King Titus
Maine Beer Company

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Style:
Porter - American
Ranked #15
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,344
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 8.17%
Reviews:
285
Ratings:
1,501
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Maine Beer Company
 
Maine, United States
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Gots
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SCORE
93
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King TitusKing Titus
Notes: Our take on an American robust porter. Dark, thick, chewy, chocolaty, and of course, generously hopped.
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Reviews by Daktyls:
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Daktyls from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Nov 16, 2014
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Brenden from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer definitely looks to make this true to the American style with a thick and inky pitch blackness. It's topped by a solid finger of sand colored foam that is rocky and dense, showing good retention and lacing.
This beer shows off all the elements it should in good strength. It's very roasty with some chocolate and coffee and puts a little char in while avoiding going to far with it. It also ups the hoppiness without taking away from the base, adding a bit of dry earth and leaf that complements well. It does well by starting sweet and chocolaty while allowing the hops to ease in and then meld together the rest of the way.
It has the body I want, rich and full but not heavy and leaning back from heavier stout territory. It's creamy and rich, crispness at a higher level for a porter but not distracting too much.

Jan 02, 2015
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LittleDon from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What a porter should be. Not a stout, but with a big enough and rich enough body to be something beyond amber or brown. Jet black with a light head it is less viscous as the color would lead you to believe. The aroma is dried fruit and chocolate but, again, not as deep as what would be expected from a darker roast. The flavors are similar. Where you'd might expect something that was boozy and bittersweet, this beer is a scaled back version. Rich, creamy, the roasted malt comes out middle to finish with a bit of acidity in the end. Medium heavy body and lively carbonation.

Dec 26, 2014
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oberon from North Carolina

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

My first Maine Beer Co. beer.Pours like a stout, nearly black with a one finger deep beige head that leaves a full ring of lace behind as it settles.Chocolate and nuts at first whiff,some roast and and a little drunken fruit,well rounded.Creamy and full feel with light carbonation.flavors of what a porter should be,roasty with some nuttiness,a little raw and earthy,and just enough caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness to round out everything nicely.I had high hops for this beer and it delivered and then some,kick ass.

Nov 29, 2012
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metter98 from New York

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dense tan head that rapidly dissipated, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of burnt and roasted malts are present in the nose as well as some hints of pine resin hops.
T: The taste has flavors of dark chocolates and roasted malts along with hints of citrusy hops and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp and chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very bold tasting porter that is easy to drink.

Jun 07, 2013
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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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Jmitchell3 from Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip snifter.

A: dark dark brown, pretty well black. Huge three finger head, Tight tan to light brown with tight small bubbles. Clear as black can be. Head dissipated slowly, lasts and stops at about a finger.
S: dark fruit, some coffee, chocolate. Very toastyand roasty but not burnt.
T: Classic porter....a bit tart with huge roasty flavors. Slight vanilla. Dark plum. Some stickiness and very slight sweetness in the finish.
M: full rich mouthfeel, borderline light cream. Medium carbonation. Long last to the finish.
O: not a huge porter fan, but this is very nice. Medium to low on the sticky-sweet-tartness that I'm not a fan of in most porters. Highly recommended.

Sep 25, 2014
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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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trevorpost from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Dec 15, 2012
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XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Dec 09, 2013
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Lorianneb from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Glass- Teku
A- Pours very dark brown, bordering on black. 2 fingers of tan head.
S- Roasty, chocolate
M- Nice thick mouthfeel. Soft carbonation that adds to the overall taste
T- Roasty, without being dry. Milk chocolate and earthy tones
O- Very drinkable. Will have to get more of this beer.

Aug 05, 2013
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ManMoosePig from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

May 09, 2014
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Petegrieco from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Aug 12, 2014
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Tcsox from Massachusetts

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

Feb 11, 2018
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waiting4lunch from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Jun 03, 2013
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FUwolfpacker from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Oct 27, 2013
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ELECTRONICAnonymous from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Dec 16, 2013
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IrishKevin from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Jun 19, 2013
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MakeMineADoubleJack from North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

May 04, 2014
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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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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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wip998001 from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Feb 15, 2020
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mooseo from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into tulip.

A - Black as night with a thick one finger creamy tan head.

S - Roasty malts, top soil, toffee, sweet chocolate, hints of coffee.

T - Lots of roast, earthiness, and slight chicory flavor throughout. A light coffee hop bitterness balances everything well. Subtle vanilla bean and dark fruit.

M - Smooth and creamy. Medium-full body, mild carbonation, somewhat dry finish.

O - This is an above-average balanced porter. The chicory element was a pleasant surprise and makes this a memorable beer.

May 30, 2013
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heysuz from Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Nov 22, 2014
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JJOVa from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Aug 16, 2014
King Titus from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 1501 ratings