Stone Brewing Company/Escondido, CA
Crime is not for the faint-of-heart. It's a tribute to the excessive but effective use of fiery hot peppers. Here's how it started: In November, 2010, the thirteenth birthday of Stone's flagship Arrogant Bastard, its three versions — Arrogant Bastard, OAKED Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard — were combined to create Lukcy Basartd (sic). Crime is that blend infused with copious amounts of freshly harvested, red and green jalapeños, ultra-hot black nagas, Caribbean red hots, Moruga scorpions and fatalis peppers. After pouring, the head is slight, most likely due to the amount of oils in the blend of peppers, and the aroma is full-on pepper spice. Initial sipping brings a blast to your palate that is so intense, it makes your tongue numb and tingly. Interestingly, after a while, your palate becomes adjusted to the heat, and the pepper flavors can be appreciated along with a comingling of oak nuances.