King Titus - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 231
Hads: 1,262
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 7.47%
Wants: 71
Gots: 199 | FT: 15
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Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 tillmac62
3.9/5  rDev -6%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of CNoj012
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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! (286 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
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 (948 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (1,059 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (157 characters)

Photo of mschantz
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of Anbrew
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
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. (165 characters)

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.4/5  rDev +6%
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. (177 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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 (1,581 characters)

Photo of Jacurdy60
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (992 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from the bottle.

A- Dark khaki-colored head foamy and thick. Pitch-black body. 5

S- floral hop aroma and dark chocolate. Notes of vanilla. 4

T- nice dark chocolate and vanilla complementing each other. Floral hops throughout. 3.75

M- smooth, medium carbonation and moderate bitterness. 4

Good brew. (325 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What a porter should be. Not a stout, but with a big enough and rich enough body to be something beyond amber or brown. Jet black with a light head it is less viscous as the color would lead you to believe. The aroma is dried fruit and chocolate but, again, not as deep as what would be expected from a darker roast. The flavors are similar. Where you'd might expect something that was boozy and bittersweet, this beer is a scaled back version. Rich, creamy, the roasted malt comes out middle to finish with a bit of acidity in the end. Medium heavy body and lively carbonation. (578 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A nice black body on this beer that left a two finger tan head at the top with great lacing retention around the glass as you drank it.

S: Lots of grassy hops up front, and smoke followed by some roasted malts as well as chocolate and some dark coffee note as well at the tailend.

T: At first some smokey bitterness, and then some roasted notes from the malts, the smokeyness is very present, chocolate at the end.

M: A nice warmer, medium mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation.

O:Lots of smokeyness on mine, I drank it a couple months after buying it, but it didnt taste bad at all, very good brew, but would have liked to try it fresh. (646 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Purchased an older bottle of this (6/14/14) for just $5.50.
Can't complain since this beer was amazing

A - SEXY looking deep black opaque nothingness. Very creamy and thick looking with a solid 2 inch plus head in my goblet. Slow retaliation of the head making for a very good mocha color laced ring.
S - Smell is great, mild roasts, candied plums, bittersweet chocolates, and a bit of dry yeasts.
T+M - Taste is as expected in the smell very smooth taste and well rounded for the ABV. Classy.

Overall I may go back and snag another 16 ouncer for 5 bucks. A very smooth porter I would drink again. (602 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

SERVICE: Bottle
Bottled on: 11-11-2014


A:
Pours an opaque jet black with a 3+ finger khaki head that eventually settles to a healthy film that hugs the edges. Good retention; lots of whimsical lacing. (4)

S:
Oats and coffee. Caramelized malts, smoke, molasses, dried dark fruits, leather. (4)

T:
Roast malt and milk chocolate. Nuts, toffee, toast, coffee, smoky feel that creeps up your nose. (4.25)

M:
Medium body with a creamy/velvety feel, moderate carbonation, lingering roast sensation, very drinkable yet rich. (4.5)

O:
Very good Porter.
This is a well-made beer and has the great subtle richness that I look for in a beer like this. Like drinking liquid velvet but not suffocating or overly rich in any way.
Pours very nice and presents a pungent but fairly straightforward aroma. The beer drinks amazingly well and has stout-like flavors without being heavy, imposing or thick in any way.
Very good beer that drinks like a champ. Rich but you could easily have a couple three.
Would have again; worth keeping an eye out for. (4.25) (1,060 characters)

Photo of illpass78
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a near-black with a huge three-finger tan head. Pretty heavy lacing left behind.

Aroma: Cocoa, coffee with milk, vanilla, faint licorice, less-faint dark fruits.

Taste: Wow, this is a flavorful porter. I love this style, so I'm probably biased in its favor, but this strikes me as an excellent beer. The coffee, cocoa and vanilla flavors are all present up front, with some dark fruit and hop bitterness in the background. Some nice booze burn on the way down. This beer has everything I want out of a "big" dark beer. Lots of flavor and depth.

Mouthfeel: This beer is a sturdy porter, but it's far from thick and sludgy. Approachable for a fairly hefty dark beer. Velvet smooth, too.

Overall: Terrific beer from a great brewery. My favorite of their stable so far. (831 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: deep brown; 2 finger light brown head that receded very slowly to a thick cap; moderate lacing;

S: deeply roasted malt; mocha;

T: follows the nose up front; coffee comes in mid-palate, but doesn't overwhelm; not a lot of bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: nicely balanced flavors; (307 characters)

Photo of EHopkinsi
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bottle says to drink within ninety days of 23 September 2014, so this stuff has got to be pretty fresh. Beer consumed and review on 27 October 2014.

Edit- after reading other reviews, my palate, or the bottle, was off. I didn't get the maltiness and light carbonation others note. So take this review with that in mind...

Pours a wonderful, solid, super-dark chocolate brown. This beer seems to absorb light. Finger and a half head at pour. Foam settles out pretty quickly, but a thin layer of foam remains thereafter. As you drink,a sheet of tiny bubbles follows the beer level as you tilt the glass toward and away from your mouth. Surprisingly enjoyable to watch as you sip. Some lacing.

Maybe my nose has taken the night off, but I can barely smell this beer at all. At least it doesn't smell bad. Hopefully this is the way it's supposed to be, because if my nose is this off then my taste must be a little skewed, too.

Taste is earthy, salty. Hops are there, but not overpoweringly so. Not a lot going on malt-wise. Tasty enough, though. Certainly no complaints.

Fantastic mouthfeel. Silky, slightly creamy aspect makes itself known after an initial blast of carbonation-feel and hops. Funny, but for a beer that carries this much carbonation impact it ought to bubble like a soda; but the dense brown color doesn't allow you to see into it to see the bubbles!

Very enjoyable. The good citizen aspect of the company adds to the enjoyment as well, for me at least. (1,496 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml bottle purchased at the Drinkery in Derry, New Hampshire. Dark black, good head. Aroma was dark malts, only the slightest hint of chocolate. Flavor was much the same and I must say I was a little let down after being so impressed by Lunch. Oh well, glad to have tried this one. (283 characters)

Photo of LeRose
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured into an oversized snifter from the half-liter bottle.

Appearance: Dark and opaque, almost totally black, but some hints of brown. Formed a thick, three-finger head that subsided to about a half finger, but heavy cling to the glass. Very pretty.

Smell: roasted malts up front, chocolate/sweetness, coffee. Hints of smoke and citrus fruits ( orange).

Taste: Wow. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee, a nice level of sweetness balanced out by the bitterness of the hops. The hops seems more of an effect - drying and bitterness - rather than a particular flavor. Works well against the sweet malt and chocolate flavors. The coffee seem right at the point where it could be burnt and acrid rather than pleasant. The bitterness and earthy sensation at the end really counterbalances nicely. I do get a little acidic taste as well. Not getting the fruit detected on the nose.

Feel: medium to full body, a little creaminess. Carbonation is small bubbles, not prickly.

Overall: This is another solid effort from MBC that I would recommend to anyone. Easy enough to drink even at 7.5% (maybe too easy). I am intrigued by the "special effects" nature of the hops. This is a very good beer whether it is a porter or stout. (1,220 characters)

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King Titus from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.