Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

King Titus - Maine Beer Company

Not Rated.
King TitusKing Titus

Educational use only; do not reuse.

241 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 241
Hads: 1,307
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 19.32%
Wants: 79
Gots: 217 | 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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 241 | Hads: 1,307
Photo of Mises85
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

had this dated 51314 in a tulip at around 45-50 degrees

Appearance: pitch black with 2.5 finger head. beautiful lacing that dissipates as you drink.

Smell; dark chocolate, coffee (instant to me), pepper, black malt, oil.

Taste: thin, coffee, 50% cacao chocolate, toast, nuts.

Mouthfeel: not as much carbonation as I had expected although good mouthfeel.

Overall: while the beer is a solid beer, this is my least favorite of the beers in the MBC lineup.

 457 characters

Photo of wordemupg
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 15/6/14

A black with a deep cola edge, a big loose mocha head quickly falls to a finger and then sticks around for ages leaving partial rings deep down the glass

S coco powder, lots of char, bakers chocolate, faint licorice, the hops manage to shine through all the dark malt with a hint of citrus and spruce,

T more char, some burnt coffee comes through, still has a fair amount of hops for a beer with this much dark malt, lots of chocolate, great mix of dark and green stuff, no complaints here it tastes amazing

M leaning towards full, silky entry and creams up, bitter, just a little sticky on the lips, char with a hint of citrus lingers on the finish

O great use of hops in a dark beer, not lacking anywhere and worth looking for for sure

I didn't want to like this beer as much as I did, its just not fair that everything I've had from these guys so far has been awesome. I find it odd they put a BB date of 90 days on a strong porter but I guess the hops do play a major role.

 1,026 characters

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep brown with an ample tan head. Great retention.

Smell - Nutty aroma. Some coffee roasted malts. Some hops. Caramel.

Taste - Very nutty. Immediate coffee bitterness. Some vanilla up front, but it becomes very acrid and bitter.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Bitter and ashy. Kinda unpleasant.

Overall - It tastes pretty good up front, but the finish detracts. A lot of brown ale aspects with an intense burnt malt flavor in the back.

 507 characters

Photo of alexbutler
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice, milk chocolatey head from the bottle over a thick, pitch black porter. Very nice looking, almost timeless pour. Classic dark look.

S - Very creamy aroma of coffee and dark malts, a very thick smell if there ever was one.

T - Very brief note of hops, while a creamy coffee flavor takes over the palette. Chocolatey, but nothing over the top. Nothing too smoky, though a hint of bacon in there, which adds to the fullness. Really tasty.

M - Full bodied porter right here. It's got a thickness that hangs on your tongue, and I've used the term creamy about eighteen times already, so I think you get the point. It's good.

O - I'm a huge fan of Maine Beer Comapany, not necessarily the prices. This is a porter I would highly recommend to anyone. Cheers to King Titus, the silverback gorilla of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund... may he rest knowing he inspired this truly outrageous porter.

 900 characters

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Even their porter falls under the 'drink within 90 days' maxim? How hoppy is this gonna be?

This beer pours a solid, near abyssal black, with a faint basal brown cola band, and three flabby fingers of puffy, ebulliently foamy, and silken tan head, which leaves some chunky webbed lightning lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet biscuity, slightly toasted caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate wafers, nutty Italian coffee, a soft lactic sourness, and a decent blend of citrusy, leafy, and grassy hops. The taste is grainy, bready caramel malt, baker's chocolate, crackery toffee, mildly off cafe-au-lait, a bit of meaty roast, ethereal black licorice, and some faded earthy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are fairly soft, but supportive enough in their bearing, the body kind of on the light side of medium weight for the style, and mostly smooth, a sharpness arising as it warms - hard to tell if its origins are in the hops or booze. It finishes off-dry, the cocoa notes still up for a few more rounds, the caramel and coffee stumbling along, and the dryness from unseen hop, and slowly more visible alcohol on the upswing.

A pretty well-rounded, heady, and enjoyable American porter, the sweetness sublimated just enough to keep things on an even keel. I'm not quite sure where the freshness in such an offering comes into play - perhaps the hops that do their good work here behind the scenes, when too old, become overtly unpleasant and unworkable? Maybe, whatever, this is very drinkable right now, as urged, even with the 15-proof booze.

 1,584 characters

Photo of avalon07
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a massive, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of chocolate, malt, and some light coffee notes.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, chocolate, a little coffee, a burnt quality, and hops in the finish. A very focused, well balanced flavor. No one ingredient is overpowering, allowing for a good drinking experience.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a dry, bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Like Maine's other beers, King Titus is a well made and tasty beer. Very much drinkable.

 602 characters

Photo of mick303
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

Had on tap at the American craft beer fest, then again reviewed from bottle. Colour is black with generous lacing and film.

S- rich dark maltiness, caramel, dark hot chocolate/mocha, earthy and robust. Hops come through with a piny resiny level ontop of the rich treacle caramel. Smell also has done black licorice and rich foresty notes.

T- smooth dark chocolate, pine, and citrusy hops with grapefruit, salted caramel, coffee notes come forward but the beer as a whole is quite fruity and forward, cherries and toffee, some florals from the hops. It all comes together really nicely to yield a moderately bitter, mildly roasty, but deliciously complex porter.

M- quite a full porter, nice body, with a mild/moderate carbonation, bitter dark chocolate and smooth bitterness on the finish. Quite crisp, with a lingering toasty and pine character.

A full bodied and well hopped porter, with a great balance and depth of flavour. Assertive hop flavour blends well with the dark malt. Not much else to say than this is another really well put together beer, very drinkable with a satisfying and intriguing complexity. Nothing disappointing about this, outstanding hoppy porter.

 1,178 characters

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On tap at the Thirsty Moose in Portsmouth NH.

Bold, dark look and smelled of chocolate, hops, and burnt smoke. Taste of chocolate upfront and some nice bitterness from the hops. Slick, smooth mouthfeel makes for one tasty porter. Again, Maine Beer Co. has outdone themselves. Really liked this porter.

 302 characters

Photo of nodder
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark brown/black with a thin tan head. Some decent lacing left behind.

S- Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate/cocoa. Smell slightly underwhelming.

T- Dark chocolate, coffee, slightly bitter. A slightly smokey taste is also present. Slight alcohol taste. A great tasting porter.

M- Medium and smooth. Decent carbonation. Bitter and dry aftertaste. A slight alcohol burn on the way down but nothing big deal.

O- Second only to Founders from what I've tried thus far for Porters. Well done.

 491 characters

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is near black with a thick, soapy, beige collar. The aroma brings beautiful roast character and milk chocolates. Chocolate forward with moderate bitterness in the back. Smooth on the palate with a zesty kick from the hops. A solid example of the style. My primary complaint with Maine Beer Co. is the price. $7 per 500 mL is too much to pay for porters, IPAs, pale ales and the like.

 392 characters

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More than a review, this is a discussion of the Maine Beer Company. These guys know what they're doing. King Titus is up there with Edmund Fitzgerald as far as smoothness and drinkability are concerned. This is truly an excellent porter.

Back to Maine Beer for a moment. I've never had a beer from them that has absolutely blown my mind with its flavor profile. But their beers are so well-balanced, it's almost criminal. If they brew it, it's gold. King Titus is no different.

 479 characters

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark, black cherry/cola transparency, and leaves a fast-rising 2", burnt leather head. Lacing is very good
S: Burnt toffee, chocolate. Big on the chocolate.
T: Interesting use of Centennial and Columbus hops make this beer taste like Godiva's dark chocolate orange slices. The bitter is a nice compliment to the caramel notes, and combines to make something reminiscent of chicory.
M: The acidity of the hops leads towards a dry finish, spicy aftertaste. It is not a sryupy beer; almost refreshing sharp with a light and lingering sweetness, that would be a good choice of style to drink on warm Maine nights as cold winter days.

 632 characters

Photo of farrago
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge head, almost half the glass, very slow to sizzle off, fairly dense even with a good mix of differing bubble sizes, the lacing forms a broad intricate spider webbing across the glass sides. The liquid is a fully opaque dark brown to black, barest hint of orange at the glass bottom, looks as much a stout as anything. The nose is dry and very roasty, malty with powerful presence in the dark chocolate, coffee bean, coconut flakes department all the while staying nicely balanced, adds complexity via white grapefruit zest, roasted nuts, tar, charcoal and campfire smoke, as pleasing for not pushing the envelope too far as for what it does offer. Light to medium-bodied, smooth but has grip and traction and in no way evanescent nor wimpy. More milk to lactose, vanilla bean here to pair with the chocolate and coffee, restrained sweetness. That curious grapefruit bursts through here too, retronasally floral, makes you think there’s some sneaky hops lurking about. Not as earthy here, some of that coal tar stuff but that’s it. Carbonation level is active, yet lets the primary flavors soak in and lengthen. Clean finish. The paucity of fruit flavors is odd, minor cherry to dark berry at best. Extremely well done.

 1,234 characters

Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is from 10/27/12, so about a year and a half old. Curious how this beer holds up.

The beer comes in a dark brown color with reddish mahogany coming through in the edges.

The aroma has medium roasted malt and nuttiness, very familiar for a porter. There’s a sweet milk chocolate, dark sticky caramel.

The beer follows with a medium plus mouthfeel of chewy chocolate with cocoa lingering throughout. A sticky toffee sweetness and dark raisin. A nice medium roasted malt and hints of roasted nuts. Then onto a big bright bitterness onto a medium minus roasted coffee and roasted malt.

The beer is a gorgeous beer, not far from Hill Farmstead Everett. The beer transitions from a chewy sweet milk chocolate with caramel onto a smooth long transition into a dark bitter coffee.

 784 characters

Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into snifter glass.
Pours traditional dark dark brown with thin caramel head.
Smells roasty, chocolaty and hints of coffee.
Taste was thin and not substantial enough, fell below the levels of aroma.
Mouthfeel was also thinner than I was hoping for.
Overall, this beer was disappointing. Looked and smelled nice, taste was lacking.

 349 characters

Photo of WesMantooth
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Slightly burned chocolate and roasted malt smell. Tastes the same, with a nice roasted and ashy flavor plowing through. A little bit of bitterness but not hoppy. Maybe not King, but Prince indeed. This porter can hang with the big boys. It is the most similar beer to Edmund Fitzgerald (the King) I have had. Wasnt expecting it to topple Founders and Black Butte. Well done Maine Beer folks.

 391 characters

Photo of richj1970
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 500 ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a very deep brown almost black with 3 finger creamy tan head. Fairly significant lacing.

S: Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, hint of coffee and smoke.

T: A nice blend of roasty flavors. A bit of chocolate, caramel, coffee. Tending a bit bitter but in a pleasant way.

M: Full bodied but not thick. Dry finish and well carbonated.

O: This is an outstanding porter. One of my favorites of the group. Compares very well to Stone's Smoked Porter or Yazoo's Sue.

 511 characters

Photo of plaid75
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger frothy tan head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured dry cocoa, caramel and a touch of charcoal.

The taste consisted of a dry roasted malt with the accompanying charcoal element and a light grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was clean and dry.

Overall a superior porter. Nice and dry.

 394 characters

Photo of WOBrewstraveler
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on tap at Plan b in Simsbury, CT. Absolutely delicious porter. Pours very dark and with a tan-colored rocky head. Mouthfeel is full - bodied and rich, it is full from start to finish. Chocolate and toasted malt flavors dominate without tipping into stout territory. I haven't had anything from Maine Beer that disappointed, and this is no exception.

 362 characters

Photo of hops202
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a stone snifter. Bottled 2/25/14.

Quite dark brown appearence, might be confused as a stout at first glance. Aroma has lots of chocolate and roast with some coffee and oak, maybe even some chestnut. Taste has chocolate, roast, coffee and nuts. Very well balanced. Nicely done Porter by Maine Beer Company!

 319 characters

Photo of Boto
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle: This one pours an opaque, dark brown color. There was a dense, crea,y tan head on it that lingers a bit and leaves some lacing. The aroma is nice. Roasted malts and some coffee. Hints of some caramel and chocolate. The taste is good. Some roasted malts and coffee notes on top. Subdued chocolate in the background. Slightly biter: no sweetness at all. A very nice beer.

 383 characters

Photo of SLeffler27
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

King Titus is black (SRM 40+) with a chestnut brown, creamy froth that never recedes to less than half an inch. The fisheye pint glass is coated with lace by the end of the session.

Sweet roasted malt is accentuated by molasses and espresso. With warmth, a light liqueur is followed by nuts.

This one is well balanced between roasted and sweet malt. The roasted qualities bring out black coffee, nuts, cola and chocolate. A light, bitter finish lingers and brings out bitter chocolate.

The body is light to medium, with a silky texture. It has ample carbonation and light alcohol.

This is a great beer to accompany reading or to enjoy with friends during a long, cool afternoon. The roasted nature brings out some funk from a Chimay soft cheese.

 749 characters

Photo of DaveBlack
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark, completely opaque. Big 2-finger tan head on the top, moderate amount of lacing.

S: Roasted malts and coffee. Not really a whole lot of aroma on this one.

T: Wow. This is definitely where this beer really shines. Roasted malts, chocolate, a hit ofmalt bitterness, and a great finish of ash. The alcohol comes through, surprisingly, and complements all the flavors.

M: the moderately heavy body is significantly lightened by the large amount of carbonation.

O: One of the better porters I've had. Nicely balanced, a great combination of roasted malts hops and alcohol. Just an all-around great brew.

 615 characters

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black, with a thin beige head that lasted a long time. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts, some faint coffee notes and alcohol.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth full bodied. Taste is of roasted malts, bitter hops, and some coffee in the background.

Overall: Not a huge fan of Porters personally, but I must give credit when due, and this is a great brew.

 411 characters

Photo of JohnathanColeman
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: King Titus pours very dark like the midnight skies, with a two finger mocha colored head that dissipates into a solid lacing.

Smell: Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, and a faint scent of coffee.

Taste: I feel as if the roasted malts and dark chocolate flavors preserver in this brew, although you get a great but subtle taste of the hops that pulls through on the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel of this brew is heavy like a wonderful steak dinner! Very chewy!!!

Overall: This brew is amazing and I would recommend it to anyone who can get their hands on it!

 613 characters

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