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.

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Photo of Treebs
3.46/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass. Bottled 4/23/13.

A: Pours a solid black color and as with all Maine Beer Co. beers a thick and heavy head, khaki in color, forms on the pour and sticks around for quite some time. Great retention. Lots of sticky webbing of lace is left on the glass.

S: The hops pop up in the forefront with some light fruitiness. Some roast and char is present after the initial hop burst. Light cocoa powder as well.

T: Some leafy and fruity hops up front. The char and roast take over in the mid-palate, but the hops definitely stick around throughout. Light bitter baker's chocolate mixes with some sweet roasted malts on the finish.

M: medium bodied with a nice chew to the body. Medium carbonation with a roasty and sweet finish.

O: I'm not the biggest fan of hoppy porters. The hops lingered a little too long for me and provided some unwanted fruity and leafy notes while not adding any bitter flavors. There is enough chocolate malts with a nice roasting to remind it's still a porter, but it needs a little more balance.

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Photo of Smokee
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a spiegelglau snifter, dark dark brown with a pretty tall head for a porter. Very compact foam bubbles Smells of chocolate, malt,bread, some iodine?

Effervescent mouth feel for the style, a little pepper , maybe lighter than I expected but still a longer finish. Very, very drinkable , even on a muggy July night.

Tastes of some chocolate malt and bread. This may be my favorite Maine Beer Co to date.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A pitch black pour, capped by a mountain of khaki foam that leaves some shards behind

Smell: Chocolate, nuts and roasty char, with occasional wafts of hops

Taste: The hops try to make a stand at the outset but by mid-palate, the roast, chicory, chocolate and char all become pronounced, though the hops continue to linger in the background; very nicely balanced, after the swallow, with the chocolate and char flavors bursting into the forefront

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, but a bit too much carbonation for the style

Overall: With a little less carbonation, this would be a top flight robust porter; as it is, it is darn close

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Photo of far333
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany brown and opaque with an inch high head of rocky, dimpled foam that settles down slowly and leaves oily legs of lace up the sides of the crystal brandy snifter.

Aroma of dark malt, not toasted or roasty, very smooth, some cocoa and marshmallow.

Rich flavor of dark malt, slight roasty note, espresso, root beer, leather and smoke. Firm bitterness, some noticeable hops in the finish.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, finishes slightly tannic and woody. Excellent beer.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nearly black body beneath the generous, foamy tan head which slowly fades to leave a thin yet sticky lacing.

Abundant roasted malt, bordering on charred aromas accompany the sweet milk chocolate. There may also be just a touch of real earthy hops as well.

The flavor is similar with generous roasted and charred malt. Ther is a touch of a spicy aspect to the finish and perhaps some herbal hops mid palate.

Medium to fuller in body with fair carbonation and a touch of a spicy finish.

This is a delicious beer with more chocolate than char typical. When it warms all of the character really becomes more pronounced.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Maine Beer Company - King Titus, poured into a Craftgeer snifter

Look - Pours a thinner black with a brown hue, plenty of sediment because I pour ridiculously aggressively but I don't knock off points for it since they warn you right on the bottle. Small soapy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some rings and otherwise spotty lacing.

Smell - Roasted coffee and dark chocolate, brown malts, and piney hops.

Taste - Snappy carbonated and then chocolate followed by roasted malts and then finished up by some crunchy (earthy, piney) hops.

Mouthfeel - Mouth warming but not overly boozy, quite pleasant actually. Good drinkability, above the curve for a Porter for sure. Slightly sticky, slightly bitter, very crunchy, earthy, and roasted.

Overall - Solid Porter for sure, not my absolute favorite but right up there. For those who really dig the style I think this would be a home run.

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Photo of Luk13
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, 6 months old. Black pour with brown highlights, massive tan head and super lacing. Aroma is chocolate, burn toast with a subdued grassy background. Taste is roasted grain, chocolate and earthy hops. Silky and puffy mouthfeel which makes it highly drinkable. Great porter, tasty and easily drinkable. I’d be curious to try fresher for a more intense hop presence.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 16.9 oz brown bottle with a bottling date of December 2012. Enjoyed out of a 20 oz glass stein.

Appearance - Careful pour (to avoid disturbing the sediment) yields a blanketing of two-finger cocoa-colored head. The foam sits atop a body of brown so dark it might as well be black. Light does not shine through at all. Head dissipates after a couple minutes, leaving a solid film of bubbles and moderate-to-light lacing.

Smell - Notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate dance around a base of dry earthy soil. Some faint herbal hoppiness comes through as well.

Taste - Coffee hints again with chocolate, this time a little less bitter, with a malty sweetness providing a sturdy base. Roasted malt is the predominant flavor with licorice notes as it warms. Hoppiness is less detectable except on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Silky and viscous, coating the inside of the mouth while also providing some counterpoint from the active carbonation. Finish lingers with some earthy bitterness.

Overall, a solid representative of the style. Too bad it's not more readily available (read as: at ALL available) in my part of the country.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1/18/13 bottling date. Poured into a DFH tulip shaped pint glass.

pours a pitch black color with a half inch thick beige head. Robust porter smell for sure on this one. Nice chocolate and coffee aroma. ooh, really digging the taste as well. strong chocolate and coffee on the palate. This is one strong, upfront porter. What a porter is meant to be. Heavier side of medium bodied with low carbonation. What i expect the body of a porter to be.

Overall this beer is excellent. One of the best porters I've ever had. highly recommend to anyone.

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

Poured a midnight black with two finger tan head, good retention and thick lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste followed the nose with dark roasted malt, dark coffee bitterness, hints of dark chocolate and hops.

Mouth Feel is medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth yet bitter leaving a dry after taste.

Overall this is a very nice bold porter, it is near the top of my porter favorites. This was my first Maine Beer Company brew and I hope I have a similar experience with their other selections.

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Photo of mactrail
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Very dark color and opaque in the tumbler. Large beige head that lasts well. Quite sudsy in the mouth. This starts off as a mellow malty mouthful and shades off into the darkness. Bitterness is quite substantial. I don't see the IBU, but it's a lot of Centennial and Columbus hops. The charred flavors take over from the sweet malt.

Overall, this is a flavorful dark brew that is on the austere side. An interesting big beer that is double the flavor, if not quite double the alcohol. The bitterness finally takes its toll for me. From the 500 ml bottle bought at Whole Foods in Washington, DC.

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Photo of metter98
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.

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Photo of mooseo
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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

500ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

AP: Solid black colour with a 1/4" light tan fluffy head that dissipates to a dusting on the surface, though the lacing when the glass is tilted is nice.
AR: Chocolate, black bread, roasted grains and some hints of coffee and vanilla.
T: Follows the nose but while in the aroma the chocolate smelled sweeter, in the taste it's more of a bitter chocolate or cocoa type of flavour. There are also hints of bitter coffee grinds and Earthy hops on the finish.
M: Fairly creamy though there's a good bit of carbonation at the end, a little too much for my liking in a Porter.
OV: A very solid effort from Maine Beer. A fine enjoyable Porter that has good balance throughout.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Teku glass. Bottled 12/30/12.

A: Pours black--coffee brown around the edges, with a finger and a half of dense and very persistent tan head. The head recedes to a thick and sloppy ring with some streaks and dots of lacing.

S: Medium roast coffee on top of roasted malt, a touch of vanilla and chocolate.

T: Roast is balanced nicely with coffee and a hint of dark chocolate. Finishing dry with a long coffee finish.

M: Slightly grainy. Medium-light body and medium, lively carbonation.

O: A very well crafted porter, hitting a very good balance.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark brown with chestnut hues in the light. The head is a creamy, billowing beige cloud that adorns the top of my Gulden Draak tulip. Long lasting, it leaves ample lacing as it descends with the beer. The aroma is quite nice: multigrain toast, touch of marshmallow, and cocoa with mineral and a hop-forward waft that is a blend of earth, grass, and spring rain. The flavors are abundant and well balanced. Lots of silky smooth chocolate, less coffee, and sweet malt comes first, followed by burnt toast, caramel, and a pleasing mild bitterness that rounds out the finish. The aftertaste reminds me a little bit of Amontillado: a sherry-like, nutty flavor. The texture is extremely smooth and rich bodied, definitely bold enough to hold up to the flavors. Well carbonated and quite drinkable. Hardly any alcohol presence. Overall, a very well made porter that I highly recommend.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Half liter bottle into tulip glass

A - Pitch black and completely opaque with a finger of tan-brown head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Milk chocolate, roasted chocolate malt, sweet. Simple and pleasant, good display of roasted malts.

T - Chocolate and roasted malt, slight balancing bitterness is that of cacao. Vanilla shows up, too.

M - Very watery, body is not quite medium, somewhat thin. Needs more. Doesn't allow the beer to linger and let you enjoy it. Drinks like water. Carbonation is low to moderate.

O - Overall a fine tasting beer that I would pay Sam Adams prices for, but that's about it. Not up to the level of MBC's other beers. From reading other reviews this seems extremely inconsistent.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Dec 30, 2012

Beer is black with a large tan head. Great retention, good lace.

Nose contains roast malt, chocolate, coffee and some citrusy hops. The malt is dominant and very nice, but the hops are clearly there.

Roasted malt is upfront in the taste as well, nice bold flavour. Lots of chocolate and some coffee in there as well. Hops are not as noticeable as in the nose; likely they have faded since bottling. Still get a hint of citrus or tropical fruit. Fairly bitter.

Medium to full bodied, moderately carbonated. A bit chewy.

Overall, quite a nice porter. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of MCain04
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle from BostonRyan dated 11/12, thanks bro. Poured into a FFF Teku glass.

A: Dark brown/black with 2+ finger creamy khaki head with good retention and lacing.

S: A lot of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, some vanilla, and some tropical hops reminiscent of Lunch.

T: Roasted malts and coffee are abundant, but some hop fruit flavors and sweetness are present. Chocolate flavor is most apparent on the back end and lends to a nice aftertaste. No heat on the beer.

M: Medium carbonation, medium body, could be thicker for a robust porter, dry finish despite wet body throughout.

O: Definitely one of the best porters I've had. A fan of the hops melding with the typical porter tastes in a way that works very well. May be better than Edmund Fitzgerald, but comes in under Everett. Very very nice, worth seeking out.

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Photo of DaveAnderson
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my second beer from Maine Beer Company, and I am starting to develop some real respect. 500ml bottle courtesy of SammyJaxxxx. Great extra!

Right off the bat, I notice the tropical fruit smells. This is actually unlike any porter I have had. The smell is incredibly similar to Darkness. But it's much lighter to drink, and lacks the sweetness and alcohol.

Good stuff.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to have a clear bottling date (11/25/2012)
1% for the Planet company -- I like that.
A: black and opaque;
S: black licorice,; cola, root beer but without the sweetness.
T: the tight delicious taste builds and builds but then explodes into a bitter, very strong licorice finish. It's bordering on too bitter and intense. It mellows as the beer warms up but is still pretty harsh.
M: medium bodied
O: After many recommendations I was really looking forward to this beer. It started so well but that finish is just too much over the top.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 500 ml. bottle dated 011813. Sampled on April 7, 2013.

It pours India ink black with a humongous fluffy mocha head that stays until the end. The carbonation bubbles almost give the appearance of one of those UK nitro cans.

On the nose there are loads of Porter characters including dark baking chocolate, coffee, dark malts, and a subtle but clean hop scent.

Medium to full body with some astringency.

The taste and aroma counter one another because I get a kind of dark cherry or plum flavor up front with the coffee and chocolate played down. Low bitterness that lingers briefly allowing me to savor it for a few seconds more. This is an excellent Porter and one worth seeking out and trying.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottled November 25, 2012. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours black with a one finger brown head that leaves some nice sheets of lacing and holds a persistent cap.

Aroma is heavy on chocolate, milk chocolate, baker’s chocolate, cocoa, semi-sweet chocolate chips, some coffee, nice roasted malts, decent bit of dark fruit, a whiff of cardboard, some caramel, toffee, little to no hops. Very good strength.

Flavor is roasted malts, some chocolate but not as much as in the nose, coffee, caramel, toffee, some dark fruit, a little cardboard again, earthy hops, light alcohol, somewhat astringent. Astringency fades as it warms and opens up.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, pretty creamy, a little sticky, good carbonation.

Really nice Porter, one of the better ones I’ve had.

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/25/12
Courtesy of BobZ for this bottle! Thank you!

Pour: Black as night with no light penetration. The huge 3 finger billowing chocolate milkshake color head rises to the apex of the glass and says I want to be here and there is nothing you can do about it. It just does not want to recede and it is awesome. When it finally does relent the abundant amount of lacing left behind is a reminder of that head. I mean even after a long 5 minutes there is still about a fingers worth left.

Smell: Fairly classic porter with mild bitter chocolate, some bitter coffee, a ton of roasty notes with some char. Actually seem to be getting quite a bit of hops? Sort of smells/reminds me of a black IPA.

Taste: Up front the roast quality with the char quickly followed by a semi-sweet smooth chocolate taste. Actually is on the sweeter side than the nose let on and this sweetness battles with the mild bitter coffee and roasted notes in a good way making this less one dimensional and actually more complex. Sort of reminds me of a milk stout combined with a big roasted beer and it works. The bitterness tries to dominate the aftertaste but must relent some to the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the watery side but somehow at the same time succeeds at being big and creamy. I'd call it lighter side of medium but smooth and creamy.

Overall: Great beer and a treat. I am really glad I was able to try it and I think everything in this beer is very well done and the end product is very enjoyable. Must mention that the lacing on this is just beyond huge and I find myself smiling as I look at the empty glass.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

King Titus pours a seductively deep brown, with a thick head of puffy froth capping it off. There appears to be only the faintest bubbles of carbonation present. Sticky lace is left as a reminder of the mountainous head, which eventually recedes to a little less than a half inch. It's a great caramel color and still remains covering the beer itself. Perfect appearance.

One whiff of the beer foretells powdery confections of creamy milk chocolate and roasted coffee beans. One might guess this is a sweet stout with just the nose to go by.

That initial chocolate and espresso comes through just like the aroma upon the fist sip, but now more roasted malts are revealed along with a quite noticeable hop profile as well.
The mouth feel is medium, and the finish dries out with pleasant smoky tobacco notes . Overall, It's very easy to drink and has just enough complexity to stay interesting.

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King Titus from Maine Beer Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 1,436 ratings.
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