Monday, August 11, 2014

Maine Beer King Titus


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1148) - Albany, New York, 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. 
Grade: 10/10