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King Titus - Maine Beer Company

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241 Reviews
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Reviews: 241
Hads: 1,307
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 19.32%
Wants: 79
Gots: 219 | 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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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is almost two fingers high and khaki in shade. A soft texture and decent retention give it appeal, and the lacing left behind is plentiful. (4)

Smell: I like the robust hopping coming through - piny, grassy, herbaceous, yet slightly citrusy, it provides a great ballast to the malt backbone. It's roasty, but with additional chocolate and brown sugar. Dark fruits appear after a while. The hop/malt balance, despite the power of the former, is almost bang-on; that really helps display its complexity better. (4)

Taste: Hop notes hit the palate first. While I get a good amount of pine and grass, it shows enough restraint so that it doesn't bombard the palate with bitterness. The maltiness shows up past the mid-taste: brown sugar, dark fruits, and light chocolate make themselves known to the taste buds. I love the interplay between the maltiness and the hop profile in this one. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Very much a porter in feel, it's light-bodied and has a slightly sharp texture. The residual malts are a little sticky, but at least they provide a long finish. Carbonation is vibrant - along with the hoppiness, it allows this beer to go down very easily. (4)

Overall: I hate how expensive MBC brews are, because they make great stuff like this. It's just an excellent robust porter: hoppy, yet restrained enough to allow the dark malts to shine. Even better, it's nuanced and complex. Dear MBC: put this in 6-packs, right now! (4)

4.1/5: Gorillas were always the most badass of primates, y'know

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Photo of Jacurdy60
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Dark brown, black color with a toffee colored, thin head that clings to the sides of the glass and retains well.

S-Coffee, chocolate, roastiness, hops, a bit earthy. Typical porter notes hit strong but the earthiness and hops come through and blend nicely as well.

T-Similar to the nose. Bold with the roast and coffee profile up front but it fades to a semi sweet chocolate flavor that finishes a bit bitter from the hops and dark chocolate.

MF-Medium to full bodied. Creamy but kind of light and dry on the finish

O-A complex, well balanced Porter. One of the best I've ever had because it is everything a porter should be and more. A bit boozier than normal porters and hoppier as well. The nuance and balance are phenomenal.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of caramel/chocolate-colored head that almost completely covered the top of the beer in a think lacing of foam.

Aroma: Very strong aromas! Tons of roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, molasses.

Taste: Wow! Great flavors of roasted malt, imparting some subtle smoke and notes of toasted bread. There’s also strong notes of dark chocolate, brown sugar-like sweetness, and a touch of cinnamon, and coffee, but without any of the coffee-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and smooth and creamy as hell as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 7.5%, there is no alcohol present on the palate at all.

Overall: Wow, what a spectacular porter!! I love the strong flavors of roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate and coffee. Such deliciously strong flavors all wrapped up into an extremely smooth quaff! Highly recommended.

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

Pours a dark brown, almost black with a khaki colored head that trails the glass as you drink. The smell was full of toasted elements with some nutty flavors coming through on the end. The taste was much more balanced than I was expecting with those toasted and nutty flavors but also a good amount of hops and bright flavors to make this an enjoyable beer year round. Loved it.

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Photo of Brenden
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer definitely looks to make this true to the American style with a thick and inky pitch blackness. It's topped by a solid finger of sand colored foam that is rocky and dense, showing good retention and lacing.
This beer shows off all the elements it should in good strength. It's very roasty with some chocolate and coffee and puts a little char in while avoiding going to far with it. It also ups the hoppiness without taking away from the base, adding a bit of dry earth and leaf that complements well. It does well by starting sweet and chocolaty while allowing the hops to ease in and then meld together the rest of the way.
It has the body I want, rich and full but not heavy and leaning back from heavier stout territory. It's creamy and rich, crispness at a higher level for a porter but not distracting too much.

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

Poured into a snifter from the bottle.

A- Dark khaki-colored head foamy and thick. Pitch-black body. 5

S- floral hop aroma and dark chocolate. Notes of vanilla. 4

T- nice dark chocolate and vanilla complementing each other. Floral hops throughout. 3.75

M- smooth, medium carbonation and moderate bitterness. 4

Good brew.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What a porter should be. Not a stout, but with a big enough and rich enough body to be something beyond amber or brown. Jet black with a light head it is less viscous as the color would lead you to believe. The aroma is dried fruit and chocolate but, again, not as deep as what would be expected from a darker roast. The flavors are similar. Where you'd might expect something that was boozy and bittersweet, this beer is a scaled back version. Rich, creamy, the roasted malt comes out middle to finish with a bit of acidity in the end. Medium heavy body and lively carbonation.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A nice black body on this beer that left a two finger tan head at the top with great lacing retention around the glass as you drank it.

S: Lots of grassy hops up front, and smoke followed by some roasted malts as well as chocolate and some dark coffee note as well at the tailend.

T: At first some smokey bitterness, and then some roasted notes from the malts, the smokeyness is very present, chocolate at the end.

M: A nice warmer, medium mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation.

O:Lots of smokeyness on mine, I drank it a couple months after buying it, but it didnt taste bad at all, very good brew, but would have liked to try it fresh.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Purchased an older bottle of this (6/14/14) for just $5.50.
Can't complain since this beer was amazing

A - SEXY looking deep black opaque nothingness. Very creamy and thick looking with a solid 2 inch plus head in my goblet. Slow retaliation of the head making for a very good mocha color laced ring.
S - Smell is great, mild roasts, candied plums, bittersweet chocolates, and a bit of dry yeasts.
T+M - Taste is as expected in the smell very smooth taste and well rounded for the ABV. Classy.

Overall I may go back and snag another 16 ouncer for 5 bucks. A very smooth porter I would drink again.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on: 11-11-2014

Pours an opaque jet black with a 3+ finger khaki head that eventually settles to a healthy film that hugs the edges. Good retention; lots of whimsical lacing. (4)

Oats and coffee. Caramelized malts, smoke, molasses, dried dark fruits, leather. (4)

Roast malt and milk chocolate. Nuts, toffee, toast, coffee, smoky feel that creeps up your nose. (4.25)

Medium body with a creamy/velvety feel, moderate carbonation, lingering roast sensation, very drinkable yet rich. (4.5)

Very good Porter.
This is a well-made beer and has the great subtle richness that I look for in a beer like this. Like drinking liquid velvet but not suffocating or overly rich in any way.
Pours very nice and presents a pungent but fairly straightforward aroma. The beer drinks amazingly well and has stout-like flavors without being heavy, imposing or thick in any way.
Very good beer that drinks like a champ. Rich but you could easily have a couple three.
Would have again; worth keeping an eye out for. (4.25)

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Photo of illpass78
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a near-black with a huge three-finger tan head. Pretty heavy lacing left behind.

Aroma: Cocoa, coffee with milk, vanilla, faint licorice, less-faint dark fruits.

Taste: Wow, this is a flavorful porter. I love this style, so I'm probably biased in its favor, but this strikes me as an excellent beer. The coffee, cocoa and vanilla flavors are all present up front, with some dark fruit and hop bitterness in the background. Some nice booze burn on the way down. This beer has everything I want out of a "big" dark beer. Lots of flavor and depth.

Mouthfeel: This beer is a sturdy porter, but it's far from thick and sludgy. Approachable for a fairly hefty dark beer. Velvet smooth, too.

Overall: Terrific beer from a great brewery. My favorite of their stable so far.

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

A: deep brown; 2 finger light brown head that receded very slowly to a thick cap; moderate lacing;

S: deeply roasted malt; mocha;

T: follows the nose up front; coffee comes in mid-palate, but doesn't overwhelm; not a lot of bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: nicely balanced flavors;

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Photo of EHopkinsi
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bottle says to drink within ninety days of 23 September 2014, so this stuff has got to be pretty fresh. Beer consumed and review on 27 October 2014.

Edit- after reading other reviews, my palate, or the bottle, was off. I didn't get the maltiness and light carbonation others note. So take this review with that in mind...

Pours a wonderful, solid, super-dark chocolate brown. This beer seems to absorb light. Finger and a half head at pour. Foam settles out pretty quickly, but a thin layer of foam remains thereafter. As you drink,a sheet of tiny bubbles follows the beer level as you tilt the glass toward and away from your mouth. Surprisingly enjoyable to watch as you sip. Some lacing.

Maybe my nose has taken the night off, but I can barely smell this beer at all. At least it doesn't smell bad. Hopefully this is the way it's supposed to be, because if my nose is this off then my taste must be a little skewed, too.

Taste is earthy, salty. Hops are there, but not overpoweringly so. Not a lot going on malt-wise. Tasty enough, though. Certainly no complaints.

Fantastic mouthfeel. Silky, slightly creamy aspect makes itself known after an initial blast of carbonation-feel and hops. Funny, but for a beer that carries this much carbonation impact it ought to bubble like a soda; but the dense brown color doesn't allow you to see into it to see the bubbles!

Very enjoyable. The good citizen aspect of the company adds to the enjoyment as well, for me at least.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml bottle purchased at the Drinkery in Derry, New Hampshire. Dark black, good head. Aroma was dark malts, only the slightest hint of chocolate. Flavor was much the same and I must say I was a little let down after being so impressed by Lunch. Oh well, glad to have tried this one.

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Photo of LeRose
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured into an oversized snifter from the half-liter bottle.

Appearance: Dark and opaque, almost totally black, but some hints of brown. Formed a thick, three-finger head that subsided to about a half finger, but heavy cling to the glass. Very pretty.

Smell: roasted malts up front, chocolate/sweetness, coffee. Hints of smoke and citrus fruits ( orange).

Taste: Wow. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee, a nice level of sweetness balanced out by the bitterness of the hops. The hops seems more of an effect - drying and bitterness - rather than a particular flavor. Works well against the sweet malt and chocolate flavors. The coffee seem right at the point where it could be burnt and acrid rather than pleasant. The bitterness and earthy sensation at the end really counterbalances nicely. I do get a little acidic taste as well. Not getting the fruit detected on the nose.

Feel: medium to full body, a little creaminess. Carbonation is small bubbles, not prickly.

Overall: This is another solid effort from MBC that I would recommend to anyone. Easy enough to drink even at 7.5% (maybe too easy). I am intrigued by the "special effects" nature of the hops. This is a very good beer whether it is a porter or stout.

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Photo of Jmitchell3
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip snifter.

A: dark dark brown, pretty well black. Huge three finger head, Tight tan to light brown with tight small bubbles. Clear as black can be. Head dissipated slowly, lasts and stops at about a finger.
S: dark fruit, some coffee, chocolate. Very toastyand roasty but not burnt.
T: Classic porter....a bit tart with huge roasty flavors. Slight vanilla. Dark plum. Some stickiness and very slight sweetness in the finish.
M: full rich mouthfeel, borderline light cream. Medium carbonation. Long last to the finish.
O: not a huge porter fan, but this is very nice. Medium to low on the sticky-sweet-tartness that I'm not a fan of in most porters. Highly recommended.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%

This beer is a fairly complex and hoppy porter, with a touch of hops bitterness in both the scent and flavor. Dark malts also provide some bitterness and depth of flavor. A beautiful pour with a good head and lacing, yet is smooth and not as carbonated as the head would make it seem. Slight bits of chocolate flavor ans sweetness appear here and there. Overall, a very enjoyable and unique porter.

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Photo of FFreak
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

I enjoyed this more the more it warmed up. The chocolate and roast notes seemed to open up more. This is a fairly viscous porter, with a ton of flavor. Nicely done.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%

Served in a Boulevard tulip snifter.

Finishing things off here at the VDubb household with another new porter (though the portery-ness of the I&G is still very much in question). This one pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger of burnt sienna foam. The nose comprises dark cocoa powder, roasted malts, mild treacle, light coffee, something that seems like brown sugar, and a bit of chocolate-covered orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, though everything has an extra layer of toast, and there's a firm undercurrent of dank greens, tobacco, and candied orange peel. It's these additions that really ruin things for me, undermining and subverting the positivity of everything that came before it. I'm claiming over-hopping on this one. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a good porter that appears to suffer from a misguided zeal to overhop things. Shame, really, even if it doesn't completely destroy things.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Bottle poured into an English pub glass. An absolutely pitch black brew, maybe just a touch of muddy brown, with a decidedly impressive four fingers of mocha colored creamy head. Aroma is dark and roasted, black coffee, bittersweet chocolate, burnt almonds, and a little campfire ash with a subtle sweet top note. Palate largely mirrors this. This is a deep, dark, roasted porter with a sneaky citrus hop flavor lurking in the background and a whole heap of dark chocolate almond, coffee, and singed grain flavors out front. Quite smooth and creamy, although the resinous spicy notes will pop a little. Getting some ash, toasted nut, and strong tea in the dry finish. Overall impression is dry, roasted, minimal sweetness ... Perhaps just enough brown sugar to provide some balance and complexity. The roastiest of the Maine Beers I've sampled to date (which is most of them) and certainly a top tier porter, although my own preference swings toward the slightly sweeter "brown porter" style as opposed to the "robust" take.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

*16.9 oz.* bottle.
Look: Very dark brown almost black body with brown hues, off white head.

Smell: Deep roasted malts, coffee, chocolate sweetness, mild smoke, faint spice, fruity character almost orange peel.

Taste: Nice chocolate, roasted malts that give to coffee (Not burnt coffee, but almost burnt.), sweet malts, a bitter earthy finish.

Feel: Full body, tight fizzy carbonation, this time it fits like a fine Belgian ale.

Overall: I don’t know why I haven’t tried this before. This isn’t the "Buckets full of Hops" that M.B.C. are used to contributing to their beers. This is tasty and also walks the thin line of being an Imperial Porter. Don’t get me wrong about the hops. It doesn’t lack them either. Like a fine Belgian beer, the hops aren’t in for flavoring. They are used for the dryness of the flavor and bitterness to cut the sweetness ( which does a fine job at that). This beer is rock solid. I wish I had another bottle that is how much I enjoyed this beer. This is Recommended.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%

Thanks to Cyclone8 for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Very, very dark brown with a thin tan head. Nearly opaque with fairly low visible carbonation. 3.5/5

S: Chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Hints of leather add to the richness. Nice aroma, though not particularly complex. 15/20

T: Bitter dark cacao, roasted malty bittersweetness, tobacco, chocolate, less coffee, and some dark fruit (mostly raisins). The roasted malt and bitter cacao last into the hang. 36/45

M: The body is a bit on the thin side for my tastes in this style. Low alcohol presence, and good carbonation sensation. 8/10

O: Good flavors that are very well-integrated. It isn't particularly full-bodied, but coupled with the restrained ABV it's an easy drink. A tasty porter for sure, not world-class. Recommended if you find it around for sure. 15.5/20

Estimated final score: 3.92
Calculated final score: 78/100
Old BA score: 3.90

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz (~500mL) bottle from benbking (thanks!). Bottled 2/25/14. Served in a goblet.

Pours a chestnut hued, deep, dark brown with a huge three and a half fingers of pale tan head. A nice cap remains and can be rejuvinated at any point with a quick swirl. Large sheets of chunky lace remain on the glass.

Aroma is slightly reminiscent of an America black ale with plenty of roasty malts and a piney hop presence. Also chocolate, milk, mild coffee and caramel.

A delicious smooth blend of flavors. Chocolate, mildly charred malts, subtle pine, light roast creamed coffee, sweet milky lactose, burnt caramel, toast, brown sugar, a faint earthy, herbal note and only an ocassional whisper of alcohol. Super smooth and easy drinking.

Luxuriously creamy, medium heavy feel with supple carbonation. Rich cocoa, roast and some bittering hops linger in the aftertaste.

Even at near six months old (with a note on the bottle indicating this should be consumed fresh) King Titus delivers a truly outstanding porter experience. Definitely a top three for me within the style and highly recommended.

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Photo of Tobes181
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours straight black with almost no head.

Smell - Chocolate malt aroma a little Booz

Taste - Smooth with slight bitterness. Creamy malts upfront, getting roasty into the finish with a chocolate coffee finish.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied medium mouthfeel dry on palate.

Overall - Great beer being very complex and well balanced.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
3.36/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours jet black, 1 1/2 finger tan head that lasts and lasts, but little lacing.

S: Initially sweet, then roasty and chocolaty. Suggestions of biscuit.

T: At first blush: TOAST! Really toasty, alcohol apparent, a bit sour and bitter for the style, I thought, almost burnt-tasting at times. Over-hopped? Improves as it warms.

M: Heavy and smooth.

O: Not bad. Not a great porter, but at its best it tastes like toast with Nutella. Could be richer, creamier, less hoppy.

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