islay (854) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
7 oz. pour, on tap at Stub & Herbís, consumed on 10-24-10. Listed on the meny as Flat Earth Cygnus X-1 Rye Porter. I thought this was a special ryed version of Cygnus X-1, but, according to Flat Earthís website, the regular Cygnus X-1 contains some rye malt, and there isnít a special ryed version listed here at RateBeer, so I assume I had the standard version. Iíve had it multiple times previously, but, apparently, I had not yet rated it, so I might as well do so now. Coffee aroma. Dry, woody smell features char and cigarette tobacco. Powerful smell, but not up my alley. Pours a medium brown with a brick hue. Small to moderate amount of beige head. Vanilla and cream taste on top of a dry, bitter, coffee and tar base. Hints of marshmallow. Some rye-whiskey like taste. The flavor has features of a beer aged in a charred oak barrel (though I donít believe that it was). Chocolate, dark pitted fruit, caramel, and toffee tastes. Iím surprisingly pleased by the taste, given that Iím not a huge fan of the smell. Medium body. Lively and a bit creamy in the generally ordinary palate.
bhiner41 (172) - La Grange, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great smooth porter. No bitter after taste, very smooth. No head on this one.
nuplastikk (4089) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Opaque brown-black, with a patchy beige head. Roasty chocolate aroma. Quite a nice beer, really nails the style. Lots of malt depth, from brown ale nuttiness to sweet chocolate roast. Maybe a touch of amber malt underneath the thick chocolate. Super drinkable, comes off almost medium bodied despite the ABV and depth flavor. Excellent.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
decent porter, roasty and one dimensional, medium to full body in front, but falls thin and flat in back a bit. not bad, not great.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle via trade with tytoanderso - Pours a clear dark brown color with a nice size light tan head. Aroma is mostly toffee with some roasted malt in there. Flavor is toasted malt, light chocolate, and light herbal hops. Finish is kinda dry and a tad thin for a porter. Overall, a nice beer. Thanks Tyler.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a moderate size beige head. Aroma of toffee, rye, leaves, mint, pumpernickel, and coffee. Flavor of toffee, acidic-ish coffee, mint, leaves, tangy cinnamon spice, and toast. Finishes with leafy hops, dirt, earth, and more strongly roasted coffee than before. Medium bodied but the carbonation is too high and prickly feeling. Enjoyable enough overall though.
illidurit (1999) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 16, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber poured into a pint glass. Sort of light in color. Closer to the red end of the porter spectrum than black. Settles somewhere around auburn in color with a fluffy beige head. Aroma of Seeís Candies, mocha coffee, roasted grains. Nice, robust smell carries over into the flavor, which is similar but not as sweet. Black malts meld with a creamy iced coffee character. A porter through and through, not even remotely stout-like (this is an attribute I quite like, providing much needed separation between the styles). Very little roastiness or bitterness. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is full and almost milky in consistency. Really a sublime porter in every way.
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint at the Nook. Dark brown pour with a creamy tan head, good lacing. Aroma and flavor are mostly chocolate with a hint of coffee. Nice smooth creamy mouthfeel with a slight lingering coffee finish.
bluemooner (580) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark brown with a medium tan head. Light aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, and nuts. Flavor is weaker than expected with roasted malts, chocolate, brown sugar, toffee, and some coffee. Light bodied with medium to high level of carbonation. A bit of a disappointment overall.
jake65 (2514) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - FEB 13, 2010
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Pours a medium depth brown with a large, creamy tan head. Instant aroma of coffee and mocha as soon as I began the pour. Sweetness from the mocha, chocolate, and roast soon rise from the glass. Seemingly a hint of maple syrup too. The mouthful is sort of watery, losing traction. Imagine the anchor going first and runner number two botching the batton swap. There is some deep roast going on in the background, but only a faint mocha presence. Just the slightst amount of bitters. Some coffee lingers in the tail. The watery body and lack of transition from nose to tongue leaves this just short of middle-of-the-road, average, ho-hum, etc.