Diesel | Sixpoint Brewery

very good
301 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 DavidSeanNJ
4.23/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.23/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, almost opaque with a modest light brown head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves moderate lacing.

The aroma is an intriguing blend of pine, a touch of citrus, and roasted grains. A touch of vanilla sneaks in on the sides.

Taste follows suit. This beer does a better job of blending roasted malt flavors with the hops than most beers. It is hard to tell where the hops end and the malt begins. Well constructed and seamless. Fairly complex flavors with resins and tar reminiscent of evergreens (or diesel fuel?). A sour cherry bitterness finishes things off and leaves the palate craving more.

Creamy, full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is dank, dark and delicious. Certainly unlike any stout I have ever tried. I think it fits better as an American black ale. Certainly unique. Regardless of what style one wants to shoehorn it into, I will be buying this one again.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap today while having lunch w/ fellow BA, MuddyFeet.
Arrived slight chilled, solid black w/ no light passing through...a full finger and a half of creamy tan head. Thin lacing w/ decent hold.
Aromas very faint w/ some chocolate and vanilla hints...
The taste is one solid, well balanced stout...a hefty portion of semi-sweet chocolate, coffee and vanilla bean. No alcohol detected.
Mouthfeel was medium bodied and the carbonation was fantastic for the style.
I could enjoy this one all afternoon if it wasn't for this darn work thing...just slightly sweet w/ a very subtle dryness to it. Very clean w/ no bitterness in the finish...an overall great brew.
These guys at Sixpoint have really got my attention...so glad to see them hitting the Boston scene w/ fury.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

tallboy can poured into a beer stein.

best before date on the bottle of the tallboy stating: May 2013.

Appearance: Black bodied beer with 3 fingers of thick light brown colored head. It looks exactly like the head formed on top of a rootbeer float. Great staying power and thick lacing all over the glass. The head never dies on this beer... a thick cap remains until the glass is empty.

Smell: roasted malt profile. Its fairly hoppy nose that matches and might even over power the malts. Its lots of pine notes with a grapefruit compliment.

Taste: Yeah this beer balances out really nicely. The malts start things off; they are roasty with a hint of sweetness. I would say mild coffee, mild chocolate, and mild molasses notes. A really nice malt profile! The hops are not really bitter for 68 IBU. Pine and grapefruit, but mostly pine. Everything blends together nicely in the finish, with a mildly bitter pine finish that lingers for just the right amount of time.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy and subtle carbonation. Just right for this beer. A nice flavorful yet drinkable stout!

Overall: This beer is very well balanced and flavorful. Not alot of flavors in this beer, but it got everything it needs, trust me. This is probably my new favorite Sixpoint beer to date. Bonus points as always for being craft beer in a can! This beer seems to hover indecisevely between a hoppy american stout and an american black ale. But who cares its a really good beer!

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Photo of slim2043
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into a stout glass. It pours same color as the can a very nice dark brown w off white head and good lacing. Nose catches me w spice right away. Notes of pine are heavy followed by roast and toast and sweetness. Taste is hop-forward at first w a very piney resinous taste followed by roast and sweetness w a lipsmacking finish and lingering bittersweetness. My first sip I say "leave it to SixPoint to dry hop a stout!" This is beautiful. Definitely unexpected and one of my favorite beers after one can.

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Photo of MerryTapster
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: this beer pours dark as hell. You also get a major creamy head, with nice spidery lacing.

S: the pre dominant thing in this beer is the hops. @ 6.3 ABV and almost 70 IBU's I would expect that. You do get some dark chocolate notes as well and some smokiness.

M: you get some malt up in the front as well as some mold vanilla notes. Hops are present all the way through. There is some tastiness at the end of this beer.

M: not bad. Not good. Creamy and smooth. Light carbonation. Very similar to Guinness.

O: not a bad drinker. This is a decent stout if your looking to have maybe 2 or 3. Go for it.

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Photo of atr2605
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark cola color with a tan head with good retention that clings to the glass
S-dark chocolate, pine/herb aroma, roasted coffee
T-roasted coffee and unsweetnened cocoa met with decent amount of hop bitterness, leaves pine flavor in the finish
M-medium bodied
O-well balanced and flavorful stout. Solid representation of the style

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Photo of bonbright7
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was amused to read my previous review of this beer on tap, which was nearly 3+ years ago, but I thought it's arrival in cans has marked a different stage in this beer's life. Now it's really available to anyone who goes to a good beer store, instead of randomly finding it a few select bars.

Not much as changed for me in this stout, which I found to be a step lighter than the tap version. It's dark and virulent character still leads me to think of the great times I had in its company previously.

The dark brown ale with subtle lacing on top was more drinkable due to its somewhat lighter body, but the bitter coffee and the mixed chocolate were still very much there waiting for me as I raised my 50cl glass easily.

Cans or tap, this is a great beer.

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Photo of Nickls
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark body, probably the closest to opaque that it can get -- some ruby highlights on the edges. A frothy dark brown head that fades over time to a spotty film.

Big time pine resin immediately, faint roasted malts and cocoa.

Pine, caramel, chocolate, smoke and a peppery zing. This kind of reminds me of a Black IPA, with the rich malt and pine bitterness.

The mouth feel has light carbonation, light to medium body, very creamy and easy to go down. It doesn't leave the lips sticky. No alcohol warmth.

I was looking forward to this beer about a month before it came out. This beer doesn't disappoint. If you like bitter hops, you'll like this. If you like roasted malts, you'll like this.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to Phorestfreak for the can. Stephen.

It pours a really dark brown, small but persistent head of foam, nice lacing.

The smell is kind of weak. Just some roasted malt and some notes of hops.

It tastes of roasted malt, some nice bitter hop notes as per their label...this ale was dry hopped. The hops are more of a supporting role than main event but that's more to my liking anyways.

Good medium body, ditto for the carbonation, good mouthfeel.

I think this is quite the good American Stout at a reasonable abv. Another delicious brew from the crew at Sixpoint.

Btw, I had a more detailed review written but then my laptop went all weird on me before I could post it.

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Photo of jsanford
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black with a creamy ivory head that settles to a thick cap and slight haze, leaving sheets of lacing as it recedes.
S - Nice aromas of dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, and a good amount of resinous hops. Dark and dank.
T - Rich flavors coincide nicely with the nose, lots of bitter roasted coffee and chocolate with a strong pine resin hop profile. Teeters nicely between Stout and Black IPA, but it's good, whatever it is!
M - Smooth and very creamy, with a medium mouthfeel and solid carbonation.
O - One of the best, easiest-drinking Stouts I've encountered in a while, this would be a fridge staple if it was available!

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

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Photo of tdm168
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a case for 36 dollars definitely worth the asking price, and than some...this is one hoppy stout. Possibly brewed before the Black IPA craze hit the country. Tall boy 16 ounce cans pouring proper into a nice bowl shaped chalice I had clean. Pours pitch black like you guessed it...Diesel oil. Anyways it does have a super smooth velvet texture going on one you look at the deep dark tan head forming thick above the rim of your glass. Fine thickets of layered lacing form as the glass dwindles. Arom has dark roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate and a hint of masked coffee, what is the coffee maked by? What could possibly cover up the dark roasted malt nose? The boat loads of fresh vinous hops, in this case a nice blend of pine/herbal hops jump out of the glass and the can reads 69 IBU, 6.3% abv, and 35 SRM. Underlying the hops and obvious dark roasted malts is a bunch of caramelized malt sugars peaking through with a toasted marshmallow experience that really ties everything together to smell that. Flavors meld nice even though it brings the hop bitterness, dark roasted malt bitter dark chocolate in the roasted malt profile with a forest of green almost minty pine going on, I think it's drinking great and definitely is easy to finish like most of the Sixpoint canned offerings I've had. Carbonation is ample tickles the back of the throat, medium to fuller bodied stout with a slick layer of fresh hop oils. I don't regret the case purchase I don't picture myself getting tired of this beer anytime soon, cheers to beer!

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Chas58
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a Nano Keg into my Brooklyn Brewery ( sorry Sixpoint ) Nonic Pint Glass

Appearance - pours an inky black with a viscosity that screams stout. A very active brownish head that is very active and persists throughout. An active head forms from the bottom of the glass in a typical stout fashion.
Smell - a really, roasty malty, hoppy, aroma. The aroma is very pleasant and peaty, and has an earthy quality. The overall aroma is very rich. This does not scream chocolate, coffee, but does have the richness and undertones of both.

Taste - a Very dark malty, hoppy stout. The taste is malty, and surprises you with a very strong hop profile. The hops kick in and add depth to the stout. A creaminess is interrupted with the hop kick.

Mouthfeel - a very carbonated, yet smooth stout. This is not a creamy milk stout, but a tightly carbonated stout that exerts creaminess, but still bites the back of the palette

Overall - this is one of the truly great American Stouts. it has a great hop profile, that sets this apart from other stouts. The body is rich, creamy but with a hoppy bite. If you like stouts, try it, if you like hops try it. A great combination of a rich, malty stout with an exciting hoppiness.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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,

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Photo of ronzorelli
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Plenty of hops, but not overwhelming. The hops are finely balanced with a slightly malty dark chocolate and a little coffee.

Good mouthfeel. It lightly lingers on your tongue, without coating the inside of your mouth. The flavors stick around too. It's slightly dry, but not with a overly dry finish.

Like an IPA combined perfectly with a great dry stout.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can from Ned's. $2 something.

Appearance: Pours black, as expected. Off white head with decent retention. Beautiful, sticky lacing covers the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pretty strong piney hops and nice roast with a slight smokiness. Not a whole lot of sweet malty aromas, and overall not really complex, but pretty damn good combination of roast and hops.

Taste: Yes. Very piney hops and burnt roast. There's some bittersweet chocolate and a kiss of sweetness to balance the bitter hops and roast.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but with an almost tingly carbonation- still doesn't feel too carbonated. Sticky resin in the end.

Overall: Better than the sum of its parts. A well done beer that straddles the hoppy stout/ black IPA line. I really like it.

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Diesel from Sixpoint Brewery
3.81 out of 5 based on 852 ratings.
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