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Cygnus X-1 - Flat Earth Brewing Company

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106 Reviews
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Reviews: 106
Hads: 204
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 18
Gots: 13 | 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:
Beer added by: tavernjef on 09-12-2007

English Porter made with all imported English malt and hops, except for the rye malt.
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Photo of snpub540
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on tap at Stub and Herb's. Came a deep dark brown in the pint glass. It was almost black. A motor oil looking brew. Almost no head at all.

The aromas were inviting with roasted malts and coffe being the most noticeable. Could maybe detect a slight piney hoppiness.

The taste was bready and nutty, rounded out with the bitter taste of coffee and roasted malts. I was expecting just the coffe taste but the other maltiness was a nice surprise.

Mouthfeel felt rather thin, but other than that it was a nice brew. The alcohol is almost unnoticeable so it would make a nice session beer for a cold evening.

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Photo of dfried
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, but still quite see through in many parts with a lot of reddish tint, thin tan head settles as a thin ring. The aroma is sweet and malty, charred grains, coco, caramel, and some light coffee notes, and a slight smoky edge.

The taste was quite interesting. When I would take a sip the dominant flavor came I think from the rye malt used, it was a mix of dark rye bread like grain, concentrated caramel, and a smoky-like whiskey edge. Then in the aftertaste the usual porter flavors would fold in like chocolate, coco, raisins, and some coffee notes. Some tangy, balancing hops are there, but not a big part of the flavor. Medium bodied, and went down really easy.

Overall: I liked this beer a lot. What is a solid porter was made more interesting with the extra layer of flavor the rye malt gave it. Maybe it just that I haven't had many rye beers, but I had to think a bit harder about what I was tasting. And I think it helps that I like whiskey. Good job Flat Earth.

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Photo of edbeered
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of mnstorm99
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Gnome, Flat Earth has a winner with this one. Nice dark brown pour into a snifter. the Aroma is a nice roated sweet malty and the flavors give off the much of the same. Silky mouthfeel that slided right down, and I could drink this one all night.

Way to go on this one FE.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some confusion at first on this one...one source initially called it a "Canadian Bourbon-Infused Porter"...others set the record straight and dubbed it an English Porter, brewed with rye...that's more like it...so, I went and had one at Ye Olde Happy Gnome, and here's what I thought...

Poured to the top in a Flat Earth snifter/goblet...full-on blackness, thin ring of roasted cocoa head. Very nice.

Roasty nose, dark chocolate, some anise, molasses, slightly sweet and still toasty/roasty...the kind of porter-y aroma that makes me want to keep my nose in there and search out more delights.

Smooth, even-handed on the tongue...medium- bodied, rich in porter-y goodness, then dry sliding out. Some caramel peeps out in the flavor, nicely roasted, but I end up wanting more body from this guy.

Good effort, though...one of my favorite Flat Earths, and one I'll try again, for sure. Good to see more quality dark brews coming out from the locals.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special tap release at Great Waters - A nice surprise to say the least and deemed a Canadina Porter?
Dark brown filled pint with a low glow of amber at the edges. Finger high, soft, lush, spongy foam of a light sandy brown sits atop with good strength. Smal bits of lacing stick to the glass well.

Solid lofty porter aroma of dry breads, cocoa, and caramel. Tenderly sweet and dryish to the air, elluminating with a nose of solidness that screams porter.

Nice taster of a porter, simple, yet fulfillingly rich in a softness of breadishness and slightly biscuity-like elements are encompassed with far reaching elements of cocoa. Nice tidbits of caramel swim around underneath along with some smallish hints to dark fruit sweetness and milk chocolate powder. The dryness is subtle and clean while the sweetness and cocoa/caramel round it out with a fine tuned balance. Very light hints to smoke and tin float into parts of the finish.

Body is a delicately smooth and firm mediumish tone with a great clean profile and slippery creamyness. The dryness that it carries is quite nice here as its just enough to make an impression while letting the smoothness of cocoa and slight sweet tones balance it out. It's no brute of a porter by any means, but a damn fine example of the style. Not sure what the whole Canadian reference is about. Maybe the band Rush? Perhaps that will be revealed at a later point? But it is suppose to be a lighter version of what an American porter would usually be.
The drinkability is a glide of fun, solid, porter taste and has an easy going character and complextion that seems simple but does not approach any such missing elements. A well crafted brew by Flat Earth. Perfect for this crisper, cooler Autumn air.

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Cygnus X-1 from Flat Earth Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.