Cygnus X-1 | Flat Earth Brewing Company

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Cygnus X-1Cygnus X-1

Brewed by:
Flat Earth Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
English Porter made with all imported English malt and hops, except for the rye malt.

Added by tavernjef on 09-12-2007

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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1.95/5  rDev -48.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of brydeen
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

enjoyed on tap at Gabe's

A- Pours a deep brown, almost opaque. A thin creamy off-white head, dissipates rather quickly

S- Big roasted coffee aroma, with hints of bittersweet chocolate

T- Strong roasted coffee dominates the pallet, with a bit of bitter hop finish to balance it out at the end.

M- Good carbonation, but a bit thin for the big robust aroma.

O- A solid offering, but lacking a little flavor depth

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to MBrausen for sending me this one so I could tick it! Shared this one with the NoDa Brewing crew in celebration of their grand opening weekend. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a dark reddish brown with a minimal light tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and a subtle spiciness. The flavor was of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, subtle sweet malt, and a subtle pepper spiciness. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I was quite surprised by the pepper spiciness on the followthrough. This was a pleasant surprise by the way... The rest of the brew was okay, but nothing special. Glad I got the chance to give this one a shot, but doubt I would seek it out in the future.

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3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the "hold your fire" version offered in growlers during the porterfest at the brewery.

A: I poured this conservatively d/t being burned by high carb. growlers in the past. However this beer does not appear to be overcarbed. Pours a black color with minimal amount of head.

S: Heavy on the coffee. I don't think they use coffee in this beer so I think mainly picking up on the heavy roasted malts. Do not perceive the peppers in the nose though.

T: This is a mildly sweet beer. Taste is coffee and fresh green peppers. The hops are there way in the background and the finish a mild heat on the back of the tongue. I don't enjoy the chemistry between the malt and the hot peppers they used.

M: This is a medium bodied beer with ample carbonation.

O: Although I love this beer, I don't like how the peppers are adding to this beer. No comparison to Grand Design (Smores).

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4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Deep russet brown with mahogany tinge around the edges and garnet highlights when held to the light. Good clarity. Moderately tall mocha cream head with fair retention.

Aroma-Dark chocolate, brownie batter, and cocoa liqueur with a slight roasted malt espresso edge. Toasted dark bread crusts and a touch of ashen charcoal. Hint of plum/prune fruitiness. Very low earthy hop aroma complements the wonderful malt profile.

Flavor-Dark chocolate and slight caramel fades to german chocolate cake, roasted malt, toast, and coffee grounds. Smooth, green hops emerge in the finish along with a light acrid bitterness and moderate hop bitterness. Finish has a sharp roast edge, but is still charmingly chocolatey and roasty.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderately high, carbonation which explodes like a soft bubbly blanket on the tongue-lending a creamy feel to the beer.

Not quite smooth and caramelly enough to be an English Porter, but still quite nice. While additional points of complexity are light and quite subtle, the malt profile is multi-faceted and shows great depth. A very drinkable, tasty porter.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Tripp for the LIF!

A- Dark body with an inch of burnt sienna head that fades fast.

S- Coffee grounds, chocolate covered espresso beans, a little smoke

T- Deep malt with nice sweetness upfront, follows with a lot of dark chocolate and roast and finishes with a surprising bitter twang.

M- Smooth and rich.

Overall a great porter and one I wish was distributed around here.

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4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes, on tap at Gabe's

A: pours a nice deep brown color with about a quarter inch of head after the bartender poured some head off and continued to pour more beer.

S: Roasted coffee and chocolate malts, balanced with mild hop bitterness

T: the roasted malt character hits the tongue with sweetness initially. The sweetness is not cloying but very nice. There is a hint of bitterness to balance

M:full bodied beer, little carbonation

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer.

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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been enjoying this brew for quite a while, but never sat down to review it proper-like. And I've sent a fair share around the country as extras, hope all that have received it have enjoyed it!

Pour is dark brown, with an evil red glimmering deep within the bowels of the glass. Quite a noseful on this brew: just-got-dumped-bitter chocolate, strong roast, & a jumpy spice that can only be rye. Oh, rye, I do love a good bit of rye in the mix.

Cygnus X-1 is a solid porter that gains a pleasing edge with the rye addition. Prologue is big roasts notes, a smokey shot that doesn't appear in the nose, shadow of chocolate. The rye malt is subtler than the nose suggests, just leaving an after-image on the tongue. Finish is sweet with a side of milkiness, which washes over into a creamy, full mouthfeel. One of those porters that hits the sweet spot of drinkability; you know you're drinking a good dark beer.

Good beer that might be even better on tap, a good choice when one doesn't want a huge dose of alcohol or a phalanx of hops.

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Cygnus X-1 from Flat Earth Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 210 ratings.
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