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King Titus - Maine Beer Company

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241 Reviews
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Reviews: 241
Hads: 1,306
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 19.32%
Wants: 79
Gots: 215 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tehzachatak on 10-04-2012

Our take on an American robust porter. Dark, thick, chewy, chocolaty, and of course, generously hopped.
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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a jet black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head. It dissipated at a nice pace allowing a nice substantial lace glossing along the sides of the beer.
The smell had a robust roasty coffee bean up front with a low key amount of cocoa bean underneath.
The taste was mainly roasty with an underscore of the cocoa beans to make an effort to balance. Does it? Well, its almost there. Subtle roasty aftertaste leads into the finish.
The mouthfeel sits about a light to medium with a nice sessionable feel surrounding a tame coating of carbonation clinging to my tongue. With that in mind, I find that this one seems to accept a mild creaminess trying to come out. I liked it for the most part.
Overall, I liked this American styled porter. I'd have it again.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark, almost black with a tan head. Smells of dark roasted coffee and chocolate malts. Tastes roasty with coffee and dark chocolate flavors prominent. Medium body with mild carbonation. Feels creamy and chewy with undetectable alcohol. Overall a really good porter.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oh my, where shall I begin? Pours a nice dark brown, nearly black with a frothy, creamy, chocolatey head. Head dissipates slightly leaving a nice thin layer. Aroma is coffeeish, chocolateish and slightly sourish. Also some malty and hop notes. Nice level of carbonation. Thiner than what I expected, but perhaps my tears of joy has diluted it slightly. Amen.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, dark and opaque brown/black with a medium tan head that quickly fades and leaves behind a fair amount of lacing.
Aroma is chocolate and roast coffee.
Taste is mostly dark chocolate with a slight acidity and a lingering, bitter roasted coffee finish.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin.
Not up there with the best American Porters.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful almost-jet black with a nice sized dark brown head. Beautiful. Velvety smoothe on top.

Noose is no let down from the look. Creamy rich chocolate starts things off with a gentle roastiness and enough coffee to give it definition.

Mouth time de-emphasizes the sweetness of the chocolate while maintaining the rich creaminess of the aroma. Bitter, dry dark chocolate meets with mocha, molasses, and a roasted toasted middle bringing it to a rich bitter finish. Finely carbonated and smoothe and coating

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Photo of maximum12
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the incomparable, inscrutable Joe_Grizzly for this 500ML brown bottle dated 9/23/14. Stark black-and-white label, split with my wife.

Pour is porter black (that would be a great crayon color) & heady. The nose is coffee, roast, & strong chocolate, which equals something I want slipping into my mouth, repeatedly.

King Titus is alcoholic milk chocolate. My favorite condiment, chocolate, is tattooed into the DNA of this brew, running from the frontal sting all the way through the finish. Even pushing a year, the wrinkles don’t show, but the hops are still moving strong & bitter, complementing the chocolate. Very sweet. Nice & full, especially given the ABV, & one I could happily drink a whole bottle of.

Nothing supremely remarkable, just a good, solid porter with a healthy dose of chocolate. Like.

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Photo of rjd722
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very, dark brown...essentially black. Brown foam head, with decent retention. Roasted, malty chocolate aroma. Great taste, heavy roasted notes right up front followed by chocolate and finishes with a coffee flavor. Silky smooth mouthfeel, the aftertaste is predominantly full of bittersweet hops. MBC nails it with a solid all-around porter.

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Photo of puck1225
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful smell to this deep, dark rich beer. Pour into snifter with very thin head and thin delicate lacing. Certainly has a coffee aftertaste that stays on the palette for a very long time. As the beer warms, a more chocolaty taste becomes apparent. Smooth, rich mouth feel. It is a very nice porter and I enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of darktronica
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a finger and a half of light, fluffy tan head with long retention. Smells of dry, roasted grains and light chocolate--simple, but inviting. Drinks very smooth, with low but detectable hop character and a moderately dry finish. Nothing too complex, but flavorful and quite pleasant for what it offers. A very well done, straightforward robust porter.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great beer from one of Maine's best brewers. Pours with a enchanting dark color and feels amazingly smooth on the tongue. One of the better porters I've imbibed lately.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 5/5/15. Pours pitch black. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Very nice nose of roast, chocolate and a light airy citric hop note.

Full bodied, almost to the point of thickness, with a rich creamy texture. Normal carbonation with a hint of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The very good flavor profile is intense, slightly complex and somewhat balanced. It begins with a burst of roast that slowly yields to coffee coupled with a hoppy bitterness. The middle brings a caramel sweetness that is detectable, but fails to balance. As the finish occurs, alcohol is rather evident.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hands down the best porter I have ever had. L: Black with a great tan head and tons of lacing. S: Chocolate with a hint of coffee. T: Follows the smell, but also very hoppy. F: Perfect for a porter, medium body and slick. O: Probably the best porter I've had. Another great beer by MBC!

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Photo of hopsputin
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: a liquidy (i think i made that word up) black color. no light penetrating as i hold it up. 2 finger frothy tan head, which seems to stick to the side of the glass nicely

s: oh man. very nice. a deeply rich roasted malt aroma. a slight alcohol presence - which works incredibly well in here. a warming vanilla followed by just a hint of something woody. very nice smelling

t: i'm noticing the alcohol heat in here right away, and its a bit much and seems to coat the tongue making it harder to pick up the other flavors. molasses, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a little bit of woodyness (even though i don't think it spent any time in wood). i'm picking up some faint sweet malt and the end here too

m: medium mouthfeel. moderation carbonation. a little syrupy in the mouth

o: as mentioned above, its a bit boozy. there is a real nice porter hidden underneath the alcohol - i just wish it was a bit more subdued in the flavor

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Photo of seedyone
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Maine Beer does a pretty good job at whatever they try thier hands at, IMO, and this is no exception. The look is solid. Deep and dark with a serious head of foam that yields substantial lacing all the way through. The aroma is a bit behind, most likely due to the chill that is enough to cause condensation on my mug (glass not face, thank you very much.) If it is effecting the taste than I need to save some for the point of eqilibrium, but who wants to wait for that when I can muzzle in now.

After a minor reconsideration & a few serious swigs, I've come to realize this concoction seems to even have built in features that will optimize your experience. Just go with the flow.

The luxe texture will still any desires to quaff you may deem necessary to consume this before it's all gone. Is oxymoronic the term I seek? I'm sure the moron part is correct, but I digress.

In conclusion I think I need to find out exactly who this King Titus is/was & how it came to be that such a fine beverage is named after him. Bottom up.

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Photo of 57md
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep dark brown in color with a nice tan head. Nicely roasty on the nose and in the flavor profile. Hearty body with just a touch of sweetness on the finish.

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Photo of mschantz
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasting a pour from a 500 ml bottle dated 7-22-14 so was 't sure how it was gonna hold up. Nearly criminal that I saw MBC IPAs over 6 months old in the same store. Pours a very deep dark brown and nearly opaque. A full 3 fingers of foam after this long on the shelf suggest bottle conditioning. Nose is reminiscent of a booze filled chocolate and a bit of vegetal hop notes. Taste follows the nose nicely - like a liquid booze chocolate. The hops are apparent on the finish.

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Photo of Anbrew
4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is exactly what a porter is supposed to be. A wonderful balance of chocolate and coffee, sweet and bitter. Big and bold in flavor and body. Extremely good beer.

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Photo of Stinger80OH
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a near jet black with thick, frothy tan head. Aroma is cocoa and coffee. Mouthfeel is rich and very palatable and smooth similar to a stout. Tastes is dark chocolate and coffee with a toned down roasted nut character and slight smokiness on the back end. Overall, everything I want in a porter...which is also the same stuff I expect in a good stout.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very impressed with this big Porter. As promised, this is a robust, hop forward, complex offering with plenty of body and an outstanding tan-dark appearance with a head to boot.

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Photo of mabermud
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Upon first medium pour, very dense, one inch, mocha head. This eventually dissipated into a mismatch of small bubble sizes. The curtain of fine carb does its best to hang on the sides as the beer disappears.
Smell - Heavy to Medium roast, and light char are apparent in the smell. These two are mingling with very light sweetness and the most very faint vanilla aroma.
Taste - Balanced and bold porter with a fine mix of roast and hops.
Feel - Nice and smooth. Body is bold.

Overall - This is a quality crafted porter.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is almost two fingers high and khaki in shade. A soft texture and decent retention give it appeal, and the lacing left behind is plentiful. (4)

Smell: I like the robust hopping coming through - piny, grassy, herbaceous, yet slightly citrusy, it provides a great ballast to the malt backbone. It's roasty, but with additional chocolate and brown sugar. Dark fruits appear after a while. The hop/malt balance, despite the power of the former, is almost bang-on; that really helps display its complexity better. (4)

Taste: Hop notes hit the palate first. While I get a good amount of pine and grass, it shows enough restraint so that it doesn't bombard the palate with bitterness. The maltiness shows up past the mid-taste: brown sugar, dark fruits, and light chocolate make themselves known to the taste buds. I love the interplay between the maltiness and the hop profile in this one. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Very much a porter in feel, it's light-bodied and has a slightly sharp texture. The residual malts are a little sticky, but at least they provide a long finish. Carbonation is vibrant - along with the hoppiness, it allows this beer to go down very easily. (4)

Overall: I hate how expensive MBC brews are, because they make great stuff like this. It's just an excellent robust porter: hoppy, yet restrained enough to allow the dark malts to shine. Even better, it's nuanced and complex. Dear MBC: put this in 6-packs, right now! (4)

4.1/5: Gorillas were always the most badass of primates, y'know

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Photo of Jacurdy60
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Dark brown, black color with a toffee colored, thin head that clings to the sides of the glass and retains well.

S-Coffee, chocolate, roastiness, hops, a bit earthy. Typical porter notes hit strong but the earthiness and hops come through and blend nicely as well.

T-Similar to the nose. Bold with the roast and coffee profile up front but it fades to a semi sweet chocolate flavor that finishes a bit bitter from the hops and dark chocolate.

MF-Medium to full bodied. Creamy but kind of light and dry on the finish

O-A complex, well balanced Porter. One of the best I've ever had because it is everything a porter should be and more. A bit boozier than normal porters and hoppier as well. The nuance and balance are phenomenal.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of caramel/chocolate-colored head that almost completely covered the top of the beer in a think lacing of foam.

Aroma: Very strong aromas! Tons of roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, molasses.

Taste: Wow! Great flavors of roasted malt, imparting some subtle smoke and notes of toasted bread. There’s also strong notes of dark chocolate, brown sugar-like sweetness, and a touch of cinnamon, and coffee, but without any of the coffee-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and smooth and creamy as hell as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 7.5%, there is no alcohol present on the palate at all.

Overall: Wow, what a spectacular porter!! I love the strong flavors of roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate and coffee. Such deliciously strong flavors all wrapped up into an extremely smooth quaff! Highly recommended.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown, almost black with a khaki colored head that trails the glass as you drink. The smell was full of toasted elements with some nutty flavors coming through on the end. The taste was much more balanced than I was expecting with those toasted and nutty flavors but also a good amount of hops and bright flavors to make this an enjoyable beer year round. Loved it.

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Photo of Brenden
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer definitely looks to make this true to the American style with a thick and inky pitch blackness. It's topped by a solid finger of sand colored foam that is rocky and dense, showing good retention and lacing.
This beer shows off all the elements it should in good strength. It's very roasty with some chocolate and coffee and puts a little char in while avoiding going to far with it. It also ups the hoppiness without taking away from the base, adding a bit of dry earth and leaf that complements well. It does well by starting sweet and chocolaty while allowing the hops to ease in and then meld together the rest of the way.
It has the body I want, rich and full but not heavy and leaning back from heavier stout territory. It's creamy and rich, crispness at a higher level for a porter but not distracting too much.

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King Titus from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.