Diesel | Sixpoint Brewery

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 tobelerone
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A black beer with a fluffy khaki-colored head that has superb retention. Lacing is creamy and thick and sticks messily all over the sides of the glass.

The aroma is interesting; first bitter hoppiness, followed a slightly charred roastiness. Not particularly strong smelling. The taste is much more vivid, as the roasted, almost burnt malt flavor and bitter resiny hops come out vividly. Both elements are well-balanced. There’s also a hint of unsweetened cocoa and more prominent espresso note. Very lightly sweet with perhaps a touch of vanilla as well.

Mouthfeel is excellent, on the thicker side, definitely creamy, with medium carbonation that gives a little life and lift to this beer. Bitterness lingers pleasantly in the finish.

Tasty and easy drinking, a really solid offering from Sixpoint. On a night that I wanted a stout but found only 10% ABV and up choices in my collection I poured this one instead and really enjoyed it.

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Photo of harrymel
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by 16MAY12

A: dark brown, two fingers of dark peanut foam falls slowly to a sheet of the same. Near sheet lace.
S: toasted malts, coffee grounds, hint of vanilla, hint of cocoa. Dry
T: Soil, bittered and toasted malts. A little too much scorch flavor. Some nuttiness and some coffee.
M: Medium bodied with low carb and semi dry finish.
O: Not a bad beer at all. I actually think this would be better around the 90 day mark.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 16oz can to Cigar City snifter; freshness date of May 15, 2012 (“BEST BEFORE 15MAY2012 1004OK+”) printed on the kick-up of the can, as well as on one side of the 4-pack’s paper packaging.

Appearance (3.5): Body is a dark, near-black mass with dark reddish-brown corners and a dark tan head floating atop. The head is a mix of fine bubbles and a few big ones, but mostly it’s pretty tight. Starts around one finger and slowly dies down to a hazy film over the body, leaving some moderate lacing on the sides.

Smell (4.0): Ruby red grapefruit flesh and some slightly sweet chocolate and coffee notes; way, way hoppier than you’d expect for a stout, but I’m not complaining.

Taste (4.0): The hop burst comes out first—again, not what you’d expect from a stout, and as a lot of people note it’s more like a black IPA in this regard. It’s a mix of grapefruit pith and pine, not unlike Smuttynose Finestkind actually, followed by a long, bitter finish that’s some combination of lemon peel and grass. Interesting, for sure. There’s a modest coffee note in the finish, riding far below everything else going on. I’d love to see this get a bit richer, add a nice, semi-sweet chocolate character to it, but I’m enjoying it regardless. Smoothes out a bit and the bitterness mellows into the underlying—but still very subtle—roasted character.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Pretty understated mouthfeel. Subtle carbonation, nothing prickly and nothing particularly smooth—relatively light bodied and dry in the finish, this has the body of a good session beer. I like stouts to be a bit more substantial, but I see what they’re getting at here and it’s appreciated nonetheless.

Overall (4.0): This is a very interesting stout, and I enjoy it. I understand what some people have against it, but I also understand why a lot of people love it, too. It’s very good. Personally I think it could use a thicker body, a richer malt profile (but not a lot sweeter) and transfer some of the hops in the bittering stage to the flavoring stage, but hey—we’re talking a $9 four-pack of pounders containing a really cool stout. Overall, I am a fan.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sixpoint Diesel

16oz can. Pours a dark brownish black with a tan mocha head and lacing all down the glass. Looks like a good stout. In the aroma, roast, malt sweetness, and a solid dose of hops. In the taste, raw grain elements, astringent roasted malt, adjunct sludge, huge hop flavor and decidedly bitter. Hops are oily, earthy,and coarse. Thin bodied mouthfeel with low carbonation, though does manage to be slightly creamy. Overall, an interesting mesh of flavors, though not as cohesive as better examples of the style. What do you expect from Lion brewery's contract brewed Sixpoint. Needs cleaned up.

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Photo of kevanb
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours a really nice motor oil black brown color, with about a finger of caramel tan color head that has great retention and fantastic lacing. Really sexy looking stout, can’t wait to get into this. The nose is like advertised, a really hoppy experience. Strong pine notes with a nice burst of juicy citrus aromas jump right out, followed by a nice backbone of roasty coffee and chocolate. The flavors follow the nose but they lean more towards the roast coffee and chocolate flavors with the hops still providing a nice citrusy layer but not taking this over, but definitely a different take on the stout. It’s a bit thin for a stout, a little watery in the mouth but doesn’t detract from the flavors.

Verdict: Really interesting stout, I enjoyed the hoppy elements quite a bit, drinks like a heavier black IPA. My only wish was that it was a bit thicker and creamier, but still really happy to have tried it, could put a few of these away no problem.

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Photo of Hessian257
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Gmann
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep brown color with a creamy tan head that left some wispy lacing on the glass.

The aroma is quite hoppy for a stout, with some grapefruit and pine notes. The malt is lightly roasted, with a dark caramel sweetness.

The flavor is of roasted barely, anise, and toffee. There are some metal notes as well, including rust. The hops aren't as noticable as in the nose but are still there. The hops are grassy with some grapefruit.

The beer has a moderate body with semi-soft carbonation. It has a strong roasted bitterness presence on the palate. A bit dry in the finish.

A roasty stout with a hop presence. It also has a caramel/toffee note that standsout. Seems like a different beer that what I had on tap.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a glass beer mug.

L - dark brown with a creamy tan head that lasted quite a while and left a sheet of lacing.

S - roasted malt, light chocolate and piney hops.

T - somewhat sweet roasted flavor upfront followed by drying hop bitterness, burps are hoppy tasting.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - a good tasting American Stout that drinks fairly easy.

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Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/17/2011 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a short dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of milk chocolate and dark fruit.\ followed by a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice stout to drink for a while.

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Photo of negroobserver
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance... Pours a very dark, almost black, color. About a quarter to half inch of cream colored head.

Smell... Coffee and malts.

Taste... Chocolate. Coffee. Malts. Hops.

Mouthfeel... Smooth creamy texture. Light carbonation.

Overall it's a very nice and enjoyable beer. It's not very complex or engaging, but it's what I expect from a good stout. It could be more interesting if it had a bit of licorice at the back end. I like it, but it's nothing to rave about.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Since I was impressed with the pumpkin I picked up a four pack of this at Giant Eagle for $8.99

A - Solid black with very mild red hues so it's not as black as the label describes. The head is a solid inch of tan colored whipped foam. Looks nice.

S - Right off the bat I get piney hops and burnt roasts. I really hope this isn't too hoppy. Maybe mild chocolates?

T - Ow that's harsh. Unlike a black IPA I get bitter drying hops and aggressive burnt ashy roast, with a bitter cloying hoppy finish too. After almost half the glass the palate is adjusted but it's still hoppy as hell.

M - Dry, bitter, and unforgiving. Harsh Sixpoint!

Overall I knew it had to happen sometime getting a bad beer from a brewery, but I guess I really don't like my stouts over hopped. Could do with some aging so maybe I will save a can for 6 months but I guess I expected this to be less hoppy with a fruity like homebrew yeast (that's in every beer). Ow well.

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Photo of Bavor
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark brown pour with a fluffy, frothy tan head. Retention is decent and so is the lacing.

S: At first pour I thought my eyes were deceiving me. It smells like a nice big hoppy IPA. Resinous pine and citrus abound. You really have to reach deep to pick up the roasted malt and chocolate smells that are just buried beneath the floral hops. There is a big yeasty bread smell too. Coffee starts to become apparent once it warms.

T: Hop-forward stout, interesting. Bitter up front and carries through to the yeasty bread in the middle and then the big roasted malt flavors come on. Char, bitter coffee and just a hint of chocolate. Lingering pine bitterness carries a long way in the aftertaste. Very nice. Almost like a black IPA.

M: Creamy and slightly flat. A little drying. Similar to an irish stout.

O: Looks like a stout, smells like an IPA, tastes like a black ale and feels like an irish dry stout. I have no idea how to categorize it is but it's pretty good.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Elfastball7
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of Retail1LO
2.71/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to DaveHack for giving me a can of this.

Poured from a can into a 10 oz. Cigar City snifter.

Pours a jet black with a very thin, espresso shaded head that recedes quickly, leaving some thin but resilient lacing on the sides of the glass. Nose is nearly nonexistent. There's a faint, roasty, malted scent, but it's nothing to speak of. The taste is also on the malty side, without a lot else going on. The mouthfeel is extremely thin for the style, astringent, and has a bitter aftertaste. Honestly, this is one offering by Sixpoint that I just...don't particularly care for. I doubt I'll seek this one out again.

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Photo of BeerVikingSailor
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh can from a SP 4 pk I picked up while in Jersey; have been wanting to try this one, as I have heard good things!!

A: Nice, thick velvety head, good lacing on the glass, looks like a stout is supposed to look!

S: I like it, smells nice and roasty, caramel and chocolate and some hops coming through

T: Really enjoyable, easy drinking, and super balanced with the hop profile and roasted malts; nicely done American Stout which tastes likes borderline RIS with lower ABV....very drinkable!

MF: Perfect for the style, I like the hop upfront feel, chocolately roasted malts and typical SP yeast, that I have tasted with Bengali Tiger and Autumnation....

O: A very enjoyable brew that did not dissappoint; very glad to have tried this one and will look for more on my next visit back east; great deal at $7.99 / 4 pk....

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Photo of Nachojon
2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- It's a stout. Dark, let's more light in than an RIS and looks thinner when pouring. More of an off-beige head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing.

S- Kind of unpleasant. Brewer's yeast and metal.

T- One dimensional. Or should I say it just really lacks flavor. Malt then bitter, repeat. Doesn't taste bad.

M- Thin, over carbonated.

O- This beer doesn't taste bad, it just doesn't taste good.

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Photo of Stigs
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of DrinkingDrake
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of andrecrompton
2.65/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16oz can

The pour is a pitch black color with a tan/white head. The smell is a heavy roast with a medium coffee smell. The taste matches the smell. Heavy roast and medium coffee with no other true flavors. The body of the beer is surprisingly thin compared to most other stouts. The after taste leaves the same light flavors on your tounge.

Personally was disappointed as I really like the Bengali Tiger from six point. Didn't really match up well with my second tier stouts. I would recommend Rouge Chocolate or Double Chocolate, Founders BS, or Great Divide Yeti's. They will not disappoint.

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Photo of mdillon86
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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