King Titus
Maine Beer Company

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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
Porter - American
Ranked #25
Ranked #4,574
4.14 | pDev: 8.21%
Wednesday at 03:28 AM
Oct 04, 2012
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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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Ratings by beergoot:
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by beergoot from Colorado

Deep, dark brown body, opaque; thick, spongy, rocky head. Light, soft chocolate notes on the nose; a bit of roasted grain. Excellent taste; chocolate and cocoa nibs; some interesting spiciness; mild to moderate bitterness. Heavy body, smooth and slick; slippery residual sugars slide along the palate; generally sweet mouthfeel overall.

I have no idea how old my 2019 review bottle was, but this one is pretty fresh, so perhaps that's why my ratings have bumped up a bit. This is a solid, no-nonsense dark ale, rich and tasty, with great eye appeal.

Pouring temperature: 47.3 ℉; bottling data: 08Feb22


Original June 08th, 2019 ratings and overall score: 4.0 4.25 4.0 4.0 4.0 (4.06)

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
More User Ratings:
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3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

500ml brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown cap:

7.5% ABV.

Cacao powder flavour is strong here, and it has a dry powdery soft mouthfeel that accentuates it. Chocolatey without tasting too sweet.

Highly drinkable...entirely moreso than it has any right to be at 7.5% ABV.

Stupidly well balanced.

For a straightforward Porter, it's rather well made. Sure, I might get tickled a bit more by vanilla bean porters or some adjunct/additive-laden offerings (I'm looking at you, Victory At Sea), but this is a solid no-nonsense American porter I could easily kill by the six pack...or would if Maine offered it in 6 packs instead of the $8/500ml format that continually keeps me from revisiting their beers. Definitely quality - and that's what my rating reflects - but far from a beer I'd buy repeatedly sheerly due to price.


Wednesday at 03:28 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mushroomcloud from Texas

16.9oz bottled 2-8-22, opened 4-24-22.
3 finger tan head on a dark brown body. Long retention and plenty of lace. Malty roasted nose, light coffee and even some grassy/green hop aroma...blind sniff could put this at a Black IPA. Rich and delicious malt flavors. Medium body and carbonation with a soft, creamy mouthfeel. Finishes with a lingering roastiness and a touch of sweetness. Very Good to Outstanding.

Apr 25, 2022
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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by morimech from Minnesota

Bottle dated 02/08/22 so a couple months old but it takes awhile to get from Maine to Minnesota. Quite the impressive beer for an American Porter. Everything in balance with a wonderful cocoa malt flavor and clean fermentation. Probably not as interesting as an ester rich English Porter but this has its own qualities. Enough earthy hops and bitterness for balance. Carbonation is about the only thing I can nitpick. I feel it is over carbonated and a bit prickly bite that makes the body feel thin.

Apr 10, 2022
4.21 by BrentMcQuirk from Texas on Mar 31, 2022
4.1 by Blogjackets from Ohio on Mar 29, 2022
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4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TinFang from California

Pint bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on 2/8/22 so 5 weeks old. 7.5 abv.
Look: solid dark cola brown, not translucent. Lovely mocha head that persists as a thin ring with some lacing. Definite glass appeal.
Smell: cocoa
Taste: unsweetened chocolate, burnt toast and smoke.
Feel: substantial but not heavy. Light carbonation.

Didnt intend to buy this but glad I did. Will purchase again.

Mar 27, 2022
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4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by champ103 from Texas

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. Some ruby around the edges. A dense beige head rises to over two fingers. Excellent retention and rings of lace.
S: Full on espresso beans in the nose. Wonderful roasted coffee and bitter sweet chocolate. Simple but excellent.
T: Like the nose, the coffee house roastyness, and espresso beans specifically. Oh I love that bittersweet chocolate. Even some earthy hops round this out in the finish.
M/O: A full body with a good carbonation. There is a carbonated bite here, but just ultra smooth and silky at the same time. So easy and enjoyable to drink. I can come back to this easily.

My only quibble with this, if you can call it that, is calling this a Porter. At 7.5% ABV, why not call it a stout (it has a bigger ABV than their other two available stouts)? Though considering how interchangeable breweries use those terms, its no real issue, outside of at least one of those terms as a style descriptor being not relevant at all. But I digress. Its a great American Porter/Stout, however this particular brewery wants to call it is fine. As always, Maine makes great beers period. Highly recommended.

Mar 26, 2022
4.13 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on Mar 26, 2022
4 by Gagnonsux from Texas on Mar 24, 2022
4.5 by doctorgary from New York on Mar 16, 2022
3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Mar 15, 2022
4.19 by Taenim from New Jersey on Mar 13, 2022
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Frisbeehead from Ohio

damn. what a good beer

time to be serious.

L: pours dark brown/black but still lets a little light through, especially at the bottom of the glass. so not quite as pitch black as darker stouts or other porters, but plenty dark. pours a caramelly foamy inch-thick head that sloooooowly decreases into a silky lather over the top that persists through drinking.

S: espresso, smell of walking into a local coffee shop/coffee roaster, a little amaretto, and a hint of hoppiness.

T: creamy, bitter, espresso, long aftertaste. overall relatively medium in body, not super thick, but creamy texture and heavy flavors makes it feel heavier than it is. just a tight, fucking tight beer. like all Maine Beer stuff. feels like an exemplar of the style.

F: (see above)

O: damn, what a good beer. solid porter, very classic and definitely something I will continue to look for in season.

Mar 12, 2022
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3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

Solid black appearance with thin tan head.
Light carbonation with a just above average body.
Aroma is a bit weak but theres malt,licorice, coffee, a bit of earthy wood but again not overpowering.
Taste is stronger than aroma, almost dry,earthy wood comes out first. Leaves a lingering dryness that didn't completely work for me.
This was not my favorite from Maine but perhaps will try a bottle again in the future.

Mar 09, 2022
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3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by micada from New York

Craft store beer manager recommendation. He said, “Give this one a try. It might change your mind about porters.” It did not. I do not like porters. I do not like them in the morn. I do not like them watching porn. I do not like them in a glass. You can shove them up your … .

Ok, two caveats: Pohjala Sajand and Yuengling Hershey’s. Every other porter has just been wrong to me.

Mar 07, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ANIMOUL from Vermont

Poured from a 16 oz bottle purchased from Dorset store; born on 2/08/2022. Pours deep brown - black - with one finger of brownish lacing. Tastes of smokey burnt malt with subtle hint of maple syrup. Substantial - but not thick - feel. Very very good for the style

Mar 06, 2022
4.15 by Rainintheface from Massachusetts on Feb 20, 2022
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brewme from Massachusetts

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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4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by EnderFett11 from Virginia

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
4.38 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina on Sep 08, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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
3.84 by Eman17 from Illinois on Aug 01, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

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
4.83 by beerrat from Virginia on Jul 17, 2020
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4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

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
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on May 06, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Craig-er from New Hampshire

Poured into a tulip glass. Thick as molasses.
Some faint smell of dark chocolate, taste of dry chocolate. Rich feel. Overall a nice Porter.

Mar 17, 2020
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3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

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
4.44 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania on Mar 04, 2020
4.24 by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania on Feb 28, 2020
4.52 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on Feb 16, 2020
4.2 by wip998001 from Massachusetts on Feb 15, 2020
4.06 by DeFender from Maine on Feb 11, 2020
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3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by cratez from Canada (ON)

Rating from notes. Consumed October 2013. "A worthy robust porter, full flavoured and fairly complex. Would drink again."

Jan 26, 2020
4.24 by Patlee3324 from Massachusetts on Oct 19, 2019
4.28 by Ssippisam from Minnesota on Sep 30, 2019
3 by pdcleff from Pennsylvania on Jul 25, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by lastmango from Pennsylvania

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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