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Diesel | Sixpoint Brewery

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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2005

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Ratings: 853 |  Reviews: 302
Photo of atr2605
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark cola color with a tan head with good retention that clings to the glass
S-dark chocolate, pine/herb aroma, roasted coffee
T-roasted coffee and unsweetnened cocoa met with decent amount of hop bitterness, leaves pine flavor in the finish
M-medium bodied
O-well balanced and flavorful stout. Solid representation of the style

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Photo of Tyberious9
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dr. Pepper pour, dark red highlights agains a cola body appears a pitch black in the vessel. A dark khaki head has a spongy texture to it while retention was good and lacing was sticky and of good coverage.

S: Fresh chocolate fresh, scorched pine, with a fresh presence of herbaceous scent of celery and parsley.

T: The flavor was fresh, roasty, pine, silty smooth minerality of wet ash, charcoal and some herbaceous hints of fennel and tobacco.

M: Roasty warm and lightly bitter the mouthful has a quiet carbonation base with a silty campfire minearality touch.

O: Overall flavor is good, smooth and gentle with a lingering soft schwarz like roast bitterness coming on the end. easy consumption.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers thick creamy mocha-colored head into an english pub glass that left great lacing throughout. the body was dark brown with reddish tints.
s - big piney hop aroma.
t - roasted chocolate, burnt toast, pine.
m - very creamy.
o - terrific stout, complex and will seek this beer out again.

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Photo of Magery
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of callahwj
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of mscott1975
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of kkmiller76
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of srw
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jeremy13586
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pounder can poured into an imperial pint glass.

The color was a very dark brown, pretty much black. The dark brown poked out around the edges when the light would hit it. Formed a frothy, two finger brown head. Left some very nice looking lacing.

Pretty piney and hoppy at first whiff. Followed by roasted malts and some chocolate.

Taste was very similar to the aroma, but the chocolate came out a bit more. Some smokiness comes out as well. The finish was pretty messy with a harsh twang.

Full bodied and pretty dry.

The beer looked awesome and was pretty enjoyable, up until about two-thirds in. It just became too harsh and was a struggle to get through for that final bit.

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Photo of MikeConklin
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Thickfreakness
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Kaydogg
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 channels321
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Suds
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Darkmagus82
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
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 kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Jester King pint.

A- pours black with a 2 finger tan head. Leaves a mapping of lacing on the glass.

S- roasted malts, some chocolate, and nice pine aroma.

T- roasted, charred malts, chocolate. This beer has a really nice pine and citrus hop bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Easy drinking with a semi-dry finish.

O- nice hoppy stout. Would drink this again.

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Photo of VonZipper
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of AleWatcher
2.59/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Can into nonic.

Dark red color as it pours... Looks kinda murky in the glass.

Very roasty malt nose and flavor, quite dry and roasty. A piney hoppy bitterness kicks on the backend. Dry finish.

Feels pretty average... Is it just me or do all the Sixpoint beers feel like they have something in common regarding the feel of the carbonation? I cannot explain it.

Overall- I don't think the hops work with the malt. A little more sweetness, a little less roasty, a little less piney-- all of these 3 ideas could individually make this a better a beer in my opinion.

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Photo of vobr0002
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- dark brown with tan head and decent lacing.

S- cocoa, caramel, pine, citrus, and sweet.

T- a little disappointed by the taste. Cocoa, coffee, pine, but a little watery. I do like the lingering cocoa after taste.

M- too thin for me on the feel. Decent carbonation.

O- OK beer but nothing great. I wish it had a better body. It started out as such a promising beer. Nothing bad about the taste, but just not enough there for me.

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Photo of TVolt1
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Great dark reddish/brown color with a small amount of caramel head. The head lasts a very long time and it has great lacing.

S: Great smell to it. It has a very caramely, smooth smell with a hint of raisin. It also smells of

T: Not quite an american stout taste to me. Has too much of a fruity taste to it and a smell amount of cocoa/chocolate taste. Also ends on a raisin taste and I am not a large fan of the raison flavor.

M: Really good, medium to thick mouthfeel with a light to medium amount of carbonation. Warm on the tongue.

O: OVerall, this beer is okay. I like everything about it - not too crazy about the taste though. Would I order it again? No. Would I drink it if someone offered it to me? Yes.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The one-inch, foamy beige head slowly drops, leaving thick rings of lace on a Harp nonic. The black beer has some carbonation clinging to the glass. As the beer dwindles down, it turns black walnut with more light passing through it.

Fresh pine and citrus with some pineapple.

The flavor has crisp bitterness with pine tar and roasted malt. Together they are well balanced and the finish is modest and lingering.

A medium body with lively carbonation and light alcohol. The texture is silky and overall cleansing.

This is a fine, but filling, beer that serves well during decompression after a stressful day.

The stated style on BA is American Stout. However, I think this more closely approaches the attributes of a Cascadian Black Ale (aka Black IPA).

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Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The tall can conceals a big-looking beer. Diesel actually looks more like crude oil except that it isn't entirely black; ruby-garnet streaks line the side at off angles and allow brief, very minor glimpses of light and clarity. Somewhat confusingly, the beer manages to leave more froth on the glass than it does the surface.

The label has some mumbo-jumbo about pine forests and I wonder if it's no coincidence that the aroma smells so woodsy. Hops are at play, to be sure, but this bouquet is less resinous North-West pine (aka IPAs) and more splintering, dry oak (a la bourbon-barrel offerings). Almost reminds me of a spruce beer. All this to say: it's unusual.

That forest-y persona is the calling card of Columbus and Northern Brewer hops and some serious dry-hopping. Although, as most homebrewers will tell you, dry-hopping doesn't add much flavor, in this particular recipe it seems to have added a great deal of it - a world of twigs, leafs, grass clippings, flower petals, pine needles, and lots of lots of bark.

So prominent are these hops, in fact, that I have yet to note a single taste of roast or coffee or chocolate despite that the beer is black as asphalt. This is made even more impressive once weighing in just how dense the beer is; a heavy, full mouthfeel confirms that plenty of malt was in fact used. It's just lost in all the dry, pithy, grassy bitterness.

I wouldn't consider Diesel the best American stout I've tried, but I might just call it the hoppiest. Despite all its coffee-ish and ultra-nutty flavors, the beer forever tastes like it's being drank through a wooden straw that's been fashioned from splintered, resin-coated bark. Not a bad quality in my books. If nothing else, it's worth trying once.

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Diesel from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 853 ratings
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