chiles. The base beer is gone but this re-invents chili beer and 12% ABV is a joke in this case. If you have ever sliced habaneros, try this beer. Took off some overall points because this could have been a GEM if there was any Bourbon Double Bastard left to be found. IF YOU LIKE HABANEROS TRY THESE BEERS!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.25/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

500ml bottle into a tulip. From notes. Let's just say this was a lot of 'fun'...

A: Pours a murky dark brown color with lots of sediment. There's also a one finger off-white head, lacking in retention. Ah well, it's a 12% barrel-aged monster.

S: First whiff isn't so bad - it's actually pretty fruity. Next whiff is a holy shit moment where the heat from the peppers start their nostril-raping mission. I mean that in a good way. Like I said, the peppers bring some great fruity tones to the nose. I could complain that it drowns out the base beer, but I won't. I'm really impressed with the layered depth of the hot peppers.

T: Bourbon briefly opens the palate, along with the trademark vanilla and caramel of Double Bastard...and then the fruity spiciness hits the palate like a million anvils. It's right below the threshold of what my palate can handle, so it's not the general heat I have a problem with. Here is my big, huge, OMGWTF problem with this beer: the disconnect between the peppers and the base beer is horrific. Literally, this is - by far - the most clashing, disharmonious beer I've ever sampled before. For instance, there tries to be something resembling hops on the back end...it's only real effect seems to be exacerbating the heat. Same with the bourbon presence, and the malt backbone, and the alcohol...

M: The mouthfeel fails because the general flavor and finish is too damn long. With just a shorter finish, or perhaps a more well-integrated flavor profile, this would be infinitely more palatable. Carbonation...who cares, really?

O: Long story short: between two people who LOVE spicy food, we had to drainpour this. I don't drainpour often. And I sure as shit don't drainpour $20 bottles, either. Stone is such a frustrating brewery - their main line is rock-solid, and some of their beers are fantastic (their 15th Anny and RuinTen are among my favorite beers ever), but then you get mediocrity like the 16th Anny...and even worse, unmitigated crap like this. I don't even feel like making a cute pun about this being Punishment to drink, this just plain sucks.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.14/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

500 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a snifter.
12% ABV, 82 IBUs

A - Deep copper in color, Punishment is a hazed beer that's briefly topped by a light khaki head that settles to a ring of foam inside the snifter.

S - Mango and habañero are ripe in Punishment, reminiscent of zesty wing sauce with a follow up of semi-sweet caramel-drizzled toasted bread malt for a bold aroma that'll easily scare off the faint of heart.

T - Like Crime before it, Punishment shows it's true beer nature before the flavor and, subsequently, the heat rear their collective "ugly" head. Double Bastard provides quite the base for Punishment's excessive chili flavor and heat, wonderfully balancing them with alcohol and malty sweetness.

M - With a smooth and medium-full body, this chili beer has a soft opening that's quickly ripped from the tongue with brute force. Attacking chili peppers assault the taste buds with numbing spicy heat that, for this guy, slowly induces a lower eye lid sweat all the while maintaining the balance between flavor and heat.

O - Punishment takes Crime and ups the ante slightly. To be quite frank, from their description, after enjoying Crime I was pretty nervous for the heat level of Punishment but, it's damn similar. Both beers convey a hear-burn inducing heat level that tugs at facial sweat glands while maintain a good flavor profile of chilies. While chilies are the focus, this beer keeps a clear "beer" base but it's futile time in bourbon barrels is identical to that of Crime; non-existent in aroma or flavor.

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Photo of shigg85
4.75/5  rDev +50.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Okay, as a chili pepper beer, this is the best of the best! It already starts with a great Stone base, and the bottle design just entices/intimidates you before you drink it. Then, once you uncork it, this overwhelming, amazing chili pepper smell comes creeping out of the bottle letting you know what you're getting yourself into. Your pour it out, and you can see little chili pepper residue in the brew, and the smell really intensifies. The moment you drink it, those peppers just kick your ass, but in a really delicious way! I recommend the sip, not the gulp! Overall, I can't understand how someone who would spend the money to buy this would rank it low! You're upset a spicy beer is spicy?! Deal with it! It's delicious and definitely worth a try (if you share with friends!)

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Photo of Pencible
2.57/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: This poured an opaque dark copper with lots of sediment and quickly dissipating light tan head.
S: It smelled like spicy chili peppers, with a little sweet caramel and vanilla and oak.
T: It tasted like burning. Just burning. If there were any other flavors, good luck finding them with a flaming tongue. It had a lasting hot aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was similar to Crime but with way more extreme heat. Forget balance or nuance, this was basically drinking a glass of magma. Not sure if age would help mellow, but this was really tough to get through fresh. Not recommended.

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Photo of atone315
3.46/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2015 bottle poured as part of a friendly bottle share during the Packers vs Cowboys game. This beer is good although a bit more spicy than I was expecting, I guess they weren't kidding when they named this beer. I didn't really pick up any barrel characteristics but the chiles definitely showed up. One dimensional beer, would not buy again.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.83/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

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Photo of Dope
3.41/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

October 2013 bottle.

A: Pours a very dark brown with dark red highlights. Enormous and dense light, light brown head. Head refuses to budge, super super thick. Maybe the thickest head on a beer ever - it looks like a milkshake. Heavy layers of lacing left behind. Great retention.

S: Very unusual and unique smell. It smells vaguely like jalapenos (vegetal peppers) and some sweet oranges? And it burns my lungs. It doesn't SMELL hot but it burns my lungs. Should I be concerned? I have pre-dialed 911.

T: Kinda a sweet maltiness up front with lots of vegetal pepper. Tastes like burnt oranges too. Then the heat kicks in. Hoo boy, does it kick in. Searing heat. This is not for the faint of heart. You must be a chili lover to enjoy this beer. Even then, it's borderline. Two sips in and my lips are on fire, my mouth is numb and my belly is wondering WTF I am doing. This is seriously hot. Ghost Face Killah level hot, maybe even worse. From beginning to end it is just pain. Slight bit of sweet malt and smokiness in the finish. No bourbon found anywhere.

M: Somewhat heavy and thick. But you won't be feeling anything past the first sip anyway, total numbness of lips and tongue.

O: Whew. Seriously, seriously hot beer. I doubt more than 5% of the population could even make it through this bottle. This is one step away from drinking from a bottle of hot sauce. I gave it a good score because it does what it came to do. Hell, it's CALLED Punishment. They were not kidding. I didn't score the taste that great because it can hardly be regarded as a beer. It's just alcoholic hot sauce. But who cares.

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Photo of pkalix
3.46/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

muddled dark ruby color with a tannish-yellow head on top, dissipating and leaving an opaque film on top. I didn't know what glass to put this in so I used the traditional 10 oz straight glass I stole from my girlfriend's reunion at some hotel....
smell is pepper-y, of course, and not getting much else.... although it is NOT overwhelming as others have said. this IS, however, the STRONGEST chile beer I have had at 12%. the best, and the hottest I have had so far was Noble Ale Works' Too Darn Hot on their 7.8% IPA. and it was beautiful.
so there is the preface, let's see what this one has... yes, this is PUNISHMENT. this is hot. not as hot as Noble's, but very close. dealing with the other flavors is the punishment part. I LOVE chile beer, I LOVE double arrogant bastard, but these two DO NOT MIX WELL. and what's the deal with putting it in a bourbon barrel? what a waste of a friggin' barrel! one can spoil a pie, or any culinary creation, with the simple addition of excess flavors. this is the case here! geez, just create a great chile beer, please? oh, and by the way, while I feel this rant coming on, witness all the chile beers making their debuts. yes, every one of you mucks who BASHED Cave Creek's Chile Beer with crappy reviews and ultra low scores. there IS a niche for a hot, spicy beer and look at all the breweries who are fulfilling it. Noble and The Bruery are competing for the hottest beer. Cave Creek was merely ahead of its time! this one by Stone is just too many competing flavors. the double arrogant bastard is good by itself. lucky bastard is good by itself. put THOSE in a bourbon barrel and let's see what happens, but don't arbitrarily decide to add peppers to it UNLESS . . . . . it tasted like CRAP and you're trying to salvage the batch with this NOVELTY. I think I just figured how this one evolved!!!!
ultra high marks for the peppers, if it weren't muddled with all the other stuff that makes Bastard beer what it is... what this turned into was an ULTRA-EXPENSIVE NOVELTY....

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Photo of Gmann
2.62/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky brown color with a smallish tight toasted khaki head.

The aroma is malty sweet. Big caramel and toffee notes. There is a strong vegetal aroma from the peppers. A little heat detected. Lots of vanilla from the barrel. Quite a strong aroma; the veggie notes is a tad too strong.

The taste is of a sweet brown malt along with caramel and vanilla. The heat from the peppers blasts through the sweetness. Again quite vegetal. It's quite sweet and the veggie flavor seems to bring the sweetness past cloying. The heat from the peppers is used as an offset. The heat doesn't bother me as much as the veggie flavor.

The body is moderate with soft carbonation. Quite sweet on the palate and sticky in the finish. Plenty of heat but I seem not to have too much of an issue with it. Sweetness is cloying.

Punishment didn't seem to bother me as much as crime. It is still too sweet and vegetal for my liking.

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Photo of arizcards
3.87/5  rDev +22.5%
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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Punishment from Arrogant Brewing
3.16 out of 5 based on 381 ratings.
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