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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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TheSeeker61

Georgia

3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a growler of this from my favorite beer and wine shop, hop city and really enjoyed this stout. The appearance is a dark brown and nice lacing on the glass. The nose is a combination of sourness, hops, dark fruit and malts and the dark fruit come through more as it warms. This stout is a combined malty hoppy mix. Doesn't follow the nose in my opinion. The mouthfeel is medium and overall I've enjoyed this stout. Not the best stout but will have again.

Serving type: growler

03-05-2013 20:47:49 | More by TheSeeker61
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Ego

New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-10-2013 07:01:05 | More by Ego
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark oil like liquid. Huge tan head had a very very slow fade and left lots of lace all the way down the glass.

Smell was very robust, deep roasted coffee and dark german chocolate. Hints of a sugary or caramel sweetness as well. Taste was very thick and complex. Big deep roasted flavor, almost a burnt taste to it. Lots of flavors of coffee and german dark chocolate. Cery thick feel, but not syrupy, great carbonation led to a great silk like feel. Nice big hoppy finish left a very long lingering burnt aroma,

Serving type: growler

09-18-2011 04:33:49 | More by mikesgroove
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ngeunit1

California

4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich black-brown color with a huge tan-brown creamy/frothy covering of head. The head hangs around forever, still lingering as a finger of head leaving behind tons of thick lace.

S - Aroma is full of roasted caramel and chocolate aromas. There is also a bit of coffee and lactate as well as a bit of earth hops as well.

T - Starts off with lots of roasted caramel malts and chocolate flavors. There is also a bit of coffee as well in the background. Through the middle, some lactate sweetness and a bit of earthy hop bitterness come through. The finish is a mix of roasted caramel malts, chocolate, and oak and vanilla flavors that linger really nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels super smooth and creamy. There are some nice roasted and sweet flavors that linger nicely and warm the mouth.

D - Super drinkable. The beer feels really nice and smooth but still bursting with flavors. The roasted flavors are very rich and full. There is also a nice balance of flavors from start to end.

Serving type: growler

06-04-2011 02:42:43 | More by ngeunit1
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alalvarez75

New York

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very Dark. Nice proportionate head which really did leave a ton of lacing in my glass.

S - Very noticeable malt... very roasted with chocolate, coffee, and a tad of vanilla.

T - Roasted malt. Bitter. Very dry and smooth. Bitter lingers in the after taste.

M - Thin to medium. Lots of carbonation. Feels crisp.

O - This is a stout that I could sit and drink more than one. Many more than one. I'd have it again whenever it is available. Not disappointing at all.

Serving type: growler

05-31-2011 00:05:07 | More by alalvarez75
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haazer

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Visited the friends in Levittown so I stopped by the Hulmeville Inn and got my growler filled with this.

A- Pours a large light brown, sand like head. Settles down to about 1/4 inch and retains well. Brew is a murky dark brown, almost black liquid. Some orange tea colors on the sides. Great lacing on the glass also.

S- Suprisngly the first aroma picked up in his resiny hops. That transitions into chocolate notes, some dark fruits, and a roasty malt profile. Tiny bit of caramel rounds out the nose.

T- The taste is like the nose but slightly rearranged. The chocolate and roastiness strike the palatte first, and the the resiney hops take over. The ending flavor is a coffee taste that was not present in the nose.

M- Mouth is a little on the light side for a stout. The bubbly carbonation is felt. Could be thicker to meet my liking.

O- This is deffinitely a good american stout. I like the strong hop aroma and incorporating them into the flavor, but somewhat lightly as stouts shouldnt be hop forward. Lower abv makes this fairly drinkable. Would certainly have again.

Serving type: growler

04-17-2011 04:06:18 | More by haazer
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capra12

New York

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

Reviewed solo served out of an East End pint glass.

Appearance: dark and deep brown with 1 finger of creamy and frothy head,leaving spotty/webby lacing.

Smell: dark over roasted grains.

Taste: opens with coffee bitter as a cofee sour/ dark grainy profile emerges in the middle. As this warms up a bit a dark chocolate and dark malt profile emerges in the middle to finishes as hop bitter sets in leaving a roasted and hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied at most, minimal carbonation and rather smooth.

Drinkability: I would have this again paired with chocolate and/or nuts. I recommend this to those seeking a stout that has some coffee profiles with a hoppy twist on the fnish and no real prominent malt profile.

Serving type: growler

03-10-2010 05:47:45 | More by capra12
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BrewMan13

New York

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

Got a growler of this at my local beer store earlier today. Never having had anything from Sixpoint before, and being a lover of stouts, I had to give this baby a whirl.
Pours fairly black, wih some ruby hi-lights here and there. Decent tan head forms, then mostly dissipates and leaves some decent lacing. Smell is hoppier then expected. Usually with stouts I expect just some roastiness and such, which is there, but also a nice whiff of hops.
Taste reveals a very roasty and moderately hoppy stout. Finish is VERY dry, with some lingering roastiness. Reminds me more of a hoppy irish dry stout then a full-bodied american stout. Mouthfeel is on the thin side for a stout, but as a result, makes it easy to drink.
Not exactly what I was expecting in more ways then one, but it is enjoyable. Cant say I would get it again, but the growler is going down very nice atm.

Serving type: growler

03-01-2008 22:46:43 | More by BrewMan13
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aerozeppl

New York

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Growler into chalice

A: Black with some hints of brown when held up to the light. Decent amount of head especially since this was from a growler.

S: Big roasted coffee beans. Some roasted malt as well. Roasty.

T: Starts sweet then goes into the bitterness. Finishes with a nice touch of malt sweetness. The roast is there the whole time but only reveals itself when the bitterness allows it to.

M: Med body. I actually wanted this stout a little bit thicker.

D: Super easy drinking. Big taste but will not put a hurting on you ABV wise. Good everyday stout.

Serving type: growler

02-23-2008 20:21:09 | More by aerozeppl
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gwong

New York

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

A: Pours jet black with a thick tan head on top. Plenty of lacing remain on the glass after each sip.

S: Strong scent of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate.

T: The roasted coffee really comes through when tasting - it's easily the dominant flavor. A pleasant chocolate aftertaste lingers.

M: Medium mouthfeel and is smooth on the tongue.

D: Very much so.

Serving type: growler

02-04-2008 02:14:22 | More by gwong
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jbsteiny

Hawaii

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a growler of this from Bierkraft. Poured near-black with a substantial tan head at first, but as the glass got down, the head got very thin, and the beer became more translucent and lighter color to almost a dark reddish-brown. Not much lacing...

Smelled very good. Largely caramel and coffee from the malts, but there's some sort of licorice/cherry/vanilla thing going on in the background that's hard to put the finger on and makes it more interesting. All of those flavors figure prominently in the taste, with molasses & wine as well. It starts off pretty bitter, but it gets sweet and creamy as the taste unfolds. Thick velvety feel, good for a couple of pints, but I believe the session ends there. An impressive stout from Sixpoint!

Serving type: growler

05-23-2007 02:36:56 | More by jbsteiny
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stevedbrown

New York

4.95/5  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.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-27-2013 02:19:38 | More by stevedbrown
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beerloserLI

New York

2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours out black from a tallboy can.

Smell is very light and uninteresting. This is a stout?

Taste is very light for a stout and even watery. Some bitterness on the back end but nothing great. This pretty much sucks ass. This is a stout? Seems more like a black ale.

I am never buying this again.

Serving type: can

08-06-2013 03:23:51 | More by beerloserLI
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Kooz

New York

3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured dark brown with a dark tan head into a fluted Murphy's Irish Stout pint glass. The head is thickly condensed and leaves a lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smells a bit like toasted nuts. There's a slight alcohol smell, but only faintly and in the background. There's a maltiness to it as well.

Tastes bitter with a nice finish. It's not a good drinking beer but it's a nice sipping beer. The aftertaste contains a slightly sour note that lingers, but in a pleasant way.

It would have been nice to have a better mouthfeel--this needs more body and a richer creaminess to keep up with the taste. This is the only disappointing aspect of the brew.

I'm happy with this, and I'm happy my wife bought a four-pack, but I won't be seeking it out again with so many good similar beers out there.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-07-2013 01:34:45 | More by Kooz
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty black but slightly reddish when held up to a bright light, with a decent head and sheets of thin but glass-coating lace.

Smell is more like that of a heavier imperial stout, heavy with syrupy dark fruits, some coffee and chocolate, some molasses and brown sugar, some roasted, some burnt characteristics. The taste somewhat follows but it's not as strong tasting as it is smelling. I would say that for me the taste is more appealing, actually. It's more balanced on taste; the aroma is kinda on the too sweet, too much dark fruit side.

Drink wise it's very nice, a good stout that's something of a meal, but isn't overpowering. I am a big fan of stouts in the 6%-ish range, and this one is pretty good. Overall I don't think it's world class, but I'd certainly drink it again, and may have to try some of their other beers that I haven't tried yet.

Serving type: can

06-22-2013 06:26:54 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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screamking

Ohio

4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into pint glass.

This beer pours very close to black with a huge three to four finger darker than khaki head. The head stays for awhile as well. Lots of lacing down the side of the glass as it retreats. Lots of cocoa powder in my first smell. Faint aroma notes of chocolate and coffee. A little bit of dark fruits. Some orange citrus notes in there too.

The taste is very intriguing. Lots of bitter coffee on the front of the tounge. Sweet milk chocolate follows. Then you get some nice citrus hops in the finish. Mouth feel is pretty good as well, it's a little dry and kinda thin. Take those two out of the conversation and then this has a killer feel. I'm very happy with this purchase and even tho this beer is close to its "best by" date, it still has great flavor.

Serving type: can

05-17-2013 21:46:40 | More by screamking
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alaimoa

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can pours jet black with small dark brown lacing. Smells of caramel syrup. Slightly thin mouthfeel but definitely hits coffee, brown sugar and malty flavors. I am used to slight thicker stouts and higher alcohol content. Alcohol smell and taste are no where to be found. I would have rated it higher if it were a bit thicker. Will definitely be buying again

Serving type: can

05-09-2013 22:13:50 | More by alaimoa
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cyclonece09

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a pitch black with a sizable brown head. Smells of coffee and chocolate, with slight hop hint. Tastes of chocolate and a tad of coffee and toffey, but a tad watery. Beer finishes real nice and is light/medium in body, great level of carbonation. Overall a very good beer.

Serving type: can

05-08-2013 23:42:31 | More by cyclonece09
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Act25

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into .5l glass cylinder.

A: Beautiful, pour. Thick dark tan head, with great retention, and lasting lacing. Great stout color.

Smell: So much going on: subtle sweet coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, hops, grass, raisins, barge, and barn.

T: Big earthiness, sort of triple arc between hops, malts and sweets. but never cloying and ever changing. Hints of citrus peel, candy, coal, apples, evergreens, and dry hay. Very happy with this original stout, almost a hoppy porter is how I would describe it.

M: Medium, good weight. nice finish. tickly hops.

Sun-washed barge and barn - two of my favorite images - in one deep dark beer. A new favorite.

Serving type: can

05-07-2013 23:51:46 | More by Act25
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pounder Can > Pint Glass
A - Pours deep black with a thick two finger caramel head, great lacing.
S - Some light malt aroma, and a touch of smoke and some earthy hops, but the aroma overall is weak.
T - Roasted malts and a little smoke touch on them, but some really big earthy hop flavors in this as well with a good medium malt. Nice change of pace.
M - A little on the thin side, but nice bitterness and some roasts that linger.
O - This is off the path of traditional stouts with the good hop body, but the aroma seriously lacks and the mouthfeel isnt really one par, but some could consider that good if your not looking for a super thick stout. Would definitely have again.

Serving type: can

04-21-2013 20:44:37 | More by Omnium
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, pours cola-like black, with a frothy beige head, great head retention, foamy lacing at the top of the glass. Aroma are roasted malt, caramely like cola, chocolate. Tastes are roasted barley, coffeeish, chocolate, finished with some piny hops and a bit of bitterness - a little more than I like in my stout. Mouth-feel is super creamy & smooth, while being nearly full bodied. Overall, I wasn't as crazy over this one as the bros, but it's a good stout with a good name.

Serving type: can

04-09-2013 12:20:57 | More by barnzy78
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Brenden

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: can

04-08-2013 16:03:13 | More by Brenden
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LCB_Hostage

Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass

A: Opaque brown with little head and virtually no lacing

S: Toasty malt, caramel and alcohol (surprising, given the <7 ABV)

T: Toasted grain and some coffee and chocolate overtones. A nice hoppy bite obscures the sweetness that can ruin some stouts for me.

M: A nice clean tingle on the tongue. Perfect level of carbonation. None of the syrupy/oily feel of many stouts.

O: I've never been much of a fan of Sixpoint. Most of their brews either bore me or strike me as failed experiments. The Crisp and Bengali Tiger are both interesting, but both seem to fall well outside the norms for their labeled styles and are not something I have a great desire to drink regularly. This is the first beer from them I'd buy again fairly eagerly. My only quibble (see above) is with calling this a stout. Diesel is a nice, clean, refreshing beer that to my palate is much more in line with a porter or, even more so, a brown ale. But no matter what they choose to call it, this is a nice, very drinkable beer that I will definitely be buying again.

Serving type: can

04-07-2013 22:25:12 | More by LCB_Hostage
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I thought this was outstanding, as much of a brown ale as it is a stout in a lot of ways. pours a muted chocolate brown color, almost dusty looking, paler, and fairly full bodied. the head is off white and rising, decent retention. I love the nose, its a perfect mix of coffee and chocolate, subtle on both counts, but extremely well balanced. the flavor take this balance even further, I think the oatmeal is the perfect equalizer between chocolate and coffee, it works well with both and brings the whole thing to life. I wish this was available here all the time because I would be on it for sure. ashy sweet finish, just right. mellow carbonation and a full body makes this feel real velvety going down. an exceptional brew overall. in a lot of ways too drinkable to be a stout, but perhaps too rich and full bodied to be a brown ale. it sort of blurs the line of distinction, but im happy with this undefinable brew.

Serving type: can

04-07-2013 18:08:30 | More by StonedTrippin
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: can

04-07-2013 00:16:30 | More by tdm168
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Diesel from Sixpoint Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 777 ratings.