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King Titus - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 724
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 7.71%

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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Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I totally agree with the previous reviewer- this is an unremarkable porter except there really isn't anything wrong with it. Which makes it a pretty remarkable brew, like most Maine beer co offerings.

Pours a charcoal color with less than a finger of head, modest retention and nice lacing.

Smell is mild but very appropriate and enticing- rich roasted malt, a little coffee, a little chocolate.

Tastes great- exceptionally well balanced between the sweet and rich malt flavors, and some bitterness from hops and the roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is again very appropriate- medium body, moderately carbonated and slightly syrupy. This is a very good porter, and should I feel the need for a porter, I will come back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 01:19:38 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of DrinkNewport

Rhode Island

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This porter is very typical of Maine Beer Company.

It looks...like a porter.
It smells...like a porter.
It tastes...like a porter.
It feels...like a porter.
Overall...it's a porter.

So that's boring. It's not barrel-aged. It's not really a high ABV. It's unremarkable in almost every way...until you look for flaws.

Then you realize that there aren't any.

And I want another one. Right now.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 03:29:06 | More by DrinkNewport
Photo of 51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottle is dated 072313, so I might be past the 90 recommended days, but I think this one should hold up.

A: Pitch black body below a tight mocha head. Head retention is great, as is the lacing.

S: Aroma is surprisingly hoppy along with the distinct (expected) roastyness.

T: Balanced big porter flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is full but not cloying. This beer finishes dry, not too much residual sweetness. That's exceptional for the style.

O: Great example of the style, I can't say I"ve had too many porter's better than this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 01:32:46 | More by 51mmz0rz
Photo of msubulldog25


4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle, dated 092413. (best within 90 days of this date). Consumed, technically, over the course of 2 days - opened minutes before midnight on 111713. Poured to a 4-sided tumbler in hotel room, final night in Boston.

Front label:
"Do what's right"

Back label: "Titus was a wonderful, bold silverback gorilla who led with his heart. The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund studies and protects these magnificent animals on the Virunga volcano mountain range in Rwanda. Maine Beer Company proudly supports their efforts. You can learn more about this excellent organization at www.gorillafund,org. Do what's right. If you have a little then give a little."

A: Onyx 'black', a sliver of amber at the edges. Short tan head, a coating cream that holds well and leaves sticky webbing that lasts. A few bubbly speckles and swirls in the thin gauzy topping.

S: Moderately strong nose of dark cocoa, deep berry fruit. Hints of vanilla; I'd liken it an "imperial stout" aroma with thick, intoxicating roasted maltiness.

T: Ooooo, very good. All of it matches the aroma. Dark chocolate, ashy-sweet grain. Light char, dirty, a little woody/smoky, too. Dry roasting, dry finisher.

M: Smooth carbonation. Very creamy, just a little overly boozy (not a bad thing). Lip-smacking maltiness, sweet and bitter.

O: Quite delicious, a very good call. Sturdy porter with big flavor, awesome body. The look stays throughout too.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 22:49:24 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of tsauce2


4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 16.9 fl oz bottle poured in to a DFH tulip

A: SRM is dark brown. Opaque. Head is tan, 1 in, and dissipates to 1 cm. Light lacing. Medium carbonation.

S: Dark roast malt, light coffee, hints of toast, toffee, vanilla.

T: Classic porter bite. Dark roast malt, light sweetness, coffee, chocolate. Aftertaste is dark roast malt and light char with touch of sweetness.

M: Full/medium body. Classic porter viscosity/feel. Finish is semi dry and roasty.

O: Very good porter imo. Always a pleasure to have something crafted by the MBC.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 02:49:03 | More by tsauce2
Photo of barnzy78


4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500mL bottle; born on 10/22/2013
A - dark dark brown, huge frothy tan head holds incredible retention and leaves lacing all over the glass
S - chocolate, earthy, fresh dark malt
T - bold chocolate notes, spicy, earthy, roasty, warming
M - fuller, creamy body, roastiness lingers a bit
O - solid American porter. No complaints here.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 13:55:17 | More by barnzy78
Photo of scootny

New York

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

A towering light brown head in my stemmed glass that stays into next week. Chunks of lace on the glass. Super dark brown beer is opaque and allows no light through. Syrupy coating on the sides. Smell is roasty and delicious Healthy amounts of grain and dark chocolate. Huge portion of coffee. A dark fruitiness yields currants and dates. Taste us superb. When cold it is quite good but as it warms the balance really starts to shine. Dark roasted grains in the front with a steaming java cup cradling it. Mild dark bread with a molasses sweetness. Bitter chocolate in the hoppy finish. Nice chewy feel with a surprisingly crisp carbonation and slightly sticky presence on the lips. A touch of creaminess at time. While chewy it is lighter in the mouth than you would surmise from what I am saying. Goes down easily for something this heavy. A superb beer that I look forward to drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 08:31:37 | More by scootny
Photo of Huffs

New York

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass and a nice, dense, tan head developed with great retention and lacing. Appearance was dark brown to black. Aroma was of bread, dried fruits (raisins) with some subtle coffee and chocolate notes. Great tastes of malt, chocolate and coffee with hints of grain and wood. All aspects of the taste were subtle and well balanced. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a dry, sweet and bitter, aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 00:00:06 | More by Huffs
Photo of Beer-A-Lot


4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Superb look and smell up front. Great scent of chocolate, roasted peanuts, and hints of milk and coffee. The taste is about as good as it gets in this style. Rich, smooth, flavorful, and satisfying from the first taste. Rich and creamy mouth. Probably my favorite Maine beer, which says a lot. And if I'm not mistaken, this is a bit cheaper than most others, which makes it even better. Definitely a superb beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 03:22:57 | More by Beer-A-Lot
Photo of joe1510


4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Kenwood Liquors - Homer Glen, IL

Bottled: 10/22/13
Drank: 11/5/13

I have been looking forward to trying King Titus. This bottle pours a black hole. There's not even light able to penetrate the edges of the glass. A dense, craggy, meringue-like coffee colored head grows easily on the pour, lasts forever, and leaves chunky lacing. Yet another great looking beer from Maine Brewing.

Moderate roast and rich, cold, coffee with cream jump forward immediately. The roast pushes through to to the finish and is met with soft vanilla and pithy nuttiness. Mild citric and floral hoppiness lends balance. This is a really amazing smelling porter, nothing flashy but certainly well crafted and delicious.

The flavor is much the same as the aroma. The depth of the roast and coffee are delicious and rich. The cream, vanilla, and nuttiness add a much welcomed aspect and the soft hoppiness sets things off on the finish. Each and every flavor is flawlessly integrated into the next until they layer for great complexity.

While the body remains airy there's good weight that's amazingly velvety and smooth. A touch of roasty bitterness lingers on the swallow with some mild alcohol fumes through the nose. The mouthfeel is decadent but not taxing and the drinkability is off the charts.

King Titus is one of the best porters I've ever had. It even gives Founders version a run for its money. Rich, complex,bold, but never overdone. An expertly crafted beer and one I will buy often in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 02:50:33 | More by joe1510
Photo of Jas45678


4.2/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 20:42:06 | More by Jas45678
Photo of emerge077


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
Photo of alaimoa


4.16/5  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

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 22:09:07 | More by alaimoa
Photo of Roguer


4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 23:04:23 | More by Roguer
Photo of vfgccp

New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 22:39:16 | More by vfgccp
Photo of Houseofbaran


3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 02:08:29 | More by Houseofbaran
Photo of mttaylor1066


4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 21:30:48 | More by mttaylor1066
Photo of BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 23:39:46 | More by BGDrock
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 13:14:50 | More by mikeg67
Photo of teromous


4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 21:29:27 | More by teromous
Photo of Mrappinin


4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 01:39:22 | More by Mrappinin
Photo of RaulMondesi


3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 01:51:21 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of StonedTrippin


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
Photo of facesnorth


2.75/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 05:46:55 | More by facesnorth
Photo of AudioGilz


3.9/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 22:09:26 | More by AudioGilz
King Titus from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 724 ratings.