Diesel | Sixpoint Brewery

very good
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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 Newsman
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another of the Sixpoints I tried at the Shorty's event, and quite glad I did.

Pours a very dark near-black brown, good tan head that stays a while. Nice lacing on the way down.

Smells nice and malty, caramel, a little coffee...like a really good stout, frankly.

Taste...now that was impressive. Nice coffee, chocolate, a hint of caramel. And then it comes at you toward the end with just a little kick of hop bitterness and finishes nice and dry. Whenever a beer hits me in a few different places in one sip like that, I'm impressed. It reaffirms that the Sixpoint gentlemen know what they're doing.

Feels nice and heavy in the mouth, like a hearty stout should.

This isn't a light beer like any stretch, so maybe one or two would do me for a session. But by God it's one of the best stouts I've had in a good long time.

As for food with it, I could see this with a very hearty winter meal, like a pot pie or a beef stew, and I imagine it would go down quite well with something chocolate at the end of a meal. But really, I would probably save it as the after-dinner drink. Better to savor this one on its own.

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

Fresh can from a SP 4 pk I picked up while in Jersey; have been wanting to try this one, as I have heard good things!!

A: Nice, thick velvety head, good lacing on the glass, looks like a stout is supposed to look!

S: I like it, smells nice and roasty, caramel and chocolate and some hops coming through

T: Really enjoyable, easy drinking, and super balanced with the hop profile and roasted malts; nicely done American Stout which tastes likes borderline RIS with lower ABV....very drinkable!

MF: Perfect for the style, I like the hop upfront feel, chocolately roasted malts and typical SP yeast, that I have tasted with Bengali Tiger and Autumnation....

O: A very enjoyable brew that did not dissappoint; very glad to have tried this one and will look for more on my next visit back east; great deal at $7.99 / 4 pk....

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Photo of BrewMan13
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler of this at my local beer store earlier today. Never having had anything from Sixpoint before, and being a lover of stouts, I had to give this baby a whirl.
Pours fairly black, wih some ruby hi-lights here and there. Decent tan head forms, then mostly dissipates and leaves some decent lacing. Smell is hoppier then expected. Usually with stouts I expect just some roastiness and such, which is there, but also a nice whiff of hops.
Taste reveals a very roasty and moderately hoppy stout. Finish is VERY dry, with some lingering roastiness. Reminds me more of a hoppy irish dry stout then a full-bodied american stout. Mouthfeel is on the thin side for a stout, but as a result, makes it easy to drink.
Not exactly what I was expecting in more ways then one, but it is enjoyable. Cant say I would get it again, but the growler is going down very nice atm.

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

A: Pours jet black with a thick tan head on top. Plenty of lacing remain on the glass after each sip.

S: Strong scent of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate.

T: The roasted coffee really comes through when tasting - it's easily the dominant flavor. A pleasant chocolate aftertaste lingers.

M: Medium mouthfeel and is smooth on the tongue.

D: Very much so.

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Photo of ironbike1
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting take on a stout. I thought Victory storm king was an interesting stout with all the different flavors. This stout has a grassy note with a strong roasted scent and taste with a nice backbone of bitterness not usually found in stouts.
The drinkability is very high for me on this one. Very easy to drink even though it looks like a heavy stout.
Pours pitch black with a thin off white foam.

Just another great offering from sixpoint.

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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 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 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 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 mgoblue5743
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

wow, you have to really like bitter espresso beans to like this beer. I am a stout man and this was not for me.

in its defense, i had it on tap at about 40 degrees, but this beer is way too bitter for me, for a stout.

i really was rooting for sixpoint too...

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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 Fadefury
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Black, with tan/off white head with nice fluffy head.

S: Hops, hops, and more hops. You can very very slighty smell coffee. Couldn't make out much else.

T: Lots of hops, which overwhelm the "stout" taste I love so much. Coffee and roasted malty bitterness. Not the most appealing for my taste.

M: High carbonation for a stout. Dry and bitter

An interesting beer that I would not classify as a stout to those unfamiliar with labels. This isn't something I'd drink multiple of or could see myself buying again.

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Photo of Tobe
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby (almost black) in color with a full tan head. The head did not last very long.

The aroma is a rich chocolate flavor. A faint aroma of moss is also present.

The flavor is full and a bit bitter, like coffee. Though the beer says it is dry-hopped I don't get a hoppiness up front. The mouthfeel shows as bitter, almost like an Irish stout. The beer finishes well enough, unfortunately I could only take a couple of these before moving onto something else.

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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 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 pnkermiz
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Preview" bottle given to me by the brewers at Sixpoint. This is thick black in color with a big chocolate malt aroma and a taste like sweet, chocolate-y engine oil. I can see why they named it Diesel. As I've found with all of their beers so far, extremely drinkable with a deceiving and well-hidden ABV. Another solid offering.

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Photo of BadgerRedAl
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark black, with a reddish tint on the edges. Finger and a half of head with very good lacing. Roasted malt comes in strong at first then the piney hops take over, tranistions well and finishes slightly sweet. Very light mouthfeel is unexpected and makes this a fun beer. The well balanced flavors add to the fun too.

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Photo of Rsobotka
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A great taste from the 6th point Redhook brewery...From the cask is authenic and brings out the true flavors in this brooklyn toughy.
A: Dark Chocolately, thin and not as thick as a Guiness
S: Sweet with a strong hoppy blast to the olfactory
T: Nice...a whisp of sweetness with a proud bitter finish
M: thin and smooth
D: would try this again...a nice switch to the typical thinck shakey stouts

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Photo of hollyisaway
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16oz tallboy poured into a Tommy's Pint Glass.

Very good head appearance. Can't stress that enough. Lacing is beautiful, while the head diminishes to a brownish white layer.

Smell is negligible. Nothing to really comment on. Hint of malt and sweetness, similar to a light milk stout. Probably the worst part of the whole thing.

Taste is very solid. Again, seems like a milk stout to me. Sweetness on the back, much preferred malt up front. Sticks to the back of the mouth and throat, a solid creamy near-resin.

Mouthfeel is great for a stout. Low carbonation, goes down smooth, heavy without being imposing. The bits of fruit esters compliment it, reminding me a bit of an RIS (which this is definitely not).

Overall, I paid 2.50. I am more than satisfied. Would buy again, and would love to have with barbecue.

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Photo of ciachef1212
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I cracked this can and started to pour I could really smell the hops. The a aroma of this beer is hop forward but this is a very fresh can I am interested in seeing how this will change over the next month or so. As the beer warmed up the roasted coffee, and malt came out. This is a really like stout that is very drinkable. I look forward to aging this for a few months and seeing how it changes.


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Photo of thegiggy86
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is great. If The Brazen has it on tap, i'll be drinking it.

Beer is pitch black in color.

Smells like beautiful roasted nuts and chocolate.

Tastes like dark chocolate with a nutty finish.

Has the mouthfeel of liquid gold.

I personally love this beer and can enjoy it all day. No one should be "pounding" this beer. Its flavorful glory must be enjoyed.

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Photo of emeline
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into an imperial pint.

Aroma is subtle, a bit on the nutty side, while a pleasant pine bouquet dominates the smell.

Pours with a finger of light coffee head, which dissipates, leaving moderate lacing throughout.

Roast dominates the malts, while resinous flavors come through before a dry finish. Almost no sweetness in the brew, even the malts are dry and smokey. Light-bodied, the beer is easy to drink, but leaves a strong, bitter aftertaste. A slightly acidic flavor comes through, depending on the size of the sip.

It's not a bad beer, if you're really into a bitter stout. I don't mind the bitter quality, but I think I'd only have one of these at a time. While the beer starts out as an easy drinker, by the last few sips of the 16 oz, the bite makes me crave some bread, doughnuts, pastries, or cake to add some sweetness to the acidity.

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