Diesel | Sixpoint Brewery

very good
301 Reviews

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 hollyisaway
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16oz tallboy poured into a Tommy's Pint Glass.

Very good head appearance. Can't stress that enough. Lacing is beautiful, while the head diminishes to a brownish white layer.

Smell is negligible. Nothing to really comment on. Hint of malt and sweetness, similar to a light milk stout. Probably the worst part of the whole thing.

Taste is very solid. Again, seems like a milk stout to me. Sweetness on the back, much preferred malt up front. Sticks to the back of the mouth and throat, a solid creamy near-resin.

Mouthfeel is great for a stout. Low carbonation, goes down smooth, heavy without being imposing. The bits of fruit esters compliment it, reminding me a bit of an RIS (which this is definitely not).

Overall, I paid 2.50. I am more than satisfied. Would buy again, and would love to have with barbecue.

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Photo of n2185
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with two fingers of tan head that recedes into a thin layer but leaves a solid sheet of lacing.

S: Roasted malts and bitter cocoa up front followed by what I can only describe as a dry, salty, and charred aroma. It's a little piny, but it reminds me almost of an oyster stout. There is a faint sweetness on the finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are roasted malt and bitter cocoa notes up front. I get a dry, salty, and slightly charred character here as well. There are some pine notes on the finish.

M: Medium body with mid-low carbonation, this beer is slightly watery feeling.

O: A decent beer overall with some unique aromas and flavors. They don't work for me very well, but it's still drinkable and enjoyable.

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

16oz can poured into chalice. Best by May 15th 2012 on the bottom.

A: Pours a very dark black that barely lets through a dark ruby light. 1 finger khaki head that leaves some lacing as it fizzles.

S: Initial smell was earthy hop notes! Some dark fruits like raisin and also roasted malt. Faint chocolate. Vanilla and spice?

T: Has hops no doubt but behind that is a great stout taste that has heavy bourbon flavor. Vanilla and oak are in there. Chocolate and coffee stout flavors too. Alcohol is present. I find this to be a nice and complex beer.

M: On the thinner side of the stout realm. Leaves some stickiness in between sips. Low carbonation. Pretty drinkable though. Warming as well.

Overall a unique american stout. I like the tall boy can and I think it leaves a lot of the hop flavor in tact. Been liking this brewery.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unctuous roasted cacao nibs are precisely what I get out of the aroma on this brew. They are backed up by a nice hop profile that comes across as grassy and a bit floral.

Its hard not to like the appearance on this one though. Your typical black ale with brilliant ruby highlights topped by a frothy mocha head and gorgeous lacing.

Flavors are more roast than chocolaty I would say, though, an unsweetened dark chocolate flavor does come though at mid palate. A firm, but light bitterness carries the malt, and work quite harmoniously with each other.

Diesel is quite smooth and carries a low level of carbonation, making this quite easy to drink. Overall it's a nice stout.

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Photo of JWU
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz. can poured into a curved pint glass.

A- Beautiful, puffy, thicky tan head on top of an almost pitch black beer. Ruby highlights on the edges when held to a glass. Fan-stinking-tastic lacing down the glass.

S- Yeasty, with roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, and bit of piney/earthy hops

T- at first you get the yeasty funk (certainly Sixpoint yeast, it's very definable and consistent across their core line), followed by a very defined chocolate note (Hershey's syrup tasting), some coffee is there as well. A slight piney/earthy hop dries things quite nicely on the finish. Not nearly as roasty as most stouts, and certainly not hoppy enough to qualify as a Black IPA.

M- not nearly as thick or coating as I would think either. But certainly slick, and I really like the perfect dryness on the finish.

O- A very good stout, that is a very interesting twist on the style. I will certainly seek this out again. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Total black body except for a laser line of ruby along the bottom of the glass. Three fingers of rocky semi-dark tan mixed size micro bubbles. Good thick lace coating the glass as he head breaks down to stable top.

Aroma of cocoa powder, raisins, bread offers an inticing invitation.

Taste features coffee, with a bit of milk in it, chocolate, raisins. Smooth hop nudge more than a nip. Good balance. Finishes with earthy hops riding chocolate syrup.

Nice smooth mouthfell, more than medium but not quite slick and thick. Chewy though.

A pleasant size stout, bigger than many, not an imperial. Seek.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16oz can into a tulip

A: Pours dark brown with a big bubbly tan head that fades to a layering and leaves a ton of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: The nose has a big amount of bitter piney hops with a chocolate malt backbone. Not too complex but it is as advertised.

T: The taste is a bunch of piney hops with a bit of cocoa. Again it's not overly complex but it is the hoppy stout they say it is on the can.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied.

O: Not a fan of hoppy stouts and this one is almost pure hops. I think an American Stout should be balanced and not overly hopped. If you like this sort of thing it's right up your alley.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type - Can

Appearance - Black with some traces of dark brown. Nice creamy foamy 1 inch head, and lots of lacing.

Smell - Malts, Some hops, dark fruits like plum and rasin. Maybe a little coffee and nut. Some chocolate also comes out.

Taste - Typical smooth american stout with some nice creamy notes, a little bitter hop profile and some chocolate. Nutty, bold and bitter with some plum and rasin dark fruits. Not much for sweetness, very bold yet has a creamy finish.

Mouthfeel - Its thick and coats tounge with malts, bitter dark fruits and a little bit of hops also. Palette gets some dry bitter hops, more malts and a little coffee/chocolate mix. Aftertaste is bitter, dry and bold.

Overall - A nice american stout, with dry hops as a added twist. This beer is pretty bitter/sour but the chocolate and nutty malts give it some bold flaovrs. Soild and as usual with sixpoint a nice twist on the style. Worth a drink, espically guinness fans.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can with a best by May 2012 date (if memory serves). Poured this one into a DFH signature glass

A: Pours a deep dark brown. Two fingers dark(ish) tan head. Lingers a while. Nice sticky lacing.

S: I am actually getting piney hops, first, then dark roasted malts second. Dark chocolate.

T: I certainly get dark roast coffee on the tip of the tongue. The majority of the mid mouth is roast and chocolate. It's a nice blend of mild milk and dark chocolate.

M: Full bodied, but not overly thick.

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Photo of Edwaka01
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into imperial pint from 16oz can

A - Deep dark brown, light barely coming through at edges. 1 finger head slowly dissipating, leaving lacing everywhere.

S - Smells like my dry-hopped homebrew mixed with a big roasted malt backbone.

T - Huge roasty bold flavors one would expect from an American stout. Caramel and chocolate like on the finish. Bitter, but I'm missing the floral hop qualities, if there are supposed to be any. It's not a bad thing, just not what I expected from the nose.

M - Nothing out of the ordinary here. Very medium bodied, no burn, no coating, not too thin or full.

O - A great introduction to Sixpoint.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Near black with a perfect dark brown foamy head. Big bubbles of foam sit on top of the beer with about two fingers of thickness.

S - The first notes that hit me are actually a piney hoppiness and even some faint hints of mint. As the beer settles and begins to warm I pick up on a bit of roasted grain and a faint leathery aroma. Some smokiness even sneaks in. The hops are still the most dominant through this one though.

Addendum - After letting this one warm as I drank it alot of smokiness really comes out. Still feel that the hops are the most dominant aroma, but the smoke is certainly assertive.

T - At first sip there are strong roasty notes as well as a light hint of coffee. The piney, woodsy aroma is very strong on the back end of the drink. Light alcohol bite in the back as well. The hoppiness becomes the strongest flavor after a few sips and certainly dominates the beer.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied with a slick oiliness. Hop bitterness leaves a bit of a strong aftertaste.

O - Heavily hopped stout here and I like the combo. I think you could make an argumnet that this belongs in the Black IPA category, though some of the roastiness is a bit strong.

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Photo of thain709
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Served with a pitch black body and a light brown, two finger head...nice head retention leads to a full cap and decent lacing

S - A lot going on...dark chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, a lot of citrus hops...everything plays very well together

T - The malts really take over the first half of the beer...dark chocolate again stands strong on the palate...the roasted malts help the chocolate and also give off a little coffee presence...there is a slight smokiness that lingers in the background...towards the finish, a big dose of hops come in...they pair nicely with the bitterness provided by the roasted malt and dark chocolate...but as in all Sixpoint beers I've had, there is a green leaf and stale hop flavor that settles in

M - Medium bodied...carbonated...maybe a little less carb and more body...appropriate bitterness...strange metallic/stale hop flavor

O - Either way you look at this beer, hoppy stout or black IPA, you are getting the best of both worlds...I wish the hops would have been held back a little and focus more on the delicious roasted malt they were able to achieve

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Photo of 57md
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Black with little head although there was sufficient retention to leave lacing on the glass. The nose was smokey, which piqued my interest, for sure. The taste was smokey, but there was also an oily flavor that was not terribly pleasant. There was some nice roasted bitterness on the finish, but the odd flavor also lingered.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours from can jet black color with slight light penetrating and highlighting to deep garnet. Frothy head is tan and settling nicely into a bubbly layer.

S: Spicy and earthy hops scramble on top of a smokey, burnt and chocolatey roast of barley. Some dark fruit esters in there too.

T: Rich, earthy roasted barley lays down a chocolate, smoke, and molasses backbone. Hint of espresso and dark fruit esters. Hops are heavy and give pronounced earthy, pine and spicy notes. The dry hopping is noticeable even through the layers of malt.

M: Full body with prickly carbonation and a dry finish. slight alcohol warmth comes through.

D: A drinkable stout but unusually heavy on the hops for this style. It makes having another more challenging on the palate but so worth a try!

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Photo of output01x
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can (no date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1/2-finger mocha-colored head that quickly fades to a minute dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a dark brown nearing black that shows no traces of color when held to light. Some thin but decent lacing can be seen clinging to the glass as the beer disappears.

Dark and sweet, the nose is filled with aromas of chocolate, coffee, and some slight earthy hops. Notes of molasses, brown sugar, and toffee are also noticeable.

Milk and dark chocolate hit the taste buds immediately along with a metallic tang (perhaps from the can?). Letting the beer sit on the tongue reveals some grassy hops, a touch of alcohol, and notes of caramel and roasted coffee beans. Upon swallowing, the dark chocolate and coffee flavors really come to stand out. As these flavors begin to fade, a slightly bitter coffee aftertaste sticks around to linger on the palate between sips.

Medium bodied with little carbonation, this beer is a great drinker but leaves a bit to be desired. The body is smooth and enjoyable without becoming coating or sticky. The carbonation is definitely lacking as this beer has zero fizz and is a bit rough in the swallow.

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown in color with 1/3 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: piney hops and chocolate--very different smelling

Taste: deep chocolate, cocoa, and caramel--almost like a Friendly's sundae--sharp piney hops at the end.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, low carbonation, sweet with a bitter end

Overall: If I was not so in love with Righteous, this would be my favorite from the brewery. This one is a great more hoppy than usual stout. However, the sweetness build up really works here. I will be buying more of this. An amazing beer.

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Photo of uustal
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light black with a one-finger light coffee colored head. Roasted malt and pine aroma predominately, background notes of sweet coco. A refreshing and different take on a stout. Nearly IPA level fresh pine hops start this one off. Good amount of roasted malts, a hint of smoke and an underlying coco/molasses sweetness give this beer tremendous depth. Verging on a black IPA.

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

16oz can courtesy of mgbickel in the Black Booty 5 BIF, into my Fuller's nonic. Best before May of 2012.

A: Pours a rich deep brown, with an almost nitro-like dense head. Some red highlights around the edge when held to the light. Excellent lacing as the head recedes. Nice looking pint.

S: Chocolate malt and English ale yeast really stand out on the first sniff. Under that are some notes of coffee. Slightly charred burnt malt and some molasses. Slightly mineral like.

T: Much the same, a fair amount of chocolate and a bit of a fruity sweet yeast ester, beneath that is a huge charred note of burnt malt that is a bit stronger than a really heavily roasted coffee. Not quite astringent, just a harsh roast profile. A bit of caramel finds its way into the flavor at the end. The sweetness in this beer is just right, not overdone at all. The roasted/burnt malts work fairly well with everything. Big time resinous hop profile in here, slightly citrusy, and the 60+ IBUs start to surface the more the beer warms. Pretty darn tasty.

M: Slightly more than medium body, carbonation is a touch high, but not too far off. Finish is pretty dry for a stout, but isn't too bad at all.

O: A nice hoppy stout. I remember when I used to hate beers like this, hoppy stouts just frustrated me because I thought the flavors clashed. I have since learned to appreciate these, and this is a great example.

Thanks Mike!

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: onyx body, finger khaki head, gorgeous lacing

S: roasted nuts, molasses/leather, light pine/citrus,
mild chocolate, coffee

T: mild chocolate, vanilla,
pine, molasses, semi-dry bitter roasted finish

M: med body, smooth/mild chewy

O: Well done! Another mighty fine
offering, will get again and highly
recommend. Instead of going for a
Guinness this St. Patrick's Day, why
not grab some of this delicious
national treasure!


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Photo of muskiesman
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a tulip glass
Poured an opaque dark used oil black with slight brown tinge big head that was warm brown and faded slowly to thick lacework Smell is all about roasted malts and a kick in the pants hops finish on the nose. Incredibly well balanced flavors first a rich creamy malt assault that brings carob and Nutello, and even tastes like an added mocha blend. Then dare I say Spruce tips? Hoppy and Sweet Malty and bitter so much going on. Rich full body and perfect carbonation that works well with the malt and hop contention for your attention. Great bitter hop finish that just does not quite quenche your thirst so you return. Another Sixpoint bomb!

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a Guinness pint glass.

Pours a very dark black with a nice one finger dark brown head that slowly fades. Nose is very chocolatey and rich.

Taste is very toasty, roasty and bitter. A nice light happiness as well. Mouthfeel is well balanced, a bit crisp but there's a nice sharp finish. Overall it's pretty decent but something is missing.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can from Ned's. $2 something.

Appearance: Pours black, as expected. Off white head with decent retention. Beautiful, sticky lacing covers the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pretty strong piney hops and nice roast with a slight smokiness. Not a whole lot of sweet malty aromas, and overall not really complex, but pretty damn good combination of roast and hops.

Taste: Yes. Very piney hops and burnt roast. There's some bittersweet chocolate and a kiss of sweetness to balance the bitter hops and roast.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but with an almost tingly carbonation- still doesn't feel too carbonated. Sticky resin in the end.

Overall: Better than the sum of its parts. A well done beer that straddles the hoppy stout/ black IPA line. I really like it.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark black stout body just like a stout should be. A satisfying dark tan head makes it nice to look at however it did fade quicker than most.

Aroma gives you a good bit of roasty grain and coffee notes. A bit of a minty and leafy hop character adds some punch to the aroma.

Lots of strong roasted malt notes and a heavy dosing of hop character make this a very flavorful stout, however I'm not sure I like how it all plays out. Certainly has the nice roasty quality I love about a good stout, but the bitterness of the hops takes a bit too much away from the rich sweet flavors of the dark malts. A bit minty and slightly sweet overall with a long lingering burnt character in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, something I've noticed Sixpoint does pretty well. Overall, Diesel is a good stout, but it's not really my kind of stout. I like a bit more richness and sweet flavors to come out, but if you like bitter and roasty this is it.

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Very deep brown to black pour with some light ruby highlights at the bottom of the glass. A thin mocha head leaves some nice lacy sheets.

S-Roasty with nice citrus/pine hop aromas.

T-Very nice roast, dark chocolate and a rich underpinning of cascade (I think) hops. A bit of sweetness but not too much. The roast/ hop combination is terrific.

M-Medium bodied, good lingering bitterness, crisp carbonation.

O-Very very well done. My idea of a great American hoppy stout.


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Photo of tzieser
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed straight from the can @ the pour farm tavern in new bedford

a: black in color with a frothy tan head. i drank it from the can so i cant say much more than that.

s: nose is full of roasted malt and piney hops. stronger than expected hop presence.

t: loads of roasted malts with notes of dark chocolate and coffee quickly subdued by tons of bitter pine hop flavor. bitterness almost overtakes the malt in a way. still delicious though.

m: smooth mouthfeel.

a great stout well worth checking out. reminds me of a hoppy west-coast RIS without the 10% abv.

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Diesel from Sixpoint Brewery
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