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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2005

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


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

A- Pours dark brown-black. Rich copper highlights at sides of glass. Tan head disipates slowly. Nice lacing.

S- Malty, caramely, some coffee. A good, solid stout.

T- pervasive coffee & chocolate flavors. Caramel malts in there as well. Nice bitter hop finish at the end.

M- Med-heavy bodied. Again, a good, solid stout

D- You could put a couple of these back in an evening.

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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 aerozeppl
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Growler into chalice

A: Black with some hints of brown when held up to the light. Decent amount of head especially since this was from a growler.

S: Big roasted coffee beans. Some roasted malt as well. Roasty.

T: Starts sweet then goes into the bitterness. Finishes with a nice touch of malt sweetness. The roast is there the whole time but only reveals itself when the bitterness allows it to.

M: Med body. I actually wanted this stout a little bit thicker.

D: Super easy drinking. Big taste but will not put a hurting on you ABV wise. Good everyday stout.

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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 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 weeare138
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sixpoint for the trade...
Appears a dark brown, nearing black with a small light tan head that slowly fades into a mild cap and collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of nutty, cocoa, java, caramel, vanilla cream, & roasted malts.
Taste mimics the aromas with more java and roasted cocoa beans coming through in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with some caramel and brown sugar filling out the palate leading to a roasty, dry finish.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost opaque with a small amount of light coming through and givign a ruby edge. Nose is slight malts and a very faint touch of chocolate (very faint). Flavor is robust and thick with malts. Not really much else going on besides that, but it stays on for a while and stays smooth. Feel is smooth and silken on the tongue with a decent amount of bubble. Overall a smooth stout. Nothing wild or crazy, but stays smooth and even and worth the shot.

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

Grabbed a growler of this from Bierkraft. Poured near-black with a substantial tan head at first, but as the glass got down, the head got very thin, and the beer became more translucent and lighter color to almost a dark reddish-brown. Not much lacing...

Smelled very good. Largely caramel and coffee from the malts, but there's some sort of licorice/cherry/vanilla thing going on in the background that's hard to put the finger on and makes it more interesting. All of those flavors figure prominently in the taste, with molasses & wine as well. It starts off pretty bitter, but it gets sweet and creamy as the taste unfolds. Thick velvety feel, good for a couple of pints, but I believe the session ends there. An impressive stout from Sixpoint!

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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 BBM
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark, near black color with a reddish hue and a mousse-colored head. Aroma was of roasted malts, nuts, and a slight noble hop aroma.

The flavor is an exquisite balance of smokey malts, roasted coffee bean, and a firm hop presence. The finish is slightly bitter, but more of a dark chocolate bitterness than one from the hops. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Very smooth. Overall this is a complete winner from Sixpoint, one of my favorite beers from them. You won't be disappointed with this stout.

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

Poured a dark black color with a small tan head. Light aromas of roasted barley and coffee. Taste is of coffee, roasted barely, mild chocolate and has a stronger hop presence not found in most stouts. Smooth and full mouthfeel. An all around tasty and solid stout, definitely recommend.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks sixpoint

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, very nice 2 finger plus creamy tan head which lasts a ong time, some nice sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is not much, but what there is of it is some malts and caramel. The taste is malty and bitter with a dry finish. Medium body. Drinkable, glad to have a chance to try it.

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

On tap @ Mugs in Brooklyn. Pours near black, with no light shining through, dark tan head with lovely, fine and well developed ringed lacing left behind. Roasty nose, premiers this tasty, classy stout. Lots of roasted, burned grains, with softening notes of vanilla. Smooth, smooth, smooth, great tasting and easy drinking stout. More fine brew from 6point.

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Photo of rousee
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick black murk with a nice compact head of 5 mm. The head holds extremely well throughoutt and there is a beautiful amount of lace left behind. Smell is cherry almonds and some slight licorice notes but is mainly just a lot of extra dark malt. The taste is similar to the smell although there is some vinous character in the taste that is not as noticeable scent-wise. Thick velvety mouthfeel. Real nice. Sixpoint looks like a real winner. I am yet to have anything by them that I didn't like.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the 12oz. black bottle into an imperial pint glass the beer was a dark black color with two finger of frothy tan head. A cappucino like consistancy to the head that reduced down to about a half-finger and remained there for the entire sample. No outright signs of carbonation and very little lacing.

The smell was deeply of roasted malt and slight grain. Coffee, milk chocolate, cocoa powder, and oatmeal all met the nose. Softer hints of hop and chicory as well, and a slight "smell" of sweetness.

The innitial taste was heavy in roasted character in a robust malty flavor and some oat as well. Each sip finishes with a short crisp bitterness. Little hop flavour and the bitterness is a chicory like coffee bitter. Some softer chocolate notes as well.

Mouthfeel is moderate with a sturdy body and good consistancy on the palate. About an average amount of carbonation.

This is my second time reviewing this beer and my first from the bottle. I noted in my earlier review that perhaps I was given the wrong beer and I now believe that I was in fact given the wrong beer, or a very flawed version of ths beer. In in this sampling I reverse myself on nearly every flaw I found with my other sampling. I enjoyed this beer a great deal here and it exhibited many of the characteristics I know and love from a stout. I'm not sure what went wrong with my first sample, but if this sample is the intended taste of the beer, then this one indeed ranks very high in my judgement. Many thanks to Brewmaster Shane Welch for his time and this botteled sample.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed over lunch at Redbones with WarriorSoul a few days back.

Poured a great almost perfect black, but with garnet tints peeking through when held up to the light. Only a bit of a head that receded quickly, but some great lace that edged the glass like garden lattice.

Not much in the aroma but nits of burnt chocolate.

Lots of toasted/burnt grains int he flavor. Great dark chocolate and burnt coffee flavors. Bits of vanilla. Only slight bittering hops came out toward the end of each sip.

Slightly more than a medium body. Very pleaseant because it was not too heavy or too thick. Slightly dry finish.

Liked this beer a lot. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap today while having lunch w/ fellow BA, MuddyFeet.
Arrived slight chilled, solid black w/ no light passing through...a full finger and a half of creamy tan head. Thin lacing w/ decent hold.
Aromas very faint w/ some chocolate and vanilla hints...
The taste is one solid, well balanced stout...a hefty portion of semi-sweet chocolate, coffee and vanilla bean. No alcohol detected.
Mouthfeel was medium bodied and the carbonation was fantastic for the style.
I could enjoy this one all afternoon if it wasn't for this darn work thing...just slightly sweet w/ a very subtle dryness to it. Very clean w/ no bitterness in the finish...an overall great brew.
These guys at Sixpoint have really got my attention...so glad to see them hitting the Boston scene w/ fury.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was an interesting stout. Dull black when served, it came topped with a frothy tan head. I thought the aroma was of slightly acrid roastiness. Medium in mouthfeel, the roastiness was the most distinct feature I picked up on. It was the most prominent note. Still able to know this had a good sized abv when all was said and done.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz homebrew-looking bottle "i handbottled all them shits"

pours majestically into a widemouthed 1664 pint glass. tan head that looks like flaky pastry crust and a dark body with crimson ruby light-drawn highlights. head hangs around for a while leaving cratery air pockets and multi-layered lacing. aroma is best described as vanilla double-hop frapuccino. stouty with lactose notes and a hint of sweet spice. bouquet evolves with warmth. flavor is intense yet smooth... goes down creamy with a hazelnut finish. taste runs the gamut from roasty malts to orange flavored chocolate with hinrs of creamed coffee. body is medium, much lighter than its flavor should demand. makes it very drinkable, although this is a beer to be savoured- not something you'd have more than 2 pints of without experiencing tastebud overload. glad i got to try this again at the right temperature. what a difference 12 degrees fahrenheit makes.

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

Had this tonight at Barcade in Brooklyn.

Poured out wonderfully dark with a nice head. Head dissapated quickly and fell into a nice calm lace on the top of the beer.

It smells wonderfully of hops and roasted barley.

The first impression of the taste is a strong coffee character, but the hops are close behind to carry it through to the finish.

There is a plesant aftertaste that just begs for another sip.

I am always pleased when I try a Six Points. Thus far they have yet to dissapoint.

If you see this beet on tap, it is definatly worth a try.

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Photo of quasimoto
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Without a doubt this is another top-notch brew from the brewmaster Shane. ThIs American Stout is something that is out of this world. It pours black, with a light mocha colored head, and hangs around for as long as the beer is in its glass. The aroma is of a heavenly chocolate, nutty sweetness, with a twinge (if its even there) of roasted coffee. The taste Is all of the above that come together with the slight bitterness that is from the roasted coffee flavor, and the background of hops. Mouth feel is silky, but light enough not to be a heavy dark beer. i think this place is going to be explosive in the future. Way to go Shane.

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