King Titus - Maine Beer Company
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4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
I poured this beer just below room temperature and that is really what you want with this beer. It poured almost jet black with a nice two finger brown head of various sized bubbles that leave a solid lacing pattern with holes in it sort of like street signs out on a distant farm road that has a multitude of bullet holes in it.
The aroma is of dark rosted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of citrusy hops with a bit of yeast.
The taste starts off with dark roasted malt sweetness intermingled with a chocolate and vanilla creaminess and as it works its way back a charred bitterness cavorts with hop bitterness and some yeasties and finally ending up both sweet, dry and acidic. Well balanced.
The mouthfeel, to me, seems medium to full bodied with a silky creaminess that leaves a bit of slime on the toungue. Not much, but it's there. The carbonation is just under moderate and pert near perfect leaving you with a dry taste on the tongue.
Overall, I would have to say that this beer nails it for the style. It's perhaps a little too dry for my taste with a bit too much on the hop side. All in all, it's roasty, smooth, creamy and bitter which is pretty much what an american porter tends to be. This beer is getting at the very least 4 out of 5.
03-23-2013 00:56:16 | More by WissBrauSean
4.19/5 rDev +1.5%
I have had a few beers from Maine Beer Company and they have each been excellent. And I've been looking forward to trying this one. It pours a very dark black coffee color with a creamy mocha colored thick ring of foam that leaves wonderful lacing on the walls of the glass.
The beer smells of dark roasted malt, brown sugar, and faintly fruity. The taste is more robust than the scent with a very heavy mouthfeel. It begins sweet with a taste of raisin and finishes with a bittersweet pleasingly burnt caramel. The finish lingers nicely begging for the next sip. A very robust and straightforward take on the porter style, but extremely well done in doing so. I wouldn't call it unique, but it is an wonderful example of the style.
03-22-2013 00:14:26 | More by Jmamay22
3.48/5 rDev -15.7%
O- Ridiculously pitch black pour. Not a hint of light gazing thru. A billowing coffee stained head rises on the pour and gently glides down the glass leaving some absolutely crazy lacing. The head still has at least 1/2 inch even after almost 5 minutes.
S- Reminds me of alot of a mild Black IPA in the nose. A ton of citrus and some smokey, charred malt. Not as aggressive as Storm King or something like that. Some hints of sweet raisin and fig, dark Belgian cocoa powder and really bitter coffee.
T- Really hoppy and citrusy right up front. It gives way to some milk chocolate sweetness, black coffee, dark dried fruit, pine sap, and yeast. Nice at best. Not extremely complex. I've had much better for much cheaper.
M- Kinda thin and crisp. Far too much citrus for my liking. I was really hoping for something with some body to it. The orange and tangerine peel just strip away any coffee and cocoa goodness that it had.
O- I'm not a huge fan of Porter's that kick you in the mouth with citrus zest and pine. It's a shame because I can really smell some nice cocoa and coffee underneath. It's certainly not bad by any means, but just doesn't suite my liking of an American Porter. It's too bad every style has to be pushed over-the-top by hops. JMHO.
03-16-2013 21:29:01 | More by Thickfreakness
4.23/5 rDev +2.4%
16.9oz bottle with 112512 on the side. Pours a black color with over an inch of thick, frothy tan head. Tons of lacing. The aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malts, Hershey's syrup and some citrus hops. The taste is bitter dark chocolate with some hints of orange peel. Notes of light and sweet coffee. Bittersweet chocolate syrup at the finish. Thick, heavy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a hearty porter that packs alot of flavor. I'll be buying this again.
03-15-2013 17:58:19 | More by PicoPapa
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
Bottle says it was bottled on 12-30-12. Consumed on Pi day - 3/14/13 - so this is pretty fresh (about 75 days old).
A: Poured from the bottle - fairly aggressively beginning about halfway through the pint glass - into a Harpoon pint glass. It appears thick - Imperial/Double Stout-type thick - and black. A cascading chocolate-milkshake-colored head nearly 3 fingers deep settles on top and spends about an eternity just sitting there. Seriously; I poured this beer more than 5 minutes ago now and there's a curtain of lacey chocolate on the sides of the glass and still a half-inch of meringue-like foamy head.
S: Modestly roasty with a touch of coffee and chocolate. Also something sweet at first that led me to think of molasses, but after it warms a bit, that's overpowered by the more roasty and chocolatey scents.
T: Oh my, this is good. First impression is how chocolatey it is in the taste. But it's not a one-note beer; after that first impression there's a lactic, Milk Stout-like creaminess mid sip, then a nice roastiness, a touch of coffee, earthiness and some roasty, bordering on char-like, bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste at first, only to be beaten back by the sweeter flavors after awhile. Very nicely balanced. This just may be my favorite porter.
M: Like many porters, it's a tad bit thin in weight, but this one makes up for it with a low carbonation that makes it feel thicker and slightly slick. Drinks more like Yoo-Hoo than a carbonated beverage.
O: Very impressed. On the fence about bumping up the taste score to a 4.75. . . it's that good.
03-15-2013 02:44:31 | More by Kendo
3.89/5 rDev -5.8%
Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours dark brown with three fingers of tan colored creamy and foamy head. Head slowly recedes, leaving some thick sticky lacing.
Nose is roasted malt, milk chocolate, light citrus hop, a bit of fruity yeast ester.
Taste follows the nose, a bit of citrus hop and roasted malt astringency, mellowing into milk chocolate and bready flavors. Some yeast esters make it through on the finish.
Lighter side of medium with mild but ample carbonation to contribute to a fairly creamy mouth feel. Pretty easy to drink despite being a higher abv porter.
03-09-2013 03:15:32 | More by nataku00
4.34/5 rDev +5.1%
Bottle from Premier Gourmet, 500ml into a tulip. Bottled January 18, 2013.
Deep brown/black, couple fingers of brown head. Dense retention and great lacing. Nose of dark roasty malts, a good dose of coffee and a great balancing sweetness. Taste has more roast character, creamy chocolate notes, and a nice bit of coffee. Roast and sweet malts in the finish. Medium-full body, brilliant texture. A real winner, fantastic porter.
03-07-2013 02:25:37 | More by liamt07
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
A - A slightly slow to develop three fingers worth of rich tightly packed decadent medium brown colored froth with a bit of a rocky top... Excellent retention... Once finally settled toward the end of the session, there is a full rich creamy veil of lacing... The color is is the darkest of browns teetering on black, but not quite there... Some micro bubbled sluggish to moderate paced carbonation streaks can be seen at the bottom of the glass... Rings of lacing cling to the glass...
S - A rich roasted malt character... Rich dark chocolate scents... Some cream notes as well... Simple, straight-forward and spot on for the style...
T - Everything the nose alluded to and more... LIght roasted malt to start... Milk Chocolate... Sweet caramel... There is a very welcome and very enjoyable addition of coffee notes which add terrific depth and complexity... All the flavors compliment one another very well...
M -Medium to full bodied... A bit thick... A bit viscous... Slightly chewy... Light carbonation... Sleek... Ultra smooth... Goes down very easily... Even and consistent with every sip...
D - An absolutely exceptional American Porter... I would unequivocally by this one a regular basis if I had the opportunity (which I unfortunately do not)... World class in terms of appearance, flavor, and mouthfeel... The aroma lags slightly and can only be considered slightly above average... However, the net result is a world class American Porter that I will long for in by beer fridge again... Probably my favorite Maine Beer Company offering... If it isn't clear by this point, I like this beer very much... Outstanding...
03-07-2013 01:54:11 | More by philbe311
4/5 rDev -3.1%
Picked up the King at a small place in Virginia. This porter is worth the jingle! I enjoyed this very much. Pours a nice small head and the aroma for the most part matches the taste. If you are a fan of porters dont pass this one up.
Bottom Line: Good porter!
03-05-2013 12:06:09 | More by themind
King Titus from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 913 ratings.