|Cygnus X-1 Porter|
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 earthy spice coming out as it warms. Strong malt with a roasty smokiness in the taste that's supported by a light but not thin body. Ends with a pleasant bitterness that persists somewhat.
In reading Flat Earth's description, Cygnus is made with rye malt, which explains the bite that I noticed but couldn't place. On the original tour, the style was listed as a Canadian Porter, which I don't understand any more now than I did then. On the website now, it's described as an adjusted English Porter. Cygnus is a slightly off centered porter that leans towards robust and is interesting to drink.
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. I can see why the blend of Cygnus flavors works well with infusions, and I suspect that it might become a standard for me in the regular and altered versions.