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

A - Dark caramel pour. Looks beautiful in a snifter glass. Cream colored thin head. Overall a very nice looking beer.

S - Roasted malt, a sour dark chocolate aroma. Hint of pine.

T - Very much like a full tasting Black IPA! The aftertaste is excellent with a full sensory experience of the roasted barley. Slightly sour, but more bitter.

M - Perfectly carbonated with a smooth creamy coating.

O - Excellent, especially for the winter. Sixpoint's cans keep this beer fresh and consistently full bodied and flavorful.

Serving type: can

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

Sixpoint "Diesel"

Appearance: Black in the glass beneath a creamy head of yellowed tan. Good head retention; better lacing that leaves torn-up sheets of lace about the glass.

Aroma: Light roast, a touch of caramel, some chocolate and subtly smokey.

Flavor: Rich and full with loads of burnt roastiness, coffee, chocolate, and caramel (light and dark). There's also some woody, earthy, and leafy character that's probably due to the hops. Solid bitterness and a light touch of dark malt acidity balance it out; and the alcohol makes a shadowy appearance as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body and gently bristling on the tongue.

Overall: "Bitch slap" in a glass - direct and immediately confrontational. A full-throttle, take-no-prisoners stout. It never goes over the edge, however, and as it warms it opens to become a bit more relaxed and more complex. Very nicely done, and certainly worth trying.

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Photo of DrewShal9
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brownish black with a creamy khaki white head
S: sweet malt with a hint of piney hops
T: very buttery, are my tastebuds off or did I get a bad can?
M: medium bodied, like a 1% milk
O: had high expectations and not much was met. Disappointed.

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Photo of woodycorn44
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of SDDanC
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter from can. Dark dark brown with a fluffy tan head. Large bubbles with some sticky lacing. Looks more like a porter. Nose has hops, and some dark malt. Taste is slight hops up front then caramel alcohol heat through the end. A bit dry in the mouth, sticky and sweet. Lots of carbonation. A lot more hops than I'd prefer in a stout. Still, its a great rainy day warmer

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Photo of Fadefury
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Black, with tan/off white head with nice fluffy head.

S: Hops, hops, and more hops. You can very very slighty smell coffee. Couldn't make out much else.

T: Lots of hops, which overwhelm the "stout" taste I love so much. Coffee and roasted malty bitterness. Not the most appealing for my taste.

M: High carbonation for a stout. Dry and bitter

An interesting beer that I would not classify as a stout to those unfamiliar with labels. This isn't something I'd drink multiple of or could see myself buying again.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Pint can poured into my Allagash glass. Had about three cans of this while watching football. Served chilled from the refrigerator.

Appearance: As the name implies, this one is very, very black. Pours a medium brown, cloudy, fluffy head with pretty good retention.

Aroma: Big burst of hops from this. Pine resins and earthy hop tones definitely stand out. A touch of coffee and espresso in the background, but the hops really do stand out.

Taste: This definitely tows the line between really hoppy stout and black IPA. Lots of hops upfront in the form of pine and and grapefruit. Some nice caramel, chocolate, and coffee in there as well, but it just seems like the hops are dominant throughout. I am not reasing this as a stout.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and plenty of carbonation. Definitely some sticky notes from the hops.

Overall, an interesting beer that I would not necessarily classify as a stout. More like a black IPA. This is pretty drinkable and has a lot of flavor but doesn't stand out amongst the crowd for me.

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

A gift from Ted at Bottle Revolution, along with a second Heady Topper!

Pours a pretty dark brown. Light offwhite head.

I actually get powdered chocolate on the nose. Roasted malts and old hops.

Spicy hops. Almost feels like rye. Dark roasted malts, bitter wood, and slight hints of spicy hops. Actually feels like a Imperial Black IPA. Powdered dark chocolate sits in the background. Its one of style guideline busters.

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Photo of zekeman17
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of vande
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16oz. can poured into a pint glass. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a slowly cascading, 2 finger fine, light mocha colored head with good retention. Beer is a light, opaque black. Lacing is stringy and web-like with ggood cling. Pretty.

Nose is roasted malt, cocoa, and liquorice with a creamy, lactose presence and some undertones of hop bitterness. Moderately aromatic. Less robust than I would like from the style.

Opens creamy roasted malt. Smoky hop bitterness. Espresso, liquorice, and ash. More roasted malt with some cocoa powder coarseness towards the middle. End is a slight touch of roasted tartness. Finishes char and smoke with a bitter aftertaste. A bit one dimensional and really lacking any sort of prominent malt component.

Light bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth but with a touch of carbonation and liveliness going down. Finish is sticky with a lingering aftertaste. Average.

With so many solid stouts out there, this one really leaves something to be desired. Very one dimensional with a pretty bland, unimpressive flavor profile. Once is enough with this one.

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Photo of druptight
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of maximum12
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to AndrewNations for sending me a representative sample of Sixpoint brews, which I'd been lusting after for some time. Big 16 oz. can rescued from the wine fridge & poured into an imperial pint glass. Mmmmm. Best before 2/21/12 inked on the bottom.

Pours about a 72 on the black scale, other spectrums creep in around the margins. Nose is politely restrained, little roast, chocolate, bit more earthy hop twang. Not a bad beginning.

Diesel starts slow & revs up towards the end. Introduction is quite bland, almost watery, weak malt sweetness, water. Roast catches up mid-palate along with diced chocolate, peat, tar. And then a shocker of hops tases the tongue on the aftertaste, when the liquid has already circled down the gullet, & piney bitterness rears its ugly head & roars to the stars. Quite a sucker punch, there. Lovely thickness (after the cold start), & the combo of tasty tastes keeps me reaching for more frequently.

All around this is my kind of stout. Great taste, relatively low ABV, nice bang to it. Very good.

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Photo of LaCoursiere
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to trxxpaxxs for this can. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Very dark brown that is nearly black, with just a bit of light gets through around the edges. Pours a 1/2-finger khaki head with nice lacing.

S - A very nice roasted aroma with a subtle floral background from the hops.

T - Molasses and faint coffee from the roasted malt, and a nice pine bitterness and light smoke in the finish.

M - The body is on the lighter side, and it is a bit thin in my opinion. A dry finish with nice hop oil coat. Little alcohol warmth.

O/D - A really nice stout that I could definitely drink a couple of consecutively. It seems like the low ABV stouts are few and far between amongst the RISs and heavy duty American Stouts, but this one helps fill the void quite nicely.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a dark brown color with a tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer has a much larger amount of hops on the nose than I expected. The aromas of roasted malts are in there as well but the hops are much stronger. The taste of the of beer reminded me more of a Black IPA than a stout. I found it to be pretty appealing to me since I don't mind hoppy beers. The mouthfeel was a little bitey with a sharpness to it from the hops. Overall this beer was pretty good I thought, I could go for some more sometime for sure. I'd say it's worth trying.

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Photo of corby112
2.17/5  rDev -43%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with mahogany edges and a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. The glass is coated with streaks of soapy lacing.

Earthy hop aroma that overpowers most of the malt until the beer warms up a bit. Floral with some resinous pine and grassy hops along with a subtle roasted malt character. Hints of chocolate and toast but again, the nose is dominated by hops.

Medium bodied with a strong hop presence that lingers throughout overpowering the malts. Way too dry, bitter and hoppy for the style with floral, grassy hops and stick pine notes. I have no problem with a subtly hopped stout but this tastes like a weak black IPA with only faint roasted malt. One dimensional and a bit thin. Not a fan.

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

A - Pours a dark black with a creamy ivory head that settles to a thick cap and slight haze, leaving sheets of lacing as it recedes.
S - Nice aromas of dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, and a good amount of resinous hops. Dark and dank.
T - Rich flavors coincide nicely with the nose, lots of bitter roasted coffee and chocolate with a strong pine resin hop profile. Teeters nicely between Stout and Black IPA, but it's good, whatever it is!
M - Smooth and very creamy, with a medium mouthfeel and solid carbonation.
O - One of the best, easiest-drinking Stouts I've encountered in a while, this would be a fridge staple if it was available!

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Photo of abraxel
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF #6, courtesy of mdfb79.

A - Very dark brown, practically black. a few fingers of off-white, cloudy head. Nice lacing.

S - Smells like a quintessential porter, with neither bells nor whistles. Light, slightly fruity dark malt (plums, raisins, etc.), with a healthy counterpoint of earthy, grassy hops. Definitely smells like a good, fresh, American porter.

T - The earthy hops are stronger here... perhaps too much. The portery malt backbone is still there, but mostly covered up. I *could* love this, if it were as balanced as the aroma. As is, it's only okay.

M - Medium mouthfeel, with just a little prickle of carbonation. Seems just about right for a porter (which is my guess).

Overall, I'm pretty sure this is a porter, but I'm not a fan of the hop profile. I like the malty core, but on the whole, I'd pass on another.

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Photo of goldie2828
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a duvel snifter

A- looks dark brown pouring from the can, dark brown almost black with a two finger tan head, nice lacing

S- Piney Hops, roasty malts, hint of chocolate

T- starts smooth and blends into a nice meld of piney hops and roasty malt character, taste of chocolate , bit not

M- light-medium bodies with low/medium carbonation, smooth, dry finish

O- a solid beer.... Deffinatley worth grabing a 4pk, seemed to be a bit more of a fresh hopped black ipa to
Me, then a stout, but it was enjoyable... Won't mind drinkin the rest of em that's for sure

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Photo of hilgart1
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of KGarrett
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Dotcubed
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Last of a four pack I bought weeks ago.

Pours a massive stable foam. Stout Beauty.
Thick pudding skin and sticky lace.
Faint odor of cold coffee.

Tastes like coffee too. Smooth. Dry. Mossy fizz.
Some bold bitterness from roasted malts. Watery probable age factors. Thinner than I recall. But that was a quite a while back.

Fantastic lace. Probably a real winner fresh out of the taps.

Made for consumption not storage.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up yesterday at Austin Liquors in Worcester Mass. Served this chilled, in a pint glass, from a can! Loving craft in a can. Allowed this to warm a few degrees before sampling.

Appearance. Diesel pours out what looks to be a dark brown, but is black in the can. A little brown is seen around the edges. A somewhat harder pour brings on about a solid finger of thinner, coffee ice cream colored head. Head is short live, leaving random streaks of lace in it's wake. Not a bad looking brew.

Smell: Giving the nose a 4.0 for being so interesting alone. Hoppy! Loads of hops lead the nose. Roasty malt base just shows through the hops. Pine pushes through a bit also. The nose just hints at sweet chocolate and fresh ground coffee. Overall, a little dissapointing. Is this really a stout?

Taste: Also interesting. More of a black ale than a stout in my opinion. Plenty of piney hops smack the tongue. Roasted malts aren't as present as in the nose. Very very light notes of chocolate and coffee. Almost a touch of vanilla near the finish. Finishes dry and bitter with no noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thinner, almost watery mouthfeel. Smooth and bitter. Carbonation is very faint.

Overall: Not bad, had to try a new Sixpoint offering. Interesting, but what is it? Seems to blur the lines of a few styles. I would buy this again.

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