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King Titus | Maine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
mainebeercompany.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,626
Reviews:
272
Ratings:
1,445
pDev:
8.21%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,445 |  Reviews: 272
Photo of jjboesen
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Apparently, this bottle-conditioned porter is named after a gorilla (though, I am unaware that gorillas are native to the State of Maine). The intial pour results in a glass of beige foam; it slowly subsides into an impervious tar-color liquid. Once settled, there remains an inch of vanilla atop, forming a chunky crown of froth.

There is a subtle nose of vanilla and plum with mocking whiffs of cocoa. The palate is tickled by a semi-sweet malt basting with minimal hop undertones. There is some dusty chalk bites in the mouthfeel; these diminish in a dry fade.

A pleasant quaff for man or monkey. Now get your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!

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Photo of ddedhed
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of rawfish
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Mises85
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

had this dated 51314 in a tulip at around 45-50 degrees

Appearance: pitch black with 2.5 finger head. beautiful lacing that dissipates as you drink.

Smell; dark chocolate, coffee (instant to me), pepper, black malt, oil.

Taste: thin, coffee, 50% cacao chocolate, toast, nuts.

Mouthfeel: not as much carbonation as I had expected although good mouthfeel.

Overall: while the beer is a solid beer, this is my least favorite of the beers in the MBC lineup.

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Photo of Madoog_Filesion
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ralerwen
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of kkdowning
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of wordemupg
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 15/6/14

A black with a deep cola edge, a big loose mocha head quickly falls to a finger and then sticks around for ages leaving partial rings deep down the glass

S coco powder, lots of char, bakers chocolate, faint licorice, the hops manage to shine through all the dark malt with a hint of citrus and spruce,

T more char, some burnt coffee comes through, still has a fair amount of hops for a beer with this much dark malt, lots of chocolate, great mix of dark and green stuff, no complaints here it tastes amazing

M leaning towards full, silky entry and creams up, bitter, just a little sticky on the lips, char with a hint of citrus lingers on the finish

O great use of hops in a dark beer, not lacking anywhere and worth looking for for sure

I didn't want to like this beer as much as I did, its just not fair that everything I've had from these guys so far has been awesome. I find it odd they put a BB date of 90 days on a strong porter but I guess the hops do play a major role.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of vissai
3/5  rDev -27.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep brown with an ample tan head. Great retention.

Smell - Nutty aroma. Some coffee roasted malts. Some hops. Caramel.

Taste - Very nutty. Immediate coffee bitterness. Some vanilla up front, but it becomes very acrid and bitter.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Bitter and ashy. Kinda unpleasant.

Overall - It tastes pretty good up front, but the finish detracts. A lot of brown ale aspects with an intense burnt malt flavor in the back.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of alexbutler
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice, milk chocolatey head from the bottle over a thick, pitch black porter. Very nice looking, almost timeless pour. Classic dark look.

S - Very creamy aroma of coffee and dark malts, a very thick smell if there ever was one.

T - Very brief note of hops, while a creamy coffee flavor takes over the palette. Chocolatey, but nothing over the top. Nothing too smoky, though a hint of bacon in there, which adds to the fullness. Really tasty.

M - Full bodied porter right here. It's got a thickness that hangs on your tongue, and I've used the term creamy about eighteen times already, so I think you get the point. It's good.

O - I'm a huge fan of Maine Beer Comapany, not necessarily the prices. This is a porter I would highly recommend to anyone. Cheers to King Titus, the silverback gorilla of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund... may he rest knowing he inspired this truly outrageous porter.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Even their porter falls under the 'drink within 90 days' maxim? How hoppy is this gonna be?

This beer pours a solid, near abyssal black, with a faint basal brown cola band, and three flabby fingers of puffy, ebulliently foamy, and silken tan head, which leaves some chunky webbed lightning lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet biscuity, slightly toasted caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate wafers, nutty Italian coffee, a soft lactic sourness, and a decent blend of citrusy, leafy, and grassy hops. The taste is grainy, bready caramel malt, baker's chocolate, crackery toffee, mildly off cafe-au-lait, a bit of meaty roast, ethereal black licorice, and some faded earthy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are fairly soft, but supportive enough in their bearing, the body kind of on the light side of medium weight for the style, and mostly smooth, a sharpness arising as it warms - hard to tell if its origins are in the hops or booze. It finishes off-dry, the cocoa notes still up for a few more rounds, the caramel and coffee stumbling along, and the dryness from unseen hop, and slowly more visible alcohol on the upswing.

A pretty well-rounded, heady, and enjoyable American porter, the sweetness sublimated just enough to keep things on an even keel. I'm not quite sure where the freshness in such an offering comes into play - perhaps the hops that do their good work here behind the scenes, when too old, become overtly unpleasant and unworkable? Maybe, whatever, this is very drinkable right now, as urged, even with the 15-proof booze.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of avalon07
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a massive, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of chocolate, malt, and some light coffee notes.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, chocolate, a little coffee, a burnt quality, and hops in the finish. A very focused, well balanced flavor. No one ingredient is overpowering, allowing for a good drinking experience.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a dry, bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Like Maine's other beers, King Titus is a well made and tasty beer. Very much drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

King Titus from Maine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,445 ratings
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