Diesel | Sixpoint Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States | website

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
Reviews:
299
Ratings:
848
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
23.1%
 
 
Wants:
77
Gots:
57
For Trade:
0
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Photo of smakawhat
2.81/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the can into a snifter glass.

A very light coffee colored tan head, with tiny bubbles is formed with lots of uniform character. Lots of tiny spotted lacing and legs really impressive for such a light abv here, where did these legs come from? Body color is a real nice dark brown but there are hints of red, this is almost garnet colored, it's red! I am going to have to rate this really high on appearance.

Ok smell is off. This is sour a little, burnt, and maybe even vegetative, with a faint roast. It's not too bad, but it's VERY weird and hard to pinpoint what this is I am smelling exactly dare I say Veggies? I am talking boiled brussel sprouts! on a stout? you can't be serious... man that's exactly what it smells like to me. It's not pleasant god I grew up with that awful brussel sprout smell in my house, just wrong.

The palate brings a light bodied coffee and char roasting character to the front. Extremely burnt tasting. Mouthfeel is about down the middle for this style, although it doesn't seem to make things better with it's slightly wet feel. Lots of char here and sense of burnt embers. A good warming sensation, lots of burnt BURNT grain. Hop finish of some bitter grapefruit on the end.

Overall this thing is just not doing it for me, it's a mess, with some chaotic if not fun palate but it just smells awful. Can't dig it, can drink it and get passed it, but never again. Wow I am really disappointed have to be honest. I need some Cadillac Mountain, Sierra Nevada Stout, Obsidian...seriously. It looks like I am in the minority, but that's ok. Perhaps I can share/trade this with someone else who will enjoy it, at least that would make me happy, cause drinking and smelling this sure wont.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark oil like liquid. Huge tan head had a very very slow fade and left lots of lace all the way down the glass.

Smell was very robust, deep roasted coffee and dark german chocolate. Hints of a sugary or caramel sweetness as well. Taste was very thick and complex. Big deep roasted flavor, almost a burnt taste to it. Lots of flavors of coffee and german dark chocolate. Cery thick feel, but not syrupy, great carbonation led to a great silk like feel. Nice big hoppy finish left a very long lingering burnt aroma,

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

Appearance: black in color with a thick 2" head that lasts a while. Nice lace paints the glass.

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

Taste: roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, milder coffee flavors, some prune sweetness, and a nice hop bitterness balances this one out nicely.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste is short lived.

Overall: a very drinkable stout with a nice flavor profile. Easy to consume a few of these in a session.

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Photo of devinoconnor
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice stout with a little more flavors than the run of the mill stout.

Pours a very dark color with a brownish white head.

A surprising amount of hops hit the nose, mixed with more typical stout flavors like toffee.

Taste is intense, earthy flavors, mixed with hops and dark chocolate. Very creamy and warm.

Medium bodied and went down pretty smooth.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich black-brown color with a huge tan-brown creamy/frothy covering of head. The head hangs around forever, still lingering as a finger of head leaving behind tons of thick lace.

S - Aroma is full of roasted caramel and chocolate aromas. There is also a bit of coffee and lactate as well as a bit of earth hops as well.

T - Starts off with lots of roasted caramel malts and chocolate flavors. There is also a bit of coffee as well in the background. Through the middle, some lactate sweetness and a bit of earthy hop bitterness come through. The finish is a mix of roasted caramel malts, chocolate, and oak and vanilla flavors that linger really nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels super smooth and creamy. There are some nice roasted and sweet flavors that linger nicely and warm the mouth.

D - Super drinkable. The beer feels really nice and smooth but still bursting with flavors. The roasted flavors are very rich and full. There is also a nice balance of flavors from start to end.

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Photo of alalvarez75
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very Dark. Nice proportionate head which really did leave a ton of lacing in my glass.

S - Very noticeable malt... very roasted with chocolate, coffee, and a tad of vanilla.

T - Roasted malt. Bitter. Very dry and smooth. Bitter lingers in the after taste.

M - Thin to medium. Lots of carbonation. Feels crisp.

O - This is a stout that I could sit and drink more than one. Many more than one. I'd have it again whenever it is available. Not disappointing at all.

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Photo of jlindros
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 haazer
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Visited the friends in Levittown so I stopped by the Hulmeville Inn and got my growler filled with this.

A- Pours a large light brown, sand like head. Settles down to about 1/4 inch and retains well. Brew is a murky dark brown, almost black liquid. Some orange tea colors on the sides. Great lacing on the glass also.

S- Suprisngly the first aroma picked up in his resiny hops. That transitions into chocolate notes, some dark fruits, and a roasty malt profile. Tiny bit of caramel rounds out the nose.

T- The taste is like the nose but slightly rearranged. The chocolate and roastiness strike the palatte first, and the the resiney hops take over. The ending flavor is a coffee taste that was not present in the nose.

M- Mouth is a little on the light side for a stout. The bubbly carbonation is felt. Could be thicker to meet my liking.

O- This is deffinitely a good american stout. I like the strong hop aroma and incorporating them into the flavor, but somewhat lightly as stouts shouldnt be hop forward. Lower abv makes this fairly drinkable. Would certainly have again.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Discovered Sixpoint on a podcast called the Brewery Show on my BlackBerry and the recent posts about 16oz cans coming soon!!! Had on tap @ Blue Dog in Lansdale, PA.

Great carbonation and dark chocolate brown color. Lacing was absolutely beautiful and head was retentious. Smell is outstanding, bittersweet chocolate and caramel. The flavor reminds me of a dark chocolate snickers bar. Very rich, excellent caramel profile. Hops shine accordingly. Smooth mouthfeel and would have had loved to try it on nitro.

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

Great stout. Poured into a Guinness pint tulip, with a dark brown body and a finger and a half or so tan head. Very layered pleasant smell of strong roasted malts, coffee-like aromas, a hint of chocolate and slight alcohol with all of these flavours become twice as complex on the tongue and palate. This beer is awesome with a moderate body that's held up well by sufficiently crisp carbonation. I will enjoy this wherever I find it.

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

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 on 3/17/11.
Reviewed from notes.

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. It has a nice 1-finger light tan head, that leaves good lacing behind on the glass.

S - It smells of deeply roasted malt. It smells a tad grainy, and there are notes of chocolate, coffee, and a bit of vanilla. There is also a touch of caramel sweetness present in the nose.

T - The taste has a nice bit of roasted malt bitterness. I am getting some good notes of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and some hop presence. The finish has a bit of lingering bitterness.

M - It has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy, and it has some lingering roasted bitterness. I think the feel is good for the style.

D - The drinkability here is good. It is smooth and has good flavor. I could definitely drink a few of these in a sitting. I'm glad I got the chance to try this, and I for sure think its worth giving a shot.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sweet Afton for $6/pint. This is a great example of an American stout, I was impressed. It paired flowery, fruity citrus hops with big chocolate grains. The roast is a on the lighter side for a stout, but with the hops it creates a fantastic dark chocolate character. The body isn't too thick or sweet, but it's substantial enough to make a satisfying beer I wouldn't mind having a couple pints of.

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

Muddy dark brown in color with coffee head. Aroma of earth, hops, roast, barbecue, slight Chocolate with cinnamon. Tastes of roast, earth, chocolate, hop dryness mixes with butter in the finish. Thick, light carbonation in body. A stout with it's own personality.

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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 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 capra12
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed solo served out of an East End pint glass.

Appearance: dark and deep brown with 1 finger of creamy and frothy head,leaving spotty/webby lacing.

Smell: dark over roasted grains.

Taste: opens with coffee bitter as a cofee sour/ dark grainy profile emerges in the middle. As this warms up a bit a dark chocolate and dark malt profile emerges in the middle to finishes as hop bitter sets in leaving a roasted and hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied at most, minimal carbonation and rather smooth.

Drinkability: I would have this again paired with chocolate and/or nuts. I recommend this to those seeking a stout that has some coffee profiles with a hoppy twist on the fnish and no real prominent malt profile.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a nice dark tan head, with good retention and decent lacing. The smell was mostly roasted malt and some cocoa powder, with very subtle grass. The taste was even more underwhelming, with toastiness dominating, some toffee creeping in, and a lot of grassiness at the finish. Also, very very thin for a stout.

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

Hand bottle obtained in trade from Shane aka sixpoint, thanks for the opportunity.
Poured a dark brown with faint ruby highlights and a huge fluffy/creamy off white head that stuck itself to everything on the way down the glass. Smells of cocoa, brown sugar, and a bit of caramel. Taste is chocolaty roasty with burnt and brown sugars in the mix. Finishes kind of dry with a touch of alcohol and bitter roast that lingers. Body is a bit on the thin side, Mouthfeel is bubbly, slightly oily, carbonation is on the high side. Decent brew overall, I would definitely session this one. I really would have liked a bit more body, but its great as is.

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Photo of Nickls
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes) Edit: I sampled the 2005 version of Diesel that was tapped at Blind Tiger.

A - Poured with a thin white head, and had a dark ruby brown color

S - Malt up front with some dark fruit and a touch of hop bitterness

T - Like the aroma, the malt shows up first but instead of fruity is much more of a roasted and chocolate quality. Dryish finish

M - Medium to thin MF, with a very low carbonation level that is expected for the style

D - Decent drinkability, and not too overwhelming on any front. A well balanced and easy drinking brew.

Overall, this is not a powerhouse brew and not too showy. However, it is a very well balanced and tightly packaged brew. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Overzealous pour resulted in 2+ inch very light mocha head. Pitch black. Nice sticky lacing every where.

S - Unsweetened cocoa and coffee, mixed with tangy sourdough bread.

T - Nice straightforward roasted malt, accented with tastes to accompany smell profile.

M - Nicely balanced, good carb and coating, medium to full body.

D - For the style, yes, very drinkable.

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Photo of jraycee
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to sixpoint for the trade.
Pours a very dark brown/black with a thick light colored head. When the head finally fades to a thick ring, it leaves huge rings around the glass with each sip.
smells are sweetgrass, chocolate, fresh sourdough crust.
Taste is great! Sweet chocolaty malt base gives way to bittersweet hops, and a woody complexity. In the end though the roasted malt flavors come back big in a smooth finish.
I love it. One of my favorite beers that I have tried recently.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Real espresso darkness with tight rye bread head and excellent lacing.

Lots of grassy hops and chicory - not a lot of alcohol. Some coffee and malt roast - decent.

Nice and balanced - grass hops mix very well with roasted chocolate and coffee malt. Slight carbonation keeps it clean.

Light for style - all working in beautiful chemistry to provide clean, deep dark finish.

Borderline sessionable yet filling - well done!

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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 DavidSeanNJ
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap...

Served into a pint glass...

A- Dark black liquid with absolutely no visibility. Carbonation bottles flowing, frothy white head and some serious lace action here.

S- The nose is somewhat hoppy with roasty and sweet chocolate undertones.

T- Taste was not as sweet as the nose. The first few sips revealed a pleasantly dry-hoppy explosion. Typical stout-like coffe/caramel/chocolate flavors, but much less pronounced than one would expect

M- Full bodied yet oily on the tongue. Refreshing for sure.

D- For a nice full bodied stout, this one was not as filling as others. Easy on the stomach but nice on the taste buds.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this at The Otheroom, while on my NYC pub tour. Pours a dark, dark brown color, bordering on black. Nice white medium sized head. A very nice tasting stout, there was no one aspect that stood out or overpowered the flavor, but they all seemed to compliment each other well. Had a nice body too it, not too heavy, but smooth enough to be an easy drinker. Good slightly chilled or even when it hit room temp. Much better than the ubiquitous Irish stouts that are served everywhere.

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Diesel from Sixpoint Brewery
3.81 out of 5 based on 848 ratings.
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