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Diesel - Sixpoint Brewery

Not Rated.

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very good

296 Reviews

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Reviews: 296
Hads: 828
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 71
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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Photo of kylehay2004
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is near black in color; traces of amber are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a finger high tan head that slowly died down and left a thin film of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with hints of citrusy hops.
T: The beer is quite hoppy for a stout and has a light to moderate amount of bitterness akin to that of a Black IPA. There are flavors of roasted malts along with hints of coffee.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer finishes dry.
O: Despite the bitterness, the beer is quite easy to drink because it isn’t as fuller-bodied compared to other stouts.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a dark brown color with a tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer has a much larger amount of hops on the nose than I expected. The aromas of roasted malts are in there as well but the hops are much stronger. The taste of the of beer reminded me more of a Black IPA than a stout. I found it to be pretty appealing to me since I don't mind hoppy beers. The mouthfeel was a little bitey with a sharpness to it from the hops. Overall this beer was pretty good I thought, I could go for some more sometime for sure. I'd say it's worth trying.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with an espresso brown color and a sturdy tan head that declines to a ringlet but leaves plenty of lace on the glass

Smell: Chocolate

Taste: Chocolate dominates the front end, with a bit of alcohol coming through (surprising); after the swallow, a bitter, roasty flavor appears and leads to the coffee-influenced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a nice, straightforward stout that has plenty of complexity

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

Roasted barley and high (American) hop levels are usually a clash for me. But as the American Stout style perscribes this balance, I often offer forgiveness with this dichotomy. But no such concessions are needed here as the beer's bold "true-malt" flavor separates the roast from citrus for a smooth procession across the palate.

Always taken back by a black ale pouring from a can, I simply can't get enough of this surprise. It's highly viscous darkness can be considered thick and oily to the eye. A seriously dense coat of foam tops the beer with a spongy texture that seems as dense as the beer itself. Its onyx-like sheen suggests clarity despite its opaque ominous pour.

Surprisingly, hops command the initial aromas with bright and zesty citrus, coupled with pine needles and fresh-mowed grass. Lurking closely behind the stern scent of French-press coffee, nuts, and chocolate. Buried deep with in the scent is the hearty sweet aroma of caramel and heavy whipping cream type of malt character.

Rich and creamy taste of malts kick off the taste- Smooth cold-pressed coffee taste is boldly roasted and link up with bittersweet chocolates, roasted walnut, and burnt toast. The long middle palate allows the char to settle and the creamy sweetness of caramel and whipped cream to grow. It buffers the char from the hops to come. Finishing with resinous hop bitterness, the hops resist balance in taste but crisply bitters the beer to finish.

Very full in texture, the beer's creamy carbonation and residual sweetness keeps the beer structurally sound until very deep in the taste where the malts fade, the carbonation recedes, and the alcohol rises to assist the hops with a malty-dry closure.

Diesel is a fortified American Stout that has absolutely no problem placing hops in the forefront. Even though there may seem to be two beers living in this imperial can, its schizophrenic demeanor works in this case.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour, appears black in the glass with a reddish glint in the light. Sticky halo of tan lace, creamy head of foam that has some lasting power.

Chocolatey aroma, light coffee, light piney hops.

Smooth and medium bodied, creamy feel, ample hop bitterness, green and pine laden. Lightly roasty, mint and ashy wisps of char, not sweet, finishes dry. Pretty nice rendition of a Black IPA, or hoppy Stout, depending who you ask.

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Photo of mikesgroove
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,

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Photo of oline73
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.

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Photo of nickfl
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of off white foam on top of a completely black body. The foam settles fairly rapidly and leaves good lace in its wake.

S - Rich, dark chocolate with smoke and espresso.

T - Nutty carmel up front with smoky espressos. More of the same in the middle with a finish of unsweetened chocolate, caraway seeds, and coffee.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very good, it isn't overly complex, but it has a great combination of dry, roasted malt favors that make for an excellent American stout.

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown/near black, with several fingers of thick mocha head. This retains with a frothy ½ finger, which soaps the sides of the glass with a thick sticky coating of lace. The aroma has a LOT of fresh green citrus at the forefront of this (which has a bit of a raw earthy edge to it), with floral and herbal tones coming in off the sides. There is a malt presence here of light coffee and chocolate flavors towards the back of the nose but they are really crammed towards the rear by those hops.

The taste is mostly all hops, with green citrus flavor the whole way through this that spreads a raw grassy feel out into the mouth and lays a harsh feeling bitter pithiness down on the tongue. This does abate some as things warm up but it never leaves and really isn’t all that pleasant. Like the nose, the malts here are pushed to the rear of the profile, with very light notes of coffee, chocolate, and caramel. There honestly just really isn't enough here to leave much of an impression on me, except maybe just a touch of a dry roasted feel that hangs in a finish that is mostly all raw aggressive bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied and crisp on the edges, before pulling together into more of a smooth creaminess across the tongue. The ABV is actually pretty well hid here, with just some light warmth present that hangs on the tongue. This is definitely the highlight of the beer.

Like other reviewers have said, this comes off to me more like a Black IPA or a super hoppy American Porter and not a very good one at that. Certainly not even close to the draft version of this beer that I had a while back. Raw bitter hops just dominate this to an unhealthy degree and I struggled to get through even a 1/3 of this can. This is another weak canned effort in a series of them from Sixpoint.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.53/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Thanks to Trexxpaxxs for this can!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 6. It pours a vaguely translucent garnet-brown (very dark) topped by about a finger (give or take) of dusty tan foam. The initial whiff from the can, pre-pour, was loaded with resin-y hops, but the more I sniff this thing the less I get any hops at all. Now things consist of light maple syrup, Belgian candi sugar, a touch of cola, and a little bit of cocoa. It's almost porter-like, but with a vague spiciness I can't put my finger on. With the taste, things go back to bitter, and then some: It's like a melange of bitter coffee, tea leaves, and resin-y hops. The backdrop of intensely mild maltiness (yeah, it's vague, but so's the flavor in this case...) is always there, but easily forgotten. I have to say I am perplexed, challenged by this beer... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly oily, almost near-chewy feel at some points. Overall, I can't say I enjoyed this beer very much. The hops seem to o'erwhelm everything else most of the time, but the inherent clash cuts their effectiveness, making them come across warped somehow. And then, in the end, there is almost no semblance of stout to be tasted. Just not my cup o' tea.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
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.

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Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost opaque with a small amount of light coming through and givign a ruby edge. Nose is slight malts and a very faint touch of chocolate (very faint). Flavor is robust and thick with malts. Not really much else going on besides that, but it stays on for a while and stays smooth. Feel is smooth and silken on the tongue with a decent amount of bubble. Overall a smooth stout. Nothing wild or crazy, but stays smooth and even and worth the shot.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 4 pack of this at Stateline a few days ago. Poured from a 16 oz. can into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with a little more than two fingers of medium tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of pine hops, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, and toasted malts. More coffee comes out as it warms up.

t - Tastes of pine hops, roasted malts, coffee, bakers chocolate, bitter chocolate, burnt malts. Pine hops come out a lot up front, as do the roasted malts.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth, with a tiny bit of a bitter kick from the hops.

o - Overall a very hoppy stout. The pine hops are very strong, and there are a ton of roasted malts, but not a ton else going on. Personally, I'm not the biggest fan of hoppy stouts, but this was decent. Worth checking out.

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Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick, creamy tan head. Scattered lacing sticks.

The smell is of pine resin with roasted coffee.

The taste is of licorice, sweet dark maltiness, and earthy pine. Resiny and sweet with a strong hop presence that balances it out, especially in the finish. Alcohol warmth certainly noticeable.

It is full-bodied but not too thick.

This is a nice, hoppy stout. The hops and roasted malt are both strong, but do not clash. An enjoyable, strong brew!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some hints of dark brown when held up to the light. The beer has a two finger tall creamy mocha head that reduces to a quarter finger tall covering over the entire surface of the beer with a small thicker patch near the center and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts, citrus hops, and lighter notes of bittersweet chocolate.

T: There are strong flavors of roasted malts and citrus hops with moderate notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. There is a moderate amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish.

M: Slightly lighter than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Dry in the finish.

O: With the citrus hop flavors and the bitterness, this seems almost more of a Black IPA than an American Stout. I enjoyed this beer and it was easier than some other stouts to drink because it feels lighter. Certainly a beer I would have again and definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into a DFH signature glass. At the time of this review, this is the #27 beer on the Top Beers - American Stout list on beeradvocate.com.

Beer is black with a huge head of small and medium sized tan bubbles, lots of lacing, moderate carbonation. At first the head is huge, half the glass, but it settles down rather quickly into a half finger head. Decent retention from now on.

Aroma is surprisingly hoppy, sweet, nice. Mild roast, some earthiness, pine resin hops. Overall a nice aroma.

Beer is surprsingly light in body, mildly dry on the finish, the overall beer is good, minimal sweetness up front, minimal bitterness at the back a mild brown sugar taste in the middle. Interesting overall. I do enjoy it and I would have it again.

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Photo of tdm168
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Diesel from Sixpoint Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.