Cygnus X-1 - Flat Earth Brewing Company
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3.13/5 rDev -17.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2012 23:12:03 | More by herman77
4.23/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
Serving type: growler
04-07-2012 00:52:54 | More by FightingEntropy
1.9/5 rDev -49.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-07-2012 21:47:03 | More by warnerry
3.95/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
On tap at Stout's Pub.
A: Black, ruby. Frothy tan head.
S: A lot of hardwood smoke. Umami (soy). Bread.
T: Delicious. Dark malt, toasted grain, a little biscuit crispness in the grist. The bitter is like that from coffee.
M: Very drying. Med-high carbonation, low viscosity.
D: Oh yes. Again and again.
Serving type: on-tap
12-31-2011 17:34:28 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
Cygnus X-1 from Flat Earth Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.