Diesel - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

827 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 827
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.72%
Wants: 65
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews by output01x:
Photo of output01x
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can (no date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1/2-finger mocha-colored head that quickly fades to a minute dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a dark brown nearing black that shows no traces of color when held to light. Some thin but decent lacing can be seen clinging to the glass as the beer disappears.

Dark and sweet, the nose is filled with aromas of chocolate, coffee, and some slight earthy hops. Notes of molasses, brown sugar, and toffee are also noticeable.

Milk and dark chocolate hit the taste buds immediately along with a metallic tang (perhaps from the can?). Letting the beer sit on the tongue reveals some grassy hops, a touch of alcohol, and notes of caramel and roasted coffee beans. Upon swallowing, the dark chocolate and coffee flavors really come to stand out. As these flavors begin to fade, a slightly bitter coffee aftertaste sticks around to linger on the palate between sips.

Medium bodied with little carbonation, this beer is a great drinker but leaves a bit to be desired. The body is smooth and enjoyable without becoming coating or sticky. The carbonation is definitely lacking as this beer has zero fizz and is a bit rough in the swallow.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown with good clarity and a deep garnet hue. It pours with two fingers tan head with a good retention period and made of rocky and dense, compact bubbles.

S: It smells awesome, not quiet smell like any other stout having great balance of hops and roasted grains. The hops have moderate aromas of pine and citrus. The grains have a moderate roasty aroma and moderately-low chocolate and coffee smell to them.

T: One tasty Stout here with a lot of roasted grains and a lot of hops. The moderate hops bitterness slightly beats the moderate roasted grains to the taste buds. There is a good roasted coffee bean and bitter chocolate flavor with a moderate citrus hops having a decent amount of pine as well. The balance is bitter mostly from the hops with the bitter dark grains adding just a touch. The finish is fairly dry and the after taste is of bitter chocolate and hops bitterness.

M: A meduim-full body with moderately-strong carbonation and a light creaminess. There is a very slight astringency.

O: A bold American Stout jam packed with hops, roasted grains and a touch of chocolate and coffee. The is a new favorite as far American Stouts.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like these 16oz cans; I get to use my imperial pint glass. This beer was a very dark brown, almost black, color. There was a moderately-sized tan head that left a bit of lace.

Strong piney hops aroma. Some chocolate, and some brown bread.

Big pine presence. Chocolate and dark coffee.

This was a very dry beer. I enjoyed it.

Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz tall boy, freshness date on the bottom of the can. That is one sexy looking can!

LOOK: Tall crown of tan lace, a few shades away from total blackness.

SMELL: Roasty, chocolate, soft spruce, yeast, molasses, mild charcoal, caramelized raisins, chocolate mint, orange pith

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, charcoal, brown malt, bread crust, dried hay, yeast, baked apples, faint mint, warming alcohol, kiss of orange zest, evergreen, drying finish

Really fresh tasting, a stout that took a path less traveled as well. The roastiness matches the hoppiness which matches the sweetness, one would say balanced but that is not saying enough. From all of that it lands firmly on the palate and demands that it is drinkable ... which it is.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Mugs in Brooklyn. Pours near black, with no light shining through, dark tan head with lovely, fine and well developed ringed lacing left behind. Roasty nose, premiers this tasty, classy stout. Lots of roasted, burned grains, with softening notes of vanilla. Smooth, smooth, smooth, great tasting and easy drinking stout. More fine brew from 6point.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap today while having lunch w/ fellow BA, MuddyFeet.
Arrived slight chilled, solid black w/ no light passing through...a full finger and a half of creamy tan head. Thin lacing w/ decent hold.
Aromas very faint w/ some chocolate and vanilla hints...
The taste is one solid, well balanced stout...a hefty portion of semi-sweet chocolate, coffee and vanilla bean. No alcohol detected.
Mouthfeel was medium bodied and the carbonation was fantastic for the style.
I could enjoy this one all afternoon if it wasn't for this darn work thing...just slightly sweet w/ a very subtle dryness to it. Very clean w/ no bitterness in the finish...an overall great brew.
These guys at Sixpoint have really got my attention...so glad to see them hitting the Boston scene w/ fury.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours one fingers worth of a white head. Black mostly opaque body with deep brown colors around the edges. Head fades to just about nothing.

Smells sweet, light roast, light grassy and earthy tones. Some yeasty bready notes as well.

Tastes sweet and milk chocolatly. Some light roast again mixed with a light hop gassy bitterness.

It has a fairly creamy texture but the overall body is somewhat thin. Light carbonation keeps this one on the highly drinkable side.

Overall this one is an easy drinking stout. I was hoping for more flavor, body and bitterness.

$2.95 a can.

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown in color with 1/3 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: piney hops and chocolate--very different smelling

Taste: deep chocolate, cocoa, and caramel--almost like a Friendly's sundae--sharp piney hops at the end.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, low carbonation, sweet with a bitter end

Overall: If I was not so in love with Righteous, this would be my favorite from the brewery. This one is a great more hoppy than usual stout. However, the sweetness build up really works here. I will be buying more of this. An amazing beer.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma has some chocolate and roasted malt, as well as a little bit of pine. The flavor is more of the same. The bitter chocolate notes come through quite strongly, as does some roasted malt, earth and pine. There is also a hint of burnt malt, which goes well with the other aspects. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a Guinness pint glass.

Pours a very dark black with a nice one finger dark brown head that slowly fades. Nose is very chocolatey and rich.

Taste is very toasty, roasty and bitter. A nice light happiness as well. Mouthfeel is well balanced, a bit crisp but there's a nice sharp finish. Overall it's pretty decent but something is missing.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, fridge temp poured into a big bulb style glass. best before 15MAY2012 stamped on the bottom.

pours out black, just a little ruby brown on the edges, more so in the light. very nice dense, creamy light mocha colored head that stays around nicely. lots of thick, sticky lace.

lots of earthy hops initially. pine, a little dank, slightly spicy. hints of roasted malt.

pine and citrus hops, slightly earthy at times. a dry cocoa roasted malt with a hint of smoke comes next and then is quickly taken over by an IPA like slightly dry bitterness. a little grain. kind of a spicy slightly muddled yeasty taste.

a lighter, dryer finish that you would expect, again more IPA like. smooth. very drinkable.

id definatly call this more of a black IPA, a pretty good one at that. but call it a stout, really makes no difference to me. i would have maybe liked a touch more roasted malt, the roast flavors are definatly there, they just get lost quickly from all the hops. also has a lot less of that signature phenolic yeast strain i find in most of their beers, niether good nor bad. something id buy again for sure, i look forward to everything that comes from sixpoint.

Photo of stevedbrown
4.94/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer hands down, it's what a Guinness should be.

Perfect smoothness, slightly hoppy, but exactly right. My only real complaint about this beer is that it's not available in the summer when it's replaced with the horror that is Apollo.

Photo of andrecrompton
2.65/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16oz can

The pour is a pitch black color with a tan/white head. The smell is a heavy roast with a medium coffee smell. The taste matches the smell. Heavy roast and medium coffee with no other true flavors. The body of the beer is surprisingly thin compared to most other stouts. The after taste leaves the same light flavors on your tounge.

Personally was disappointed as I really like the Bengali Tiger from six point. Didn't really match up well with my second tier stouts. I would recommend Rouge Chocolate or Double Chocolate, Founders BS, or Great Divide Yeti's. They will not disappoint.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a case for 36 dollars definitely worth the asking price, and than some...this is one hoppy stout. Possibly brewed before the Black IPA craze hit the country. Tall boy 16 ounce cans pouring proper into a nice bowl shaped chalice I had clean. Pours pitch black like you guessed it...Diesel oil. Anyways it does have a super smooth velvet texture going on one you look at the deep dark tan head forming thick above the rim of your glass. Fine thickets of layered lacing form as the glass dwindles. Arom has dark roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate and a hint of masked coffee, what is the coffee maked by? What could possibly cover up the dark roasted malt nose? The boat loads of fresh vinous hops, in this case a nice blend of pine/herbal hops jump out of the glass and the can reads 69 IBU, 6.3% abv, and 35 SRM. Underlying the hops and obvious dark roasted malts is a bunch of caramelized malt sugars peaking through with a toasted marshmallow experience that really ties everything together to smell that. Flavors meld nice even though it brings the hop bitterness, dark roasted malt bitter dark chocolate in the roasted malt profile with a forest of green almost minty pine going on, I think it's drinking great and definitely is easy to finish like most of the Sixpoint canned offerings I've had. Carbonation is ample tickles the back of the throat, medium to fuller bodied stout with a slick layer of fresh hop oils. I don't regret the case purchase I don't picture myself getting tired of this beer anytime soon, cheers to beer!

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 1 pint poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown (almost black) with red tints at the bottom, opaque, but carbonation can be seen sneaking up the sides of the glass. A nice thick off-white head, sits on top like root beer float foam.

S: Chocolate nubs, coffee, roasted malt, slight caramel, toffee.

T: Bitter chocolate, roasted malts, burnt coffee, some astringency from hops, some fig and a long and lingering finish.

M: Medium to heavy and dry.

O: Bitter rather than sweet, Diesel is an apt name for this heavier more burnt stout. Diesel is heavy on the roasted and burnt qualities of roasted malt. As it warms, it loses some of the astringency and gains more caramel sweetness.

Photo of Brenden
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark brown and thick without reaching huge RIS-levels of viscosity, it definitely looks diesel. Topping it is a thick tan head that grows to about two fingers in height. The settling of this head is one finger. In other words, when it fades away or drops or however you'd reference it, it's still a full finger tall and never less. Lacing begins at the rim of the glass and forms a sheet that coats it the entire way down. I guess this one's a beauty AND a beast.
Roast comes out in the nose, yes, but even stronger are the chocolaty and charred notes as well as a pithy pine from the hops; it's definitely brewed in a modern American tradition, with a heavy hand on the hops for a stout. It's a little nondescript and surprisingly subtle given what I've seen, but hopefully some of that will open up.
The pith and pine are actually seemingly the strongest flavors. A bit of citrus peel comes out in the bitterness as well. Char backs off to keep the bitterness at an even keel, a good call since there's little sweetness. There's a heavy dryness, in fact, which in combining with a bit of woodiness gives this a more literally piney flavor. Some dry bread crusts speak to the malt presence. This is well done, especially considering how unbalanced it has potential to be. I do wish it was sweeter, even if just a little.
The body's not huge and thick, though it is full. At first it seems to sit on the border of what could be a richness that it just misses. It's a little more heavily carbonated than might be expected in a stout, but that drops off nicely. What remains is a surprisingly creamy, rich smoothness.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into chalice. Best by May 15th 2012 on the bottom.

A: Pours a very dark black that barely lets through a dark ruby light. 1 finger khaki head that leaves some lacing as it fizzles.

S: Initial smell was earthy hop notes! Some dark fruits like raisin and also roasted malt. Faint chocolate. Vanilla and spice?

T: Has hops no doubt but behind that is a great stout taste that has heavy bourbon flavor. Vanilla and oak are in there. Chocolate and coffee stout flavors too. Alcohol is present. I find this to be a nice and complex beer.

M: On the thinner side of the stout realm. Leaves some stickiness in between sips. Low carbonation. Pretty drinkable though. Warming as well.

Overall a unique american stout. I like the tall boy can and I think it leaves a lot of the hop flavor in tact. Been liking this brewery.

Photo of rdilauro
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I think I would have rated this one higher, if I was smart enough to read about the beer. Diesel, Black Can - no brainer - Its a Stout!
So, I was expecting an awesome stout.
I guess at my first pour, I should have realized this was something different. I did enjoy this beer, but I was looking for a Stout, so when I found a Stout/IPA I was totally taken by surprise. At first, I said, "This is not a full stout", then on second sip, I am saying to myself IPA
So the combination of both Stout and IPA is interesting... Just was not something I was expecting

Photo of bensbeers
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is pitch black with a thick, tan, dirty head. Can see the slightest reflection of amber at the bottom of my glass. Head appears sticky, lingering about a half centimeter throughout the first half of my beer and leaving perfect circles of lacing around the glass.

Smells quite hoppy for a stout - definitely piney as the packaging suggests; maybe a hint of cherry and banana, too. Notes of sweet chocolate and toffee, as well.

Tastes begins bittersweet a la chocolate and coffee; transitions to a smokey, malt flavor; and finishes with the slightest hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but still lightly carbonated. Taste lingers on the tongue for a good while after you sip.

Overall a solid brew from Sixpoint. What I enjoyed most was the fact that this was "hopcentric" stout. Diesel was my introduction to Sixpoint, and I'm quite impressed. Will definitely be checking out their other selections.

Photo of DrewShal9
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brownish black with a creamy khaki white head
S: sweet malt with a hint of piney hops
T: very buttery, are my tastebuds off or did I get a bad can?
M: medium bodied, like a 1% milk
O: had high expectations and not much was met. Disappointed.

Photo of tdm168
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - black with a huge, frothy, dense, brown head that has tremendous retention

S - big piney hops, some faint chocolate, faint coffee

T - roasted malts, coffee, faint chocolate, big earthiness, huge piney hop finish

M - medium bodied though thin at times, well carbonated

I have to say that this is not what I expected from a stout. This is an incredibly hoppy and bitter with secondary notes of roasted malts, I really enjoy this. To some peoples standards this could be construed as a black IPA. I'll have another for sure.

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Discovered Sixpoint on a podcast called the Brewery Show on my BlackBerry and the recent posts about 16oz cans coming soon!!! Had on tap @ Blue Dog in Lansdale, PA.

Great carbonation and dark chocolate brown color. Lacing was absolutely beautiful and head was retentious. Smell is outstanding, bittersweet chocolate and caramel. The flavor reminds me of a dark chocolate snickers bar. Very rich, excellent caramel profile. Hops shine accordingly. Smooth mouthfeel and would have had loved to try it on nitro.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sixpoint "Diesel"

Appearance: Black in the glass beneath a creamy head of yellowed tan. Good head retention; better lacing that leaves torn-up sheets of lace about the glass.

Aroma: Light roast, a touch of caramel, some chocolate and subtly smokey.

Flavor: Rich and full with loads of burnt roastiness, coffee, chocolate, and caramel (light and dark). There's also some woody, earthy, and leafy character that's probably due to the hops. Solid bitterness and a light touch of dark malt acidity balance it out; and the alcohol makes a shadowy appearance as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body and gently bristling on the tongue.

Overall: "Bitch slap" in a glass - direct and immediately confrontational. A full-throttle, take-no-prisoners stout. It never goes over the edge, however, and as it warms it opens to become a bit more relaxed and more complex. Very nicely done, and certainly worth trying.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.84/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16oz. can poured into a pint glass. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a slowly cascading, 2 finger fine, light mocha colored head with good retention. Beer is a light, opaque black. Lacing is stringy and web-like with ggood cling. Pretty.

Nose is roasted malt, cocoa, and liquorice with a creamy, lactose presence and some undertones of hop bitterness. Moderately aromatic. Less robust than I would like from the style.

Opens creamy roasted malt. Smoky hop bitterness. Espresso, liquorice, and ash. More roasted malt with some cocoa powder coarseness towards the middle. End is a slight touch of roasted tartness. Finishes char and smoke with a bitter aftertaste. A bit one dimensional and really lacking any sort of prominent malt component.

Light bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth but with a touch of carbonation and liveliness going down. Finish is sticky with a lingering aftertaste. Average.

With so many solid stouts out there, this one really leaves something to be desired. Very one dimensional with a pretty bland, unimpressive flavor profile. Once is enough with this one.

Photo of dirtylou
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz CANquest, great dane imperial pint

Motor oil - quickly dissipated mocha ring - serious business here. A pretty simple, but well done stout - licorice, smoke, charred malt, some leafy pine hops. This stuff is tasty enough - its a rare occasion to even find a standard stout these days, so this was a nice change of pace

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Diesel from Sixpoint Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 827 ratings.