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Diesel - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

776 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 776
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%


Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark, almost black. Dark brown at edges when held to direct light. Head is tan, creamy and sticky. Small cap on the beer lasts for the duration. Pours with decent viscosity. Looks to be on point for the style.

Smell: Chocolate malts. Some nice pine notes from the hops. Roasty malts round everything out. Touch of citrus. Slight touch of char. Definitely a more aggressive hopping than I'm used to for the style. It's almost touching on a mild black ale.

Taste: Pine and roasted malts. Chocolate malts in copious amounts. Cocoa and milk chocolate. Some citrus notes as well. Char on the back. Hops dominate over the malts, again asserting that black ale characteristic. There's an attempt at balance, but it slowly loses out over the course of the beer. As it warms, the pine begins to dominate and shoves the malts back.

Mouthfeel: Super creamy. Almost as if it were a nitro can. Smooth and easy drinking. almost absurdly so. Carbonation is on the low side.

Overall: Another beer from Sixpoint that's decent, but doesn't really carry for the duration of the beer. Flavors are good, but lose a little balance in the long run. Points for being easy drinking, but there's something distinct about Sixpoint dry-hopping that just doesn't work for me.

Serving type: can

11-29-2011 21:59:10 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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VaTechHopHead


3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Typical stout black with a nice thick white head that leaves nice lacing

S - light aromas of very rich roasted malts, a hint of sweetness and dry burnt aromas. Very rich and pleasing

T - Not as strong as I had hoped, the malt flavors are lighter than the aroma suggests but the richness of the roast is still dominant. Finishes semi dry with a nice nuttiness

M - medium body with a dry finish. Nicely carbonated and easy to drink. No.presence of alcohol

O - Not a bad American stout, wish the flavor was a little more robust but the malt bill is very well constructed

Serving type: can

02-05-2012 01:04:04 | More by VaTechHopHead
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We pop the tab and pour a brew of dark roasted coffee coloring. It holds a one and a half finger head of massive tan bubbles. This shows decent retention, leaving spotty, chunky lacing down the sides of the glasses. A big film of fatty bubbles sits in broken aggregates across the liquid’s surface. Carbonation appears medium, there is moderate haze, and large chunks of yeast float about the drink. The aroma is sticky sweet with milk chocolate and fiery roasted malts. There is added sweetness of heavy creamer, warm butters, and a malted milk ball quality of chalk and sugars. Hints of caramel and gingerbread spice come with warmth, with lighter citric hops, and faint booziness wafting off the top. Our first impression is that the flavoring is comparatively mild, and less sweet than the nose had suggested. As we sip, the flavoring opens with steely malts, syrupy fig sweetness, additional coin of yeast, and charred malts. The middle bitters further, peaking with medicinal phenols, smokiness, orange peel of citric hop, and darkened chocolate malts. The finish is significantly watered through, with more soapy and piney hops, chalky grain, sugary chocolate syrup, and blended depth of char and smoke. The aftertaste breathes bitterly of chalky cacao, soured chocolate malts, light vinegars, and bittering piney hop bite. The body is lighter to medium, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is left significantly dried, following a light and cooling coating. There is nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth to each sip, leaving the mouth happy. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. There was a nice sweetness, with a warming creaminess, almost like a milk stout, which made for a very inviting start. The flavoring, however, didn’t match up. While there was nice bitterness, and chocolatey, malty dryness, the end of the sip felt rather watered down. The flavoring did show a bit more sweetness with warmth. This, coupled with the lighter body, made for a less than perfect brew.

Serving type: can

11-20-2012 23:24:18 | More by TheBrewo
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DrewShal9

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: can

01-24-2012 05:21:48 | More by DrewShal9
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RHCP313

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tallboy can, received in a local for local trade from GrindFatherBob. Thanks man!

Served in an imperial pint.

A: Pours a midnight black, not quite opaque as some nice garnet and ruby highlights appear when held to the light. A shortlived khaki head forms and dissipates into a thin ring. Foamy lacing left when rolled around.

S: Nice notes of coffee and roast. Smokey malts with sweetness coming through. Some flowery herbal aromas coming in as well. I believe this may be Sixpoint house yeast working.

T: Approachable bitter malt, black coffee with some smokey wood flavors in front. Notes of pine and herbs. Slightly spicy, and very unique.

M: Medium bodied with even carbonation and full, robust flavors.

O: This is a very cool take on the style, nicely different than a lot of the sweeter American stouts out there. Though I'm drinking this in the early evening, this would be a fantastic pairing with some breakfast potatoes or a hearty hash. Bold, smokey malt with herbs and spice.

Serving type: can

01-29-2012 01:25:59 | More by RHCP313
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ToasterChef

Maine

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cellar temperature can is poured into an Imperial pint glass.

The beer is fully black and opaque. A good amount of light brown foam rests on top. Excellent lacing is left behind.

The aromas are both roasty and sweet. I can detect a little bit of alcohol in there; at least, that's what I think it is. The ABV doesn't seem like one that a beer with detectable alcohol would have.

The beer has a toasted malt flavor and some lingering bitterness. There is a very light sweetness. All in all, there isn't much that stands out about the flavor.

The body feels a bit lighter than average, but the carbonation seems appropriate for the style. There isn't any stickiness. A small coat is present, but doesn't seem to be all that flavorful.

I rate this a slightly above average stout. It isn't one I'd go out of my way for, but I wouldn't refuse one either.

Serving type: can

02-03-2012 02:14:13 | More by ToasterChef
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: can

02-17-2012 22:45:32 | More by kingcrowing
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jvillefan

California

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark brown body with a mocha brown/white one finger head.

S: A very muted aroma. It is difficult to smell anything at all. There is a stale lager aroma with subtle chocolates.

T: There is a bitter harshness to the flavor with some chocolate and coffee flavors present as well.

M: The body is very light but there is fantastic carbonation.

O: This is good but not great. Worth trying if you can find it.

Serving type: can

02-22-2013 04:09:18 | More by jvillefan
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barczar

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cola color, becoming opaque in the glass with ruby highlights and a dense held inch milk chocolate head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Roast malt and pine are evident at a distance. Chocolate and soy accompany light citrus notes in the aroma. Malted milk balls and resin surface as it warms.

Flavor is dominated by roast malt, which quickly gives way to an underlying citrus flavor, finishing fairly bitter and piney. It's a battle of charred breadcrust and grapefruit tartness, with initially subdued resin and pine emerging late, along with chocolate.

Body is on the light side, with fairly high carbonation. There's noticeable alcohol warmth.

An interesting combination of flavors, but it's somewhat two-note. Has the roast characte of a stout and the citrus profile of an ipa. Not a standout, though.

Serving type: can

12-12-2012 02:38:15 | More by barczar
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rdilauro

Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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

Serving type: can

12-21-2012 03:45:26 | More by rdilauro
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bs870621345

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I love six point, so I had to give this one a try.

Pours dark brown with an inch of off white head. Leaves a good amount of lacing down the glass.

Smells of coffee, roast, caramel and a hint of citrus.

Taste is of coffee and the roast flavors up front, moving into a creamy sweetness. Finishes dry with a hint of lingering coffee flavors. Well balanced, not much hop presence.

Mouthfeel is creamy and moderate body.

Overall, its a pretty good beer. Well balanced and full flavored with a reasonable amount of alcohol. Gets old quickly, at least for me.

Serving type: can

12-04-2011 22:01:17 | More by bs870621345
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me -enjoyed chilled from a tulip pint.

The color is deep brown like dark roast coffee with a tan cap that holds well and has micro sized bead with substantial lace sticking. The smell is sweet -like unfermented wort with a lot of hop aroma - very floral and slight coffee accent in the malt dept. There is a subtle caramel malt element present in the nose which is like dark fruit.

The feel is ok, but so bitter it comes off as a black IPA, the malt is really hidden behind the intense hop texture which has a high acidity level enhanced by the intense carbonation and astringent aspect with slight metallic combo that brings the high bitterness forward on the palate. The sweetness is there, but kind of lurking in the shadows.

The flavor has a slight molasses taste which is tangy with a light lemon rind accent and burnt toast flavor. I get a slight peppery taste from all the carbonic acid - I actually got indigestion from how gassy it is with a nice light floral residual hop flavor and more light sugary tinges as the stout is swallowed which is the only really indication of malt in the taste. I get the idea of hoppy stouts, but to me this isn't a good stout - it is a black IPA with some caramel malt. I don't think this very drinkable for the style the brewer intended it to be. I prefer a stout that is not as overhopped. I think it is still a decent beer if you are a hop fan, but it is a black ipa in stout clothing to me.

Serving type: can

12-22-2011 17:22:57 | More by Slatetank
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into an imperial pint

A perfect pour yields a pretty two finger mocha colored cap on top of an ebony body. Chunks of lace all over the glass.

The nose is of some earthy, piney hops, roast, and cocoa powder. Not very deep, broad or robust, but pleasing nonetheless.

Roast and cocoa powder up front before piney hops take over for the finish. There is a nice blend of bitterness from the roast and the hops.

A light medium body, smooth. A little thin for my liking.

A nice take on the style, a good hop presence that takes this up an overall notch.

Serving type: can

12-31-2011 21:30:07 | More by ColForbinBC
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - An exceedingly thin finger's worth of lush creamy light khaki colored head that displays fairly impressive retention all things considered... The color isn't black, but rather a deep dark mahogany brown... Still with no discernible carbonation...

S - The nose very subdued... Some faint sweet chocolate notes... Low sodium soy sauce... Some coffee beans... Slightly disappointing to be quite honest...

T - The timid nature of the nose continues through to the palette... Light bitter sweet chocolate chips... Very faint very weak coffee notes... Some light soy sauce...

M - Medium bodied... Smooth... Slightly creamy... A bit of a chalky texture throughout... Even and consistent... Reminded me very much of a Guinness...

D - I've become a rather devoted fan of Sixpoint, but find that this offering misses the mark (at least for me)... Outside a solid appearance, this one is timid in most other regards... I can safely say that while I would never turn on down in a pinch, I would neither purchase again nor recommend with good conscience...

Serving type: can

01-11-2012 03:01:55 | More by philbe311
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abraxel

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF #6, courtesy of mdfb79.

A - Very dark brown, practically black. a few fingers of off-white, cloudy head. Nice lacing.

S - Smells like a quintessential porter, with neither bells nor whistles. Light, slightly fruity dark malt (plums, raisins, etc.), with a healthy counterpoint of earthy, grassy hops. Definitely smells like a good, fresh, American porter.

T - The earthy hops are stronger here... perhaps too much. The portery malt backbone is still there, but mostly covered up. I *could* love this, if it were as balanced as the aroma. As is, it's only okay.

M - Medium mouthfeel, with just a little prickle of carbonation. Seems just about right for a porter (which is my guess).

Overall, I'm pretty sure this is a porter, but I'm not a fan of the hop profile. I like the malty core, but on the whole, I'd pass on another.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 02:07:18 | More by abraxel
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Cask Republic.

A: Black body with reddish-brown highlights; one-inch head of creamy tan froth. Great retention, good lace. Excellent.

S: Lots of roast. Coffee, dark chocolate, char. Some bitter, earthy hops. Straightforward and intense, if a bit astringent.

T: Spicier than the nose, with chili-pepper-spiked chocolate being the dominant flavor. Intense char combines with substantial hops bitterness on the finish to close things out rather harshly, though. Burnt coffee aftertaste. Acrid. Promising, but ultimately flawed.

M: Tons of creamy carbonation helps hide the fact that the body is actually a little on the thin side. Not unpleasant.

O: Not a bad Stout by any means, but it would have been better with a bit more malt sweetness to balance out the astringent roastiness.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2013 18:11:10 | More by woosterbill
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n2185

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with two fingers of tan head that recedes into a thin layer but leaves a solid sheet of lacing.

S: Roasted malts and bitter cocoa up front followed by what I can only describe as a dry, salty, and charred aroma. It's a little piny, but it reminds me almost of an oyster stout. There is a faint sweetness on the finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are roasted malt and bitter cocoa notes up front. I get a dry, salty, and slightly charred character here as well. There are some pine notes on the finish.

M: Medium body with mid-low carbonation, this beer is slightly watery feeling.

O: A decent beer overall with some unique aromas and flavors. They don't work for me very well, but it's still drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: can

04-11-2012 02:27:51 | More by n2185
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head on a deep brown black body with some light getting though. nice lacing.

S: aroma is light and mostly is of roasted malt and some espresso. hint of vanilla sweetness.

T: this one has that buttery aceytl note to me. popcorn corn butter really. The roasted malts come in and out with the buttery notes distracting from the other flavors. sweetness from mild chocolate and toffee.

M: medium body for the style and light carbonation.

Overall: My taste buds really pick up buttery notes in stouts which ruins some of them for me. This one isnt overly buttery but I dont like that its there.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 03:14:18 | More by kylehay2004
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Durge

Connecticut

3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another find at Pies & Pints in Middlebury, CT this stout is typically
pitch black with a goodly topping of light tan foam and blanketing lace. As far
as the aroma, I'm sorry to say nothing much comes to mind here, maybe a slight
hint of malt, but this oddly has little to offer. The flavor thankfully undoes
any harm from the nose hit by delivering a smooth but substantial molasses malt
with mild charcoal edges. There's a mild grassy hop that gradually emerges and
becomes a significant part of this stout along with a lavender idea. Eventually
I get some roasted coffee bean bitterness as well. This presents a solidly
medium body with a bit of an aqueous and chalky feel. It's a solid effort but
not at all extraordinary.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2013 05:47:22 | More by Durge
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Crosling

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

@ Redbones on draught. Black with ruby highlights. Long lasting foam. Subtle, dry, cocoa-like aroma. Fairly simple and straightforward nose. Light cocoa and roast flavor, a mouthful of ripe, plump fruits, followed by a citrusy hop finish. Slightly watery texture. A decent stout.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2008 14:19:00 | More by Crosling
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BklynJRO

New York

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark caramel pour. Looks beautiful in a snifter glass. Cream colored thin head. Overall a very nice looking beer.

S - Roasted malt, a sour dark chocolate aroma. Hint of pine.

T - Very much like a full tasting Black IPA! The aftertaste is excellent with a full sensory experience of the roasted barley. Slightly sour, but more bitter.

M - Perfectly carbonated with a smooth creamy coating.

O - Excellent, especially for the winter. Sixpoint's cans keep this beer fresh and consistently full bodied and flavorful.

Serving type: can

Serving type: can

01-26-2012 03:31:02 | More by BklynJRO
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer pours a black coloring with hazelnut highlights around the edges. A thick, frothy, foamy, uneven head adorns the top of the brew, light tan in color and slowly receding as it sits. Aromas are surprisingly hoppy, with a pine tree and resin blending, along with some molasses sweetness and a roasty character. Flavors are dark roasted coffee through and through, with the resiny and pungent hops along for the ride, giving a tang and slickness to the bitter palate. Caramel and molasses sweetness help to round out the flavors, giving the beer more depth on the tongue. The aftertaste is more of the resiny hops bitterness, with a smooth, sweet undertone. The finish is lingering, with a bitter and slick feel that is both astringent and coating at the same time. Very interesting stout.

Serving type: can

02-15-2012 03:47:36 | More by GarthDanielson
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black, deep brown with a big rocky tan head that refuses to fade leaving big, bubbly foam behind.

S - Roasted malt, dark chocolate, piney and herbal hops. Much lighter aroma than I was expecting.

T - Hop bitterness with piney and fresh green hop flavors. Light char and astringent roast malt notes. Licorice and baking chocolate lead to a lingering, dry herbal finish

M - Medium body, creamy and well carbonated. Dry.

D - The herbal green hops clash a bit with the roasty, char malt.

Serving type: can

02-11-2013 02:40:54 | More by brewcrew76
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gabrielsyme

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tall boy can in a pint glass. Looks very nice, deep brown and lingering foam. Nutty flavor, a good amount of bitterness, mostly in the aftertaste. Maybe a hint of crusty bread. Aqueous mouth feel. Tastes more like a hopped-up porter, without any of the roasty-sweet complexity that I associate with stout. Or maybe it is more accurately described as a play on UK/Irish stout, since it is quite dry. Very easy to drink but nothing too special.

Serving type: can

03-24-2013 23:54:19 | More by gabrielsyme
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was an interesting stout. Dull black when served, it came topped with a frothy tan head. I thought the aroma was of slightly acrid roastiness. Medium in mouthfeel, the roastiness was the most distinct feature I picked up on. It was the most prominent note. Still able to know this had a good sized abv when all was said and done.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2005 12:41:24 | More by PatandDavid
Diesel from Sixpoint Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.