King Titus | Maine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
mainebeercompany.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,625
Reviews:
278
Ratings:
1,481
pDev:
8.21%
 
 
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99
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293
Trade:
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Reviews: 278 | Ratings: 1,481
Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of stercomm
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of JoeyShoes
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of EMH73
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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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.

82/100

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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
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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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 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

**
05/31/2015
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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King Titus from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,481 ratings