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Diesel - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

822 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 822
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 64
Gots: 45 | 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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Photo of Brad007
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a thick, frothy brown head into my glass. What an excellent way to introduce itself.

Whoa! Hop overload! It's a bit much for something that's not an imperial stout. I didn't say that was a bad thing though. There's a hint of roasted coffee underneath.

Ditto! Lots of piney hops with very little roastiness. More like a black ale than stout. Maybe it actually is?

Lingering pine resin and dark fruit at the back.

I see that many of the ratings are low. I think that may be due to the style that was chosen for the review. If we're rating this as a simple American stout, then I can understand. However, this is more of an American Black Ale and for that style, it's quite accurate.

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gift from Ted at Bottle Revolution, along with a second Heady Topper!

Pours a pretty dark brown. Light offwhite head.

I actually get powdered chocolate on the nose. Roasted malts and old hops.

Spicy hops. Almost feels like rye. Dark roasted malts, bitter wood, and slight hints of spicy hops. Actually feels like a Imperial Black IPA. Powdered dark chocolate sits in the background. Its one of style guideline busters.

Photo of Huffs
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pit glass. Nice tan head developed which did not last, laced well. Appearance was dark brown, near black. Aroma was sweet with chocolate, caramel notes with a hint of pine. Taste was dry with hop overtones and hints of pine and spice. Aftertaste was piney and dry. Overall a nice beer, liked the pine balance and hoppy taste.

Photo of BB1313
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best Before May 25, 2013. 16oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours black with just a little light getting through. There's a huge khaki, off-white head which sticks around and leaves very sticky lacing. Really nice looking beer. The aromas are very nice and reminiscent of a Black IPA. Very hoppy with lots of pine resin and oranges. The chocolate malts are very present in the nose as well. The flavors are fine, but a bit of a letdown compared to the aromas. Lots of roasted chocolate and expresso. The hop bitterness is there, but it lacks hop flavor. This doesn't exactly remind me of a stout and would fit better in the "Black Ale" category, in my opinion. Mouthfeel is fine, a little thin, but still has a body to it. The carbonation is moderate. This is a very easy drinking beer.

This is definitely in the Black IPA territory. Nice beer that could be so much more. The aromas had me excited, but the flavors seemed average. Not bad.

Photo of jaxon53
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up yesterday at Austin Liquors in Worcester Mass. Served this chilled, in a pint glass, from a can! Loving craft in a can. Allowed this to warm a few degrees before sampling.

Appearance. Diesel pours out what looks to be a dark brown, but is black in the can. A little brown is seen around the edges. A somewhat harder pour brings on about a solid finger of thinner, coffee ice cream colored head. Head is short live, leaving random streaks of lace in it's wake. Not a bad looking brew.

Smell: Giving the nose a 4.0 for being so interesting alone. Hoppy! Loads of hops lead the nose. Roasty malt base just shows through the hops. Pine pushes through a bit also. The nose just hints at sweet chocolate and fresh ground coffee. Overall, a little dissapointing. Is this really a stout?

Taste: Also interesting. More of a black ale than a stout in my opinion. Plenty of piney hops smack the tongue. Roasted malts aren't as present as in the nose. Very very light notes of chocolate and coffee. Almost a touch of vanilla near the finish. Finishes dry and bitter with no noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thinner, almost watery mouthfeel. Smooth and bitter. Carbonation is very faint.

Overall: Not bad, had to try a new Sixpoint offering. Interesting, but what is it? Seems to blur the lines of a few styles. I would buy this again.

Photo of Wolfpack2005
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to LambAndTunaPhish for sharing this one.

A-Black in the glass, but a dark transparent brown when poured from the can. Two finger head that leaves little lacing

S-Sweet aroma of chocolate malt that is blend with a little pine hops

T-Doesn't quite follow the nose like one would expect. Roasted barley and bitter chocolate out of the gates that leads into a subtle citrus sweetness with a small piney hop punch at the end. The aftertaste leaves you with an earthy bitterness.

M-Light body, thin mouthfeel with moderate levels of carbonation.

O-Very complex beer for the style with the blend of sweetness and hops into a traditional stout.

Photo of Mgm54
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 16oz Can, says "best before may 2013" on the bottom

A - Black, like the name would suggest. cannot see like passing through. Nice tan head on it

S - You can tell it's a hoppy stout from here. Dark roasted notes, with chocolate hints.

T - big, hoppy stout. The hops cover up the roasted and burnt flavors a bit at the start, but they come out more in the finish. Hints of dark fruits.

M - Creamy, which threw me off a bit with the hops, but still good.

O - Solid stout, something different with the hops involved, I'm not really used to hoppy stouts, but this was a good start. I would buy it again, good pick up.

Photo of WMEugene
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark black with a big frothy khaki colored head and great lacing.

S - Hoppy. Pine notes. Light, roasted malts. Surprising to say the least. The hops are in full force - this smells almost like an IPA.

T - Pine hops flavors mix with the roasted malts to provide an interesting taste for a stout. I can pick up some light cream, cocoa, and coffee notes.

M - Medium bodied, ok carbonation, a little bitter due to the hops.

O - A hoppy stout? That's what you get with Diesel. It's unique and probably closer to a Black IPA hybrid than a pure stout. Regardless, this is a nice take on a hoppy, dark brew...more than appropriate for those cold evenings.

Photo of Ego
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$11 for a growl dog of this ? are you serious ? hell yeah... surprised my bro with this one tonight.

eyes...
jet black (what the hell does that mean anyway, I'm too lazy too google it, you do it.. why is a jet black? is it jet ink? is it an allusion to the jets having a black future ? eh...)
fantastic lacing, perfect little pearls of carbonation stack up on each other like so much manufactured sea foam in a movie about beer, the head rolls with the tide and this refuses to look bad or have a favorite side of face to photo, damn, this is one nearly flawless looker.

nose...
piney hops, close your eyes and you will forget the darkness of this beer, the hops are dominant in this fresh batch, you have to work to get just a faint whiff of stout qualities, so honestly the nose is not much here but a nose does not always a beer make

taste etc...
obviously hoppy, there is the faint echo of a normal stout crying out underneath but mostly this is over the top hop but not over to the point of overkill (say that 10 times fast), some roasty flavors, some thicker feel.... it has glimpses of stout and has a good mouth feel

verdict?
looking for an over hopped stout a bit more balanced than some ? ok.
to call this Diesel ?
meh, is this a bad or non enjoyable beer ? hell no
it drinks more like a dark APA (quote me now on a new style). I like it, but don't love it, it certainly straddles the style line precariously... definitely try this one though, especially for the price vs quality ratio offered.

Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a Delirium tulip at low altitude.

A: As black as oil with a creamy mocha-colored head and nice lacing. Head retention is a bit lacking.

S: Coffee, chocolate and lactic notes with a bit of fresh hop character in the background.

T: Dark chocolate and milk notes up front with a bitter, hoppy finish. Not the most complex, but pretty good.

M: Full-bodied and creamy. Just right for the style.

D: Smooth and low in alcohol, this one goes down easy. I feel that the hop bitterness detracts from the drinkability.

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a duvel snifter

A- looks dark brown pouring from the can, dark brown almost black with a two finger tan head, nice lacing

S- Piney Hops, roasty malts, hint of chocolate

T- starts smooth and blends into a nice meld of piney hops and roasty malt character, taste of chocolate , bit not
Much.

M- light-medium bodies with low/medium carbonation, smooth, dry finish

O- a solid beer.... Deffinatley worth grabing a 4pk, seemed to be a bit more of a fresh hopped black ipa to
Me, then a stout, but it was enjoyable... Won't mind drinkin the rest of em that's for sure

Photo of rudzud
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a can of this at Julio's.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a rich, oily black colour with a nice rich two finger mocha head that fades to leave a nice amount of sticky side lacing and a healthy mocha cloud/halo.

S - Smell is a bit underwhelming. There are some super faint chocolate notes as well as bitter hops. Light carmels, just all very faint.

T - The taste though, is not that faint luckily. Nice pleasant chocolate flavours, bitter roast malts amd chocolate with some nice sweet carmelness. The end has some nice piney hop bitterness that is not too assertive but clearly present.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, albeit subtle. Slightly thick, like a good stout. Super drinkable.

O - Overall this was an enjoyable stout. The killer was the smell though, which was average at best. Far too light on the nose, every other aspect of this beer is solid though.

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Diesel pours a deep Almost black mahogany. A little over a finger of mocha icecream colored head is produced from a moderate pour. Very solid retention with rings of lacing as one sips.

S- grainy roasted malt aromas present themselves with notes of brewed coffee, bakers chocolate and freshly doused embers. Pine hop aromas sing along side the roast with a touch of resin and oil. A slight alchohol touch on the finish.

T- Starts with a short burst of oily coffee bean that soon transforms into a crunchy pine hop flavor and bitterness. Espresso and Astringent flavors with a bit of tangerine hop lingers for a nice finish.

MF- slick oily mouthfeel with a medium body. Average carbonation

D- very good drinkability

Overall a solid beer that has nice flavor and bitterness.

Photo of tlazaroff
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unctuous roasted cacao nibs are precisely what I get out of the aroma on this brew. They are backed up by a nice hop profile that comes across as grassy and a bit floral.

Its hard not to like the appearance on this one though. Your typical black ale with brilliant ruby highlights topped by a frothy mocha head and gorgeous lacing.

Flavors are more roast than chocolaty I would say, though, an unsweetened dark chocolate flavor does come though at mid palate. A firm, but light bitterness carries the malt, and work quite harmoniously with each other.

Diesel is quite smooth and carries a low level of carbonation, making this quite easy to drink. Overall it's a nice stout.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Diesel from Sixpoint Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 822 ratings.