Diesel | Sixpoint Brewery

very good
300 Reviews

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2005

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Photo of stevedbrown
4.94/5  rDev +29.7%
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.

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Photo of thegiggy86
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is great. If The Brazen has it on tap, i'll be drinking it.

Beer is pitch black in color.

Smells like beautiful roasted nuts and chocolate.

Tastes like dark chocolate with a nutty finish.

Has the mouthfeel of liquid gold.

I personally love this beer and can enjoy it all day. No one should be "pounding" this beer. Its flavorful glory must be enjoyed.

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Photo of korguy123
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Can into tumbler.
"Keep refrigerated, dry hopped with fresh hops." Sounds marvelous and promising.
I always enjoy a can of these beers, I never know what style it is when I buy it or open it. A, always surprised when I review it.

Oh an American stout... Smells like a CDA or a BIPA whatever designation they go by these days.

Opaque black pour with ruby highlights around the edges. Two finger creamy light beige head with sticky lacing around the glass.

A wonderful hop wallop followed by dark roasted coffee and some nice subtle bittersweet chocolate. There is some vanilla and caramel in there somewhere. Very non-traditional and excellent.

Dark roasted coffee, bitter dark chocolate, bitter pine, sweet brown sugar, fresh baked cookies. This is truly something other worldly. Everything just goes together so well.

Medium body, good carbonation, sticky on the lips.

This was totally unexpected. I started buying random cans from Sixpoint every time I head to Buffalo. I don't read the reviews before and leave the surprise until the end. I think this one is my personal favorite. Will definitely be getting much more of these next visit South.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

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Photo of jraycee
4.65/5  rDev +22%
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.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep cherry red cola color. Imagine a Dr. Pepper that has been concentrated down to be a bit darker. Pours out with one finger of head with decent lacing.

S: A huge smell of piney/resiny hops and some biscuit. A small hint of the darkness from the malt pokes through.

T: Everything seen in the smell backed by roasted malts. A hint of coffee and booze in the background.

M: A mid/heavy body with somewhat light amount of carbonation.

O: For anybody who has tried Sixpoint's Resin DIPA, it is like a lighter version of that with a roasted malt background. Tough to rate because it is so unique. It isn't like traditional stout, but more like a black IPA. Overall, a great beer. Balanced in every way, and the dry hopping is incredible. Plus, Sixpoint cans are really cool.

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Photo of Manoftyr
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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Photo of quasimoto
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Without a doubt this is another top-notch brew from the brewmaster Shane. ThIs American Stout is something that is out of this world. It pours black, with a light mocha colored head, and hangs around for as long as the beer is in its glass. The aroma is of a heavenly chocolate, nutty sweetness, with a twinge (if its even there) of roasted coffee. The taste Is all of the above that come together with the slight bitterness that is from the roasted coffee flavor, and the background of hops. Mouth feel is silky, but light enough not to be a heavy dark beer. i think this place is going to be explosive in the future. Way to go Shane.

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Photo of dar482
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Total black body except for a laser line of ruby along the bottom of the glass. Three fingers of rocky semi-dark tan mixed size micro bubbles. Good thick lace coating the glass as he head breaks down to stable top.

Aroma of cocoa powder, raisins, bread offers an inticing invitation.

Taste features coffee, with a bit of milk in it, chocolate, raisins. Smooth hop nudge more than a nip. Good balance. Finishes with earthy hops riding chocolate syrup.

Nice smooth mouthfell, more than medium but not quite slick and thick. Chewy though.

A pleasant size stout, bigger than many, not an imperial. Seek.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of engagechad
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer westpark in Glen Allen, VA - belgian flute glass

Pours an amazing dark brown with a fat head, everlasting head that clings for dear life down the side of the glass. Very nice looking beer.

Smells roasty and sweet but not overbearing

Taste is fantabulous, very smooth with a roasty bite. Very quaffable. Feels great on the palate, i coulnd't ask for anything more.

Overall this is a brew I will buy again, very good am stout that i could drink all day.

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Photo of horshack7
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass is a black, opaque beer much like the color of a black hole in outer space. On top is a very thick rocky beige head that is almost brown. The head retention is very good and nice thick lacing is left behind.

Aroma: Well there is quite a hop aroma grapefruit notes in the front. Dark bread with a touch of rye and roasted malts. Bits of molasses are scattered here and there. Figs and other dark fruits are towards the end.

Taste: Vanilla, bourbon notes, Hops and malts are very much roasted dark. Only a twinge of citrus on the palate along side a hop bite. Dark rye bread wisps with a touch of dryness.

Notes: Such a dam tasty beer very hearty. Cheers.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the 12oz. black bottle into an imperial pint glass the beer was a dark black color with two finger of frothy tan head. A cappucino like consistancy to the head that reduced down to about a half-finger and remained there for the entire sample. No outright signs of carbonation and very little lacing.

The smell was deeply of roasted malt and slight grain. Coffee, milk chocolate, cocoa powder, and oatmeal all met the nose. Softer hints of hop and chicory as well, and a slight "smell" of sweetness.

The innitial taste was heavy in roasted character in a robust malty flavor and some oat as well. Each sip finishes with a short crisp bitterness. Little hop flavour and the bitterness is a chicory like coffee bitter. Some softer chocolate notes as well.

Mouthfeel is moderate with a sturdy body and good consistancy on the palate. About an average amount of carbonation.

This is my second time reviewing this beer and my first from the bottle. I noted in my earlier review that perhaps I was given the wrong beer and I now believe that I was in fact given the wrong beer, or a very flawed version of ths beer. In in this sampling I reverse myself on nearly every flaw I found with my other sampling. I enjoyed this beer a great deal here and it exhibited many of the characteristics I know and love from a stout. I'm not sure what went wrong with my first sample, but if this sample is the intended taste of the beer, then this one indeed ranks very high in my judgement. Many thanks to Brewmaster Shane Welch for his time and this botteled sample.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz homebrew-looking bottle "i handbottled all them shits"

pours majestically into a widemouthed 1664 pint glass. tan head that looks like flaky pastry crust and a dark body with crimson ruby light-drawn highlights. head hangs around for a while leaving cratery air pockets and multi-layered lacing. aroma is best described as vanilla double-hop frapuccino. stouty with lactose notes and a hint of sweet spice. bouquet evolves with warmth. flavor is intense yet smooth... goes down creamy with a hazelnut finish. taste runs the gamut from roasty malts to orange flavored chocolate with hinrs of creamed coffee. body is medium, much lighter than its flavor should demand. makes it very drinkable, although this is a beer to be savoured- not something you'd have more than 2 pints of without experiencing tastebud overload. glad i got to try this again at the right temperature. what a difference 12 degrees fahrenheit makes.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Gwalchgwynn67
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow. Pours a nice thick creamy foam head and an inky black color that befits its name. This smells like eating a pink grapefruit sprinkled with sugar under a spruce tree. The taste is equally excellent with plenty of hops to balance out the malty sweetness. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee as well. There is even a nice amount of carbonation going on. Definitely not your typical stout. I can drink this all day. While less complex than my other favorite winter beer, the Founder's Breakfast Stout, this is much more drinkable as a result. That and the low ABV make this a beer I want to grab again and again!

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Photo of rousee
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick black murk with a nice compact head of 5 mm. The head holds extremely well throughoutt and there is a beautiful amount of lace left behind. Smell is cherry almonds and some slight licorice notes but is mainly just a lot of extra dark malt. The taste is similar to the smell although there is some vinous character in the taste that is not as noticeable scent-wise. Thick velvety mouthfeel. Real nice. Sixpoint looks like a real winner. I am yet to have anything by them that I didn't like.

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Photo of BBM
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of bensbeers
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is pitch black with a thick, tan, dirty head. Can see the slightest reflection of amber at the bottom of my glass. Head appears sticky, lingering about a half centimeter throughout the first half of my beer and leaving perfect circles of lacing around the glass.

Smells quite hoppy for a stout - definitely piney as the packaging suggests; maybe a hint of cherry and banana, too. Notes of sweet chocolate and toffee, as well.

Tastes begins bittersweet a la chocolate and coffee; transitions to a smokey, malt flavor; and finishes with the slightest hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but still lightly carbonated. Taste lingers on the tongue for a good while after you sip.

Overall a solid brew from Sixpoint. What I enjoyed most was the fact that this was "hopcentric" stout. Diesel was my introduction to Sixpoint, and I'm quite impressed. Will definitely be checking out their other selections.

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Photo of younger35
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Yet another beautifully tasty beverage from Sixpoint via BeerTruth. Great brewery, great buddy. Drank from my Harriet Brewing nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a nice dark black with hints of dark brown around the edges. A half inch creamy light tan head sits atop the beer almost the entire time. Plenty of rich thick lacing rings down the entire glass.
Smell- You can tell from first whiff this is no regular stout. Actually, if blindfolded you’d never guess this was a stout at all. Very herbally and earthy with a blast of hops that is totally unexpected. Bits of pine and grass mixes in along with dirt (seriously) and hints of chocolate. That hint of chocolate is literally the only ode to the Stout.
Taste- Starts with a big bold bite of brash hoppy goodness. Like the nose it’s very herbally and piney with a long lingering bite. Maybe a touch of grapefruit pith but it’s fleeting and gets lost in the all the earthy tones. Unlike the nose though there is a sign of something ‘stout’ like in here. A fair amount of chocolate and roast mix in adding a strange dimension not often experienced with this sort of hop bite. The finish is dry and bitter with a long lingering roast.
Mouthfeel- Silky smooth with a nice hefty body and the lightest touch of carbonation.
Overall- I have to start by saying I’m not a big fan of Black IPA’s. Hops and dark malts don’t mix. But, saying that - I love this beer. It’s bitter and brash and roasty and all totally works. This beer is 100% unique in every way and I enjoyed the shit out of it. Thanks Adam!

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Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz tall boy, freshness date on the bottom of the can. That is one sexy looking can!

LOOK: Tall crown of tan lace, a few shades away from total blackness.

SMELL: Roasty, chocolate, soft spruce, yeast, molasses, mild charcoal, caramelized raisins, chocolate mint, orange pith

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, charcoal, brown malt, bread crust, dried hay, yeast, baked apples, faint mint, warming alcohol, kiss of orange zest, evergreen, drying finish

Really fresh tasting, a stout that took a path less traveled as well. The roastiness matches the hoppiness which matches the sweetness, one would say balanced but that is not saying enough. From all of that it lands firmly on the palate and demands that it is drinkable ... which it is.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I knew when I saw something new from this brewery that I was in for a treat. Diesel was no disappointment. Without saying what style it was on the can, I figured it would probably be a black ale. Tasting it and seeing what it posted here, I guess I was wrong.

Opening the can reveals a nice slightly roasty aroma, with plenty of malty smell too. The taste is a perfect American bitter stout taste. The aftertaste just builds on that bitterness.

Overall, this is one of the most satisfying stouts I have had in a long time. Another Sixpoint winner!

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: onyx body, finger khaki head, gorgeous lacing

S: roasted nuts, molasses/leather, light pine/citrus,
mild chocolate, coffee

T: mild chocolate, vanilla,
pine, molasses, semi-dry bitter roasted finish

M: med body, smooth/mild chewy

O: Well done! Another mighty fine
offering, will get again and highly
recommend. Instead of going for a
Guinness this St. Patrick's Day, why
not grab some of this delicious
national treasure!


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