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

16oz tall boy, freshness date on the bottom of the can. That is one sexy looking can!

LOOK: Tall crown of tan lace, a few shades away from total blackness.

SMELL: Roasty, chocolate, soft spruce, yeast, molasses, mild charcoal, caramelized raisins, chocolate mint, orange pith

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, charcoal, brown malt, bread crust, dried hay, yeast, baked apples, faint mint, warming alcohol, kiss of orange zest, evergreen, drying finish

Really fresh tasting, a stout that took a path less traveled as well. The roastiness matches the hoppiness which matches the sweetness, one would say balanced but that is not saying enough. From all of that it lands firmly on the palate and demands that it is drinkable ... which it is.

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Photo of Lawnboy33
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz Tall Boy. Best Before Date of 16JUN2 stamped on the bottom of the can. Pours a dark brownish black with a half inch of frothy tan head. Tons of lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, citrus hops, coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is of roasted malts and light and sweet coffee. Some bitter citrus hop flavor at the finish. A bit earthy. A lot more citrus hops than I expected from a stout. Creamy mouthfeel. Not much carbonation. Yet another solid beer from Sixpoint. Overall, worth having again.

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Photo of pogoowner
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Homebrew35
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours one fingers worth of a white head. Black mostly opaque body with deep brown colors around the edges. Head fades to just about nothing.

Smells sweet, light roast, light grassy and earthy tones. Some yeasty bready notes as well.

Tastes sweet and milk chocolatly. Some light roast again mixed with a light hop gassy bitterness.

It has a fairly creamy texture but the overall body is somewhat thin. Light carbonation keeps this one on the highly drinkable side.

Overall this one is an easy drinking stout. I was hoping for more flavor, body and bitterness.

$2.95 a can.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a snifter. Big thanks to wedge421 for this.

A: Light on the pour but black in the glass. One and a half finger tan head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: Roasted malts and a mixture of floral and piney hop aromas are dominate. A toasted caramel, toffee, and chocolate comes through slightly.

T: Light toffee, caramel, and chocolate upfront. A toasted/burnt malt mixed with a piney hop flavor with slight floral notes. A brown sugar and nuttiness in the finish with a slight bitterness.

M: Medium light body. Medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: It's a decent Stout. Not a huge fan of the hoppiness of this. It works a little bit but not really for me.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Typical stout black with a nice thick white head that leaves nice lacing

S - light aromas of very rich roasted malts, a hint of sweetness and dry burnt aromas. Very rich and pleasing

T - Not as strong as I had hoped, the malt flavors are lighter than the aroma suggests but the richness of the roast is still dominant. Finishes semi dry with a nice nuttiness

M - medium body with a dry finish. Nicely carbonated and easy to drink. No.presence of alcohol

O - Not a bad American stout, wish the flavor was a little more robust but the malt bill is very well constructed

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

On draft at Black Iron Burger in NYC; pours pitch black with brown as the light hits it and a creamy 1 finger tan head that faded and left excellent foamy lacing clinging to the sides.

Smells of roasted malts, toffee, floral hops, piney hops, coffee, caramel, roasted grains, charcoal and brown sugar and herbs. Mild for a stout, with a nice hoppy aroma mixed with the coffee and toasted grains.

Tastes of roasted malts, toffee, citrus hops, grapefruit, floral hops, coffee, caramel, light molasses, toasted grains, charcoal, cocoa, light vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar, tea leaf and herbs, and then more subtle and bitter hops in the finish; a very tasty stout that is complex, bitter and full of rich roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a light body, an almost watery feel and a roasted bitter aftertaste.

Quite a tasty stout that borders on a light stout mixed with an IPA - really an enjoyable beer that goes down smooth and easy. This to me is a great session hoppy stout that was well balanced with a near perfect mix of roasted malts and sweet tasty hops; I’m a huge IPA guy so this was right in my wheelhouse. Looking forward to trying this from a can.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark reddish brown pour with a 1/2" foamy tan head leaving behind nice amounts of lacing

S - getting over a cold so my senses are at their peak right now coming back - i get a strong amount of sweet chocolate and malts alongside a nice amount of bittering hops

T - a little bitter at first but you can taste a lot of roasted oats, some coffee hints, chocolate, not as much of a hop taste as i was hoping for from the smell

M - a slight bit tangy at first from the bitterness, nice creamy mouthfeel, yet enough of a watery texture to slide right down my throat

O - a very nice stout with a slight dry feeling towards the end.. perfect for a friday after-work celebratory drink.

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

A cellar temperature can is poured into an Imperial pint glass.

The beer is fully black and opaque. A good amount of light brown foam rests on top. Excellent lacing is left behind.

The aromas are both roasty and sweet. I can detect a little bit of alcohol in there; at least, that's what I think it is. The ABV doesn't seem like one that a beer with detectable alcohol would have.

The beer has a toasted malt flavor and some lingering bitterness. There is a very light sweetness. All in all, there isn't much that stands out about the flavor.

The body feels a bit lighter than average, but the carbonation seems appropriate for the style. There isn't any stickiness. A small coat is present, but doesn't seem to be all that flavorful.

I rate this a slightly above average stout. It isn't one I'd go out of my way for, but I wouldn't refuse one either.

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Photo of jman892
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Aggresive pour leads to a thick, bubbly head, with good retention and lacing. Pours very dark, some dark red highlights at the very edges.

S - Relatively hoppy for a stout, a tiny bit of roasty malts, but not too much

T - Bitter, has a significant piney/grassy hop taste. Any malts that are there are overpowered by the hops. A bit soy saucy

M - A bit thin for a stout, has been mentioned before, but seems more like a black IPA than a stout, in both taste and body

O - It's not terrible, but it is just very average to me.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Consumed 2/2/12

Appearance: Dark, dark brown - clear brown around the edges when held to the light- starts off with a nice, tan head - fades to some nice lacing

Smell: Pretty mild - roasted and chocolate malts - decidedly hoppy, with a ton of pine - there is also a lot of grass, too, like yard clippings - and some off-flavors that I can only describe as "weird," somewhat solvent-like/chemical - only gets more unpleasant as it warms

Taste: Lightly burnt, lightly toasted, and hoppy - dry, burnt, chocolate malts - roasted - bitter, from both the burnt and the hops - lots of pine, like dry pine needles - and then there's the grass - wet grass - fortunately, it's somewhat ignorable

Mouthfeel: Medium body, dry, smooth, nicely carbonated

Overall: Good, but nothing to write home about

I like the idea of making an American Stout hoppy. And I like the piney characteristics. I just don't understand all the grass, and I don't get the weirdness in the aroma. Another unique yet weird beer from Sixpoint.

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Photo of deadbeerriver
2.62/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First serving was straight from the can. It had an odd smell and taste, like old mulched grass meets heated rubber-foam. I figured it was just the can, so my next serving was going to be in a glass.

Grabbed a whatever root beer 18oz glass and opened up a new can. The color was an opaque dark blackish color with a bit of a reddish amber around the edges, which looks rather nice. The froth, which died down rather quickly, was a very dull light tan color. Looks aren't too important anyway, right?

After already trying to enjoy one straight from the can, you'd figure pouring another into a glass would be better. Most of that mulch and foam scent and taste is gone, and you get more of that generic earthy taste you'd get from most stouts. There's a bit of a hint of caramel, which isn't really my thing, but it's not terrible, it was rather pleasant. Not too strong. Sort of creamy, too.

It doesn't feel very carbonated, but it gave me the burps. Every belch reminded me of the smell -- that mulch and rubber crud. Eventually everything about this tastes like some watery yuck. Bleh.

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Photo of nitro0292
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

6.3 ABV, 69 IBUs...I'm expecting a very hop forward stout. Isn't a very hop forward stout an American Black Ale (or Black IPA or Cascadian Dark Ale, etc.)?

Best before June 16 2012. Pour produces a pitch black brew below an ample almost three fingered tan head that recedes very slowly and leaves lacing all the way down. Quite impressive.

Smell is very hop forward, not really getting any malt presence other than a "wet bread" aroma that smells like boiling wort.

Taste is roasty and acrid, some from the hops and some from the malt. There is some light coffee and nut notes from the malt. All Sixpoint brews seem to have a distinctive hop profile, which this undoubtedly shares. Not getting a sufficient amount of stout character for me to consider this a stout, this reminds me very much of a black IPA. Not a bad thing, but let's call it what it is. Maybe it is too cold for the malts to make an other than cameo appearance. Very dry and bitter from start to finish.

Mouthfeel is neither thin nor heavy. Perfectly suitable.

Overall this beer is not bad...perhaps a bit too acrid (though not as bad as the Hop Noir I reviewed yesterday), but that may be attributable to drinking this well below 50 Deg. I'll let one warm and update my review.

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Photo of AlBeebe
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of dfernandez77
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of gford217
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can.

Pours almost completely black with a thick creamy tan head that recedes really slowly and leaves sheets of lacing. Really nice looking beer.

Aroma is heavily roasted with black malts and bakers chocolate. There is also a distinct earthy hop character.

Taste is a mixture of bittersweet chocolate, heavily roasted dark malts and some light sweetness that didn't come through in the nose. The finish has a definite hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied with good carbonation.

This is a solid hop-forward stout with lots of roast and chocolate notes. Good stuff.

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Photo of BMoldy
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black with a large tawny, mouse-like head that doesn't budge for anything. The lacing wraps the glass like, well, a lace sheet. Very nice all in all.

S: Lots of very fresh, piney hops stifle a muted chocolate malt character. The freshness is appealing, but the overall aroma lacks depth.

T/M: Initially, mild roasted and charred notes are complemented by light citrusy hops. These fade slowly to a more two-dimensional battle between sweet and bitter that ends in a pleasing stalemate, perhaps with the sweetness gaining the upper hand at the last second. This fleeting victory is tempered by a meekly resurgent bitterness toward the end. The finish surprises with a light coffee flavor that adds some substance to the faint lingering bitterness. Probably the only thing that I'm really unsure about regarding this beer (besides the aroma, which is tremendously disappointing) is the mouthfeel, which feels out of whack some how. Medium in body, it starts out crisp and then sort of dies in your mouth to become more stout-like. This transition is both unexpected and unpleasant, making the beer seem to uncomfortably straddle the Black IPA/Stout gap without taking positive characteristics from either side.

O: My philosophy on Sixpoint has changed a lot in the past few days. I was very pleased with their original canned lineup, to the point that they became one of my favorite new breweries. Then two days ago I tried Autumnation and was incredibly confused and ultimately let down. This beer sort of combines those experiences. The beer itself tastes good enough (though I think it could use more roasted malt flavor in the middle) but the aroma is lackluster and the mouthfeel confusing. I'll probably grab a can of this next year for the hell of it, but otherwise I won't be running out to pick up a 4-pack any time soon.

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Photo of Whimpers
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of RappAttack
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: dark brown, with tan head that sticks to the side of the glass asyou drink
S: not much, smells like a malty beer
T: burnt coffee, molasses
M: dry, some carbonation
O: meh, its not a bad beer but i have defiantly had better (much better) and for the price i would rather drink a Guinness would not buy again

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Photo of pajeff
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of JerseyKirk
2.64/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A: pours pitch Black. Cascading carbonation in glass develops a slightly tawny colored head.

S:Slight burnt/coffee roastiness, slight molasses. Nothing really in the nose.

T: really over the top burnt black coffee. Super bitterness that lingers forever. Hard to get off the tongue.

M: Dry and slighty thick.

O: No good. Tastes like coffee left on the burner too long mixed with bitter krausen when fermenting.

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Photo of RHCP313
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tallboy can, received in a local for local trade from GrindFatherBob. Thanks man!

Served in an imperial pint.

A: Pours a midnight black, not quite opaque as some nice garnet and ruby highlights appear when held to the light. A shortlived khaki head forms and dissipates into a thin ring. Foamy lacing left when rolled around.

S: Nice notes of coffee and roast. Smokey malts with sweetness coming through. Some flowery herbal aromas coming in as well. I believe this may be Sixpoint house yeast working.

T: Approachable bitter malt, black coffee with some smokey wood flavors in front. Notes of pine and herbs. Slightly spicy, and very unique.

M: Medium bodied with even carbonation and full, robust flavors.

O: This is a very cool take on the style, nicely different than a lot of the sweeter American stouts out there. Though I'm drinking this in the early evening, this would be a fantastic pairing with some breakfast potatoes or a hearty hash. Bold, smokey malt with herbs and spice.

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Photo of emeline
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into an imperial pint.

Aroma is subtle, a bit on the nutty side, while a pleasant pine bouquet dominates the smell.

Pours with a finger of light coffee head, which dissipates, leaving moderate lacing throughout.

Roast dominates the malts, while resinous flavors come through before a dry finish. Almost no sweetness in the brew, even the malts are dry and smokey. Light-bodied, the beer is easy to drink, but leaves a strong, bitter aftertaste. A slightly acidic flavor comes through, depending on the size of the sip.

It's not a bad beer, if you're really into a bitter stout. I don't mind the bitter quality, but I think I'd only have one of these at a time. While the beer starts out as an easy drinker, by the last few sips of the 16 oz, the bite makes me crave some bread, doughnuts, pastries, or cake to add some sweetness to the acidity.

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Photo of RedHunter
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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