Punishment | Arrogant Brewing

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386 Ratings
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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:
#46,200
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
386
pDev:
33.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
29
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101
Trade:
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Ratings: 386 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of SDDLSK
4/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.78/5  rDev +29%
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 +10.2%
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 +43.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Robtobfest
1.12/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is the single worst beer I have ever had! Why?! Greg, we get it ! You are willing to try crazy shit, now stop it! Just stop it! This is vile death like venom that should be reserved for pranks or the guy who just banged you wife and is allergic to peppers. F this stuff. It I ever see this stuff on the shelf I'm gonna punch it right in the snout!

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.33/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ummswimmin
2.42/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +28%
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 Hop_God
2.4/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of LawLow74
4.32/5  rDev +47.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dirrrty_Kurty
1.9/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ugly appearance with lots of floaties, very spicy with an almost soapy taste. While I appreciate Stone's willingness to go out on a limb and create something different, this beer is a huge fail IMO.

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Photo of MattMorin
1.75/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

One of the worst beers I've ever had

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Photo of MisterKilderkin
2.83/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of HawkeyeJosh
2.84/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Mikestaf
3.01/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Tim5085
2.63/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Was not a fan. Aroma and taste both very offensive.

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Photo of Hophead717
1.34/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Absolutely disgusting. Peppers don't work.

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Photo of RLVineh
4.24/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer, clearly a gimmick, but as far as it being a spicy beer, it delivers. I had it with a nice tritip sandwich and it did it justice...probably couldnt kill a whole bottle, but it was awesome

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Photo of bmurray10
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Photo of SanFranJake
2.04/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

The worst beer I've ever had.
Such a waste of a good batch of Double Bastard and the barrels it was aged in.

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Photo of JessHubbard24
3.68/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a mahogany red-brown color with a nice thick head initially. The smell is a good indicator of how spicy this beer is. It smells savory and the burn from the combination of chiles hits you from your nostrils to the back of your throat. The taste.....initially this beer is sour and has a very strong chile taste. Then the heat kicks in. It hits your tongue and throat with a slow burn that lasts. To experience more of the spice of this beer I would recommend stirring up the bottle a bit before pouring. The dregs carry a decent amount of heat. If you are a fan if spice, this beer is delightful. It's pretty enjoyable to drink but it is a beer that is good for sipping or having with a meal, perhaps some fresh greens with a heavier protein. Overall, I really enjoyed the experience of this beer. I would definitely get it again.

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Photo of rwilde
2.5/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Johnfitz28
4.91/5  rDev +67.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a beer for pepper heads!! Which I am one of them. I had this beer last St. Patrick's day. What can I say,I got high from the peppers, then from the alcohol.
If your not a pepper head, you can not appreciate this beer. The day after last st Patrick's day I went out and bought the last 2 bottles my local place in Eugene had. Now with a year of age I'm going to follow up the tradition and totally enjoy my second bottle. Cheers to you Greg. And thank you for my favorite pepper beer of all time!

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Photo of smcolw
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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Punishment from Arrogant Brewing
Beer rating: 2.93 out of 5 with 386 ratings