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
Ratings:
382
Reviews:
82
Avg:
3.16
pDev:
31.33%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
102
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12
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Photo of elkinbrown
4.08/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 mscudder
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Griggsy
4.25/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrewScottAndyCampbell
4.22/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: A pleasant caramel and full head on pour. S: Sweet aroma of vanilla. T: You can definitely taste the spices, followed by sweet caramel, lingering pepper zest and spice. F: Body somewhere in the middle, the spices lighten it up. O: the bourban flavoring is apparent throughout with a long lasting spice

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Photo of MonikerMonks
3.98/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of hermit990
3.67/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of samtrillo
4.2/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Again as with Crime I guess some bottles were too spicy? I don't know, there was definite spiciness there on the throat but it was a nice addition to the fruity caramel cream malt. I thought everything blended exceptionally from the high ABV to the peppers to the sweetness. A very good beer to sit down with on a cold night under the HD Fireplace. I'll drink the leftovers of this one, boys.

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Photo of Magery
4.1/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RajaSTL
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CHickman
3.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours brown to blood red color with a 2 finger beige foamy head that faded about average time and leaves zero lacing. A better head than I expected from a chile beer, but still nothing really to admire.

Smells like an Arrogant Bastard initially and then a whole bunch of spices and hot peppers hit your nostrils and mingle with caramel and roasted grains. There is a sweetness but it gets knocked down by the hot peppers in the mix. I thought from the bottle description it would be worse, so this odor was not bad at all.

Tastes much better than I expected based on the warning on the back of the bottle; "many find only pain in this beer", "addition of chile peppers (jalapeno, serrano, Fresno and more) morphs it into a truly punishing beer." Perhaps I am a daredevil or masochist as the bottle claims would drink this since I split this bottle 3 ways and enjoyed my 7 oz's immensely. The base beer caramel, sweet malt and oak barrel flavors came through and mixes well with the heat of the chile peppers (jalapeno, serrano, Fresno, etc.) to make for a truly interesting take on this Stone classic.

Overall this was a solid brew, if you are brave enough to pop the cork off it. It ran through me like a goose and came out hot, but it was a lot of fun to drink and hid the 12% ABV quite well. Drink this is your dare bitches, LOL!

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Photo of madelf66
3.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bluescooter
4.23/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jmartinger
4.09/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PorterLambic
3.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clouded brown with a wee tan head, for a moment.
Smell is weaker than most barrel aged brews though still with the expected maltiness, wood, whiskey and a spicy pepper note added in.
Taste is malty, woody, whiskey and peppers. Balance is good.
Body is a bit beyond medium, effervescence is solid middle.

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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 BiaSongThan
4.86/5  rDev +53.8%
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...

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Photo of teamwiggum
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sparky44
1.75/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of von_kaiser
4.29/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

dark, murky brown appearance w/ finger & half head. not much to the scent but straight up spice! the taste is of a sweet, spicy pepper. mouthfeel is not very thin but not too thick....perfect carbonation and the chilli heat hides the alcohol quite well. the heat stays with you for a while.
i enjoyed this beer! i enjoyed this more than crime. i would def seek out again and try it with age. i'd recommend trying this beer. however, i could see this beer not being for everyone as the heat from the peppers can be extreme. cheers!

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Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.81/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SDDLSK
4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.78/5  rDev +19.6%
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

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Photo of retry4z
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured chilled from a bottle into a Double Bastard whiskey glass.

Pours clear amber, not unlike whiskey. Some head is visible, but it quickly dissipates, indicating low carbonation. Strong aroma of roasted chiles, chipotle, jalapeño, and habanero, with some earthy maltiness showing through. The taste is an atomic surge of chili, with barely detectable malt and hops. The barrel aging turned this 11%-beer into a 12%, drying out most of the malt sweetness, and leaving behind a liquor-like dryness reminiscent of gin. This is unforgiving on the palate, with mouth and throat undergoing a sand-paper-like fiery sensation that lasts for a while. If you happen to get some on your lips, they will burn too. Body and color is pretty much whiskey-like.

I've had Southern Charred, but this beer is in a whole different class. Whereas I enjoy Double Bastard, this is only Double Bastard in name, with little original character, because most of it has been swallowed by the heat and alcohol. Ironically, or rather fittingly, this beer's dryness and high abv is a good match for a whiskey. But the heat takes away from nearly all underlying bourbon, malt, and hop character that I so much enjoy in a double bastard. Also, unlike Crime, the spicy level is out of balance with the malt and bourbon, which hurts this beer's drinkability. The balance would have been much better if it weren't barrel aged, with full malt character still intact. I would like to see more chili beers from Stone, just more accessible and not barrel aged.

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Photo of RPM3334
4.2/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Punishment from Arrogant Brewing
3.16 out of 5 based on 382 ratings.
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