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 57md
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Black with little head although there was sufficient retention to leave lacing on the glass. The nose was smokey, which piqued my interest, for sure. The taste was smokey, but there was also an oily flavor that was not terribly pleasant. There was some nice roasted bitterness on the finish, but the odd flavor also lingered.

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Photo of DrewShal9
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brownish black with a creamy khaki white head
S: sweet malt with a hint of piney hops
T: very buttery, are my tastebuds off or did I get a bad can?
M: medium bodied, like a 1% milk
O: had high expectations and not much was met. Disappointed.

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Photo of jvillefan
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark brown body with a mocha brown/white one finger head.

S: A very muted aroma. It is difficult to smell anything at all. There is a stale lager aroma with subtle chocolates.

T: There is a bitter harshness to the flavor with some chocolate and coffee flavors present as well.

M: The body is very light but there is fantastic carbonation.

O: This is good but not great. Worth trying if you can find it.

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Photo of RHCP313
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tallboy can, received in a local for local trade from GrindFatherBob. Thanks man!

Served in an imperial pint.

A: Pours a midnight black, not quite opaque as some nice garnet and ruby highlights appear when held to the light. A shortlived khaki head forms and dissipates into a thin ring. Foamy lacing left when rolled around.

S: Nice notes of coffee and roast. Smokey malts with sweetness coming through. Some flowery herbal aromas coming in as well. I believe this may be Sixpoint house yeast working.

T: Approachable bitter malt, black coffee with some smokey wood flavors in front. Notes of pine and herbs. Slightly spicy, and very unique.

M: Medium bodied with even carbonation and full, robust flavors.

O: This is a very cool take on the style, nicely different than a lot of the sweeter American stouts out there. Though I'm drinking this in the early evening, this would be a fantastic pairing with some breakfast potatoes or a hearty hash. Bold, smokey malt with herbs and spice.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I think I would have rated this one higher, if I was smart enough to read about the beer. Diesel, Black Can - no brainer - Its a Stout!
So, I was expecting an awesome stout.
I guess at my first pour, I should have realized this was something different. I did enjoy this beer, but I was looking for a Stout, so when I found a Stout/IPA I was totally taken by surprise. At first, I said, "This is not a full stout", then on second sip, I am saying to myself IPA
So the combination of both Stout and IPA is interesting... Just was not something I was expecting

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Typical stout black with a nice thick white head that leaves nice lacing

S - light aromas of very rich roasted malts, a hint of sweetness and dry burnt aromas. Very rich and pleasing

T - Not as strong as I had hoped, the malt flavors are lighter than the aroma suggests but the richness of the roast is still dominant. Finishes semi dry with a nice nuttiness

M - medium body with a dry finish. Nicely carbonated and easy to drink. No.presence of alcohol

O - Not a bad American stout, wish the flavor was a little more robust but the malt bill is very well constructed

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We pop the tab and pour a brew of dark roasted coffee coloring. It holds a one and a half finger head of massive tan bubbles. This shows decent retention, leaving spotty, chunky lacing down the sides of the glasses. A big film of fatty bubbles sits in broken aggregates across the liquid’s surface. Carbonation appears medium, there is moderate haze, and large chunks of yeast float about the drink. The aroma is sticky sweet with milk chocolate and fiery roasted malts. There is added sweetness of heavy creamer, warm butters, and a malted milk ball quality of chalk and sugars. Hints of caramel and gingerbread spice come with warmth, with lighter citric hops, and faint booziness wafting off the top. Our first impression is that the flavoring is comparatively mild, and less sweet than the nose had suggested. As we sip, the flavoring opens with steely malts, syrupy fig sweetness, additional coin of yeast, and charred malts. The middle bitters further, peaking with medicinal phenols, smokiness, orange peel of citric hop, and darkened chocolate malts. The finish is significantly watered through, with more soapy and piney hops, chalky grain, sugary chocolate syrup, and blended depth of char and smoke. The aftertaste breathes bitterly of chalky cacao, soured chocolate malts, light vinegars, and bittering piney hop bite. The body is lighter to medium, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is left significantly dried, following a light and cooling coating. There is nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth to each sip, leaving the mouth happy. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. There was a nice sweetness, with a warming creaminess, almost like a milk stout, which made for a very inviting start. The flavoring, however, didn’t match up. While there was nice bitterness, and chocolatey, malty dryness, the end of the sip felt rather watered down. The flavoring did show a bit more sweetness with warmth. This, coupled with the lighter body, made for a less than perfect brew.

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Photo of barczar
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cola color, becoming opaque in the glass with ruby highlights and a dense held inch milk chocolate head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Roast malt and pine are evident at a distance. Chocolate and soy accompany light citrus notes in the aroma. Malted milk balls and resin surface as it warms.

Flavor is dominated by roast malt, which quickly gives way to an underlying citrus flavor, finishing fairly bitter and piney. It's a battle of charred breadcrust and grapefruit tartness, with initially subdued resin and pine emerging late, along with chocolate.

Body is on the light side, with fairly high carbonation. There's noticeable alcohol warmth.

An interesting combination of flavors, but it's somewhat two-note. Has the roast characte of a stout and the citrus profile of an ipa. Not a standout, though.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a Guinness pint glass.

Pours a very dark black with a nice one finger dark brown head that slowly fades. Nose is very chocolatey and rich.

Taste is very toasty, roasty and bitter. A nice light happiness as well. Mouthfeel is well balanced, a bit crisp but there's a nice sharp finish. Overall it's pretty decent but something is missing.

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Photo of philbe311
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - An exceedingly thin finger's worth of lush creamy light khaki colored head that displays fairly impressive retention all things considered... The color isn't black, but rather a deep dark mahogany brown... Still with no discernible carbonation...

S - The nose very subdued... Some faint sweet chocolate notes... Low sodium soy sauce... Some coffee beans... Slightly disappointing to be quite honest...

T - The timid nature of the nose continues through to the palette... Light bitter sweet chocolate chips... Very faint very weak coffee notes... Some light soy sauce...

M - Medium bodied... Smooth... Slightly creamy... A bit of a chalky texture throughout... Even and consistent... Reminded me very much of a Guinness...

D - I've become a rather devoted fan of Sixpoint, but find that this offering misses the mark (at least for me)... Outside a solid appearance, this one is timid in most other regards... I can safely say that while I would never turn on down in a pinch, I would neither purchase again nor recommend with good conscience...

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cellar temperature can is poured into an Imperial pint glass.

The beer is fully black and opaque. A good amount of light brown foam rests on top. Excellent lacing is left behind.

The aromas are both roasty and sweet. I can detect a little bit of alcohol in there; at least, that's what I think it is. The ABV doesn't seem like one that a beer with detectable alcohol would have.

The beer has a toasted malt flavor and some lingering bitterness. There is a very light sweetness. All in all, there isn't much that stands out about the flavor.

The body feels a bit lighter than average, but the carbonation seems appropriate for the style. There isn't any stickiness. A small coat is present, but doesn't seem to be all that flavorful.

I rate this a slightly above average stout. It isn't one I'd go out of my way for, but I wouldn't refuse one either.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into an imperial pint

A perfect pour yields a pretty two finger mocha colored cap on top of an ebony body. Chunks of lace all over the glass.

The nose is of some earthy, piney hops, roast, and cocoa powder. Not very deep, broad or robust, but pleasing nonetheless.

Roast and cocoa powder up front before piney hops take over for the finish. There is a nice blend of bitterness from the roast and the hops.

A light medium body, smooth. A little thin for my liking.

A nice take on the style, a good hop presence that takes this up an overall notch.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me -enjoyed chilled from a tulip pint.

The color is deep brown like dark roast coffee with a tan cap that holds well and has micro sized bead with substantial lace sticking. The smell is sweet -like unfermented wort with a lot of hop aroma - very floral and slight coffee accent in the malt dept. There is a subtle caramel malt element present in the nose which is like dark fruit.

The feel is ok, but so bitter it comes off as a black IPA, the malt is really hidden behind the intense hop texture which has a high acidity level enhanced by the intense carbonation and astringent aspect with slight metallic combo that brings the high bitterness forward on the palate. The sweetness is there, but kind of lurking in the shadows.

The flavor has a slight molasses taste which is tangy with a light lemon rind accent and burnt toast flavor. I get a slight peppery taste from all the carbonic acid - I actually got indigestion from how gassy it is with a nice light floral residual hop flavor and more light sugary tinges as the stout is swallowed which is the only really indication of malt in the taste. I get the idea of hoppy stouts, but to me this isn't a good stout - it is a black IPA with some caramel malt. I don't think this very drinkable for the style the brewer intended it to be. I prefer a stout that is not as overhopped. I think it is still a decent beer if you are a hop fan, but it is a black ipa in stout clothing to me.

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Photo of bs870621345
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I love six point, so I had to give this one a try.

Pours dark brown with an inch of off white head. Leaves a good amount of lacing down the glass.

Smells of coffee, roast, caramel and a hint of citrus.

Taste is of coffee and the roast flavors up front, moving into a creamy sweetness. Finishes dry with a hint of lingering coffee flavors. Well balanced, not much hop presence.

Mouthfeel is creamy and moderate body.

Overall, its a pretty good beer. Well balanced and full flavored with a reasonable amount of alcohol. Gets old quickly, at least for me.

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Photo of gabrielsyme
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of Durge
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another find at Pies & Pints in Middlebury, CT this stout is typically
pitch black with a goodly topping of light tan foam and blanketing lace. As far
as the aroma, I'm sorry to say nothing much comes to mind here, maybe a slight
hint of malt, but this oddly has little to offer. The flavor thankfully undoes
any harm from the nose hit by delivering a smooth but substantial molasses malt
with mild charcoal edges. There's a mild grassy hop that gradually emerges and
becomes a significant part of this stout along with a lavender idea. Eventually
I get some roasted coffee bean bitterness as well. This presents a solidly
medium body with a bit of an aqueous and chalky feel. It's a solid effort but
not at all extraordinary.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head on a deep brown black body with some light getting though. nice lacing.

S: aroma is light and mostly is of roasted malt and some espresso. hint of vanilla sweetness.

T: this one has that buttery aceytl note to me. popcorn corn butter really. The roasted malts come in and out with the buttery notes distracting from the other flavors. sweetness from mild chocolate and toffee.

M: medium body for the style and light carbonation.

Overall: My taste buds really pick up buttery notes in stouts which ruins some of them for me. This one isnt overly buttery but I dont like that its there.

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Photo of n2185
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with two fingers of tan head that recedes into a thin layer but leaves a solid sheet of lacing.

S: Roasted malts and bitter cocoa up front followed by what I can only describe as a dry, salty, and charred aroma. It's a little piny, but it reminds me almost of an oyster stout. There is a faint sweetness on the finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are roasted malt and bitter cocoa notes up front. I get a dry, salty, and slightly charred character here as well. There are some pine notes on the finish.

M: Medium body with mid-low carbonation, this beer is slightly watery feeling.

O: A decent beer overall with some unique aromas and flavors. They don't work for me very well, but it's still drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of Crosling
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Cask Republic.

A: Black body with reddish-brown highlights; one-inch head of creamy tan froth. Great retention, good lace. Excellent.

S: Lots of roast. Coffee, dark chocolate, char. Some bitter, earthy hops. Straightforward and intense, if a bit astringent.

T: Spicier than the nose, with chili-pepper-spiked chocolate being the dominant flavor. Intense char combines with substantial hops bitterness on the finish to close things out rather harshly, though. Burnt coffee aftertaste. Acrid. Promising, but ultimately flawed.

M: Tons of creamy carbonation helps hide the fact that the body is actually a little on the thin side. Not unpleasant.

O: Not a bad Stout by any means, but it would have been better with a bit more malt sweetness to balance out the astringent roastiness.


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Photo of LCB_Hostage
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer pours a black coloring with hazelnut highlights around the edges. A thick, frothy, foamy, uneven head adorns the top of the brew, light tan in color and slowly receding as it sits. Aromas are surprisingly hoppy, with a pine tree and resin blending, along with some molasses sweetness and a roasty character. Flavors are dark roasted coffee through and through, with the resiny and pungent hops along for the ride, giving a tang and slickness to the bitter palate. Caramel and molasses sweetness help to round out the flavors, giving the beer more depth on the tongue. The aftertaste is more of the resiny hops bitterness, with a smooth, sweet undertone. The finish is lingering, with a bitter and slick feel that is both astringent and coating at the same time. Very interesting stout.

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Photo of BklynJRO
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark caramel pour. Looks beautiful in a snifter glass. Cream colored thin head. Overall a very nice looking beer.

S - Roasted malt, a sour dark chocolate aroma. Hint of pine.

T - Very much like a full tasting Black IPA! The aftertaste is excellent with a full sensory experience of the roasted barley. Slightly sour, but more bitter.

M - Perfectly carbonated with a smooth creamy coating.

O - Excellent, especially for the winter. Sixpoint's cans keep this beer fresh and consistently full bodied and flavorful.

Serving type: can

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black, deep brown with a big rocky tan head that refuses to fade leaving big, bubbly foam behind.

S - Roasted malt, dark chocolate, piney and herbal hops. Much lighter aroma than I was expecting.

T - Hop bitterness with piney and fresh green hop flavors. Light char and astringent roast malt notes. Licorice and baking chocolate lead to a lingering, dry herbal finish

M - Medium body, creamy and well carbonated. Dry.

D - The herbal green hops clash a bit with the roasty, char malt.

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Photo of buffs9
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: black with some brown around the edges, in my snifter. Thick head that lasts a while. Nice lace paints the glass.

S: roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of earthy tones come through to the nose.

T: roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, even pick up a little soy.

M: medium bodied. Smooth with a bitter aftertaste.

O: Diesel is alright, was hoping for more but got an easy drinking stout. Won't trade for this again, but might buy if it was distributed in my area.

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