Diesel | Sixpoint Brewery

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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.61/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a tan head. In the aroma, light roast and small coffee note. In the taste, just like it smells, a small roast and small coffee presence. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dryness of watery coffee in the aftertaste. Thin, light flavors, and not really worth it.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-very dark brown color with a nice tan head which dissipates with decent lacing

S-nice roasted malt aroma with some coffee and chocolate

T-dark malt flavor with coffee and and chocolate mixed in and a nice bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, nice creamy feel

O-a nice creamy stout with good balance

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

Pour - inky black flowing into the glass and ultimately settling in a pitch color with a rather thin espresso-colored head that leaves some lacing inside the glass. Looks mysterious and delicious.

Aroma - cocoa powder, coffee grounds, citrusy hops, molasses, brown bread dough and

Taste - first sip brings about some dry, bitter roasty flavors. Definitely some French roast coffee and bitter dark chocolate notes here. The maltiness is not all that sweet and this has leanings towards hoppiness that may come as a surprise. Diesel also has a brineyness to it, sort of a soy sauce like aftertaste from the hopping that isn't altogether unappealing but its not a sweet finish like some stouts. Reminds me a bit of a pretzel dipped in dark chocolate.

Overall - nicely put together American stout with a Sixpoint touch that makes it their very own. A malty and hoppy brew that goes down nicely on a winter evening. Love the black can as well.

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Photo of slvrmon82
5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

A Can into a glass. Im digging the color scheme on the can. The name is cool as well.

Diesel comes out light black/brown settling into the glass dark brown with some red tints just looking at it, not even up to the light. A nice thick head of beige foam that coats the glass. Smell is roasted malts and some grain with an apparent hop odor. Simple for a simple style. Taste is roasted malts, light coffee, grain, and some light cocco powder. No vanilla, str8 forward American stout here on the light side. Body is medium, carb is smooth and not overstated. No heat or alcohol, it's light, 6.2 or something like that. Im digging this for what it is, a beer to warm your body up during winter without the extra alcohol.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown almost black. Looks a little thin. Brownish sticky lacing around the glass. Large lasting head.

Sweet and roasty nose.

Dark roasty malt with a hint of cocoa. Finishes with some hops

Low carbonation gives it a creamy mouthfeel.

Decent beer but I didn't really enjoy this one.

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

Poured an absolute pitch black color from a can (pint), with ABV and best-by date marked on the carton. Absolutely no penetration of light whatsoever.
One finger frothy head that dissipates very slowly and leaves behind some really nice sticky lace.
Aroma is oh so malty with nice dark roasted coffee notes, dark chocolate/cocoa notes and hints of hops coming through right at the beginning.
Taste is just a tad sweet upfront but right from the middle there is a nice wave of bitterness. The finish is quite dry, with the kick of bitterness at the finish not lingering around whatsoever.
A very well balanced and tasty medium bodied stout. This stout has all the makings of a nice sessions beer.
Overall, this is a very good stout. Definitely worth a try, and comes recommended.

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Photo of Jefe73
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 4 pack of this at Stateline a few days ago. Poured from a 16 oz. can into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with a little more than two fingers of medium tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of pine hops, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, and toasted malts. More coffee comes out as it warms up.

t - Tastes of pine hops, roasted malts, coffee, bakers chocolate, bitter chocolate, burnt malts. Pine hops come out a lot up front, as do the roasted malts.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth, with a tiny bit of a bitter kick from the hops.

o - Overall a very hoppy stout. The pine hops are very strong, and there are a ton of roasted malts, but not a ton else going on. Personally, I'm not the biggest fan of hoppy stouts, but this was decent. Worth checking out.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just hit shelves!

Jet black with a light tan head that fades all too quickly. There appears to be a decent amount of carbonation present, but not too much of it holds to the sides of the glass. I'm used to creamier stouts with more head retention, however, knowing the amount this beer was dry hopped (ie contributing aromatic oils) I'm not too surprised with the weak head retention.

A little weak at first, but it becomes a summer's day fresh-cut lawn quickly after a gently swirling. There is a touch of roasted malts and a touch of yeast, but predominantly it's hop-city.

Bold hops, toasty malts, and a subtle yeast character. This is definitely your basic stout done exceptionally well. There is no pungent coffee or chocolate masking flavors, just a dark beer and hops.
Simplicity meets dry hopping.

A dry and bitter aftertaste with a medium body and ample carbonation. This beer coats the tongue with oily, resiny hops and sucks the saliva clean from your mouth. Delicious beer and not bad when at warmer temperatures either.

This is quite a tasty beer, although the hops can be overpowering at times. I'd say for the price ($2.50/pint) this is a relative bargain and worth sharing. I would be looking for a little more body and maybe a little smoothness to take the edge off the hops (oatmeal?).

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of johnh7
5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ixodus
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of xnicknj
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into large tulip

Pours a cloudy blackness across the glass with an enormous tanned head which threatens to erupt over the rim. Patchy lacing is strewn about, as the fluffy clouds retain on top of the brew with a beige collar.

Roasted malts dominate the nose with hints of nuttyness and soft dark chocolate. Hints of grassy hops try to peek through with notes of citrus peel as well. A light tuft of smoke rounds out the scent.

A combination of bitter hops and toasted malt kicks off the flavor profile, leaning towards the sweeter, dryer side of the flavor spectrum. Citrus and grassy hops deliver a dryness which is tempered by the malt backbone sweetness. Dark chocolate and toasted nuts with a light suggestion of coffee swirl through. Finishes with another smack of orange peel and hops, revealing barely any alcohol.

There’s a nice fuller medium body with a dash of creaminess on the beer amidst decent carbonation, which is a nice relief from the syrupy, oily imperial stouts which dominate the genre these days. Another nice beer from Sixpoint that I'll definitely have again.

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

Thanks to Matt for this beer. Completely off my radar, looking forward to it. Poured from can into DFH Pint.

A: Pours a viscous black color with no light getting through. A really nice one finger fluffy, airy head. Great lacing remains on the side of the glass. As you drink this beer, the lacing becomes completely artful. Really nice looking beer.

N: Real heavy roast followed by a wave of surprising hop. What is this beer? There is some chocolate notes coming through. Grassy like finish on the nose, really unusual and pleasant!

T: Yep, hopped up. Boom, kind of a nice drying effect, then wap, more drying, big roast malt, some coffee? Bit of piney resin sets this thing in hyperdrive. I am really enjoying this. Bitter chocolate and

M: The hop and bitter chocolate really make this a dry drinking stout, but man, is it nice. Lots of good flavors hanging around in my mouth, but not too sticky or cloying.

D and O: Great beer. Add a great beer to the watch list for me. Thanks alot Matt for including this fantastic extra!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a case for 36 dollars definitely worth the asking price, and than some...this is one hoppy stout. Possibly brewed before the Black IPA craze hit the country. Tall boy 16 ounce cans pouring proper into a nice bowl shaped chalice I had clean. Pours pitch black like you guessed it...Diesel oil. Anyways it does have a super smooth velvet texture going on one you look at the deep dark tan head forming thick above the rim of your glass. Fine thickets of layered lacing form as the glass dwindles. Arom has dark roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate and a hint of masked coffee, what is the coffee maked by? What could possibly cover up the dark roasted malt nose? The boat loads of fresh vinous hops, in this case a nice blend of pine/herbal hops jump out of the glass and the can reads 69 IBU, 6.3% abv, and 35 SRM. Underlying the hops and obvious dark roasted malts is a bunch of caramelized malt sugars peaking through with a toasted marshmallow experience that really ties everything together to smell that. Flavors meld nice even though it brings the hop bitterness, dark roasted malt bitter dark chocolate in the roasted malt profile with a forest of green almost minty pine going on, I think it's drinking great and definitely is easy to finish like most of the Sixpoint canned offerings I've had. Carbonation is ample tickles the back of the throat, medium to fuller bodied stout with a slick layer of fresh hop oils. I don't regret the case purchase I don't picture myself getting tired of this beer anytime soon, cheers to beer!

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Photo of Adrianized
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of axeman9182
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz tallboy, allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into my Bruery tulip.

Diesel pours a solid black, with more than two fingers of head that falls somewhere between caramel and khaki on the color spectrum. Head retention and lacing are both solidly above average. The nose is fairly hoppy for a stout, with a strong piney aroma asserting it's dominance over the roasted malty aspect. In fact, I'd say it's a little too hop-centric for a stout. Milk Chocolate and a mild coffee are much more present here in the flavor than before. There's also a bit of earthiness (maybe a noble/continental hop?) that acts as a nice bridge to the still pungent pine note that closes the beer. The carbonation is a bit higher than I'd expect, but I guess that makes sense if the brewer's trying to accentuate the hops more than in a normal stout. The body though comes across as a little weak. Diesel is a solid, hoppy take on an American stout.

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer looks awesome so far. Looks like diesel fuel (bahahaha you get it) pitch black with no opacity and a massive light tan head that im watching die but very very very slowly (I might as well watch grass grow)

The head on this thick is thick and awesome looking. Gotta love it.

Some charcoal, alcohol and herbal hops on the nose. The scents aren't big at all. Nothing impressive.

Nice Balance and smooth with a big tinny taste. Some charcoal taste with a bit of smokiness and a big minty hop finish. Thick like diesel fuel with some pretty decent flavors. More on the hoppy side than malty though.

It's okay, I normally don't like canned beer but it ain't bad.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip pint: Black body with small crimson highlights under a finger of tan head that drops fairly quickly & leaves some tenacious lacing.

The dry-hopping comes through nice & strong like old, dry oranges or grapefruits, with a sweetly bready underpinning, like banana bread or something.

Strongly hoppy up front, too, again with a dried citrus zest character, followed up by dry bread crust, a little waxy, bitter coffee character, & returning to a woody bitterness in the finish. There's a kind of lemony sweetness hiding in there somewhere, too.

Medium-full-bodied, the combination of hops & roast are a little abrasive.

Don't think I'd call this a stout at all, much more of a black IPA. And even under criteria for a black IPA, I've definitely had better. I prefer my stouts malty, thanks.

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