Tasting: January 31, 2013
My last post was about Avery’s “Dictator Series” and that gives me a great segway to this beer called King Titus. Although we can describe kings and dictators as being beastly — King Titus really was a truly a savage beast — gorilla that is. Titus was studied and named by famed zoologist Dian Fossey as she documented his rise to power in eastern Africa. Titus lived until age 35 and he sired more gorillas than any on record. Why name a beer after a gorilla? Well, Maine Beer Company returns 1% of their profits to environmental non-profits and they include Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund as one of their benefactors.
This is another installation of the new wave of robust porter. It comes in at 7.5% ABV and the Maine Beer website describes it as dark, thick, chewy, chocolatey and generously hopped. Aroma as I’m pouring this is citrus and roasted grains – very interesting. My first sip and I can see why. When they say generously hopped, they mean generously hopped. It reminds me more of a Black IPA than a porter. Amazingly complex and quite enjoyable. Citrus and roasted flavored nicely balanced. I don’t get the chocolate they speak of…but before I know it, the 16 ounce bottle is gone. Any criticism would be minute – a tad demure, and not as lush as they report. But all-in-all, this is another winner from Maine Beer – 90 points.