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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 mgoblue5743
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of capra12
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed solo served out of an East End pint glass.

Appearance: dark and deep brown with 1 finger of creamy and frothy head,leaving spotty/webby lacing.

Smell: dark over roasted grains.

Taste: opens with coffee bitter as a cofee sour/ dark grainy profile emerges in the middle. As this warms up a bit a dark chocolate and dark malt profile emerges in the middle to finishes as hop bitter sets in leaving a roasted and hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied at most, minimal carbonation and rather smooth.

Drinkability: I would have this again paired with chocolate and/or nuts. I recommend this to those seeking a stout that has some coffee profiles with a hoppy twist on the fnish and no real prominent malt profile.

capra12, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of donniecuffs
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a nice dark tan head, with good retention and decent lacing. The smell was mostly roasted malt and some cocoa powder, with very subtle grass. The taste was even more underwhelming, with toastiness dominating, some toffee creeping in, and a lot of grassiness at the finish. Also, very very thin for a stout.

donniecuffs, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hand bottle obtained in trade from Shane aka sixpoint, thanks for the opportunity.
Poured a dark brown with faint ruby highlights and a huge fluffy/creamy off white head that stuck itself to everything on the way down the glass. Smells of cocoa, brown sugar, and a bit of caramel. Taste is chocolaty roasty with burnt and brown sugars in the mix. Finishes kind of dry with a touch of alcohol and bitter roast that lingers. Body is a bit on the thin side, Mouthfeel is bubbly, slightly oily, carbonation is on the high side. Decent brew overall, I would definitely session this one. I really would have liked a bit more body, but its great as is.

johnnnniee, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of Nickls
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes) Edit: I sampled the 2005 version of Diesel that was tapped at Blind Tiger.

A - Poured with a thin white head, and had a dark ruby brown color

S - Malt up front with some dark fruit and a touch of hop bitterness

T - Like the aroma, the malt shows up first but instead of fruity is much more of a roasted and chocolate quality. Dryish finish

M - Medium to thin MF, with a very low carbonation level that is expected for the style

D - Decent drinkability, and not too overwhelming on any front. A well balanced and easy drinking brew.

Overall, this is not a powerhouse brew and not too showy. However, it is a very well balanced and tightly packaged brew. Definitely recommend.

Nickls, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Overzealous pour resulted in 2+ inch very light mocha head. Pitch black. Nice sticky lacing every where.

S - Unsweetened cocoa and coffee, mixed with tangy sourdough bread.

T - Nice straightforward roasted malt, accented with tastes to accompany smell profile.

M - Nicely balanced, good carb and coating, medium to full body.

D - For the style, yes, very drinkable.

srandycarter, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of jraycee
4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to sixpoint for the trade.
Pours a very dark brown/black with a thick light colored head. When the head finally fades to a thick ring, it leaves huge rings around the glass with each sip.
smells are sweetgrass, chocolate, fresh sourdough crust.
Taste is great! Sweet chocolaty malt base gives way to bittersweet hops, and a woody complexity. In the end though the roasted malt flavors come back big in a smooth finish.
I love it. One of my favorite beers that I have tried recently.

jraycee, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Real espresso darkness with tight rye bread head and excellent lacing.

Lots of grassy hops and chicory - not a lot of alcohol. Some coffee and malt roast - decent.

Nice and balanced - grass hops mix very well with roasted chocolate and coffee malt. Slight carbonation keeps it clean.

Light for style - all working in beautiful chemistry to provide clean, deep dark finish.

Borderline sessionable yet filling - well done!

IBUnit63, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of Crosling
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

@ Redbones on draught. Black with ruby highlights. Long lasting foam. Subtle, dry, cocoa-like aroma. Fairly simple and straightforward nose. Light cocoa and roast flavor, a mouthful of ripe, plump fruits, followed by a citrusy hop finish. Slightly watery texture. A decent stout.

Crosling, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Served into a pint glass...

A- Dark black liquid with absolutely no visibility. Carbonation bottles flowing, frothy white head and some serious lace action here.

S- The nose is somewhat hoppy with roasty and sweet chocolate undertones.

T- Taste was not as sweet as the nose. The first few sips revealed a pleasantly dry-hoppy explosion. Typical stout-like coffe/caramel/chocolate flavors, but much less pronounced than one would expect

M- Full bodied yet oily on the tongue. Refreshing for sure.

D- For a nice full bodied stout, this one was not as filling as others. Easy on the stomach but nice on the taste buds.

DavidSeanNJ, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of morebeergood
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this at The Otheroom, while on my NYC pub tour. Pours a dark, dark brown color, bordering on black. Nice white medium sized head. A very nice tasting stout, there was no one aspect that stood out or overpowered the flavor, but they all seemed to compliment each other well. Had a nice body too it, not too heavy, but smooth enough to be an easy drinker. Good slightly chilled or even when it hit room temp. Much better than the ubiquitous Irish stouts that are served everywhere.

morebeergood, May 29, 2008
Photo of Rsobotka
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A great taste from the 6th point Redhook brewery...From the cask is authenic and brings out the true flavors in this brooklyn toughy.
A: Dark Chocolately, thin and not as thick as a Guiness
S: Sweet with a strong hoppy blast to the olfactory
T: Nice...a whisp of sweetness with a proud bitter finish
M: thin and smooth
D: would try this again...a nice switch to the typical thinck shakey stouts

Rsobotka, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of Avryle
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours dark brown-black. Rich copper highlights at sides of glass. Tan head disipates slowly. Nice lacing.

S- Malty, caramely, some coffee. A good, solid stout.

T- pervasive coffee & chocolate flavors. Caramel malts in there as well. Nice bitter hop finish at the end.

M- Med-heavy bodied. Again, a good, solid stout

D- You could put a couple of these back in an evening.

Avryle, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of BrewMan13
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler of this at my local beer store earlier today. Never having had anything from Sixpoint before, and being a lover of stouts, I had to give this baby a whirl.
Pours fairly black, wih some ruby hi-lights here and there. Decent tan head forms, then mostly dissipates and leaves some decent lacing. Smell is hoppier then expected. Usually with stouts I expect just some roastiness and such, which is there, but also a nice whiff of hops.
Taste reveals a very roasty and moderately hoppy stout. Finish is VERY dry, with some lingering roastiness. Reminds me more of a hoppy irish dry stout then a full-bodied american stout. Mouthfeel is on the thin side for a stout, but as a result, makes it easy to drink.
Not exactly what I was expecting in more ways then one, but it is enjoyable. Cant say I would get it again, but the growler is going down very nice atm.

BrewMan13, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Growler into chalice

A: Black with some hints of brown when held up to the light. Decent amount of head especially since this was from a growler.

S: Big roasted coffee beans. Some roasted malt as well. Roasty.

T: Starts sweet then goes into the bitterness. Finishes with a nice touch of malt sweetness. The roast is there the whole time but only reveals itself when the bitterness allows it to.

M: Med body. I actually wanted this stout a little bit thicker.

D: Super easy drinking. Big taste but will not put a hurting on you ABV wise. Good everyday stout.

aerozeppl, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with an espresso brown color and a sturdy tan head that declines to a ringlet but leaves plenty of lace on the glass

Smell: Chocolate

Taste: Chocolate dominates the front end, with a bit of alcohol coming through (surprising); after the swallow, a bitter, roasty flavor appears and leads to the coffee-influenced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a nice, straightforward stout that has plenty of complexity

brentk56, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of gwong
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black with a thick tan head on top. Plenty of lacing remain on the glass after each sip.

S: Strong scent of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate.

T: The roasted coffee really comes through when tasting - it's easily the dominant flavor. A pleasant chocolate aftertaste lingers.

M: Medium mouthfeel and is smooth on the tongue.

D: Very much so.

gwong, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sixpoint for the trade...
Appears a dark brown, nearing black with a small light tan head that slowly fades into a mild cap and collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of nutty, cocoa, java, caramel, vanilla cream, & roasted malts.
Taste mimics the aromas with more java and roasted cocoa beans coming through in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with some caramel and brown sugar filling out the palate leading to a roasty, dry finish.

weeare138, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost opaque with a small amount of light coming through and givign a ruby edge. Nose is slight malts and a very faint touch of chocolate (very faint). Flavor is robust and thick with malts. Not really much else going on besides that, but it stays on for a while and stays smooth. Feel is smooth and silken on the tongue with a decent amount of bubble. Overall a smooth stout. Nothing wild or crazy, but stays smooth and even and worth the shot.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of jbsteiny
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a growler of this from Bierkraft. Poured near-black with a substantial tan head at first, but as the glass got down, the head got very thin, and the beer became more translucent and lighter color to almost a dark reddish-brown. Not much lacing...

Smelled very good. Largely caramel and coffee from the malts, but there's some sort of licorice/cherry/vanilla thing going on in the background that's hard to put the finger on and makes it more interesting. All of those flavors figure prominently in the taste, with molasses & wine as well. It starts off pretty bitter, but it gets sweet and creamy as the taste unfolds. Thick velvety feel, good for a couple of pints, but I believe the session ends there. An impressive stout from Sixpoint!

jbsteiny, May 23, 2007
Photo of Newsman
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another of the Sixpoints I tried at the Shorty's event, and quite glad I did.

Pours a very dark near-black brown, good tan head that stays a while. Nice lacing on the way down.

Smells nice and malty, caramel, a little coffee...like a really good stout, frankly.

Taste...now that was impressive. Nice coffee, chocolate, a hint of caramel. And then it comes at you toward the end with just a little kick of hop bitterness and finishes nice and dry. Whenever a beer hits me in a few different places in one sip like that, I'm impressed. It reaffirms that the Sixpoint gentlemen know what they're doing.

Feels nice and heavy in the mouth, like a hearty stout should.

This isn't a light beer like any stretch, so maybe one or two would do me for a session. But by God it's one of the best stouts I've had in a good long time.

As for food with it, I could see this with a very hearty winter meal, like a pot pie or a beef stew, and I imagine it would go down quite well with something chocolate at the end of a meal. But really, I would probably save it as the after-dinner drink. Better to savor this one on its own.

Newsman, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of BBM
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark, near black color with a reddish hue and a mousse-colored head. Aroma was of roasted malts, nuts, and a slight noble hop aroma.

The flavor is an exquisite balance of smokey malts, roasted coffee bean, and a firm hop presence. The finish is slightly bitter, but more of a dark chocolate bitterness than one from the hops. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Very smooth. Overall this is a complete winner from Sixpoint, one of my favorite beers from them. You won't be disappointed with this stout.

BBM, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of lehows
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black color with a small tan head. Light aromas of roasted barley and coffee. Taste is of coffee, roasted barely, mild chocolate and has a stronger hop presence not found in most stouts. Smooth and full mouthfeel. An all around tasty and solid stout, definitely recommend.

lehows, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks sixpoint

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, very nice 2 finger plus creamy tan head which lasts a ong time, some nice sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is not much, but what there is of it is some malts and caramel. The taste is malty and bitter with a dry finish. Medium body. Drinkable, glad to have a chance to try it.

Wasatch, Feb 25, 2007
Diesel from Sixpoint Brewery
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