King Titus - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,248
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.21%
Wants: 71
Gots: 189 | FT: 13
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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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Reviews by inlimbo77:
Photo of inlimbo77
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml, 11/25/12
Deschutes tulip

A: Pours pretty much pitch black in color. Its a very deep brown. Good finger plus of light tan fluffy head. Big bubbles. Leaving some nice lacing sheeting. Reddish hues towards the edges.

S: Big roast on the nose. Pulling that coffee in the forefront. Also, chocolate and some burnt sugar. Primarily roast malts.

T: Flavor wise: again big roasted malts. Getting lots of dark chocolate. Lots of roasted coffee, but not overpowering or butter coffee. Very pleasant. It's creamy like it was a milk stout. Leaves you with a fairly dry finish, but there is a lot of dark and milk chocolate on the finish.

M: it's a full bodied porter. Was gonna say BIG medium but it's full bodied and creamy.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Maine Beer Co. beer.Pours like a stout, nearly black with a one finger deep beige head that leaves a full ring of lace behind as it settles.Chocolate and nuts at first whiff,some roast and and a little drunken fruit,well rounded.Creamy and full feel with light carbonation.flavors of what a porter should be,roasty with some nuttiness,a little raw and earthy,and just enough caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness to round out everything nicely.I had high hops for this beer and it delivered and then some,kick ass.

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.

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dense tan head that rapidly dissipated, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of burnt and roasted malts are present in the nose as well as some hints of pine resin hops.
T: The taste has flavors of dark chocolates and roasted malts along with hints of citrusy hops and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp and chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very bold tasting porter that is easy to drink.

Photo of Jmitchell3
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip snifter.

A: dark dark brown, pretty well black. Huge three finger head, Tight tan to light brown with tight small bubbles. Clear as black can be. Head dissipated slowly, lasts and stops at about a finger.
S: dark fruit, some coffee, chocolate. Very toastyand roasty but not burnt.
T: Classic porter....a bit tart with huge roasty flavors. Slight vanilla. Dark plum. Some stickiness and very slight sweetness in the finish.
M: full rich mouthfeel, borderline light cream. Medium carbonation. Long last to the finish.
O: not a huge porter fan, but this is very nice. Medium to low on the sticky-sweet-tartness that I'm not a fan of in most porters. Highly recommended.

Photo of LittleDon
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this brewery; they've made consistently good beers.
This beer is black in color with a small orange/tan head. There's a little bit of lace.

Aroma of sweet chocolate and roasted malt/coffee.

The taste improves on the aroma. The chocolate is more bittersweet than sweet, and the coffee is much stronger than the aroma suggested. Strong dark coffee.

Very tasty. I don't think it's that heavy a beer, but it definitely a sipping beer. I will drink more of these.

Photo of mverity
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown almost black color with appreciable tan head, thin tan collar, some tan swirls when agitated. Aroma is of coffee, roasted malt, some burnt earth. Taste is lighter malt that the nose lends to. Some coffee in the mid palate and a touch of char towards the end. Nice thick body and medium carbonation.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black, with a thin beige head that lasted a long time. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts, some faint coffee notes and alcohol.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth full bodied. Taste is of roasted malts, bitter hops, and some coffee in the background.

Overall: Not a huge fan of Porters personally, but I must give credit when due, and this is a great brew.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled on 11/25/12 (about 2 months old).

Pours out pretty much opaque black with a nice full 2-3 fingers of creamy tan colored head. Keep some good retention with lots of spotty lacing sticking around.

Initially has a pretty chocolatey aroma, as it warms pine hops seem to take over. A bit of dry bakers cocoa. As it warms even further, the slightest bit of alcohol heft becomes noticeable.

Creamy dark chocolates, roasted almost charred malts, pine hops and maybe a hint of citrus are even keel with all the roasted malt flavors. Maybe a bit of oats. Finishes creamy wit a bit of a cocoa flavor and just a bit of hop bitterness.

Creamy, similar to that of an oatmeal stout. Medium bodied. Very smooth drinking.

A solid porter with a bit of welcomed extra hops. One of the better porters I've had, with a more fuller body than most. Well made.

Photo of far333
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany brown and opaque with an inch high head of rocky, dimpled foam that settles down slowly and leaves oily legs of lace up the sides of the crystal brandy snifter.

Aroma of dark malt, not toasted or roasty, very smooth, some cocoa and marshmallow.

Rich flavor of dark malt, slight roasty note, espresso, root beer, leather and smoke. Firm bitterness, some noticeable hops in the finish.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, finishes slightly tannic and woody. Excellent beer.

Photo of BGDrock
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: dark brown bordering on black, like motor oil; thick, solid head, very fine, with crazy retention - mocha coloured

Aroma: bitter coffee/chocolate, very mild

Taste & Mouthfeel: dark chocolate, almond cappuccino, with a hop kick near the end that pairs well with the roasted malt - perfect balance and come in at the right time; all flavours linger in the finish; silken mouthfeel, thick and creamy

Overall: love how balanced this is, with great texture that is a real pleasure to drink - an awesome brew for winter, as it borders on being a stout

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.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of Houseofbaran
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass

Pours well, caramel color lasting head w/ semi-fine lace. Beer is dark as 3 nights, no seeing the other side on this one. Overall fine porter appearance w/ somewhat uncharacteristic thin lasting head holding it all in.

Nose is spot on, inviting aroma of coffee and cocoa forecasting a taste to match.

Like yesterday's weather, the taste is not what it was forecasted to be. This is largely personal preference on my part, but the downfall for me is the persistent bitter hoppiness. Not what I expect from a porter, though it doesn't necessitate a bad rating, not wrong just different kind of thing. Bitterness subsided some as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel was smooth, silky with the bitter finish.

Overall I was expecting a top shelf traditional porter, instead I found that this is a beer I may have to try again to appreciate.

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Even their porter falls under the 'drink within 90 days' maxim? How hoppy is this gonna be?

This beer pours a solid, near abyssal black, with a faint basal brown cola band, and three flabby fingers of puffy, ebulliently foamy, and silken tan head, which leaves some chunky webbed lightning lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet biscuity, slightly toasted caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate wafers, nutty Italian coffee, a soft lactic sourness, and a decent blend of citrusy, leafy, and grassy hops. The taste is grainy, bready caramel malt, baker's chocolate, crackery toffee, mildly off cafe-au-lait, a bit of meaty roast, ethereal black licorice, and some faded earthy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are fairly soft, but supportive enough in their bearing, the body kind of on the light side of medium weight for the style, and mostly smooth, a sharpness arising as it warms - hard to tell if its origins are in the hops or booze. It finishes off-dry, the cocoa notes still up for a few more rounds, the caramel and coffee stumbling along, and the dryness from unseen hop, and slowly more visible alcohol on the upswing.

A pretty well-rounded, heady, and enjoyable American porter, the sweetness sublimated just enough to keep things on an even keel. I'm not quite sure where the freshness in such an offering comes into play - perhaps the hops that do their good work here behind the scenes, when too old, become overtly unpleasant and unworkable? Maybe, whatever, this is very drinkable right now, as urged, even with the 15-proof booze.

Photo of joeseppy
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

King Titus yields an almost three inch crown with tight mocha colored merengue head. Like a reaction of ice cream being dropped into cola. So dense you could eat the froth with a spoon.

Aromas of heavy cream, dark cocoa, vanilla, milk caramel, brown sugar, roast coffee and malted Whoppers. Scant trace of bourbon and alcohol. More like a stout than a porter, very rich indeed.

Ahh, here's my porter. Initial rush of bitterness, twain coffee and hops. Raw vanilla and a roasty bitter coffee on the back of the palate. Sweetness waxes in beautifully with the malt. Brew lingers on. Alcohol noted and welcome.

You gotta let this come up to temperature to yield this beauty's full potential. Cooler temps prove an almost watery feel. Medium body and enough carbonation to sparkle this craft with subtle stickiness on the lips.

Smells like Ten-tidy and taste resembles Founders Porter, IMO. Nice company to be in, yet there are still enough subtle nuances to distinguish itself. My favorite from MBC. A spectacular job and one to seek out and try for yourself. I fully enjoyed this!

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a one finger tan head on top, really nice head retention, sticking around for quite some time. A bit of thin lacing down the sides.

S: Tons of roasted malt on the aroma, with a bit of chocolate and cocoa, some light coffee, and a faint smoked malt aroma.

T: More roasted malt, a bit of cocoa, brown sugar, and a little bit of cream. Slight bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, drinks smooth and creamy.

O: A pretty nice porter, certainly on the roasty side. Very smooth.

Photo of Sammy
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Capone's Restaurant. Pours thickish black, with malty roasty aroma. Above average and smooth mouthfeel. The taste is great,chocolate and citrus hops, very drinkable malty just right not too roasty. Hits the bullseye, wishing it was available regularly and locally.

Photo of Roguer
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick (2 finger) nut brown head, fading fast but leaving plenty of lacing. Brew is an oily, smooth chocolatey black, completely opaque.

Aroma is sweet with strong coffee, bitter chocolate, and grapes; wheat struggles in the background, along with a hint of dry hops.

Smooth, sweet chocolate in a glass. Slightly sour grape, black coffee, oatmeal, milk, and wheat grain all take a background to the chocolate.

Feel is thick and chewy, like chewing on chocolate wheat. I'm not sure if this is a porter, or the greatest breakfast cereal of all time. Very minor foaming, no bite or sting, and the 7.5% is incredibly well-hidden.

This isn't a stout? This is an incredibly thick, luscious, velvety porter. An excellent choice for dessert, although I imagine it would make a great breakfast all by itself on a weekend.

Photo of alexbutler
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice, milk chocolatey head from the bottle over a thick, pitch black porter. Very nice looking, almost timeless pour. Classic dark look.

S - Very creamy aroma of coffee and dark malts, a very thick smell if there ever was one.

T - Very brief note of hops, while a creamy coffee flavor takes over the palette. Chocolatey, but nothing over the top. Nothing too smoky, though a hint of bacon in there, which adds to the fullness. Really tasty.

M - Full bodied porter right here. It's got a thickness that hangs on your tongue, and I've used the term creamy about eighteen times already, so I think you get the point. It's good.

O - I'm a huge fan of Maine Beer Comapany, not necessarily the prices. This is a porter I would highly recommend to anyone. Cheers to King Titus, the silverback gorilla of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund... may he rest knowing he inspired this truly outrageous porter.

Photo of EHopkinsi
3.85/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I totally agree with the previous reviewer- this is an unremarkable porter except there really isn't anything wrong with it. Which makes it a pretty remarkable brew, like most Maine beer co offerings.

Pours a charcoal color with less than a finger of head, modest retention and nice lacing.

Smell is mild but very appropriate and enticing- rich roasted malt, a little coffee, a little chocolate.

Tastes great- exceptionally well balanced between the sweet and rich malt flavors, and some bitterness from hops and the roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is again very appropriate- medium body, moderately carbonated and slightly syrupy. This is a very good porter, and should I feel the need for a porter, I will come back to this one.

Photo of Beericjb
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a snifter.

A: Pretty much black, or very dark brown. A 2 finger tan head, which recedes to a nice film with good lacing.
S: I get a bit of chocolate and a hint of coffee in the aroma. Not the strongest aroma, but smells great.
T: Nice and malty. I get lots of chocolate, a bit of coffee, and a good amount of roasted goodness.
M: Very creamy and not overly carbonated. Pretty perfect in my opinion.
O: This porter is exceptional. Probably this and Founders Porter are the best I have had. I would 100% recommend for those who like dark beers. Another amazing beer from Main Beer Company.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep brown with an ample tan head. Great retention.

Smell - Nutty aroma. Some coffee roasted malts. Some hops. Caramel.

Taste - Very nutty. Immediate coffee bitterness. Some vanilla up front, but it becomes very acrid and bitter.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Bitter and ashy. Kinda unpleasant.

Overall - It tastes pretty good up front, but the finish detracts. A lot of brown ale aspects with an intense burnt malt flavor in the back.

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King Titus from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,248 ratings.