King Titus - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 237
Hads: 1,288
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 19.32%
Wants: 78
Gots: 209 | FT: 15
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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Photo of BeeGinner
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Track 84, Warwick, RI, served in a 13 oz tulip glass

A: Almost black, served with a 3/4 inch head which laced throughout

S: Not much to it. Slight smell of chocolate.

T: Smooth, easy drinking. Was surprised given the ABV.

M: Nice carbonation throughout. Proper glassware helped (Thanks, Lily). Almost no aftertaste, which I expected there to be more due to the hoppiness.

O: A great drink. Was gone before I knew it and I was ready for a second. ABV crept up on me. I will look for this in stores.

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

Pours a deep brown almost black color with appreciable tan head, thin tan collar, some tan swirls when agitated. Aroma is of coffee, roasted malt, some burnt earth. Taste is lighter malt that the nose lends to. Some coffee in the mid palate and a touch of char towards the end. Nice thick body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/22/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, dark bread, coffee, oats, light citrus, light pine, floral, grass, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, dark bread, coffee, oats, light citrus, light pine, floral, grass, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast/floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, dark bread, coffee, light pine, floral, grass, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malts and moderate hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, moderately slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent porter. All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jbaker67 for the bottle! Bottled on 12/30/2012. Poured into a Blind Tiger Brewery snifter.

Appearance: A strong pour down the middle of the glass produced three fingers of thick, khaki head. Black body. Good head retention and lacing, probably due to the bottle conditioning.

Smell: Grassy hops with some oxidized malts, a bit of stone fruit, some smoke, fading roasted grains and chocolate malts. I’m surprised by there lingering hop presence.

Taste: Up front you get just a bit of hop presence before a bitter smokiness comes through. Some sweet chocolate malts and vanilla. A bit of astringency. I think this is starting to become undone.

Mouthfeel: A very creamy body with a thin mouthfeel. Higher carbonation which warms and pricks going down your throat.

Overall: I probably waited to long to try this as it’s kind of all over the map at this point. The remaining bitterness is almost herbal and too bitter. There is an unpleasant smokiness coming through and the carbonation does not help. Not sure what it’s like fresh, but it’s probably better to drink it sooner rather than later.

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King Titus from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.