King Titus | Maine Beer Company

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King TitusKing Titus

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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our take on an American robust porter. Dark, thick, chewy, chocolaty, and of course, generously hopped.

Added by tehzachatak on 10-04-2012

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Holderness
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of Rugg315
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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Photo of strohme2
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | 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.

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Photo of musicsherlock
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: dark brown almost black in color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a thick surface covering.

Smell: mild chocolate aroma.

Taste: roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, an a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a full flavored porter. Easy to drink and satisfying.

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Photo of goblue30
3.46/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this from the brewery, drank within a week. Very disappointing beer. Just lacked flavor. Wish they had it on tap so I didn't waste $6 on a 16.9oz bottle of this beer. A big fan of dark beers, but this just wasn't good, you can find better porters for $10/6pk.

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Photo of TTen
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Maine Brewing King Titus

L: Dark, opaque, black? With a dark beige, frothy, rocky head. 4.5
S: Raisin, plum, fig? Roasted malts. 4
T: Robust. Caramel and roasted malt. Acrid yet pleasant. Sweet, burnt flavor and a little sourness in the finish. 4.25
F: Medium-full body and the roast/caramel feels full and dry at the same time. 4.5
O: This is a worthy sipper. There is a lot of flavor, some conflicting but mostly in harmony. 4.25

Bottled 4/12/2016

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Photo of dfavreau
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank this last night during the Caps-Pens, NHL-game 1(Go Caps!). I'm trying to drink a new craft brew each game. This was a good, dark, strong porter. Really rich dark, color and creamy feel going down. It had notes of chocolate, caramel and licorice. It was a pretty neutral tasting porter making it easy to drink and got better as you drank it. This beer tastes similar to a Founder's porter. The only negative is, at the beginning, my tastebuds would pick up on a slight chemical aftertaste. This could be because of my dislike for any anise/licorice type tastes in any drink or food. Cost = $6.99 (Spruce Creek Provisions-Rt 1 Kittery, ME)

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle. Perfect black pour with thick mocha head that fades slowly, soapy lace. Mild roasted malt aroma. Taste is full of chocolate and roasted coffee, near perfect bitterness, dry bitter finish. Medium to thick chewy mouthfeel. This is one tasty porter, deep and bitter.

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Photo of q33jeff
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fiume waiting for Founders CBS. Aroma, Coffee, toasted malt. Really tasty. Dark black,thick smallish head. Good bitter finish."

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Photo of agreenman19
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L - dark brown. Can't see through it. Has an appealing milk chocolately colored head.

S - hops and roasted caramel. Smells exotic and fresh. Touch of rusted metal.

O - oats and sweet chocolate. Some bitter coffee and a lively dose of hops. Doesn't blow me away in any of those categories, but does them all well. I can pick out distinct flavors, and the tropical hoppiness blows my hair back a bit.

F - ultra creamy, thanks to the oats? This is how I like my dark beers. Not overly thick, but the mouthfeel is just sublime, swishing it between my teeth and gums. Has that heavy sludginess to it while still staying jumpy and refreshing. Well done.

O - been after this one for a while and I am not disappointed! Great showcase of coffee, chocolate, and hops. Solid porter/borderline stout. Nice beer.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a while back at the Whole Foods on Houston St in New York City. I Love Maine's beers and even though I'm not a huge fan of Porters, this one was a lot easier to enjoy than most of them. Although the date on the site was from 11/24 of last year, this tasted, fresh, lively, and almost like a Chocolate Stout since the roasted flavors were a bit subdued. It was on par with the Smuttynose Robust Porter and an excellent alternative to the more British-style ones that I've become accustomed to!

Nice pour to this, as the beer had a raisin hue, a murky look, and a nice, tan head to it. Plenty of chocolate and coffee in the nose. A good amount of those were found in the taste along with some oat, booze, raisin, and a nice, chewy malt underneath it all. Some walnut was found underneath that and yes, this had a subtle, roasted aspect to it but it wasn't charcoal like with so many other beers of this type. Great, clingy lacing was to be found here as well as I worked my way through this and there were faint hints of the raisin and dark fruit that lingered as I finished off each sip, but not enough to make me think that this was a Belgian-style beer.

There was enough alcohol here but it was just right as it was neither overpowering nor overshadowed by everything else here. I love Maine because of how their beers grow on me as I work my way through them and this was no exception. For anyone who is new to Robust, American-style Porters, I couldn't think of an offering that would be better to start off with than this one. Another solid brew from Maine!

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shared 500 ml bottle.

Appearance: Generous, semi-durable beige head.

Aroma and flavor clearly lean to the hoppy side, even for an American version.

Exceptionally nice, properly carbonated, full body.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really nice dark beer with a thick creamy head that leaves gobs of lacing. The aroma is coffee and roasted malts with a sweetness that reminds me of brown sugar. The taste is bitter and sweet with coffee and dark brown sugar. There is a pleasant finishing bitterness. Really solid porter.

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Photo of kculrich
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the over-priced pint-and-a-bit bottle, dated 11/24/15, served in a 13oz. tulip.

L: Pours deepest black with elusive caramel highlights and an enormous, fluffy mocha head which lasts well and leaves gobs of lacing on the glass.

S: Faint nose of cold coffee and cocoa, cinnamon toast and, oddly, something metallic, like copper.

T: An initial impression of sweet, malty vanilla toffee is immediately overtaken by the roasted bitterness of dutch-process cocoa and dark-brewed coffee, floral earthiness and just a suggestion of cinnamon - it doesn't actually taste like cinnamon; it just tastes like it should taste like cinnamon. Don't look at me like that. And, thankfully, no copper follows through into the palate.

F: Soft and silky, just slightly over-carbonated, light bodied for the style and mildly astringent.

O: Before I even opened the bottle I had decided to mark 'overall' down 0.5 simply for being stupidly over-priced, because I'm a crotchety old man on a fixed income, and because BA doesn't have a separate criteria for 'value.' Did anyone hold a gun to my head and make me buy it? No. Shut up, this is my review. You can do whatever you want in your review. Was it a good beer? Yes. Was it an excellent value for the money? Meh. Will I buy it again? Who the hell knows. Probably.

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Photo of barczar
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aged a year, there's underlying dark fruit character that ends up overwhelming. Aroma is pleasant, with cocoa and roast. Not sure if it's age, but unfortunate.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Black color w/ a lingering mocha/cola thin ring type head
Smell - fresh coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate....a very inviting aroma
Taste - Coffee, Roasted malts, milk chocolate type sweetness, hints of citrus
Feel - silky smooth mouthfeel.....very nice!

Overall - A great porter from a great beer company. I will seek this out whenever I have the chance.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best Porters I've ever tasted. Almost comes off as a softer breakfast stout with chocolate, some coffee notes, Hops come through, but not enough to be off putting. Great beer.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottling date of 11/10/15

Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown edging. The head is rocky and khaki colored, peaking at two fingers of width and displaying good retention as it dissipates slowly, resulting in a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Lacing consists of chunks, streaks and spots.

Smell - Moderate aroma hits on notes of dark and milk chocolate, and an earthy, used coffee grounds undertone.

Taste - The flavors upfront aren't particularly sharp, as it all kind of balls up together. Milk chocolate? Dark chocolate bitterness? Caramel? A bit of all that, but hard to say how relevant each one is. There is a definite earthy, 'spent coffee grounds' bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - The strong point of this beer. Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth texture that glides down the throat effortlessly. It begs to be chugged, and would be easy to do so.

Overall - Again, I find a MBC brew where the delivery overshadows the flavor. It's not bad, but it's not quite as clean as some of the better examples. In comparing it to the Odell Cutthroat I just had, the flavor profile of the latter is simply on another level. I'd recommend to try, but anything more than a bottle might be too much investment.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle served in a pint glass. Bottle brought to me by mr-jj. 11-10-15.

Pours black with a huge head (spilled over). Head is brown and creamy. Fades fairly quickly to a medium sized head. This had lasts forever. I had to put it in the fridge for over an hour due to a distraction, and it's still there. Smell is roasty yet crisp. Don't get a lot of hops, but it smells like a good porter.

Taste is rich, chocolatey, bittersweet. Really tasty.

Mouthfeel is fairly light bodied, dry, and nice. Overall, very nice beer.

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Photo of mr-jj
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split between two snifters from a 16.9 oz bottle. Dated 11/15/15.

Pours dark brown with a khaki head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee and citrus hops. Flavor is really good - a hoppy porter that succeeds in a nice balance of hops and dark roast flavors. Overall, really good.

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