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 cvm4
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours black, doesn't seem thick but has a nice two finger khaki head. Good lacing throughout.

S - Roasted malts & dry chocolate with may'be a tinge of coffee.

T - Bitter coffee, slight char, roasted malts along with semi-sweet chocolate.

M - Smooth body, velvety, not heavy or cloying.

O - A great porter that gets better as it warms.

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Photo of Sammy
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Capone's Restaurant. Pours thickish black, with malty roasty aroma. Above average and smooth mouthfeel. The taste is great,chocolate and citrus hops, very drinkable malty just right not too roasty. Hits the bullseye, wishing it was available regularly and locally.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, dated 10/27/12, poured into a teku on 1/22/13.

Pour: Really nice splashy midnight black, with a two finger frothy khaki head. Head leaves some pretty superb lacing, and remains as a rim through out the glass.

Smell: Big roasted malts up front, with some bitter dark chocolate, and light roasted coffee bean. Some light floral hops. Finishes roasty.

Taste: Big bitter roast with some chocolate, coffee, and a light char. Some more floral hops and a ever so slight him of lemon (this note is crazy subtle, but I get it). Finishes bitter with roast.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally creamy. Not too heavy, which is exactly what I wanted. Velvety carb.

Overall: This porter was really nice. Similar to Everett or Twilight of Idols from HF, but with more of an assertive hop profile.

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

16.9 oz bottle, bottled on 12/30/12, poured into a nonic pint glass.

A- Pours black with an inch and a half of khaki head, leaves lots of nice lacing.

S- Roasty aroma of coffee and char along with some chocolate and fruit sweetness.

T- Lots of coffee and roasted grain, just a bit of smoky char, has a nice balance of chocolate and fruity sweetness. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M- Medium-bodied, has a smooth, creamy feel with a dry finish.

O- A really nice porter, I've said this in previous reviews but I really don't think that MBC makes a bad beer, along with all of their other brews I thought this was really enjoyable.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 11/20/12 (looks like it is batch 3)

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with just the faintest hints of dark amber near the edges when held up to the light and a light amount of carbonation near the surface. The beer has a finger tall foamy dark tan to mocha head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium sized medium thick patch that includes some medium and large bubbles and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with some lighter notes of coffee and chocolate. Very light notes of citrus and pine hops as well.

T: This beer starts out with a moderate to strong flavor of roasted malts with some lighter notes of bittersweet chocolate and freshly roasted/ground coffee. There is a very light note of vanilla and some citrus and pine hop notes - also, there is a slight earthiness to the beer as well. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O: Really like the roastiness of both the malts and the coffee, flavors and smells, in this beer. It is pretty easy to drink with very well hidden ABV and is perfect for sipping on a cool winter evening, while watching football but would also go greatly in front of the fireplace on a snowy evening. This is well worth picking up, one of the nice new porters that I have found this winter.

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

500ml bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - black with a creamy brown head that left a thick sheet of lacing behind.

S - lots of roasted malt and chocolate.

T - roasted malt, chocolate and coffee from start to finish.

F - medium bodied with a creamy, smooth feel.

O - very good example of the style.

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

$7.75 bottle from Abe's.

Black or so brown I just can't tell. Ruby highlights along the bottom. Huge dense medium tan head. Terrific lacing covers ninety percent of he glass.

Dark roast coffee and rich chocolate aroma.

While coffee begins the aroma, on the tongue chocolate strikes first, like thick Hershey's syrup. Coffee rises up at he swallow.

Thick rich and chewy.

A superior porter. Well worth a try, if too expensive for the regular rotation.

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Photo of unclejazz
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 11/25/12

A-pours a very dark mahogany with a bit of slow forming carbonation around the edges. It looks thick and dark.

S-woody and smoky with a bit of astringant notes in the background. Dark bittersweet chocolate also on the back end.

T-earthy deep dark coffee roast. Espresso, dark chocolate, and a bit of soy. Not sweet, very bitter. Some hops show thru, maybe too much.

M-coats your mouth, but sort of light on the carbonation. It puts up an Everett quality performance.

O-this is a solid porter, but not in my top tier. I think with a few more collaborations with great breweries, Maine Beer Co. has a great future.

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Photo of mmonagh1
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Bottle conditioned, easy pour. Mocha head is substantial and lasting. Nice, thick, lasting lace. Pitch black porter body even when held up to light.
S: Roasted malt, slight hops, chocolate and coffee. Without detracting sweetness.
T: Roasted malt first (a slight burnt taste?), dark chocolate second and a lasting dark coffee finish. Growing appreciation with each taste (the opposite of what occurs to me with overly sweet beers). Creaminess but not too rich or filling.
F: Smooth, creamy & full. More substantial than some porters.
O: Appreciation grew with each taste, which Is a good sign for me because I almost always enjoy my first tastes.

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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$9 for the 16.9oz bottle, poured into a mini snifter
Bottled 102712, Batch 2, Sampled 30DEC12

[A] Two solid fingers of medium light mocha colored head rises after a soft pour. Creamy compact foam with a fluffy texture. Slowly deflating. A thick foamy collar clings to the sides of the glass leaving chunky waves of lace. The body is pitch black.

[S] Dark roasted grains upfront melds with dark cocoa powder, then transitions to the earthy woodsy hop character.

[T] Bittersweet chocolate with a delicate roast quality. Hop bitterness is tame so light sweetness is perceived front to mid palate with a drying sensation on the finish. Just a slight hint of warmth after the swallow. Pretty darn good, just shy of a 4.5. Another layer or two of complexity would have gotten it there.

[M] The texture is velvety soft with a very gentle, rolling carbonation that keeps the beer gliding over the tongue. Body is full, thick, airy and expansive.

[O] I think that the level of dark roast and thick mouthfeel would safely place this beer into stout territory...but what does it even matter? Bottom line: King Titus is another solid beer from a very dependable brewery. I'd like to try this on draft sometime to see what kind of impact the bottle conditioning had on the flavor profile.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown in color with puffy, 1.5 finger cream head.

S- Roasted malt, baker's chocolate, a touch of coffee

T- Great blend of bittersweet chocolate and coffee, nice full roasted malt and barley.

M- Robust, smooth, good amount of carbonation

Overall- Maine Beer is not incredibly well known, but they have superb product, and this is no different.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml, 11/25/12
Deschutes tulip

A: Pours pretty much pitch black in color. Its a very deep brown. Good finger plus of light tan fluffy head. Big bubbles. Leaving some nice lacing sheeting. Reddish hues towards the edges.

S: Big roast on the nose. Pulling that coffee in the forefront. Also, chocolate and some burnt sugar. Primarily roast malts.

T: Flavor wise: again big roasted malts. Getting lots of dark chocolate. Lots of roasted coffee, but not overpowering or butter coffee. Very pleasant. It's creamy like it was a milk stout. Leaves you with a fairly dry finish, but there is a lot of dark and milk chocolate on the finish.

M: it's a full bodied porter. Was gonna say BIG medium but it's full bodied and creamy.

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

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-roasted malt, rich chocolate, coffee, hints of pine

T-roasted malt, great chocolate flavor, coffee, pine, nice bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and silky mouthfeel

O-really nice porter with great flavor, nice complement to the rest of their lineup

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a giant mocha head that fades a bit, but leaves good retention and some moderate lacing.

Lots of roasted malt and coffee in the aroma. Not a ton there.

Lots is there is the flavor though. Lots of roasted almost ashy malt with dark chocolate, cocoa and fig to a small degree. Lingering chocolate/ashy finish. Ashiness isn't unpleasant like in some beers even though it is quite pronounced.

Full bodied and finishes very very dry and grainy.

Another wonderful beer. Nothing really stood out as I was drinking it, but it went down incredibly smooth and I was disappointed when the glass was empty so I guess that's an endorsement on its own. Great choice when you want something more full, but don't want to deal with sweetness.

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Photo of Florida9
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, dark brown. Almost black, but not quite there. Forms a very large, dark tan/mocha colored head that reduces fairly quickly to a patchy surface coating. Leaves some light lacing on the way down.

S: A not very aromatic beer, but what is there is heavily roast malts and dark chocolate.

T: Well, unlike the aroma, the flavor is quite pronounced. Chocolate dominates over everything else, though there is a substantial amount of heavily roasted malts in the mix. Char, cocoa, molasses, coffee, and raisin all to a lesser extent. Mild sweetness. Long chocolatey finish.

M: Full bodied. Silky smooth on the front end, but chalky on the finish. Mild bitterness. Easy carbonation.

O: Opened this bottle with some cheese and charcuterie and I regretted it. The pairing was horrible so I saved it for after. In doing so, I was able to appreciate this beer for the wonderful beer it is - a full on chocolate bomb porter.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Guinness glass, color is black, head is nice and thick with a tan color.

Smell is light roast, heavier sweetness, chocolate and a hint of bitterness.

Taste is on the sweeter side, chocolate dominates, light roast, nice light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is ideal. Nice lingering chocolate and roast notes, but not too sweet.

Overall, great brew, done well.

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Photo of smcolw
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tight-bubbled moderate beige head; leaves lots of webby (a near blanket of) lace. Dark brown where no light shines through. Looks like a stout.

A blend of semi-sweet chocolate and light floral hop aroma. Fresh.

Lots of semi-sweet chocolate with some hop pepper. Very smooth. Good body with a lower level of carbonation. The finish is similar to unsweetened hot cocoa--lots of cream. Very full body with an equally low level of carbonation.

Simply put: this is one of the better Porters in the world.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Much thanks Toasterchef!

Real solid crawling pour of head creeps up. Light whipped cocoa brown, and good retention and bubbles. Four fingers deep with nice head, and a classic dark walnut brown body to boot. Text book looking porter here, with rocking cap of goodness. Giant clumps of lacing, thick chunks hang in my glass, thick ice cream chocolate like lacing.. heck with it, this gets a 5 rating!

Nose hits. Incredibly creamy. Light chocolate milk sensations. Roast light grain sensations, this is one gangbusters going porter, hitting all the right buttons.

Palate matches much of the nose and more so. Light cream in mid palate with a little bit of sweetness. Huge coffee roasty finish, lots of ripping bean action aftertaste. Mouthfeel hits all the right notes for a porter, light but full of depth. Milky but with sweetness and a good thick roasting quality. Cream everywhere. Simple. Solid. All the pieces just done tremendously well and put together, it's all here.

Overall, what can I say this brewery. They just kicks serious but! Classic textbook porter. Even at 7.5, it feels like a classic 5% brew. Wonderful stuff.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black with a finger of chocolate colored frothy head atop. The head fades fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts, coffee, some citrus and earthy hops, and a bit of lactose sweetness.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted chocolate malts with some light citrus hops and a bit of lactose sweetness. Through the middle, some coffee comes through with a touch of molasses, some earthy hops, and a touch of black licorice. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate malts, roasted coffee, earthy hops, black licorice, and a touch of lactose sweetness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, roasted, and lightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced porter. Just the right body and a great balance of malts.

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with a burst of black coffee flavor followed by a roasted malt character. There is a bit of creaminess and smokiness that comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice solid porter worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown/black with a huge fluffy khaki colored head that persists forever. Smells of roast and chocolate with hints of caramel and earthy spicy hops and a bit of mineral and ash to round it all out. The flavor is rich with lots of bitter dark chocolate and hints of roast and caramel. There's enough earthy hops to provide some balance and some nice flavors with little harsh bitterness. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a creamy roasty chalky mouthfeel. This is a very nice porter, I really enjoyed it! If only it were easier to find and at a lower price point these would fill my fridge!

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Photo of portia99
3.51/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle (bottled 9/23/12) poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours pitch black in color with hardly any light passing thru at all. A finger of thick and frothy mocha colored foam shows excellent staying power. Very nice looking porter.

S - NIce roasty aroma, dark malts, some coffee and a fair share of chocolate too. Aroma intensity is a bit on the low side however.

T - Lots of dark roasted malt, heavy with burnt aspects with some charcoal acridity. Espresso, bitter hops. Quite dry...not getting any kind of sweet flavors. Burnt and bitter and somewhat one dimensional in flavor.

M - Rather full bodied. Carbonation is on the lower side and yields a thick and creamy feel. Acrid bitterness dominates from start to finish and lingers well past the swallow...actually a bit over the top for me and a little distracting.

O - Overall I would call this an average porter with low complexity of flavor and aroma. Too burnt for my liking and lacking in the deep roasty flavors I was looking for. A bit of a disappointment to me from a brewery that has otherwise produced very satisfying brews.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark dark brown/black color, starts out with a huge light brown head at least a few fingers deep, fades at a slow rate, for while during the pour it had a bit of a layered effect, leaves a ton of patchy lacing.

Smell has a surprisingly piney hop aroma, soon a large roasted malt and chocolate backbone seizes the nose, a diverse yet balanced aroma.

Taste has a very good balance between the piney hops and the huge roasted malt aroma, chocolate adds a nice character, slight burnt malt bitterness in the aftertaste, smooth mouthfeel with a decent thickness for a Porter, active carbonation, finishes only slightly dry.

So much better than Mean Old Tom, it kind of reminds me of a more thick Zoe. Not a complete branch out from previous beers (since they do hop the heck out of things), it is a very solid beer to their lineup.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thick long lasting light brown head. True opaque black body. Froth laces the glass. Good looks.

Smells of dark chocolate. I detect no sweetness which is interesting. Not much of a aroma due to low carbonation levels.

I appreciate the modest carbonation level. The Co2 level dramatically improves the mouthfeel while still producing a satisfying head. Very thick and smooth mouthfeel. Low acidity despite dark malts. Clean yeast, most likely American. Easy drinking porter.

Very much so a chocolate porter. Perfect for the cold fall day. Just what the doctor ordered.

Will have again and will recommend to anyone interested in an American porter.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish. Bottled 9/23/12.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head holds on nicely, with sticky lacing. Aroma is rich and malty.

Taste is dark sweetness upfront, some fruitiness in the middle, and cocoa and coffee bitterness to the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Good brew from Maine Brewing. Duh.

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