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King Titus - Maine Beer Company

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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 01:19:37 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to mhksuccess for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 10/27/12.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some slight char aromas. Taste is much the same with a cocoa powder flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid roasty aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 04:38:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: A pitch black pour, capped by a mountain of khaki foam that leaves some shards behind

Smell: Chocolate, nuts and roasty char, with occasional wafts of hops

Taste: The hops try to make a stand at the outset but by mid-palate, the roast, chicory, chocolate and char all become pronounced, though the hops continue to linger, in the background; very nicely balanced, after the swallow, with the chocolate flavors bursting into the forefront

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, but a bit too much carbonation for the style

Overall: With a little less carbonation, this would be a top flight robust porter; as it is, it is darn close

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 00:23:48 | More by brentk56
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metter98

New York

4.16/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 01:52:14 | More by metter98
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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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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with a burst of black coffee flavor followed by a roasted malt character. There is a bit of creaminess and smokiness that comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice solid porter worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 01:56:43 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Brownish black pour, huge head of billowing mocha tinged foam, big clumps of fluffy 3-D lacing all over the glass, coating it. Long lasting and really nice looking.

Roasty aroma, milk chocolate, toast, mellow char.

Extremely creamy and roasty, mellow hoppy bitterness, long lingering aftertaste of bitter dark chocolate and mild ashy char. Light green hops in the background. Everything is balanced and all elements are in sync. Very polished and enjoyable all around, nothing out of place. Great stuff, very happy MBC has finally arrived in Chicago.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 02:00:40 | More by emerge077
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 02:04:17 | More by jlindros
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks good on the pour. Flavor profile is pretty smooth with a nice malty sweetness. Smooth is the keyword here. A nice pleasant drinker with light roasted and hearty tones as accents. Pretty smooth on the feel. Carbonation is a but higher than I think it should be for the beer as a whole. But overall, another nice beer from MBC.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 03:20:05 | More by RblWthACoz
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tight-bubbled moderate beige head; leaves lots of webby (a near blanket of) lace. Dark brown where no light shines through. Looks like a stout.

A blend of semi-sweet chocolate and light floral hop aroma. Fresh.

Lots of semi-sweet chocolate with some hop pepper. Very smooth. Good body with a lower level of carbonation. The finish is similar to unsweetened hot cocoa--lots of cream. Very full body with an equally low level of carbonation.

Simply put: this is one of the better Porters in the world.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 21:31:18 | More by smcolw
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mactrail

California

3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 03:11:26 | More by mactrail
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a great american robust porter on tap at the brewery. it pours a dark Hershey syrup color, plenty thick, with a half inch or so of creamy tan head. the nose is pretty hoppy for a porter, complimenting the very dark chocolate malts and burnt toast grain aroma. cocoa powder and toffee hints as well. the taste is all of this, but more bitter than even the nose could give a clue to. its hoppy and all, but most of the bitterness appears to be from the burnt barley here, and there is a touch of smoke too. creamy texture, fuller bodied, but still a little thin somehow, despite being so decadent, and a mellow but adequate carbonation level. visiting maine beer was a real treat, all the beers were exceptional, and king titus is one of the better porters ive had in a while, just expertly made.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2013 13:15:23 | More by StonedTrippin
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mdfb79

New York

4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 02/03/13 notes. Big thanks to nmann08 for giving this to me; thanks Nate, was a Want of mine. 16.9 of bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one finger of dark tan head that leaves quickly and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like a pretty nice porter.

s - Smells of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, vanilla, milk chocolate, cream, toasted malts, and burnt malts. Some very nice flavors here, with a lot of roasted notes and chocolate.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla, cream, sweet chocolate, dark fruit, toasted malts, burnt malts. More coffee here than the nose, and a little less chocolate. Very nice.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and thick and creamy; very nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall a very nice American porter. Loads of roasted notes and some nice chocolate in the nose and coffee in the taste. Looks great and a great mouthfeel, definitely worth checking out. Would like to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 16:17:30 | More by mdfb79
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Decanted into a Firestone Walker Proprietor's Series snifter, nice thick pour, dark brown-black color with a firm half inch of creamy tan head that receded to a thick ringlet and coated the glass with lacing. Simple aroma, dark malts, fairly roasty, touches of chocolate and coffee. Porter-ish. Similar taste, dark roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate and light coffee, mild earthy hops. Seemed like a tiny oxidized off-flavor in there, but well within tolerance. Just about full-bodied, nice and smooth, not a particularly distinctive porter, but still very nice overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 02:37:32 | More by Rifugium
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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

Pours a five+ finger brown head that fades very slowly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Bakers chocolate nose and flavor is baked chocolate and coffee. Decent porter. $7.75 for a 500ml bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 23:14:58 | More by jdhilt
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 07:50:28 | More by corby112
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish. Bottled 9/23/12.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head holds on nicely, with sticky lacing. Aroma is rich and malty.

Taste is dark sweetness upfront, some fruitiness in the middle, and cocoa and coffee bitterness to the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Good brew from Maine Brewing. Duh.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 22:20:57 | More by ppoitras
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 15:10:28 | More by stakem
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plaid75

New York

4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger frothy tan head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured dry cocoa, caramel and a touch of charcoal.

The taste consisted of a dry roasted malt with the accompanying charcoal element and a light grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was clean and dry.

Overall a superior porter. Nice and dry.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2014 20:29:34 | More by plaid75
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Brad007

Vermont

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sith black with a frothy brown head. Lacing. The works. Yep, it's a porter alright! Seductive.

Smooth with cocoa notes and a touch of roasted malt as well. Soft, creamy texture is apparent in nose. Will it carry over to tongue?

Indeed it does. Good mix of cocoa/roasted malt upfront. Simple. Tasty. It baffles me as to why breweries feel the need to create hoppy black ales when the template has been around for decades thanks to our UK friends.

Lingering cocoa/roasted malt make up the mouthfeel. Carbonation is a put-off as it's too high to truly appreciate the "creaminess".

A porter lover may appreciate this and even though it is a solid offering, it's not one I would drink more than once due to the carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 04:36:44 | More by Brad007
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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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superspak

Michigan

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
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 11/20/12 (looks like it is batch 3)

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with just the faintest hints of dark amber near the edges when held up to the light and a light amount of carbonation near the surface. The beer has a finger tall foamy dark tan to mocha head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium sized medium thick patch that includes some medium and large bubbles and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with some lighter notes of coffee and chocolate. Very light notes of citrus and pine hops as well.

T: This beer starts out with a moderate to strong flavor of roasted malts with some lighter notes of bittersweet chocolate and freshly roasted/ground coffee. There is a very light note of vanilla and some citrus and pine hop notes - also, there is a slight earthiness to the beer as well. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O: Really like the roastiness of both the malts and the coffee, flavors and smells, in this beer. It is pretty easy to drink with very well hidden ABV and is perfect for sipping on a cool winter evening, while watching football but would also go greatly in front of the fireplace on a snowy evening. This is well worth picking up, one of the nice new porters that I have found this winter.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 22:41:24 | More by dbrauneis
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, opaque, brown-to-black coloring with a thin, frothy, filmy, light brown colored head that starts around an inch and recedes into a clingy, filmy surface coating. Aromas of dark roasted coffee and bittersweet baker's chocolate blend well on the nose. Flavors are rich and robust, with a blast of baker's chocolate across the middle of the tongue. The richness is all cocoa, and the coffee characteristics provide enough bitter and dryness to cut the cloying. Very strong/big, and very well balanced. The body is robust, but the dryness keeps it palatable, refraining from overpowering. Chocolatey aftertaste, like letting a chocolate truffle melt in your mouth. Slight filmy, lingering finish, but unbelievably pleasant. This is a rich, heavy hitter, and worth looking around for.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 02:51:25 | More by GarthDanielson
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown/black with a huge fluffy khaki colored head that persists forever. Smells of roast and chocolate with hints of caramel and earthy spicy hops and a bit of mineral and ash to round it all out. The flavor is rich with lots of bitter dark chocolate and hints of roast and caramel. There's enough earthy hops to provide some balance and some nice flavors with little harsh bitterness. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a creamy roasty chalky mouthfeel. This is a very nice porter, I really enjoyed it! If only it were easier to find and at a lower price point these would fill my fridge!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 00:15:49 | More by johnnnniee
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King Titus from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.