Diesel | Sixpoint Brewery

very good
299 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 DrDemento456
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Since I was impressed with the pumpkin I picked up a four pack of this at Giant Eagle for $8.99

A - Solid black with very mild red hues so it's not as black as the label describes. The head is a solid inch of tan colored whipped foam. Looks nice.

S - Right off the bat I get piney hops and burnt roasts. I really hope this isn't too hoppy. Maybe mild chocolates?

T - Ow that's harsh. Unlike a black IPA I get bitter drying hops and aggressive burnt ashy roast, with a bitter cloying hoppy finish too. After almost half the glass the palate is adjusted but it's still hoppy as hell.

M - Dry, bitter, and unforgiving. Harsh Sixpoint!

Overall I knew it had to happen sometime getting a bad beer from a brewery, but I guess I really don't like my stouts over hopped. Could do with some aging so maybe I will save a can for 6 months but I guess I expected this to be less hoppy with a fruity like homebrew yeast (that's in every beer). Ow well.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

tallboy can poured into a beer stein.

best before date on the bottle of the tallboy stating: May 2013.

Appearance: Black bodied beer with 3 fingers of thick light brown colored head. It looks exactly like the head formed on top of a rootbeer float. Great staying power and thick lacing all over the glass. The head never dies on this beer... a thick cap remains until the glass is empty.

Smell: roasted malt profile. Its fairly hoppy nose that matches and might even over power the malts. Its lots of pine notes with a grapefruit compliment.

Taste: Yeah this beer balances out really nicely. The malts start things off; they are roasty with a hint of sweetness. I would say mild coffee, mild chocolate, and mild molasses notes. A really nice malt profile! The hops are not really bitter for 68 IBU. Pine and grapefruit, but mostly pine. Everything blends together nicely in the finish, with a mildly bitter pine finish that lingers for just the right amount of time.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy and subtle carbonation. Just right for this beer. A nice flavorful yet drinkable stout!

Overall: This beer is very well balanced and flavorful. Not alot of flavors in this beer, but it got everything it needs, trust me. This is probably my new favorite Sixpoint beer to date. Bonus points as always for being craft beer in a can! This beer seems to hover indecisevely between a hoppy american stout and an american black ale. But who cares its a really good beer!

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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 IdrinkGas
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown almost black. Looks a little thin. Brownish sticky lacing around the glass. Large lasting head.

Sweet and roasty nose.

Dark roasty malt with a hint of cocoa. Finishes with some hops

Low carbonation gives it a creamy mouthfeel.

Decent beer but I didn't really enjoy this one.

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

On tap at The Pony Bar last night.

The pour was on par for the course, jet black with dark brown highlights, and a dense, brown head with great retention. Moderate lacing is present too. The nose is loaded with dark, bitter chocolate, quite excellently so. There's also a rather noticeable earthy and citrus hop character. Plenty of roasted malt bitterness is also perceived. The palate opens with a robust roasted malt bitterness and a dark chocolate character. In fact, it tastes like it smells, with some coffee character added, mostly a chicory-like bitterness. The hop character is most noticeable up front, before it whelmed by the malt character. Moderately fruity with a little plum, this finishes dry with a pronounced roasted grain bitterness. Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation, this beer is solid. Not really something you'd shotgun, though.

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Photo of Brad007
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a thick, frothy brown head into my glass. What an excellent way to introduce itself.

Whoa! Hop overload! It's a bit much for something that's not an imperial stout. I didn't say that was a bad thing though. There's a hint of roasted coffee underneath.

Ditto! Lots of piney hops with very little roastiness. More like a black ale than stout. Maybe it actually is?

Lingering pine resin and dark fruit at the back.

I see that many of the ratings are low. I think that may be due to the style that was chosen for the review. If we're rating this as a simple American stout, then I can understand. However, this is more of an American Black Ale and for that style, it's quite accurate.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz. can served in a nonic. Pours two shades shy of black with a loose, half inch, khaki-colored head that slowly dissipates in a frothy, broken slick. Tendrils of lacing are revealed during the tasting and exhibit good adhesion. Nose is a bit subdued - roast and a slight earthy/piny quality. Taste expresses a great deal more roast with a hint of char, as well as chocolate malt. There's also a residual hops bitterness that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an lively carbonation that falls short of coarse, a slightly creamy texture and a bit of acidity that peaks out towards the back. Overall, a decent American Stout wiht some Black IPA characteristics. Solid, but nothing particularly earth shattering here. I have to say that I enjoyed the nitro version a bit more.

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Photo of cbutova
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see a new Sixpoint on the shelves. Equally nice to see a new stout.

A- Black beer poured into a pint glass. Huge dark mocha head forms and looks creamy like the top of an ice cream float. Retention is pretty much endless and there are huge pillows of very thick lace.

S- Nice strength of aroma with good notes of roast coffee beans, cocoa and dark malts off the top. Hops are pretty big with notes of pine and tart fruits.

T- Like the aroma but here there is a huge caramel note and a vanilla-like hint as well. The base of roast malts, coffee and cocoa stays and grain flavor appears. Hops round it out in the end with citrus zest, pine, grapefruit and earthy hints.

MF- Just a tiny bit of a watery feel to me with low-end carbonation. Fairly bitter with both hop and dark roast feels.

Love the pint-size cans and this stout is pretty nice. The only problem to me is the huge caramel grain flavor sort of overshadows the other great flavors after some time. Sixpoint has invaded MA with great beer.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, pours cola-like black, with a frothy beige head, great head retention, foamy lacing at the top of the glass. Aroma are roasted malt, caramely like cola, chocolate. Tastes are roasted barley, coffeeish, chocolate, finished with some piny hops and a bit of bitterness - a little more than I like in my stout. Mouth-feel is super creamy & smooth, while being nearly full bodied. Overall, I wasn't as crazy over this one as the bros, but it's a good stout with a good name.

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Photo of maximum12
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to AndrewNations for sending me a representative sample of Sixpoint brews, which I'd been lusting after for some time. Big 16 oz. can rescued from the wine fridge & poured into an imperial pint glass. Mmmmm. Best before 2/21/12 inked on the bottom.

Pours about a 72 on the black scale, other spectrums creep in around the margins. Nose is politely restrained, little roast, chocolate, bit more earthy hop twang. Not a bad beginning.

Diesel starts slow & revs up towards the end. Introduction is quite bland, almost watery, weak malt sweetness, water. Roast catches up mid-palate along with diced chocolate, peat, tar. And then a shocker of hops tases the tongue on the aftertaste, when the liquid has already circled down the gullet, & piney bitterness rears its ugly head & roars to the stars. Quite a sucker punch, there. Lovely thickness (after the cold start), & the combo of tasty tastes keeps me reaching for more frequently.

All around this is my kind of stout. Great taste, relatively low ABV, nice bang to it. Very good.

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Photo of Suds
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a pint can, this beer is a deep black color with brownish-red highlights. The head is fantastic...deep, thick, rocky, stable, and brown, leaving huge outcroppings of lace. The aroma is solid...notably hoppy, with a herbal, earthy hop character. There is a grain and highly roasted malt undertone in the smell. The taste is on the dry side, but the malt and grain give it great balance. Bitterness starts in the mid-taste and intensifies through the finish. Bitingly bitter. Medium-to-full in body and very smooth.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Black in the glass, but a clear reddish brown when pouring, one finger off white head.

S-Roasted malt, some coffee and chocolate but mostly bland.

T-Roasted malts, some burnt notes, coffee and chocolate.

M-Light not much carbonation and a tad watery,

O-A let down from the other Sixpoint beers I've hand. flavors are weak.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from can into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a large billowing tan head. The head has large carbonation bubbles entrapped within. It has great retention and once faded gives a very nice level of lacing.

Smell –The aroma is big of dark roasted malts mixed with a pine and earthy hop aroma.

Taste – A taste of dry dark malts great the tongue. While alone at first they are quickly meet with bitter hop flavors. The hops are predominantly of a pine flavor with hints of earthiness mixed within. These flavors persist the whole rest of the taste and at the end leave a bitter dry aftertaste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body was very creamy; much creamier then I would have anticipated from the strength and style. Its carbonation was a little on the low side. While the creaminess was nice for the roasty flavors it could have used a tad higher carbonation as it would have quieted some of the bitter hop flavors quite well.

Overall – Not really my kind of brew. The roast and hop didn’t meld as well as some other dark IPA’s and the mouthfeel was a little off for the flavor profile. It was roast and bitter through and through.

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

I like these 16oz cans; I get to use my imperial pint glass. This beer was a very dark brown, almost black, color. There was a moderately-sized tan head that left a bit of lace.

Strong piney hops aroma. Some chocolate, and some brown bread.

Big pine presence. Chocolate and dark coffee.

This was a very dry beer. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

can picked up locally...best before may 15, 2012

a - sweet looking can from one of my favorite locals. popped it and filled my E snifter. the brew poured a pretty thick black with a frothy almost beige head. in the glass, looked like an 8 ball. pretty attractive. thick chunky milkshake like lacing (i throw around 'milkshake like' a lot, but when i say it this time, i mean chunks...the glass is coated with the head that was once there. pretty nice.

s - roasted malts. a tingle of a metallic tone. some dry hopped crispness. the roasted malts get kind of muted from the hops.

t - leads with roasted malt, then hits a mix of spiciness, into a dry hop and then finishes a bit odd with some hop bitterness.

m - body is initeresting. it is creamy and watery at the same time. the bitterness gives it some balls...definitely different.

o - overall...at first it was kind of a weird experience. i was expecting a classic stout and noticed that the can mentions that the beer is dry hopped...and it really shows in the nose and the flavor giving it a cross between a stout and a black ipa vibe. don't get me wrong, i like my hops as much as the next guy...but for my stouts i like chocolate and coffee and roastiness and boldness. darkness is stout where the hops really work for me...
definitely worth checking out since i could see this being someone's favorite stout.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz CANquest, great dane imperial pint

Motor oil - quickly dissipated mocha ring - serious business here. A pretty simple, but well done stout - licorice, smoke, charred malt, some leafy pine hops. This stuff is tasty enough - its a rare occasion to even find a standard stout these days, so this was a nice change of pace

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

16oz can poured into large tulip

Pours a cloudy blackness across the glass with an enormous tanned head which threatens to erupt over the rim. Patchy lacing is strewn about, as the fluffy clouds retain on top of the brew with a beige collar.

Roasted malts dominate the nose with hints of nuttyness and soft dark chocolate. Hints of grassy hops try to peek through with notes of citrus peel as well. A light tuft of smoke rounds out the scent.

A combination of bitter hops and toasted malt kicks off the flavor profile, leaning towards the sweeter, dryer side of the flavor spectrum. Citrus and grassy hops deliver a dryness which is tempered by the malt backbone sweetness. Dark chocolate and toasted nuts with a light suggestion of coffee swirl through. Finishes with another smack of orange peel and hops, revealing barely any alcohol.

There’s a nice fuller medium body with a dash of creaminess on the beer amidst decent carbonation, which is a nice relief from the syrupy, oily imperial stouts which dominate the genre these days. Another nice beer from Sixpoint that I'll definitely have again.

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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 Brenden
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark brown and thick without reaching huge RIS-levels of viscosity, it definitely looks diesel. Topping it is a thick tan head that grows to about two fingers in height. The settling of this head is one finger. In other words, when it fades away or drops or however you'd reference it, it's still a full finger tall and never less. Lacing begins at the rim of the glass and forms a sheet that coats it the entire way down. I guess this one's a beauty AND a beast.
Roast comes out in the nose, yes, but even stronger are the chocolaty and charred notes as well as a pithy pine from the hops; it's definitely brewed in a modern American tradition, with a heavy hand on the hops for a stout. It's a little nondescript and surprisingly subtle given what I've seen, but hopefully some of that will open up.
The pith and pine are actually seemingly the strongest flavors. A bit of citrus peel comes out in the bitterness as well. Char backs off to keep the bitterness at an even keel, a good call since there's little sweetness. There's a heavy dryness, in fact, which in combining with a bit of woodiness gives this a more literally piney flavor. Some dry bread crusts speak to the malt presence. This is well done, especially considering how unbalanced it has potential to be. I do wish it was sweeter, even if just a little.
The body's not huge and thick, though it is full. At first it seems to sit on the border of what could be a richness that it just misses. It's a little more heavily carbonated than might be expected in a stout, but that drops off nicely. What remains is a surprisingly creamy, rich smoothness.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up yesterday at Austin Liquors in Worcester Mass. Served this chilled, in a pint glass, from a can! Loving craft in a can. Allowed this to warm a few degrees before sampling.

Appearance. Diesel pours out what looks to be a dark brown, but is black in the can. A little brown is seen around the edges. A somewhat harder pour brings on about a solid finger of thinner, coffee ice cream colored head. Head is short live, leaving random streaks of lace in it's wake. Not a bad looking brew.

Smell: Giving the nose a 4.0 for being so interesting alone. Hoppy! Loads of hops lead the nose. Roasty malt base just shows through the hops. Pine pushes through a bit also. The nose just hints at sweet chocolate and fresh ground coffee. Overall, a little dissapointing. Is this really a stout?

Taste: Also interesting. More of a black ale than a stout in my opinion. Plenty of piney hops smack the tongue. Roasted malts aren't as present as in the nose. Very very light notes of chocolate and coffee. Almost a touch of vanilla near the finish. Finishes dry and bitter with no noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thinner, almost watery mouthfeel. Smooth and bitter. Carbonation is very faint.

Overall: Not bad, had to try a new Sixpoint offering. Interesting, but what is it? Seems to blur the lines of a few styles. I would buy this again.

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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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Diesel from Sixpoint Brewery
3.81 out of 5 based on 850 ratings.
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