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 Cstromberg57
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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

16oz can, fridge temp poured into a big bulb style glass. best before 15MAY2012 stamped on the bottom.

pours out black, just a little ruby brown on the edges, more so in the light. very nice dense, creamy light mocha colored head that stays around nicely. lots of thick, sticky lace.

lots of earthy hops initially. pine, a little dank, slightly spicy. hints of roasted malt.

pine and citrus hops, slightly earthy at times. a dry cocoa roasted malt with a hint of smoke comes next and then is quickly taken over by an IPA like slightly dry bitterness. a little grain. kind of a spicy slightly muddled yeasty taste.

a lighter, dryer finish that you would expect, again more IPA like. smooth. very drinkable.

id definatly call this more of a black IPA, a pretty good one at that. but call it a stout, really makes no difference to me. i would have maybe liked a touch more roasted malt, the roast flavors are definatly there, they just get lost quickly from all the hops. also has a lot less of that signature phenolic yeast strain i find in most of their beers, niether good nor bad. something id buy again for sure, i look forward to everything that comes from sixpoint.

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Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ppoitras
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16oz can purchased as part of a 4-pack at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" creamy tan head over the almost opaque dark brown/black brew. Head falls slowly, bubble by bubble bursting, with coating lace. Aroma is sweet, lightly spicy dark grains.

Taste begins sweet and piney, a peek of citrus in the middle, then coasts into the close with more pine and ample bitterness. Mouthfeel is extra smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Hard to argue with good beer in a can.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark body, probably the closest to opaque that it can get -- some ruby highlights on the edges. A frothy dark brown head that fades over time to a spotty film.

Big time pine resin immediately, faint roasted malts and cocoa.

Pine, caramel, chocolate, smoke and a peppery zing. This kind of reminds me of a Black IPA, with the rich malt and pine bitterness.

The mouth feel has light carbonation, light to medium body, very creamy and easy to go down. It doesn't leave the lips sticky. No alcohol warmth.

I was looking forward to this beer about a month before it came out. This beer doesn't disappoint. If you like bitter hops, you'll like this. If you like roasted malts, you'll like this.

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Photo of younger35
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Yet another beautifully tasty beverage from Sixpoint via BeerTruth. Great brewery, great buddy. Drank from my Harriet Brewing nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a nice dark black with hints of dark brown around the edges. A half inch creamy light tan head sits atop the beer almost the entire time. Plenty of rich thick lacing rings down the entire glass.
Smell- You can tell from first whiff this is no regular stout. Actually, if blindfolded you’d never guess this was a stout at all. Very herbally and earthy with a blast of hops that is totally unexpected. Bits of pine and grass mixes in along with dirt (seriously) and hints of chocolate. That hint of chocolate is literally the only ode to the Stout.
Taste- Starts with a big bold bite of brash hoppy goodness. Like the nose it’s very herbally and piney with a long lingering bite. Maybe a touch of grapefruit pith but it’s fleeting and gets lost in the all the earthy tones. Unlike the nose though there is a sign of something ‘stout’ like in here. A fair amount of chocolate and roast mix in adding a strange dimension not often experienced with this sort of hop bite. The finish is dry and bitter with a long lingering roast.
Mouthfeel- Silky smooth with a nice hefty body and the lightest touch of carbonation.
Overall- I have to start by saying I’m not a big fan of Black IPA’s. Hops and dark malts don’t mix. But, saying that - I love this beer. It’s bitter and brash and roasty and all totally works. This beer is 100% unique in every way and I enjoyed the shit out of it. Thanks Adam!

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Photo of pgofman
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of MADhombrewer
2.47/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

At the time of this review I do not know the style of this beer. There is also no date on the can. Got this from Cosmicevan. Thanks! My first Sixpoint Brewery beer.

Appearance- Black with a nice, big bubble, tan head. 4/5

Aroma- Not much of an aroma at all. I honestly can't smell a thing. Maybe that is my problem. I don't know. As it warms I smell smoke. 2/5

Taste- Smoke and a grassy bitterness that sticks to the roof of your throat. Little bit of spiciness as well. Little bits of roasted malt, but very little. 2.5/5

Mouthfeel- Not much to say. Medium mouthfeel. Starts out medium but ends thin. 2.5/5

Overall- Not an outstanding beer at all I am afraid. Nothing very interesting about it. Grassy bitterness is the main thing. Eh... 2.5/5

Now that I know it is a stout, my review stands. To thin. Not enough coffee, chocolate, roasted malt flavors.

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

Poured from a nanokeg into a Duvel tulip

A- pours jet black with a crazy four finger tan head that actually mushrooms over the top of the glass. When it settles, the lacing is minimal, unfortunately. But the initial head was insane!

S- some piney, resinous hops and some chocolate as well. Interesting

T- decent bit of pine to this one, with some chocolate and roast taste in the finish as well...flavors seem a little muted, though

M- moderately thick, solid

O- this one actually falls off pretty quickly...a month ago, it was a lot hoppier. It's now 6 weeks out from canning, and the hops are already disappearing. Wow

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Photo of Kadonny
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into my new DFH snifter.

A: A dark brown color with some hints of charcoal black. Thin light brown head leaves decent lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts with pine and earthy hops, a definitive Sixpoint yeast smell and some slight sweetness.

T: The dark roasted malts mix with some charcoal, tar and some yeasty notes. The pine and earthy hops mix in with some sweetness that reminds me more of a black IPA than a stout. Finish actually turns creamy. Not bad, I like it.

M: A bit thin actually, nice carbonation and no alcohol flavor.

O: A nice beer that is a bit different but very enjoyable. The ABV won't kick your ass either but it allows you to have more than one if you want.

As I said earlier, this tastes more like a black IPA than a stout. The hops mix with the roasted malt to make it an easy drinking beer. I enjoyed it and still have the rest of my 4 pack to drink. I really like this beer, maybe my favorite of this brewer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Thanks to Trexxpaxxs for this can!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 6. It pours a vaguely translucent garnet-brown (very dark) topped by about a finger (give or take) of dusty tan foam. The initial whiff from the can, pre-pour, was loaded with resin-y hops, but the more I sniff this thing the less I get any hops at all. Now things consist of light maple syrup, Belgian candi sugar, a touch of cola, and a little bit of cocoa. It's almost porter-like, but with a vague spiciness I can't put my finger on. With the taste, things go back to bitter, and then some: It's like a melange of bitter coffee, tea leaves, and resin-y hops. The backdrop of intensely mild maltiness (yeah, it's vague, but so's the flavor in this case...) is always there, but easily forgotten. I have to say I am perplexed, challenged by this beer... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly oily, almost near-chewy feel at some points. Overall, I can't say I enjoyed this beer very much. The hops seem to o'erwhelm everything else most of the time, but the inherent clash cuts their effectiveness, making them come across warped somehow. And then, in the end, there is almost no semblance of stout to be tasted. Just not my cup o' tea.

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

I CANnot believe how Sixpoint has embraced the CANning of their beers, by The Lion or otherwise. I don't care who made or CANned the beer, I just want to try it and add it to The CANQuest (TM)! This one is in honor of one of my first co-workers after I retired from the US Navy in 1998 - a squat, tough looking, tough talking chain smoking female who enjoyed the company of other members of her sex. She went by the moniker of "Diesel" or "D" for short and you should be able to fill in the blanks. Did anyone else see the AP photo of the Navy's "First Kiss" in Thursday's paper? A couple of FCs took the honor and I CANgratulate them. Onward!

From the CAN: a poem?!?
"Each dawn is clear
Cold air bites the troat.
Thick frost on the pine bough
Leaps from the tree snapped by the diesel
On the darkest days of the year, light becomes a luxury. Just when you think you [CAN]not penetrate the darkness ... SNAP! Light pierces through the roasted pine forest."; "Please keep refrigerated. This ale was dry-hopped with fresh hops."; "Beer Is Culture".

The Crack & Glug was a thing of beauty, first revealing a CAN that had been filled to the rim as well as producing a finger of deep-tan head with great retention. The color was Stygian-black with only cola highlights at the edges. Nose was very roasty, but not burnt and better, it did not smell like diesel fuel. I spent too many days on the back of a deuce-and-a-half to enjoy that odor. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side for a Diesel Stout, but I really liked the smoky, coffee roastiness in the mouth. The verbiage made me afraid that this was going to be another blasted Cascadian IPA, but my worries were unfounded. The finish had a a cool mintiness, but having eaten a peppermint chocolate scone at market for breakfast, this was right up my alley.

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Photo of FalconA
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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

A: Poured from the can into a Sam Smith's nonic-style pint glass. Body is black with a half-finger tan head. Leaves good lace behind.

S: Roasted barley, roasted coffee beans and burnt sugar. Not terribly strong in the nose, at least not when first poured.

T: Roasty - roasted barley malt and coffee are most prevalent flavors. Also some char or charcoal. As it warms up a bit, there's some dark chocolate towards the back of the sip. Finishes with lingering charcoal bitterness.

M: Slightly lighter than medium in heft. Carbonation is moderate, neither adds to or detracts from the overall experience.

O: Good stuff. A lot of flavor packed into a 6.3% stout. To be honest, given all the roasty and char/charcoal flavors, this one reminds me of a porter in a lot of ways more so than a stout. But I know those boundary lines are close, and this certainly fits as an American Stout too. Solid stuff.

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Photo of suspect
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz tallboy can into a Jester King stemmed glass.

A: Deep dark brown pour. Light at the edges of the glass comes through in the lightest way possible. If there were any less light, it would be totally opaque. Aggressive pour leads to a two finger creamy mocha head that disappears in a few minutes leaving a sticky, thick, complete coating of lacing on the glass all the way down.

S: Not a huge nose on this, some toasted malt tones and some definite hop bitterness on the back end. A touch of earth and a slight bready yeast.

T: A lot more going on in the flavor than in the nose. The sweet malts hit first and the bitter hops definitely make their presence known as well with flavor and bitter tones. Almost has the flavor of a Black IPA but with way more roasted malt.

M: Mouthfeel is slightly thin with ample carbonation. Bitter aftertaste from the hops dry up the finish.

O: A good beer, yet another Sixpoint that is good but doesn't really fit the style. And good I say! Stretch the boundaries!

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Photo of virinow
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

16oz can poured into my Guinness nonic.

A: gloopy-looking liquid from the can; oily looking brown-black, maybe a finger of cream-colored head. Looks decent.

S: roasted malts, nutty coffee, chocolate, a little smoke, small hop aromatics; sweet-smelling.

T: piney hops upfront! Nice! Drinks like your Cascadian Black Ale. Roasty quality; a bit of anise, breast on the backend. A most unique American Stout--a dry-hopped one, at that.

M: medium-body, medium effervescence. Playful prickly-ness.

O: Sixpoint still retains that similar yeast profile in this brew. Aside from the redundancies, another good'un from their ever-growing lineup.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a Delirium tulip at low altitude.

A: As black as oil with a creamy mocha-colored head and nice lacing. Head retention is a bit lacking.

S: Coffee, chocolate and lactic notes with a bit of fresh hop character in the background.

T: Dark chocolate and milk notes up front with a bitter, hoppy finish. Not the most complex, but pretty good.

M: Full-bodied and creamy. Just right for the style.

D: Smooth and low in alcohol, this one goes down easy. I feel that the hop bitterness detracts from the drinkability.

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

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me -enjoyed chilled from a tulip pint.

The color is deep brown like dark roast coffee with a tan cap that holds well and has micro sized bead with substantial lace sticking. The smell is sweet -like unfermented wort with a lot of hop aroma - very floral and slight coffee accent in the malt dept. There is a subtle caramel malt element present in the nose which is like dark fruit.

The feel is ok, but so bitter it comes off as a black IPA, the malt is really hidden behind the intense hop texture which has a high acidity level enhanced by the intense carbonation and astringent aspect with slight metallic combo that brings the high bitterness forward on the palate. The sweetness is there, but kind of lurking in the shadows.

The flavor has a slight molasses taste which is tangy with a light lemon rind accent and burnt toast flavor. I get a slight peppery taste from all the carbonic acid - I actually got indigestion from how gassy it is with a nice light floral residual hop flavor and more light sugary tinges as the stout is swallowed which is the only really indication of malt in the taste. I get the idea of hoppy stouts, but to me this isn't a good stout - it is a black IPA with some caramel malt. I don't think this very drinkable for the style the brewer intended it to be. I prefer a stout that is not as overhopped. I think it is still a decent beer if you are a hop fan, but it is a black ipa in stout clothing to me.

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Photo of Burt
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of goldenmonkey1
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of MerryTapster
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: this beer pours dark as hell. You also get a major creamy head, with nice spidery lacing.

S: the pre dominant thing in this beer is the hops. @ 6.3 ABV and almost 70 IBU's I would expect that. You do get some dark chocolate notes as well and some smokiness.

M: you get some malt up in the front as well as some mold vanilla notes. Hops are present all the way through. There is some tastiness at the end of this beer.

M: not bad. Not good. Creamy and smooth. Light carbonation. Very similar to Guinness.

O: not a bad drinker. This is a decent stout if your looking to have maybe 2 or 3. Go for it.

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Photo of rudzud
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a can of this at Julio's.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a rich, oily black colour with a nice rich two finger mocha head that fades to leave a nice amount of sticky side lacing and a healthy mocha cloud/halo.

S - Smell is a bit underwhelming. There are some super faint chocolate notes as well as bitter hops. Light carmels, just all very faint.

T - The taste though, is not that faint luckily. Nice pleasant chocolate flavours, bitter roast malts amd chocolate with some nice sweet carmelness. The end has some nice piney hop bitterness that is not too assertive but clearly present.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, albeit subtle. Slightly thick, like a good stout. Super drinkable.

O - Overall this was an enjoyable stout. The killer was the smell though, which was average at best. Far too light on the nose, every other aspect of this beer is solid though.

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Photo of Brewmeist
1.28/5  rDev -66.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Served on tap into a pint.

A- appears to be a typical stout. Opaque in color, nice light brownish head. Frothy

S- the only way I can describe it is an uncleaned thrift store, spliced with stale salsa.

T- like it smells. Nothing like a stout what so ever. Has toasted qualities, but has failed to satisfy me in any breech of characteristic.

M- dull. Very little carbonated bite. Murky. It scares my mouth

D- not at all. Sixpoint isn't a bad brewing company at all. The bengali is an awesome canned ipa totally worth your buck, but this...this is a failed experiment. Perhaps next year they'll pick up on some cues on how a stout is supposed to taste.

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