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King Titus - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 235
Hads: 1,273
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 7.47%
Wants: 74
Gots: 206 | FT: 15
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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 dpgoblejr
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On tap at the Thirsty Moose in Portsmouth NH.

Bold, dark look and smelled of chocolate, hops, and burnt smoke. Taste of chocolate upfront and some nice bitterness from the hops. Slick, smooth mouthfeel makes for one tasty porter. Again, Maine Beer Co. has outdone themselves. Really liked this porter. (302 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 EricLander
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of WOBrewstraveler
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. (362 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 Lambocalrisien
4.73/5  rDev +14%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of Andrew61923
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (1,076 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Slightly burned chocolate and roasted malt smell. Tastes the same, with a nice roasted and ashy flavor plowing through. A little bit of bitterness but not hoppy. Maybe not King, but Prince indeed. This porter can hang with the big boys. It is the most similar beer to Edmund Fitzgerald (the King) I have had. Wasnt expecting it to topple Founders and Black Butte. Well done Maine Beer folks. (391 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 DrinkNewport
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is from 10/27/12, so about a year and a half old. Curious how this beer holds up.

The beer comes in a dark brown color with reddish mahogany coming through in the edges.

The aroma has medium roasted malt and nuttiness, very familiar for a porter. There’s a sweet milk chocolate, dark sticky caramel.

The beer follows with a medium plus mouthfeel of chewy chocolate with cocoa lingering throughout. A sticky toffee sweetness and dark raisin. A nice medium roasted malt and hints of roasted nuts. Then onto a big bright bitterness onto a medium minus roasted coffee and roasted malt.

The beer is a gorgeous beer, not far from Hill Farmstead Everett. The beer transitions from a chewy sweet milk chocolate with caramel onto a smooth long transition into a dark bitter coffee. (784 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (890 characters)

Photo of Huffs
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of farrago
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge head, almost half the glass, very slow to sizzle off, fairly dense even with a good mix of differing bubble sizes, the lacing forms a broad intricate spider webbing across the glass sides. The liquid is a fully opaque dark brown to black, barest hint of orange at the glass bottom, looks as much a stout as anything. The nose is dry and very roasty, malty with powerful presence in the dark chocolate, coffee bean, coconut flakes department all the while staying nicely balanced, adds complexity via white grapefruit zest, roasted nuts, tar, charcoal and campfire smoke, as pleasing for not pushing the envelope too far as for what it does offer. Light to medium-bodied, smooth but has grip and traction and in no way evanescent nor wimpy. More milk to lactose, vanilla bean here to pair with the chocolate and coffee, restrained sweetness. That curious grapefruit bursts through here too, retronasally floral, makes you think there’s some sneaky hops lurking about. Not as earthy here, some of that coal tar stuff but that’s it. Carbonation level is active, yet lets the primary flavors soak in and lengthen. Clean finish. The paucity of fruit flavors is odd, minor cherry to dark berry at best. Extremely well done. (1,234 characters)

Photo of teromous
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (1,019 characters)

Photo of JohnathanColeman
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
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! (613 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
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. (1,181 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
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! (1,098 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of oberon
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. (524 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle sealed with MBC pressure cap.

bottled on date of 05/13/14.

poured into silver logo HF Wine stem.

Appearance: black bodied porter with medium brown head that slowely drops down to a thick, chunky, and uneven cap; leaving behind a heavy and thick lacing on the side of the glass. MBC always has great looking beers and this is no exception!

Smell: Slighty sweet milk chocolates and caramel candies, light roast, light smokiness, earthy hops. Such a great balance of all these robust aromas. Smells fan - frinking - tastic!

Taste: Light roasty malts and light meaty smoke striking a perfect balance at the same level of intensity. In the middle, mildly sweet milk chocolates with earthy flavors contributed by the hops. Peat moss and more light roast round things out. Finish has a mild bitterness from the hops and roasted malts that continues to build up as this beer opens up; nearing room temperature. Very, very nice flavor profile!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy, silky, and luxurious. Chewy, but not thick. This has a fantastic mouthfeel. Not a hint of ABV. Excellant!

Overall: Truth be told. Maine Brewing Company made a killer Porter when they brew King Titus! This is almost an exact replicate of HF Everett. The biggest difference between King Titus and Everett is when the beer warms up; Everett remains malty and roasty. While King Titus showcases a mild hoppy bitterness that balances nicely with the chocolate and roast malts. Everett edges out King Titus overall, but King titus is alot easier to aquire. So its a draw and you can go wrong with either Porter in my opinion. I have had many hoppy offerings from MBC and really enjoyed alot of them, but this is definately my favorite beer from MBC! Seek it out folks King Titus will not dissapoint you. (1,818 characters)

Photo of BeeGinner
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
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. (505 characters)

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King Titus from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.