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Diesel - Sixpoint Brewery

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very good

776 Ratings
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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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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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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2008 03:20:52 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: can

03-14-2013 16:48:49 | More by BEERchitect
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metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: can

12-31-2011 17:29:01 | More by metter98
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.48/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

Serving type: can

12-26-2011 03:37:36 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: can

01-24-2012 14:52:49 | More by NeroFiddled
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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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emerge077

Illinois

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.

Serving type: can

12-16-2012 02:31:42 | More by emerge077
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drabmuh

Maryland

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.

Serving type: can

11-27-2011 02:13:27 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: can

12-07-2012 02:47:05 | More by Mora2000
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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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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: can

01-19-2012 22:03:49 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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!

Serving type: can

08-29-2012 17:44:03 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2007 06:10:58 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

Serving type: can

12-06-2011 02:08:48 | More by WVbeergeek
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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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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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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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mdfb79

New York

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.

Serving type: can

12-09-2011 02:54:44 | More by mdfb79
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Billolick

New York

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

On tap @ Mugs in Brooklyn. Pours near black, with no light shining through, dark tan head with lovely, fine and well developed ringed lacing left behind. Roasty nose, premiers this tasty, classy stout. Lots of roasted, burned grains, with softening notes of vanilla. Smooth, smooth, smooth, great tasting and easy drinking stout. More fine brew from 6point.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2006 14:30:09 | More by Billolick
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: can

02-09-2012 03:52:33 | More by Jason
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Wasatch

Utah

3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks sixpoint

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, very nice 2 finger plus creamy tan head which lasts a ong time, some nice sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is not much, but what there is of it is some malts and caramel. The taste is malty and bitter with a dry finish. Medium body. Drinkable, glad to have a chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 03:17:41 | More by Wasatch
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.15/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with mahogany edges and a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. The glass is coated with streaks of soapy lacing.

Earthy hop aroma that overpowers most of the malt until the beer warms up a bit. Floral with some resinous pine and grassy hops along with a subtle roasted malt character. Hints of chocolate and toast but again, the nose is dominated by hops.

Medium bodied with a strong hop presence that lingers throughout overpowering the malts. Way too dry, bitter and hoppy for the style with floral, grassy hops and stick pine notes. I have no problem with a subtly hopped stout but this tastes like a weak black IPA with only faint roasted malt. One dimensional and a bit thin. Not a fan.

Serving type: can

01-19-2012 07:13:22 | More by corby112
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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

16oz can purchased as part of a 4-pack at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" creamy tan head over the almost opaque dark brown/black brew. Head falls slowly, bubble by bubble bursting, with coating lace. Aroma is sweet, lightly spicy dark grains.

Taste begins sweet and piney, a peek of citrus in the middle, then coasts into the close with more pine and ample bitterness. Mouthfeel is extra smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Hard to argue with good beer in a can.

Serving type: can

12-28-2011 21:46:55 | More by ppoitras
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I CANnot believe how Sixpoint has embraced the CANning of their beers, by The Lion or otherwise. I don't care who made or CANned the beer, I just want to try it and add it to The CANQuest (TM)! This one is in honor of one of my first co-workers after I retired from the US Navy in 1998 - a squat, tough looking, tough talking chain smoking female who enjoyed the company of other members of her sex. She went by the moniker of "Diesel" or "D" for short and you should be able to fill in the blanks. Did anyone else see the AP photo of the Navy's "First Kiss" in Thursday's paper? A couple of FCs took the honor and I CANgratulate them. Onward!

From the CAN: a poem?!?
"Each dawn is clear
Cold air bites the troat.
Thick frost on the pine bough
Leaps from the tree snapped by the diesel
On the darkest days of the year, light becomes a luxury. Just when you think you [CAN]not penetrate the darkness ... SNAP! Light pierces through the roasted pine forest."; "Please keep refrigerated. This ale was dry-hopped with fresh hops."; "Beer Is Culture".

The Crack & Glug was a thing of beauty, first revealing a CAN that had been filled to the rim as well as producing a finger of deep-tan head with great retention. The color was Stygian-black with only cola highlights at the edges. Nose was very roasty, but not burnt and better, it did not smell like diesel fuel. I spent too many days on the back of a deuce-and-a-half to enjoy that odor. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side for a Diesel Stout, but I really liked the smoky, coffee roastiness in the mouth. The verbiage made me afraid that this was going to be another blasted Cascadian IPA, but my worries were unfounded. The finish had a a cool mintiness, but having eaten a peppermint chocolate scone at market for breakfast, this was right up my alley.

Serving type: can

12-24-2011 21:42:43 | More by woodychandler
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Diesel from Sixpoint Brewery
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