Diesel | Sixpoint Brewery

very good
852 Ratings

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.

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Photo of Brewmeist
1.28/5  rDev -66.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Served on tap into a pint.

A- appears to be a typical stout. Opaque in color, nice light brownish head. Frothy

S- the only way I can describe it is an uncleaned thrift store, spliced with stale salsa.

T- like it smells. Nothing like a stout what so ever. Has toasted qualities, but has failed to satisfy me in any breech of characteristic.

M- dull. Very little carbonated bite. Murky. It scares my mouth

D- not at all. Sixpoint isn't a bad brewing company at all. The bengali is an awesome canned ipa totally worth your buck, but this...this is a failed experiment. Perhaps next year they'll pick up on some cues on how a stout is supposed to taste.

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Photo of corby112
2.17/5  rDev -43%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with mahogany edges and a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. The glass is coated with streaks of soapy lacing.

Earthy hop aroma that overpowers most of the malt until the beer warms up a bit. Floral with some resinous pine and grassy hops along with a subtle roasted malt character. Hints of chocolate and toast but again, the nose is dominated by hops.

Medium bodied with a strong hop presence that lingers throughout overpowering the malts. Way too dry, bitter and hoppy for the style with floral, grassy hops and stick pine notes. I have no problem with a subtly hopped stout but this tastes like a weak black IPA with only faint roasted malt. One dimensional and a bit thin. Not a fan.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
2.47/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

At the time of this review I do not know the style of this beer. There is also no date on the can. Got this from Cosmicevan. Thanks! My first Sixpoint Brewery beer.

Appearance- Black with a nice, big bubble, tan head. 4/5

Aroma- Not much of an aroma at all. I honestly can't smell a thing. Maybe that is my problem. I don't know. As it warms I smell smoke. 2/5

Taste- Smoke and a grassy bitterness that sticks to the roof of your throat. Little bit of spiciness as well. Little bits of roasted malt, but very little. 2.5/5

Mouthfeel- Not much to say. Medium mouthfeel. Starts out medium but ends thin. 2.5/5

Overall- Not an outstanding beer at all I am afraid. Nothing very interesting about it. Grassy bitterness is the main thing. Eh... 2.5/5

Now that I know it is a stout, my review stands. To thin. Not enough coffee, chocolate, roasted malt flavors.

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Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer looks awesome so far. Looks like diesel fuel (bahahaha you get it) pitch black with no opacity and a massive light tan head that im watching die but very very very slowly (I might as well watch grass grow)

The head on this thick is thick and awesome looking. Gotta love it.

Some charcoal, alcohol and herbal hops on the nose. The scents aren't big at all. Nothing impressive.

Nice Balance and smooth with a big tinny taste. Some charcoal taste with a bit of smokiness and a big minty hop finish. Thick like diesel fuel with some pretty decent flavors. More on the hoppy side than malty though.

It's okay, I normally don't like canned beer but it ain't bad.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Thanks to Trexxpaxxs for this can!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 6. It pours a vaguely translucent garnet-brown (very dark) topped by about a finger (give or take) of dusty tan foam. The initial whiff from the can, pre-pour, was loaded with resin-y hops, but the more I sniff this thing the less I get any hops at all. Now things consist of light maple syrup, Belgian candi sugar, a touch of cola, and a little bit of cocoa. It's almost porter-like, but with a vague spiciness I can't put my finger on. With the taste, things go back to bitter, and then some: It's like a melange of bitter coffee, tea leaves, and resin-y hops. The backdrop of intensely mild maltiness (yeah, it's vague, but so's the flavor in this case...) is always there, but easily forgotten. I have to say I am perplexed, challenged by this beer... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly oily, almost near-chewy feel at some points. Overall, I can't say I enjoyed this beer very much. The hops seem to o'erwhelm everything else most of the time, but the inherent clash cuts their effectiveness, making them come across warped somehow. And then, in the end, there is almost no semblance of stout to be tasted. Just not my cup o' tea.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.59/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Can into nonic.

Dark red color as it pours... Looks kinda murky in the glass.

Very roasty malt nose and flavor, quite dry and roasty. A piney hoppy bitterness kicks on the backend. Dry finish.

Feels pretty average... Is it just me or do all the Sixpoint beers feel like they have something in common regarding the feel of the carbonation? I cannot explain it.

Overall- I don't think the hops work with the malt. A little more sweetness, a little less roasty, a little less piney-- all of these 3 ideas could individually make this a better a beer in my opinion.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.61/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a tan head. In the aroma, light roast and small coffee note. In the taste, just like it smells, a small roast and small coffee presence. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dryness of watery coffee in the aftertaste. Thin, light flavors, and not really worth it.

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Photo of deadbeerriver
2.62/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First serving was straight from the can. It had an odd smell and taste, like old mulched grass meets heated rubber-foam. I figured it was just the can, so my next serving was going to be in a glass.

Grabbed a whatever root beer 18oz glass and opened up a new can. The color was an opaque dark blackish color with a bit of a reddish amber around the edges, which looks rather nice. The froth, which died down rather quickly, was a very dull light tan color. Looks aren't too important anyway, right?

After already trying to enjoy one straight from the can, you'd figure pouring another into a glass would be better. Most of that mulch and foam scent and taste is gone, and you get more of that generic earthy taste you'd get from most stouts. There's a bit of a hint of caramel, which isn't really my thing, but it's not terrible, it was rather pleasant. Not too strong. Sort of creamy, too.

It doesn't feel very carbonated, but it gave me the burps. Every belch reminded me of the smell -- that mulch and rubber crud. Eventually everything about this tastes like some watery yuck. Bleh.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
2.64/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A: pours pitch Black. Cascading carbonation in glass develops a slightly tawny colored head.

S:Slight burnt/coffee roastiness, slight molasses. Nothing really in the nose.

T: really over the top burnt black coffee. Super bitterness that lingers forever. Hard to get off the tongue.

M: Dry and slighty thick.

O: No good. Tastes like coffee left on the burner too long mixed with bitter krausen when fermenting.

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Photo of andrecrompton
2.65/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16oz can

The pour is a pitch black color with a tan/white head. The smell is a heavy roast with a medium coffee smell. The taste matches the smell. Heavy roast and medium coffee with no other true flavors. The body of the beer is surprisingly thin compared to most other stouts. The after taste leaves the same light flavors on your tounge.

Personally was disappointed as I really like the Bengali Tiger from six point. Didn't really match up well with my second tier stouts. I would recommend Rouge Chocolate or Double Chocolate, Founders BS, or Great Divide Yeti's. They will not disappoint.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.69/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Arrives bar-side a deeply brown color with no light getting through. A small head drops quickly to a thin film. No lacing left behind.
Smell is faint malt and what might be a hint of vanilla but honestly, the nose is so ephemeral that trying to find notes here is like a blind man playing "Wheel of Fortune", complete guesswork.
Taste is toasted malt, hops, nut and caramelized sugar notes. Balance is just okay.
A sharp carbonation bite up front, a medium body and a drying finish. Comes across more like a brown ale though the body is a wee bit heavier, especially after the swallow which brings about a somewhat cloying stickiness to the palate. All said, a decent brew but nothing great.

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Photo of Retail1LO
2.71/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to DaveHack for giving me a can of this.

Poured from a can into a 10 oz. Cigar City snifter.

Pours a jet black with a very thin, espresso shaded head that recedes quickly, leaving some thin but resilient lacing on the sides of the glass. Nose is nearly nonexistent. There's a faint, roasty, malted scent, but it's nothing to speak of. The taste is also on the malty side, without a lot else going on. The mouthfeel is extremely thin for the style, astringent, and has a bitter aftertaste. Honestly, this is one offering by Sixpoint that I just...don't particularly care for. I doubt I'll seek this one out again.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.76/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Diesel has a great look, with a body that is the darkest of browns, and a light brown head that is more than two fingers tall. The head is frothy and pock-marked, with great retention and lacing.

Diesel opens up with a pretty big citrus aroma, followed by a load of roasted malt. Smells aggressive.

Plenty of citrus hops come through once again, with a decent amount of both resin and pine. The hops add more than a moderate amount of bitterness for the style, and I would say that they are easily the dominant flavor in this beer. In the middle is a ton of fruit from the yeast, but its kind of an off-tasting, over-ripe type of fruit flavor. Almost a bit sour in fact. The roasted malt cleans the fruit up at least, with nice roasted malt flavors and a hint of both coffee chocolate. The hops come through with more bitterness in the finish, accompanied by mostly resin flavors. The aftertaste blends dark malts and hops, and is probably the most pleasant part of the beer. Whatever that funky fruit is in the middle, however, definitely damages this beer.

Pretty biting, with a high carbonation and a body that is a touch below moderate.

First of all, if you gave me this beer blind I might think it was an American Black Ale. I was pumped to try Diesel, but the strange, fruity off-flavor kind of ruined it for me. At least the aftertaste is pleasant. Considering the fact that I bought a four-pack, I will definitely revisit this one to give it a second chance.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.81/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of jman892
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Aggresive pour leads to a thick, bubbly head, with good retention and lacing. Pours very dark, some dark red highlights at the very edges.

S - Relatively hoppy for a stout, a tiny bit of roasty malts, but not too much

T - Bitter, has a significant piney/grassy hop taste. Any malts that are there are overpowered by the hops. A bit soy saucy

M - A bit thin for a stout, has been mentioned before, but seems more like a black IPA than a stout, in both taste and body

O - It's not terrible, but it is just very average to me.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16oz. can poured into a pint glass. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a slowly cascading, 2 finger fine, light mocha colored head with good retention. Beer is a light, opaque black. Lacing is stringy and web-like with ggood cling. Pretty.

Nose is roasted malt, cocoa, and liquorice with a creamy, lactose presence and some undertones of hop bitterness. Moderately aromatic. Less robust than I would like from the style.

Opens creamy roasted malt. Smoky hop bitterness. Espresso, liquorice, and ash. More roasted malt with some cocoa powder coarseness towards the middle. End is a slight touch of roasted tartness. Finishes char and smoke with a bitter aftertaste. A bit one dimensional and really lacking any sort of prominent malt component.

Light bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth but with a touch of carbonation and liveliness going down. Finish is sticky with a lingering aftertaste. Average.

With so many solid stouts out there, this one really leaves something to be desired. Very one dimensional with a pretty bland, unimpressive flavor profile. Once is enough with this one.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Glad to finally try this one.

Poured into a pint glass a dark root beer brown with several clingy fingers of dark mocha head that dissipates slowly -- Brooklyn always gets the head right!

Nose is lightly piney hops and a touch of roast.

A sip is...very hoppy up front - rough bitterness through the middle with a richer roasted body only coming through at the end. A bit thin with low carbonation.

Well that's too bad. If the can said Black IPA - it'd have been alright, but stout? Sorry Brooklyn, you lost me. The dry-hopping didn't meld well with the malts which in themselves were underwhelming. Maybe I'm just not a fan of hoppy stouts. It does get a touch better as it warms. I wonder how this will taste after I give it a little time because I can't see finishing the whole 4 pack.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.86/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown/near black, with several fingers of thick mocha head. This retains with a frothy ½ finger, which soaps the sides of the glass with a thick sticky coating of lace. The aroma has a LOT of fresh green citrus at the forefront of this (which has a bit of a raw earthy edge to it), with floral and herbal tones coming in off the sides. There is a malt presence here of light coffee and chocolate flavors towards the back of the nose but they are really crammed towards the rear by those hops.

The taste is mostly all hops, with green citrus flavor the whole way through this that spreads a raw grassy feel out into the mouth and lays a harsh feeling bitter pithiness down on the tongue. This does abate some as things warm up but it never leaves and really isn’t all that pleasant. Like the nose, the malts here are pushed to the rear of the profile, with very light notes of coffee, chocolate, and caramel. There honestly just really isn't enough here to leave much of an impression on me, except maybe just a touch of a dry roasted feel that hangs in a finish that is mostly all raw aggressive bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied and crisp on the edges, before pulling together into more of a smooth creaminess across the tongue. The ABV is actually pretty well hid here, with just some light warmth present that hangs on the tongue. This is definitely the highlight of the beer.

Like other reviewers have said, this comes off to me more like a Black IPA or a super hoppy American Porter and not a very good one at that. Certainly not even close to the draft version of this beer that I had a while back. Raw bitter hops just dominate this to an unhealthy degree and I struggled to get through even a 1/3 of this can. This is another weak canned effort in a series of them from Sixpoint.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.86/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sixpoint Diesel

16oz can. Pours a dark brownish black with a tan mocha head and lacing all down the glass. Looks like a good stout. In the aroma, roast, malt sweetness, and a solid dose of hops. In the taste, raw grain elements, astringent roasted malt, adjunct sludge, huge hop flavor and decidedly bitter. Hops are oily, earthy,and coarse. Thin bodied mouthfeel with low carbonation, though does manage to be slightly creamy. Overall, an interesting mesh of flavors, though not as cohesive as better examples of the style. What do you expect from Lion brewery's contract brewed Sixpoint. Needs cleaned up.

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Photo of Nachojon
2.86/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- It's a stout. Dark, let's more light in than an RIS and looks thinner when pouring. More of an off-beige head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing.

S- Kind of unpleasant. Brewer's yeast and metal.

T- One dimensional. Or should I say it just really lacks flavor. Malt then bitter, repeat. Doesn't taste bad.

M- Thin, over carbonated.

O- This beer doesn't taste bad, it just doesn't taste good.

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Photo of beerloserLI
2.86/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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Photo of rodlavers
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from tap. Pours solid black with no head. Relatively weak nose, but I get smoke and bitter coffee or espresso. There could something meaty in there too. Taste is similar, but it's not great. Mild spice coming through as well. Mouthfeel is smooth but watery. Overall not a fan of this.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.89/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

16 oz can poured into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark burgundy color. The head is a rather attractive three finger mocha shade featuring excellent texturing. The lacing this leaves behind is very impressive, as well.

S: The can didn't lie about this having a strong influence of piny hops. While a backbone of chocolate, coffee, and molasses hides underneath, the level of hoppiness is almost overpowering for the style.

T: At first, it's a bit chocolaty and sweet...and the the hops descend like a hammer. Okay, so the hop profile isn't that bold, but the main problem is that the stout base can't hold up to it. Waves of black pepper, pine, herbs, and mint wash over everything in the midtaste, before finally giving the dark malts *slight* breathing room in the finish. Not very balanced at all, but at least the acidic nature of the hop/dark malt clash is kept in check somewhat.

M: Thin and lacking in creaminess. It's dry much in the same way an IPA is dry. So not only does this taste like a IPA (with a bit of chocolate), this also drinks like an IPA.

O: Meh. It's rare when a hoppy stout/porter works for me, especially when it requires hard work to discover the darker characteristics of it. This one is so average it hurts - but on the positive side, the can is really damn nice looking.

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Photo of RappAttack
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: dark brown, with tan head that sticks to the side of the glass asyou drink
S: not much, smells like a malty beer
T: burnt coffee, molasses
M: dry, some carbonation
O: meh, its not a bad beer but i have defiantly had better (much better) and for the price i would rather drink a Guinness would not buy again

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Photo of Dotcubed
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Last of a four pack I bought weeks ago.

Pours a massive stable foam. Stout Beauty.
Thick pudding skin and sticky lace.
Faint odor of cold coffee.

Tastes like coffee too. Smooth. Dry. Mossy fizz.
Some bold bitterness from roasted malts. Watery probable age factors. Thinner than I recall. But that was a quite a while back.

Fantastic lace. Probably a real winner fresh out of the taps.

Made for consumption not storage.

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