King Titus
Maine Beer Company

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American Porter
Ranked #15
Ranked #2,136
4.16 | pDev: 8.17%
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
King TitusKing Titus
Notes: Our take on an American robust porter. Dark, thick, chewy, chocolaty, and of course, generously hopped.
Reviews: 280 | Ratings: 1,485
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -6.3%
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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Photo of FriedSlug
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really nice dark beer with a thick creamy head that leaves gobs of lacing. The aroma is coffee and roasted malts with a sweetness that reminds me of brown sugar. The taste is bitter and sweet with coffee and dark brown sugar. There is a pleasant finishing bitterness. Really solid porter.

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Photo of papposilenus
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the over-priced pint-and-a-bit bottle, dated 11/24/15, served in a 13oz. tulip.

L: Pours deepest black with elusive caramel highlights and an enormous, fluffy mocha head which lasts well and leaves gobs of lacing on the glass.

S: Faint nose of cold coffee and cocoa, cinnamon toast and, oddly, something metallic, like copper.

T: An initial impression of sweet, malty vanilla toffee is immediately overtaken by the roasted bitterness of dutch-process cocoa and dark-brewed coffee, floral earthiness and just a suggestion of cinnamon - it doesn't actually taste like cinnamon; it just tastes like it should taste like cinnamon. Don't look at me like that. And, thankfully, no copper follows through into the palate.

F: Soft and silky, just slightly over-carbonated, light bodied for the style and mildly astringent.

O: Before I even opened the bottle I had decided to mark 'overall' down 0.5 simply for being stupidly over-priced, because I'm a crotchety old man on a fixed income, and because BA doesn't have a separate criteria for 'value.' Did anyone hold a gun to my head and make me buy it? No. Shut up, this is my review. You can do whatever you want in your review. Was it a good beer? Yes. Was it an excellent value for the money? Meh. Will I buy it again? Who the hell knows. Probably.

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Photo of barczar
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aged a year, there's underlying dark fruit character that ends up overwhelming. Aroma is pleasant, with cocoa and roast. Not sure if it's age, but unfortunate.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Black color w/ a lingering mocha/cola thin ring type head
Smell - fresh coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate....a very inviting aroma
Taste - Coffee, Roasted malts, milk chocolate type sweetness, hints of citrus
Feel - silky smooth mouthfeel.....very nice!

Overall - A great porter from a great beer company. I will seek this out whenever I have the chance.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best Porters I've ever tasted. Almost comes off as a softer breakfast stout with chocolate, some coffee notes, Hops come through, but not enough to be off putting. Great beer.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottling date of 11/10/15

Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown edging. The head is rocky and khaki colored, peaking at two fingers of width and displaying good retention as it dissipates slowly, resulting in a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Lacing consists of chunks, streaks and spots.

Smell - Moderate aroma hits on notes of dark and milk chocolate, and an earthy, used coffee grounds undertone.

Taste - The flavors upfront aren't particularly sharp, as it all kind of balls up together. Milk chocolate? Dark chocolate bitterness? Caramel? A bit of all that, but hard to say how relevant each one is. There is a definite earthy, 'spent coffee grounds' bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - The strong point of this beer. Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth texture that glides down the throat effortlessly. It begs to be chugged, and would be easy to do so.

Overall - Again, I find a MBC brew where the delivery overshadows the flavor. It's not bad, but it's not quite as clean as some of the better examples. In comparing it to the Odell Cutthroat I just had, the flavor profile of the latter is simply on another level. I'd recommend to try, but anything more than a bottle might be too much investment.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle served in a pint glass. Bottle brought to me by mr-jj. 11-10-15.

Pours black with a huge head (spilled over). Head is brown and creamy. Fades fairly quickly to a medium sized head. This had lasts forever. I had to put it in the fridge for over an hour due to a distraction, and it's still there. Smell is roasty yet crisp. Don't get a lot of hops, but it smells like a good porter.

Taste is rich, chocolatey, bittersweet. Really tasty.

Mouthfeel is fairly light bodied, dry, and nice. Overall, very nice beer.

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Photo of mr-jj
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split between two snifters from a 16.9 oz bottle. Dated 11/15/15.

Pours dark brown with a khaki head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee and citrus hops. Flavor is really good - a hoppy porter that succeeds in a nice balance of hops and dark roast flavors. Overall, really good.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.75] Full 2 fingers of dense khaki head. The bubbles are really tight and creamy looking. The beer is very dark, almost black, with no light penetration even on the edges. The bottle lists the ABV (7.5%) and there is a born on date (11/24/15).

S: [3.50] Very weak nose. I get hints of roasted marshmallow and charred hardwood. Maybe hints of coffee underneath. All of the scents are all really subtle.

T: [3.00] Follows the nose in flavors and magnitude. Again with the charred wood, bitter coffee. The bitter dominates at the end.

M: [3.00] Too tingly and a long bitter finish (both out of place for the style). The head lead me to believe that this would be creamy and smooth. It is tingly on the tongue and the bitter finish seems weird on a dark beer.

O: [3.50] If the style weren't listed I might guess this is a black IPA. It has distinct bitter notes that lean in that direction. The appearance was great but things fall off from there. The nose was weak but still fit the style. The taste is too bitter on the end for a decent porter. this lead to issues on the mouthfeel too. I have had 2 other Maine Beer Co. beers and *loved* them so this was a pretty big disappointment.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

one of those porters that tries to act like a breakfast stout, imo! focus on coffee, dark choclate and not so much on dark fruit. very good mouthfeel and great drinkability.

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Photo of beerloserLI
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A black pour with a mocha head that retains nicely. Cocoa, malts, sugars, and lactose come threw the nose. Nicely floral.

A malty start with big bursts of chocolate and more cocoa. A semi bitter/hoppy finish with a slight lactose feel. A moderate mouth feel. Really nice drinking as it's not too heavy or light. Silky and rich.

Overall, and excellent porter.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Across the board solid - Dark brown pour with finger of frothy, clingy tan head. Rich aromas of roast and cocoa. Same in the flavor, though slightly thinner than expected, with a very smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Highly drinkable, no bad aspects, and undetectable alcohol. Fine porter.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a jet black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head. It dissipated at a nice pace allowing a nice substantial lace glossing along the sides of the beer.
The smell had a robust roasty coffee bean up front with a low key amount of cocoa bean underneath.
The taste was mainly roasty with an underscore of the cocoa beans to make an effort to balance. Does it? Well, its almost there. Subtle roasty aftertaste leads into the finish.
The mouthfeel sits about a light to medium with a nice sessionable feel surrounding a tame coating of carbonation clinging to my tongue. With that in mind, I find that this one seems to accept a mild creaminess trying to come out. I liked it for the most part.
Overall, I liked this American styled porter. I'd have it again.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, almost black with a tan head. Smells of dark roasted coffee and chocolate malts. Tastes roasty with coffee and dark chocolate flavors prominent. Medium body with mild carbonation. Feels creamy and chewy with undetectable alcohol. Overall a really good porter.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oh my, where shall I begin? Pours a nice dark brown, nearly black with a frothy, creamy, chocolatey head. Head dissipates slightly leaving a nice thin layer. Aroma is coffeeish, chocolateish and slightly sourish. Also some malty and hop notes. Nice level of carbonation. Thiner than what I expected, but perhaps my tears of joy has diluted it slightly. Amen.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, dark and opaque brown/black with a medium tan head that quickly fades and leaves behind a fair amount of lacing.
Aroma is chocolate and roast coffee.
Taste is mostly dark chocolate with a slight acidity and a lingering, bitter roasted coffee finish.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin.
Not up there with the best American Porters.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful almost-jet black with a nice sized dark brown head. Beautiful. Velvety smoothe on top.

Noose is no let down from the look. Creamy rich chocolate starts things off with a gentle roastiness and enough coffee to give it definition.

Mouth time de-emphasizes the sweetness of the chocolate while maintaining the rich creaminess of the aroma. Bitter, dry dark chocolate meets with mocha, molasses, and a roasted toasted middle bringing it to a rich bitter finish. Finely carbonated and smoothe and coating

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Photo of maximum12
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the incomparable, inscrutable Joe_Grizzly for this 500ML brown bottle dated 9/23/14. Stark black-and-white label, split with my wife.

Pour is porter black (that would be a great crayon color) & heady. The nose is coffee, roast, & strong chocolate, which equals something I want slipping into my mouth, repeatedly.

King Titus is alcoholic milk chocolate. My favorite condiment, chocolate, is tattooed into the DNA of this brew, running from the frontal sting all the way through the finish. Even pushing a year, the wrinkles don’t show, but the hops are still moving strong & bitter, complementing the chocolate. Very sweet. Nice & full, especially given the ABV, & one I could happily drink a whole bottle of.

Nothing supremely remarkable, just a good, solid porter with a healthy dose of chocolate. Like.

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Photo of rjd722
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very, dark brown...essentially black. Brown foam head, with decent retention. Roasted, malty chocolate aroma. Great taste, heavy roasted notes right up front followed by chocolate and finishes with a coffee flavor. Silky smooth mouthfeel, the aftertaste is predominantly full of bittersweet hops. MBC nails it with a solid all-around porter.

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Photo of puck1225
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful smell to this deep, dark rich beer. Pour into snifter with very thin head and thin delicate lacing. Certainly has a coffee aftertaste that stays on the palette for a very long time. As the beer warms, a more chocolaty taste becomes apparent. Smooth, rich mouth feel. It is a very nice porter and I enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of darktronica
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a finger and a half of light, fluffy tan head with long retention. Smells of dry, roasted grains and light chocolate--simple, but inviting. Drinks very smooth, with low but detectable hop character and a moderately dry finish. Nothing too complex, but flavorful and quite pleasant for what it offers. A very well done, straightforward robust porter.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great beer from one of Maine's best brewers. Pours with a enchanting dark color and feels amazingly smooth on the tongue. One of the better porters I've imbibed lately.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 5/5/15. Pours pitch black. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Very nice nose of roast, chocolate and a light airy citric hop note.

Full bodied, almost to the point of thickness, with a rich creamy texture. Normal carbonation with a hint of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The very good flavor profile is intense, slightly complex and somewhat balanced. It begins with a burst of roast that slowly yields to coffee coupled with a hoppy bitterness. The middle brings a caramel sweetness that is detectable, but fails to balance. As the finish occurs, alcohol is rather evident.

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King Titus from Maine Beer Company
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