King Titus - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 231
Hads: 1,263
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 7.47%
Wants: 72
Gots: 200 | 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 MDDMD
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-roasted malt, rich chocolate, coffee, hints of pine

T-roasted malt, great chocolate flavor, coffee, pine, nice bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and silky mouthfeel

O-really nice porter with great flavor, nice complement to the rest of their lineup (344 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a giant mocha head that fades a bit, but leaves good retention and some moderate lacing.

Lots of roasted malt and coffee in the aroma. Not a ton there.

Lots is there is the flavor though. Lots of roasted almost ashy malt with dark chocolate, cocoa and fig to a small degree. Lingering chocolate/ashy finish. Ashiness isn't unpleasant like in some beers even though it is quite pronounced.

Full bodied and finishes very very dry and grainy.

Another wonderful beer. Nothing really stood out as I was drinking it, but it went down incredibly smooth and I was disappointed when the glass was empty so I guess that's an endorsement on its own. Great choice when you want something more full, but don't want to deal with sweetness. (753 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, dark brown. Almost black, but not quite there. Forms a very large, dark tan/mocha colored head that reduces fairly quickly to a patchy surface coating. Leaves some light lacing on the way down.

S: A not very aromatic beer, but what is there is heavily roast malts and dark chocolate.

T: Well, unlike the aroma, the flavor is quite pronounced. Chocolate dominates over everything else, though there is a substantial amount of heavily roasted malts in the mix. Char, cocoa, molasses, coffee, and raisin all to a lesser extent. Mild sweetness. Long chocolatey finish.

M: Full bodied. Silky smooth on the front end, but chalky on the finish. Mild bitterness. Easy carbonation.

O: Opened this bottle with some cheese and charcuterie and I regretted it. The pairing was horrible so I saved it for after. In doing so, I was able to appreciate this beer for the wonderful beer it is - a full on chocolate bomb porter. (926 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Guinness glass, color is black, head is nice and thick with a tan color.

Smell is light roast, heavier sweetness, chocolate and a hint of bitterness.

Taste is on the sweeter side, chocolate dominates, light roast, nice light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is ideal. Nice lingering chocolate and roast notes, but not too sweet.

Overall, great brew, done well. (367 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
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. (1,181 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black with a finger of chocolate colored frothy head atop. The head fades fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts, coffee, some citrus and earthy hops, and a bit of lactose sweetness.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts with some light citrus hops and a bit of lactose sweetness. Through the middle, some coffee comes through with a touch of molasses, some earthy hops, and a touch of black licorice. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate malts, roasted coffee, earthy hops, black licorice, and a touch of lactose sweetness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, roasted, and lightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced porter. Just the right body and a great balance of malts. (826 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
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. (751 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
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! (632 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
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. (1,113 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark dark brown/black color, starts out with a huge light brown head at least a few fingers deep, fades at a slow rate, for while during the pour it had a bit of a layered effect, leaves a ton of patchy lacing.

Smell has a surprisingly piney hop aroma, soon a large roasted malt and chocolate backbone seizes the nose, a diverse yet balanced aroma.

Taste has a very good balance between the piney hops and the huge roasted malt aroma, chocolate adds a nice character, slight burnt malt bitterness in the aftertaste, smooth mouthfeel with a decent thickness for a Porter, active carbonation, finishes only slightly dry.

So much better than Mean Old Tom, it kind of reminds me of a more thick Zoe. Not a complete branch out from previous beers (since they do hop the heck out of things), it is a very solid beer to their lineup. (837 characters)

Photo of mlazzaro
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thick long lasting light brown head. True opaque black body. Froth laces the glass. Good looks.

Smells of dark chocolate. I detect no sweetness which is interesting. Not much of a aroma due to low carbonation levels.

I appreciate the modest carbonation level. The Co2 level dramatically improves the mouthfeel while still producing a satisfying head. Very thick and smooth mouthfeel. Low acidity despite dark malts. Clean yeast, most likely American. Easy drinking porter.

Very much so a chocolate porter. Perfect for the cold fall day. Just what the doctor ordered.

Will have again and will recommend to anyone interested in an American porter. (650 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
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. (443 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Maine Beer Co. King Titus
.5L dated 11/25/12

Pours black with a modest mocha head. Decent retention, good spots of lacing. (3.5)

Aroma is strongly of chocolate and stone fruits. This is going to be malty. (3.5)

Flavor is rich, thick and full of dark chocolate. Roastier than most porters. Somewhat fruity, but mainly in a non-yeasty, malty way. Bitterness is apparent, but this is definitely a sweeter beer, especially for MBC. Oats add a ton of chewiness. This beer almost feels like an Imperial Stout. (4, 4.5)

Seems more like a Stout than Porter, but in the end it's kind of a tweener. Good stuff. (4) (616 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a heavy thick blackish brown with a healthy inch and a half head into my tulip glass

S: Aroma of sweet milk chocolate and a pleasantly fresh hop bitterness. Earthy brown malts and chocolate mostly

T: Flavors are very refreshing together. The hops are earthy and green with some hay along with the rich chocolate flavors, a bit of anise and a slick oily mouthfeel.

M: Medium bodied with a very light carbonation. Slightly syrupy in a good way.

O: Very flavorful for an American Porter. Highly enjoyable, and one of the better porters that I have had recently. While some imperial porters are boozy, this seems to be just about right. Very pricey at 7.99 a bottle, but overall I think it is worth it. A nice treat (725 characters)

Photo of Andrew61923
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into Great Divide Yeti tulip. Bottled 9/23/12. Let sit for ten minutes before reviewing.

A: Dark, dark, dark. No light getting through. Poured to a nice finger and a half khaki head, which dissipated to a thin halo with a little lingering of bubbles in the middle.

S: A ton of cocoa and dark chocolate. Not picking up on any of the hops MBC is known for. Excited to try something new from them.

T: Oh yeah. The chocolate is done just right and I do pick up on some of the hop bitterness on the back of my tongue. Very well-balanced and, though it is sweet, it is not overly so.

M: I would say that this is perhaps a tad thin, but I needed to be reminded that this is a porter, not a stout. Coats the tongue well and has a nice lingering flavor. Hides a relatively high ABV very well.

O: Very impressed by this beer. Though not cheap, I am willing to try most anything I see from MBC. I would still likely go with a few other cheaper porters over this one, but would not hesitate to revisit it when in the mood to treat myself to something nice. (1,076 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (895 characters)

Photo of oberon
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. (524 characters)

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to Rock Art pint

A:Black as night with basically no head but a thins tan line around the top of the glass completely opaque

S:lots of roasted malt and coffee not very aromatic but it smells good

T: follows the smell smooth roasted flavors malt and some coffee too but not as much as I thought there would be but there is a toffee candy coated like taste and at the end there is a slight burn that I can only assume is some hops but it balances the brew nicely not overly malt or roasted

M: Thick but oily goes down smooth and easy to drink also has a bit of creaminess too it there is a light carbonation that suits the feel well

O: This is a really solid porter its balence with the roasted flavor without being a malt bomb (which I hate) is impressive I wish there was more coffee flavors or robustness if you will but one of the better standard porters I have had would definitely try again. (908 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a rich, dark, opaque brown. In fact, it's almost black. A two finger of thick, foamy brown head sits on top. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving big thick chunks of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is caramel and roasted malts, chocolate, and some piney, citrus hops.

T: Taste starts with a good deal of charred flavoring. Roast malts come through mingled with some caramel notes. Bitter bakers chocolate and piney hops fill out the middle. Finish carries some additional chocolate notes mixed with a touch of lemon citrus and a hint of coffee.

M: Medium to fuller bodied, medium carbonation, creamy at the forefront with a prickly finish.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not too filling, nice kick, nice representation of style. Another nicely crafted beer from Maine Brewing. (822 characters)

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

A bottle into a pint glass.

King Titus has a dark approach, extremely brown bordering on black really with a firm tan colored inch of foam up top leaving notches on the way down. A nice looking thickness, with some gunk on the bottom of the bottle, this one is bottle conditioned. Smell is very clean, no bells or whistles, str8 up american porter. With the alcohol content I thought I would be getting into baltic territory, but this leans american with robust scent, and a backing aroma hop going in the nose. Faint cocco and roasted malt. Taste wise for the alcohol involved this comes off like a 5% regular porter with a mix of roasted malt and a generous hopping. The body is damn near perfect, smooth, silky, warming, not distracting. Carbonation is light, as this goes down like a liquid light milkshake. I drank this pretty quickly, it was smooth, i liked it. (868 characters)

Photo of EricLander
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

While I'm new to appreciating beers, I've really taken to Maine Beer Company's brews. I picked this up tonight as it was the first time I had seen it at my preferred store. Bottled on 10/27/12.

Poured into a 22 oz. standard pilsner glass and the one finger head remained for a while. Aroma is a clean, with a noticeable malt and coffee combination. I love the chocolate flavor on initial tastes and the finish is incredibly clean. The ever so slight bitter hops almost fade away too quickly for my tastes.

Overall this is an incredible beer. I was expecting a heavier feeling upon drinking it similar to Mean Old Tom and other stouts and porters I've tried recently - but Titus left me appreciating it's lightness enough to wish I brought some more home. (757 characters)

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

Poured from bottle into wine glass for thanksgiving appetizer...bottled on 10/27/12.
Pours a deep deep black brown with very airy foamy tanish
Smell is roasted malts with some coffee and nice hop aroma. Taste is a slight roastedness...with crisp coffee hop. Super fresh and crisp with a clean, light, and bright mouthfeel. What a treat this brew is...
Besides being an amazing beer it is such a great mission and direction...all should experience this brew. (469 characters)

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

A: Pours a dark brown with a one finger tan head on top, really nice head retention, sticking around for quite some time. A bit of thin lacing down the sides.

S: Tons of roasted malt on the aroma, with a bit of chocolate and cocoa, some light coffee, and a faint smoked malt aroma.

T: More roasted malt, a bit of cocoa, brown sugar, and a little bit of cream. Slight bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, drinks smooth and creamy.

O: A pretty nice porter, certainly on the roasty side. Very smooth. (536 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slow forming mocha head sits atop this pleasently dark brown brew. The aroma is fantastic with a good roasted malt nose. Hints of coffee and chocolate and old church pews come through. Bright hops pop out to bouy the malt bill. The feel is medium to thick in weight with a char and ashen grittiness. That being said it is also rather smooth too.
Aftertaste is on the bitter side too.
A good beer with a nice depth of flavor. This robust and rich beer is easy drinking but more stout like then porterish. (505 characters)

King Titus from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.