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Diesel - Sixpoint Brewery


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very good

777 Ratings

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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.

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Photo of MadScientist

New York

4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown with good clarity and a deep garnet hue. It pours with two fingers tan head with a good retention period and made of rocky and dense, compact bubbles.

S: It smells awesome, not quiet smell like any other stout having great balance of hops and roasted grains. The hops have moderate aromas of pine and citrus. The grains have a moderate roasty aroma and moderately-low chocolate and coffee smell to them.

T: One tasty Stout here with a lot of roasted grains and a lot of hops. The moderate hops bitterness slightly beats the moderate roasted grains to the taste buds. There is a good roasted coffee bean and bitter chocolate flavor with a moderate citrus hops having a decent amount of pine as well. The balance is bitter mostly from the hops with the bitter dark grains adding just a touch. The finish is fairly dry and the after taste is of bitter chocolate and hops bitterness.

M: A meduim-full body with moderately-strong carbonation and a light creaminess. There is a very slight astringency.

O: A bold American Stout jam packed with hops, roasted grains and a touch of chocolate and coffee. The is a new favorite as far American Stouts.

Serving type: can

01-04-2013 01:42:56 | More by MadScientist
Photo of TwelveOunces


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a tulip

A- Pours dark brown and turns black as night in the glass. A two finger of a light brown head.

S- A slight chocolate and roasted malt. A lot of pine and some astringent hoppy tones.

T- A hoppy stout. The first thing I get is a hop bitterness and a bouquet of piney and resinous flavors. The roasted malt in this beer is an after thought to the hops but they provide a solid base to the beer. The beer has some chocolate tones as well as some underlying caramel.

M- A silky smooth beer but it has high carbonation. Bitter for a stout but I don't mind.

O- This is pretty darn good brew. It's uniqueness sets this beer apart but I didn't really expect it. A cross between a stout and a black IPA. A really different brew but a well done one.

Serving type: can

01-03-2013 01:50:22 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of Wolfpack2005

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to LambAndTunaPhish for sharing this one.

A-Black in the glass, but a dark transparent brown when poured from the can. Two finger head that leaves little lacing

S-Sweet aroma of chocolate malt that is blend with a little pine hops

T-Doesn't quite follow the nose like one would expect. Roasted barley and bitter chocolate out of the gates that leads into a subtle citrus sweetness with a small piney hop punch at the end. The aftertaste leaves you with an earthy bitterness.

M-Light body, thin mouthfeel with moderate levels of carbonation.

O-Very complex beer for the style with the blend of sweetness and hops into a traditional stout.

Serving type: can

01-01-2013 19:58:29 | More by Wolfpack2005
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having my first Sixpoint beer, I immediately began the search for this. No matter what I’ve had from them, it’s always been delicious; plus, I’ve never had a canned stout.

Good for months (“BESTBEFORE 25MAY2013” on the bottom of the can).

A: Pours dark brown and fizzy, a blackened beer with quite a shine. An inch of foamy canned-beer head appears for a moment before disappearing completely – save for the thin layer of lacing all the way around.

S: Baking chocolate and sweet baked goods with inflections of herbal vanilla, but with a noticeable hop presence. Smells like a chocolate-covered pine cone. Takes a little while to warm, but when it does, it definitely opens up, getting more full and savory – notes of dark fruit and burnt sugar expand to the edges of the nose.

T: Robust, hoppy, and downright delicious – sweet, bready tastes of biscuit and cake batter lay a smooth foundation for a more intense character of hop bitterness. Roasted malt and a softly bitter cocoa flavor start a quick transition to the hops: lemon rind and pine, that is, prickling in a mildly catty way. Finishes with a dry, wooden profile, letting oak, buttery caramel, and hops cement this as a strong, roast-and-hop stout.

M: Has the canned fizz you’d expect, raising perception of the hop flavors in seconds flat. Medium body for a stout.

O: Who knew an aluminum can could contain such a hardy, world-class stout? It really isn’t complex, sure, but it’s classically enjoyable – a beer that’s flavorful, rich, and affordable, to boot.

Serving type: can

12-31-2012 00:24:15 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a nonic:

A: dark brown/black colored body yielding a nice looking lumpy, foamy one inch tan head that lasted for a good two minutes before gently dieing. Some nice spider web lacing is left.

S: malts, coffee, and chocolate up front with some earthy citrus/hoppiness coming in sharp amounts.

T: previously mentioned aromas to make a bittersweet acceptable approach.

M: light to medium with some light harshness on the tongue

O: I like it, but this may be a Black IPA or an American Porter. I'd probably get it again.

Serving type: can

12-30-2012 18:50:04 | More by BeerKangaroo
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4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Plenty of hops, but not overwhelming. The hops are finely balanced with a slightly malty dark chocolate and a little coffee.

Good mouthfeel. It lightly lingers on your tongue, without coating the inside of your mouth. The flavors stick around too. It's slightly dry, but not with a overly dry finish.

Like an IPA combined perfectly with a great dry stout.

Serving type: can

12-30-2012 03:07:30 | More by ronzorelli
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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into tulip glass. Black pour with a single finer beige head that has some pretty big bubbles. Smell is very hoppy, oak, roasty, a bit piney. The mouthfeel is pretty thin, surprising for the color that it is. Pleasantly hoppy, not too many warm stout flavors except a hint of coffee and chocolate on the after taste. I was in the mood for a thick stout, should have consulted the BAs first. Anyways this is a great stout (cough cough, black ipa) and I'm glad I tried it. Love the fact that it come in 16oz cans.

Serving type: can

12-30-2012 00:00:43 | More by brewtus
Photo of mattcrill


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

Aroma: Blistering citric hop aroma up front. Notes of orange pith and lemon zest overwhelm the experience. Background chocolate and cocoa notes appear as the beer warms and is agitated.

Appearance: Black center with leather brown edging. Huge rocky and sudsy tan cap. Head retains well.

Flavor: Earthy and slightly citrus hop flavors up front. Background cocoa notes with a touch of milky sweetness. Balance is clearly to the American hop bitterness. Finish is clean, crisp, and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with high carbonation. A touch of roasted grain astringency. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: Nowhere near the complexity, mouthfeel, or malt profile to be a stout. More aligned with a Black IPA. A good beer but not an American Stout by any parameters.

Serving type: can

12-29-2012 03:03:27 | More by mattcrill
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3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best Before May 25, 2013. 16oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours black with just a little light getting through. There's a huge khaki, off-white head which sticks around and leaves very sticky lacing. Really nice looking beer. The aromas are very nice and reminiscent of a Black IPA. Very hoppy with lots of pine resin and oranges. The chocolate malts are very present in the nose as well. The flavors are fine, but a bit of a letdown compared to the aromas. Lots of roasted chocolate and expresso. The hop bitterness is there, but it lacks hop flavor. This doesn't exactly remind me of a stout and would fit better in the "Black Ale" category, in my opinion. Mouthfeel is fine, a little thin, but still has a body to it. The carbonation is moderate. This is a very easy drinking beer.

This is definitely in the Black IPA territory. Nice beer that could be so much more. The aromas had me excited, but the flavors seemed average. Not bad.

Serving type: can

12-25-2012 22:49:28 | More by BB1313
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4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

12-24-2012 21:08:03 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of schoolboy


4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I knew when I saw something new from this brewery that I was in for a treat. Diesel was no disappointment. Without saying what style it was on the can, I figured it would probably be a black ale. Tasting it and seeing what it posted here, I guess I was wrong.

Opening the can reveals a nice slightly roasty aroma, with plenty of malty smell too. The taste is a perfect American bitter stout taste. The aftertaste just builds on that bitterness.

Overall, this is one of the most satisfying stouts I have had in a long time. Another Sixpoint winner!

Serving type: can

12-24-2012 19:58:53 | More by schoolboy
Photo of Bitterbill


4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

12-23-2012 20:12:21 | More by Bitterbill
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New Jersey

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

Poured from a Nano Keg into my Brooklyn Brewery ( sorry Sixpoint ) Nonic Pint Glass

Appearance - pours an inky black with a viscosity that screams stout. A very active brownish head that is very active and persists throughout. An active head forms from the bottom of the glass in a typical stout fashion.
Smell - a really, roasty malty, hoppy, aroma. The aroma is very pleasant and peaty, and has an earthy quality. The overall aroma is very rich. This does not scream chocolate, coffee, but does have the richness and undertones of both.

Taste - a Very dark malty, hoppy stout. The taste is malty, and surprises you with a very strong hop profile. The hops kick in and add depth to the stout. A creaminess is interrupted with the hop kick.

Mouthfeel - a very carbonated, yet smooth stout. This is not a creamy milk stout, but a tightly carbonated stout that exerts creaminess, but still bites the back of the palette

Overall - this is one of the truly great American Stouts. it has a great hop profile, that sets this apart from other stouts. The body is rich, creamy but with a hoppy bite. If you like stouts, try it, if you like hops try it. A great combination of a rich, malty stout with an exciting hoppiness.

Serving type: can

12-22-2012 14:05:01 | More by Chas58
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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Arrives bar-side a deeply brown color with no light getting through. A small head drops quickly to a thin film. No lacing left behind.
Smell is faint malt and what might be a hint of vanilla but honestly, the nose is so ephemeral that trying to find notes here is like a blind man playing "Wheel of Fortune", complete guesswork.
Taste is toasted malt, hops, nut and caramelized sugar notes. Balance is just okay.
A sharp carbonation bite up front, a medium body and a drying finish. Comes across more like a brown ale though the body is a wee bit heavier, especially after the swallow which brings about a somewhat cloying stickiness to the palate. All said, a decent brew but nothing great.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2012 17:13:31 | More by PorterLambic
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3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I think I would have rated this one higher, if I was smart enough to read about the beer. Diesel, Black Can - no brainer - Its a Stout!
So, I was expecting an awesome stout.
I guess at my first pour, I should have realized this was something different. I did enjoy this beer, but I was looking for a Stout, so when I found a Stout/IPA I was totally taken by surprise. At first, I said, "This is not a full stout", then on second sip, I am saying to myself IPA
So the combination of both Stout and IPA is interesting... Just was not something I was expecting

Serving type: can

12-21-2012 03:45:26 | More by rdilauro
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.

Serving type: can

12-16-2012 02:31:42 | More by emerge077
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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

12-14-2012 22:20:18 | More by bluejacket74
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3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a Sam Adams pint, best before date of 5/25/13.

A - Pretty great, deep brown with a huge khaki head full of cascading bubbles, dies down fairly quickly but leaves a nice cap and pretty good lacing

S - somewhat subdued, molasses, chocolate, herbal hops

T - lots of licorice, molasses, and bakers chocolate, has some dark coffee notes, a little mint, some earthy tones in the finish, sweetness is well balanced by some pretty strong bittering hops

M - medium-full, amply carbonated, lingering hop oil on the tongue

O - this is good, full bodied and rich, but relatively quaffable. looks stunning in the glass too. could use a little more complexity and the nose is kind of disappointing, still well worth the money.

Serving type: can

12-14-2012 06:04:37 | More by johnkale
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3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before 25MAY2013

A: Pours a near pitch black (very dark brown/mahogany when held to the light) with a fingers worth of tan head

S: Surprisingly hoppy (mostly piney), with a good amount of roasted malts. A light hint of chocolate as well

T: Again, surprisingly hoppy with more of a citrus flavor this time around, with light pine. Roasted malts come through after the initial hit of citrus and pine. Get some dark chocolate and coffee-like roastiness with an ashy character. Finishes lightly bitter and astringent

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily and ashy at the same time (kind of odd, but it works)

O: I can't be the only one that would possibly classify this under an ABA, would I? Definite stout characteristics, but there are just as many IPA characteristics in there as well. Tasty brew, regardless. Definitely worthy of a purchase at some time this winter

Serving type: can

12-12-2012 07:43:05 | More by BEERMILER12
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3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know what it is about stout in cans, but I can't seem to resist them. Grabber a four pack of these tall boys, time to give it a review. Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint. Appearence is a very dark brown/black with brown edges. Tan head forms upon pour and dissipates to a thin layer. The aroma meets the nose with a profile that is both heavily roasted with a fair amount of earthy hops present up front. The two profiles, roasty and hoppy seem to have a nice balance where one never dominates the other. The taste is very similar. Initially, you get a green earthy hop presence with notes of pine resin. This gives way to dry cocoa and coffee character. A touch of sweetness shines through and then finishes with a crisp hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is somewhat on the thin side with mild carbonation. Overall, this is a nice hoppy American stout. This could easily be classified as an American Black Ale, either way, it drinks nicely.

Serving type: can

12-12-2012 07:16:56 | More by homebrew311
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3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cola color, becoming opaque in the glass with ruby highlights and a dense held inch milk chocolate head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Roast malt and pine are evident at a distance. Chocolate and soy accompany light citrus notes in the aroma. Malted milk balls and resin surface as it warms.

Flavor is dominated by roast malt, which quickly gives way to an underlying citrus flavor, finishing fairly bitter and piney. It's a battle of charred breadcrust and grapefruit tartness, with initially subdued resin and pine emerging late, along with chocolate.

Body is on the light side, with fairly high carbonation. There's noticeable alcohol warmth.

An interesting combination of flavors, but it's somewhat two-note. Has the roast characte of a stout and the citrus profile of an ipa. Not a standout, though.

Serving type: can

12-12-2012 02:38:15 | More by barczar
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into a stout glass. It pours same color as the can a very nice dark brown w off white head and good lacing. Nose catches me w spice right away. Notes of pine are heavy followed by roast and toast and sweetness. Taste is hop-forward at first w a very piney resinous taste followed by roast and sweetness w a lipsmacking finish and lingering bittersweetness. My first sip I say "leave it to SixPoint to dry hop a stout!" This is beautiful. Definitely unexpected and one of my favorite beers after one can.

Serving type: can

12-12-2012 02:03:22 | More by slim2043
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3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can, into a USGBC Massachusetts pint glass.

A - Inky black and opaque. As a driver of a diesel car, I know that diesel is actually pretty light brown. Still, I get the analogy. Foamy head persists in hillocks of foam as the glass settles down.
S - malty, faint alcohol smell
T - very bitter - a lot more hop in the taste than in the smell. Burnt toast. Faint soapy-ness. Astringent.
M- nice fizz, but not so chewy, a little thin even. Again, the diesel analogy fails here - should be thicker
O - As stouts go, this is not my favorite. Bitterness and sweetness are not well balanced. Happy to be drinking it on a fall Sunday afternoon, but not sure I'd buy it again. + points for can design, which is beautiful. .

Serving type: can

12-09-2012 19:41:21 | More by greenengineer
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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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3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We pop the tab and pour a brew of dark roasted coffee coloring. It holds a one and a half finger head of massive tan bubbles. This shows decent retention, leaving spotty, chunky lacing down the sides of the glasses. A big film of fatty bubbles sits in broken aggregates across the liquid’s surface. Carbonation appears medium, there is moderate haze, and large chunks of yeast float about the drink. The aroma is sticky sweet with milk chocolate and fiery roasted malts. There is added sweetness of heavy creamer, warm butters, and a malted milk ball quality of chalk and sugars. Hints of caramel and gingerbread spice come with warmth, with lighter citric hops, and faint booziness wafting off the top. Our first impression is that the flavoring is comparatively mild, and less sweet than the nose had suggested. As we sip, the flavoring opens with steely malts, syrupy fig sweetness, additional coin of yeast, and charred malts. The middle bitters further, peaking with medicinal phenols, smokiness, orange peel of citric hop, and darkened chocolate malts. The finish is significantly watered through, with more soapy and piney hops, chalky grain, sugary chocolate syrup, and blended depth of char and smoke. The aftertaste breathes bitterly of chalky cacao, soured chocolate malts, light vinegars, and bittering piney hop bite. The body is lighter to medium, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is left significantly dried, following a light and cooling coating. There is nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth to each sip, leaving the mouth happy. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. There was a nice sweetness, with a warming creaminess, almost like a milk stout, which made for a very inviting start. The flavoring, however, didn’t match up. While there was nice bitterness, and chocolatey, malty dryness, the end of the sip felt rather watered down. The flavoring did show a bit more sweetness with warmth. This, coupled with the lighter body, made for a less than perfect brew.

Serving type: can

11-20-2012 23:24:18 | More by TheBrewo
Diesel from Sixpoint Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 777 ratings.