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Diesel - Sixpoint Brewery

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Reviews: 297
Hads: 831
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 23.16%
Wants: 72
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States | website

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

Very dark brown. It doesn't let any light through. Small tan head never goes away completely.
Smells like toasted bread, very easy on the smokiness. Taste is on the easier side of the roastiness a s well. Starts with a piney hop bite and finishes with the lightly roasted taste. Very creamy and smooth. Overall another very good beer from Sixpoint.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sixpoint - Diesel - 1pt fl oz can

Look - Pours black as night with a glorious foamy mocha head. Good lacing. Can't tell if its carbonated or filtered/unfiltered due to how dark it is. Gently shaking this results in waves of badassery.

Smell - Smooth dark malts with a slight bite, hops on top. I am actually surprised at the hop level here, did not expect that much in a stout.

Taste - Heavy coffee malts followed by a wave of (pine-laced) hops.

Mouthfeel - Leaves some slight hop on the palette, but more malty at this point. Classic stout feel but quite drinkable. Hops resting on the palette may deter some avid stout drinkers.

Overall - This is a hearty, creamy stout with a unique hop finish. I can see how classic stout lovers may say "meh" to the hop integration here, but I didn't mind it.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.89/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

16 oz can poured into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark burgundy color. The head is a rather attractive three finger mocha shade featuring excellent texturing. The lacing this leaves behind is very impressive, as well.

S: The can didn't lie about this having a strong influence of piny hops. While a backbone of chocolate, coffee, and molasses hides underneath, the level of hoppiness is almost overpowering for the style.

T: At first, it's a bit chocolaty and sweet...and the the hops descend like a hammer. Okay, so the hop profile isn't that bold, but the main problem is that the stout base can't hold up to it. Waves of black pepper, pine, herbs, and mint wash over everything in the midtaste, before finally giving the dark malts *slight* breathing room in the finish. Not very balanced at all, but at least the acidic nature of the hop/dark malt clash is kept in check somewhat.

M: Thin and lacking in creaminess. It's dry much in the same way an IPA is dry. So not only does this taste like a IPA (with a bit of chocolate), this also drinks like an IPA.

O: Meh. It's rare when a hoppy stout/porter works for me, especially when it requires hard work to discover the darker characteristics of it. This one is so average it hurts - but on the positive side, the can is really damn nice looking.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint. Beautiful appearance and outstanding mouthfeel. Unfortunately, I found the taste, especially at first, to be very metallic. After resting in my glass for a few minutes, that metal taste seemed to dissipate somewhat and start to show some more roasted flavors that were initially overpowered. Kind of a strange experience, so I'd like to at least give it another try down the road.

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Photo of jvillefan
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark brown body with a mocha brown/white one finger head.

S: A very muted aroma. It is difficult to smell anything at all. There is a stale lager aroma with subtle chocolates.

T: There is a bitter harshness to the flavor with some chocolate and coffee flavors present as well.

M: The body is very light but there is fantastic carbonation.

O: This is good but not great. Worth trying if you can find it.

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Photo of BadgerRedAl
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark black, with a reddish tint on the edges. Finger and a half of head with very good lacing. Roasted malt comes in strong at first then the piney hops take over, tranistions well and finishes slightly sweet. Very light mouthfeel is unexpected and makes this a fun beer. The well balanced flavors add to the fun too.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black, deep brown with a big rocky tan head that refuses to fade leaving big, bubbly foam behind.

S - Roasted malt, dark chocolate, piney and herbal hops. Much lighter aroma than I was expecting.

T - Hop bitterness with piney and fresh green hop flavors. Light char and astringent roast malt notes. Licorice and baking chocolate lead to a lingering, dry herbal finish

M - Medium body, creamy and well carbonated. Dry.

D - The herbal green hops clash a bit with the roasty, char malt.

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Photo of Ego
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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.

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

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.

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Photo of Chaney
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the bottom of the can: "Best before 25 May 2013. There you have it!

Served in a Stone pint glass.

A: Lots of stick suds on this one. After viewing the pepper, mocha head, I turned my attention to the extremely dark (nearly black) liquid below it. Bits of ruby slivers poking around the edges.

S: Pretty hoppy, with sort of a marshmallowy quality. It was faint, but I didn't detect any sort of roast, char, or cocoa. Maybe a bit of melted Hershey bar.

T: I got a bit more grainy, malted milk ball style of chocolate candy, with quite a bit of hop bitterness, especially considering the style. This is sort of like a lighter version of "Storm King."

M: Like I said, bitter, and with a silky, smooth, molasses-like feel, and in the same vain as molasses in that it wasn't too sweet at all. Nice carbonation bill and ridiculous lacing.

O: Really nice stout that gave out something different in the myriad of roasted, charred clones on the market.

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Photo of mnrider
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. black/gold can. Best before date on the bottom.

A: Pours black as night with a nice layer of tan head. Decent lacing
with a good amount of retention. Looks enticing.

S: Roasted notes. Chocolate, thick caramel. Hops, yeast and charcoal.
The hop aroma was a surprise.

T/M: Roasted almost burnt. Smokey charcoal. Bitter hops, malts, dark
chocolate, coffee, faint citrus, and little more hops. Roasted malts.
Smooth and creamy. The finish is dry and bitter.

O: I like stouts, but the inclusion of such strong hops in this one has me
in between. More of a Black Ale, which Is a style I have not much
experience with. The ingredients are fresh and the style is interesting,
which makes for a good drinkable stout.


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Photo of zac16125
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six point Diesel Stout
16 oz can into a mug
no born on date

A: Pours a cola brown with a huge 3plus fingers width of light mocha colored head. Retention is good and it leaves very nice, thick, layered lacing.

S: Roasted malt, cream, hint of bakers chocolate and coffee. Smells nice, but nothing special.

T: Roasted malts, followed by roasted malts. Some bakers chocolate, along with bitter black coffee and piney bitterness that I didnt get on the aroma. Im surprised by the hop presence here, piney and even some citrus rind, which only gets strong as it warms. Tastes like a black IPA. I like it though.

M/D: Full bodied, but on the thinner side. Carbonation is pretty heavy. This would be a bummer if this had more of a stout profile, but since its drinks like a black IPA its actually not necessarily a bad thing. Drinkability is good.

O: Overall, I very much enjoyed this. I usually find standard stouts to be pretty drab, but the big hop presence really made this one stand out. A well done brew that Id drink again, but dont expect your standard traditional stout.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pounder. Best before 5/20/13. 69IBU Stout? Interesting.

Appearance: Dark cola color with hints of light shining through. Big frothy two finger tan head that lasts for the entire consumption. Levels of lace lingering after each drink. Fine looking beer. Sweet can.

Aroma: Roasted malt. Burnt almost. Hints of charcoal and chocolate. Pine.

Taste: Dark roasted malts up front with almost a hint of smokiness, like stale dark roast coffee. A little bit of milk chocolate sweetness. Finish is bitter piney hops with a bit of orange zest. Interesting. Comes off as a Black IPA rather than a stout with that much hops coming through. Ain't complainin' though.

Mouthfeel: This is where I get tripped up. It is a very drinkable easy going 6.3% stout. But as a stout, I feel like I want a bit more fullness and body. If I look at it from a Black IPA view, it's fantastic. Either way Medium body with soft carbonation. I'll just call it even between the styles, with the added bonus of being very drinkable.

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Photo of Gwalchgwynn67
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow. Pours a nice thick creamy foam head and an inky black color that befits its name. This smells like eating a pink grapefruit sprinkled with sugar under a spruce tree. The taste is equally excellent with plenty of hops to balance out the malty sweetness. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee as well. There is even a nice amount of carbonation going on. Definitely not your typical stout. I can drink this all day. While less complex than my other favorite winter beer, the Founder's Breakfast Stout, this is much more drinkable as a result. That and the low ABV make this a beer I want to grab again and again!

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

Hmmm...this is not your average stout.

A dark brown/black pour from the can with a two finger tan head, decent lacing.

Very unique scent...a bit of piney hops mixed in with some roasty malts, chocolate and coffee. A weird black IPA/stout mix. Good stuff!

The taste follows the scent. Throws me off a bit as I'm expecting more of a stout and getting more of a black IPA. It's actually pretty decent...just does not taste much like a stout to me. Fairly light-medium bodied with low/medium carbonation, and a smooth, dry finish

A different take on an American stout for sure. Thumbs up for the effort on this one Sixpoint.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of AAG
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of ichorNet
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very, very dark brown/black with highly-retentive yet slightly small head, even with a full pour. Lacing is excellently-tiered

Scent: Chocolate malt, blackened coffee beans, astringent pine hops, light spruce bark, bitter and resinous, some orange and various citrus here and there

Taste: Incessant in its delivery of roasted and charred malts supported by a complex and varied hop profile. Satisfying, to say the least

Mouthfeel: Fairly full-bodied but can seem watery and even too hoppy, especially when it’s colder so I’d let this sit after a long refrigerated period

Drinkability: Excellent; the dry-hop lends some astringency but it’s so well-tempered by the malt bill that it finishes quite smooth

Overall: This should probably be a regular beer for Sixpoint; given their penchant for bucking trends, perhaps it should seek to be released in the Spring months to change up styles a bit? Regardless, this is a very tasty beer that features SP's pension for disregarding style rules in favor of brewing excellence.

Read full review @ http://blogs.lowellsun.com/beer/2013/01/15/sixpoint-diesel/

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

tallboy can poured into a beer stein.

best before date on the bottle of the tallboy stating: May 2013.

Appearance: Black bodied beer with 3 fingers of thick light brown colored head. It looks exactly like the head formed on top of a rootbeer float. Great staying power and thick lacing all over the glass. The head never dies on this beer... a thick cap remains until the glass is empty.

Smell: roasted malt profile. Its fairly hoppy nose that matches and might even over power the malts. Its lots of pine notes with a grapefruit compliment.

Taste: Yeah this beer balances out really nicely. The malts start things off; they are roasty with a hint of sweetness. I would say mild coffee, mild chocolate, and mild molasses notes. A really nice malt profile! The hops are not really bitter for 68 IBU. Pine and grapefruit, but mostly pine. Everything blends together nicely in the finish, with a mildly bitter pine finish that lingers for just the right amount of time.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy and subtle carbonation. Just right for this beer. A nice flavorful yet drinkable stout!

Overall: This beer is very well balanced and flavorful. Not alot of flavors in this beer, but it got everything it needs, trust me. This is probably my new favorite Sixpoint beer to date. Bonus points as always for being craft beer in a can! This beer seems to hover indecisevely between a hoppy american stout and an american black ale. But who cares its a really good beer!

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Photo of mpedara429
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep cherry red cola color. Imagine a Dr. Pepper that has been concentrated down to be a bit darker. Pours out with one finger of head with decent lacing.

S: A huge smell of piney/resiny hops and some biscuit. A small hint of the darkness from the malt pokes through.

T: Everything seen in the smell backed by roasted malts. A hint of coffee and booze in the background.

M: A mid/heavy body with somewhat light amount of carbonation.

O: For anybody who has tried Sixpoint's Resin DIPA, it is like a lighter version of that with a roasted malt background. Tough to rate because it is so unique. It isn't like traditional stout, but more like a black IPA. Overall, a great beer. Balanced in every way, and the dry hopping is incredible. Plus, Sixpoint cans are really cool.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a "tallboy" can into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with a big sturdy cap of milk chocolate foam.
Aroma-Dark toasted malt, coffee
Taste-Dark toasted malt, short blast of piney hops, chocolate, roast coffee, citrus rind. Complex flavors held in balance pretty well. Nice character and tasty flavor. An interesting, enjoyable stout.

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Photo of Durge
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of Huffs
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pit glass. Nice tan head developed which did not last, laced well. Appearance was dark brown, near black. Aroma was sweet with chocolate, caramel notes with a hint of pine. Taste was dry with hop overtones and hints of pine and spice. Aftertaste was piney and dry. Overall a nice beer, liked the pine balance and hoppy taste.

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Photo of bensbeers
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is pitch black with a thick, tan, dirty head. Can see the slightest reflection of amber at the bottom of my glass. Head appears sticky, lingering about a half centimeter throughout the first half of my beer and leaving perfect circles of lacing around the glass.

Smells quite hoppy for a stout - definitely piney as the packaging suggests; maybe a hint of cherry and banana, too. Notes of sweet chocolate and toffee, as well.

Tastes begins bittersweet a la chocolate and coffee; transitions to a smokey, malt flavor; and finishes with the slightest hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but still lightly carbonated. Taste lingers on the tongue for a good while after you sip.

Overall a solid brew from Sixpoint. What I enjoyed most was the fact that this was "hopcentric" stout. Diesel was my introduction to Sixpoint, and I'm quite impressed. Will definitely be checking out their other selections.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz. can poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours pitch black color. Some superb tan froth formed that stuck around for quite some time. Tons of lacing left behind too.

(S)- A big kick of dry, almost nutty citrus. Behind that are hints of some serious roasted malts.

(T)- A really nice yet mellow roasted malt and nut profile. Finishes dry, but with a fresh burst of bitter citrus.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Great citrus profile combined with the mellow roastedness. Quite smooth actually despite its large hop addition; its more citrus-like than bitter really.

(O)- I like this, its a solid beer. Its not exactly the most "Stout-like" example I have seen, but the hops just are that much forward to almost have this feel and taste more like an American Black Ale / Black IPA to me.

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

Poured from a 16oz can into a DFH tulip.

Best Before 25MAY2013

A: Pours a beautiful coal black with just a suggestion of deep-dark brown at the edges. Capped by 2 fingers of creamy khaki colored foam that displayed excellent retention to boot. Textbook lacing down the insides of the glass.

S: Heavy roast, bakers chocolate, and espresso tussle mightily with piney hops. A bit of bright berry, as well.

T: A mirror held to the description above. Hugely roasty and hoppy with the berry transitioning over, too. Would've preferred more pine than berry...

M: Covers many bases. Full & pillowy at first and finishes dry & peppery on the tongue.

O: Is this beer for real? A killer stout that doesn't break the bank at $8.99 for a 4-pack.

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Diesel from Sixpoint Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.