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Cygnus X-1 - Flat Earth Brewing Company

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175 Ratings
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 19
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of zeff80


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

A - Poured out an opaque, black color with a one-finger, tan head of thin bubbly foam. It left some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, toffee and caramel. Slightly floral, too.

T - It tasted of chocolate, some roasty notes with toffee. Just enough bitterness to add balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied beer.

D - This is a really nice English-style porter. Very easy drinking and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 01:48:44 | More by zeff80
Photo of tewaris


3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stub & Herb's.

Appearance 3/5
Very dark brown and clear with garnet highlights and a medium head that dissipated into a thin collar rather quick and left some lacing.

Aroma 4/5
Mostly roast, lots of coffee, some very mute sweetness along with rye breadiness as the beer warmed up. Very nice overall.

Taste 4/5
Plenty of roast and coffee, slight sweetness, some acidity and a roasty finish.

Mouthfeel 4/5
Seemed thin and overcarbonated at times, but good in general.

Drinability 4/5
Good, but alcohol could drop a few points for a simple beer like this one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2010 02:47:08 | More by tewaris
Photo of cmannes


3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1pt 6oz Bottle poured into a Surly Stein.

Appearance: Very dark, if held up to the light, you can see a red tint. Very light foamy head.

Aroma: I might buy again for the smell. Coffee, Chocolate, like a very tasty mocha.

Taste: hmm.. a little disappointed. After all those wonderful smells, the taste is pretty simple. Malts, little sweet, just a touch of the coffee, but almost no chocolate.

Mouthfeel: This might be what's breaking the beer. It's thin, with a bit of carbonation, which I think is 'fizzing' all the flavor away.

Overall: I was excited by the smell, and then disappointed by the taste. So overall, an average beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 23:27:23 | More by cmannes
Photo of EgadBananas


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 02:55:19 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of lurpy1


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Beautiful translucent dark pour, but a meager, impotent little head. Expecting a bit more, but it looks like beer's supposed to look.

Smell - Mmmm....Olfactory's the sense this beer does the best on. Great mix of chocolate, coffee, malt.

Taste - The first couple sips didn't overwhelm me, a little bit of bitterness, and not the good kind of bitter. But the more I drink, the better I like it.

Mouthfeel - Room for improvement here. Lot's of carbonation imparts the sense I'm drinking ginger ale.

Drinkability - A pretty good, but not great Porter. I'll try Flat Earth's other beers

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 02:28:03 | More by lurpy1
Photo of Florida9


3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Appears black in the glass, but when held up to the light it is revealed to be a dark red brown in color. Forms a large fizzy head that reduces quickly to a ring around the glass. Little lacing.

S: Roasted malts and cheap coffee.

T: Roasted malts, acidic coffee, some faint notes of chocolate, cocoa, peat, and raisin. Quick finish leaves a thin layer of roasted malt character flavor to reside in the mouth. There is a slight "sour" bite to it as well. Mild bitterness.

M: Medium in body with heavier carbonation, leaves this beer feeling thinner than it actually is. Finishes dry.

D: A decent beer. Drinks well, but the roasted malt and roasted coffee flavor hang on a bit more than necessary.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 01:04:57 | More by Florida9
Photo of dirtylou


4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2010 21:15:36 | More by dirtylou
Photo of JackieTH


3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cola translucent brown with a nice sized cap of light tan foamy head.

Smell: Roasted malt with subtle hints of a mild chocolate, smoke and coffee.

Taste: A heap of roasted malt from start to finish lightly touched by roasted coffee bean, dark chocolate lending a bitterness that becomes a bit more pronounced into the finish.

Mouthfeel: fair, but seemed a bit thin for the flavors present.

Drinkability: Average. There is a flavor note, possibly the coffee bitterness, becomes a bit too lingering in an otherwise decent brew that isn't hard on the palate. Note: This is my favorite Flat Earth offering to date.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 17:20:46 | More by JackieTH
Photo of mwagner1018


4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark perfect deep coffee, dark brown with hints of red in the light into my Chimay goblet. Subtle off white head reduces to a light film on beer. Spotted slipping laces slide down the glass.

S- Deep roasted malt, coffee, bitter dark chocolate, light smokey aroma.

T- The taste takes on similar characteristics as the aroma. Deep roasted note, great smokey, coffee, with sweet malt, a mild acidity, nice clean hop bitterness to balance the deep flavors, subtle raisin, and dark cherry, hints of toffee and roasted cashew.

M- Medium body, carbonation delivers robust flavors nicely, good texture.

D- Great as the weather starts to cool, a great balance of flavor, solid ABV is hidden nicely, great depth and fits very nicely into the style. I really like this beer and will certainly purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 00:57:57 | More by mwagner1018
Photo of hardy008


4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany color with ruby highlights and a beautiful, two finger, light tan head with nice retention. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee, rye, and bitter chocolate.

The taste is incredible. It has all the flavors of the aroma, is mildly sweet, mildly bitter, and the best part is the roasted malt. This is one of the best tasting porters I have had in a long time.

Smooth, medium bodied, somewhat dry. and nicely carbonated. This is very drinkable, and very nice. I must seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 01:26:07 | More by hardy008
Photo of illidurit


4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Sort of light in color. Closer to the red end of the porter spectrum than black. Settles somewhere around auburn in color with a fluffy beige head. Aroma of See's Candies, mocha coffee, roasted grains. Nice, robust smell carries over into the flavor, which is similar but not as sweet. Black malts meld with a creamy iced coffee character. A porter through and through, not even remotely stout-like (this is an attribute I quite like, providing much needed separation between the styles). Very little roastiness or bitterness. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is full and almost milky in consistency. Really a sublime porter in every way.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 11:05:22 | More by illidurit
Photo of DmanGTR


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes in November 09

Dark mahogany brown with a tannish head which lasted an impressive amount of time. A wonderful nose that revealed fresh bread, a hint of rye, coffee, and cream. Upon tasting, I actually thought it was a sort of sweet stout with lactose! Robust and rich, although somewhat thinner body. Carbonation helps bring it up a bit. Velvety smooth and definitely quaffable. I approve.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 13:38:13 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of Parrotbeak


4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black at first appearance, but proves to be a rich, deep mahogany when held to the light. Light tan, two-finger head that recedes fairly quickly, becoming patchy yet full around the perimeter.
Smell is pleasantly bold, with coffee and fairly dark chocolate dominating, with a nice smokiness accompanying. Malty tones as well.
Taste is smokey malts, with coffee and faint dark chocolate. A woody smokiness remains through the finish.
Mouthfeel is very appealing. Nice bite from the carbonation, which also gives it a pleasant crispness, which yet still allows for enough smoothness to round it out quite well.
Very drinkable. Relatively low ABV and everything else I've noted make this one go down easily. I'm glad this is a bomber rather than a 12 oz. bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 00:29:08 | More by Parrotbeak
Photo of katan


3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a goblet

A - Pours a dark brown, to almost black. A few amber highlights. Head formation is just about zero, with just a light mocha colored film. Not much for obvious bubbling.

S - A strong pressed coffee note, almost acidic. Some chocolate malt notes come through. Almost could be roasted - but this isn't a stout. The lightest aspect is some yeast breadiness.

T - Starts off with a roasted, smoked malty note. mid-stream builds more bitterness, with a light american hopping note. Lightly match with some chocolate. The finish is strongly roasted, edgy, almost like a smoked or burnt barley.

M - Strong bodied beer - carbonation however is lighter, bringing it into balance. Sweet, clinging, and at times leaves behind a biting roasted note.

D - Fairly drinkable for a EP - sweetness and smoky flavors are strongly present but not overwhelming. ABV is potent, but manageable. I'd say the hardest aspect is to deal with a burnt aftertaste.

I really liked this beer - but half way through it I started feeling like i was living around a campfire at the campground - smoked and burnt wood. While that brings present memories in this cold time, it isn't necessarily a great beer taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 03:28:42 | More by katan
Photo of popery


3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice if not incredible porter. Cygnus X-1 pours a clear, dark cola brown with a medium beige head. The aroma consists of caramel, nuts, toast, bread, some chocolate and a bit of spicy rye. It's a pleasant, subtle porter, somewhere between English and American in flavor. The taste is a lightly dry. There's also a funny, slightly off flavor to the beer that I also tasted in Flat Earth's Angry Planet. It's not as strong here as it was there, but it's still an odd bit of background noise. Mouthfeel is a tad thin and carbonation is prickly. Good beer but wouldn't look to get another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 03:56:49 | More by popery
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with feloniousmonk, Thanks Al!

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Black with a small beige head that thinned to a light layer leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.
Roasted coffee and chocolate aroma.
Sweet roasted coffee flavor all the way through with a hint of some bitterness on the back end.
Medium bodied with a smooth feel.
Easy drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 01:23:14 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Mistofminn


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used to see this at various liquor stores with decent regularity, however over the past 8 months it seems to have vanished (the bottled form at least). When I saw a bunch of these at Zipps, I snatched them up. I figured I'd enjoy one and hand out the others as extras.

The color is very dark brown, with ruby highlights when held into the light. Small tan head and a little bit of lacing round out the look.

The nose is a nice combination of roasted malts with a nice toasty, smokey flavor, a sweet malt character, possibly brown sugar and chocolate.

The taste is similar to the nose, with a more pronounced roasted malt character and dark bitter chocolate, roasted coffee and cream. Bitterness from the roasted malts comes out in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slow laboring carbonation. Drinkability is great, what a great session brew.

Overall, not my favorite Flat Earth brew, but it's definitely a good one.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 04:20:56 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of bsp77


4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 01:59:56 | More by bsp77
Photo of jjanega08


4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= pours a black color with a nice deep amber coming through with the light. the head is just a little off white not quite as dark as i like but it does have nice thick bubbles with some nice retention. its about a finger high and falls to a "thick" skin on top with pretty decent lacing.
S= nice and roasty. reminds me of the reason I fell in love with craft beer. that nice roasty smell. black burnt malt. possibly the slightest dark chocolate. really just nice and roasty though.
T= again really nice roasty smell. the taste reminds me a lot more of coffee than the smell led on to be. loads of roasty smokey flavor. much more roasted then smokey. really good but also somewhat light which leaves me coming back for more and more sips as the delicious taste leaves my pallet. prolly not the best thing for taste but great for drinkablility. I do notice a nice roasted taste in the back of my throat along with a small amount of hop bitterness tickling around back there.
M= Really what you would expect from a porter. They didn't try to go crazy making this creamy or super smooth. they really let this be a nice porter.
D= As I mentioned in the taste portion I think the taste of this beer is somewhat mild and delicate so I find myself constantly coming back for sip after sip to keep the delicious taste on my tongue. Great representation of a porter and really reminds me of why I began drinking craft.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 23:56:02 | More by jjanega08
Photo of CRichardsMN


3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish brown with a dense foamy head. Retained the head for the whole glass but left no lacing.

Dark roasted coffee, not much hops and slightly bitter.

Very deep roast and quite bitter up front. The finish is mostly clean but leaves a light bitterness as well. One downside is a slight metallic twinge in the scent that follows in the taste.

Very bright carbonation but not quite at soda pop. Full bodied.

I was good after one of these and had to switch to something different. Not because this was a bad but because it was pretty heavy, even for a fan of porters and stouts.

Grabbed this one at a growler fill night right at the brewery. It's a great time to go in a get to try all of the beers and sodas available. The price is also pretty fair (as low as $9 for a growler).

Serving type: growler

10-10-2009 00:01:08 | More by CRichardsMN
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

2.38/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Bomber poured into my pint glass. Pours a cloudy dark muddy brown with a thin tan head on top. Fair retention, but leaves little to no lacing. Smells like freshly ground coffee right off the bat, then this dulls to scents of earth and bread.

The mouth is pretty average. Some carbonation play, and slight creamy feel. This is a pretty sour porter. The roasted coffee flavors I was expecting are absent. In their place is a sour mineral flavor that isn't all that pleasant. I had higher expectations for this, but I couldn't even finish the bottle. Not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 16:25:24 | More by Onenote81
Photo of kingcrowing


3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 00:48:49 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of kegger22


2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium brown with an enormous head that slowly faded to a one fingered one. The aroma, while chilled, was vinegar, but as it warmed you could smell the chocolate. The taste too, was very sour, like vinegar cut with soda water. The flavor was helped by warming, but not a great deal, and remained somewhat sour. Feel was light bodied, even for a porter, with only a small amount of carbonation that survived the head. Drinkability was only fair. I had been looking forward to trying something from Flat Earth and was a little disappointed. I had thought that the contents had spoiled or been infected, but too many reviewers expressed similar experience with X-1. Oddly, a large number reported the opposite, a malty sweetness, so something wasn't quite right. Reasonably priced and not terrible, but I'd be reluctant to try again.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 22:13:04 | More by kegger22
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my standard shaker glass. The porter appears a hazed deep brown color with about two fingers of ecru foam. The foam settles to a thin ring in less than a minute leaving no lace behind. Nose and flavor are of medium roasted cereal grain, bittersweet chocolate, slightly spicy, sour, licorice notes, some smoke. Medium in both body and carbonation with a slight alcohol burn as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 04:22:05 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of supercolter


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So this is a very a good beer. My first by this brewery. Appearance is good, very dark small head and some lacing. Smell and taset are very similar. Lots of bitter chocolat, a vit of roasted nuts and some sweet malt. Not a lot of hop presence, but this is to be expected. Mouthfeel is also good, medium body and slight carbonation. Drinkability is very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 07:11:31 | More by supercolter
Cygnus X-1 from Flat Earth Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.