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King Titus - Maine Beer Company

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251 Reviews
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Reviews: 251
Hads: 1,340
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 19.08%
Wants: 89
Gots: 233 | FT: 16
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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

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 DaveAnderson
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my second beer from Maine Beer Company, and I am starting to develop some real respect. 500ml bottle courtesy of SammyJaxxxx. Great extra!

Right off the bat, I notice the tropical fruit smells. This is actually unlike any porter I have had. The smell is incredibly similar to Darkness. But it's much lighter to drink, and lacks the sweetness and alcohol.

Good stuff.

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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 puboflyons
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottled November 25, 2012. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours black with a one finger brown head that leaves some nice sheets of lacing and holds a persistent cap.

Aroma is heavy on chocolate, milk chocolate, baker’s chocolate, cocoa, semi-sweet chocolate chips, some coffee, nice roasted malts, decent bit of dark fruit, a whiff of cardboard, some caramel, toffee, little to no hops. Very good strength.

Flavor is roasted malts, some chocolate but not as much as in the nose, coffee, caramel, toffee, some dark fruit, a little cardboard again, earthy hops, light alcohol, somewhat astringent. Astringency fades as it warms and opens up.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, pretty creamy, a little sticky, good carbonation.

Really nice Porter, one of the better ones I’ve had.

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/25/12
Courtesy of BobZ for this bottle! Thank you!

Pour: Black as night with no light penetration. The huge 3 finger billowing chocolate milkshake color head rises to the apex of the glass and says I want to be here and there is nothing you can do about it. It just does not want to recede and it is awesome. When it finally does relent the abundant amount of lacing left behind is a reminder of that head. I mean even after a long 5 minutes there is still about a fingers worth left.

Smell: Fairly classic porter with mild bitter chocolate, some bitter coffee, a ton of roasty notes with some char. Actually seem to be getting quite a bit of hops? Sort of smells/reminds me of a black IPA.

Taste: Up front the roast quality with the char quickly followed by a semi-sweet smooth chocolate taste. Actually is on the sweeter side than the nose let on and this sweetness battles with the mild bitter coffee and roasted notes in a good way making this less one dimensional and actually more complex. Sort of reminds me of a milk stout combined with a big roasted beer and it works. The bitterness tries to dominate the aftertaste but must relent some to the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the watery side but somehow at the same time succeeds at being big and creamy. I'd call it lighter side of medium but smooth and creamy.

Overall: Great beer and a treat. I am really glad I was able to try it and I think everything in this beer is very well done and the end product is very enjoyable. Must mention that the lacing on this is just beyond huge and I find myself smiling as I look at the empty glass.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

King Titus pours a seductively deep brown, with a thick head of puffy froth capping it off. There appears to be only the faintest bubbles of carbonation present. Sticky lace is left as a reminder of the mountainous head, which eventually recedes to a little less than a half inch. It's a great caramel color and still remains covering the beer itself. Perfect appearance.

One whiff of the beer foretells powdery confections of creamy milk chocolate and roasted coffee beans. One might guess this is a sweet stout with just the nose to go by.

That initial chocolate and espresso comes through just like the aroma upon the fist sip, but now more roasted malts are revealed along with a quite noticeable hop profile as well.
The mouth feel is medium, and the finish dries out with pleasant smoky tobacco notes . Overall, It's very easy to drink and has just enough complexity to stay interesting.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.09/5  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.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I poured this beer just below room temperature and that is really what you want with this beer. It poured almost jet black with a nice two finger brown head of various sized bubbles that leave a solid lacing pattern with holes in it sort of like street signs out on a distant farm road that has a multitude of bullet holes in it.

The aroma is of dark rosted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of citrusy hops with a bit of yeast.

The taste starts off with dark roasted malt sweetness intermingled with a chocolate and vanilla creaminess and as it works its way back a charred bitterness cavorts with hop bitterness and some yeasties and finally ending up both sweet, dry and acidic. Well balanced.

The mouthfeel, to me, seems medium to full bodied with a silky creaminess that leaves a bit of slime on the toungue. Not much, but it's there. The carbonation is just under moderate and pert near perfect leaving you with a dry taste on the tongue.

Overall, I would have to say that this beer nails it for the style. It's perhaps a little too dry for my taste with a bit too much on the hop side. All in all, it's roasty, smooth, creamy and bitter which is pretty much what an american porter tends to be. This beer is getting at the very least 4 out of 5.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have had a few beers from Maine Beer Company and they have each been excellent. And I've been looking forward to trying this one. It pours a very dark black coffee color with a creamy mocha colored thick ring of foam that leaves wonderful lacing on the walls of the glass.

The beer smells of dark roasted malt, brown sugar, and faintly fruity. The taste is more robust than the scent with a very heavy mouthfeel. It begins sweet with a taste of raisin and finishes with a bittersweet pleasingly burnt caramel. The finish lingers nicely begging for the next sip. A very robust and straightforward take on the porter style, but extremely well done in doing so. I wouldn't call it unique, but it is an wonderful example of the style.

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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 PicoPapa
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle with 112512 on the side. Pours a black color with over an inch of thick, frothy tan head. Tons of lacing. The aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malts, Hershey's syrup and some citrus hops. The taste is bitter dark chocolate with some hints of orange peel. Notes of light and sweet coffee. Bittersweet chocolate syrup at the finish. Thick, heavy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a hearty porter that packs alot of flavor. I'll be buying this again.

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Photo of Kendo
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says it was bottled on 12-30-12. Consumed on Pi day - 3/14/13 - so this is pretty fresh (about 75 days old).

A: Poured from the bottle - fairly aggressively beginning about halfway through the pint glass - into a Harpoon pint glass. It appears thick - Imperial/Double Stout-type thick - and black. A cascading chocolate-milkshake-colored head nearly 3 fingers deep settles on top and spends about an eternity just sitting there. Seriously; I poured this beer more than 5 minutes ago now and there's a curtain of lacey chocolate on the sides of the glass and still a half-inch of meringue-like foamy head.

S: Modestly roasty with a touch of coffee and chocolate. Also something sweet at first that led me to think of molasses, but after it warms a bit, that's overpowered by the more roasty and chocolatey scents.

T: Oh my, this is good. First impression is how chocolatey it is in the taste. But it's not a one-note beer; after that first impression there's a lactic, Milk Stout-like creaminess mid sip, then a nice roastiness, a touch of coffee, earthiness and some roasty, bordering on char-like, bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste at first, only to be beaten back by the sweeter flavors after awhile. Very nicely balanced. This just may be my favorite porter.

M: Like many porters, it's a tad bit thin in weight, but this one makes up for it with a low carbonation that makes it feel thicker and slightly slick. Drinks more like Yoo-Hoo than a carbonated beverage.

O: Very impressed. On the fence about bumping up the taste score to a 4.75. . . it's that good.

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Photo of nataku00
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours dark brown with three fingers of tan colored creamy and foamy head. Head slowly recedes, leaving some thick sticky lacing.

Nose is roasted malt, milk chocolate, light citrus hop, a bit of fruity yeast ester.

Taste follows the nose, a bit of citrus hop and roasted malt astringency, mellowing into milk chocolate and bready flavors. Some yeast esters make it through on the finish.

Lighter side of medium with mild but ample carbonation to contribute to a fairly creamy mouth feel. Pretty easy to drink despite being a higher abv porter.

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Photo of liamt07
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Premier Gourmet, 500ml into a tulip. Bottled January 18, 2013.

Deep brown/black, couple fingers of brown head. Dense retention and great lacing. Nose of dark roasty malts, a good dose of coffee and a great balancing sweetness. Taste has more roast character, creamy chocolate notes, and a nice bit of coffee. Roast and sweet malts in the finish. Medium-full body, brilliant texture. A real winner, fantastic porter.

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Photo of philbe311
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - A slightly slow to develop three fingers worth of rich tightly packed decadent medium brown colored froth with a bit of a rocky top... Excellent retention... Once finally settled toward the end of the session, there is a full rich creamy veil of lacing... The color is is the darkest of browns teetering on black, but not quite there... Some micro bubbled sluggish to moderate paced carbonation streaks can be seen at the bottom of the glass... Rings of lacing cling to the glass...

S - A rich roasted malt character... Rich dark chocolate scents... Some cream notes as well... Simple, straight-forward and spot on for the style...

T - Everything the nose alluded to and more... LIght roasted malt to start... Milk Chocolate... Sweet caramel... There is a very welcome and very enjoyable addition of coffee notes which add terrific depth and complexity... All the flavors compliment one another very well...

M -Medium to full bodied... A bit thick... A bit viscous... Slightly chewy... Light carbonation... Sleek... Ultra smooth... Goes down very easily... Even and consistent with every sip...

D - An absolutely exceptional American Porter... I would unequivocally by this one a regular basis if I had the opportunity (which I unfortunately do not)... World class in terms of appearance, flavor, and mouthfeel... The aroma lags slightly and can only be considered slightly above average... However, the net result is a world class American Porter that I will long for in by beer fridge again... Probably my favorite Maine Beer Company offering... If it isn't clear by this point, I like this beer very much... Outstanding...

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Photo of themind
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up the King at a small place in Virginia. This porter is worth the jingle! I enjoyed this very much. Pours a nice small head and the aroma for the most part matches the taste. If you are a fan of porters dont pass this one up.

Bottom Line: Good porter!

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown bordering black - it allows no light through except maybe a few muddy flickers. Big foamy caramel colored head - excellent retention.

Big roasted coffee in the nose backed by dark chocolate.

Roasted coffee and chocolate pop in the mouth upfront in a strong, rich, bitter bite. Full buttery, chewy malt middle with some sweet caramel notes backed by dark fruit - fig. The strong flavors. Very creamy mouthfeel. Slightly dry oak finish. A very nice porter - lots of big flavor without being too sweet or strong.

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Photo of nimrod979
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled date 01/18/13

Appearance: Pours a near black with a light tan one and 1/2 finger head. Crazy long retention. Spotty lacing throughout. Nice.

Aroma: Rich chocolate, roasted coffee grounds. Charred wood. Not much else, but the aroma is bold.

Taste: Dark roasted malts hit up front. Dry cocoa powder lends a rich chocolatey flavor. Bitter coffee and hops working together to make this quite delicious and balanced. Undertones of charred wood. Like a nice full-bodied dark roast coffee, excellent for me.

Mouthfeel: Med/full body with a perfect carbonation. Rich velvety chocolate swirls over the toungue making this a smooth easy drinking and delicious American Porter. A little dry and a little acidic on the backend but that's okay. Gone before you know it.

Overall: Simple, but does everything that it should. A benchmark in the style as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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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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Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of brureview
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a tulip. warmed to 55F.

Deep dark chocolate brown color, initially with a large head which dwindled to a 2 finger head.

There was some lemon in the aroma, which is characterized mostly by deep chocolate.

Mouth feel slightly carbonated and works well with the beer.

Taste- heavy chocolate, coffee, malty, with some alcoholic bitterness as the beer warms up.

Overall, a solid winter porter. The taste doesn't match the aroma- there is bitter cocoa, and the some alcoholic in the finish, which does not morph into a mellow beer. I was looking for a smoother, pronounced chocolate finish, but the cocoa overwhelms the taste.

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Photo of Lambocalrisien
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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King Titus from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.