King Titus (Maine Beer Company)

Style: American Porter

7.5% ABV

Color – Dark Chocolate

O.G. – 1.078

Malt – American 2-Row, Caramel 40L, Caramel 80L, Munich 10L, Chocolate, Roasted Wheat, Flaked Oats

Hops – Centennial, Columbus

Bottled On: 10/27/12

Batch #2

Brewer’s Notes:

“Our take on an American robust porter.  Dark, thick, chewy, chocolaty, and of course, generously hopped.”

“Titus was a wonderful bold silverback gorilla that led with his heart.  The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund studies and protects these magnificent animals in the Virunga Volcano Mountains in Rwanda.  Maine Beer Company proudly supports their efforts.  You can learn more about this excellent organization at www.gorillafund.org.  Do what’s right.  If you have a little then give a little.”

In true Maine Beer Company style, this bottle is bare bones white and beautiful.  The barley grass symbol for the company looks like it’s been cleaned up a little since previous bottles, which is also nice.  The fonts are all great and uncluttered, though the beer title kind of looks like it is the Papyrus font which loses the bottle some points.  The beer title’s font color is also a little off in comparison with the rest of the bottle as it is the only splash of color, but really is not exciting enough to standout.  I actually didn’t realize that the text was colored red until I shined a light on it…  I do love the simple cap design that the Maine Beer Company is now using as it is still very similar to the plain silver caps they were using, but now has a little MBC flair.  On the tiny graphic of this bottle, though, I think the label loses some of that simplicity that makes Maine Beer Company labels so starkly beautiful.  The graphic is literally a tiny square photo of the gorilla, Titus, but is so real and detailed in glaring contrast with the rest of the bottle that it seems sloppy, like they just threw it together using MS paint.  The fact that they made the photo black and white helps, but it still just feels a little off in comparison with the rest of the bottle.  As always, I love the environmentally friendly and conscious theme of the MBC, and I like how proceeds from this beer will go to support the Dian Fussey Gorilla Fund.  I love all Maine Beer Company bottles, and I will be keeping this one to further my collection, but I don’t know if it’s worth a shelf space on its own.  I would scrapbook this label, but I would really have to think about it before placing it alone on my shelf.

This particular bottle of beer is nicely 1-2 weeks fresh and I have high hopes going into it.  The beer pours a lovely brown black with a thick coffee-ice-cream-colored head on top with big rocky bubbles that slowly shore up into a finely compacted unit, leaving behind thick sticky rings and slabs of lacing.  This beer smells roasty with a smooth, creamy smell that reminds me of a milk stout’s lactic sugars.  There is also a nice strong nutty smell in there reminiscent of a hazelnuts and pecans, and as it warms up slight alcohol spice can be smelt.

The beer tastes like a pleasant blend of a nutty brown ale and a roasty stout, which is just fine by me.  It begins with creamy notes that still remind me of the lactic sugars in a milk stout, before opening up into medium roasted malt notes, which are quite quickly melded with big nutty flavors with a slight grapefruit and pine sitting in the back of the flavor and resonating more in the aftertaste alongside the pleasant roasty coffee lingering.  The aftertaste also occasionally steps into nougat bar flavoring for me, especially right after the beer has left the mouth, which is really quite pleasant and tasty.  This beer feels smooth, velvety, and creamy on the tongue, with little to no hint of carbonation.  It sits a little thin in the mouth, but this makes it all the easier to drink, and it more than makes up for being thin with flavor and pleasant texture.  The beer leaves the mouth slightly sticky-dry with some saliva on the fringes, and thin ichor of stickiness coating the mouth.  Overall, this is a superb porter, and another great offering from the Maine Beer Company.  Is this my favorite from them, though?  Probably not, as that place is still reserved for Zoe, but it holds its own beside Mean Old Tom and even Lunch.  This beer is more than worthy of a try.

4.03/5

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