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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 rab53
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Manoftyr
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into imperial pint glass

Appearance-Pours pitch black and gives rise to a sizable beige head which leaves behind a good film of lacing as it recedes. Looks lovely.

Aroma-Black IPA-like with lots of piney hops mingling with roasted malts, black coffee and chocolate notes are there in abundance as well however placing the nose firmly in 'stout' territory.

Taste-Initial wave of piney bitterness which is immediately tempered by a wave of black roast, black coffee and chocolate as noted in the aroma reigns supreme mid palette. Finishes with notes of pine sap and espresso.

Mouthfeel-Smooth medium body with a slick tongue-coating quality, medium-low levels of carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall-Awesome American stout by Sixpoint here, nailed it.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Good looking brew. Pitch black. Head is tan and leaves massive amounts of lacing.

S-Quite a unique aroma. I'm getting a lot of herbal hops. Pine hops with that odd but attractive green onion smell. Dark malts are there but the hops reign supreme in the nose. Smells like a Black IPA to me. Very excited to try this. Would like a bit more roast/chocolate in the nose however.

T-This is a really different flavor. I actually am enjoying this a bunch. Herbal hops mix with some really legitimate milk chocolate notes to make one hell of a combination. Roast comes out more in the flavor than in the nose. Hard to describe the flavor but definitely tasty.

M-Medium body with some tickling carbonation. A bit dry and bitter. Smooth but the carbonation prickles as well. Good feel.

O/D-I love how Sixpoint's beers refuse to be brewed according to specific styles. This is quite a unique brew. I really enjoy this beer. Definitely worth a try. I love the 4-pack of big cans. Sixpoint has really impressed me and this is probably one of my favorites by them. But they're all so good I have trouble picking my favorite. Seek this out.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

can picked up locally...best before may 15, 2012

a - sweet looking can from one of my favorite locals. popped it and filled my E snifter. the brew poured a pretty thick black with a frothy almost beige head. in the glass, looked like an 8 ball. pretty attractive. thick chunky milkshake like lacing (i throw around 'milkshake like' a lot, but when i say it this time, i mean chunks...the glass is coated with the head that was once there. pretty nice.

s - roasted malts. a tingle of a metallic tone. some dry hopped crispness. the roasted malts get kind of muted from the hops.

t - leads with roasted malt, then hits a mix of spiciness, into a dry hop and then finishes a bit odd with some hop bitterness.

m - body is initeresting. it is creamy and watery at the same time. the bitterness gives it some balls...definitely different.

o - overall...at first it was kind of a weird experience. i was expecting a classic stout and noticed that the can mentions that the beer is dry hopped...and it really shows in the nose and the flavor giving it a cross between a stout and a black ipa vibe. don't get me wrong, i like my hops as much as the next guy...but for my stouts i like chocolate and coffee and roastiness and boldness. darkness is stout where the hops really work for me...
definitely worth checking out since i could see this being someone's favorite stout.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a Brooklyn tulip pint.

A: Pours a BEAUTIFUL deep brown with a huge white head. This beastly glob of ocean foam sticks around to the last drop and leaves so much lacing that the glass looks like a zebra's hide.

S: Rich milk chocolate and cocoa nibs blend seamlessly with earthy and citrus hops.

T: Hops blast you right away in a black IPA way, but the roast soon overcomes and reminds you that its a stout. Coffee and dirt in the finish.

D: Crisp, easy-drinking classic American stout; smooth and well-balanced.

Overall: I just love Sixpoint's devil-may-care, homebrewer attitude towards style guidelines. This beer (a 69 IBU) single stout isn't for purists. However, this is a kick-ass beer that makes no apologies for what it is: relentlessly original and in-your-face.

Photo of rickards9
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Diesel pours a deep Almost black mahogany. A little over a finger of mocha icecream colored head is produced from a moderate pour. Very solid retention with rings of lacing as one sips.

S- grainy roasted malt aromas present themselves with notes of brewed coffee, bakers chocolate and freshly doused embers. Pine hop aromas sing along side the roast with a touch of resin and oil. A slight alchohol touch on the finish.

T- Starts with a short burst of oily coffee bean that soon transforms into a crunchy pine hop flavor and bitterness. Espresso and Astringent flavors with a bit of tangerine hop lingers for a nice finish.

MF- slick oily mouthfeel with a medium body. Average carbonation

D- very good drinkability

Overall a solid beer that has nice flavor and bitterness.

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark, almost black. Dark brown at edges when held to direct light. Head is tan, creamy and sticky. Small cap on the beer lasts for the duration. Pours with decent viscosity. Looks to be on point for the style.

Smell: Chocolate malts. Some nice pine notes from the hops. Roasty malts round everything out. Touch of citrus. Slight touch of char. Definitely a more aggressive hopping than I'm used to for the style. It's almost touching on a mild black ale.

Taste: Pine and roasted malts. Chocolate malts in copious amounts. Cocoa and milk chocolate. Some citrus notes as well. Char on the back. Hops dominate over the malts, again asserting that black ale characteristic. There's an attempt at balance, but it slowly loses out over the course of the beer. As it warms, the pine begins to dominate and shoves the malts back.

Mouthfeel: Super creamy. Almost as if it were a nitro can. Smooth and easy drinking. almost absurdly so. Carbonation is on the low side.

Overall: Another beer from Sixpoint that's decent, but doesn't really carry for the duration of the beer. Flavors are good, but lose a little balance in the long run. Points for being easy drinking, but there's something distinct about Sixpoint dry-hopping that just doesn't work for me.

Photo of ciachef1212
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I cracked this can and started to pour I could really smell the hops. The a aroma of this beer is hop forward but this is a very fresh can I am interested in seeing how this will change over the next month or so. As the beer warmed up the roasted coffee, and malt came out. This is a really like stout that is very drinkable. I look forward to aging this for a few months and seeing how it changes.

Cheers

Photo of funkel81
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

An opaque dark brown with a light brown head of sizable proportions and a goodly amount of lace. Smell is full of coffee and chocolate malt. A nice yeasty fruitiness and a healthy amount of earthly and delicately floral fragrant hops. Slicing is is a rouge grapefruit tinged edge like a a sweetness assassin Some sweet dough. Taste is roasted grains and burnt sugar. Coffee is a big player as is some charcoal and molasses. Finish is dry and clean with a bitter chocolate and earth hop signature. Lingering bits of dark pumpernickel crust an a hit of grapefruit. Feel is full and and nicely carbonated with a surprising lightness. A top tier American stout that is highly drinkable and satisfying.

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into a DFH signature glass. At the time of this review, this is the #27 beer on the Top Beers - American Stout list on beeradvocate.com.

Beer is black with a huge head of small and medium sized tan bubbles, lots of lacing, moderate carbonation. At first the head is huge, half the glass, but it settles down rather quickly into a half finger head. Decent retention from now on.

Aroma is surprisingly hoppy, sweet, nice. Mild roast, some earthiness, pine resin hops. Overall a nice aroma.

Beer is surprsingly light in body, mildly dry on the finish, the overall beer is good, minimal sweetness up front, minimal bitterness at the back a mild brown sugar taste in the middle. Interesting overall. I do enjoy it and I would have it again.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Making this my first beer of the day as I want to try this with a fresh palate. I was discussing this beer the other night and felt I could not gauge it’s level of hoppiness as I had two Flower Powers before opening a pint of this. Today I am with a fresh palate.

There is no doubt this is a great looking beer. A full tan creamy head builds and then stays for the duration. The structure of the head is like whipped cream. This tops a deep brown beer that doesn’t let much, if any, light through. A good amount of sticky lace.

Aroma is really hoppy with full pine and even some lemon/orange peel. Bright and fresh. Frankly, not a lot of dark roasted malt or chocolate here. (I know what’s to come in the flavor)

Tastes just as chocolaty as I remember from my first can. Like a nice chocolate sauce. This is interrupted with a rather aggressive hop flavor and bitterness. Almost a hop tea moment mid palate that leads to a moment of pine. After this we finally get some dark roasted malt and a touch of nuttiness. I like this the first time around and this time I really like it. It reminds me a bit of “The Alchemist” – “Mortal Sin” which is just a beautiful beer. A buddy referred to this as a black Ipa. There is no doubt that this defies standard style convention. I love the late aftertaste which is a mix of chocolate and the dark roasted malt. Just something about it that’s real nice. I think there is some lingering pine that’s playing a role in this flavor.

I think this has the potential to be even better if it was just a touch thicker. Not saying it’s thin… it’s not. Medium, to fairly bold with a slight grit to the beer. This almost makes it feel creamy, but it never quite gets there. Carbonation is about as mild as can be and still be considered carbonated.

I really like this beer. There must be something about the Sixpoint malt bill or yeast selection that works for me. I just really enjoy almost everything they’ve made. (Autumnation being the exception)

Well done!

Photo of ironbike1
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting take on a stout. I thought Victory storm king was an interesting stout with all the different flavors. This stout has a grassy note with a strong roasted scent and taste with a nice backbone of bitterness not usually found in stouts.
The drinkability is very high for me on this one. Very easy to drink even though it looks like a heavy stout.
Pours pitch black with a thin off white foam.

Just another great offering from sixpoint.

Photo of Jayli
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep, opaque black with a two finger of brown foamy head to it. Head recedes quickly and coats the glass with lacing.

S: Nose is tons of dark malts, charred notes, and piney, floral hops.

T: Taste starts with charred malts, a mixture of milk and dark chocolate notes come through. While the beer is a bit colder, more of a floral hop flavoring is present, but turns to a more piney flavoring as he beer warms. Definite hop bite retains in the finish. The hop presence is far more dominating than any stout like qualities.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, oily yet creamy all at once.

T: Goes down easy, pretty tasty, not too filling, moderate kick, not a good representation of the style though. This is a good beer - no doubt, but this is more of a Black IPA/Lager than a stout. The hop presence is far more present the roasty notes of a stout. So if you are a stout person, this may not be what you're looking for.

Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of facekm
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

reddish-black (is that a color?) coming out of the can, but looks blackblack in the glass with a coffee-and-cream colored head that holds very well and leaves great lace. nose is chocolaty coffee with hints of caramel and vanilla on top of piney hop goodness and minuscule alcohol. nice balance. hops seems to blend and create character rather than stand out on their own. taste confirms this and all of the above come through with a roasted grain bitterness blending with a piney tingle and charcoal (and some citrus?)in the end. medium full body that is slick rather than chewy. piney aftertaste/finish amps up some of the char. an easy drinking stout from sixpoint.

Photo of smakawhat
2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the can into a snifter glass.

A very light coffee colored tan head, with tiny bubbles is formed with lots of uniform character. Lots of tiny spotted lacing and legs really impressive for such a light abv here, where did these legs come from? Body color is a real nice dark brown but there are hints of red, this is almost garnet colored, it's red! I am going to have to rate this really high on appearance.

Ok smell is off. This is sour a little, burnt, and maybe even vegetative, with a faint roast. It's not too bad, but it's VERY weird and hard to pinpoint what this is I am smelling exactly dare I say Veggies? I am talking boiled brussel sprouts! on a stout? you can't be serious... man that's exactly what it smells like to me. It's not pleasant god I grew up with that awful brussel sprout smell in my house, just wrong.

The palate brings a light bodied coffee and char roasting character to the front. Extremely burnt tasting. Mouthfeel is about down the middle for this style, although it doesn't seem to make things better with it's slightly wet feel. Lots of char here and sense of burnt embers. A good warming sensation, lots of burnt BURNT grain. Hop finish of some bitter grapefruit on the end.

Overall this thing is just not doing it for me, it's a mess, with some chaotic if not fun palate but it just smells awful. Can't dig it, can drink it and get passed it, but never again. Wow I am really disappointed have to be honest. I need some Cadillac Mountain, Sierra Nevada Stout, Obsidian...seriously. It looks like I am in the minority, but that's ok. Perhaps I can share/trade this with someone else who will enjoy it, at least that would make me happy, cause drinking and smelling this sure wont.

Photo of sideshowe
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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

dark oil like liquid. Huge tan head had a very very slow fade and left lots of lace all the way down the glass.

Smell was very robust, deep roasted coffee and dark german chocolate. Hints of a sugary or caramel sweetness as well. Taste was very thick and complex. Big deep roasted flavor, almost a burnt taste to it. Lots of flavors of coffee and german dark chocolate. Cery thick feel, but not syrupy, great carbonation led to a great silk like feel. Nice big hoppy finish left a very long lingering burnt aroma,

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

Appearance: black in color with a thick 2" head that lasts a while. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of earthy tones come through to the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, milder coffee flavors, some prune sweetness, and a nice hop bitterness balances this one out nicely.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste is short lived.

Overall: a very drinkable stout with a nice flavor profile. Easy to consume a few of these in a session.

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