King Titus - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 237
Hads: 1,288
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 19.32%
Wants: 78
Gots: 209 | 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 facesnorth
2.8/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Annoys me that you guys rate this so highly. It tastes like crap. It's almost as bad as Firestone Walker Reserve's Porter. Not sure what it is about porters that if they are not good I want to pour them out. But I'm hugely disappointed by this one. It's just the taste - the color, smell, mouthfeel is all fine. But unfortunately the taste it most important to me. Up front it's OK, like any decent porter, not great. But the aftertaste is just totally lackluster like dirty cardboard dipped in soda water.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
3.2/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 10MAR13

Hope this beer is as highly valuable as the $8 price tag. Pours near black with a broken sheet of light mocha foam. Smells of toasted malts, coffee, some bitter cocoa, some raisin, some leather and soil and a bit of resiny hops. Flavor is dry with coffee, dark toasted malts, some more leather, some dirt, some bitterness, some bits of maduro tobacco. Fairly thin for the style with low carb and a dry finish - not sure this leaves me disappointed, but it's certainly different for the style. Overall a beer that is drinkable, but not something I'd tell others to buy and drink over some of the better options out there (although I haven't seen better options bottled here in Boston)

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%

Served in a Boulevard tulip snifter.

Finishing things off here at the VDubb household with another new porter (though the portery-ness of the I&G is still very much in question). This one pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger of burnt sienna foam. The nose comprises dark cocoa powder, roasted malts, mild treacle, light coffee, something that seems like brown sugar, and a bit of chocolate-covered orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, though everything has an extra layer of toast, and there's a firm undercurrent of dank greens, tobacco, and candied orange peel. It's these additions that really ruin things for me, undermining and subverting the positivity of everything that came before it. I'm claiming over-hopping on this one. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a good porter that appears to suffer from a misguided zeal to overhop things. Shame, really, even if it doesn't completely destroy things.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
3.36/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours jet black, 1 1/2 finger tan head that lasts and lasts, but little lacing.

S: Initially sweet, then roasty and chocolaty. Suggestions of biscuit.

T: At first blush: TOAST! Really toasty, alcohol apparent, a bit sour and bitter for the style, I thought, almost burnt-tasting at times. Over-hopped? Improves as it warms.

M: Heavy and smooth.

O: Not bad. Not a great porter, but at its best it tastes like toast with Nutella. Could be richer, creamier, less hoppy.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.46/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My first gorilla beer. I've had lots of monkey beers but this is my first gorilla beer.

Thick and clumpy espresso foam colored head over a dark brown to black beer. Clinging tresses of lace look good even after my glass is emptied. Bottle dated 9/23/12.

Smells like the usual suspects: dark roast coffee grounds, dark chocolate and some graham cracker which may not be ususal but is sure is nice.

Good and roasty without my sweetness. Dark roast coffee primarily, sorta monotone. I really dislike the mouthfeel which is thick, chunky and kinda vacant like a dry Irish stout.

Love MBCo.'s hoppy beers, still don't like their dark beers.

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Photo of Treebs
3.46/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass. Bottled 4/23/13.

A: Pours a solid black color and as with all Maine Beer Co. beers a thick and heavy head, khaki in color, forms on the pour and sticks around for quite some time. Great retention. Lots of sticky webbing of lace is left on the glass.

S: The hops pop up in the forefront with some light fruitiness. Some roast and char is present after the initial hop burst. Light cocoa powder as well.

T: Some leafy and fruity hops up front. The char and roast take over in the mid-palate, but the hops definitely stick around throughout. Light bitter baker's chocolate mixes with some sweet roasted malts on the finish.

M: medium bodied with a nice chew to the body. Medium carbonation with a roasty and sweet finish.

O: I'm not the biggest fan of hoppy porters. The hops lingered a little too long for me and provided some unwanted fruity and leafy notes while not adding any bitter flavors. There is enough chocolate malts with a nice roasting to remind it's still a porter, but it needs a little more balance.

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Photo of stakem
3.49/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Standard 500ml bottled in Oct 2012 poured into a cervoise. The brew pours a dark brown to black color with a khaki colored head 3 fingers strong. It fades slowly leaving a full wall of webby lace on the glass. When held to the light, some lighter reddish brown clarity is seen around the edges.

The aroma is roasty with char, earth and coffee overtop some mineral notes and herbal to piney hop character. A mild amount of fruity alcohol that is somewhat floral that fades to almost sweet milk chocolate balances out the rest of the aromatics.

The flavor is roasty and bitter with coffee and earthen aspects. Some mineral quality breaks this up with an aggressive hoppy flavoring that is somewhat vegetative to herbal and pine-like. Underneath is a bit of fruity alcohol that brings out a touch of milk chocolate but without the sweetness.

This is medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is a decent porter with plenty of character. However, I am not a fan of the strong mineral presence that is unrelenting and quite distracting.

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Photo of portia99
3.51/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle (bottled 9/23/12) poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours pitch black in color with hardly any light passing thru at all. A finger of thick and frothy mocha colored foam shows excellent staying power. Very nice looking porter.

S - NIce roasty aroma, dark malts, some coffee and a fair share of chocolate too. Aroma intensity is a bit on the low side however.

T - Lots of dark roasted malt, heavy with burnt aspects with some charcoal acridity. Espresso, bitter hops. Quite dry...not getting any kind of sweet flavors. Burnt and bitter and somewhat one dimensional in flavor.

M - Rather full bodied. Carbonation is on the lower side and yields a thick and creamy feel. Acrid bitterness dominates from start to finish and lingers well past the swallow...actually a bit over the top for me and a little distracting.

O - Overall I would call this an average porter with low complexity of flavor and aroma. Too burnt for my liking and lacking in the deep roasty flavors I was looking for. A bit of a disappointment to me from a brewery that has otherwise produced very satisfying brews.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
3.51/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

O- Ridiculously pitch black pour. Not a hint of light gazing thru. A billowing coffee stained head rises on the pour and gently glides down the glass leaving some absolutely crazy lacing. The head still has at least 1/2 inch even after almost 5 minutes.

S- Reminds me of alot of a mild Black IPA in the nose. A ton of citrus and some smokey, charred malt. Not as aggressive as Storm King or something like that. Some hints of sweet raisin and fig, dark Belgian cocoa powder and really bitter coffee.

T- Really hoppy and citrusy right up front. It gives way to some milk chocolate sweetness, black coffee, dark dried fruit, pine sap, and yeast. Nice at best. Not extremely complex. I've had much better for much cheaper.

M- Kinda thin and crisp. Far too much citrus for my liking. I was really hoping for something with some body to it. The orange and tangerine peel just strip away any coffee and cocoa goodness that it had.

O- I'm not a huge fan of Porter's that kick you in the mouth with citrus zest and pine. It's a shame because I can really smell some nice cocoa and coffee underneath. It's certainly not bad by any means, but just doesn't suite my liking of an American Porter. It's too bad every style has to be pushed over-the-top by hops. JMHO.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to have a clear bottling date (11/25/2012)
1% for the Planet company -- I like that.
A: black and opaque;
S: black licorice,; cola, root beer but without the sweetness.
T: the tight delicious taste builds and builds but then explodes into a bitter, very strong licorice finish. It's bordering on too bitter and intense. It mellows as the beer warms up but is still pretty harsh.
M: medium bodied
O: After many recommendations I was really looking forward to this beer. It started so well but that finish is just too much over the top.

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Photo of mactrail
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Very dark color and opaque in the tumbler. Large beige head that lasts well. Quite sudsy in the mouth. This starts off as a mellow malty mouthful and shades off into the darkness. Bitterness is quite substantial. I don't see the IBU, but it's a lot of Centennial and Columbus hops. The charred flavors take over from the sweet malt.

Overall, this is a flavorful dark brew that is on the austere side. An interesting big beer that is double the flavor, if not quite double the alcohol. The bitterness finally takes its toll for me. From the 500 ml bottle bought at Whole Foods in Washington, DC.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Raul wouldn't exactly call this "King Titus;" maybe "Prince Titus." It's aite and all, but it don't make Raul want to slap his mama, his sister, his baby mama, or even his granmama. When the main man Raul first sipped on this sediment ridden sucker, it was creamier than Kate Upton's morning porridge. The rest of it though... just aite. Kind of aite.

Lacking the roasty flavors and thick texture that Raul would like. Decent, but Raul wouldn't care to have it again.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jbaker67 for the bottle! Bottled on 12/30/2012. Poured into a Blind Tiger Brewery snifter.

Appearance: A strong pour down the middle of the glass produced three fingers of thick, khaki head. Black body. Good head retention and lacing, probably due to the bottle conditioning.

Smell: Grassy hops with some oxidized malts, a bit of stone fruit, some smoke, fading roasted grains and chocolate malts. I’m surprised by there lingering hop presence.

Taste: Up front you get just a bit of hop presence before a bitter smokiness comes through. Some sweet chocolate malts and vanilla. A bit of astringency. I think this is starting to become undone.

Mouthfeel: A very creamy body with a thin mouthfeel. Higher carbonation which warms and pricks going down your throat.

Overall: I probably waited to long to try this as it’s kind of all over the map at this point. The remaining bitterness is almost herbal and too bitter. There is an unpleasant smokiness coming through and the carbonation does not help. Not sure what it’s like fresh, but it’s probably better to drink it sooner rather than later.

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Photo of Etan
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle sent by Valdieu2. Thanks!

A: Pours a brownish black with a large creamy light tan head.

S: Very nice mix of mild coffee, chocolate, bready malt, mild brown sugar.

T: Dry, bitter roasted grain, a slight acidity, hop leaf and char.

M: Creamy, medium-bodied.

O: This smells great, but there's too much acidity and bitter roastiness in the taste.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer for quite awhile and am only now getting around to reviewing it.

The beer pours with no head to speak of, hardly even a lacing around the edges (maybe this beer is past its prime? It is almost a year and a half old). It is jet black with no lightness around the edges at all.

The nose is quite subdued. There is a slight hint of coffee and thats about it, very, very subdued nose, almost cant smell it.

There is a roasted maltiness up front, this fades with just a bit of hop bittnerness and then there is a long slow mouthfeel of really dark chocolate and some more dark coffee.

This is not one of my favorite porters by a long shot, way too many char flavors for my liking. That said, it is a decent beer. Probably will never buy it again though.

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Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Sept 23

Nice creamy darker mocha colored creamy 1/2 finger head, fades slowly with nice layered lacing, pitch black thick almost sludge thickness.

Nose nice roasted malt quality, light fresh roasted coffee beans, grainy dusty coffee grounds and roast, light black patent, touch acrid metallic, nothing else.

Taste full of coffee, mostly roasted coffee bean but a bit of fresh brewed coffee add well, with some roasted malt. Quite bitter mostly from the roasted malt, some black patent malt and light acrid metallic like. There is a light nutty flavor, and hint of chewy earthy hops. Not much more. Finish is fairly bitter, more roast and coffee beans lingering, just a bit of earthy hops.

Mouth is fairly creamy and med to full bodied, good carb.

Overall ok flavors but fairly one dimensional, nice coffee and roast but pretty much nothing else, plus a bit to bitter and acrid.

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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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Photo of rudzud
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with JLindros, poured into a Kate the Great Tulip. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured a nice dark black pour with a one finger mocha head that left light side lacing with good retention. Spot on for appearance. Very well done.

S - Aromas of roasted malts and light roasted coffee beans. Thats kind of about it. Rather one dimensional.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with big roast malts and roasted coffee beans. Somewhat acrid and bitter. Not like a cup of coffee but more like just roasted beans.

M - Mouthfeel is really nice. Not quite smooth with some lighter carbonation.

O - Overall this isnt bad, but not stellar. Much better offerings from Maine Beer.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a satisfying dark brown-black opaque color.
Short lived forthy head that laced the glass with abundance.
An enchanting nose of coffee, roasted malt, hops--

Flavor wasn't quite up to the beer's aroma-- but quite satisfying and what I think is dead on for a Porter, although--- the flavor was somewhat one-dimensional, mostly bitter hops I would have liked more toasted malt, coffee... but that might have put this beer too close to a Stout.

Mouthfeel is good-- finish dissipates too quickly.

Overall-- very enjoyable-- I can see putting down several bottles in a sitting.
I'll be adding a few more bottles of this libation to my beer larder.

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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.

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Photo of oline73
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a quarter finger of light tan creamy head. The head sticks around pretty well.

Smell: The first thing I'm getting is roasted dark malt, but this one doesn't smell particularly sweet. I'm getting some dark fruit, dark chocolate, and a hint of hops as well.

Taste: Just like the smell, the taste hardly has any sweetness in it. I'm getting some burnt roasted malt, and some dark chocolate to a lesser extent. There is a hint of dark fruit behind the roast, and the finish is quite bitter with a nice hop component.

Mouthfeel: The body is creamy and full with very smooth carbonation. The finish is rather dry.

Overall: I think the hop level could have been just a bit less, but I still enjoyed this one quite a bit. The roast was strong but smooth. I'd have more in the future.

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Photo of delta490
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- a deep, deep brown, with only small amounts of light getting through towards the bottom of the glass. A big foamy cappuccino head has great retention and lacing

S-deep roast malt tones with hints of alcohol sweetness

T- the taste is subdued, with a little bit of the deep roast malt tones and some earthy hops, but nothing really distinctive about it. It's certainly not bad, probably at the very good level, just shy of great.

M- it's a little thinner, but not too much so.

O- this is a really good, just short of great. The bottle has a "drink no later than 90 days from 092413" mark, so it may be a little past its prime.

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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.

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Photo of corby112
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 12-30-12

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass. Two finger, frothy beige head that has good retention, slowly settling into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Deeply roasted dark malt aroma that's smokey and burnt, verging on becoming acrid and one dimensional. Lots of ash, charcoal and burnt toast along with some oatmeal and spent coffee grinds. As it warms, it opens up a bit with notes of toffee, caramel and dark chocolate but the strong burnt roast character still dominates.

On the fuller end of medium bodied and thankfully more flavorful and complex than the nose suggests. There is still a very dry roast flavor that dominates things but it isn't harsh or completely overbearing. Slightly smokey with some charcoal, burnt malt, oatmeal and espresso bean but this is countered mid-palate by a subtle lactic cream presence as well as some dessert like chocolate sweetness. Hints of sweet and dark chocolate as well as some toffee, caramel and hazelnut. There's also a slight gourmet coffee character without tasting like an overwhelming coffee beer. Really well balanced yet retains enough roast to make it bold and the ABV is very well masked. A complex, intense take on the style that remains an enjoyable drink.

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King Titus from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.