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King Titus | Maine Beer Company

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King TitusKing Titus

Brewed by:
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.

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Photo of BeeGinner
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Track 84, Warwick, RI, served in a 13 oz tulip glass

A: Almost black, served with a 3/4 inch head which laced throughout

S: Not much to it. Slight smell of chocolate.

T: Smooth, easy drinking. Was surprised given the ABV.

M: Nice carbonation throughout. Proper glassware helped (Thanks, Lily). Almost no aftertaste, which I expected there to be more due to the hoppiness.

O: A great drink. Was gone before I knew it and I was ready for a second. ABV crept up on me. I will look for this in stores.

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Photo of mverity
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown almost black color with appreciable tan head, thin tan collar, some tan swirls when agitated. Aroma is of coffee, roasted malt, some burnt earth. Taste is lighter malt that the nose lends to. Some coffee in the mid palate and a touch of char towards the end. Nice thick body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/22/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, dark bread, coffee, oats, light citrus, light pine, floral, grass, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, dark bread, coffee, oats, light citrus, light pine, floral, grass, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast/floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, dark bread, coffee, light pine, floral, grass, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malts and moderate hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, moderately slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent porter. All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jbaker67 for the bottle! Bottled on 12/30/2012. Poured into a Blind Tiger Brewery snifter.

Appearance: A strong pour down the middle of the glass produced three fingers of thick, khaki head. Black body. Good head retention and lacing, probably due to the bottle conditioning.

Smell: Grassy hops with some oxidized malts, a bit of stone fruit, some smoke, fading roasted grains and chocolate malts. I’m surprised by there lingering hop presence.

Taste: Up front you get just a bit of hop presence before a bitter smokiness comes through. Some sweet chocolate malts and vanilla. A bit of astringency. I think this is starting to become undone.

Mouthfeel: A very creamy body with a thin mouthfeel. Higher carbonation which warms and pricks going down your throat.

Overall: I probably waited to long to try this as it’s kind of all over the map at this point. The remaining bitterness is almost herbal and too bitter. There is an unpleasant smokiness coming through and the carbonation does not help. Not sure what it’s like fresh, but it’s probably better to drink it sooner rather than later.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer for quite awhile and am only now getting around to reviewing it.

The beer pours with no head to speak of, hardly even a lacing around the edges (maybe this beer is past its prime? It is almost a year and a half old). It is jet black with no lightness around the edges at all.

The nose is quite subdued. There is a slight hint of coffee and thats about it, very, very subdued nose, almost cant smell it.

There is a roasted maltiness up front, this fades with just a bit of hop bittnerness and then there is a long slow mouthfeel of really dark chocolate and some more dark coffee.

This is not one of my favorite porters by a long shot, way too many char flavors for my liking. That said, it is a decent beer. Probably will never buy it again though.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me preface this review by stating I am typically black/white on my porters/stouts - stouts should be heavy, dry, slow sippers high in alcohol and porters should be lighter and sweeter. That being said, this is one of the few porters I have found that straddle the line and do it so well. It is a dark brown to black color, really depending on the light and your eyes, with one finger head that dies slow with lace patches on glass. The aroma is basically a dry, roasted malt aroma but there is a nice chunk of dark chocolate kicking around. The beer is medium bodied, no easy sipper but not necessarily chewey or bready, per se, and I find that dark chocolate is really pronounced with the roasted malts for this balance of sweet and dry, and at a couple of points I believe I pinpointed some dark fruits like raisins and a touch of alcohol in the finish, which to be honest I don't really get any hoppy bitterness in this beer except on the backend as my beer warmed up (I am a slow sipper).

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Photo of delta490
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- a deep, deep brown, with only small amounts of light getting through towards the bottom of the glass. A big foamy cappuccino head has great retention and lacing

S-deep roast malt tones with hints of alcohol sweetness

T- the taste is subdued, with a little bit of the deep roast malt tones and some earthy hops, but nothing really distinctive about it. It's certainly not bad, probably at the very good level, just shy of great.

M- it's a little thinner, but not too much so.

O- this is a really good, just short of great. The bottle has a "drink no later than 90 days from 092413" mark, so it may be a little past its prime.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 10/22/13. Purchased for $7.99. Poured into a chalice.

Easy drinking, dry burnt porter, but unbalanced towards the bitter. With these dark beers I prefer a more balanced profile some malty sweetness would make this a highly rated beer for me. 3.75

A – Pours an opaque reddish brown, maybe a bit viscous. A two-finger tan mousy head that dissipates to a thin layer. Nice lacing. 4.75

S – Roasted malts, toasted nuts, bready, a tinge of sweetness, sort of a faint cardboard odor (but something that does not manifest itself in the taste). 4.0

T – Burnt bitterness with some herbal/grassy bitterness from the hops. Burnt/roasted barley. Burnt coffee. 3.5

MF – Medium-light body, dry finish, bright in the mouth.4.0

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a healthy black with a slight mocha white head.

Smell - The beer smells malty. The malts lean toward the sweet side, but the angle is not overwhelming.

Taste - This is a very good porter. The smoked malts begin at the from and the acidity of the smoke lingers. One might detect dark chocolate and a coffee grounds. There is a smooth sense of creaminess that allows the taste and coats the tongue. The linger of coffee grounds is the end result.

Mouthfeel - I can really appreciate the thickness of this beer. It coats the tongue and lingers nicely. Quite smooth for the style, the there is just enough carbonation to note its existence.

Overall- This is a really good porter. I would certainly have this one again. The only criticism I might level is the lack of any sense of sweetness.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect point glass. 11/24

Pours jet black, full dark, with thick fluffy off white foam. Slow settling. Light chocolately nose. Modest coffee too. Hint of vanilla. Smooth light roasted flavor with dark chocolate expertly filtered through. Subtle bitter ticks in. Really flavorful. Great porter. Fantastic.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/22/13

A - Black with brown highlights and a creamy mocha head leaving stringy lace everywhere.

S - Milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, light char, light herbal hoppiness.

T - Roasted malt, vanilla, char, milk chocolate, earthy hops.

M - Starts light but moves more towards medium as it warms. Creamy.

D - I have tried 2 Maine beers now and both need to really warm up to get the full flavors. Both were very smooth and went down way to easy.

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Photo of Beercheer31
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tis the season for drinking!

I love Maine Brewing because every beer they make you can taste the hard work and loyalty they give to each of their beers. With that said King Titus is going to be the next naughty elf of a beer I review.

Poured into a 16.5 Goose Island stem glass because I was dropped on my head once when I was little. I took my time pouring this chalupa and the head was HUUUUGE! and black like Christmas eve night or any other night.

Aroma of dark chocolate, bready malts, maybe some of that vanilla?, and Santa Claus or as the Latino ethnicity name him Pappo Giggo.

Tastes like snow fall babaaay!! With bitter chocolate, some coffee maybe idk with a nice gentle yet loveable sweetness and its a clean finish with a medium body like Beyonce and a partridge in a pear tree.

Overall this beer swings, its pricy but it still swings in the big leagues and if your drinking minor league beers then this will bump you up for sure.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into an unbranded stemmed English style ale glass

Pours a very dark dirty motor oil brown, bordering on black, capped by a one and a half finger tan head. Above average tend, splotchy lacing here and there. Very inviting nose, cocoa powder and big roasted malt accents with some espresso undertones dominate. Opens with semisweet chocolate, toffee, and roasted malt, joined by whipped cream and espresso accents. Finishes with the perfect level of roastiness as the bittering hops join in. Smooth, creamy medium body. Consider me impressed, one of the better porters I've had the pleasure of drinking.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown nearly black in color. Very little light make it through. Head is thin half a finger and off white. Head has great retention and leave some nice lacing around the glass.

Smell is great. Awesome porter aromas, mild roasted toffee like malt with some chocolate and light roasted bitterness.

Taste follows the nose some good lightly sweet toffee like malt is forward before mild charred bitterness that persists On the palate. More roasted husky malt is near the end.

Mouthfeel is good. Moderate carbonation and medium to light body gives this a nice soft feel and keep it refreshing through the charred bitterness.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

King Titus yields an almost three inch crown with tight mocha colored merengue head. Like a reaction of ice cream being dropped into cola. So dense you could eat the froth with a spoon.

Aromas of heavy cream, dark cocoa, vanilla, milk caramel, brown sugar, roast coffee and malted Whoppers. Scant trace of bourbon and alcohol. More like a stout than a porter, very rich indeed.

Ahh, here's my porter. Initial rush of bitterness, twain coffee and hops. Raw vanilla and a roasty bitter coffee on the back of the palate. Sweetness waxes in beautifully with the malt. Brew lingers on. Alcohol noted and welcome.

You gotta let this come up to temperature to yield this beauty's full potential. Cooler temps prove an almost watery feel. Medium body and enough carbonation to sparkle this craft with subtle stickiness on the lips.

Smells like Ten-tidy and taste resembles Founders Porter, IMO. Nice company to be in, yet there are still enough subtle nuances to distinguish itself. My favorite from MBC. A spectacular job and one to seek out and try for yourself. I fully enjoyed this!

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I totally agree with the previous reviewer- this is an unremarkable porter except there really isn't anything wrong with it. Which makes it a pretty remarkable brew, like most Maine beer co offerings.

Pours a charcoal color with less than a finger of head, modest retention and nice lacing.

Smell is mild but very appropriate and enticing- rich roasted malt, a little coffee, a little chocolate.

Tastes great- exceptionally well balanced between the sweet and rich malt flavors, and some bitterness from hops and the roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is again very appropriate- medium body, moderately carbonated and slightly syrupy. This is a very good porter, and should I feel the need for a porter, I will come back to this one.

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Photo of DrinkNewport
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This porter is very typical of Maine Beer Company.

It looks...like a porter.
It smells...like a porter.
It tastes...like a porter.
It feels...like a porter.
Overall...it's a porter.

So that's boring. It's not barrel-aged. It's not really a high ABV. It's unremarkable in almost every way...until you look for flaws.

Then you realize that there aren't any.

And I want another one. Right now.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottle is dated 072313, so I might be past the 90 recommended days, but I think this one should hold up.

A: Pitch black body below a tight mocha head. Head retention is great, as is the lacing.

S: Aroma is surprisingly hoppy along with the distinct (expected) roastyness.

T: Balanced big porter flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is full but not cloying. This beer finishes dry, not too much residual sweetness. That's exceptional for the style.

O: Great example of the style, I can't say I"ve had too many porter's better than this one.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle, dated 092413. (best within 90 days of this date). Consumed, technically, over the course of 2 days - opened minutes before midnight on 111713. Poured to a 4-sided tumbler in hotel room, final night in Boston.

Front label:
"Do what's right"

Back label: "Titus was a wonderful, bold silverback gorilla who led with his heart. The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund studies and protects these magnificent animals on the Virunga volcano mountain range in Rwanda. Maine Beer Company proudly supports their efforts. You can learn more about this excellent organization at www.gorillafund,org. Do what's right. If you have a little then give a little."

A: Onyx 'black', a sliver of amber at the edges. Short tan head, a coating cream that holds well and leaves sticky webbing that lasts. A few bubbly speckles and swirls in the thin gauzy topping.

S: Moderately strong nose of dark cocoa, deep berry fruit. Hints of vanilla; I'd liken it an "imperial stout" aroma with thick, intoxicating roasted maltiness.

T: Ooooo, very good. All of it matches the aroma. Dark chocolate, ashy-sweet grain. Light char, dirty, a little woody/smoky, too. Dry roasting, dry finisher.

M: Smooth carbonation. Very creamy, just a little overly boozy (not a bad thing). Lip-smacking maltiness, sweet and bitter.

O: Quite delicious, a very good call. Sturdy porter with big flavor, awesome body. The look stays throughout too.

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Photo of tsauce2
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 16.9 fl oz bottle poured in to a DFH tulip

A: SRM is dark brown. Opaque. Head is tan, 1 in, and dissipates to 1 cm. Light lacing. Medium carbonation.

S: Dark roast malt, light coffee, hints of toast, toffee, vanilla.

T: Classic porter bite. Dark roast malt, light sweetness, coffee, chocolate. Aftertaste is dark roast malt and light char with touch of sweetness.

M: Full/medium body. Classic porter viscosity/feel. Finish is semi dry and roasty.

O: Very good porter imo. Always a pleasure to have something crafted by the MBC.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500mL bottle; born on 10/22/2013
A - dark dark brown, huge frothy tan head holds incredible retention and leaves lacing all over the glass
S - chocolate, earthy, fresh dark malt
T - bold chocolate notes, spicy, earthy, roasty, warming
M - fuller, creamy body, roastiness lingers a bit
O - solid American porter. No complaints here.

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Photo of scootny
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A towering light brown head in my stemmed glass that stays into next week. Chunks of lace on the glass. Super dark brown beer is opaque and allows no light through. Syrupy coating on the sides. Smell is roasty and delicious Healthy amounts of grain and dark chocolate. Huge portion of coffee. A dark fruitiness yields currants and dates. Taste us superb. When cold it is quite good but as it warms the balance really starts to shine. Dark roasted grains in the front with a steaming java cup cradling it. Mild dark bread with a molasses sweetness. Bitter chocolate in the hoppy finish. Nice chewy feel with a surprisingly crisp carbonation and slightly sticky presence on the lips. A touch of creaminess at time. While chewy it is lighter in the mouth than you would surmise from what I am saying. Goes down easily for something this heavy. A superb beer that I look forward to drinking again.

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Photo of Huffs
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass and a nice, dense, tan head developed with great retention and lacing. Appearance was dark brown to black. Aroma was of bread, dried fruits (raisins) with some subtle coffee and chocolate notes. Great tastes of malt, chocolate and coffee with hints of grain and wood. All aspects of the taste were subtle and well balanced. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a dry, sweet and bitter, aftertaste.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Superb look and smell up front. Great scent of chocolate, roasted peanuts, and hints of milk and coffee. The taste is about as good as it gets in this style. Rich, smooth, flavorful, and satisfying from the first taste. Rich and creamy mouth. Probably my favorite Maine beer, which says a lot. And if I'm not mistaken, this is a bit cheaper than most others, which makes it even better. Definitely a superb beer.

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Photo of joe1510
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Kenwood Liquors - Homer Glen, IL

Bottled: 10/22/13
Drank: 11/5/13

I have been looking forward to trying King Titus. This bottle pours a black hole. There's not even light able to penetrate the edges of the glass. A dense, craggy, meringue-like coffee colored head grows easily on the pour, lasts forever, and leaves chunky lacing. Yet another great looking beer from Maine Brewing.

Moderate roast and rich, cold, coffee with cream jump forward immediately. The roast pushes through to to the finish and is met with soft vanilla and pithy nuttiness. Mild citric and floral hoppiness lends balance. This is a really amazing smelling porter, nothing flashy but certainly well crafted and delicious.

The flavor is much the same as the aroma. The depth of the roast and coffee are delicious and rich. The cream, vanilla, and nuttiness add a much welcomed aspect and the soft hoppiness sets things off on the finish. Each and every flavor is flawlessly integrated into the next until they layer for great complexity.

While the body remains airy there's good weight that's amazingly velvety and smooth. A touch of roasty bitterness lingers on the swallow with some mild alcohol fumes through the nose. The mouthfeel is decadent but not taxing and the drinkability is off the charts.

King Titus is one of the best porters I've ever had. It even gives Founders version a run for its money. Rich, complex,bold, but never overdone. An expertly crafted beer and one I will buy often in the future.

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King Titus from Maine Beer Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 1,415 ratings.
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