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King Titus - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

720 Ratings
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Ratings: 720
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 7.95%


Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our take on an American robust porter. Dark, thick, chewy, chocolaty, and of course, generously hopped.

(Beer added by: tehzachatak on 10-04-2012)
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EricLander


4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

While I'm new to appreciating beers, I've really taken to Maine Beer Company's brews. I picked this up tonight as it was the first time I had seen it at my preferred store. Bottled on 10/27/12.

Poured into a 22 oz. standard pilsner glass and the one finger head remained for a while. Aroma is a clean, with a noticeable malt and coffee combination. I love the chocolate flavor on initial tastes and the finish is incredibly clean. The ever so slight bitter hops almost fade away too quickly for my tastes.

Overall this is an incredible beer. I was expecting a heavier feeling upon drinking it similar to Mean Old Tom and other stouts and porters I've tried recently - but Titus left me appreciating it's lightness enough to wish I brought some more home.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 03:09:46 | More by EricLander
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WOBrewstraveler

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on tap at Plan b in Simsbury, CT. Absolutely delicious porter. Pours very dark and with a tan-colored rocky head. Mouthfeel is full - bodied and rich, it is full from start to finish. Chocolate and toasted malt flavors dominate without tipping into stout territory. I haven't had anything from Maine Beer that disappointed, and this is no exception.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2014 21:00:43 | More by WOBrewstraveler
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Lambocalrisien

New York

4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours dark black with a nice 1 1/2 finger mocha/brown head that leaves a nice lacing.

S - Dark roasted malts with subtle hints of chocolate and coffee.

T - Hello delicious Porter! Roasted chocolate malt up front with caramel, coffee and hops through the middle and a really nice finish of bitterness and dry chocolate.

M - Medium body, creamy, nicely carbonated and very smooth.

O - One of the best porters I've had. Maine Beer Company is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries and they nailed this one. Great balance of roast, chocolate and hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 01:56:05 | More by Lambocalrisien
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Andrew61923

California

4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into Great Divide Yeti tulip. Bottled 9/23/12. Let sit for ten minutes before reviewing.

A: Dark, dark, dark. No light getting through. Poured to a nice finger and a half khaki head, which dissipated to a thin halo with a little lingering of bubbles in the middle.

S: A ton of cocoa and dark chocolate. Not picking up on any of the hops MBC is known for. Excited to try something new from them.

T: Oh yeah. The chocolate is done just right and I do pick up on some of the hop bitterness on the back of my tongue. Very well-balanced and, though it is sweet, it is not overly so.

M: I would say that this is perhaps a tad thin, but I needed to be reminded that this is a porter, not a stout. Coats the tongue well and has a nice lingering flavor. Hides a relatively high ABV very well.

O: Very impressed by this beer. Though not cheap, I am willing to try most anything I see from MBC. I would still likely go with a few other cheaper porters over this one, but would not hesitate to revisit it when in the mood to treat myself to something nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 03:12:29 | More by Andrew61923
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DrinkNewport

Rhode Island

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

This porter is very typical of Maine Beer Company.

It looks...like a porter.
It smells...like a porter.
It tastes...like a porter.
It feels...like a porter.
Overall...it's a porter.

So that's boring. It's not barrel-aged. It's not really a high ABV. It's unremarkable in almost every way...until you look for flaws.

Then you realize that there aren't any.

And I want another one. Right now.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 03:29:06 | More by DrinkNewport
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teromous

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BeerAdvocate keeps logging me out when I submit reviews despite pressing the "keep me logged in button" so there is a lot of information that is missed from what I had to say.

A: Black with a dark khaki head, good lacing.

S: Faint pine hop smell and a lot more lemony hop smell. The overall scent is subdued but fresh smelling. Not much else.

T: Fantastic tasting beer. At first it has this light roasted flavor with a bit of woody character. It is followed by a mellow pine flavor. Despite the claim that the term "balanced" is cliche and overused, this beer feels like a perfect balance of malt and hops that has been elevated evenly to create a much fuller more flavorful beer.

M: It's perfect. It has a nice full mouthfeel that is quite simply enjoyable to drink.

O: Overall this beer is fantastic. I am certain that porter, stout, and even barley wine lovers will find this beer to their satisfaction. I will be buying more of this in the future if it is available. I highly recommend that others seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 21:29:27 | More by teromous
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DmanGTR

New York

4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark brown with chestnut hues in the light. The head is a creamy, billowing beige cloud that adorns the top of my Gulden Draak tulip. Long lasting, it leaves ample lacing as it descends with the beer. The aroma is quite nice: multigrain toast, touch of marshmallow, and cocoa with mineral and a hop-forward waft that is a blend of earth, grass, and spring rain. The flavors are abundant and well balanced. Lots of silky smooth chocolate, less coffee, and sweet malt comes first, followed by burnt toast, caramel, and a pleasing mild bitterness that rounds out the finish. The aftertaste reminds me a little bit of Amontillado: a sherry-like, nutty flavor. The texture is extremely smooth and rich bodied, definitely bold enough to hold up to the flavors. Well carbonated and quite drinkable. Hardly any alcohol presence. Overall, a very well made porter that I highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 23:33:28 | More by DmanGTR
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Huffs

New York

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass and a nice, dense, tan head developed with great retention and lacing. Appearance was dark brown to black. Aroma was of bread, dried fruits (raisins) with some subtle coffee and chocolate notes. Great tastes of malt, chocolate and coffee with hints of grain and wood. All aspects of the taste were subtle and well balanced. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a dry, sweet and bitter, aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 00:00:06 | More by Huffs
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BeeGinner

Rhode Island

4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Track 84, Warwick, RI, served in a 13 oz tulip glass

A: Almost black, served with a 3/4 inch head which laced throughout

S: Not much to it. Slight smell of chocolate.

T: Smooth, easy drinking. Was surprised given the ABV.

M: Nice carbonation throughout. Proper glassware helped (Thanks, Lily). Almost no aftertaste, which I expected there to be more due to the hoppiness.

O: A great drink. Was gone before I knew it and I was ready for a second. ABV crept up on me. I will look for this in stores.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2014 20:40:42 | More by BeeGinner
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle labeled 092312

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers worth of brown head that stays around for a very long while and leaves great lacing. Don't see any porter looking better than this. I'm not sure if it's even possible

S: Big roasty malts with hints of bitter dark chocolate and coffee. Slight dark fruit towards the back, as well as a light, ester-y alcohol

T: Follows the nose. Very roasty, with charred characteristics and the dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits. The dark fruit aspect stands out more here than in the nose. Alcohol is hidden behind the wall of darkness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth

O: MBC does it again. This time with a dark beer. Their mean old tom doesn't hold a candle to this beer (even though that is an Irish dry stout, but still). Layers of flavor and a near-full body make this a great example of the style and one that isn't topped by many pure, standard porters. The price point is right around the MBC average, which is a bit high compared to some others, but the quality is right there too. What a beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 19:41:46 | More by BEERMILER12
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Much thanks Toasterchef!

Real solid crawling pour of head creeps up. Light whipped cocoa brown, and good retention and bubbles. Four fingers deep with nice head, and a classic dark walnut brown body to boot. Text book looking porter here, with rocking cap of goodness. Giant clumps of lacing, thick chunks hang in my glass, thick ice cream chocolate like lacing.. heck with it, this gets a 5 rating!

Nose hits. Incredibly creamy. Light chocolate milk sensations. Roast light grain sensations, this is one gangbusters going porter, hitting all the right buttons.

Palate matches much of the nose and more so. Light cream in mid palate with a little bit of sweetness. Huge coffee roasty finish, lots of ripping bean action aftertaste. Mouthfeel hits all the right notes for a porter, light but full of depth. Milky but with sweetness and a good thick roasting quality. Cream everywhere. Simple. Solid. All the pieces just done tremendously well and put together, it's all here.

Overall, what can I say this brewery. They just kicks serious but! Classic textbook porter. Even at 7.5, it feels like a classic 5% brew. Wonderful stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 02:23:22 | More by smakawhat
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JohnathanColeman

West Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: King Titus pours very dark like the midnight skies, with a two finger mocha colored head that dissipates into a solid lacing.

Smell: Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, and a faint scent of coffee.

Taste: I feel as if the roasted malts and dark chocolate flavors preserver in this brew, although you get a great but subtle taste of the hops that pulls through on the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel of this brew is heavy like a wonderful steak dinner! Very chewy!!!

Overall: This brew is amazing and I would recommend it to anyone who can get their hands on it!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 23:13:26 | More by JohnathanColeman
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled on1/18/13. Pours a almost pitch black, with a beautiful light brown head, that leaves thick lace on the sides of the glass. Smell is roasty, bready, chocolate, coffee, and some carmel excellent! Taste is all of those things, more roasted expresso than the nose led on. Body medium large silky smooth, nice carbonation, a touch dry like you would expect, and easy drinking. This is a awesome Porter, wow I am impressed with this company.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 20:14:23 | More by SawDog505
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Pours a nice dark black beer with tan head that lasts and leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell:
The chocolate dominates the smell with hints of coffee but nothing else.

Taste:
The hops are dominated by the chocolate taste, coffee and roasted malts. In fact, I get a little bit of hop in the aftertaste but other than that I get nothing.

Mouthfeel:
Heavy bodied with almost no carbonation. Almost feels as if I drinking chocolate syrup.

Overall:
I have to admit that this is a pretty good porter and definitely one of the best that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 00:18:42 | More by HattedClassic
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/23/12

A: Deep black in the glass but dark brown/ruby red when held up to light. Huge, fluffy, frothy, medium-brown head. Soft and inviting. Decent lace and a bit of retention.

S: Hop presence is strong, making this smell more like a Black Ale or Black IPA, rather than an American Porter. But plenty of freshly roasted malt and coffee to balance it out. Hops are fantastic. Give the glass a swirl and you get fresh fruit, resin, and cedar.

T: It's Maine Beer Co., so...outstanding, of course. For the style? One of the best. The flavors are fresh, robust, and delicious. Roasted malt it there throughout but slightly fruity hops come through in the middle while chocolate and coffee round out the finish with hints of wood. A joy to drink.

M: No metallic, cloying, or lactose flavors like I find in a lot of Porters. Great flavor from start to finish and from first sip to last. Roasted malt, roasted coffee, and very dark chocolate cling to your palate. Body and carbonation are perfect. Goes down way too easily.

O: What can I say? While MBC sure knows how to make the lighter side of ales, they also know how to make the dark ones. Mean Old Tom is damn good, too. This beer is phenomenal. If you see this, you must try it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 01:27:07 | More by Gatch
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slow forming mocha head sits atop this pleasently dark brown brew. The aroma is fantastic with a good roasted malt nose. Hints of coffee and chocolate and old church pews come through. Bright hops pop out to bouy the malt bill. The feel is medium to thick in weight with a char and ashen grittiness. That being said it is also rather smooth too.
Aftertaste is on the bitter side too.
A good beer with a nice depth of flavor. This robust and rich beer is easy drinking but more stout like then porterish.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 13:36:18 | More by micromaniac129
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oberon

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 22:40:04 | More by oberon
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - black with a creamy brown head that left a thick sheet of lacing behind.

S - lots of roasted malt and chocolate.

T - roasted malt, chocolate and coffee from start to finish.

F - medium bodied with a creamy, smooth feel.

O - very good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 00:48:03 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 500 ml. bottle dated 011813. Sampled on April 7, 2013.

It pours India ink black with a humongous fluffy mocha head that stays until the end. The carbonation bubbles almost give the appearance of one of those UK nitro cans.

On the nose there are loads of Porter characters including dark baking chocolate, coffee, dark malts, and a subtle but clean hop scent.

Medium to full body with some astringency.

The taste and aroma counter one another because I get a kind of dark cherry or plum flavor up front with the coffee and chocolate played down. Low bitterness that lingers briefly allowing me to savor it for a few seconds more. This is an excellent Porter and one worth seeking out and trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 19:04:08 | More by puboflyons
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Beericjb

Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 04:37:05 | More by Beericjb
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark dark brown/black color, starts out with a huge light brown head at least a few fingers deep, fades at a slow rate, for while during the pour it had a bit of a layered effect, leaves a ton of patchy lacing.

Smell has a surprisingly piney hop aroma, soon a large roasted malt and chocolate backbone seizes the nose, a diverse yet balanced aroma.

Taste has a very good balance between the piney hops and the huge roasted malt aroma, chocolate adds a nice character, slight burnt malt bitterness in the aftertaste, smooth mouthfeel with a decent thickness for a Porter, active carbonation, finishes only slightly dry.

So much better than Mean Old Tom, it kind of reminds me of a more thick Zoe. Not a complete branch out from previous beers (since they do hop the heck out of things), it is a very solid beer to their lineup.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 02:36:29 | More by deltatauhobbit
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MCain04

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle from BostonRyan dated 11/12, thanks bro. Poured into a FFF Teku glass.

A: Dark brown/black with 2+ finger creamy khaki head with good retention and lacing.

S: A lot of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, some vanilla, and some tropical hops reminiscent of Lunch.

T: Roasted malts and coffee are abundant, but some hop fruit flavors and sweetness are present. Chocolate flavor is most apparent on the back end and lends to a nice aftertaste. No heat on the beer.

M: Medium carbonation, medium body, could be thicker for a robust porter, dry finish despite wet body throughout.

O: Definitely one of the best porters I've had. A fan of the hops melding with the typical porter tastes in a way that works very well. May be better than Edmund Fitzgerald, but comes in under Everett. Very very nice, worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 02:03:08 | More by MCain04
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

King Titus pours black into the glass with a big, thick tan head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind lots of spots and lines of lace.

The rich aroma is loaded with chocolate, dark fruit, roast malt and a touch of coffee.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is very smooth, creamy with mild carbonation. Velvety on the tongue. The flavor is much like the aroma. Chocolate, a little roast malt, dark fruit and coffee. It finishes mildly bitter with a touch of citrus. Once gone the chocolate and citrus bitterness lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty beer with a great mouth feel. More chocolate flavor than roast, but I would expect that in a porter. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 23:29:06 | More by WanderingFool
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 09/23/12. Poured in to tulip.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black. One finger of thick espresso coloured head with good retention. Spotty lacing.

S - Huge roast aroma that is complimented by sweet milk chocolate, brown sugar and a hint of molasses in the background.

T - Heavy roast flavour and a fairly big semi-sweet chocolate presence are dominant. Lighter notes of smoke, brown sugar and molasses round out the flavour profile. A moderate bitterness is present throughout that helps to balance out the sweetness.

M - Medium body, almost full at times, with a huge chew. Silky. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 02:19:32 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 23:04:23 | More by Roguer
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King Titus from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.