michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2007
22oz. Bottle: Aroma is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Smells hoppy, with notes of grapefruit, pine, resin, Simcoe, chocolate, coffee, and toasted malts. Poured very dark brown in color with a creamy, rocky, light brown, head that lasted throughout. Excellent lacing. Opaque. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of dark malts, chocolate, pine, Simcoe, resin, toasting, and and some grapefruit. Medium body. Creamy, slightly dry texture. Bitter resin finish. lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Black pour with a big tan head in a tulip. Smell is quite hoppy and some dark malt notes in there as well. Or maybe that is just my eyes projecting that on what otherwise is very IPA like. Taste is strong, bitter, and hoppy. Some dark roast flavors show up, but mostly what you’d expect from a strong rich heavy IPA. Light alcohol presence, but this is still nicely drinkable. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2007
22oz bottle sampled thanks to drewbeerme. Pours a dark brown with a white soapy head. Aroma of caramel and dark malt with pine and citrus hops. Piney earthy hops are the first flavors riding on those bitter coat tails is nutty toasty with a touch of bakers chocolate. Finishes with a lasting earthy bitterness. Interesting beer, I’m glad I got to try this fresh. thegreat78 (42) - San Marcos, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
Cola brown as it poured from the bottle. The head was active and bubbly at first, then settled to a thin mousse; left no lacing on the glass. In the glass, the color was dark brown with some deep red visible against backlighting. The smell is rich with both sweet malt and spicey hops. The mouthfeel was fluffy as though this were a cask-conditioned beer. Interesting! There are definite dark-roasted, slightly burnt notes in the flavor. The burnt malt flavor dominates the hops hops somewhat, so the hops in the smell are stronger than in the flavor. This is a very interesting hybrid style pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Bottle. Black with creamy tan head. Heavy cherry and alcohol aroma. Alcohol taste as it warms. A bit too heavy for me but I appreciate the richness and how developed the flavor is.
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2007
Nice brown head on top of a very dark brown, almost black body. Hardly any light gets through the beer, except a brown tint at the top and bottom. Very hoppy aroma with floral notes and citrus but also a little sour citrus notes as well- maybe grapefruit. The floral notes follow through to the palate as well. But the also a bit of a toast and coffee flavors. A bit too burnt tasting for my liking 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Bottle: HOLY PISS is this one dark, nearly black, large frothy light brown head, spotty lacing.   Looks like a flipp’n Stout.
Typical Stone hop nose, strong yet with a subtle sweetness.   However, this one yields some rather large roasted malt qualities.
Kinda reminds me of a subtle Schwarzbier, with a HUGE hop base.   Decent amount of malts, but certainly on the hop side.
Lingering bitterness, and might I say a strange roastiness.   Odd to have a beer that is so IPA like yet has this strong roasted malt
presense.   Backside shows some citrus rind like qualities.   To be expected for a Stone, and quite welcomed.   Decent beer,
enjoyable, but a little odd.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Don’t let the dark color fool you, its roasty, but not as
aggressive as you might think.   Different, but enjoyable.   I’ve got one more to sample thanks to dirty_martini! jcr (2705) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2007
Big aroma promises a balance in flavor between sweet and bitter, but the flavor is anything but balanced. Instead, it leans heavily on the bitter side. Still, a good, tasty beer. Dark body like Coke and fizzy like Coke, too. Lots of lacing. Aroma filled with citrus — grapefruit and orange — as well as cotton cancy and strawberry. The flavor is heavily bitter and moderately sweet — like chewing on a very bitter orange peel. Medium body with lively carbonation. Texture is a bit watery and slightly sticky in the finish. User37895 (3042) - - NOV 11, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2009 Re-rate, 11/09, bottle from SL: Quite the same as my previous experience. Rating unchanged. Black-IPA type style with some red-IPA type elements. Original Rating: Bottle from Topps in Tempe. Pour was dark brown color, generous off white to light tan in color, very nice retention, great lacing. The aroma was piney-citrus, caramel amber type malts, light roast though. The flavor was grapefruit citrus, some pine, caramel red/amber malts, dry bitter rye aspects, faint dry roast elements. Full, almost airy mouthfeel, firm carbonation. Much like a dry imperial red ale, a nice concoction, not my favorite stye, though. jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2007
22oz bottle-pours a creamy light brown head that laces and black color. Aroma is lots of cascade hops. Taste is lots of cascade hops-raw/bitter/resiny, secondary dark malt-ash/chocolate, alcohol. A bit too much for me, comes across as an I2PA/AmSA. Sipping. Ok carbonation.