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.