Punishment | Arrogant Consortia

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Arrogant Consortia
California, United States

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.

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3.21/5  rDev +9.6%
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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2.16/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -31.7%

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2/5  rDev -31.7%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

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4/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2015 vintage bottling. Had to use a wine key to remove the cork as usual. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy dark ruby red, light copper/brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, chile/jalapeno peppers, pepper skins, raisin, orange, citrus peel, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and brown bread; with light notes of molasses, smoke, and herbal/toast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, peppers, bourbon barrels, and light citrus/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, chile/jalapeno peppers, pepper skins, raisin, orange, citrus peel, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and brown bread; with light notes of molasses, smoke, and herbal/toast/oaky earthiness. Light-moderate pepper spiciness, and light pine/citrus peel bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, chile/jalapeno peppers, pepper skins, raisin, orange, citrus peel, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, light molasses/smoke, and herbal/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, peppers, bourbon barrels, and light citrus/earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/spiciness balance; and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering pepper spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, fairly sticky, and lightly slick/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Light-moderate increasing pepper heat after the finish, but not too overwhelming. Not much alcohol warmth or barrel booze for 12%. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged spiced American strong ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, peppers, bourbon barrels, and light citrus/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the big ABV; despite the increasingly spicy/heated pepper finish. Not too overly spicy from the sizable malt backbone. Age probably mellowed it out though. Nicely balanced between the base beer, bourbon barrels, and mix of pepper varieties. Wish I could have tried it fresh, to get more hop character; but still very enjoyable all around. I have a high tolerance for heat though, so definitely not for everyone.

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4.15/5  rDev +41.6%
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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1/5  rDev -65.9%

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3.57/5  rDev +21.8%
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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4/5  rDev +36.5%

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4.01/5  rDev +36.9%
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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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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1.5/5  rDev -48.8%

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