Diesel | Sixpoint Brewery

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86
very good
853 Ratings
DieselDiesel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
sixpoint.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
853
Reviews:
302
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
13.65%
 
 
Wants:
81
Gots:
58
For Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a dark brown color with a tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer has a much larger amount of hops on the nose than I expected. The aromas of roasted malts are in there as well but the hops are much stronger. The taste of the of beer reminded me more of a Black IPA than a stout. I found it to be pretty appealing to me since I don't mind hoppy beers. The mouthfeel was a little bitey with a sharpness to it from the hops. Overall this beer was pretty good I thought, I could go for some more sometime for sure. I'd say it's worth trying.

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2/5  rDev -47.5%

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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is near black in color; traces of amber are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a finger high tan head that slowly died down and left a thin film of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with hints of citrusy hops.
T: The beer is quite hoppy for a stout and has a light to moderate amount of bitterness akin to that of a Black IPA. There are flavors of roasted malts along with hints of coffee.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer finishes dry.
O: Despite the bitterness, the beer is quite easy to drink because it isn’t as fuller-bodied compared to other stouts.

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

Roasted barley and high (American) hop levels are usually a clash for me. But as the American Stout style perscribes this balance, I often offer forgiveness with this dichotomy. But no such concessions are needed here as the beer's bold "true-malt" flavor separates the roast from citrus for a smooth procession across the palate.

Always taken back by a black ale pouring from a can, I simply can't get enough of this surprise. It's highly viscous darkness can be considered thick and oily to the eye. A seriously dense coat of foam tops the beer with a spongy texture that seems as dense as the beer itself. Its onyx-like sheen suggests clarity despite its opaque ominous pour.

Surprisingly, hops command the initial aromas with bright and zesty citrus, coupled with pine needles and fresh-mowed grass. Lurking closely behind the stern scent of French-press coffee, nuts, and chocolate. Buried deep with in the scent is the hearty sweet aroma of caramel and heavy whipping cream type of malt character.

Rich and creamy taste of malts kick off the taste- Smooth cold-pressed coffee taste is boldly roasted and link up with bittersweet chocolates, roasted walnut, and burnt toast. The long middle palate allows the char to settle and the creamy sweetness of caramel and whipped cream to grow. It buffers the char from the hops to come. Finishing with resinous hop bitterness, the hops resist balance in taste but crisply bitters the beer to finish.

Very full in texture, the beer's creamy carbonation and residual sweetness keeps the beer structurally sound until very deep in the taste where the malts fade, the carbonation recedes, and the alcohol rises to assist the hops with a malty-dry closure.

Diesel is a fortified American Stout that has absolutely no problem placing hops in the forefront. Even though there may seem to be two beers living in this imperial can, its schizophrenic demeanor works in this case.

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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the Mad Mex in Willow Grove. Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours almost black with some light getting through at the edges. There is a half finger of fluffy tan head that leaves some lacing.

Smell: This is a mild smelling beer overall. Smooth roast with some sweetness from the malt.

Taste: Roasted malt with some mild smoke and dark chocolate notes. There is a dark fruit like tartness in the taste that stands out a bit too much.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with smooth, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The tartness overshadows the other flavors a bit too much. This beer is still easy to drink and pretty good.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with an espresso brown color and a sturdy tan head that declines to a ringlet but leaves plenty of lace on the glass

Smell: Chocolate

Taste: Chocolate dominates the front end, with a bit of alcohol coming through (surprising); after the swallow, a bitter, roasty flavor appears and leads to the coffee-influenced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a nice, straightforward stout that has plenty of complexity

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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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of nickfl
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of off white foam on top of a completely black body. The foam settles fairly rapidly and leaves good lace in its wake.

S - Rich, dark chocolate with smoke and espresso.

T - Nutty carmel up front with smoky espressos. More of the same in the middle with a finish of unsweetened chocolate, caraway seeds, and coffee.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very good, it isn't overly complex, but it has a great combination of dry, roasted malt favors that make for an excellent American stout.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sixpoint "Diesel"

Appearance: Black in the glass beneath a creamy head of yellowed tan. Good head retention; better lacing that leaves torn-up sheets of lace about the glass.

Aroma: Light roast, a touch of caramel, some chocolate and subtly smokey.

Flavor: Rich and full with loads of burnt roastiness, coffee, chocolate, and caramel (light and dark). There's also some woody, earthy, and leafy character that's probably due to the hops. Solid bitterness and a light touch of dark malt acidity balance it out; and the alcohol makes a shadowy appearance as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body and gently bristling on the tongue.

Overall: "Bitch slap" in a glass - direct and immediately confrontational. A full-throttle, take-no-prisoners stout. It never goes over the edge, however, and as it warms it opens to become a bit more relaxed and more complex. Very nicely done, and certainly worth trying.

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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Big fluffy head of 2-3 fingers, big messy lacing, sort dark almost pitch black color.

Nose light cocoa powder, roasted malts, chocolate malts, oats, light earthy and slight grassy hops, light caramel and vanilla, light fluffy malts, creamy.

Taste roasted malts, light cocoa, choc milk, bitter charred malts, light vanilla and slight caramel, lighter bodied and malts though, but fluffy, some earthy light spicy and grassy hops and fairly bitter. Finishes a bit more bitter with earthy spicy hops, light caramel and darker roasty malts, touch of vanilla, drier finish too.

Mouth is med bodied but feels a bit light overall, creamy, decent carb.

Overall some great flavors, nice hops but a bit heavy in hops and light in body but great malt flavors.

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

On-tap 12/17/2011 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a short dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of milk chocolate and dark fruit.\ followed by a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice stout to drink for a while.

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

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some hints of dark brown when held up to the light. The beer has a two finger tall creamy mocha head that reduces to a quarter finger tall covering over the entire surface of the beer with a small thicker patch near the center and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts, citrus hops, and lighter notes of bittersweet chocolate.

T: There are strong flavors of roasted malts and citrus hops with moderate notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. There is a moderate amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish.

M: Slightly lighter than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Dry in the finish.

O: With the citrus hop flavors and the bitterness, this seems almost more of a Black IPA than an American Stout. I enjoyed this beer and it was easier than some other stouts to drink because it feels lighter. Certainly a beer I would have again and definitely enjoyable.

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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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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Diesel from Sixpoint Brewery
3.81 out of 5 based on 853 ratings.
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