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Diesel - Sixpoint Brewery

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very good

811 Ratings

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Ratings: 811
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 65
Gots: 43 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2005)
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Photo of horshack7
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass is a black, opaque beer much like the color of a black hole in outer space. On top is a very thick rocky beige head that is almost brown. The head retention is very good and nice thick lacing is left behind.

Aroma: Well there is quite a hop aroma grapefruit notes in the front. Dark bread with a touch of rye and roasted malts. Bits of molasses are scattered here and there. Figs and other dark fruits are towards the end.

Taste: Vanilla, bourbon notes, Hops and malts are very much roasted dark. Only a twinge of citrus on the palate along side a hop bite. Dark rye bread wisps with a touch of dryness.

Notes: Such a dam tasty beer very hearty. Cheers.

horshack7, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of ipasandyergas
4/5  rDev +5.5%

ipasandyergas, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of astrobomb
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

astrobomb, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of GoldenJet
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

GoldenJet, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of jgreenearrow
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep brown, nearly black color with a tan colored head forming at the top of the pour. Lots of lacing remains on the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted malts and hops dominate the nose. There is also somewhat of a dank smell.

T: Deep roasted malts start the sip and lead to the middle where some crisp hop flavors take hold. The dankness enters towards the finish followed by a caramel sweetness to carry the beer home.

M: Medium to think bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty good stout. The flavor profile is unique to other stouts as it definitely contains a hop presence. The dank quality to this beer is a little off-putting, but overall, it is a decent beer.

jgreenearrow, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of songoose
2/5  rDev -47.2%

songoose, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of CliffBrake
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, almost opaque with a modest light brown head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves moderate lacing.

The aroma is an intriguing blend of pine, a touch of citrus, and roasted grains. A touch of vanilla sneaks in on the sides.

Taste follows suit. This beer does a better job of blending roasted malt flavors with the hops than most beers. It is hard to tell where the hops end and the malt begins. Well constructed and seamless. Fairly complex flavors with resins and tar reminiscent of evergreens (or diesel fuel?). A sour cherry bitterness finishes things off and leaves the palate craving more.

Creamy, full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is dank, dark and delicious. Certainly unlike any stout I have ever tried. I think it fits better as an American black ale. Certainly unique. Regardless of what style one wants to shoehorn it into, I will be buying this one again.

CliffBrake, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Hojaminbag
2.68/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Diesel has a great look, with a body that is the darkest of browns, and a light brown head that is more than two fingers tall. The head is frothy and pock-marked, with great retention and lacing.

Diesel opens up with a pretty big citrus aroma, followed by a load of roasted malt. Smells aggressive.

Plenty of citrus hops come through once again, with a decent amount of both resin and pine. The hops add more than a moderate amount of bitterness for the style, and I would say that they are easily the dominant flavor in this beer. In the middle is a ton of fruit from the yeast, but its kind of an off-tasting, over-ripe type of fruit flavor. Almost a bit sour in fact. The roasted malt cleans the fruit up at least, with nice roasted malt flavors and a hint of both coffee chocolate. The hops come through with more bitterness in the finish, accompanied by mostly resin flavors. The aftertaste blends dark malts and hops, and is probably the most pleasant part of the beer. Whatever that funky fruit is in the middle, however, definitely damages this beer.

Pretty biting, with a high carbonation and a body that is a touch below moderate.

First of all, if you gave me this beer blind I might think it was an American Black Ale. I was pumped to try Diesel, but the strange, fruity off-flavor kind of ruined it for me. At least the aftertaste is pleasant. Considering the fact that I bought a four-pack, I will definitely revisit this one to give it a second chance.

Hojaminbag, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

bonbini26, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of engagechad
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer westpark in Glen Allen, VA - belgian flute glass

Pours an amazing dark brown with a fat head, everlasting head that clings for dear life down the side of the glass. Very nice looking beer.

Smells roasty and sweet but not overbearing

Taste is fantabulous, very smooth with a roasty bite. Very quaffable. Feels great on the palate, i coulnd't ask for anything more.

Overall this is a brew I will buy again, very good am stout that i could drink all day.

engagechad, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of coachdonovan
4/5  rDev +5.5%

coachdonovan, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of greybeardloon
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

best before 16 June 2012

A: Decent head with intricate lacing.

S: Prominent grassy, herbal hops with some subtle malt sweetness in the background.

T: Initially, the grassy hops with sweet malt coming through midway. Roastiness is pretty subdued, and I don't get the chocolate flavors or smoke that I used to get from the draft version.

M: Medium fullness. Creamy. Nice, unless you're expecting a stout.

O: This is fairly different from my memory of Diesel. That was not a "stout" stout, but this is even less typical a stout. Sixpoint like to say that they don't brew to style, but this iteration of Diesel fits the American black ale category quite neatly. I may tuck one can away for a while to see how it tastes when the hops have faded a bit.

greybeardloon, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of WMEugene
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark black with a big frothy khaki colored head and great lacing.

S - Hoppy. Pine notes. Light, roasted malts. Surprising to say the least. The hops are in full force - this smells almost like an IPA.

T - Pine hops flavors mix with the roasted malts to provide an interesting taste for a stout. I can pick up some light cream, cocoa, and coffee notes.

M - Medium bodied, ok carbonation, a little bitter due to the hops.

O - A hoppy stout? That's what you get with Diesel. It's unique and probably closer to a Black IPA hybrid than a pure stout. Regardless, this is a nice take on a hoppy, dark brew...more than appropriate for those cold evenings.

WMEugene, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Satchboogie
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Satchboogie, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of OldIronLungs
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Glad to finally try this one.

Poured into a pint glass a dark root beer brown with several clingy fingers of dark mocha head that dissipates slowly -- Brooklyn always gets the head right!

Nose is lightly piney hops and a touch of roast.

A sip is...very hoppy up front - rough bitterness through the middle with a richer roasted body only coming through at the end. A bit thin with low carbonation.

Well that's too bad. If the can said Black IPA - it'd have been alright, but stout? Sorry Brooklyn, you lost me. The dry-hopping didn't meld well with the malts which in themselves were underwhelming. Maybe I'm just not a fan of hoppy stouts. It does get a touch better as it warms. I wonder how this will taste after I give it a little time because I can't see finishing the whole 4 pack.

OldIronLungs, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Kegatron, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Gurrett
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Gurrett, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Canned pint poured into a DFH Signature.

Pours ink black, amber around the edges when held up to the light. Two finger mocha head dissipates slowly into a lumpy froth. A nice layer of head sticks around on the surface and edges of the brew. Very nice lacing.

Aroma was surprising, piney citrus hops upfront, something else going on with the hops, cant quite pick it out. Roasty malt backbone.

Taste was even more surprising, like the smell you get those crisp piney hops upfront with some chocolate, coffee, sweet roasty malts, and a nice dry finish. You really do get the 3 phases of taste.

This brew was actually pretty light in body and surprisingly thin. Low carbonation and a pretty watery mouth feel and taste. Definitely wasnt feeling how thin this was, did make it easy drinking though.

Overall a solid brew, but not AT ALL what I was expecting. Definitely the most surprising and one of the strangest brews ive had. Not in the slightest what I was expecting for a "stout", to me it much more resembled a Black IPA. Aside from the roasted chocolate coffee notes it didnt have stout characteristics at all especially in mouth feel. I also noticed that unlike most beers where as it warms up you taste more of the complexities and sutulties, this one just seemed to taste more watered down.

Chugs13, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Khazadum
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served into a tulip.

A- Creamy tight packing bubbles, good retention. Low carbonation appearance into the inky darkness. Medium lacing.

S- Light aroma, some roast, bit of burnt grains. Low hopping, murky English style, little bit of light mango. Interesting. Faintly tropical, not really blending in but something to appreciate.

T- First thoughts are low, very low sweetness, roasted grain but definitively burnt grain. Finishes grainy, roasted, but mostly burnt barley flavors. Simple flavors, nothing extreme.

M- Creamy, full bodied, lingering velvet smoothness. Low carbonation benefits the overall appearance and flavor of this brew. Flavors last on the palate and have a medium stickiness.

Simple beer, nothing amazing, but not bad. Tasty.

Khazadum, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of bum732
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Chocolate, coffee roastiness, bright citrus, big vanilla notes.

L: Very dark brown, light tan head that dissipates. Ok lacing.

T: Dark wort tastes with an undercurrent of hoppiness. Medium low citrus bitterness with a semi-sweet malty chocolate taste. Finishes dry with slight roast. Almost bone dry.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Enjoyed it. Loved how the taste came in 3 distinct phases. Hoppy up front, sweet chocolate malt in the middle and a dry finish. All worked really well. My favorite from Sixpoint.

bum732, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of ZacharyJ
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

ZacharyJ, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of greg4579
4/5  rDev +5.5%

greg4579, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of foureyedgeek
4/5  rDev +5.5%

foureyedgeek, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Gatch
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before: 15MAY2012

A - Black with a tall, fluffy, off-white head that settles into a lumpy pile of froth. Decent lace and head retention.

S - A very milk/sweet stout nose. Creme brulee, coffee, cream, burnt sugar, all with a little hops mixed in. Interesting.

T - Burnt sugar, cream, roasted malt. Slight hop presence. Roasty but sweet at the same time. Different but cloying at times.

M - Smooth, creamy, roasty. Very little carbonation. Can be a bit too sweet at times but overall a unique and enjoyable stout.

Gatch, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of happy5930
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

happy5930, Dec 31, 2011
Diesel from Sixpoint Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 811 ratings.