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King Titus - Maine Beer Company

King TitusKing Titus

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BA SCORE
92
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729 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 729
Reviews: 178
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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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

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
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Lorianneb

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Glass- Teku
A- Pours very dark brown, bordering on black. 2 fingers of tan head.
S- Roasty, chocolate
M- Nice thick mouthfeel. Soft carbonation that adds to the overall taste
T- Roasty, without being dry. Milk chocolate and earthy tones
O- Very drinkable. Will have to get more of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 23:57:57 | More by Lorianneb
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Standard 500ml bottled in Oct 2012 poured into a cervoise. The brew pours a dark brown to black color with a khaki colored head 3 fingers strong. It fades slowly leaving a full wall of webby lace on the glass. When held to the light, some lighter reddish brown clarity is seen around the edges.

The aroma is roasty with char, earth and coffee overtop some mineral notes and herbal to piney hop character. A mild amount of fruity alcohol that is somewhat floral that fades to almost sweet milk chocolate balances out the rest of the aromatics.

The flavor is roasty and bitter with coffee and earthen aspects. Some mineral quality breaks this up with an aggressive hoppy flavoring that is somewhat vegetative to herbal and pine-like. Underneath is a bit of fruity alcohol that brings out a touch of milk chocolate but without the sweetness.

This is medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is a decent porter with plenty of character. However, I am not a fan of the strong mineral presence that is unrelenting and quite distracting.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 15:10:28 | More by stakem
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 7.8.13
Bottled 011813

A - Pours a dark brown with a brown foamy head with great retention.

S - Roasty, chocolate, toast.

T - Lots of chocolate, roasted malt, bitter grass, burnt toast.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Roasty and chocolate. A slight burnt toast, but still damn good.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 17:31:02 | More by HuskyinPDX
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KelsoSaaz

Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Nonic pint

A: Nice jet black with glimpses of mahogany in the light. Dark, khaki, creamy, 3 finger head. Leaves nice ring lacing.

S: Roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. Slightly earthy

T: Warm roasted malt and coffee. Bittersweet chocolate. Earthy tones, perhaps from the hops. Finishes like espresso, bitter and full of dark coffee flavor.

M: Medium body with moderate to low carbonation. Warms up the palate.

O: An extremely good American porter, dark and roasty like it should be. This is one of the few American porters that can stand up to GLBC Edmund Fitzgerald, and that is high praise.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 23:35:05 | More by KelsoSaaz
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Ego

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

eyes...
massive 3 fingers of chocolate foam, it moves around like a well choreographed dance troupe, lacing is superb, the bubbles clone each other stacking nicely toward the beer, the head sticks around for a good amount of time but does eventually retreat to near normalcy, color wise you could put this on a horse and call it blinders, no light is passing through this darkness, good looking porter

nose...
yeasty chocolate roasted coffee, deep roasted bean aroma with milk chocolate trimmings, chalky cocoa powder, flat out great - liquid candy bar

taste etc...
chalky with slight prickly notes from the carbonation, strange feel... it is light (relatively) but yet satisfyingly full, it is like liquidy chocolate marsh mellow, really slick and smooth here, the bitterness follows the roast flavor, the sweetness does not over power, the flavor lingers but fades just enough to entice the next sip, this hits most of the right notes

verdict?
tasty, a really good porter with well developed flavors. I will only nit pick that I prefer more coffee flavor but that is a personal thing, this is a damn fine beer

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 04:22:12 | More by Ego
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harrymel

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 10MAR13

Hope this beer is as highly valuable as the $8 price tag. Pours near black with a broken sheet of light mocha foam. Smells of toasted malts, coffee, some bitter cocoa, some raisin, some leather and soil and a bit of resiny hops. Flavor is dry with coffee, dark toasted malts, some more leather, some dirt, some bitterness, some bits of maduro tobacco. Fairly thin for the style with low carb and a dry finish - not sure this leaves me disappointed, but it's certainly different for the style. Overall a beer that is drinkable, but not something I'd tell others to buy and drink over some of the better options out there (although I haven't seen better options bottled here in Boston)

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 05:25:48 | More by harrymel
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Treebs

Illinois

3.44/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass. Bottled 4/23/13.

A: Pours a solid black color and as with all Maine Beer Co. beers a thick and heavy head, khaki in color, forms on the pour and sticks around for quite some time. Great retention. Lots of sticky webbing of lace is left on the glass.

S: The hops pop up in the forefront with some light fruitiness. Some roast and char is present after the initial hop burst. Light cocoa powder as well.

T: Some leafy and fruity hops up front. The char and roast take over in the mid-palate, but the hops definitely stick around throughout. Light bitter baker's chocolate mixes with some sweet roasted malts on the finish.

M: medium bodied with a nice chew to the body. Medium carbonation with a roasty and sweet finish.

O: I'm not the biggest fan of hoppy porters. The hops lingered a little too long for me and provided some unwanted fruity and leafy notes while not adding any bitter flavors. There is enough chocolate malts with a nice roasting to remind it's still a porter, but it needs a little more balance.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 02:51:37 | More by Treebs
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Smokee

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a spiegelglau snifter, dark dark brown with a pretty tall head for a porter. Very compact foam bubbles Smells of chocolate, malt,bread, some iodine?

Effervescent mouth feel for the style, a little pepper , maybe lighter than I expected but still a longer finish. Very, very drinkable , even on a muggy July night.

Tastes of some chocolate malt and bread. This may be my favorite Maine Beer Co to date.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 00:32:46 | More by Smokee
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: A pitch black pour, capped by a mountain of khaki foam that leaves some shards behind

Smell: Chocolate, nuts and roasty char, with occasional wafts of hops

Taste: The hops try to make a stand at the outset but by mid-palate, the roast, chicory, chocolate and char all become pronounced, though the hops continue to linger, in the background; very nicely balanced, after the swallow, with the chocolate flavors bursting into the forefront

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, but a bit too much carbonation for the style

Overall: With a little less carbonation, this would be a top flight robust porter; as it is, it is darn close

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 00:23:48 | More by brentk56
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far333

Connecticut

4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany brown and opaque with an inch high head of rocky, dimpled foam that settles down slowly and leaves oily legs of lace up the sides of the crystal brandy snifter.

Aroma of dark malt, not toasted or roasty, very smooth, some cocoa and marshmallow.

Rich flavor of dark malt, slight roasty note, espresso, root beer, leather and smoke. Firm bitterness, some noticeable hops in the finish.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, finishes slightly tannic and woody. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 03:35:40 | More by far333
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nearly black body beneath the generous, foamy tan head which slowly fades to leave a thin yet sticky lacing.

Abundant roasted malt, bordering on charred aromas accompany the sweet milk chocolate. There may also be just a touch of real earthy hops as well.

The flavor is similar with generous roasted and charred malt. Ther is a touch of a spicy aspect to the finish and perhaps some herbal hops mid palate.

Medium to fuller in body with fair carbonation and a touch of a spicy finish.

This is a delicious beer with more chocolate than char typical. When it warms all of the character really becomes more pronounced.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 01:36:53 | More by CHADMC3
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Maine Beer Company - King Titus, poured into a Craftgeer snifter

Look - Pours a thinner black with a brown hue, plenty of sediment because I pour ridiculously aggressively but I don't knock off points for it since they warn you right on the bottle. Small soapy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some rings and otherwise spotty lacing.

Smell - Roasted coffee and dark chocolate, brown malts, and piney hops.

Taste - Snappy carbonated and then chocolate followed by roasted malts and then finished up by some crunchy (earthy, piney) hops.

Mouthfeel - Mouth warming but not overly boozy, quite pleasant actually. Good drinkability, above the curve for a Porter for sure. Slightly sticky, slightly bitter, very crunchy, earthy, and roasted.

Overall - Solid Porter for sure, not my absolute favorite but right up there. For those who really dig the style I think this would be a home run.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 12:31:59 | More by JMScowcroft
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, 6 months old. Black pour with brown highlights, massive tan head and super lacing. Aroma is chocolate, burn toast with a subdued grassy background. Taste is roasted grain, chocolate and earthy hops. Silky and puffy mouthfeel which makes it highly drinkable. Great porter, tasty and easily drinkable. I’d be curious to try fresher for a more intense hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 16:39:13 | More by Luk13
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 16.9 oz brown bottle with a bottling date of December 2012. Enjoyed out of a 20 oz glass stein.

Appearance - Careful pour (to avoid disturbing the sediment) yields a blanketing of two-finger cocoa-colored head. The foam sits atop a body of brown so dark it might as well be black. Light does not shine through at all. Head dissipates after a couple minutes, leaving a solid film of bubbles and moderate-to-light lacing.

Smell - Notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate dance around a base of dry earthy soil. Some faint herbal hoppiness comes through as well.

Taste - Coffee hints again with chocolate, this time a little less bitter, with a malty sweetness providing a sturdy base. Roasted malt is the predominant flavor with licorice notes as it warms. Hoppiness is less detectable except on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Silky and viscous, coating the inside of the mouth while also providing some counterpoint from the active carbonation. Finish lingers with some earthy bitterness.

Overall, a solid representative of the style. Too bad it's not more readily available (read as: at ALL available) in my part of the country.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 05:06:53 | More by LambicPentameter
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1/18/13 bottling date. Poured into a DFH tulip shaped pint glass.

pours a pitch black color with a half inch thick beige head. Robust porter smell for sure on this one. Nice chocolate and coffee aroma. ooh, really digging the taste as well. strong chocolate and coffee on the palate. This is one strong, upfront porter. What a porter is meant to be. Heavier side of medium bodied with low carbonation. What i expect the body of a porter to be.

Overall this beer is excellent. One of the best porters I've ever had. highly recommend to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 01:22:52 | More by Axnjxn
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dtivp

West Virginia

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

Poured a midnight black with two finger tan head, good retention and thick lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste followed the nose with dark roasted malt, dark coffee bitterness, hints of dark chocolate and hops.

Mouth Feel is medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth yet bitter leaving a dry after taste.

Overall this is a very nice bold porter, it is near the top of my porter favorites. This was my first Maine Beer Company brew and I hope I have a similar experience with their other selections.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 23:50:25 | More by dtivp
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mactrail

California

3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Very dark color and opaque in the tumbler. Large beige head that lasts well. Quite sudsy in the mouth. This starts off as a mellow malty mouthful and shades off into the darkness. Bitterness is quite substantial. I don't see the IBU, but it's a lot of Centennial and Columbus hops. The charred flavors take over from the sweet malt.

Overall, this is a flavorful dark brew that is on the austere side. An interesting big beer that is double the flavor, if not quite double the alcohol. The bitterness finally takes its toll for me. From the 500 ml bottle bought at Whole Foods in Washington, DC.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 03:11:26 | More by mactrail
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metter98

New York

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dense tan head that rapidly dissipated, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of burnt and roasted malts are present in the nose as well as some hints of pine resin hops.
T: The taste has flavors of dark chocolates and roasted malts along with hints of citrusy hops and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp and chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very bold tasting porter that is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 01:52:14 | More by metter98
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mooseo

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into tulip.

A - Black as night with a thick one finger creamy tan head.

S - Roasty malts, top soil, toffee, sweet chocolate, hints of coffee.

T - Lots of roast, earthiness, and slight chicory flavor throughout. A light coffee hop bitterness balances everything well. Subtle vanilla bean and dark fruit.

M - Smooth and creamy. Medium-full body, mild carbonation, somewhat dry finish.

O - This is an above-average balanced porter. The chicory element was a pleasant surprise and makes this a memorable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 02:45:58 | More by mooseo
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GuinnessAtRogerWilco

New Jersey

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

500ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

AP: Solid black colour with a 1/4" light tan fluffy head that dissipates to a dusting on the surface, though the lacing when the glass is tilted is nice.
AR: Chocolate, black bread, roasted grains and some hints of coffee and vanilla.
T: Follows the nose but while in the aroma the chocolate smelled sweeter, in the taste it's more of a bitter chocolate or cocoa type of flavour. There are also hints of bitter coffee grinds and Earthy hops on the finish.
M: Fairly creamy though there's a good bit of carbonation at the end, a little too much for my liking in a Porter.
OV: A very solid effort from Maine Beer. A fine enjoyable Porter that has good balance throughout.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 05:30:44 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Teku glass. Bottled 12/30/12.

A: Pours black--coffee brown around the edges, with a finger and a half of dense and very persistent tan head. The head recedes to a thick and sloppy ring with some streaks and dots of lacing.

S: Medium roast coffee on top of roasted malt, a touch of vanilla and chocolate.

T: Roast is balanced nicely with coffee and a hint of dark chocolate. Finishing dry with a long coffee finish.

M: Slightly grainy. Medium-light body and medium, lively carbonation.

O: A very well crafted porter, hitting a very good balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 05:10:25 | More by pmarlowe
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DmanGTR

New York

4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark brown with chestnut hues in the light. The head is a creamy, billowing beige cloud that adorns the top of my Gulden Draak tulip. Long lasting, it leaves ample lacing as it descends with the beer. The aroma is quite nice: multigrain toast, touch of marshmallow, and cocoa with mineral and a hop-forward waft that is a blend of earth, grass, and spring rain. The flavors are abundant and well balanced. Lots of silky smooth chocolate, less coffee, and sweet malt comes first, followed by burnt toast, caramel, and a pleasing mild bitterness that rounds out the finish. The aftertaste reminds me a little bit of Amontillado: a sherry-like, nutty flavor. The texture is extremely smooth and rich bodied, definitely bold enough to hold up to the flavors. Well carbonated and quite drinkable. Hardly any alcohol presence. Overall, a very well made porter that I highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 23:33:28 | More by DmanGTR
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greenmonstah

New Hampshire

3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Half liter bottle into tulip glass

A - Pitch black and completely opaque with a finger of tan-brown head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Milk chocolate, roasted chocolate malt, sweet. Simple and pleasant, good display of roasted malts.

T - Chocolate and roasted malt, slight balancing bitterness is that of cacao. Vanilla shows up, too.

M - Very watery, body is not quite medium, somewhat thin. Needs more. Doesn't allow the beer to linger and let you enjoy it. Drinks like water. Carbonation is low to moderate.

O - Overall a fine tasting beer that I would pay Sam Adams prices for, but that's about it. Not up to the level of MBC's other beers. From reading other reviews this seems extremely inconsistent.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 03:17:59 | More by greenmonstah
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Dec 30, 2012

Beer is black with a large tan head. Great retention, good lace.

Nose contains roast malt, chocolate, coffee and some citrusy hops. The malt is dominant and very nice, but the hops are clearly there.

Roasted malt is upfront in the taste as well, nice bold flavour. Lots of chocolate and some coffee in there as well. Hops are not as noticeable as in the nose; likely they have faded since bottling. Still get a hint of citrus or tropical fruit. Fairly bitter.

Medium to full bodied, moderately carbonated. A bit chewy.

Overall, quite a nice porter. Tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 00:34:30 | More by jrenihan
King Titus from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 729 ratings.