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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.

Added by tehzachatak on 10-04-2012

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

Bottle is dated 092312, around 3 weeks old. There is also an 01 after it, I assume Batch 1.

A: Pours a very dark brown (almost pure black) with a really nice, dense and huge chocolate milk colored head. Fades extremely slowly, leaving an almost solid wall of lacing behind at times. Large island of foam resides almost permanently.

S: Heavy on the roasted malt. Lots of chocolate up front, followed closely with lots of char and smoke. Oddly enough no real hops in the nose.

T: Lots of smoke and meat, like charred BBQ. Heavy char. A little chocolate in the middle. A bit of pine along with more smoke in the finish. Long smoky lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, fairly creamy and smooth.

O: A pretty standard porter, heavy-ish on the smoke and char for sure. Chocolate is a distant touch and no noticeable coffee aspect either. I expected this one to be really hoppy coming from MBC but it's surprisingly not. I would almost categorize this as an english porter with the level of smoke involved here.

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

Bottled 9/23/12

A: Deep black in the glass but dark brown/ruby red when held up to light. Huge, fluffy, frothy, medium-brown head. Soft and inviting. Decent lace and a bit of retention.

S: Hop presence is strong, making this smell more like a Black Ale or Black IPA, rather than an American Porter. But plenty of freshly roasted malt and coffee to balance it out. Hops are fantastic. Give the glass a swirl and you get fresh fruit, resin, and cedar.

T: It's Maine Beer Co., so...outstanding, of course. For the style? One of the best. The flavors are fresh, robust, and delicious. Roasted malt it there throughout but slightly fruity hops come through in the middle while chocolate and coffee round out the finish with hints of wood. A joy to drink.

M: No metallic, cloying, or lactose flavors like I find in a lot of Porters. Great flavor from start to finish and from first sip to last. Roasted malt, roasted coffee, and very dark chocolate cling to your palate. Body and carbonation are perfect. Goes down way too easily.

O: What can I say? While MBC sure knows how to make the lighter side of ales, they also know how to make the dark ones. Mean Old Tom is damn good, too. This beer is phenomenal. If you see this, you must try it out.

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Photo of BobZ
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Dark brown with a 1/2” head that quickly recedes to thin ring. Decent lacing.

Smell: Provides a nice change from the expected as you immediately notice some piney hops over a coffee heavy roasted malt aroma.

Taste: The hops manage to remain bringing some piney bitterness as the roasted malt really manifest itself as coffee dominant, there is very little chocolate. A nice overall balance albeit a little heavy on the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very well carbonated, clean on the finish.

Overall: A nice change from the everyday porter as the hoppy flavor brings an interesting variant. One to seek out for those who love hop forward porters.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a big thick rocky tan head. A topping off of the pint gives me enough of a head, even with a slow pour, and results in some thick foam rings clinging to the glass. This deserves a higher rating. This is pretty beer.

Deep roasted malt aroma. Some french roast coffee, and a hint of sweetness (perfume? Vanilla? Not sure -- faint).

Deep rich beer. Lots of bitter charred and dark roasted flavors. Some herbal hoppy notes, which don't seem as so severe as the beer opens up in the glass (I think this stays the same, it is just the other characteristics that develop). The alcohol is there, in both flavor and punch. Palate clears to charred bitterness. There is a slight acidic/very slight sour note in here too. Not sure if I could pick this out as porter in a blind test.

Medium to medium-full bodied. A little acid bite. Some tingly carbonation that keeps the flavors moving. This is thinner than stout, and has a little loose edge to it, but there is still some body.

This is a strong porter, in both intensity of flavor and alcohol. I think one at a sitting is plenty, and I'm positive that if this were available on tap for me, I'd have difficulty returning for a second. This is rich and flavorful but fairly intense. Like all of MBC's beers, this is a good one. However, it will be one that conflicts individual tastes and perceptions of what a style should be. Very worthy of trying, and very tasty. Go into this one with an open mind and you will be rewarded.

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Photo of Thads324
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with solid, unmovable head. Great lacing in webs down all sides of the glass. Head dissipates quickly.
Deep aromas of chocolate, hints of coffee with cream, a hint of alcohol. An undertone of whole wheat bread and some faint leather straps.
Starts with good roasted malt character and less chocolate than the nose. Lots of alcohol in the middle. Not really any discernible hop flavors or aromas, but the beer is well balanced in that regard. A watery finish with more alcohol burn.
Mouthfeel is very nice. Smooth, full bodied, creamy, great.

A pretty good brew, but a lot of booze flavor. Would've liked to age it longer I guess. Dissipointing finish that is oddly watery however. The nose on this beer is outstanding.

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Photo of Brad007
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sith black with a frothy brown head. Lacing. The works. Yep, it's a porter alright! Seductive.

Smooth with cocoa notes and a touch of roasted malt as well. Soft, creamy texture is apparent in nose. Will it carry over to tongue?

Indeed it does. Good mix of cocoa/roasted malt upfront. Simple. Tasty. It baffles me as to why breweries feel the need to create hoppy black ales when the template has been around for decades thanks to our UK friends.

Lingering cocoa/roasted malt make up the mouthfeel. Carbonation is a put-off as it's too high to truly appreciate the "creaminess".

A porter lover may appreciate this and even though it is a solid offering, it's not one I would drink more than once due to the carbonation.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a dark cola brown with about an inch of creamy light tan head. Nice soapy lace.

Roasted malts on the aroma with hints of a mild roast coffee. Bitter notes round this out. The pallet has notes of rich coffee and some bittersweet cocoa in the finish. Seems to have a bit of a dark fruit character lingering.

The body is medium with soft carbonation. Overall this one is swell. Real enjoyable beer for them to add to their portfolio.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. Bottling date is 9/23/12, it's very fresh at only 17 days from that time.

A: Pours black with a towering rocky brown head. Retention is awesome, the head doesn't budge an inch. Thick collars of lacing forcefully cling to the glass. It looks as though a power washer wouldn't be able to remove them.

S: French roast, hot chocolate mix, fudge, milk chocolate, malted milk balls. Slightly earthy and yeasty, a touch woody. Hint of char and smoke. Earthy hop scents, broken pine needles. Very slight hint of vague darkfruit. Highly aromatic.

T: Lots of char and smoke at the outset. Very acrid. Slight woodiness. Lots of roast. Black coffee. Black cocoa powder and bitter dark chocolate. Gentle touch of vanilla at the center of all this. Slight acidic twang with a hint of tart darkfruit. Hops are very earthy. Bakers chocolate, black cocoa powder, and smoke with a very slight earthy and oily hop presence in the finish.

M: Moderately thick body. Full, silky, and slightly chewy. Little to no carbonation. Slight astringency. It's a little flat, and could definitely benefit from a bit more carbonation.

O: This porter will put hair on your chest. It's rough around the edges, and not for the faint of palate. The dominant acrid malt tastes and lack of carbonation do hinder drinkability a bit, but not to the point that it makes the experience unenjoyable. A minor tweak here and there and I can really see this beer coming into its own.

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Photo of AutumnBeerLove
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just picked this up a few days ago, the day it came out from what I hear. Opened and shared with BA Mielbeer Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pair of snifters after it sat at room temp for about 20 minutes.

A: Motor oil black in color, and poured a 2 finger thick head. A very nice tan appearance on the head. The lacing is also a great sight. A light brown that covers the side of the glass.

Smell: It smells much more hoppy than expected, almost like a black IPA. Also scents of caramel, chocolate, and something else intense I can't quite pinpoint.

Taste: Hoppy, carbonated, and a nice chocolate taste that hits the back of the throat.

M: Carbonated and bubbly. Not much of a lingering aftertaste.

O: A very good porter, and I'll be interested to see how one holds up after about six months.

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

I highly anticipate any new offering from MBC, so I was excited to hear about King Titus - an ale for an ape. Just from the pour you can tell this is going to be a big porter - deep and near black, hearty looking with a thick beige head. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy up front, juicy, but giving way to a nice woodsy char and roasty chocolate notes. Flavor follows suit - this is really hoppy for a porter, almost borderline black IPA you could say, piney fruity and resinous, but eventually folding to that deep maltyness. The word "robust" is often associated with porters and I think it fits well here - chocolate, nutty, bitter finish yet supple, and a nice rich leathery smoothness. Really a nice beer - kind of an oddball for the style, which is kind of an in-betweener itself, but I think that's part of the charm of this unique beer. Another great effort from the guys at Maine Beer Company - cheers!

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Photo of Beericjb
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a snifter.

A: Pretty much black, or very dark brown. A 2 finger tan head, which recedes to a nice film with good lacing.
S: I get a bit of chocolate and a hint of coffee in the aroma. Not the strongest aroma, but smells great.
T: Nice and malty. I get lots of chocolate, a bit of coffee, and a good amount of roasted goodness.
M: Very creamy and not overly carbonated. Pretty perfect in my opinion.
O: This porter is exceptional. Probably this and Founders Porter are the best I have had. I would 100% recommend for those who like dark beers. Another amazing beer from Main Beer Company.

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

Poured from bottle into KtG snifter. Allowed to warm a bit before pouring.

Appearance- Dark, essentially black color. Light tan head. Decent retention, settles into a nice halo.

Smell- Not ideal smelling conditions (edit- or maybe just not a strong aroma judging from other reviews), but I get a bit of roast coffee, milk chocolate, bitter cocoa and hops,

Taste- This is how I love my porters to taste. Flavor profile starts roasted and malty and finishes with a sticky, sweet chocolate. Very much to my imaginary flavor standards for porters. Not much else going on...a little bit of hops and bitterness, but definitely in the background to the primary flavors. No alcohol present whatsoever.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, just a bit lighter than I would have hoped for. Carbonation level is fine.

Overall- I could definitely drink a few of these in a session. It's a little sweet, but not enough to be a detriment. Definitely the best non-hoppy beer I've had from MBC yet.

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

Poured from a 1 pt 9 oz bottle into a duvel glass

A: pours black with a very nice finger of delicious mocha looking head that dissapates nicley to a light film, some light spots of lacing.

S: smells malty, with light hints of chocolate and coffee, also a nice touch of hops in there as well, I get a minor hint of pine. It is a nice nose, but a bit on the mild side.

T: much better then the aroma, nice chocolatyness and a touch of smoke and roasty coffee, a slight touch of bitter pine from the hops on the finish, very well rounded, and very tasty. Much better then mean old Tom IMO. Really love the choice of hops here, I feel like they really tie the whole thing together and make this as delicious as it is.

M: nice and creamy with a dry finish, this has low moderate carbonation and is very drinkable, not watery like mean old Tom, very nice.

O: this is a damn good porter, that is packed with flavor and drinkability, beautiful use of hops to compliment the malts, really enjoyed this and would recommend it to any porter fan.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love MBC brews. So excited to see this new one on the shelves. PT sized bottle, 09/23/12...

A: Looks absolutely delicious! A deep dark brown with some minor deep red highlights. A super thick 2+ inch tan colored head that fades at a decent pace. Perfect!

S: I get some roasty coffee and chocolate upfront. This is followed by some mild toffee and vanilla notes. Decent.

T: I get a watery smokiness upfront slowly beaten by a slight carbonation and a roasty coffee bean wall. A mild oaky backend. Very smooth. Good.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation! A roasty finish! Good.

O: All in all, this is a good beer, not great. I tell you, it seems MBC does hoppy beer amazingly well, but malty beer, so far, does not seem to be their specialty. Do not get me wrong, this is a good porter, just not a great porter. Much better than their stout offering, Mean Old Tom. If you have a thing for Porter, than definitely try this one. If you've never tried anything from MBC before, do not go for this first! Go for Lunch, Peeper, or Zoe.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle labeled 092312

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers worth of brown head that stays around for a very long while and leaves great lacing. Don't see any porter looking better than this. I'm not sure if it's even possible

S: Big roasty malts with hints of bitter dark chocolate and coffee. Slight dark fruit towards the back, as well as a light, ester-y alcohol

T: Follows the nose. Very roasty, with charred characteristics and the dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits. The dark fruit aspect stands out more here than in the nose. Alcohol is hidden behind the wall of darkness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth

O: MBC does it again. This time with a dark beer. Their mean old tom doesn't hold a candle to this beer (even though that is an Irish dry stout, but still). Layers of flavor and a near-full body make this a great example of the style and one that isn't topped by many pure, standard porters. The price point is right around the MBC average, which is a bit high compared to some others, but the quality is right there too. What a beer!

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

I picked this bottle up today. The beer was released earlier this week. It is dated 09/23/12, with an additional 01, which I assume is the batch number. I'm pouring this beer into my MBC flute.

The beer has a big, cascading head of brown foam. It actually appears to have a darker color near the bottom of the head. The body is an opaque, dark brown liquid. A fairly even coat of lace is left behind.

The nose has lots of good, roasty malt aromas. Some citrus hops are also present that mix well with the malts. I like how this beer smells.

This beer, smooth, roasty and warming—exactly what I want in a porter on a rainy fall night. Hints of chocolate, roasted malts, and licorice can all be tasted. The flavor also has an overall earthy, root-like quality. Although the beer has a warming quality, I would say that the alcohol is fairly well hidden.

This is a full bodied beer with average carbonation. It doesn't leave any sticky residue, which is very nice. The only coating in my mouth maintains a good mix of the beer's flavors.

I am enjoying this beer. MBC has another winner on their hands.

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