King Titus
Maine Beer Company

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Style:
Porter - American
Ranked #15
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,439
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 8.17%
Reviews:
287
Ratings:
1,503
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Maine Beer Company
 
Maine, United States
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SCORE
93
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Notes: Our take on an American robust porter. Dark, thick, chewy, chocolaty, and of course, generously hopped.
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brewme from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked-up a single bottle at Bradford's in Plymouth for about seven dollars. Have had several brews from these guys before. Bottled on date of 2/2020. Carbonation was off a bit, probably due to age.

Dec 18, 2020
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured moderately hard from a large bottle into a snifter glass, forming a finger or two of light tan head that soon faded to heavy lacing. Smell is a very nice smoky malt. Taste is close to the smell, smoky up front soon followed by a delicious malt. Not complicated, but very tasty. A bit shy of medium bodied with pretty light carbonation. Excellent porter overall with a nice smoked character to it.

Dec 06, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was rather heady at getting my new job with USPS back in late-Mai & I went a tad overboard at Rieker Bottle Works as a result. I wound up getting several Crowler CANs for The CANQuest (tm), putting them into the basement Beerfrigerator (all reefer CANpartment, NO freezer space) & glossing over them until recently. 8=(

From the Crowler: "Darn Good Beer".

I am still struggling with Crowlers in that, following the resoundingly booming Crack! of the vent, I CANNot seem to get a Glug going without some dribbling due to the placement of the vent in relation to the edge of the lid. I pressed on, though, watching in rapt fascination as it evinced a pseudo-cascade which eventually formed two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-brown head with very good retention. Color was solidly Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing precisely ZERO light penetration. 8=O Nose was redolent with anise & treacle, underlain by Baker's chocolate & a light mintiness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was REALLY roasty with a dark chocolatiness that CANbined beautifully with the mintiness to create a liquefied York Peppermint Patty/GS Thin Mint cookie flavor! Mmm. But, don't discount the roastiness when, as it warmed, I beCAN to taste coffee, treacle & anise along with an odd caramel-coconut CANbination. OMFG, was this good! This beer was alarmingly close to a Stout, but if they want to call it a Porter, who am I to disagree? Finish had a slight sourness, so is it possible that they were blending vintages to create this beer?!? If so, I was doubly impressed! If not, then just chalk it up to stylistic integrity. This was the sort of thing that they undoubtedly drank in the back rooms of the Victorian England train stations. Mmm. YMMV.

Aug 22, 2020
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a pitch black body with just a hint of red-brown color, inky opaque, short tan head fades to a few tan lines of tiny bubble lacing.

S - Quiet hit of roasted malt, a bit of chocolate, and spicy hops, a touch of earthiness.

T - Lush splash of flavors, dark bread and chocolate notes, honey notes and a slight coffee-like acidity, with a dry finish.

M - Prickly open feel on the tongue, a bit of stickiness in the midst, and just a slight bite in the close.

O - Lovely, lovely porter, with a great melange of hop and malt and a well-integrated dark beer experience. Superb.

Jul 31, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

32oz crowler picked up at Sabatinis yesterday.

Looks fantastic in the glass. Black body, small light tan head persists in good form throughout, leaving some interesting lacing

Clean lightly roasted aroma.

On tasting, the roast is a little heavier, but not overdone. No real coffee or chocolate notes but a pleasing drink.

Mouth below medium, little thinner than I would like. Finish medium roast, which works for me, but there is a licorice hit as well, which i could do without

Overall, enjoyable beer, slightly spoiled by the mouth and finish.

Jul 13, 2020
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dramatically dominated by espresso and dark roast, with little of the hoped-for cocoa and chocolate notes to balance things out. So because I prefer my dark beers a little more chocolaty and a touch sweeter, or at least more balanced and less bitter, it didn't live up to expectations. But still a very good porter, with typical Maine tightness, simplicity, and clean finish.

Mar 08, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour appears clear and dark brown; head is dense and creamy with a light khaki color. Excellent roasted and charred grain aroma; fresh ground coffee; bitter chocolate. The flavor encompasses milk chocolate and cocoa; some fine hop bitterness slightly undercutting the low-key sweetness. Medium-heavy body; thick and velvety; semi-sweet heaviness.

This porter is a well-crafted, gently sweet and heavy dark ale. There is plenty of complexity and depth with no glaring imbalance. It delivers warmth and gently sweet charred goodness. A fine beer...

Jun 09, 2019
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured black with a hearty two finger frothy tan head that reminded me of a stout. Head retention was very good with heavy lacing. Light nose of roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and mild piney hops. Taste is a bit hop forward releasing into roasted malt, dark chocolate and a stronger hop finish blended with black licorice that lingers. Moderate light body that has kind of a thin feel. Moderate light carbonation with a satin feel that makes you want to roll it around on the tongue. This is very nice.

May 25, 2019
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle dated 2/5/19. Best I could do. Been trying to find one for a while. Poured into Kane chalice.

L: 1F or so head, slightly off-white. Not much retention, does leave a ring. Black color.

S: Roasty, earthy, and hoppy. Unsweetened chocolate, coffee, pine, some citrus.

T: Basically follows nose very nicely. Tastes almost like you're drinking a nice fall day in Maine, if that makes any sense.

F: Creamy and nearly full-bodied. Somewhat bitter finish. Construction and balance quite good. Simple, but solid.

O: Sad it took so long to find one here, as it's quite good. Blurs the line between brown ale and porter a bit in taste, but a definitely welcome alternative to stout-like porters. This is a clear ale.

May 06, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pouring from a 500 ml. Bottle into a snulip glass, this beer pours out very close to black; dark coffee brown. One finger worth of dense, creamy, tightly packed and well held, peanut butter fudge colored crown sits on top. Very nice looking porter with great crown retention and lacing.

The nose tangles roastiness and hops together. It’s almost like they are best friends in a fight. Yeah, they’re seeing who’s the strongest, but they love each other. Apricot like hoppiness with a touch of pine. Roasty, fresh coffee beans. Milky chocolate is watching the show from behind the curtain.

The taste comes in with a quick touch of the hops noted before melting into a beautiful land of coffee beans, roasty chocolate and cream. The hops are very well balanced. So delightful.

The mouthfeel is creamy, roasty and slightly bitter while being extremely smooth and clean. Silky, and finishes dry.

Overall, this is honestly a world class non adjunct porter. The balance is beautiful and respectable. No flaws in this thing.

Apr 09, 2019
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stercomm from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 ml bottle, very dark brown almost black, big tan head with significant lacing. On the nose getting roasted coffee beans and chocolate. Taste, very creamy with chocolate and coffee, good depth, toasty, very clean. Mouthfeel is very coating with medium carbonation. Very good porter.

Apr 05, 2019
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle - $7.99 at Sprayberry Bottle Shop in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body. On top, a creamy-looking, sandy-tan foam cap.

Smell: A generous dosing of bittersweet chocolate stirred into cold cream with a blunted edge of roast and a supporting toastiness and cooked caramel. Minor waft of hops and a drifting vein of pipe smoke.

Taste: Creamy, chocolaty with a rich blend of caramel-brushed toastiness, mild roast and impression of coffee beans. While sweet, its sweetness shows restraint. As with the aroma, there's just a faint, faint hint of smoke dispersed throughout the flavor. Light tinge of hops, a glimmer of floral, pine and some balancing bitterness. More lightly bitterish chocolate morsels on the round, smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Mouthfeel has a great satiny, nigh-chewy quality to it.

Overall: With the beer landscape littered with heavily adjunct laden offerings, leaving one to gaze upon the beer shelves with disinterest and disdain and a feeling of dread and unease, as if one fears there may be amateur porn of them on the web somewhere, somehow, it was an absolute TREAT to have something so well-executed. Oftentimes, a few sips in I regret having bought a beer. With King Titus, I was positively bummed I only bought the one, lone bottle.

Mar 09, 2019
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JoeyShoes from Maine

4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep brown, rich and creamy look. Smells divine, like chocolate and coffee. Tastes dryer than it smells, hardly any sweetness. It's got the coffee and chocolate yes, but there's also this faint iron/rust flavor that's distracting. Might be a type of malt I'm not familiar with. Goes down smooth, very drinkable, but probably wouldn't get again.

Mar 27, 2018
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This mighty fine little brew pours a
rugged blackish brown with a fantastic head of brown foam that settles to
a thick ring, thick layer, and shows some excellent lacing. Nose of earthy malts,
subtle pine and herbal hop notes, light bakers chocolate, and touches of coffee.
Flavors hit the note with a nicely balanced earthy malt touched with char and
coffee that gains malt bitterness strength from the bakers chocolate with a
hint of vanilla and cream in there with a nice moderately bitter hop note showing
pine and herbal hops. Very good mouth feel; medium full body, light carbonation,
and a rich roasted finish that is deep and rich.

Glad to have these beers here in Ohio and hope to see more of them---excellent
craft ales.

Cheers

Mar 12, 2018
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce (500 ml) bottle, bottled on 01/24/2018. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. I like the aroma, the brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, piney hops and earthiness. Taste is pretty much just the the aroma, but with some burnt/charred malt and floralness noticeable too. I like the roasty bitterness in this porter a lot Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and easy to drink with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think this is a pretty good all around brew, definitely worth picking up if you come across some! $6.99 a bottle.

Mar 05, 2018
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EMH73 from New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a half inch dark tan head that was well retained and left little lacing. Smells and tastes of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, hops and some smoke. Medium to heavy bodied for the style, lightly carbonated, creamy mouth feel. A bit pricey but worth it.

Jun 09, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It poured a very dark, browish black and left the same color body. A beautiful foamy lumpy mocha colored head appeared and lasted for a good minute. Some lightly speckled lacing appeared around the sides of the pint glass. No carbonation was seen rising due to the dark body, only one ring at the top of the pint glass, I like it. The smell had the coffee up front with some light tobacco chocolate in the background. The taste was basically the same, nothing really different. The palate was about a medium and a very nice smoothness and creaminess on the tongue. Overall, I’m very impressed and would definitely come back to this.

Jun 05, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to thebeers for this brew.

16.9 oz. Bottle
Born On Date: 013117
Bottle Conditioned

Poured into a tulip a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger tan head, which also leaves some nice islands and sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some pretty nice chocolate/toffee notes, vanilla, slightly roasty. The taste is really nice, malty, roasty, with some really nice chocolate/toffee notes. vanilla. Medium body, ABV hidden very well. Overall, another very tasty brew from MBC.

Apr 02, 2017
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 3.5 weeks ago.

Nearly black, with a three finger tan head produced with moderate pour. Decent retention, minimal lacing. Light on the nose, which focuses predominantly on roasted barley malts and bittersweet chocolate. The taste, on the other hand, is unexpectedly complex: resinous hops, well-roasted malts, oats, bakers' chocolate, campfire ash, dark roast coffee, and a hint of copper on the finish. Robust but not overpowering mouthfeel, with a great balance of carbonation. Like with their Peeper Ale, I found this beer to be slightly overpriced for what it is (~$6 for a 17oz bottle) -- Sierra Nevada's stout is quite similar, and less than half the price.

82/100

Feb 25, 2017
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Gajo74 from New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at Arts and Craft Beer Parlor, NYC.
Pours a mostly jet black color, however, every now and then I think I spotted the slightest hint of ruby. A moderate tan head soon dissapates and leaves a collar and thin lacing.
The aroma can be described as soft, mellow and pleasant. Roasted malts, light coffee roast, cocoa and vanilla. One also gets a hint of a creamy essence that will transfer onto the flavor.
On the tongue, I would describe this as a super smooth and velvety beer that is bold yet mellow at the same time, and whose great qualities are subtle and perhaps harder to discern to those used to "loud" and "in your face" Porter/stouts. For one, the alcohol is barely detectable. Secondly, it is not overly sweet. Instead, there is a smoky quality of roasted, maybe nutty, and even slightly charred malt that is modest and not overwhelming. In the background there is a lovely creamy and vanilla coating that is predominant in the finish and balanced things out wonderfully. The carbonation is somewhat tight at first, but once it settles, some of the beer's chocolate, coffee and even dark fruit qualities come out.
This is a beer that I truly want to get to know better and that I feel I would grow to love and appreciate more over time.

Feb 05, 2017
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Rugg315 from Connecticut

4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date on bottle 1/3/17. Total black look with cream colored head. Coffee smell with a sweetness hint. Fabulous taste mocha with that offset sweetness. Great feel light carbonaction very pleasing. One of the better stout's I have had. Not my preferred style but really enjoyed.

Jan 16, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours deep black in color with a thick khaki colored head that retains forever, eventually leaving some nice lacing behind

S- dark and roasty with notes of chocolate, coffee, ash, dark fruit, cocoa powder & some smoke

T- smoky charred malt up front gives bold flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and campfire ash. Mid-palate gives notes of dark fruit and a hint of caramel. The finish gives more coffee and chocolate with a smoky linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a silky finish

O- sometimes a solid, straight up robust Porter is all you need, and this is very good

Jul 17, 2016
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strohme2 from Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in February, hoped it was still tasty. Poured into a tulip with a light tan head that lasted for daaaays. Great lacing too. Chocolate and roast on the nose. Roast, baking chocolate, licorice, char. A bit light on the mouthfeel but it does have a drying finish. A nice Porter.

Jul 15, 2016
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

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

This 7.5% porter pours a pitch black color with a medium creamy tan head. The scent is strongly of roasted malts with a hint of dark chocolate. There is a strong flavor of roasted grain that lingers in my mouth. In the background there are also flavors of dark chocolate, a little pine hoppiness, coffee, and burnt sugar. The finish is a little dry, but not overly so. The body is heavy like any good stout or porter. This is definitely not a weak porter. The flavor is strong and it really stays with you. It’s maybe not as polished as the very top examples of the style, but it is still damn good in a rugged kind of way. It’s definitely a porter worth trying.

Jun 10, 2016
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musicsherlock from New York

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 04/12/16 16.9 oz bottle

Pitch black with a hint of ruby at the edges, opaque. Two finger mocha head

Dark chocolate, got my mouth watering. Raisin, resin and mild hops

Certainly chocolate in the palate, good sweetness at the back. Some hop balance

Good amount of carbonation, a little thinner than expected. A little stickiness 1/3rd of the way through the bottle

Mmmm. A nice American Porter, not overwhelming with sweetness, chocolate or coffee. Just a great dark beer with some hops thrown in for good measure.

Also, mixed 1/3rd Two Roads Road Jam with 2/3rd King Titus which made for a nice Raspberry Porter. A good chocolate raspberry taste with a good beer backbone.

Jun 07, 2016
King Titus from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 1503 ratings