Diesel | Sixpoint Brewery

very good
853 Ratings

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

Pours a light black with a one-finger light coffee colored head. Roasted malt and pine aroma predominately, background notes of sweet coco. A refreshing and different take on a stout. Nearly IPA level fresh pine hops start this one off. Good amount of roasted malts, a hint of smoke and an underlying coco/molasses sweetness give this beer tremendous depth. Verging on a black IPA.

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Photo of sneth019
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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

16oz can courtesy of mgbickel in the Black Booty 5 BIF, into my Fuller's nonic. Best before May of 2012.

A: Pours a rich deep brown, with an almost nitro-like dense head. Some red highlights around the edge when held to the light. Excellent lacing as the head recedes. Nice looking pint.

S: Chocolate malt and English ale yeast really stand out on the first sniff. Under that are some notes of coffee. Slightly charred burnt malt and some molasses. Slightly mineral like.

T: Much the same, a fair amount of chocolate and a bit of a fruity sweet yeast ester, beneath that is a huge charred note of burnt malt that is a bit stronger than a really heavily roasted coffee. Not quite astringent, just a harsh roast profile. A bit of caramel finds its way into the flavor at the end. The sweetness in this beer is just right, not overdone at all. The roasted/burnt malts work fairly well with everything. Big time resinous hop profile in here, slightly citrusy, and the 60+ IBUs start to surface the more the beer warms. Pretty darn tasty.

M: Slightly more than medium body, carbonation is a touch high, but not too far off. Finish is pretty dry for a stout, but isn't too bad at all.

O: A nice hoppy stout. I remember when I used to hate beers like this, hoppy stouts just frustrated me because I thought the flavors clashed. I have since learned to appreciate these, and this is a great example.

Thanks Mike!

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: onyx body, finger khaki head, gorgeous lacing

S: roasted nuts, molasses/leather, light pine/citrus,
mild chocolate, coffee

T: mild chocolate, vanilla,
pine, molasses, semi-dry bitter roasted finish

M: med body, smooth/mild chewy

O: Well done! Another mighty fine
offering, will get again and highly
recommend. Instead of going for a
Guinness this St. Patrick's Day, why
not grab some of this delicious
national treasure!


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Photo of olympicgatorade
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of spark3148857
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of muskiesman
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a tulip glass
Poured an opaque dark used oil black with slight brown tinge big head that was warm brown and faded slowly to thick lacework Smell is all about roasted malts and a kick in the pants hops finish on the nose. Incredibly well balanced flavors first a rich creamy malt assault that brings carob and Nutello, and even tastes like an added mocha blend. Then dare I say Spruce tips? Hoppy and Sweet Malty and bitter so much going on. Rich full body and perfect carbonation that works well with the malt and hop contention for your attention. Great bitter hop finish that just does not quite quenche your thirst so you return. Another Sixpoint bomb!

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a Guinness pint glass.

Pours a very dark black with a nice one finger dark brown head that slowly fades. Nose is very chocolatey and rich.

Taste is very toasty, roasty and bitter. A nice light happiness as well. Mouthfeel is well balanced, a bit crisp but there's a nice sharp finish. Overall it's pretty decent but something is missing.

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Photo of Aiptasia
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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

16 oz can from Ned's. $2 something.

Appearance: Pours black, as expected. Off white head with decent retention. Beautiful, sticky lacing covers the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pretty strong piney hops and nice roast with a slight smokiness. Not a whole lot of sweet malty aromas, and overall not really complex, but pretty damn good combination of roast and hops.

Taste: Yes. Very piney hops and burnt roast. There's some bittersweet chocolate and a kiss of sweetness to balance the bitter hops and roast.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but with an almost tingly carbonation- still doesn't feel too carbonated. Sticky resin in the end.

Overall: Better than the sum of its parts. A well done beer that straddles the hoppy stout/ black IPA line. I really like it.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark black stout body just like a stout should be. A satisfying dark tan head makes it nice to look at however it did fade quicker than most.

Aroma gives you a good bit of roasty grain and coffee notes. A bit of a minty and leafy hop character adds some punch to the aroma.

Lots of strong roasted malt notes and a heavy dosing of hop character make this a very flavorful stout, however I'm not sure I like how it all plays out. Certainly has the nice roasty quality I love about a good stout, but the bitterness of the hops takes a bit too much away from the rich sweet flavors of the dark malts. A bit minty and slightly sweet overall with a long lingering burnt character in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, something I've noticed Sixpoint does pretty well. Overall, Diesel is a good stout, but it's not really my kind of stout. I like a bit more richness and sweet flavors to come out, but if you like bitter and roasty this is it.

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Photo of SPRichard
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Very deep brown to black pour with some light ruby highlights at the bottom of the glass. A thin mocha head leaves some nice lacy sheets.

S-Roasty with nice citrus/pine hop aromas.

T-Very nice roast, dark chocolate and a rich underpinning of cascade (I think) hops. A bit of sweetness but not too much. The roast/ hop combination is terrific.

M-Medium bodied, good lingering bitterness, crisp carbonation.

O-Very very well done. My idea of a great American hoppy stout.


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Photo of DSlim71
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of NardiByNature
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

enjoyed straight from the can @ the pour farm tavern in new bedford

a: black in color with a frothy tan head. i drank it from the can so i cant say much more than that.

s: nose is full of roasted malt and piney hops. stronger than expected hop presence.

t: loads of roasted malts with notes of dark chocolate and coffee quickly subdued by tons of bitter pine hop flavor. bitterness almost overtakes the malt in a way. still delicious though.

m: smooth mouthfeel.

a great stout well worth checking out. reminds me of a hoppy west-coast RIS without the 10% abv.

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Photo of disemgrowler
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer pours a black coloring with hazelnut highlights around the edges. A thick, frothy, foamy, uneven head adorns the top of the brew, light tan in color and slowly receding as it sits. Aromas are surprisingly hoppy, with a pine tree and resin blending, along with some molasses sweetness and a roasty character. Flavors are dark roasted coffee through and through, with the resiny and pungent hops along for the ride, giving a tang and slickness to the bitter palate. Caramel and molasses sweetness help to round out the flavors, giving the beer more depth on the tongue. The aftertaste is more of the resiny hops bitterness, with a smooth, sweet undertone. The finish is lingering, with a bitter and slick feel that is both astringent and coating at the same time. Very interesting stout.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of rkcrozier
1/5  rDev -73.8%

Photo of LostInTheFlood
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of JDLucas2000
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of zerosiah
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Diesel from Sixpoint Brewery
3.81 out of 5 based on 853 ratings.
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