It had been awhile since a box from Stone Brewing had reached my doorstep, but then I received this….
To give away my review, I am so glad that I did not get Punishment. This beer is all pepper. Seriously, it is hot. My cheeks are warm and my lips are stinging. Crime is part of the 2013 Series, Quingenti Millilitre. This was Batch No. 8. It has red and green Jalapenos. Cause why not. Then they added MORE peppers. Caribbean Red Hots, Black Naga’s, Fatalis and something with Scorpion in the title.
Supposedly it is Lukcy Basartd Ale aged in Bourbon barrels. But those flavors are gone. Obliterated. Nowhere to be found. To me it is undrinkable when warm and barely good when ice cold. I am not a pepper fan but I have enjoyed Habanero Sculpin in the past as well as other beers with chile in them when they worked “With” the rest of the beer. That is not the case here. This is one note and that note is hot. More novelty beer than anything else.
I wish I had gotten No. 7 in the series the Southern Charred. Oh well. At least the new book I am reading is good. It is by L.A. (Echo Park) author Charlie Huston. Skinner is about “asset protection” in general but fast paced action with social commentary on the side. Another cracking read from Huston whose book The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death is one of my favorites.