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King Titus - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

974 Ratings
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Ratings: 974
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 47
Gots: 111 | FT: 11
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

wroywel, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

DrStiffington, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

pottergator, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

gratefulbeerhead, Apr 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Seakyden, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of elgiacomo
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottled November 25, 2012. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours black with a one finger brown head that leaves some nice sheets of lacing and holds a persistent cap.

Aroma is heavy on chocolate, milk chocolate, baker’s chocolate, cocoa, semi-sweet chocolate chips, some coffee, nice roasted malts, decent bit of dark fruit, a whiff of cardboard, some caramel, toffee, little to no hops. Very good strength.

Flavor is roasted malts, some chocolate but not as much as in the nose, coffee, caramel, toffee, some dark fruit, a little cardboard again, earthy hops, light alcohol, somewhat astringent. Astringency fades as it warms and opens up.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, pretty creamy, a little sticky, good carbonation.

Really nice Porter, one of the better ones I’ve had.

elgiacomo, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of sleuthdog
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/25/12
Courtesy of BobZ for this bottle! Thank you!

Pour: Black as night with no light penetration. The huge 3 finger billowing chocolate milkshake color head rises to the apex of the glass and says I want to be here and there is nothing you can do about it. It just does not want to recede and it is awesome. When it finally does relent the abundant amount of lacing left behind is a reminder of that head. I mean even after a long 5 minutes there is still about a fingers worth left.

Smell: Fairly classic porter with mild bitter chocolate, some bitter coffee, a ton of roasty notes with some char. Actually seem to be getting quite a bit of hops? Sort of smells/reminds me of a black IPA.

Taste: Up front the roast quality with the char quickly followed by a semi-sweet smooth chocolate taste. Actually is on the sweeter side than the nose let on and this sweetness battles with the mild bitter coffee and roasted notes in a good way making this less one dimensional and actually more complex. Sort of reminds me of a milk stout combined with a big roasted beer and it works. The bitterness tries to dominate the aftertaste but must relent some to the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the watery side but somehow at the same time succeeds at being big and creamy. I'd call it lighter side of medium but smooth and creamy.

Overall: Great beer and a treat. I am really glad I was able to try it and I think everything in this beer is very well done and the end product is very enjoyable. Must mention that the lacing on this is just beyond huge and I find myself smiling as I look at the empty glass.

sleuthdog, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Neorebel
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

King Titus pours a seductively deep brown, with a thick head of puffy froth capping it off. There appears to be only the faintest bubbles of carbonation present. Sticky lace is left as a reminder of the mountainous head, which eventually recedes to a little less than a half inch. It's a great caramel color and still remains covering the beer itself. Perfect appearance.

One whiff of the beer foretells powdery confections of creamy milk chocolate and roasted coffee beans. One might guess this is a sweet stout with just the nose to go by.

That initial chocolate and espresso comes through just like the aroma upon the fist sip, but now more roasted malts are revealed along with a quite noticeable hop profile as well.
The mouth feel is medium, and the finish dries out with pleasant smoky tobacco notes . Overall, It's very easy to drink and has just enough complexity to stay interesting.

Neorebel, Mar 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

funkel81, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks good on the pour. Flavor profile is pretty smooth with a nice malty sweetness. Smooth is the keyword here. A nice pleasant drinker with light roasted and hearty tones as accents. Pretty smooth on the feel. Carbonation is a but higher than I think it should be for the beer as a whole. But overall, another nice beer from MBC.

RblWthACoz, Mar 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Gww1864, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of WissBrauSean
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

WissBrauSean, Mar 23, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Jmamay22, Mar 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

slim24, Mar 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

ummswimmin, Mar 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

squidrobot, Mar 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

DruRho, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of Thickfreakness
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Thickfreakness, Mar 16, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

PicoPapa, Mar 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Thomas_Picton, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of Kendo
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Kendo, Mar 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Rob264, Mar 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

LouDog1er, Mar 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

chippo33, Mar 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

AJ01923, Mar 13, 2013
King Titus from Maine Beer Company
92 out of 100 based on 974 ratings.