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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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Dan (DSlim71) for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with an opaque black and a great amount of tan head. The head dissipates somewhat slowly leaving great looking lacing.

Smells – Hops and pine, roasted malts, floral notes, hints of coffee and cocoa.

Taste – An interesting flavor. Mainly hops and citrus though there is some cocoa mixed in. Light flavors such as coffee, toffee, and roasted malts are noticed as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall – An interesting beer. It isn’t quite a black IPA…I’m not sure what it is. Anyway, it was a decent beer.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Jwale73
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz. can served in a nonic. Pours two shades shy of black with a loose, half inch, khaki-colored head that slowly dissipates in a frothy, broken slick. Tendrils of lacing are revealed during the tasting and exhibit good adhesion. Nose is a bit subdued - roast and a slight earthy/piny quality. Taste expresses a great deal more roast with a hint of char, as well as chocolate malt. There's also a residual hops bitterness that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an lively carbonation that falls short of coarse, a slightly creamy texture and a bit of acidity that peaks out towards the back. Overall, a decent American Stout wiht some Black IPA characteristics. Solid, but nothing particularly earth shattering here. I have to say that I enjoyed the nitro version a bit more.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Brad007
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a thick, frothy brown head into my glass. What an excellent way to introduce itself.

Whoa! Hop overload! It's a bit much for something that's not an imperial stout. I didn't say that was a bad thing though. There's a hint of roasted coffee underneath.

Ditto! Lots of piney hops with very little roastiness. More like a black ale than stout. Maybe it actually is?

Lingering pine resin and dark fruit at the back.

I see that many of the ratings are low. I think that may be due to the style that was chosen for the review. If we're rating this as a simple American stout, then I can understand. However, this is more of an American Black Ale and for that style, it's quite accurate.

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3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - An exceedingly thin finger's worth of lush creamy light khaki colored head that displays fairly impressive retention all things considered... The color isn't black, but rather a deep dark mahogany brown... Still with no discernible carbonation...

S - The nose very subdued... Some faint sweet chocolate notes... Low sodium soy sauce... Some coffee beans... Slightly disappointing to be quite honest...

T - The timid nature of the nose continues through to the palette... Light bitter sweet chocolate chips... Very faint very weak coffee notes... Some light soy sauce...

M - Medium bodied... Smooth... Slightly creamy... A bit of a chalky texture throughout... Even and consistent... Reminded me very much of a Guinness...

D - I've become a rather devoted fan of Sixpoint, but find that this offering misses the mark (at least for me)... Outside a solid appearance, this one is timid in most other regards... I can safely say that while I would never turn on down in a pinch, I would neither purchase again nor recommend with good conscience...

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3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: black with some brown around the edges, in my snifter. Thick head that lasts a while. Nice lace paints the glass.

S: roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of earthy tones come through to the nose.

T: roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, even pick up a little soy.

M: medium bodied. Smooth with a bitter aftertaste.

O: Diesel is alright, was hoping for more but got an easy drinking stout. Won't trade for this again, but might buy if it was distributed in my area.

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

Poured into a pint glass: presents nicely black, solid, with a tinge of amber on the glass edges, but not much; head is light tan, clings very well.

Smell is really mild malt sweetness upfront, hint of roast then overwhelmed by the grassy hop scents (fuggles?), it reminds of making one of my first homebrews since you don't get upfront with hops all the time. Surprised at how powerful it comes through.

Taste is right down the middle of stouts, a little sweet chocolate and roast flavors, hints of vanilla, with a nice hop balance.

Mouthfeel is well balanced, again the hops are throughout this beer but not in a bitter or typical way, sweetness is not too strong and the hop bitterness cleans up.

Overall, I like this beer, probably my favorite of sixpoints so far.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see a new Sixpoint on the shelves. Equally nice to see a new stout.

A- Black beer poured into a pint glass. Huge dark mocha head forms and looks creamy like the top of an ice cream float. Retention is pretty much endless and there are huge pillows of very thick lace.

S- Nice strength of aroma with good notes of roast coffee beans, cocoa and dark malts off the top. Hops are pretty big with notes of pine and tart fruits.

T- Like the aroma but here there is a huge caramel note and a vanilla-like hint as well. The base of roast malts, coffee and cocoa stays and grain flavor appears. Hops round it out in the end with citrus zest, pine, grapefruit and earthy hints.

MF- Just a tiny bit of a watery feel to me with low-end carbonation. Fairly bitter with both hop and dark roast feels.

Love the pint-size cans and this stout is pretty nice. The only problem to me is the huge caramel grain flavor sort of overshadows the other great flavors after some time. Sixpoint has invaded MA with great beer.

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

I dig Sixpoint. Had to try the stout. It looks black as night. Thick and creamy. Smells like...a slightly hoppy stout? I don't know. It tastes like a pretty above average stout. Not coffee-ish, not chocolate-y, but has kind of a bitter, slightly hoppy taste for a stout. Not my favorite from Sixpoint, but still really good. I have liked every one I've tried so far. If you like Sxipoint, you'll like this one too.

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4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly chilled 16 oz. can poured into a nonic pint glass.

Look- Pours a deep brown that blocks out just about all the light, with three fingers of loose eggnog colored head that settles down to a nice craggy half inch of foam. Loads of dense marbled lacing. I could eat that with a spoon!

Aroma- Comes across with Sixpoint's usual citrusy pine hop bouquet, with a darker background of caramel and roasted grains. Unusual portfolio for a stout, but it works.

Taste- Starts off like it smells- pine and nondescript citrus. Fades slowly to a nice roasty-rye/toasted marshmallow with a final spruce resurgence at the end. Aftertaste is almost peat-like, a dark green mossy flavor reminiscent of some scotches I've had. The distinct flavors blend surprisingly well, rather than edging each other out. Did I mention it's delicious?

Mouthfeel- Rather light-bodied for a stout, with a moderate amount of carbonation that accents the hoppy bite at the front of the sip. Very clean finish with just a touch of astringency.

Overall- Another excellent offering from Sixpoint. I am really digging their signature flavor; which I gather is a love it or hate it kind of thing. I do have to say, though, that this beer barely falls into the stout category, thanks to the light body and big hop presence, though I'm not sure what else it would be called. Whatever it is, it’s great- this beer will definitely enter my "regular" rotation.

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4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass is a black, opaque beer much like the color of a black hole in outer space. On top is a very thick rocky beige head that is almost brown. The head retention is very good and nice thick lacing is left behind.

Aroma: Well there is quite a hop aroma grapefruit notes in the front. Dark bread with a touch of rye and roasted malts. Bits of molasses are scattered here and there. Figs and other dark fruits are towards the end.

Taste: Vanilla, bourbon notes, Hops and malts are very much roasted dark. Only a twinge of citrus on the palate along side a hop bite. Dark rye bread wisps with a touch of dryness.

Notes: Such a dam tasty beer very hearty. Cheers.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep brown, nearly black color with a tan colored head forming at the top of the pour. Lots of lacing remains on the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted malts and hops dominate the nose. There is also somewhat of a dank smell.

T: Deep roasted malts start the sip and lead to the middle where some crisp hop flavors take hold. The dankness enters towards the finish followed by a caramel sweetness to carry the beer home.

M: Medium to think bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty good stout. The flavor profile is unique to other stouts as it definitely contains a hop presence. The dank quality to this beer is a little off-putting, but overall, it is a decent beer.

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

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4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, almost opaque with a modest light brown head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves moderate lacing.

The aroma is an intriguing blend of pine, a touch of citrus, and roasted grains. A touch of vanilla sneaks in on the sides.

Taste follows suit. This beer does a better job of blending roasted malt flavors with the hops than most beers. It is hard to tell where the hops end and the malt begins. Well constructed and seamless. Fairly complex flavors with resins and tar reminiscent of evergreens (or diesel fuel?). A sour cherry bitterness finishes things off and leaves the palate craving more.

Creamy, full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is dank, dark and delicious. Certainly unlike any stout I have ever tried. I think it fits better as an American black ale. Certainly unique. Regardless of what style one wants to shoehorn it into, I will be buying this one again.

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2.76/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Diesel has a great look, with a body that is the darkest of browns, and a light brown head that is more than two fingers tall. The head is frothy and pock-marked, with great retention and lacing.

Diesel opens up with a pretty big citrus aroma, followed by a load of roasted malt. Smells aggressive.

Plenty of citrus hops come through once again, with a decent amount of both resin and pine. The hops add more than a moderate amount of bitterness for the style, and I would say that they are easily the dominant flavor in this beer. In the middle is a ton of fruit from the yeast, but its kind of an off-tasting, over-ripe type of fruit flavor. Almost a bit sour in fact. The roasted malt cleans the fruit up at least, with nice roasted malt flavors and a hint of both coffee chocolate. The hops come through with more bitterness in the finish, accompanied by mostly resin flavors. The aftertaste blends dark malts and hops, and is probably the most pleasant part of the beer. Whatever that funky fruit is in the middle, however, definitely damages this beer.

Pretty biting, with a high carbonation and a body that is a touch below moderate.

First of all, if you gave me this beer blind I might think it was an American Black Ale. I was pumped to try Diesel, but the strange, fruity off-flavor kind of ruined it for me. At least the aftertaste is pleasant. Considering the fact that I bought a four-pack, I will definitely revisit this one to give it a second chance.

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