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King Titus - Maine Beer Company

King TitusKing Titus

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Ratings: 725
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 7.71%

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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Photo of BoldRulerVermont


3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into snifter glass.
Pours traditional dark dark brown with thin caramel head.
Smells roasty, chocolaty and hints of coffee.
Taste was thin and not substantial enough, fell below the levels of aroma.
Mouthfeel was also thinner than I was hoping for.
Overall, this beer was disappointing. Looked and smelled nice, taste was lacking.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 15:26:41 | More by BoldRulerVermont
Photo of richj1970


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 500 ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a very deep brown almost black with 3 finger creamy tan head. Fairly significant lacing.

S: Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, hint of coffee and smoke.

T: A nice blend of roasty flavors. A bit of chocolate, caramel, coffee. Tending a bit bitter but in a pleasant way.

M: Full bodied but not thick. Dry finish and well carbonated.

O: This is an outstanding porter. One of my favorites of the group. Compares very well to Stone's Smoked Porter or Yazoo's Sue.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 01:08:53 | More by richj1970
Photo of hops202

District of Columbia

4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a stone snifter. Bottled 2/25/14.

Quite dark brown appearence, might be confused as a stout at first glance. Aroma has lots of chocolate and roast with some coffee and oak, maybe even some chestnut. Taste has chocolate, roast, coffee and nuts. Very well balanced. Nicely done Porter by Maine Beer Company!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 00:54:44 | More by hops202
Photo of Boto


4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle: This one pours an opaque, dark brown color. There was a dense, crea,y tan head on it that lingers a bit and leaves some lacing. The aroma is nice. Roasted malts and some coffee. Hints of some caramel and chocolate. The taste is good. Some roasted malts and coffee notes on top. Subdued chocolate in the background. Slightly biter: no sweetness at all. A very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 20:04:36 | More by Boto
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

King Titus is black (SRM 40+) with a chestnut brown, creamy froth that never recedes to less than half an inch. The fisheye pint glass is coated with lace by the end of the session.

Sweet roasted malt is accentuated by molasses and espresso. With warmth, a light liqueur is followed by nuts.

This one is well balanced between roasted and sweet malt. The roasted qualities bring out black coffee, nuts, cola and chocolate. A light, bitter finish lingers and brings out bitter chocolate.

The body is light to medium, with a silky texture. It has ample carbonation and light alcohol.

This is a great beer to accompany reading or to enjoy with friends during a long, cool afternoon. The roasted nature brings out some funk from a Chimay soft cheese.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 22:37:33 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of DaveBlack


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark, completely opaque. Big 2-finger tan head on the top, moderate amount of lacing.

S: Roasted malts and coffee. Not really a whole lot of aroma on this one.

T: Wow. This is definitely where this beer really shines. Roasted malts, chocolate, a hit ofmalt bitterness, and a great finish of ash. The alcohol comes through, surprisingly, and complements all the flavors.

M: the moderately heavy body is significantly lightened by the large amount of carbonation.

O: One of the better porters I've had. Nicely balanced, a great combination of roasted malts hops and alcohol. Just an all-around great brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 23:36:28 | More by DaveBlack
Photo of Cavanaghty


3.74/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 20:04:42 | More by Cavanaghty
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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
Photo of mverity


3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 06:29:23 | More by mverity
Photo of superspak


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/22/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, dark bread, coffee, oats, light citrus, light pine, floral, grass, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, dark bread, coffee, oats, light citrus, light pine, floral, grass, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast/floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, dark bread, coffee, light pine, floral, grass, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malts and moderate hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, moderately slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent porter. All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 00:23:20 | More by superspak
Photo of CowsandBeer


3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 03:49:16 | More by CowsandBeer
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy


3.66/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 23:17:41 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
Photo of clayrock81


4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me preface this review by stating I am typically black/white on my porters/stouts - stouts should be heavy, dry, slow sippers high in alcohol and porters should be lighter and sweeter. That being said, this is one of the few porters I have found that straddle the line and do it so well. It is a dark brown to black color, really depending on the light and your eyes, with one finger head that dies slow with lace patches on glass. The aroma is basically a dry, roasted malt aroma but there is a nice chunk of dark chocolate kicking around. The beer is medium bodied, no easy sipper but not necessarily chewey or bready, per se, and I find that dark chocolate is really pronounced with the roasted malts for this balance of sweet and dry, and at a couple of points I believe I pinpointed some dark fruits like raisins and a touch of alcohol in the finish, which to be honest I don't really get any hoppy bitterness in this beer except on the backend as my beer warmed up (I am a slow sipper).

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 21:44:29 | More by clayrock81
Photo of delta490


3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 00:01:39 | More by delta490
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District of Columbia

3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 10/22/13. Purchased for $7.99. Poured into a chalice.

Easy drinking, dry burnt porter, but unbalanced towards the bitter. With these dark beers I prefer a more balanced profile some malty sweetness would make this a highly rated beer for me. 3.75

A – Pours an opaque reddish brown, maybe a bit viscous. A two-finger tan mousy head that dissipates to a thin layer. Nice lacing. 4.75

S – Roasted malts, toasted nuts, bready, a tinge of sweetness, sort of a faint cardboard odor (but something that does not manifest itself in the taste). 4.0

T – Burnt bitterness with some herbal/grassy bitterness from the hops. Burnt/roasted barley. Burnt coffee. 3.5

MF – Medium-light body, dry finish, bright in the mouth.4.0

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 03:40:59 | More by Sludgeman
Photo of JohnnyHopps


4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a healthy black with a slight mocha white head.

Smell - The beer smells malty. The malts lean toward the sweet side, but the angle is not overwhelming.

Taste - This is a very good porter. The smoked malts begin at the from and the acidity of the smoke lingers. One might detect dark chocolate and a coffee grounds. There is a smooth sense of creaminess that allows the taste and coats the tongue. The linger of coffee grounds is the end result.

Mouthfeel - I can really appreciate the thickness of this beer. It coats the tongue and lingers nicely. Quite smooth for the style, the there is just enough carbonation to note its existence.

Overall- This is a really good porter. I would certainly have this one again. The only criticism I might level is the lack of any sense of sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 01:35:14 | More by JohnnyHopps
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect point glass. 11/24

Pours jet black, full dark, with thick fluffy off white foam. Slow settling. Light chocolately nose. Modest coffee too. Hint of vanilla. Smooth light roasted flavor with dark chocolate expertly filtered through. Subtle bitter ticks in. Really flavorful. Great porter. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 13:58:48 | More by KTCamm
Photo of brewcrew76


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/22/13

A - Black with brown highlights and a creamy mocha head leaving stringy lace everywhere.

S - Milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, light char, light herbal hoppiness.

T - Roasted malt, vanilla, char, milk chocolate, earthy hops.

M - Starts light but moves more towards medium as it warms. Creamy.

D - I have tried 2 Maine beers now and both need to really warm up to get the full flavors. Both were very smooth and went down way to easy.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 02:51:13 | More by brewcrew76
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tis the season for drinking!

I love Maine Brewing because every beer they make you can taste the hard work and loyalty they give to each of their beers. With that said King Titus is going to be the next naughty elf of a beer I review.

Poured into a 16.5 Goose Island stem glass because I was dropped on my head once when I was little. I took my time pouring this chalupa and the head was HUUUUGE! and black like Christmas eve night or any other night.

Aroma of dark chocolate, bready malts, maybe some of that vanilla?, and Santa Claus or as the Latino ethnicity name him Pappo Giggo.

Tastes like snow fall babaaay!! With bitter chocolate, some coffee maybe idk with a nice gentle yet loveable sweetness and its a clean finish with a medium body like Beyonce and a partridge in a pear tree.

Overall this beer swings, its pricy but it still swings in the big leagues and if your drinking minor league beers then this will bump you up for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 21:02:01 | More by Beercheer31
Photo of chanokokoro


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

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into an unbranded stemmed English style ale glass

Pours a very dark dirty motor oil brown, bordering on black, capped by a one and a half finger tan head. Above average tend, splotchy lacing here and there. Very inviting nose, cocoa powder and big roasted malt accents with some espresso undertones dominate. Opens with semisweet chocolate, toffee, and roasted malt, joined by whipped cream and espresso accents. Finishes with the perfect level of roastiness as the bittering hops join in. Smooth, creamy medium body. Consider me impressed, one of the better porters I've had the pleasure of drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 22:38:36 | More by chanokokoro
Photo of Fcolle2


4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown nearly black in color. Very little light make it through. Head is thin half a finger and off white. Head has great retention and leave some nice lacing around the glass.

Smell is great. Awesome porter aromas, mild roasted toffee like malt with some chocolate and light roasted bitterness.

Taste follows the nose some good lightly sweet toffee like malt is forward before mild charred bitterness that persists On the palate. More roasted husky malt is near the end.

Mouthfeel is good. Moderate carbonation and medium to light body gives this a nice soft feel and keep it refreshing through the charred bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 20:14:00 | More by Fcolle2
Photo of joeseppy


4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 02:58:53 | More by joeseppy
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 01:19:38 | More by Hopdaemon39
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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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New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottle is dated 072313, so I might be past the 90 recommended days, but I think this one should hold up.

A: Pitch black body below a tight mocha head. Head retention is great, as is the lacing.

S: Aroma is surprisingly hoppy along with the distinct (expected) roastyness.

T: Balanced big porter flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is full but not cloying. This beer finishes dry, not too much residual sweetness. That's exceptional for the style.

O: Great example of the style, I can't say I"ve had too many porter's better than this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 01:32:46 | More by 51mmz0rz
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King Titus from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.