avebber (1) - - OCT 30, 2013 does not count
It vaz ze greatest beer in all ze vorld! A perfect American porter. Unbelievably good aroma. Taste is only slightly earthy with a fantastic chocolate finish. Cybercat (5840) - Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Pours deep, warm sable with a nice light tan head. Rich aroma has roast coffee, chocolate, toasty malt, molasses, even licorice tones. Flavor starts with roast malt and adds quality coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, licorice, and even shy hoppy notes to a bold and indeed regal mix. Firm texture has fizz to spare. Fit for a king! JDBaker11058 (2220) - Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Appearance: near-black, with two fingers of thick, creamy, dense, rocky tan head that lasted forever and left rich swathes of cotton-candy lace everywhere. Aroma: BOOM! Bitter dark chocolate, fresh pine, espresso, mint, earth, and hope. Taste: bittersweet cocoa powder, with resinous, chalky-dry hops, café mocha, roasted coffee beans, and a hint of toasted black bread, with just a whisper of a lactic tang/acidity. Finish: smooth and nicely dry, with lingering dark chocolate and piney hops vying for attention. Notes: I’ve been on a major porter kick over the last few weeks, and darned if this is isn’t the greatest porter I’ve ever had. Big, rich, chocolatey, and bittersweet, with a chewy but not overpowering palate. Hops all over the place, but they add just the right amount of aroma and bitter character without overpowering or making it a hop-bomb. I would drink this every darn day. Phenomenal. Hope I can find more.
Braudog (6717) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2013
Bottle. Amazing pour ... midnight black, giant, rolling foam head of tan. The aroma is thick and chocolate-laden. This drinks with a big-time mouthfeel, full of ashy chocolate. There’s even a bit of oat-like weight and meaty flavors. This is an amazing porter, definitely worth its props on this site! (#5243, 9/4/2013) mcclainc50 (217) - New York, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Pours nearly black with a thick heavy head leaving heavy lacing. Aromas of coffee and some berry sweetness. Flavors of very dark chocolate and slight coffee tint. Excellent beer, very easy to drink.
taestee (52) - USA - OCT 16, 2013
Wow. This is like drinking chocolate milk with alcohol. Beware the massive fluffy tan head that will form no matter what you do. Aroma is of coffee as is taste. Lots of dark chocolate also. Incredibly complex. Really freaking good beer. drill111 (2) - West Lawn, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2015 does not count
Temp: Around 55-60 degrees
Excellent appearance head and aroma
Solid consistent flavor throughout - no negative aftertaste
Wonderful Porter not that I would expect anything less from Maine Beer.
MaBeer1972 (2063) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Bottle from Julios. Pours out a very dark brown color. Thick, foamy tan head. Complex, malty aromas. Flavor is superbly balanced. Lots of layers of chocolate, slight bit of vanilla with a nice bitterness on the backside. Super smooth. Velvety and not fizzy. Goes down like a glass of chocolate milk! I am not a big stout and porter fan, but this is top notch! Goodgrief (2028) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUL 14, 2014
These Maine Beer guys know what they’re doing. Black pour with some froth and pretty good lacing. Aroma of cocoa, nuts and roast. Chewy mouthfeel. You need molars for this stuff. Rich flavor...cocoa, chocolate, nuts, fig. Sweet but balanced on the hops. This stuff is awesome. ChadPolenz (1821) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2014
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: There’s a certain je na sais quois quality to the Robust Porter style, and Maine Beer Company’s “King Titus” not only has that quality, but seems to exemplify it. I’ve had many beers in the style before, but this just might the best. It’s 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 there’s 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 that’s 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, it’s 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. There’s calmness to the body, though it’s in no way flat. The silky smooth texture makes it almost ridiculously easy to get down. At 7.5% ABV it’s the best of both worlds: the robustness of a big, beefy brew but without any obese, boozy qualities.