Diesel
Sixpoint Brewery

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Style:
Stout - American
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 13.58%
Reviews:
302
Ratings:
853
From:
Sixpoint Brewery
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  77
Gots
  58
SCORE
86
Very Good
DieselDiesel
Notes: This undefinable black brew is part black IPA, part American Stout, but 100% Diesel powered. Robust chocolate and roasted flavors, with thick pine hop flavor and aroma.
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours a dark brown and gives a nice one inch off-white, almost slightly tan head about an inch thick and then gently dies to a half centimeter. It leaves some nice lacing. The smell is hoppy and has some slight coffee notes in the background. The taste is basically the same. The mouthfeel/palate is about a medium, maybe close to heavy, kinda creamy, I like it. Overall, good American Stout worthy of having more of.

Jun 20, 2017
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GormBrewhouse from Vermont

4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a small head, last poor of a keg. Smells excellent, roast caramel burnt and lots of it, tastes like it smells a hearty stout lovers dream, feels thick like no gulping allowed. Overall a very good/excellent stout

Apr 23, 2017
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Roguer from Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reddish clear edges to an otherwise black brew, leaning toward brown ale.

Smooth chocolate aroma, with just a hint of piney hops and sour grapes.

Much hoppier on the palate, not exactly a black IPA, but close. Big piney hops, a little citrus, and powdered cocoa.

Mar 19, 2017
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Hat Tavern in Summit. Pours an opaque, foamy hue with moderate frothing. Smell reminiscent of burnt molasses and candied figs. Dark chocolate, espresso flavor. Great stuff.

Sep 23, 2016
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured on draft.

Dark slightly hazy brown with a milky coffee head.

Lots of roasted malt on the nose. Milk chocolate notes.

Taste is a lot of roasted malt. Very creamy mouthfeel.

Excellent.

Mar 22, 2016
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Hudson Station in New York, NY during the Phish MSG pre-party.

Sixpoint decided to revive Diesel as a draft-only offering for Winter 2015/2016, and with good reason. Deep brown, basically black, in color with a tan head that sticks around for a while. Roasted malt aroma that shows off some coffee and dark chocolate before giving way to a burst of pine from the hops. More roasted malt flavors combine with high bitterness to create a medium-full bodied stout with long lasting flavor.

Even though the ABV isn't through the roof, the intense flavors make this more of something to sip and savor than down in mass quantities. An American Stout in every sense of the word. I wouldn't mind if Sixpoint kept this one around a little bit longer.

Jan 04, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. L: Pours bright black under a dense 2” light tan foam collar that grips the side of the glass. S: floral hops, citrus and pine, some roast and coffee. T: Roast and coffee bitterness are in blance with bitterness from the hops. F: Creamy, medium full body and very fine soft carbonation. O: An interesting, drinkable, assertive beer.

Aug 04, 2015
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stevedbrown from New York

4.94/5  rDev +29%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer hands down, it's what a Guinness should be.

Perfect smoothness, slightly hoppy, but exactly right. My only real complaint about this beer is that it's not available in the summer when it's replaced with the horror that is Apollo.

Aug 27, 2013
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beerloserLI from New York

2.86/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours out black from a tallboy can.

Smell is very light and uninteresting. This is a stout?

Taste is very light for a stout and even watery. Some bitterness on the back end but nothing great. This pretty much sucks ass. This is a stout? Seems more like a black ale.

I am never buying this again.

Aug 06, 2013
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Kooz from New York

3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured dark brown with a dark tan head into a fluted Murphy's Irish Stout pint glass. The head is thickly condensed and leaves a lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smells a bit like toasted nuts. There's a slight alcohol smell, but only faintly and in the background. There's a maltiness to it as well.

Tastes bitter with a nice finish. It's not a good drinking beer but it's a nice sipping beer. The aftertaste contains a slightly sour note that lingers, but in a pleasant way.

It would have been nice to have a better mouthfeel--this needs more body and a richer creaminess to keep up with the taste. This is the only disappointing aspect of the brew.

I'm happy with this, and I'm happy my wife bought a four-pack, but I won't be seeking it out again with so many good similar beers out there.

Jul 07, 2013
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty black but slightly reddish when held up to a bright light, with a decent head and sheets of thin but glass-coating lace.

Smell is more like that of a heavier imperial stout, heavy with syrupy dark fruits, some coffee and chocolate, some molasses and brown sugar, some roasted, some burnt characteristics. The taste somewhat follows but it's not as strong tasting as it is smelling. I would say that for me the taste is more appealing, actually. It's more balanced on taste; the aroma is kinda on the too sweet, too much dark fruit side.

Drink wise it's very nice, a good stout that's something of a meal, but isn't overpowering. I am a big fan of stouts in the 6%-ish range, and this one is pretty good. Overall I don't think it's world class, but I'd certainly drink it again, and may have to try some of their other beers that I haven't tried yet.

Jun 22, 2013
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screamking from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into pint glass.

This beer pours very close to black with a huge three to four finger darker than khaki head. The head stays for awhile as well. Lots of lacing down the side of the glass as it retreats. Lots of cocoa powder in my first smell. Faint aroma notes of chocolate and coffee. A little bit of dark fruits. Some orange citrus notes in there too.

The taste is very intriguing. Lots of bitter coffee on the front of the tounge. Sweet milk chocolate follows. Then you get some nice citrus hops in the finish. Mouth feel is pretty good as well, it's a little dry and kinda thin. Take those two out of the conversation and then this has a killer feel. I'm very happy with this purchase and even tho this beer is close to its "best by" date, it still has great flavor.

May 17, 2013
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alaimoa from Connecticut

4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can pours jet black with small dark brown lacing. Smells of caramel syrup. Slightly thin mouthfeel but definitely hits coffee, brown sugar and malty flavors. I am used to slight thicker stouts and higher alcohol content. Alcohol smell and taste are no where to be found. I would have rated it higher if it were a bit thicker. Will definitely be buying again

May 09, 2013
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a pitch black with a sizable brown head. Smells of coffee and chocolate, with slight hop hint. Tastes of chocolate and a tad of coffee and toffey, but a tad watery. Beer finishes real nice and is light/medium in body, great level of carbonation. Overall a very good beer.

May 09, 2013
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into .5l glass cylinder.

A: Beautiful, pour. Thick dark tan head, with great retention, and lasting lacing. Great stout color.

Smell: So much going on: subtle sweet coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, hops, grass, raisins, barge, and barn.

T: Big earthiness, sort of triple arc between hops, malts and sweets. but never cloying and ever changing. Hints of citrus peel, candy, coal, apples, evergreens, and dry hay. Very happy with this original stout, almost a hoppy porter is how I would describe it.

M: Medium, good weight. nice finish. tickly hops.

Sun-washed barge and barn - two of my favorite images - in one deep dark beer. A new favorite.

May 08, 2013
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pounder Can > Pint Glass
A - Pours deep black with a thick two finger caramel head, great lacing.
S - Some light malt aroma, and a touch of smoke and some earthy hops, but the aroma overall is weak.
T - Roasted malts and a little smoke touch on them, but some really big earthy hop flavors in this as well with a good medium malt. Nice change of pace.
M - A little on the thin side, but nice bitterness and some roasts that linger.
O - This is off the path of traditional stouts with the good hop body, but the aroma seriously lacks and the mouthfeel isnt really one par, but some could consider that good if your not looking for a super thick stout. Would definitely have again.

Apr 21, 2013
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, pours cola-like black, with a frothy beige head, great head retention, foamy lacing at the top of the glass. Aroma are roasted malt, caramely like cola, chocolate. Tastes are roasted barley, coffeeish, chocolate, finished with some piny hops and a bit of bitterness - a little more than I like in my stout. Mouth-feel is super creamy & smooth, while being nearly full bodied. Overall, I wasn't as crazy over this one as the bros, but it's a good stout with a good name.

Apr 09, 2013
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Brenden from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark brown and thick without reaching huge RIS-levels of viscosity, it definitely looks diesel. Topping it is a thick tan head that grows to about two fingers in height. The settling of this head is one finger. In other words, when it fades away or drops or however you'd reference it, it's still a full finger tall and never less. Lacing begins at the rim of the glass and forms a sheet that coats it the entire way down. I guess this one's a beauty AND a beast.
Roast comes out in the nose, yes, but even stronger are the chocolaty and charred notes as well as a pithy pine from the hops; it's definitely brewed in a modern American tradition, with a heavy hand on the hops for a stout. It's a little nondescript and surprisingly subtle given what I've seen, but hopefully some of that will open up.
The pith and pine are actually seemingly the strongest flavors. A bit of citrus peel comes out in the bitterness as well. Char backs off to keep the bitterness at an even keel, a good call since there's little sweetness. There's a heavy dryness, in fact, which in combining with a bit of woodiness gives this a more literally piney flavor. Some dry bread crusts speak to the malt presence. This is well done, especially considering how unbalanced it has potential to be. I do wish it was sweeter, even if just a little.
The body's not huge and thick, though it is full. At first it seems to sit on the border of what could be a richness that it just misses. It's a little more heavily carbonated than might be expected in a stout, but that drops off nicely. What remains is a surprisingly creamy, rich smoothness.

Apr 08, 2013
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LCB_Hostage from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass

A: Opaque brown with little head and virtually no lacing

S: Toasty malt, caramel and alcohol (surprising, given the <7 ABV)

T: Toasted grain and some coffee and chocolate overtones. A nice hoppy bite obscures the sweetness that can ruin some stouts for me.

M: A nice clean tingle on the tongue. Perfect level of carbonation. None of the syrupy/oily feel of many stouts.

O: I've never been much of a fan of Sixpoint. Most of their brews either bore me or strike me as failed experiments. The Crisp and Bengali Tiger are both interesting, but both seem to fall well outside the norms for their labeled styles and are not something I have a great desire to drink regularly. This is the first beer from them I'd buy again fairly eagerly. My only quibble (see above) is with calling this a stout. Diesel is a nice, clean, refreshing beer that to my palate is much more in line with a porter or, even more so, a brown ale. But no matter what they choose to call it, this is a nice, very drinkable beer that I will definitely be buying again.

Apr 07, 2013
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I thought this was outstanding, as much of a brown ale as it is a stout in a lot of ways. pours a muted chocolate brown color, almost dusty looking, paler, and fairly full bodied. the head is off white and rising, decent retention. I love the nose, its a perfect mix of coffee and chocolate, subtle on both counts, but extremely well balanced. the flavor take this balance even further, I think the oatmeal is the perfect equalizer between chocolate and coffee, it works well with both and brings the whole thing to life. I wish this was available here all the time because I would be on it for sure. ashy sweet finish, just right. mellow carbonation and a full body makes this feel real velvety going down. an exceptional brew overall. in a lot of ways too drinkable to be a stout, but perhaps too rich and full bodied to be a brown ale. it sort of blurs the line of distinction, but im happy with this undefinable brew. i find i like it even better on tap when thats an option, exacerbates the flavors and really has an amazing mouthfeel. this beer rules.

Apr 07, 2013
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - black with a huge, frothy, dense, brown head that has tremendous retention

S - big piney hops, some faint chocolate, faint coffee

T - roasted malts, coffee, faint chocolate, big earthiness, huge piney hop finish

M - medium bodied though thin at times, well carbonated

I have to say that this is not what I expected from a stout. This is an incredibly hoppy and bitter with secondary notes of roasted malts, I really enjoy this. To some peoples standards this could be construed as a black IPA. I'll have another for sure.

Apr 07, 2013
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rlee1390 from Indiana

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Black in the glass, but a clear reddish brown when pouring, one finger off white head.

S-Roasted malt, some coffee and chocolate but mostly bland.

T-Roasted malts, some burnt notes, coffee and chocolate.

M-Light not much carbonation and a tad watery,

O-A let down from the other Sixpoint beers I've hand. flavors are weak.

Apr 06, 2013
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ksimons from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-very dark brown with light chestnut highlights and about three fingers worth of tan head

S-roasted malt, dark coffee, and bitter hops

T-starts with roasted malt and dark coffee, very light chocolate, and then finishes with lots of bitter hops

M-medium body, very smooth, medium carbonation

Overall an interesting beer, but I'm not sure what I think about it. Good roasted flavors but a little too hop heavy for my taste.

Apr 02, 2013
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dar482 from New York

4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This comes in a dark black color with a decent ahead.

The aroma has a hop pineyness with maltiness and chocolate.

This beer is really strange. It has stout/porter characteristics, but then a huge hop bite punches you in the middle. It's a lovely flavor that really stands out. The roasted malt, coffee, and bitter chocolate are the dominant flavors however.

The mouthfeel is great. I would compare it most to a porter. I would guess it was such instead of a "stout."

The hoppiness really stands out for me with this beer. I highly recommend it. It's delicious.

Mar 25, 2013
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gabrielsyme from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tall boy can in a pint glass. Looks very nice, deep brown and lingering foam. Nutty flavor, a good amount of bitterness, mostly in the aftertaste. Maybe a hint of crusty bread. Aqueous mouth feel. Tastes more like a hopped-up porter, without any of the roasty-sweet complexity that I associate with stout. Or maybe it is more accurately described as a play on UK/Irish stout, since it is quite dry. Very easy to drink but nothing too special.

Mar 24, 2013
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