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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 Andrew61923
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into Great Divide Yeti tulip. Bottled 9/23/12. Let sit for ten minutes before reviewing.

A: Dark, dark, dark. No light getting through. Poured to a nice finger and a half khaki head, which dissipated to a thin halo with a little lingering of bubbles in the middle.

S: A ton of cocoa and dark chocolate. Not picking up on any of the hops MBC is known for. Excited to try something new from them.

T: Oh yeah. The chocolate is done just right and I do pick up on some of the hop bitterness on the back of my tongue. Very well-balanced and, though it is sweet, it is not overly so.

M: I would say that this is perhaps a tad thin, but I needed to be reminded that this is a porter, not a stout. Coats the tongue well and has a nice lingering flavor. Hides a relatively high ABV very well.

O: Very impressed by this beer. Though not cheap, I am willing to try most anything I see from MBC. I would still likely go with a few other cheaper porters over this one, but would not hesitate to revisit it when in the mood to treat myself to something nice.

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Photo of oline73
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a quarter finger of light tan creamy head. The head sticks around pretty well.

Smell: The first thing I'm getting is roasted dark malt, but this one doesn't smell particularly sweet. I'm getting some dark fruit, dark chocolate, and a hint of hops as well.

Taste: Just like the smell, the taste hardly has any sweetness in it. I'm getting some burnt roasted malt, and some dark chocolate to a lesser extent. There is a hint of dark fruit behind the roast, and the finish is quite bitter with a nice hop component.

Mouthfeel: The body is creamy and full with very smooth carbonation. The finish is rather dry.

Overall: I think the hop level could have been just a bit less, but I still enjoyed this one quite a bit. The roast was strong but smooth. I'd have more in the future.

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

My first Maine Beer Co. beer.Pours like a stout, nearly black with a one finger deep beige head that leaves a full ring of lace behind as it settles.Chocolate and nuts at first whiff,some roast and and a little drunken fruit,well rounded.Creamy and full feel with light carbonation.flavors of what a porter should be,roasty with some nuttiness,a little raw and earthy,and just enough caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness to round out everything nicely.I had high hops for this beer and it delivered and then some,kick ass.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to Rock Art pint

A:Black as night with basically no head but a thins tan line around the top of the glass completely opaque

S:lots of roasted malt and coffee not very aromatic but it smells good

T: follows the smell smooth roasted flavors malt and some coffee too but not as much as I thought there would be but there is a toffee candy coated like taste and at the end there is a slight burn that I can only assume is some hops but it balances the brew nicely not overly malt or roasted

M: Thick but oily goes down smooth and easy to drink also has a bit of creaminess too it there is a light carbonation that suits the feel well

O: This is a really solid porter its balence with the roasted flavor without being a malt bomb (which I hate) is impressive I wish there was more coffee flavors or robustness if you will but one of the better standard porters I have had would definitely try again.

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

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a rich, dark, opaque brown. In fact, it's almost black. A two finger of thick, foamy brown head sits on top. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving big thick chunks of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is caramel and roasted malts, chocolate, and some piney, citrus hops.

T: Taste starts with a good deal of charred flavoring. Roast malts come through mingled with some caramel notes. Bitter bakers chocolate and piney hops fill out the middle. Finish carries some additional chocolate notes mixed with a touch of lemon citrus and a hint of coffee.

M: Medium to fuller bodied, medium carbonation, creamy at the forefront with a prickly finish.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not too filling, nice kick, nice representation of style. Another nicely crafted beer from Maine Brewing.

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

A bottle into a pint glass.

King Titus has a dark approach, extremely brown bordering on black really with a firm tan colored inch of foam up top leaving notches on the way down. A nice looking thickness, with some gunk on the bottom of the bottle, this one is bottle conditioned. Smell is very clean, no bells or whistles, str8 up american porter. With the alcohol content I thought I would be getting into baltic territory, but this leans american with robust scent, and a backing aroma hop going in the nose. Faint cocco and roasted malt. Taste wise for the alcohol involved this comes off like a 5% regular porter with a mix of roasted malt and a generous hopping. The body is damn near perfect, smooth, silky, warming, not distracting. Carbonation is light, as this goes down like a liquid light milkshake. I drank this pretty quickly, it was smooth, i liked it.

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Photo of EricLander
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

While I'm new to appreciating beers, I've really taken to Maine Beer Company's brews. I picked this up tonight as it was the first time I had seen it at my preferred store. Bottled on 10/27/12.

Poured into a 22 oz. standard pilsner glass and the one finger head remained for a while. Aroma is a clean, with a noticeable malt and coffee combination. I love the chocolate flavor on initial tastes and the finish is incredibly clean. The ever so slight bitter hops almost fade away too quickly for my tastes.

Overall this is an incredible beer. I was expecting a heavier feeling upon drinking it similar to Mean Old Tom and other stouts and porters I've tried recently - but Titus left me appreciating it's lightness enough to wish I brought some more home.

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

Poured from bottle into wine glass for thanksgiving appetizer...bottled on 10/27/12.
Pours a deep deep black brown with very airy foamy tanish head...wow
Smell is roasted malts with some coffee and nice hop aroma. Taste is a slight roastedness...with crisp coffee hop. Super fresh and crisp with a clean, light, and bright mouthfeel. What a treat this brew is...
Besides being an amazing beer it is such a great mission and direction...all should experience this brew.

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

A: Pours a dark brown with a one finger tan head on top, really nice head retention, sticking around for quite some time. A bit of thin lacing down the sides.

S: Tons of roasted malt on the aroma, with a bit of chocolate and cocoa, some light coffee, and a faint smoked malt aroma.

T: More roasted malt, a bit of cocoa, brown sugar, and a little bit of cream. Slight bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, drinks smooth and creamy.

O: A pretty nice porter, certainly on the roasty side. Very smooth.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slow forming mocha head sits atop this pleasently dark brown brew. The aroma is fantastic with a good roasted malt nose. Hints of coffee and chocolate and old church pews come through. Bright hops pop out to bouy the malt bill. The feel is medium to thick in weight with a char and ashen grittiness. That being said it is also rather smooth too.
Aftertaste is on the bitter side too.
A good beer with a nice depth of flavor. This robust and rich beer is easy drinking but more stout like then porterish.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a satisfying dark brown-black opaque color.
Short lived forthy head that laced the glass with abundance.
An enchanting nose of coffee, roasted malt, hops--

Flavor wasn't quite up to the beer's aroma-- but quite satisfying and what I think is dead on for a Porter, although--- the flavor was somewhat one-dimensional, mostly bitter hops I would have liked more toasted malt, coffee... but that might have put this beer too close to a Stout.

Mouthfeel is good-- finish dissipates too quickly.

Overall-- very enjoyable-- I can see putting down several bottles in a sitting.
I'll be adding a few more bottles of this libation to my beer larder.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rich dark almost black. Some deep reds and browns when held to light. Head is creamy, dark tan, and leaves some serious lacing. Decent retention leaves a creamy, dense collar and thin cap.

Smell: Super rich chocolate. Chocolate malts, milk chocolate, cocoa, and bitter nibs. Roasty sweetness. Big sweetness tempered by the seriously roasted profile. Spent coffee grinds. Vaguely toasted. Mild citrus edge. Smells closer to a stout, lacking that earthy/grassy thing I associate with porters. Some nuttiness.

Taste: Big roasted malts. Chocolate and caramel malts. Some breadiness. Cocoa nibs, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate bar. Old coffee grinds. Some gritty grassy notes. Buried citrus from the hops, but it's minimal. Incredibly roasted. More of the nuttiness from the nose coupled with that distinct earthiness that belongs.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy. Lightly moderate carbonation with an overall medium body. Some lingering dryness.

Overall: This beer is the gorillas from Congo.

A solid porter that pushes the envelope toward American stout. Massively roasted and solid all around. Another MBC win.

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

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Decanted into a Firestone Walker Proprietor's Series snifter, nice thick pour, dark brown-black color with a firm half inch of creamy tan head that receded to a thick ringlet and coated the glass with lacing. Simple aroma, dark malts, fairly roasty, touches of chocolate and coffee. Porter-ish. Similar taste, dark roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate and light coffee, mild earthy hops. Seemed like a tiny oxidized off-flavor in there, but well within tolerance. Just about full-bodied, nice and smooth, not a particularly distinctive porter, but still very nice overall.

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

Poured into a tulip pint.

Opaque black with 4 fingers of creamy light brown head. Has great retention that leaves behind a nice fluffy layer of lacing.

Dark chocolate, espresso, nuts, vanilla, roasted barley and light citrusy hops.

Sweet roasted barley and raisin. The bitter dark notes are all mid-palate with dark baker’s chocolate and light notes of espresso. Some almonds and nuances of vanilla mingled in there. Hop notes of grapefruit and pine hang on the backend.

Medium bodied, smooth, bitter and dry.

An even mix of sweet dark fruits and dark roasts. Starts sweet and finishes bitter. A rather complex American Porter.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very dark hue. Pretty much black. Nice thin head is tannish in color. Head leaves misty lacing stains along my glass.

S-Soapy hops and roasted coffee. Black licorice/anise with milk and dark chocolate. Hops are sudsy but are also a bit medicinal. Interesting nose.

T-The same hop profile is accompanied by a burnt/charred malt. Burnt coffee grounds and bitter dark chocolate. A pinch of tobacco. Smokey. Definitely quite bitter. Light chalk. Plenty to discover here.

M-Has just enough roundness in the body. Yet it is still very drinkable. Moderate to high bitterness. Carbonation is very soft.

O/D-Another Maine gem. Not in the same realm as Lunch, Zoe, Peeper and MO. But I do see it fitting in the same stratosphere as Collaboration Time 1 and Mean Old Tom. I would say it falls somewhere in between the last two. A bitter, individual Porter. Definitely down my alley.

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Photo of Damian
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint .9 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
092312 01
Served in a pint glass

Gorgeous appearance. The liquid poured near pitch black and was topped by a super dense and creamy, three-finger crown that eventually fell to a thick, frothy cap. The head deposited a drippy curtain of lacing all down the glass.

The nose was fantastic as well. A smoky, roasted malty quality was immediately detectible, and it was nicely complimented by some sweet, powdered cocoa and freshly pulled espresso notes. Hints of caramel malts came through as well. I also picked up some dark fruits.

While the nose was rich and robust, the flavor profile was a bit underwhelming. A mix of roasted and sweet caramel malts came through on the front end. Touch of cold coffee. As the liquid moved along the palate, the beer turned remarkably dry, bitter and acrid. Mineral-like. Charred malts dominated. A touch of earthy hops appeared as well.

The mouthfeel was quite ordinary. Thinner in body than I anticipated for a 7.5% ABV porter. The liquid contained a finely bubbled, mild effervescence.

King Titus started very strong but finished a bit weak in the flavor department. Although this beer is listed as an American porter, it reminded me more of an Irish dry stout (and it would be a fantastic one at that). Perhaps the elevated alcohol presence bumped it out of the aforementioned category.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This particular bottle of beer is nicely 1-2 weeks fresh and I have high hopes going into it. The beer pours a lovely brown black with a thick coffee-ice-cream-colored head on top with big rocky bubbles that slowly shore up into a finely compacted unit, leaving behind thick sticky rings and slabs of lacing. This beer smells roasty with a smooth, creamy smell that reminds me of a milk stout’s lactic sugars. There is also a nice strong nutty smell in there reminiscent of a hazelnuts and pecans, and as it warms up slight alcohol spice can be smelt. The beer tastes like a pleasant blend of a nutty brown ale and a roasty stout, which is just fine by me. It begins with creamy notes that still remind me of the lactic sugars in a milk stout, before opening up into medium roasted malt notes, which are quite quickly melded with big nutty flavors with a slight grapefruit and pine sitting in the back of the flavor and resonating more in the aftertaste alongside the pleasant roasty coffee lingering. The aftertaste also occasionally steps into nougat bar flavoring for me, especially right after the beer has left the mouth, which is really quite pleasant and tasty. This beer feels smooth, velvety, and creamy on the tongue, with little to no hint of carbonation. It sits a little thin in the mouth, but this makes it all the easier to drink, and it more than makes up for being thin with flavor and pleasant texture. The beer leaves the mouth slightly sticky-dry with some saliva on the fringes, and thin ichor of stickiness coating the mouth. Overall, this is a superb porter, and another great offering from the Maine Beer Company. Is this my favorite from them, though? Probably not, as that place is still reserved for Zoe, but it holds its own beside Mean Old Tom and even Lunch. This beer is more than worthy of a try.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/9/12

Appearance: Dark, dark brown - pours with a nicely sized light brown head - keeps a wispy cap, a nice ring, and some lovely streaks and spots of lacing - looks like a stout, but who cares?

Smell: Super roasty malts - nicely roasted, and not burnt - coffee grounds and chocolate - dark chocolate and some dark chocolate chips - some depth in the malts with some chewy-smelling caramel malts - slightly nutty - some hoppy aromas, too, mostly citrus

Taste: So, so roasty - roasted grains, dark roast coffee - very chocolatey, with dark chocolate, some semisweet chocolate, and cocoa - dry, with some roasty bitterness, but a nice complexity to the malts - caramel malts, and some earthy tones - vague nutty flavor - some citrus in the background for balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely dry, nicely smooth, nicely carbonated, lightly chewy

Overall: This gives my jimmies a nice, unrustled feeling

This is a solid porter. It's gloriously roasty, balanced, and clean. It's not mind blowing, but it is great. A bit expensive, but I guess it's for the gorillas or something. Good for them.

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

I love this brewery; they've made consistently good beers.
This beer is black in color with a small orange/tan head. There's a little bit of lace.

Aroma of sweet chocolate and roasted malt/coffee.

The taste improves on the aroma. The chocolate is more bittersweet than sweet, and the coffee is much stronger than the aroma suggested. Strong dark coffee.

Very tasty. I don't think it's that heavy a beer, but it definitely a sipping beer. I will drink more of these.

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Photo of rudzud
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with JLindros, poured into a Kate the Great Tulip. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured a nice dark black pour with a one finger mocha head that left light side lacing with good retention. Spot on for appearance. Very well done.

S - Aromas of roasted malts and light roasted coffee beans. Thats kind of about it. Rather one dimensional.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with big roast malts and roasted coffee beans. Somewhat acrid and bitter. Not like a cup of coffee but more like just roasted beans.

M - Mouthfeel is really nice. Not quite smooth with some lighter carbonation.

O - Overall this isnt bad, but not stellar. Much better offerings from Maine Beer.

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Photo of Etan
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle sent by Valdieu2. Thanks!

A: Pours a brownish black with a large creamy light tan head.

S: Very nice mix of mild coffee, chocolate, bready malt, mild brown sugar.

T: Dry, bitter roasted grain, a slight acidity, hop leaf and char.

M: Creamy, medium-bodied.

O: This smells great, but there's too much acidity and bitter roastiness in the taste.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 09/23/12. Poured in to tulip.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black. One finger of thick espresso coloured head with good retention. Spotty lacing.

S - Huge roast aroma that is complimented by sweet milk chocolate, brown sugar and a hint of molasses in the background.

T - Heavy roast flavour and a fairly big semi-sweet chocolate presence are dominant. Lighter notes of smoke, brown sugar and molasses round out the flavour profile. A moderate bitterness is present throughout that helps to balance out the sweetness.

M - Medium body, almost full at times, with a huge chew. Silky. Light carbonation.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.46/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My first gorilla beer. I've had lots of monkey beers but this is my first gorilla beer.

Thick and clumpy espresso foam colored head over a dark brown to black beer. Clinging tresses of lace look good even after my glass is emptied. Bottle dated 9/23/12.

Smells like the usual suspects: dark roast coffee grounds, dark chocolate and some graham cracker which may not be ususal but is sure is nice.

Good and roasty without my sweetness. Dark roast coffee primarily, sorta monotone. I really dislike the mouthfeel which is thick, chunky and kinda vacant like a dry Irish stout.

Love MBCo.'s hoppy beers, still don't like their dark beers.

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Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Sept 23

Nice creamy darker mocha colored creamy 1/2 finger head, fades slowly with nice layered lacing, pitch black thick almost sludge thickness.

Nose nice roasted malt quality, light fresh roasted coffee beans, grainy dusty coffee grounds and roast, light black patent, touch acrid metallic, nothing else.

Taste full of coffee, mostly roasted coffee bean but a bit of fresh brewed coffee add well, with some roasted malt. Quite bitter mostly from the roasted malt, some black patent malt and light acrid metallic like. There is a light nutty flavor, and hint of chewy earthy hops. Not much more. Finish is fairly bitter, more roast and coffee beans lingering, just a bit of earthy hops.

Mouth is fairly creamy and med to full bodied, good carb.

Overall ok flavors but fairly one dimensional, nice coffee and roast but pretty much nothing else, plus a bit to bitter and acrid.

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Photo of Dools9
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled dated 9/23/12, poured into a snifter. Review #100.

A: Very dark, browish black. Finger of brown creamy head. Big wall of lacing left, good retention. Looks nice and inviting.

S: Big coffee, roasted malt base mixed with a good dose of pine and light citrus hops. Some cigar tobacco, bread crust, and light cocoa.

T: Black coffee/bittersweet cocoa blend, very noticeable burnt smokiness as well. I'm also getting an earthy, woody aftertaste that lingers more with each sip. Slight alcohol on the finish.

M: Medium heft, medium carbonated, but its also very creamy and soft on the mouth.

O: Excellent offering from MBC, and everything I've had from them has been awesome so this is no surprise. Definitely recommended along with everything else they make. Great work.

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