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Diesel - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

777 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 777
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2005)
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dar482

New York

4.59/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This comes in a dark black color with a decent ahead.

The aroma has a hop pineyness with maltiness and chocolate.

This beer is really strange. It has stout/porter characteristics, but then a huge hop bite punches you in the middle. It's a lovely flavor that really stands out. The roasted malt, coffee, and bitter chocolate are the dominant flavors however.

The mouthfeel is great. I would compare it most to a porter. I would guess it was such instead of a "stout."

The hoppiness really stands out for me with this beer. I highly recommend it. It's delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2013 05:03:13 | More by dar482
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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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AAG

Texas

3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this stout in downtown Austin outside on a patio deck in beautiful weather. Might bias me in favor of this beer. :)

Appearance - Extremely dark opaque; continuous, white/tan head; about two fingers of head initially.

Smell - Very hard to place; can't smell much; slightly citrus-like and hoppy.

Taste - Very hoppy for a stout; diesel-like hoppiness; strong aftertaste; bitter chocolate/malt taste; burnt; roasted; hoppy.

Mouthfeel - Bitter but still relatively comfortable on the palate; sharp aftertaste after hops.

Overall - A little too much hops for a stout (in my personal opinion) but still tasty; probably wouldn't seek this beer out again but I still appreciate what it is.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2013 17:36:10 | More by AAG
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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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PorterLambic

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Arrives bar-side a deeply brown color with no light getting through. A small head drops quickly to a thin film. No lacing left behind.
Smell is faint malt and what might be a hint of vanilla but honestly, the nose is so ephemeral that trying to find notes here is like a blind man playing "Wheel of Fortune", complete guesswork.
Taste is toasted malt, hops, nut and caramelized sugar notes. Balance is just okay.
A sharp carbonation bite up front, a medium body and a drying finish. Comes across more like a brown ale though the body is a wee bit heavier, especially after the swallow which brings about a somewhat cloying stickiness to the palate. All said, a decent brew but nothing great.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2012 17:13:31 | More by PorterLambic
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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from tap. Pours solid black with no head. Relatively weak nose, but I get smoke and bitter coffee or espresso. There could something meaty in there too. Taste is similar, but it's not great. Mild spice coming through as well. Mouthfeel is smooth but watery. Overall not a fan of this.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2012 00:48:20 | More by rodlavers
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Served with a pitch black body and a light brown, two finger head...nice head retention leads to a full cap and decent lacing

S - A lot going on...dark chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, a lot of citrus hops...everything plays very well together

T - The malts really take over the first half of the beer...dark chocolate again stands strong on the palate...the roasted malts help the chocolate and also give off a little coffee presence...there is a slight smokiness that lingers in the background...towards the finish, a big dose of hops come in...they pair nicely with the bitterness provided by the roasted malt and dark chocolate...but as in all Sixpoint beers I've had, there is a green leaf and stale hop flavor that settles in

M - Medium bodied...carbonated...maybe a little less carb and more body...appropriate bitterness...strange metallic/stale hop flavor

O - Either way you look at this beer, hoppy stout or black IPA, you are getting the best of both worlds...I wish the hops would have been held back a little and focus more on the delicious roasted malt they were able to achieve

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2012 16:07:36 | More by thain709
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Black with little head although there was sufficient retention to leave lacing on the glass. The nose was smokey, which piqued my interest, for sure. The taste was smokey, but there was also an oily flavor that was not terribly pleasant. There was some nice roasted bitterness on the finish, but the odd flavor also lingered.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2012 05:59:53 | More by 57md
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CHickman

New York

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Black Iron Burger in NYC; pours pitch black with brown as the light hits it and a creamy 1 finger tan head that faded and left excellent foamy lacing clinging to the sides.

Smells of roasted malts, toffee, floral hops, piney hops, coffee, caramel, roasted grains, charcoal and brown sugar and herbs. Mild for a stout, with a nice hoppy aroma mixed with the coffee and toasted grains.

Tastes of roasted malts, toffee, citrus hops, grapefruit, floral hops, coffee, caramel, light molasses, toasted grains, charcoal, cocoa, light vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar, tea leaf and herbs, and then more subtle and bitter hops in the finish; a very tasty stout that is complex, bitter and full of rich roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a light body, an almost watery feel and a roasted bitter aftertaste.

Quite a tasty stout that borders on a light stout mixed with an IPA - really an enjoyable beer that goes down smooth and easy. This to me is a great session hoppy stout that was well balanced with a near perfect mix of roasted malts and sweet tasty hops; I’m a huge IPA guy so this was right in my wheelhouse. Looking forward to trying this from a can.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 03:55:51 | More by CHickman
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Fadefury

Maryland

2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Black, with tan/off white head with nice fluffy head.

S: Hops, hops, and more hops. You can very very slighty smell coffee. Couldn't make out much else.

T: Lots of hops, which overwhelm the "stout" taste I love so much. Coffee and roasted malty bitterness. Not the most appealing for my taste.

M: High carbonation for a stout. Dry and bitter

An interesting beer that I would not classify as a stout to those unfamiliar with labels. This isn't something I'd drink multiple of or could see myself buying again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2012 17:21:58 | More by Fadefury
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oline73

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the Mad Mex in Willow Grove. Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours almost black with some light getting through at the edges. There is a half finger of fluffy tan head that leaves some lacing.

Smell: This is a mild smelling beer overall. Smooth roast with some sweetness from the malt.

Taste: Roasted malt with some mild smoke and dark chocolate notes. There is a dark fruit like tartness in the taste that stands out a bit too much.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with smooth, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The tartness overshadows the other flavors a bit too much. This beer is still easy to drink and pretty good.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2011 23:30:54 | More by oline73
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Brewmeist

Pennsylvania

1.25/5  rDev -67.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Served on tap into a pint.

A- appears to be a typical stout. Opaque in color, nice light brownish head. Frothy

S- the only way I can describe it is an uncleaned thrift store, spliced with stale salsa.

T- like it smells. Nothing like a stout what so ever. Has toasted qualities, but has failed to satisfy me in any breech of characteristic.

M- dull. Very little carbonated bite. Murky. It scares my mouth

D- not at all. Sixpoint isn't a bad brewing company at all. The bengali is an awesome canned ipa totally worth your buck, but this...this is a failed experiment. Perhaps next year they'll pick up on some cues on how a stout is supposed to taste.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2011 06:42:50 | More by Brewmeist
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/17/2011 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a short dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of milk chocolate and dark fruit.\ followed by a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice stout to drink for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 21:55:58 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black in color with a thick 2" head that lasts a while. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of earthy tones come through to the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, milder coffee flavors, some prune sweetness, and a nice hop bitterness balances this one out nicely.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste is short lived.

Overall: a very drinkable stout with a nice flavor profile. Easy to consume a few of these in a session.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2011 12:08:14 | More by Gavage
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devinoconnor

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice stout with a little more flavors than the run of the mill stout.

Pours a very dark color with a brownish white head.

A surprising amount of hops hit the nose, mixed with more typical stout flavors like toffee.

Taste is intense, earthy flavors, mixed with hops and dark chocolate. Very creamy and warm.

Medium bodied and went down pretty smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 19:55:13 | More by devinoconnor
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Big fluffy head of 2-3 fingers, big messy lacing, sort dark almost pitch black color.

Nose light cocoa powder, roasted malts, chocolate malts, oats, light earthy and slight grassy hops, light caramel and vanilla, light fluffy malts, creamy.

Taste roasted malts, light cocoa, choc milk, bitter charred malts, light vanilla and slight caramel, lighter bodied and malts though, but fluffy, some earthy light spicy and grassy hops and fairly bitter. Finishes a bit more bitter with earthy spicy hops, light caramel and darker roasty malts, touch of vanilla, drier finish too.

Mouth is med bodied but feels a bit light overall, creamy, decent carb.

Overall some great flavors, nice hops but a bit heavy in hops and light in body but great malt flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2011 04:13:33 | More by jlindros
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TheSupremeAJ

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2011 02:10:38 | More by TheSupremeAJ
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wcintula

New York

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great stout. Poured into a Guinness pint tulip, with a dark brown body and a finger and a half or so tan head. Very layered pleasant smell of strong roasted malts, coffee-like aromas, a hint of chocolate and slight alcohol with all of these flavours become twice as complex on the tongue and palate. This beer is awesome with a moderate body that's held up well by sufficiently crisp carbonation. I will enjoy this wherever I find it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2011 17:40:49 | More by wcintula
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JizackFH

New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 on 3/17/11.
Reviewed from notes.

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. It has a nice 1-finger light tan head, that leaves good lacing behind on the glass.

S - It smells of deeply roasted malt. It smells a tad grainy, and there are notes of chocolate, coffee, and a bit of vanilla. There is also a touch of caramel sweetness present in the nose.

T - The taste has a nice bit of roasted malt bitterness. I am getting some good notes of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and some hop presence. The finish has a bit of lingering bitterness.

M - It has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy, and it has some lingering roasted bitterness. I think the feel is good for the style.

D - The drinkability here is good. It is smooth and has good flavor. I could definitely drink a few of these in a sitting. I'm glad I got the chance to try this, and I for sure think its worth giving a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2011 12:50:49 | More by JizackFH
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sweet Afton for $6/pint. This is a great example of an American stout, I was impressed. It paired flowery, fruity citrus hops with big chocolate grains. The roast is a on the lighter side for a stout, but with the hops it creates a fantastic dark chocolate character. The body isn't too thick or sweet, but it's substantial enough to make a satisfying beer I wouldn't mind having a couple pints of.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 18:22:52 | More by tempest
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mgoblue5743

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

wow, you have to really like bitter espresso beans to like this beer. I am a stout man and this was not for me.

in its defense, i had it on tap at about 40 degrees, but this beer is way too bitter for me, for a stout.

i really was rooting for sixpoint too...

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2011 00:20:02 | More by mgoblue5743
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Pony Bar last night.

The pour was on par for the course, jet black with dark brown highlights, and a dense, brown head with great retention. Moderate lacing is present too. The nose is loaded with dark, bitter chocolate, quite excellently so. There's also a rather noticeable earthy and citrus hop character. Plenty of roasted malt bitterness is also perceived. The palate opens with a robust roasted malt bitterness and a dark chocolate character. In fact, it tastes like it smells, with some coffee character added, mostly a chicory-like bitterness. The hop character is most noticeable up front, before it whelmed by the malt character. Moderately fruity with a little plum, this finishes dry with a pronounced roasted grain bitterness. Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation, this beer is solid. Not really something you'd shotgun, though.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2010 16:43:38 | More by DefenCorps
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a nice dark tan head, with good retention and decent lacing. The smell was mostly roasted malt and some cocoa powder, with very subtle grass. The taste was even more underwhelming, with toastiness dominating, some toffee creeping in, and a lot of grassiness at the finish. Also, very very thin for a stout.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2009 06:57:00 | More by donniecuffs
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Nickls

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes) Edit: I sampled the 2005 version of Diesel that was tapped at Blind Tiger.

A - Poured with a thin white head, and had a dark ruby brown color

S - Malt up front with some dark fruit and a touch of hop bitterness

T - Like the aroma, the malt shows up first but instead of fruity is much more of a roasted and chocolate quality. Dryish finish

M - Medium to thin MF, with a very low carbonation level that is expected for the style

D - Decent drinkability, and not too overwhelming on any front. A well balanced and easy drinking brew.

Overall, this is not a powerhouse brew and not too showy. However, it is a very well balanced and tightly packaged brew. Definitely recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2008 04:06:09 | More by Nickls
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Real espresso darkness with tight rye bread head and excellent lacing.

Lots of grassy hops and chicory - not a lot of alcohol. Some coffee and malt roast - decent.

Nice and balanced - grass hops mix very well with roasted chocolate and coffee malt. Slight carbonation keeps it clean.

Light for style - all working in beautiful chemistry to provide clean, deep dark finish.

Borderline sessionable yet filling - well done!

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2008 08:18:47 | More by IBUnit63
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Diesel from Sixpoint Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 777 ratings.