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Cygnus X-1 - Flat Earth Brewing Company

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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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Photo of gpawned
4.5/5  rDev +19%

gpawned, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of jsprain1
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a reddish color, quite clear. Head is very thick, tanned head, with very good retention and some lacing.
S- Dark malt, with some sweet molasses on as well. There is just a touch of anise.
T- It's fairly sweet up front with some molasses and dark caramel. A bit of espresso and anise is there in the finish but pretty mellow.
M- A bit light for the style, but nice smooth carbonation, dry finish, with just a touch of astringency.
O- A fairly good porter. It leans a little too far sweet and not quite roasted enough. That said, still tasty.

jsprain1, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

bigbeers84, Jun 18, 2012
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 birchstick
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

birchstick, May 15, 2012
Photo of hinemk76
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

hinemk76, May 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

smartassboiler, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Hopstout, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of herman77
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

herman77, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of DarrellK
4.5/5  rDev +19%

DarrellK, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of Mjcanton
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Mjcanton, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of FightingEntropy
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

FightingEntropy, Apr 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

fuzzcherry, Mar 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

olafphysics, Mar 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

deanis30, Mar 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

page101, Mar 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

dragomni, Mar 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

SweJon, Feb 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

PorterPig, Feb 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Mrpickles, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

laymansbeerfan, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

AGDMainer, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

inbierveritas, Jan 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

doucmehu, Jan 19, 2012
Cygnus X-1 from Flat Earth Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.