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Diesel - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

821 Ratings
THE BROS
98
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2005)
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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an absolute pitch black color from a can (pint), with ABV and best-by date marked on the carton. Absolutely no penetration of light whatsoever.
One finger frothy head that dissipates very slowly and leaves behind some really nice sticky lace.
Aroma is oh so malty with nice dark roasted coffee notes, dark chocolate/cocoa notes and hints of hops coming through right at the beginning.
Taste is just a tad sweet upfront but right from the middle there is a nice wave of bitterness. The finish is quite dry, with the kick of bitterness at the finish not lingering around whatsoever.
A very well balanced and tasty medium bodied stout. This stout has all the makings of a nice sessions beer.
Overall, this is a very good stout. Definitely worth a try, and comes recommended.

Photo of Jefe73
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 4 pack of this at Stateline a few days ago. Poured from a 16 oz. can into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with a little more than two fingers of medium tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of pine hops, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, and toasted malts. More coffee comes out as it warms up.

t - Tastes of pine hops, roasted malts, coffee, bakers chocolate, bitter chocolate, burnt malts. Pine hops come out a lot up front, as do the roasted malts.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth, with a tiny bit of a bitter kick from the hops.

o - Overall a very hoppy stout. The pine hops are very strong, and there are a ton of roasted malts, but not a ton else going on. Personally, I'm not the biggest fan of hoppy stouts, but this was decent. Worth checking out.

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

Just hit shelves!

Appearance:
Jet black with a light tan head that fades all too quickly. There appears to be a decent amount of carbonation present, but not too much of it holds to the sides of the glass. I'm used to creamier stouts with more head retention, however, knowing the amount this beer was dry hopped (ie contributing aromatic oils) I'm not too surprised with the weak head retention.

Smell:
A little weak at first, but it becomes a summer's day fresh-cut lawn quickly after a gently swirling. There is a touch of roasted malts and a touch of yeast, but predominantly it's hop-city.

Taste:
Bold hops, toasty malts, and a subtle yeast character. This is definitely your basic stout done exceptionally well. There is no pungent coffee or chocolate masking flavors, just a dark beer and hops.
Simplicity meets dry hopping.

Mouthfeel:
A dry and bitter aftertaste with a medium body and ample carbonation. This beer coats the tongue with oily, resiny hops and sucks the saliva clean from your mouth. Delicious beer and not bad when at warmer temperatures either.

Overally:
This is quite a tasty beer, although the hops can be overpowering at times. I'd say for the price ($2.50/pint) this is a relative bargain and worth sharing. I would be looking for a little more body and maybe a little smoothness to take the edge off the hops (oatmeal?).

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of johnh7
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of sliverX
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ixodus
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of aprilianewman
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of xnicknj
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Matt for this beer. Completely off my radar, looking forward to it. Poured from can into DFH Pint.

A: Pours a viscous black color with no light getting through. A really nice one finger fluffy, airy head. Great lacing remains on the side of the glass. As you drink this beer, the lacing becomes completely artful. Really nice looking beer.

N: Real heavy roast followed by a wave of surprising hop. What is this beer? There is some chocolate notes coming through. Grassy like finish on the nose, really unusual and pleasant!

T: Yep, hopped up. Boom, kind of a nice drying effect, then wap, more drying, big roast malt, some coffee? Bit of piney resin sets this thing in hyperdrive. I am really enjoying this. Bitter chocolate and

M: The hop and bitter chocolate really make this a dry drinking stout, but man, is it nice. Lots of good flavors hanging around in my mouth, but not too sticky or cloying.

D and O: Great beer. Add a great beer to the watch list for me. Thanks alot Matt for including this fantastic extra!

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a case for 36 dollars definitely worth the asking price, and than some...this is one hoppy stout. Possibly brewed before the Black IPA craze hit the country. Tall boy 16 ounce cans pouring proper into a nice bowl shaped chalice I had clean. Pours pitch black like you guessed it...Diesel oil. Anyways it does have a super smooth velvet texture going on one you look at the deep dark tan head forming thick above the rim of your glass. Fine thickets of layered lacing form as the glass dwindles. Arom has dark roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate and a hint of masked coffee, what is the coffee maked by? What could possibly cover up the dark roasted malt nose? The boat loads of fresh vinous hops, in this case a nice blend of pine/herbal hops jump out of the glass and the can reads 69 IBU, 6.3% abv, and 35 SRM. Underlying the hops and obvious dark roasted malts is a bunch of caramelized malt sugars peaking through with a toasted marshmallow experience that really ties everything together to smell that. Flavors meld nice even though it brings the hop bitterness, dark roasted malt bitter dark chocolate in the roasted malt profile with a forest of green almost minty pine going on, I think it's drinking great and definitely is easy to finish like most of the Sixpoint canned offerings I've had. Carbonation is ample tickles the back of the throat, medium to fuller bodied stout with a slick layer of fresh hop oils. I don't regret the case purchase I don't picture myself getting tired of this beer anytime soon, cheers to beer!

Photo of Adrianized
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of axeman9182
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz tallboy, allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into my Bruery tulip.

Diesel pours a solid black, with more than two fingers of head that falls somewhere between caramel and khaki on the color spectrum. Head retention and lacing are both solidly above average. The nose is fairly hoppy for a stout, with a strong piney aroma asserting it's dominance over the roasted malty aspect. In fact, I'd say it's a little too hop-centric for a stout. Milk Chocolate and a mild coffee are much more present here in the flavor than before. There's also a bit of earthiness (maybe a noble/continental hop?) that acts as a nice bridge to the still pungent pine note that closes the beer. The carbonation is a bit higher than I'd expect, but I guess that makes sense if the brewer's trying to accentuate the hops more than in a normal stout. The body though comes across as a little weak. Diesel is a solid, hoppy take on an American stout.

Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
2/5  rDev -47.2%

Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer looks awesome so far. Looks like diesel fuel (bahahaha you get it) pitch black with no opacity and a massive light tan head that im watching die but very very very slowly (I might as well watch grass grow)

The head on this thick is thick and awesome looking. Gotta love it.

Some charcoal, alcohol and herbal hops on the nose. The scents aren't big at all. Nothing impressive.

Nice Balance and smooth with a big tinny taste. Some charcoal taste with a bit of smokiness and a big minty hop finish. Thick like diesel fuel with some pretty decent flavors. More on the hoppy side than malty though.

It's okay, I normally don't like canned beer but it ain't bad.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip pint: Black body with small crimson highlights under a finger of tan head that drops fairly quickly & leaves some tenacious lacing.

The dry-hopping comes through nice & strong like old, dry oranges or grapefruits, with a sweetly bready underpinning, like banana bread or something.

Strongly hoppy up front, too, again with a dried citrus zest character, followed up by dry bread crust, a little waxy, bitter coffee character, & returning to a woody bitterness in the finish. There's a kind of lemony sweetness hiding in there somewhere, too.

Medium-full-bodied, the combination of hops & roast are a little abrasive.

Don't think I'd call this a stout at all, much more of a black IPA. And even under criteria for a black IPA, I've definitely had better. I prefer my stouts malty, thanks.

Photo of Gushue3
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- really big khaki head with tons of retention above a pitch blak body. Rings of lacing left as it goes doen and this looks awesome.

S- slight roast and green earthy hops.

T- nice roasty malt with green slightly bitter hops. Not getting much more than roast and green hops. Not a bad drink but notreally what I'm looking for in a stout.

M- absolutely flat with a medium feel

O- definately a different take on a stout. A little too hoppy for a stout for me abd u love ah me some hops.

Photo of bs870621345
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I love six point, so I had to give this one a try.

Pours dark brown with an inch of off white head. Leaves a good amount of lacing down the glass.

Smells of coffee, roast, caramel and a hint of citrus.

Taste is of coffee and the roast flavors up front, moving into a creamy sweetness. Finishes dry with a hint of lingering coffee flavors. Well balanced, not much hop presence.

Mouthfeel is creamy and moderate body.

Overall, its a pretty good beer. Well balanced and full flavored with a reasonable amount of alcohol. Gets old quickly, at least for me.

Photo of nmann08
2/5  rDev -47.2%

Photo of fountainofyouth
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of bonbright7
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was amused to read my previous review of this beer on tap, which was nearly 3+ years ago, but I thought it's arrival in cans has marked a different stage in this beer's life. Now it's really available to anyone who goes to a good beer store, instead of randomly finding it a few select bars.

Not much as changed for me in this stout, which I found to be a step lighter than the tap version. It's dark and virulent character still leads me to think of the great times I had in its company previously.

The dark brown ale with subtle lacing on top was more drinkable due to its somewhat lighter body, but the bitter coffee and the mixed chocolate were still very much there waiting for me as I raised my 50cl glass easily.

Cans or tap, this is a great beer.

Photo of Naugros
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have to admit I was going to lambaste BA for mislabeling a style, but then I visited the Sixpoint website and they call this a stout as well. I would never have guessed and at first, second, third and all the way through to the last sip I would have pegged this as a black IPA. I usually review to style, but I feel I must depart from that here to do this beer any justice.

This beer pours out of the can as a deep brown and in the glass it is nearly black, like most stouts. Also, like many stouts, the head is huge. It has small, tightly packed bubbles and it leaves behind a rocky lace, looking like a wasps' nest on the inside of the glass.

One whiff and you get hops and lots of them. Pine, citrus, spice and a bit of green onion. It almost smells like spruce. The peppery spice gives a gentle tickle to the nose. Darkly toasted bread gives some sweetness to all that bitter. Eliminate that onion flavor and the smell gets a 4.5.

The taste is also dominated by bitter hops that are aided and abetted by the roasted malts. A whole lot of pine in the flavor and the citrus and onion disappears, but the peppery spice persists. A hint of chocolate appears.

A big, unexpected smack in the face with the hops and it lingers, but not too long, keeping the juices flowing. Nice smooth feel to the beer too.

A well-constructed beer with many complexities to it. I've become used to these guys presenting beers that push the boundaries of each style, when they bother to try to present a particular style. This makes them one of the most exciting breweries out there and rival Avery (one of my favorite breweries) in this sense. Keep it up guys!

Photo of seanwhite
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours almost totally black, with a light brown head.

S: Toffee, hops, sugar, roasted malts, and chocolate.

T: Milky, chocolatey, and a bit sweet at the front and then it goes in for the hoppy bitterness towards the back (never really a dark chocolate kind of bitterness in my opinion). Some smoky notes in there as well.

M: Body is pretty light for a stout, but this make it very sessionable.

This certainly does have resonances of a Black IPA. Good stuff; full of flavor.

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