Diesel | Sixpoint Brewery

very good
299 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.

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Photo of greenengineer
3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can, into a USGBC Massachusetts pint glass.

A - Inky black and opaque. As a driver of a diesel car, I know that diesel is actually pretty light brown. Still, I get the analogy. Foamy head persists in hillocks of foam as the glass settles down.
S - malty, faint alcohol smell
T - very bitter - a lot more hop in the taste than in the smell. Burnt toast. Faint soapy-ness. Astringent.
M- nice fizz, but not so chewy, a little thin even. Again, the diesel analogy fails here - should be thicker
O - As stouts go, this is not my favorite. Bitterness and sweetness are not well balanced. Happy to be drinking it on a fall Sunday afternoon, but not sure I'd buy it again. + points for can design, which is beautiful. .

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma has some chocolate and roasted malt, as well as a little bit of pine. The flavor is more of the same. The bitter chocolate notes come through quite strongly, as does some roasted malt, earth and pine. There is also a hint of burnt malt, which goes well with the other aspects. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We pop the tab and pour a brew of dark roasted coffee coloring. It holds a one and a half finger head of massive tan bubbles. This shows decent retention, leaving spotty, chunky lacing down the sides of the glasses. A big film of fatty bubbles sits in broken aggregates across the liquid’s surface. Carbonation appears medium, there is moderate haze, and large chunks of yeast float about the drink. The aroma is sticky sweet with milk chocolate and fiery roasted malts. There is added sweetness of heavy creamer, warm butters, and a malted milk ball quality of chalk and sugars. Hints of caramel and gingerbread spice come with warmth, with lighter citric hops, and faint booziness wafting off the top. Our first impression is that the flavoring is comparatively mild, and less sweet than the nose had suggested. As we sip, the flavoring opens with steely malts, syrupy fig sweetness, additional coin of yeast, and charred malts. The middle bitters further, peaking with medicinal phenols, smokiness, orange peel of citric hop, and darkened chocolate malts. The finish is significantly watered through, with more soapy and piney hops, chalky grain, sugary chocolate syrup, and blended depth of char and smoke. The aftertaste breathes bitterly of chalky cacao, soured chocolate malts, light vinegars, and bittering piney hop bite. The body is lighter to medium, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is left significantly dried, following a light and cooling coating. There is nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth to each sip, leaving the mouth happy. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. There was a nice sweetness, with a warming creaminess, almost like a milk stout, which made for a very inviting start. The flavoring, however, didn’t match up. While there was nice bitterness, and chocolatey, malty dryness, the end of the sip felt rather watered down. The flavoring did show a bit more sweetness with warmth. This, coupled with the lighter body, made for a less than perfect brew.

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Photo of rodlavers
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from tap. Pours solid black with no head. Relatively weak nose, but I get smoke and bitter coffee or espresso. There could something meaty in there too. Taste is similar, but it's not great. Mild spice coming through as well. Mouthfeel is smooth but watery. Overall not a fan of this.

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Photo of nickfl
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of off white foam on top of a completely black body. The foam settles fairly rapidly and leaves good lace in its wake.

S - Rich, dark chocolate with smoke and espresso.

T - Nutty carmel up front with smoky espressos. More of the same in the middle with a finish of unsweetened chocolate, caraway seeds, and coffee.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very good, it isn't overly complex, but it has a great combination of dry, roasted malt favors that make for an excellent American stout.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head on a deep brown black body with some light getting though. nice lacing.

S: aroma is light and mostly is of roasted malt and some espresso. hint of vanilla sweetness.

T: this one has that buttery aceytl note to me. popcorn corn butter really. The roasted malts come in and out with the buttery notes distracting from the other flavors. sweetness from mild chocolate and toffee.

M: medium body for the style and light carbonation.

Overall: My taste buds really pick up buttery notes in stouts which ruins some of them for me. This one isnt overly buttery but I dont like that its there.

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Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick, creamy tan head. Scattered lacing sticks.

The smell is of pine resin with roasted coffee.

The taste is of licorice, sweet dark maltiness, and earthy pine. Resiny and sweet with a strong hop presence that balances it out, especially in the finish. Alcohol warmth certainly noticeable.

It is full-bodied but not too thick.

This is a nice, hoppy stout. The hops and roasted malt are both strong, but do not clash. An enjoyable, strong brew!

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Photo of Tobe
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby (almost black) in color with a full tan head. The head did not last very long.

The aroma is a rich chocolate flavor. A faint aroma of moss is also present.

The flavor is full and a bit bitter, like coffee. Though the beer says it is dry-hopped I don't get a hoppiness up front. The mouthfeel shows as bitter, almost like an Irish stout. The beer finishes well enough, unfortunately I could only take a couple of these before moving onto something else.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep black in color. A deep tan head sits on top leaving good lacing around the glass.
Aroma, you get get some roasted malts coffee(a little)hints of chocolate. The usual fair.
There is a desent hop profile too that I like being of the earthy floral and minty variety.
It bridges the gap between imp. stout and everyday stouts.
Drinks pretty smooth and has a semi dry finish.
I liked this ale has good depth of flavor and excellent drinkablity.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some hints of dark brown when held up to the light. The beer has a two finger tall creamy mocha head that reduces to a quarter finger tall covering over the entire surface of the beer with a small thicker patch near the center and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts, citrus hops, and lighter notes of bittersweet chocolate.

T: There are strong flavors of roasted malts and citrus hops with moderate notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. There is a moderate amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish.

M: Slightly lighter than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Dry in the finish.

O: With the citrus hop flavors and the bitterness, this seems almost more of a Black IPA than an American Stout. I enjoyed this beer and it was easier than some other stouts to drink because it feels lighter. Certainly a beer I would have again and definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of atr2605
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark cola color with a tan head with good retention that clings to the glass
S-dark chocolate, pine/herb aroma, roasted coffee
T-roasted coffee and unsweetnened cocoa met with decent amount of hop bitterness, leaves pine flavor in the finish
M-medium bodied
O-well balanced and flavorful stout. Solid representation of the style

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

A: Dr. Pepper pour, dark red highlights agains a cola body appears a pitch black in the vessel. A dark khaki head has a spongy texture to it while retention was good and lacing was sticky and of good coverage.

S: Fresh chocolate fresh, scorched pine, with a fresh presence of herbaceous scent of celery and parsley.

T: The flavor was fresh, roasty, pine, silty smooth minerality of wet ash, charcoal and some herbaceous hints of fennel and tobacco.

M: Roasty warm and lightly bitter the mouthful has a quiet carbonation base with a silty campfire minearality touch.

O: Overall flavor is good, smooth and gentle with a lingering soft schwarz like roast bitterness coming on the end. easy consumption.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers thick creamy mocha-colored head into an english pub glass that left great lacing throughout. the body was dark brown with reddish tints.
s - big piney hop aroma.
t - roasted chocolate, burnt toast, pine.
m - very creamy.
o - terrific stout, complex and will seek this beer out again.

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Photo of jeremy13586
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pounder can poured into an imperial pint glass.

The color was a very dark brown, pretty much black. The dark brown poked out around the edges when the light would hit it. Formed a frothy, two finger brown head. Left some very nice looking lacing.

Pretty piney and hoppy at first whiff. Followed by roasted malts and some chocolate.

Taste was very similar to the aroma, but the chocolate came out a bit more. Some smokiness comes out as well. The finish was pretty messy with a harsh twang.

Full bodied and pretty dry.

The beer looked awesome and was pretty enjoyable, up until about two-thirds in. It just became too harsh and was a struggle to get through for that final bit.

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

I like these 16oz cans; I get to use my imperial pint glass. This beer was a very dark brown, almost black, color. There was a moderately-sized tan head that left a bit of lace.

Strong piney hops aroma. Some chocolate, and some brown bread.

Big pine presence. Chocolate and dark coffee.

This was a very dry beer. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Suds
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a pint can, this beer is a deep black color with brownish-red highlights. The head is fantastic...deep, thick, rocky, stable, and brown, leaving huge outcroppings of lace. The aroma is solid...notably hoppy, with a herbal, earthy hop character. There is a grain and highly roasted malt undertone in the smell. The taste is on the dry side, but the malt and grain give it great balance. Bitterness starts in the mid-taste and intensifies through the finish. Bitingly bitter. Medium-to-full in body and very smooth.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from can into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a large billowing tan head. The head has large carbonation bubbles entrapped within. It has great retention and once faded gives a very nice level of lacing.

Smell –The aroma is big of dark roasted malts mixed with a pine and earthy hop aroma.

Taste – A taste of dry dark malts great the tongue. While alone at first they are quickly meet with bitter hop flavors. The hops are predominantly of a pine flavor with hints of earthiness mixed within. These flavors persist the whole rest of the taste and at the end leave a bitter dry aftertaste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body was very creamy; much creamier then I would have anticipated from the strength and style. Its carbonation was a little on the low side. While the creaminess was nice for the roasty flavors it could have used a tad higher carbonation as it would have quieted some of the bitter hop flavors quite well.

Overall – Not really my kind of brew. The roast and hop didn’t meld as well as some other dark IPA’s and the mouthfeel was a little off for the flavor profile. It was roast and bitter through and through.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Jester King pint.

A- pours black with a 2 finger tan head. Leaves a mapping of lacing on the glass.

S- roasted malts, some chocolate, and nice pine aroma.

T- roasted, charred malts, chocolate. This beer has a really nice pine and citrus hop bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Easy drinking with a semi-dry finish.

O- nice hoppy stout. Would drink this again.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.59/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Can into nonic.

Dark red color as it pours... Looks kinda murky in the glass.

Very roasty malt nose and flavor, quite dry and roasty. A piney hoppy bitterness kicks on the backend. Dry finish.

Feels pretty average... Is it just me or do all the Sixpoint beers feel like they have something in common regarding the feel of the carbonation? I cannot explain it.

Overall- I don't think the hops work with the malt. A little more sweetness, a little less roasty, a little less piney-- all of these 3 ideas could individually make this a better a beer in my opinion.

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Photo of vobr0002
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- dark brown with tan head and decent lacing.

S- cocoa, caramel, pine, citrus, and sweet.

T- a little disappointed by the taste. Cocoa, coffee, pine, but a little watery. I do like the lingering cocoa after taste.

M- too thin for me on the feel. Decent carbonation.

O- OK beer but nothing great. I wish it had a better body. It started out as such a promising beer. Nothing bad about the taste, but just not enough there for me.

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Photo of TVolt1
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Great dark reddish/brown color with a small amount of caramel head. The head lasts a very long time and it has great lacing.

S: Great smell to it. It has a very caramely, smooth smell with a hint of raisin. It also smells of

T: Not quite an american stout taste to me. Has too much of a fruity taste to it and a smell amount of cocoa/chocolate taste. Also ends on a raisin taste and I am not a large fan of the raison flavor.

M: Really good, medium to thick mouthfeel with a light to medium amount of carbonation. Warm on the tongue.

O: OVerall, this beer is okay. I like everything about it - not too crazy about the taste though. Would I order it again? No. Would I drink it if someone offered it to me? Yes.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The one-inch, foamy beige head slowly drops, leaving thick rings of lace on a Harp nonic. The black beer has some carbonation clinging to the glass. As the beer dwindles down, it turns black walnut with more light passing through it.

Fresh pine and citrus with some pineapple.

The flavor has crisp bitterness with pine tar and roasted malt. Together they are well balanced and the finish is modest and lingering.

A medium body with lively carbonation and light alcohol. The texture is silky and overall cleansing.

This is a fine, but filling, beer that serves well during decompression after a stressful day.

The stated style on BA is American Stout. However, I think this more closely approaches the attributes of a Cascadian Black Ale (aka Black IPA).

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Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The tall can conceals a big-looking beer. Diesel actually looks more like crude oil except that it isn't entirely black; ruby-garnet streaks line the side at off angles and allow brief, very minor glimpses of light and clarity. Somewhat confusingly, the beer manages to leave more froth on the glass than it does the surface.

The label has some mumbo-jumbo about pine forests and I wonder if it's no coincidence that the aroma smells so woodsy. Hops are at play, to be sure, but this bouquet is less resinous North-West pine (aka IPAs) and more splintering, dry oak (a la bourbon-barrel offerings). Almost reminds me of a spruce beer. All this to say: it's unusual.

That forest-y persona is the calling card of Columbus and Northern Brewer hops and some serious dry-hopping. Although, as most homebrewers will tell you, dry-hopping doesn't add much flavor, in this particular recipe it seems to have added a great deal of it - a world of twigs, leafs, grass clippings, flower petals, pine needles, and lots of lots of bark.

So prominent are these hops, in fact, that I have yet to note a single taste of roast or coffee or chocolate despite that the beer is black as asphalt. This is made even more impressive once weighing in just how dense the beer is; a heavy, full mouthfeel confirms that plenty of malt was in fact used. It's just lost in all the dry, pithy, grassy bitterness.

I wouldn't consider Diesel the best American stout I've tried, but I might just call it the hoppiest. Despite all its coffee-ish and ultra-nutty flavors, the beer forever tastes like it's being drank through a wooden straw that's been fashioned from splintered, resin-coated bark. Not a bad quality in my books. If nothing else, it's worth trying once.

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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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Diesel from Sixpoint Brewery
3.81 out of 5 based on 850 ratings.
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