I've slogged through hard to drink beers before - Hamm's, Schlitz, Keystone and Keystone Light, certain German beers, and the worst beer ever, Mexico's Victoria - but I've always made it through the bottle(s) or glass. Stone Brewing's Crime is one beer I could not finish*. I opened a bottle on New Year's Eve, but Crime immediately kicked my butt and I surrendered only a third through the bottle. I humbly bow my head to this demon beer.
Crime burns. Crime hurts. Crime abuses. My mouth, throat, and stomach sizzled, and drinking Crime felt like eating a jalapeno-laced dish with nothing to offset the force of the chile. Crime's heat stayed long through the finish. The first drink hurt. I gamely tried a few more believing I'd acclimate to the intensity, but I didn't. Crime neither mellowed nor relented, and I put down my glass.
I bought Crime thinking it the lesser of Stone's Crime and Punishment duo. I am not sure if my assumption was corrrect and am not going to try and find out. I've had pepper beers before and I tasted their pepper spice and flavor, but
none had Crime's raw pepper heat. All were pantywaists compared to Crime.
* I want to be clear, Crime is a well-made beer. The physical difficulty I had in drinking it
is the only comparison I'm making to swill like Keystone or Victoria.)