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Cygnus X-1 - Flat Earth Brewing Company

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85
very good

181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 19
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Flat Earth Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
English Porter made with all imported English malt and hops, except for the rye malt.

(Beer added by: tavernjef on 09-12-2007)
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Reviews by MattyG85:
Photo of MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark cola like amber brown. Lots of rising bubbles. Big three finger lightly tan head with great retention and very good lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of dark roasted malts with a good amount of chocolate and coffee. Hints of dark fruit, rye, and floral hops. Has a very toasty smell.

Taste: A sweet taste from the roasted malts, grains, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits. Has a hint of rye in the middle and a light hint of hops in the finish. Strong with the fruity sweetness but it is well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Very creamy, toasty, and smooth.

Overall: A very good porter from Flat Earth. One of the better ones I have tasted.

MattyG85, Jun 08, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

DaftPatrick, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of warnerry
1.9/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

No bottle date

A - Pours a deep brown with a finger of quickly dissipating head. Leaves no lacing.

S - Heavy coffee aroma, ,with some unpleasant funkiness. Uh-oh.

T - Initial taste is lemon tartness with some funk. Eventually, some coffee and roasted malt flavors come through, but this has clearly gone bad.

M - Very thin mouthfeel that finishes dry.

O - I've only had this for a week or so, but have no idea how old it is. Anyway, this was undrinkable. Bummer, as I was looking forward to trying this.

warnerry, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bomber into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very dark ruby-red (almost black) with thin tan head and slight lacing.

Smell: Smoke, roasted malts, chocolate, brown sugar and some spiciness.

Taste: Dry roasted malt with notes of dark chocolate, smoke and coffee. Turns more bitter at the end due to both a spicy and metallic bitterness.

Feel: Low carbonation, smooth medium body, exceedingly dry throughout.

Drinkability: About as dry as a Porter can get - which I like. Hard to stop drinking.

bsp77, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of NilocRellim
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of kingcrowing
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

Pours a very dark black with some light hints of deep brown. Head is small, thick and creamy with a bit of brown hints. Smell is sweet and dry, very malty. A bit of chocolate and coffee.

Taste is really big in the coffee. Come chocolate notes as well, big malt bomb for sure. No hops to speak of. The dark malts linger on your palate for quite a while. Body is pretty light, reminds me of a dry stout (I'm thinking cadillac mtn stout) more than a porter.

kingcrowing, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of beerkittycat
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass this beer came to me with a frothy and thick light brown head. Appearance is deep reddish brown, almost black from a distance. Once it settled the aroma is of chocolate, bready goodness. Taste, oh the taste. Let's see...chocolate malts, grassy hops, a hint of smoke, and oh so easy to drink. The grassy hop bitterness balances really nice with the dark malts. This beer could use a bit more mouthfeel and then it would be 5 for certain. Don't miss this gem!

beerkittycat, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of DarrellK
4.5/5  rDev +19%

DarrellK, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of pwoods
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ryantupy for sending this among the many extras.

22oz. brown bomber poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a deep brown with nearly no visibility. 2 fingers of light toffee head with good retention. Nice patchy lacing.

S: Deep roasted malts and cola. Not much chocolate but it's still present.

T/M: Burnt malts with a smoky char taste. Near the end, a heavy creamy milk chocolate comes through with a ghost like smoke presence. Body is a bit above medium with a nice smooth creaminess.

D: Tasty and easy enough to drink with being as heavy as it is.

pwoods, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of bif_fat_sellout
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

bif_fat_sellout, Nov 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

InfernoBoss, May 22, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes 4/8/11. Thanks to bwiechmann for sending this to me for winning his LIF.

A: Pours a very very deep brown, almost black with a chunky one finger head. Nice retention and some random bubbles patches left behind.

S: Lots of roasted/burnt malt with some coffee and hints of chocolate.

T: Overwhelmingly coffee flavored, which really is not my type of beer. There is also some chocolate and a little bit of sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied, seemed a touch thin. Finishes a little dry.

O: Not a huge fan, mostly of the flavor profile. It was just too much coffee for me. If it had a little more chocolate or roast and was a little thicker, I think it would have done the trick for me.

mdaschaf, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Dark, clear chocolate body with rust highlights and a very active (think soft drink) beige head. Faint lacing; poor retention.

Roast malt, tea biscuits, stale sour coffee, a hint of rye, and mild fruity hop aromatics.

Quite toasty malt profile with hints of cocoa, tangy/peppery rye notes, and caraway. Subtle and distinguished but a little uneven. Earthy mild bitterness leads into a pleasing finish.

Light-bodied, a bit thin with mediocre carbonation.

With a little less alcohol and a little more flavor, this would be quite session-able, though it is a bit too middle-of-the-road otherwise.

augustgarage, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of alphagnome
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Pours an incredibly dark brown color, a few shades off of black. Crowned by a finger-thick creamy, beige head that leaves plenty of lacing behind. There appears to be a considerable amount of carbonation present. Very appealing.

Aroma:
Sweet, dark cocoa nibs and molasses mixed with hints of star anise and cola. Nicely toasted.

Taste:
A fantastic clash of sweet and bitter. Upfront, you're greeted by rich, toasty chocolate notes. Rye pushes its way in with a wave of bitter coffee. Very malty and lightly hopped with herbal notes breaking through and peat on the finish.

Mouthfeel:
Quite thick, almost chewy consistency. Highly carbonated. Semi-sweet finish.

Overall:
A very good offering from a very small brewery in St. Paul, MN. Plenty of character can be found in this distinct English Porter. Worth picking up.

alphagnome, Feb 17, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, stub and herbs MSP

cellphone notes

appearance: ordered a half pour - served in a 7oz glass - dark mahogany body, tan cap

smell: light roasted malts, chocolate, cherry and blackberry

taste: i enjoyed this porter a lot - chocolatey, sweet cherry/blackberry, cocoa, light roast coffee, a touch woody with smoke

mouthfeel: creamy, on the lighter side

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of prototypic
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow! This cap cracked with some force. The sound of that surely suggests overcarbonation. Let's see. Pours a dark, nut brown color. There's quite a bit of light getting through revealing nice burgundy highlights. Carbonation is too high. A light, mocha tan head easily reaches four fingers and takes a long, long time to dissipate. It's somewhat annoying. Lacing was nice and thick though. It'd easily be a little better if carbonation were more reasonable.

The nose is nice, but isn't a huge standout. Maybe a little weak. Roasted and chocolate malts are at the forefront and start things off nicely. They're quickly cut off by a strong rye aroma. I'm intrigued. A spicy flavor could...well..really spice things up for the style. Chocolate is resilient and re-emerges. Light coffee is noted toward the end. This is an interesting smelling beer. It's good. I'd like a little more muscle. That might bump it to the next level.

Indeed, this is an interesting English Porter. Chocolate malts and roasted malts (to a lesser degree) give it a nice base. Chocolate malts are more bitter than sweet. The spicy rye flavor is pretty aggressive and really sets this beer apart. Frankly, it wouldn't be very impressive without it. There's a slightly acidic or sour taste to it. It's a little misplaced, but isn't too offensive. Light coffee and a grain flavors emerge at the secondary level. No alcohol is noted. All in all, it's got a nice flavor. The rye is the driving force. Nicely done there.

It features a medium body that feels nice and robust. I'd love to say it's smooth, but the carbonation is extremely high, buzzy, and distracting. They really missed the mark in a big way there. Drinkability is above average, but the excessive carbonation hurts it. It's less pleasant going down as a result. Still not bad though.

My first experience with Flat Earth is a bag of mixed results. The big positive is that it has a nice, interesting, novel flavor due to the rye infusion. The big negative is overcarbonation. Way off the mark. Remedying that problem would do much to improve it. Nonetheless, I like the flavor and approach. Worth checking out.

prototypic, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fairly smooth and tasty porter. There's a hint of something like whiskey, probably rye, around the edges that really comes out as this beer warms (and really, you need to let this one warm up). The taste is a subtle mix of chocolate malts and espresso with a very smooth body that reminds me of Firestone Walker's Reserve porter. Not as big and bold as some American porters, but worth trying.

tempest, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of plfahey
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Deep russet brown with mahogany tinge around the edges and garnet highlights when held to the light. Good clarity. Moderately tall mocha cream head with fair retention.

Aroma-Dark chocolate, brownie batter, and cocoa liqueur with a slight roasted malt espresso edge. Toasted dark bread crusts and a touch of ashen charcoal. Hint of plum/prune fruitiness. Very low earthy hop aroma complements the wonderful malt profile.

Flavor-Dark chocolate and slight caramel fades to german chocolate cake, roasted malt, toast, and coffee grounds. Smooth, green hops emerge in the finish along with a light acrid bitterness and moderate hop bitterness. Finish has a sharp roast edge, but is still charmingly chocolatey and roasty.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderately high, carbonation which explodes like a soft bubbly blanket on the tongue-lending a creamy feel to the beer.

Not quite smooth and caramelly enough to be an English Porter, but still quite nice. While additional points of complexity are light and quite subtle, the malt profile is multi-faceted and shows great depth. A very drinkable, tasty porter.

plfahey, Nov 26, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to MBrausen for sending me this one so I could tick it! Shared this one with the NoDa Brewing crew in celebration of their grand opening weekend. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a dark reddish brown with a minimal light tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and a subtle spiciness. The flavor was of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, subtle sweet malt, and a subtle pepper spiciness. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I was quite surprised by the pepper spiciness on the followthrough. This was a pleasant surprise by the way... The rest of the brew was okay, but nothing special. Glad I got the chance to give this one a shot, but doubt I would seek it out in the future.

thagr81us, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review of the "new" bottle.

Has some carbonation this time. A good one inch of off-white head forms but falls away quickly. Minimal lacing is left on the glass. I notice a touch of hops this time. It lends a slightly earthy aroma. I also notice the rye malt as well. A little spice is tasted. Still feels a little thin but it is much more drinkable with some carbonation. I sincerely hope that Flat Earth finally got their QC issues settled.

02/28/2008
Pours a very dark brown but unfortunately almost no head forms. Looks completely lifeless but that doesn't automatically kill the beer in this style. No lacing left on the glass surface. This is the third bottle of Flat Earth beer that I bought that is completely void of carbonation of any kind.

This beer does have a wonderful aroma of roasted malts, coffee, nuts, and chocolate.

The roasted malt really comes out in the taste. Hints of chocolate with a little bitterness on finish compliment the beer. Carbonation is non-existant and it makes the beer feel thin and the alcohol comes through even though it is only 6.50%.

This is a wonderful smelling and tasting porter but again it is ruined by poor bottling.

morimech, Feb 28, 2008
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

runwild99, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of deanis30
3.25/5  rDev -14%

deanis30, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of DrewZ926
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Tripp for the LIF!

A- Dark body with an inch of burnt sienna head that fades fast.

S- Coffee grounds, chocolate covered espresso beans, a little smoke

T- Deep malt with nice sweetness upfront, follows with a lot of dark chocolate and roast and finishes with a surprising bitter twang.

M- Smooth and rich.

Overall a great porter and one I wish was distributed around here.

DrewZ926, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice and black. A hint of brown around the edges. Very light tan finger of head.

Lots of coffee on the smell. Hints of bittersweet chocolate as well and some roasted malts. Kinda heavenly.

Nice bit of coffee, and bittersweet chocolate, toasted malts and nice roasted character.

It's a bit thin, and a tad too crisp, even for a porter.

Pretty good drink. It's tasty, and something I would venture for regularly, but not in the same night.

EgadBananas, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of edbeered
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Muddy Pig, this pours a clear brownish black color, with a brownish head and ample lacing on the glass. The smell is of raisins and malt. The taste includes raisins, plum, a slightly smoky flavor and dark chocolaty malt. There is a slightly hoppy finish, bringing a nice balance to this beer. The mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing. This is a terrific porter and is yet another great reason to drink Flat Earth beers.

edbeered, Oct 04, 2007
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Cygnus X-1 from Flat Earth Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.