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Diesel - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

809 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 809
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 63
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 scootny
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

scootny, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

drabmuh, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%

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!

Reagan1984, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of ironbike1
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

ironbike1, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Jayli
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

Jayli, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +5.5%

whartontallboy, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of facekm
5/5  rDev +31.9%

facekm, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of timtim
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

timtim, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
2.88/5  rDev -24%

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.

smakawhat, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of sideshowe
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

sideshowe, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +9%

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,

mikesgroove, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

Gavage, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of devinoconnor
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

Nice stout with a little more flavors than the run of the mill stout.

Pours a very dark color with a brownish white head.

A surprising amount of hops hit the nose, mixed with more typical stout flavors like toffee.

Taste is intense, earthy flavors, mixed with hops and dark chocolate. Very creamy and warm.

Medium bodied and went down pretty smooth.

devinoconnor, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%

A - Pours a rich black-brown color with a huge tan-brown creamy/frothy covering of head. The head hangs around forever, still lingering as a finger of head leaving behind tons of thick lace.

S - Aroma is full of roasted caramel and chocolate aromas. There is also a bit of coffee and lactate as well as a bit of earth hops as well.

T - Starts off with lots of roasted caramel malts and chocolate flavors. There is also a bit of coffee as well in the background. Through the middle, some lactate sweetness and a bit of earthy hop bitterness come through. The finish is a mix of roasted caramel malts, chocolate, and oak and vanilla flavors that linger really nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels super smooth and creamy. There are some nice roasted and sweet flavors that linger nicely and warm the mouth.

D - Super drinkable. The beer feels really nice and smooth but still bursting with flavors. The roasted flavors are very rich and full. There is also a nice balance of flavors from start to end.

ngeunit1, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of alalvarez75
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

A - Very Dark. Nice proportionate head which really did leave a ton of lacing in my glass.

S - Very noticeable malt... very roasted with chocolate, coffee, and a tad of vanilla.

T - Roasted malt. Bitter. Very dry and smooth. Bitter lingers in the after taste.

M - Thin to medium. Lots of carbonation. Feels crisp.

O - This is a stout that I could sit and drink more than one. Many more than one. I'd have it again whenever it is available. Not disappointing at all.

alalvarez75, May 31, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Big fluffy head of 2-3 fingers, big messy lacing, sort dark almost pitch black color.

Nose light cocoa powder, roasted malts, chocolate malts, oats, light earthy and slight grassy hops, light caramel and vanilla, light fluffy malts, creamy.

Taste roasted malts, light cocoa, choc milk, bitter charred malts, light vanilla and slight caramel, lighter bodied and malts though, but fluffy, some earthy light spicy and grassy hops and fairly bitter. Finishes a bit more bitter with earthy spicy hops, light caramel and darker roasty malts, touch of vanilla, drier finish too.

Mouth is med bodied but feels a bit light overall, creamy, decent carb.

Overall some great flavors, nice hops but a bit heavy in hops and light in body but great malt flavors.

jlindros, May 28, 2011
Photo of haazer
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

Visited the friends in Levittown so I stopped by the Hulmeville Inn and got my growler filled with this.

A- Pours a large light brown, sand like head. Settles down to about 1/4 inch and retains well. Brew is a murky dark brown, almost black liquid. Some orange tea colors on the sides. Great lacing on the glass also.

S- Suprisngly the first aroma picked up in his resiny hops. That transitions into chocolate notes, some dark fruits, and a roasty malt profile. Tiny bit of caramel rounds out the nose.

T- The taste is like the nose but slightly rearranged. The chocolate and roastiness strike the palatte first, and the the resiney hops take over. The ending flavor is a coffee taste that was not present in the nose.

M- Mouth is a little on the light side for a stout. The bubbly carbonation is felt. Could be thicker to meet my liking.

O- This is deffinitely a good american stout. I like the strong hop aroma and incorporating them into the flavor, but somewhat lightly as stouts shouldnt be hop forward. Lower abv makes this fairly drinkable. Would certainly have again.

haazer, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%

Discovered Sixpoint on a podcast called the Brewery Show on my BlackBerry and the recent posts about 16oz cans coming soon!!! Had on tap @ Blue Dog in Lansdale, PA.

Great carbonation and dark chocolate brown color. Lacing was absolutely beautiful and head was retentious. Smell is outstanding, bittersweet chocolate and caramel. The flavor reminds me of a dark chocolate snickers bar. Very rich, excellent caramel profile. Hops shine accordingly. Smooth mouthfeel and would have had loved to try it on nitro.

TheSupremeAJ, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of wcintula
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

Great stout. Poured into a Guinness pint tulip, with a dark brown body and a finger and a half or so tan head. Very layered pleasant smell of strong roasted malts, coffee-like aromas, a hint of chocolate and slight alcohol with all of these flavours become twice as complex on the tongue and palate. This beer is awesome with a moderate body that's held up well by sufficiently crisp carbonation. I will enjoy this wherever I find it.

wcintula, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 on 3/17/11.
Reviewed from notes.

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. It has a nice 1-finger light tan head, that leaves good lacing behind on the glass.

S - It smells of deeply roasted malt. It smells a tad grainy, and there are notes of chocolate, coffee, and a bit of vanilla. There is also a touch of caramel sweetness present in the nose.

T - The taste has a nice bit of roasted malt bitterness. I am getting some good notes of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and some hop presence. The finish has a bit of lingering bitterness.

M - It has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy, and it has some lingering roasted bitterness. I think the feel is good for the style.

D - The drinkability here is good. It is smooth and has good flavor. I could definitely drink a few of these in a sitting. I'm glad I got the chance to try this, and I for sure think its worth giving a shot.

JizackFH, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

On tap at Sweet Afton for $6/pint. This is a great example of an American stout, I was impressed. It paired flowery, fruity citrus hops with big chocolate grains. The roast is a on the lighter side for a stout, but with the hops it creates a fantastic dark chocolate character. The body isn't too thick or sweet, but it's substantial enough to make a satisfying beer I wouldn't mind having a couple pints of.

tempest, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of JRed
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

Muddy dark brown in color with coffee head. Aroma of earth, hops, roast, barbecue, slight Chocolate with cinnamon. Tastes of roast, earth, chocolate, hop dryness mixes with butter in the finish. Thick, light carbonation in body. A stout with it's own personality.

JRed, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of mgoblue5743
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%

wow, you have to really like bitter espresso beans to like this beer. I am a stout man and this was not for me.

in its defense, i had it on tap at about 40 degrees, but this beer is way too bitter for me, for a stout.

i really was rooting for sixpoint too...

mgoblue5743, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev +5.5%

On tap at The Pony Bar last night.

The pour was on par for the course, jet black with dark brown highlights, and a dense, brown head with great retention. Moderate lacing is present too. The nose is loaded with dark, bitter chocolate, quite excellently so. There's also a rather noticeable earthy and citrus hop character. Plenty of roasted malt bitterness is also perceived. The palate opens with a robust roasted malt bitterness and a dark chocolate character. In fact, it tastes like it smells, with some coffee character added, mostly a chicory-like bitterness. The hop character is most noticeable up front, before it whelmed by the malt character. Moderately fruity with a little plum, this finishes dry with a pronounced roasted grain bitterness. Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation, this beer is solid. Not really something you'd shotgun, though.

DefenCorps, Apr 08, 2010
Diesel from Sixpoint Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 809 ratings.