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.

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Photo of Huffs
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pit glass. Nice tan head developed which did not last, laced well. Appearance was dark brown, near black. Aroma was sweet with chocolate, caramel notes with a hint of pine. Taste was dry with hop overtones and hints of pine and spice. Aftertaste was piney and dry. Overall a nice beer, liked the pine balance and hoppy taste.

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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 sweemzander
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz. can poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours pitch black color. Some superb tan froth formed that stuck around for quite some time. Tons of lacing left behind too.

(S)- A big kick of dry, almost nutty citrus. Behind that are hints of some serious roasted malts.

(T)- A really nice yet mellow roasted malt and nut profile. Finishes dry, but with a fresh burst of bitter citrus.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Great citrus profile combined with the mellow roastedness. Quite smooth actually despite its large hop addition; its more citrus-like than bitter really.

(O)- I like this, its a solid beer. Its not exactly the most "Stout-like" example I have seen, but the hops just are that much forward to almost have this feel and taste more like an American Black Ale / Black IPA to me.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a DFH tulip.

Best Before 25MAY2013

A: Pours a beautiful coal black with just a suggestion of deep-dark brown at the edges. Capped by 2 fingers of creamy khaki colored foam that displayed excellent retention to boot. Textbook lacing down the insides of the glass.

S: Heavy roast, bakers chocolate, and espresso tussle mightily with piney hops. A bit of bright berry, as well.

T: A mirror held to the description above. Hugely roasty and hoppy with the berry transitioning over, too. Would've preferred more pine than berry...

M: Covers many bases. Full & pillowy at first and finishes dry & peppery on the tongue.

O: Is this beer for real? A killer stout that doesn't break the bank at $8.99 for a 4-pack.

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Photo of Mgm54
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 16oz Can, says "best before may 2013" on the bottom

A - Black, like the name would suggest. cannot see like passing through. Nice tan head on it

S - You can tell it's a hoppy stout from here. Dark roasted notes, with chocolate hints.

T - big, hoppy stout. The hops cover up the roasted and burnt flavors a bit at the start, but they come out more in the finish. Hints of dark fruits.

M - Creamy, which threw me off a bit with the hops, but still good.

O - Solid stout, something different with the hops involved, I'm not really used to hoppy stouts, but this was a good start. I would buy it again, good pick up.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great tan head with awesome sticky lacing and a thick layer of foam that hangs around for all sixteen ounces. Color is a black coffee with dark ruby and brown highlights.

Faintly bitter coffee grounds with some chocolate mixed in for balanced measure. Roasty and fresh aroma overall.

Bitter roasted malt and fresh hop flavors combine well from start to finish. Flavors of coffee and a little dark chocolate play well off the almost burnt malt flavors at times.

The body felt a little thin to me. It reminded me of Guiness, but with a little more fullness of course. Other than that, this is a great beer.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown with good clarity and a deep garnet hue. It pours with two fingers tan head with a good retention period and made of rocky and dense, compact bubbles.

S: It smells awesome, not quiet smell like any other stout having great balance of hops and roasted grains. The hops have moderate aromas of pine and citrus. The grains have a moderate roasty aroma and moderately-low chocolate and coffee smell to them.

T: One tasty Stout here with a lot of roasted grains and a lot of hops. The moderate hops bitterness slightly beats the moderate roasted grains to the taste buds. There is a good roasted coffee bean and bitter chocolate flavor with a moderate citrus hops having a decent amount of pine as well. The balance is bitter mostly from the hops with the bitter dark grains adding just a touch. The finish is fairly dry and the after taste is of bitter chocolate and hops bitterness.

M: A meduim-full body with moderately-strong carbonation and a light creaminess. There is a very slight astringency.

O: A bold American Stout jam packed with hops, roasted grains and a touch of chocolate and coffee. The is a new favorite as far American Stouts.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a tulip

A- Pours dark brown and turns black as night in the glass. A two finger of a light brown head.

S- A slight chocolate and roasted malt. A lot of pine and some astringent hoppy tones.

T- A hoppy stout. The first thing I get is a hop bitterness and a bouquet of piney and resinous flavors. The roasted malt in this beer is an after thought to the hops but they provide a solid base to the beer. The beer has some chocolate tones as well as some underlying caramel.

M- A silky smooth beer but it has high carbonation. Bitter for a stout but I don't mind.

O- This is pretty darn good brew. It's uniqueness sets this beer apart but I didn't really expect it. A cross between a stout and a black IPA. A really different brew but a well done one.

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Photo of Wolfpack2005
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to LambAndTunaPhish for sharing this one.

A-Black in the glass, but a dark transparent brown when poured from the can. Two finger head that leaves little lacing

S-Sweet aroma of chocolate malt that is blend with a little pine hops

T-Doesn't quite follow the nose like one would expect. Roasted barley and bitter chocolate out of the gates that leads into a subtle citrus sweetness with a small piney hop punch at the end. The aftertaste leaves you with an earthy bitterness.

M-Light body, thin mouthfeel with moderate levels of carbonation.

O-Very complex beer for the style with the blend of sweetness and hops into a traditional stout.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having my first Sixpoint beer, I immediately began the search for this. No matter what I’ve had from them, it’s always been delicious; plus, I’ve never had a canned stout.

Good for months (“BESTBEFORE 25MAY2013” on the bottom of the can).

A: Pours dark brown and fizzy, a blackened beer with quite a shine. An inch of foamy canned-beer head appears for a moment before disappearing completely – save for the thin layer of lacing all the way around.

S: Baking chocolate and sweet baked goods with inflections of herbal vanilla, but with a noticeable hop presence. Smells like a chocolate-covered pine cone. Takes a little while to warm, but when it does, it definitely opens up, getting more full and savory – notes of dark fruit and burnt sugar expand to the edges of the nose.

T: Robust, hoppy, and downright delicious – sweet, bready tastes of biscuit and cake batter lay a smooth foundation for a more intense character of hop bitterness. Roasted malt and a softly bitter cocoa flavor start a quick transition to the hops: lemon rind and pine, that is, prickling in a mildly catty way. Finishes with a dry, wooden profile, letting oak, buttery caramel, and hops cement this as a strong, roast-and-hop stout.

M: Has the canned fizz you’d expect, raising perception of the hop flavors in seconds flat. Medium body for a stout.

O: Who knew an aluminum can could contain such a hardy, world-class stout? It really isn’t complex, sure, but it’s classically enjoyable – a beer that’s flavorful, rich, and affordable, to boot.

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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 brewtus
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into tulip glass. Black pour with a single finer beige head that has some pretty big bubbles. Smell is very hoppy, oak, roasty, a bit piney. The mouthfeel is pretty thin, surprising for the color that it is. Pleasantly hoppy, not too many warm stout flavors except a hint of coffee and chocolate on the after taste. I was in the mood for a thick stout, should have consulted the BAs first. Anyways this is a great stout (cough cough, black ipa) and I'm glad I tried it. Love the fact that it come in 16oz cans.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Blistering citric hop aroma up front. Notes of orange pith and lemon zest overwhelm the experience. Background chocolate and cocoa notes appear as the beer warms and is agitated.

Appearance: Black center with leather brown edging. Huge rocky and sudsy tan cap. Head retains well.

Flavor: Earthy and slightly citrus hop flavors up front. Background cocoa notes with a touch of milky sweetness. Balance is clearly to the American hop bitterness. Finish is clean, crisp, and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with high carbonation. A touch of roasted grain astringency. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: Nowhere near the complexity, mouthfeel, or malt profile to be a stout. More aligned with a Black IPA. A good beer but not an American Stout by any parameters.

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Photo of BB1313
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best Before May 25, 2013. 16oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours black with just a little light getting through. There's a huge khaki, off-white head which sticks around and leaves very sticky lacing. Really nice looking beer. The aromas are very nice and reminiscent of a Black IPA. Very hoppy with lots of pine resin and oranges. The chocolate malts are very present in the nose as well. The flavors are fine, but a bit of a letdown compared to the aromas. Lots of roasted chocolate and expresso. The hop bitterness is there, but it lacks hop flavor. This doesn't exactly remind me of a stout and would fit better in the "Black Ale" category, in my opinion. Mouthfeel is fine, a little thin, but still has a body to it. The carbonation is moderate. This is a very easy drinking beer.

This is definitely in the Black IPA territory. Nice beer that could be so much more. The aromas had me excited, but the flavors seemed average. Not bad.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6.3% ABV, 69 IBUs, 33 SRM, Best Before 25MAY2013

A - It's hard to catch a whiff from a beer when the darn head wont collapse! This seemingly ever-lasting cap of dense tan foam takes an eternity to plateau, disintegrating away from the edges while leaving immovable, chunky lace above the midnight chocolate brown beer.

S - Robust and forthcoming, Diesel has a powerful aroma of roasted malts and American hops starting with dark chocolate-covered raisin and chocolate-covered coffee bean while trailing off with sharp snap of pine needle and sticky lupulin resin. A wonderful aroma, however hop-forward.

T - Hops overwhelm the malts leading me to question whether I would truly consider this a hoppy stout or go straight to American Black Ale. A waft of smoke settles around notes of burnt toast and dry cocoa with an overarching earthiness of pine cone and pine needle derived from American hops. It's actually rather simple and straight forward!

M - Dry roasted malt provides a gritty background but the beer's medium body has a smooth overall texture that finishes dry and bitter thanks to the plethora of hops. The lack of fullness and focus on hop bitterness further suggests American Black Ale.

O - With each passing sip, I continue to enjoy Diesel but become quickly convinced I'd be hard pressed to try and pass this black hoppy beer off as a stout to any of my stout-loving friends. It's a great beer packed with roasted malt and pine-y American hops but the focus strays from the malt, which merely provides a backbone, to those bold hop additions.

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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 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 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 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 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 emerge077
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour, appears black in the glass with a reddish glint in the light. Sticky halo of tan lace, creamy head of foam that has some lasting power.

Chocolatey aroma, light coffee, light piney hops.

Smooth and medium bodied, creamy feel, ample hop bitterness, green and pine laden. Lightly roasty, mint and ashy wisps of char, not sweet, finishes dry. Pretty nice rendition of a Black IPA, or hoppy Stout, depending who you ask.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can, best before May 25, 2013 printed on bottom of the can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch frothy tan head. Head retention is excellent, and there's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, piney hops, bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of coffee. Taste is mostly like the aroma, full of roasted malt, pine hops, bittersweet chocolate, burnt/charred malt and some coffee. This is definitely one of the hoppier stouts I've had lately, it could easily fall into the Black IPA category. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with good carbonation. I think this is a good brew, I'd buy it again at $8.99 a 4-pack.

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Photo of johnkale
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a Sam Adams pint, best before date of 5/25/13.

A - Pretty great, deep brown with a huge khaki head full of cascading bubbles, dies down fairly quickly but leaves a nice cap and pretty good lacing

S - somewhat subdued, molasses, chocolate, herbal hops

T - lots of licorice, molasses, and bakers chocolate, has some dark coffee notes, a little mint, some earthy tones in the finish, sweetness is well balanced by some pretty strong bittering hops

M - medium-full, amply carbonated, lingering hop oil on the tongue

O - this is good, full bodied and rich, but relatively quaffable. looks stunning in the glass too. could use a little more complexity and the nose is kind of disappointing, still well worth the money.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before 25MAY2013

A: Pours a near pitch black (very dark brown/mahogany when held to the light) with a fingers worth of tan head

S: Surprisingly hoppy (mostly piney), with a good amount of roasted malts. A light hint of chocolate as well

T: Again, surprisingly hoppy with more of a citrus flavor this time around, with light pine. Roasted malts come through after the initial hit of citrus and pine. Get some dark chocolate and coffee-like roastiness with an ashy character. Finishes lightly bitter and astringent

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily and ashy at the same time (kind of odd, but it works)

O: I can't be the only one that would possibly classify this under an ABA, would I? Definite stout characteristics, but there are just as many IPA characteristics in there as well. Tasty brew, regardless. Definitely worthy of a purchase at some time this winter

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Photo of homebrew311
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know what it is about stout in cans, but I can't seem to resist them. Grabber a four pack of these tall boys, time to give it a review. Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint. Appearence is a very dark brown/black with brown edges. Tan head forms upon pour and dissipates to a thin layer. The aroma meets the nose with a profile that is both heavily roasted with a fair amount of earthy hops present up front. The two profiles, roasty and hoppy seem to have a nice balance where one never dominates the other. The taste is very similar. Initially, you get a green earthy hop presence with notes of pine resin. This gives way to dry cocoa and coffee character. A touch of sweetness shines through and then finishes with a crisp hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is somewhat on the thin side with mild carbonation. Overall, this is a nice hoppy American stout. This could easily be classified as an American Black Ale, either way, it drinks nicely.

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