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Cygnus X-1 - Flat Earth Brewing Company

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Cygnus X-1Cygnus X-1

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BA SCORE
85
very good

179 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 179
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.25%
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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bigbeers84

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

06-18-2012 05:36:26 | More by bigbeers84
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augustgarage

California

3.6/5  rDev -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.

06-05-2012 19:04:04 | More by augustgarage
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birchstick

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

05-15-2012 03:46:48 | More by birchstick
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hinemk76

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-13-2012 05:49:14 | More by hinemk76
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-30-2012 19:15:35 | More by smartassboiler
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Hopstout

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-22-2012 15:57:10 | More by Hopstout
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herman77

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -17.4%

The last bottle of this I bought was super old and I emailed the brewery about it and they gave me two free ones. At least this one was fresh, or I'm hoping it is fresh enough. Wish breweries would date stamp or put a best by date on everything.

A: Deep, deep brown, pretty much black with a small light khaki head that fads quick.

S: A nice roasted malt base with some coco powder and a bit nutty.

T: Not as good as the nose. Falls a little flat, not much depth. What is there is is some roasted malt, a tiny bit of chocolate, coffee and you can taste the rye malt coming through. It provides a nice little interesting kick. Finish has a bit of astringent malts, but they fade super fast to nothing.

M: A medium-light body, a tad bit watery. Carbonation is on the higher side.

O: Meh. Not my favorite. Too bad since its local and they have been around since Surly.

04-20-2012 23:12:03 | More by herman77
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DarrellK

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

04-14-2012 11:36:42 | More by DarrellK
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Mjcanton


4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

04-09-2012 20:08:51 | More by Mjcanton
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +11.6%

I have half a dozen entries for Cygnus X-1 in my database, starting with a sample on site in 2007 when I did a tour of the brewery with the MN Home Brewers. In spite of my multiple tasting, they've tended to be few and far between. However, if my memory serves, this beer I'm drinking tonight seems to have a more robust taste than my first tasting.

Very light brown head lingers nicely before falling to a thin lace. At first I thought the nose was coffee, but on second thought it's more clearly a clean roast with an earth spice coming out with the warmth. Strong malt with a roasty smokiness in the taste that's supported by a light but not thin body. Ends with a bitterness that lingers lightly. A very solid porter that pushes the style towards robust. In reading Flat Earth's description, Cygnus is made with rye malt, which explains the bite that I noticed but couldn't place. After I've had the straight Cygnus X-1 now, the differences overlaid in the S'mores infused Grand Design I took home at Christmas are clear. Cygnus is a slightly off centered porter that's fun and interesting to drink.

04-07-2012 00:52:54 | More by FightingEntropy
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fuzzcherry

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -20.8%

03-27-2012 03:33:13 | More by fuzzcherry
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olafphysics

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-27-2012 00:17:27 | More by olafphysics
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deanis30

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

03-19-2012 00:31:51 | More by deanis30
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page101

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

03-17-2012 15:56:29 | More by page101
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dragomni

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-06-2012 01:37:37 | More by dragomni
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SweJon

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-28-2012 22:44:47 | More by SweJon
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-16-2012 16:50:57 | More by Tyrawlings
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PorterPig

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

02-07-2012 21:00:00 | More by PorterPig
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Mrpickles

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -20.8%

02-05-2012 00:53:30 | More by Mrpickles
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laymansbeerfan

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-31-2012 17:04:45 | More by laymansbeerfan
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AGDMainer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-29-2012 22:17:23 | More by AGDMainer
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inbierveritas

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-21-2012 04:51:21 | More by inbierveritas
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-19-2012 23:53:10 | More by doucmehu
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fliptender28

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-16-2012 15:51:56 | More by fliptender28
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warnerry

Michigan

1.9/5  rDev -49.9%

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.

01-07-2012 21:47:03 | More by warnerry
Cygnus X-1 from Flat Earth Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.