UXO (398) - CANADA - AUG 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours nearly jet black with only the merest hint of cola brown around the periphery, three finger pillowy tan head, and moderate to heavy chunky lacing. Nose is cocoa, coffee, candi sugar, faint vanilla, and a sharp top note, orange peel or burnt almond. Taste is milder than expected, mellow dark espresso, brown sugar, molasses, milk chocolate. Medium chewy body, low carbonation, and a lingering bitter finish thatís both dry and sticky.
Well, I always say Porters arenít my favourite style, but this one mounts a pretty decent challenge to that position. Nice complexity on the nose and tongue, restrained but sufficient hop bittering, just enough sweetness to temper the dark roasted coffee/chocolate tones, and enough body to carry it off. The moderately high ABV is also integrated very nicely, and is barely noticeable as a mild warming. That being said, Iím not entirely sold on the sharpness in the nose, and wonder if this could use some cellar time to mellow - notwithstanding the bottle recommendation to drink within 90 days of bottling. (Seriously? A near-imperial porter that youíre supposed to drink fresh? Whatís that about?)
AgentAle (786) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is rich malt, chocolate, mocha, and a slight floral hop character. Taste is rich roasty malts, mocha rich and finishes with a slight bitterness with light tang and earthiness.
pivo (2585) - GERMANY - AUG 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque dark brown with a low creamy head like cafe creme. Alcohol in the nose with big jolts of licorice. Thin body. Watery almost. Late bitter end like an espresso. Smoke and roasted after taste.
YogiBeera (2493) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark umber color, small lacy head, wonderful caramel chocolate fudge nose. Surprisingly thin but silky chocolate coffee light alcohol taste. Light bitterness.
emacgee (4136) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black pour with a two finger creamy tan head. Very nice aroma with lots of coffee and a sweet roast with chocolate notes. Kind if chalky and vitaminy, water adjustment problem? Nice roast .
Nate (3778) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Roasted barley, roasted coffee, cocoa, light bitter note with some carbonic gaseousness. Caramel. Dark black opaque with foamy-rocky tan lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. starts with rich malt, roasted barley, coffee, caramel, molasses. Carbonic acidity, nice hop bitterness, sugar tang. Roasted bitter finish with lingering roasted notes in the after.
williamstome (973) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, small brown head. Aroma is chocolate oak and alcohol. Flavor is very rich dark chocolate and espresso. Velvety rich palate. Wow.
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, bubbly head, lots of chocolatey fudge, fairly big aroma. Very full-bodied, complex character.
MrFecesious (1091) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very dark brown/almost black, and a big frothy tan cap. Aroma of earth, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, candied sugar. Taste is a great balance of sweet and bitter. Chewy and a gentle, long bitterness.
Chad9976 (1242) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass. I was bottled on 7/22/14 and cost $6 ($0.36 per ounce).
Appearance: Opaque midnight black body. Pours to a huge, dark tan, frothy head which laces and retains extremely well.
Smell: Fairly typical porter aroma of dark malt with significant sweetness. A hint of dairy.
Taste: Thereís a certain je na sais quois quality to the Robust Porter style, and Maine Beer Companyís ďKing TitusĒ not only has that quality, but seems to exemplify it. Iíve had many beers in the style before, but this just might the best. Itís got everything a great porter should have: plenty of dark malt character and sweetness with some roasted barley flavor along with significant, but restrained, hop bitterness.
Right away thereís a deep sensation of dark malty wort; milk chocolate, oats, a hint of black cherry. The flaked oats are quite noticeable here, and probably account for the milk chocolate flavors, and give it a light sweetness thatís not cloying. Hops are quite strong as well. A dry bitterness that rides shotgun from beginning to end, but really makes itself known right on the finish. A delicious combination of slight herbal/earthy hop flavor and bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt. In fact, itís probably a little overly-hopped for the style, but Maine Beer seems to like their brews that way. The result is a versatile palette that works great as a standalone beverage, with a savory meal, or with (or as) dessert.
Drinkability: As delicious as the taste is here, what really seals the deal is the drinkability. The mouthfeel is thick, but not sticky or cloying. Thereís calmness to the body, though itís in no way flat. The silky smooth texture makes it almost ridiculously easy to get down. At 7.5% ABV itís the best of both worlds: the robustness of a big, beefy brew but without any obese, boozy qualities.