Diesel - Sixpoint Brewery
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3.65/5 rDev -3.7%
The tall can conceals a big-looking beer. Diesel actually looks more like crude oil except that it isn't entirely black; ruby-garnet streaks line the side at off angles and allow brief, very minor glimpses of light and clarity. Somewhat confusingly, the beer manages to leave more froth on the glass than it does the surface.
The label has some mumbo-jumbo about pine forests and I wonder if it's no coincidence that the aroma smells so woodsy. Hops are at play, to be sure, but this bouquet is less resinous North-West pine (aka IPAs) and more splintering, dry oak (a la bourbon-barrel offerings). Almost reminds me of a spruce beer. All this to say: it's unusual.
That forest-y persona is the calling card of Columbus and Northern Brewer hops and some serious dry-hopping. Although, as most homebrewers will tell you, dry-hopping doesn't add much flavor, in this particular recipe it seems to have added a great deal of it - a world of twigs, leafs, grass clippings, flower petals, pine needles, and lots of lots of bark.
So prominent are these hops, in fact, that I have yet to note a single taste of roast or coffee or chocolate despite that the beer is black as asphalt. This is made even more impressive once weighing in just how dense the beer is; a heavy, full mouthfeel confirms that plenty of malt was in fact used. It's just lost in all the dry, pithy, grassy bitterness.
I wouldn't consider Diesel the best American stout I've tried, but I might just call it the hoppiest. Despite all its coffee-ish and ultra-nutty flavors, the beer forever tastes like it's being drank through a wooden straw that's been fashioned from splintered, resin-coated bark. Not a bad quality in my books. If nothing else, it's worth trying once.
04-23-2012 03:42:28 | More by biegaman
2.88/5 rDev -24%
Poured from the can into a snifter glass.
A very light coffee colored tan head, with tiny bubbles is formed with lots of uniform character. Lots of tiny spotted lacing and legs really impressive for such a light abv here, where did these legs come from? Body color is a real nice dark brown but there are hints of red, this is almost garnet colored, it's red! I am going to have to rate this really high on appearance.
Ok smell is off. This is sour a little, burnt, and maybe even vegetative, with a faint roast. It's not too bad, but it's VERY weird and hard to pinpoint what this is I am smelling exactly dare I say Veggies? I am talking boiled brussel sprouts! on a stout? you can't be serious... man that's exactly what it smells like to me. It's not pleasant god I grew up with that awful brussel sprout smell in my house, just wrong.
The palate brings a light bodied coffee and char roasting character to the front. Extremely burnt tasting. Mouthfeel is about down the middle for this style, although it doesn't seem to make things better with it's slightly wet feel. Lots of char here and sense of burnt embers. A good warming sensation, lots of burnt BURNT grain. Hop finish of some bitter grapefruit on the end.
Overall this thing is just not doing it for me, it's a mess, with some chaotic if not fun palate but it just smells awful. Can't dig it, can drink it and get passed it, but never again. Wow I am really disappointed have to be honest. I need some Cadillac Mountain, Sierra Nevada Stout, Obsidian...seriously. It looks like I am in the minority, but that's ok. Perhaps I can share/trade this with someone else who will enjoy it, at least that would make me happy, cause drinking and smelling this sure wont.
11-22-2011 04:19:09 | More by smakawhat
3.75/5 rDev -1.1%
A: Dr. Pepper pour, dark red highlights agains a cola body appears a pitch black in the vessel. A dark khaki head has a spongy texture to it while retention was good and lacing was sticky and of good coverage.
S: Fresh chocolate fresh, scorched pine, with a fresh presence of herbaceous scent of celery and parsley.
T: The flavor was fresh, roasty, pine, silty smooth minerality of wet ash, charcoal and some herbaceous hints of fennel and tobacco.
M: Roasty warm and lightly bitter the mouthful has a quiet carbonation base with a silty campfire minearality touch.
O: Overall flavor is good, smooth and gentle with a lingering soft schwarz like roast bitterness coming on the end. easy consumption.
07-03-2012 00:17:05 | More by beerthulhu
4.16/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
04-07-2013 00:16:30 | More by tdm168
3.53/5 rDev -6.9%
Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer pours a black coloring with hazelnut highlights around the edges. A thick, frothy, foamy, uneven head adorns the top of the brew, light tan in color and slowly receding as it sits. Aromas are surprisingly hoppy, with a pine tree and resin blending, along with some molasses sweetness and a roasty character. Flavors are dark roasted coffee through and through, with the resiny and pungent hops along for the ride, giving a tang and slickness to the bitter palate. Caramel and molasses sweetness help to round out the flavors, giving the beer more depth on the tongue. The aftertaste is more of the resiny hops bitterness, with a smooth, sweet undertone. The finish is lingering, with a bitter and slick feel that is both astringent and coating at the same time. Very interesting stout.
02-15-2012 03:47:36 | More by GarthDanielson
3.68/5 rDev -2.9%
Pours a pitch black with a thick, frothy brown head into my glass. What an excellent way to introduce itself.
Whoa! Hop overload! It's a bit much for something that's not an imperial stout. I didn't say that was a bad thing though. There's a hint of roasted coffee underneath.
Ditto! Lots of piney hops with very little roastiness. More like a black ale than stout. Maybe it actually is?
Lingering pine resin and dark fruit at the back.
I see that many of the ratings are low. I think that may be due to the style that was chosen for the review. If we're rating this as a simple American stout, then I can understand. However, this is more of an American Black Ale and for that style, it's quite accurate.
01-11-2012 03:55:04 | More by Brad007
3.95/5 rDev +4.2%
Hand bottle obtained in trade from Shane aka sixpoint, thanks for the opportunity.
Poured a dark brown with faint ruby highlights and a huge fluffy/creamy off white head that stuck itself to everything on the way down the glass. Smells of cocoa, brown sugar, and a bit of caramel. Taste is chocolaty roasty with burnt and brown sugars in the mix. Finishes kind of dry with a touch of alcohol and bitter roast that lingers. Body is a bit on the thin side, Mouthfeel is bubbly, slightly oily, carbonation is on the high side. Decent brew overall, I would definitely session this one. I really would have liked a bit more body, but its great as is.
04-13-2009 23:07:10 | More by johnnnniee
3.78/5 rDev -0.3%
16oz CANquest, great dane imperial pint
Motor oil - quickly dissipated mocha ring - serious business here. A pretty simple, but well done stout - licorice, smoke, charred malt, some leafy pine hops. This stuff is tasty enough - its a rare occasion to even find a standard stout these days, so this was a nice change of pace
01-27-2013 00:24:20 | More by dirtylou
4/5 rDev +5.5%
A black beer with a fluffy khaki-colored head that has superb retention. Lacing is creamy and thick and sticks messily all over the sides of the glass.
The aroma is interesting; first bitter hoppiness, followed a slightly charred roastiness. Not particularly strong smelling. The taste is much more vivid, as the roasted, almost burnt malt flavor and bitter resiny hops come out vividly. Both elements are well-balanced. There’s also a hint of unsweetened cocoa and more prominent espresso note. Very lightly sweet with perhaps a touch of vanilla as well.
Mouthfeel is excellent, on the thicker side, definitely creamy, with medium carbonation that gives a little life and lift to this beer. Bitterness lingers pleasantly in the finish.
Tasty and easy drinking, a really solid offering from Sixpoint. On a night that I wanted a stout but found only 10% ABV and up choices in my collection I poured this one instead and really enjoyed it.
12-21-2011 05:37:47 | More by tobelerone
3.98/5 rDev +5%
Great tan head with awesome sticky lacing and a thick layer of foam that hangs around for all sixteen ounces. Color is a black coffee with dark ruby and brown highlights.
Faintly bitter coffee grounds with some chocolate mixed in for balanced measure. Roasty and fresh aroma overall.
Bitter roasted malt and fresh hop flavors combine well from start to finish. Flavors of coffee and a little dark chocolate play well off the almost burnt malt flavors at times.
The body felt a little thin to me. It reminded me of Guiness, but with a little more fullness of course. Other than that, this is a great beer.
01-05-2013 15:49:17 | More by scruffwhor
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
16oz can poured into large tulip
Pours a cloudy blackness across the glass with an enormous tanned head which threatens to erupt over the rim. Patchy lacing is strewn about, as the fluffy clouds retain on top of the brew with a beige collar.
Roasted malts dominate the nose with hints of nuttyness and soft dark chocolate. Hints of grassy hops try to peek through with notes of citrus peel as well. A light tuft of smoke rounds out the scent.
A combination of bitter hops and toasted malt kicks off the flavor profile, leaning towards the sweeter, dryer side of the flavor spectrum. Citrus and grassy hops deliver a dryness which is tempered by the malt backbone sweetness. Dark chocolate and toasted nuts with a light suggestion of coffee swirl through. Finishes with another smack of orange peel and hops, revealing barely any alcohol.
There’s a nice fuller medium body with a dash of creaminess on the beer amidst decent carbonation, which is a nice relief from the syrupy, oily imperial stouts which dominate the genre these days. Another nice beer from Sixpoint that I'll definitely have again.
12-07-2011 02:20:36 | More by xnicknj
4.3/5 rDev +13.5%
16 oz can poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6.3% ABV, 69 IBUs, 33 SRM, Best Before 25MAY2013
A - It's hard to catch a whiff from a beer when the darn head wont collapse! This seemingly ever-lasting cap of dense tan foam takes an eternity to plateau, disintegrating away from the edges while leaving immovable, chunky lace above the midnight chocolate brown beer.
S - Robust and forthcoming, Diesel has a powerful aroma of roasted malts and American hops starting with dark chocolate-covered raisin and chocolate-covered coffee bean while trailing off with sharp snap of pine needle and sticky lupulin resin. A wonderful aroma, however hop-forward.
T - Hops overwhelm the malts leading me to question whether I would truly consider this a hoppy stout or go straight to American Black Ale. A waft of smoke settles around notes of burnt toast and dry cocoa with an overarching earthiness of pine cone and pine needle derived from American hops. It's actually rather simple and straight forward!
M - Dry roasted malt provides a gritty background but the beer's medium body has a smooth overall texture that finishes dry and bitter thanks to the plethora of hops. The lack of fullness and focus on hop bitterness further suggests American Black Ale.
O - With each passing sip, I continue to enjoy Diesel but become quickly convinced I'd be hard pressed to try and pass this black hoppy beer off as a stout to any of my stout-loving friends. It's a great beer packed with roasted malt and pine-y American hops but the focus strays from the malt, which merely provides a backbone, to those bold hop additions.
12-24-2012 21:08:03 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.28/5 rDev +12.9%
Thanks go out to Phorestfreak for the can. Stephen.
It pours a really dark brown, small but persistent head of foam, nice lacing.
The smell is kind of weak. Just some roasted malt and some notes of hops.
It tastes of roasted malt, some nice bitter hop notes as per their label...this ale was dry hopped. The hops are more of a supporting role than main event but that's more to my liking anyways.
Good medium body, ditto for the carbonation, good mouthfeel.
I think this is quite the good American Stout at a reasonable abv. Another delicious brew from the crew at Sixpoint.
Btw, I had a more detailed review written but then my laptop went all weird on me before I could post it.
12-23-2012 20:12:21 | More by Bitterbill
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
16 ounce can, best before May 25, 2013 printed on bottom of the can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch frothy tan head. Head retention is excellent, and there's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, piney hops, bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of coffee. Taste is mostly like the aroma, full of roasted malt, pine hops, bittersweet chocolate, burnt/charred malt and some coffee. This is definitely one of the hoppier stouts I've had lately, it could easily fall into the Black IPA category. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with good carbonation. I think this is a good brew, I'd buy it again at $8.99 a 4-pack.
12-14-2012 22:20:18 | More by bluejacket74
3.28/5 rDev -13.5%
Since I was impressed with the pumpkin I picked up a four pack of this at Giant Eagle for $8.99
A - Solid black with very mild red hues so it's not as black as the label describes. The head is a solid inch of tan colored whipped foam. Looks nice.
S - Right off the bat I get piney hops and burnt roasts. I really hope this isn't too hoppy. Maybe mild chocolates?
T - Ow that's harsh. Unlike a black IPA I get bitter drying hops and aggressive burnt ashy roast, with a bitter cloying hoppy finish too. After almost half the glass the palate is adjusted but it's still hoppy as hell.
M - Dry, bitter, and unforgiving. Harsh Sixpoint!
Overall I knew it had to happen sometime getting a bad beer from a brewery, but I guess I really don't like my stouts over hopped. Could do with some aging so maybe I will save a can for 6 months but I guess I expected this to be less hoppy with a fruity like homebrew yeast (that's in every beer). Ow well.
12-17-2011 01:02:56 | More by DrDemento456
Diesel from Sixpoint Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 808 ratings.