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King Titus - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 241
Hads: 1,307
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 8.21%
Wants: 79
Gots: 216 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 241 | Hads: 1,307
Photo of Jas45678
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into snifter, courtesy of CTJman

Pours a very deep brown with a nice 1 inch mocha head. Smell is chocolate, cocoa, with a little coffee and roasted malts. Taste is cocoa and chocolate with a hint of hop bitterness and oatmeal. Medium body with medium tolow carbonation. Overall a very good porter.

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Photo of emerge077
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've made my way through a lot of the MBC offerings and have loved just about all of them and was not disappointed by this one.
Poured at about 55 degrees jet black with a foamy inch or two head that lingers for a bit but isn't as deep/dark brown as a stout and is more of a light chocolate color. Interesting sweetness in the nose that reminds me of burnt brown sugar and cocoa powder and a bit biscuity. Taste is very nice chocolately but not sticky sweet with a bit of roasted coffee notes. Definitely a bit thin versus a stout but goes down easy with a nice lingering slightly bitter dryness left behind.

Overall this will stand up to some of the best porters I've had and I'll be buying this one again for sure

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Photo of Roguer
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Solid looking beer. Thick black body with thin cola highlights. Thick cap of light tan foam with awesome lace and great retention.

S - Brownie batter with just a hint of cocoa cola and coffee.

T - The brownie batter from the nose is loaded throughout the profile. Sharp, dark roasted coffee and burnt toast frame the sweet milk chocolate center. Cream and coffee grind finish.

M - Awesome mouthfeel. Silky smooth, full frame. Almost feels like a nitro bottle.

O - A great brew, honestly more stout than porter, but a great brew either way.

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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 mttaylor1066
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A smooth and roasty porter. As easy-going as your oldest friend. A porter to pour if you feel like more than one in an evening.

Pours with little carbonation. A rocky dark tan head that dissipates fairly fast.

The nose is of dark-roasted malt and chocolate.

There is a little more hoppy bitterness than most porters. But it works well with the roasted coffee undertones. A smooth, sipping porter. For sure.

Mouthfeel is a little light, but that may be because I am used to drinking high-end and high-alcohol porters.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: dark brown bordering on black, like motor oil; thick, solid head, very fine, with crazy retention - mocha coloured

Aroma: bitter coffee/chocolate, very mild

Taste & Mouthfeel: dark chocolate, almond cappuccino, with a hop kick near the end that pairs well with the roasted malt - perfect balance and come in at the right time; all flavours linger in the finish; silken mouthfeel, thick and creamy

Overall: love how balanced this is, with great texture that is a real pleasure to drink - an awesome brew for winter, as it borders on being a stout

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Photo of mikeg67
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with long lasting, foamy beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready, toasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and hint of dried fruit. Body is medium, creamy and smooth. Taste is of toasted malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and coffee, followed by earthy hops. Finish is long and bittersweet. Excellent, delicious Porter.

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Photo of teromous
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Mrappinin
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at my local Total Wine. Poor's a pitch black with a mocha colored head that lingers the whole time. Notes of burnt coffee dark chocolate and piney hops on the nose. Mouth feel is velvety smooth with a light carbonation. Not as heavy as a big imperial stout but as much badly as it needs to have. The taste is out of this world big notes of toasty coffee and dark chocolate, not much of a hope note( its a porter afterall ).
Probably on of the best american porters out there and the best I have tasted. My only regret is I could only buy one. Another solid brew from Maine brewing!

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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 StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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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 AudioGilz
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a small head that provides good lacing effect while drinking. Aroma is a bit light but an enjoyable roasted malt. Mouthfeel is a pleasant creaminess that makes this porter highly drinkable. The alcohol is well masked with the roasty toasty, followed by a well-balanced hop character that lingers nicely on the palate. Overall this is a top notch porter from a beautiful state.

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Photo of Lorianneb
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Glass- Teku
A- Pours very dark brown, bordering on black. 2 fingers of tan head.
S- Roasty, chocolate
M- Nice thick mouthfeel. Soft carbonation that adds to the overall taste
T- Roasty, without being dry. Milk chocolate and earthy tones
O- Very drinkable. Will have to get more of this beer.

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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 HuskyinPDX
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 7.8.13
Bottled 011813

A - Pours a dark brown with a brown foamy head with great retention.

S - Roasty, chocolate, toast.

T - Lots of chocolate, roasted malt, bitter grass, burnt toast.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Roasty and chocolate. A slight burnt toast, but still damn good.

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Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Nonic pint

A: Nice jet black with glimpses of mahogany in the light. Dark, khaki, creamy, 3 finger head. Leaves nice ring lacing.

S: Roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. Slightly earthy

T: Warm roasted malt and coffee. Bittersweet chocolate. Earthy tones, perhaps from the hops. Finishes like espresso, bitter and full of dark coffee flavor.

M: Medium body with moderate to low carbonation. Warms up the palate.

O: An extremely good American porter, dark and roasty like it should be. This is one of the few American porters that can stand up to GLBC Edmund Fitzgerald, and that is high praise.

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Photo of Ego
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

massive 3 fingers of chocolate foam, it moves around like a well choreographed dance troupe, lacing is superb, the bubbles clone each other stacking nicely toward the beer, the head sticks around for a good amount of time but does eventually retreat to near normalcy, color wise you could put this on a horse and call it blinders, no light is passing through this darkness, good looking porter

yeasty chocolate roasted coffee, deep roasted bean aroma with milk chocolate trimmings, chalky cocoa powder, flat out great - liquid candy bar

taste etc...
chalky with slight prickly notes from the carbonation, strange feel... it is light (relatively) but yet satisfyingly full, it is like liquidy chocolate marsh mellow, really slick and smooth here, the bitterness follows the roast flavor, the sweetness does not over power, the flavor lingers but fades just enough to entice the next sip, this hits most of the right notes

tasty, a really good porter with well developed flavors. I will only nit pick that I prefer more coffee flavor but that is a personal thing, this is a damn fine beer

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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 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 Smokee
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a spiegelglau snifter, dark dark brown with a pretty tall head for a porter. Very compact foam bubbles Smells of chocolate, malt,bread, some iodine?

Effervescent mouth feel for the style, a little pepper , maybe lighter than I expected but still a longer finish. Very, very drinkable , even on a muggy July night.

Tastes of some chocolate malt and bread. This may be my favorite Maine Beer Co to date.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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 and char 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

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Photo of far333
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany brown and opaque with an inch high head of rocky, dimpled foam that settles down slowly and leaves oily legs of lace up the sides of the crystal brandy snifter.

Aroma of dark malt, not toasted or roasty, very smooth, some cocoa and marshmallow.

Rich flavor of dark malt, slight roasty note, espresso, root beer, leather and smoke. Firm bitterness, some noticeable hops in the finish.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, finishes slightly tannic and woody. Excellent beer.

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King Titus from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.