Diesel | Sixpoint Brewery

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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 853 |  Reviews: 302
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of wvsabbath
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type - Can

Appearance - Black with some traces of dark brown. Nice creamy foamy 1 inch head, and lots of lacing.

Smell - Malts, Some hops, dark fruits like plum and rasin. Maybe a little coffee and nut. Some chocolate also comes out.

Taste - Typical smooth american stout with some nice creamy notes, a little bitter hop profile and some chocolate. Nutty, bold and bitter with some plum and rasin dark fruits. Not much for sweetness, very bold yet has a creamy finish.

Mouthfeel - Its thick and coats tounge with malts, bitter dark fruits and a little bit of hops also. Palette gets some dry bitter hops, more malts and a little coffee/chocolate mix. Aftertaste is bitter, dry and bold.

Overall - A nice american stout, with dry hops as a added twist. This beer is pretty bitter/sour but the chocolate and nutty malts give it some bold flaovrs. Soild and as usual with sixpoint a nice twist on the style. Worth a drink, espically guinness fans.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can with a best by May 2012 date (if memory serves). Poured this one into a DFH signature glass

A: Pours a deep dark brown. Two fingers dark(ish) tan head. Lingers a while. Nice sticky lacing.

S: I am actually getting piney hops, first, then dark roasted malts second. Dark chocolate.

T: I certainly get dark roast coffee on the tip of the tongue. The majority of the mid mouth is roast and chocolate. It's a nice blend of mild milk and dark chocolate.

M: Full bodied, but not overly thick.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Edwaka01
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into imperial pint from 16oz can

A - Deep dark brown, light barely coming through at edges. 1 finger head slowly dissipating, leaving lacing everywhere.

S - Smells like my dry-hopped homebrew mixed with a big roasted malt backbone.

T - Huge roasty bold flavors one would expect from an American stout. Caramel and chocolate like on the finish. Bitter, but I'm missing the floral hop qualities, if there are supposed to be any. It's not a bad thing, just not what I expected from the nose.

M - Nothing out of the ordinary here. Very medium bodied, no burn, no coating, not too thin or full.

O - A great introduction to Sixpoint.

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3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Near black with a perfect dark brown foamy head. Big bubbles of foam sit on top of the beer with about two fingers of thickness.

S - The first notes that hit me are actually a piney hoppiness and even some faint hints of mint. As the beer settles and begins to warm I pick up on a bit of roasted grain and a faint leathery aroma. Some smokiness even sneaks in. The hops are still the most dominant through this one though.

Addendum - After letting this one warm as I drank it alot of smokiness really comes out. Still feel that the hops are the most dominant aroma, but the smoke is certainly assertive.

T - At first sip there are strong roasty notes as well as a light hint of coffee. The piney, woodsy aroma is very strong on the back end of the drink. Light alcohol bite in the back as well. The hoppiness becomes the strongest flavor after a few sips and certainly dominates the beer.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied with a slick oiliness. Hop bitterness leaves a bit of a strong aftertaste.

O - Heavily hopped stout here and I like the combo. I think you could make an argumnet that this belongs in the Black IPA category, though some of the roastiness is a bit strong.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of thain709
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Served with a pitch black body and a light brown, two finger head...nice head retention leads to a full cap and decent lacing

S - A lot going on...dark chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, a lot of citrus hops...everything plays very well together

T - The malts really take over the first half of the beer...dark chocolate again stands strong on the palate...the roasted malts help the chocolate and also give off a little coffee presence...there is a slight smokiness that lingers in the background...towards the finish, a big dose of hops come in...they pair nicely with the bitterness provided by the roasted malt and dark chocolate...but as in all Sixpoint beers I've had, there is a green leaf and stale hop flavor that settles in

M - Medium bodied...carbonated...maybe a little less carb and more body...appropriate bitterness...strange metallic/stale hop flavor

O - Either way you look at this beer, hoppy stout or black IPA, you are getting the best of both worlds...I wish the hops would have been held back a little and focus more on the delicious roasted malt they were able to achieve

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of 57md
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Black with little head although there was sufficient retention to leave lacing on the glass. The nose was smokey, which piqued my interest, for sure. The taste was smokey, but there was also an oily flavor that was not terribly pleasant. There was some nice roasted bitterness on the finish, but the odd flavor also lingered.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours from can jet black color with slight light penetrating and highlighting to deep garnet. Frothy head is tan and settling nicely into a bubbly layer.

S: Spicy and earthy hops scramble on top of a smokey, burnt and chocolatey roast of barley. Some dark fruit esters in there too.

T: Rich, earthy roasted barley lays down a chocolate, smoke, and molasses backbone. Hint of espresso and dark fruit esters. Hops are heavy and give pronounced earthy, pine and spicy notes. The dry hopping is noticeable even through the layers of malt.

M: Full body with prickly carbonation and a dry finish. slight alcohol warmth comes through.

D: A drinkable stout but unusually heavy on the hops for this style. It makes having another more challenging on the palate but so worth a try!

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of output01x
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can (no date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1/2-finger mocha-colored head that quickly fades to a minute dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a dark brown nearing black that shows no traces of color when held to light. Some thin but decent lacing can be seen clinging to the glass as the beer disappears.

Dark and sweet, the nose is filled with aromas of chocolate, coffee, and some slight earthy hops. Notes of molasses, brown sugar, and toffee are also noticeable.

Milk and dark chocolate hit the taste buds immediately along with a metallic tang (perhaps from the can?). Letting the beer sit on the tongue reveals some grassy hops, a touch of alcohol, and notes of caramel and roasted coffee beans. Upon swallowing, the dark chocolate and coffee flavors really come to stand out. As these flavors begin to fade, a slightly bitter coffee aftertaste sticks around to linger on the palate between sips.

Medium bodied with little carbonation, this beer is a great drinker but leaves a bit to be desired. The body is smooth and enjoyable without becoming coating or sticky. The carbonation is definitely lacking as this beer has zero fizz and is a bit rough in the swallow.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown in color with 1/3 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: piney hops and chocolate--very different smelling

Taste: deep chocolate, cocoa, and caramel--almost like a Friendly's sundae--sharp piney hops at the end.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, low carbonation, sweet with a bitter end

Overall: If I was not so in love with Righteous, this would be my favorite from the brewery. This one is a great more hoppy than usual stout. However, the sweetness build up really works here. I will be buying more of this. An amazing beer.

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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