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Diesel - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

821 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 821
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 66
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.

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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.

Photo of Gurrett
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

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.

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.

Photo of ZacharyJ
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of greg4579
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of foureyedgeek
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

Photo of happy5930
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into an imperial pint

A perfect pour yields a pretty two finger mocha colored cap on top of an ebony body. Chunks of lace all over the glass.

The nose is of some earthy, piney hops, roast, and cocoa powder. Not very deep, broad or robust, but pleasing nonetheless.

Roast and cocoa powder up front before piney hops take over for the finish. There is a nice blend of bitterness from the roast and the hops.

A light medium body, smooth. A little thin for my liking.

A nice take on the style, a good hop presence that takes this up an overall notch.

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of smithmd4
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of pburland23
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce tallboy can into a dimpled mug.

Beer pours a deep, dark black that produced a little more of finger of coffee colored head. Really thick lacing clings to the mug. Nice looking pour of beer.

Smell is really interesting. Lots of earthy, piney hops which is well complimented by chocolately roasted malts.

Taste is more similar to a black IPA than a stout. The happiness outshines the roasted malts. The hops are, again, early and resinous. The roasted malts are there, but they are a supporting player. Nevertheless, it's a tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is thinner than I expected, but it's still creamy and a touch sticky. Carbonation adds a touch of creaminess which is pleasant. At 6.3%, it's a nice drinker for a winter night.

Overall, perhaps this beer is mis-classified because it's more of a Black IPA than a stout. Regardless of how it's listed it's a flavorful and balance pint. Definitely enjoy this.

Photo of oline73
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the Mad Mex in Willow Grove. Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours almost black with some light getting through at the edges. There is a half finger of fluffy tan head that leaves some lacing.

Smell: This is a mild smelling beer overall. Smooth roast with some sweetness from the malt.

Taste: Roasted malt with some mild smoke and dark chocolate notes. There is a dark fruit like tartness in the taste that stands out a bit too much.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with smooth, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The tartness overshadows the other flavors a bit too much. This beer is still easy to drink and pretty good.

Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. Can
A) Pours with a finger thick head, tan in color. Opaque body. Semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Bready. Chocolate malts. Cascade hops? Had to have been dry hopped with some northwestern hop variety.
T) Rich malts - chocolate, hints of caramel and subtle smokiness. Some hops in the finish that are not too bold just enough to bring some balance to the bold richness.
M) Full body. Clean.
O) A delicious American stout. I will definitely be drinking another one.

Photo of Gtreid
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Cstromberg57
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, fridge temp poured into a big bulb style glass. best before 15MAY2012 stamped on the bottom.

pours out black, just a little ruby brown on the edges, more so in the light. very nice dense, creamy light mocha colored head that stays around nicely. lots of thick, sticky lace.

lots of earthy hops initially. pine, a little dank, slightly spicy. hints of roasted malt.

pine and citrus hops, slightly earthy at times. a dry cocoa roasted malt with a hint of smoke comes next and then is quickly taken over by an IPA like slightly dry bitterness. a little grain. kind of a spicy slightly muddled yeasty taste.

a lighter, dryer finish that you would expect, again more IPA like. smooth. very drinkable.

id definatly call this more of a black IPA, a pretty good one at that. but call it a stout, really makes no difference to me. i would have maybe liked a touch more roasted malt, the roast flavors are definatly there, they just get lost quickly from all the hops. also has a lot less of that signature phenolic yeast strain i find in most of their beers, niether good nor bad. something id buy again for sure, i look forward to everything that comes from sixpoint.

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ppoitras
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of 9InchNails
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark body, probably the closest to opaque that it can get -- some ruby highlights on the edges. A frothy dark brown head that fades over time to a spotty film.

Big time pine resin immediately, faint roasted malts and cocoa.

Pine, caramel, chocolate, smoke and a peppery zing. This kind of reminds me of a Black IPA, with the rich malt and pine bitterness.

The mouth feel has light carbonation, light to medium body, very creamy and easy to go down. It doesn't leave the lips sticky. No alcohol warmth.

I was looking forward to this beer about a month before it came out. This beer doesn't disappoint. If you like bitter hops, you'll like this. If you like roasted malts, you'll like this.

Photo of younger35
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Yet another beautifully tasty beverage from Sixpoint via BeerTruth. Great brewery, great buddy. Drank from my Harriet Brewing nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a nice dark black with hints of dark brown around the edges. A half inch creamy light tan head sits atop the beer almost the entire time. Plenty of rich thick lacing rings down the entire glass.
Smell- You can tell from first whiff this is no regular stout. Actually, if blindfolded you’d never guess this was a stout at all. Very herbally and earthy with a blast of hops that is totally unexpected. Bits of pine and grass mixes in along with dirt (seriously) and hints of chocolate. That hint of chocolate is literally the only ode to the Stout.
Taste- Starts with a big bold bite of brash hoppy goodness. Like the nose it’s very herbally and piney with a long lingering bite. Maybe a touch of grapefruit pith but it’s fleeting and gets lost in the all the earthy tones. Unlike the nose though there is a sign of something ‘stout’ like in here. A fair amount of chocolate and roast mix in adding a strange dimension not often experienced with this sort of hop bite. The finish is dry and bitter with a long lingering roast.
Mouthfeel- Silky smooth with a nice hefty body and the lightest touch of carbonation.
Overall- I have to start by saying I’m not a big fan of Black IPA’s. Hops and dark malts don’t mix. But, saying that - I love this beer. It’s bitter and brash and roasty and all totally works. This beer is 100% unique in every way and I enjoyed the shit out of it. Thanks Adam!

Photo of pgofman
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Diesel from Sixpoint Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 821 ratings.