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. To make this spicy beer, Stone infuses its special Lukcy Basartd Ale (sic) with copious amounts of freshly harvested red and green jalapeños, ultra-hot black nagas, Caribbean red hots, Moruga scorpions and fatalii peppers. Upon pouring, an aroma of full-on pepper spice greets the nose. The initial sip brings a flavor blast so intense that your tongue is left numb and tingly. Interestingly, after a while, your palate becomes adjusted to the heat, and the pepper can be appreciated alongside nuanced oak notes.