Bully! Porter - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Bully! PorterBully! Porter

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very good

1,067 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,067
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 45
Gots: 78 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2001

The intense flavors of dark-roasted malt in Boulevard’s rendition of the classic English porter are perfectly balanced by a generous and complex hop character. Bully! Porter’s robust nature makes it the ideal companion to a variety of foods, from seafood to chocolate.

49 IBU
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Ratings: 1,067 | Reviews: 519
Reviews by DocTheDJ:
Photo of DocTheDJ
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bully Porter. Short brown bottle.

*Dark molasses brown, non-transparent, fairly nice head and retention (even though I poured and drank it quite cold). Okay lacing even when cold!

*Very rich roasted chocolaty-cocoa scent a bit smokey, a bit burnt? And a bit of rich coffee smeill? Some type of berry tone that matches nicely.
Quite intense and invigorating!

*The taste is quite rich and powerful and I am not sure on the bitterness (since the taste is quite powerful) but I do feel it teamed up alright with the other flavors. Tasted like it smelt with the roasted/smokey flavoring coming out more as it makes its way down. Has a nice brown-sugar/molasses and caramel taste to it as well, the sweetness level was quite nice and not overpowering (hint of berries?). A fairly dry mouth feel which seemed to match everything else in this beer. Enjoyed the aftertaste as well - still want more!

*Was a bit thick, even when cold, and I would have to at least categorize it as Medium bodied and surely smooth. A small bit creamy but not as much as I thought it might be.

· I have never tried a porter before this one and I think I found an all right starting point as a newcomer to this style. Or perhaps even a Keep it In Stock beer esp. in the winter. Pu...ssshsht... Yes I did just open another, thank you I will have another!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to fellow Buffalo BA orfeu for this bottle I opened right after I walked in the door,poured a deep brown almost black with a big blooming tannish colored head that took its time settling slowly.Raw earthy aromas really stick out here slight woodiness and light coffee notes,as like the nose I fownd it somewhat reaw and earthy with woody,unsweetened chocolate and cola notes,a pretty abrupt finish to it the flavors dont linger much.A decent porter I have had better but its drinkable.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very dark ruby porter with a healthy dingy canvas colored head that leaves a thick lacing. The nose is great. Whisps of floral hops drift over a big coacoa scent.

The taste does not disappoint. Starts metallic and then goes creamy with earthy flavors supporting herbal hop flavor. The beer has a good dark cola character and is bready at times. There is an underlying chcolate flavor throughout that comes out strongest in the aftertaste. Every now and then there is a taste of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Some might like that but I think porters should be a bit thinner. I could drink gallons of this none the less.

Photo of skybluewater
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, with ruby-red highlights. Nice, slowly receding head doesn't leave much lace. Smells of chocolate and a bit of coffee, perhaps a little raisin. Taste is quite nice, a touch of coffee, a little chocolate, but especially dark fruits, such as raisins.

Pretty good porter here, although I prefer Summit's and Sierra Nevada's. I've seen this one for a while now and never grabbed it. I'm glad I did, because it's good, but in the future, I'll stick with those other two...

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the stubby brown bottle a nice charcoal black with a volumious khaki frappe head on top. Only a sliver of light penetration. Sticky lacing...enticing. Aromas of charred, roasted grains entangled with cocoa powder and a drop of vanilla extract. Sticky, herbal hops arouse the senses as well. Nuanced and refined with a wonderful head that lingers on.

First sip arrives with a lavish charred, burnt dark malt. Wisps of smoke meander in and out on the palate. Unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla, timid ground coffee. Hints of dry, grainy chalkiness smack the roof of the mouth. Lingering with a toasty herbal hop presence on the finish. A robust and tasty porter that doesn't let me down.

Expansive carbonation works well with the chewy malt body. Near perfect porter consistency. Satisfying and easy to consume. A bit drier and more robust than many other porters, but it suits it well. Wouldn't mind a few more of these right now. Thanks go out to fellow BA babydoc for the chance to try this one.

Photo of blitz134
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark for a porter, approaching pitch black, but has some reddish highlights coming through. Nice tan head, full inch thick that reduced to a quarter inch of dense foam. A thick coating of lacing covers the glass.

Rich dark chocolate prevades the nostrils, a bit of sweetness comes through. Simple aroma, but its quite strong.

Taste is bittersweet chocolate with some coffee hints. Again quite good. Simple but good.

Decent mouthfeel, maybe a touch thin. Okay carbonation levels, adds some crispness.

Really good drinkability. Nice aroma and flavor makes this one easy to put back. Sits light on the stomach. I could have several.

Photo of Beaver13
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a huge creamy tan head that had great retention and lots of lacing.

The aroma was figs, sweet chocolate and light hops.

The flavor was slightly sweet chocolate malts, figs, and coffee with a light bitter finish. A well balanced beer. The mouthfeel was creamy and velvety (carbonation just right) with a medium to thin body.

Overall, a very fine porter.

Photo of Jason
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz short brown bottle with a twist off cap, no freshness date.

Appearance: The head is quick to foam but slow to dissipate, some stickage is noted. Nearly pitch black in colour.

Smell: Faint black currant fruitiness, mild yeast, soft charcoal and espresso in the nose. Nice aromatics.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Nice level of hops, the herbal bitterness does not go overboard within the sturdy base of malt. Roasted flavours are uniform with highly roasted coffee, dark chocolate and burnt grain flavours. Ghost like fruitiness of black currants and elder berries. Finishes clean and semi-dry with some faint esters in the back.

Notes: A notch or two above the normal run of porters, a sure fine pick for beer drinkers in the Central Part of the US.

Photo of tjthresh
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Best by 10/30/05. Dark brown with garnet highlights. Thick tan head with some lacing. Mediun roast coffee, burnt brown sugar, american hops. Bitterness all around. In the hops and malts. Awful lot of carbonation. One of BLVD’s best brews.

Photo of merlin48
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Last bottle from a sampler box, this one pours a gorgeous dark chestnut body with a tall cocoa head. Retention is excellent and there is an abundance of sticky lace left on the pint glass. Aroma is a bit understated but teases with milk chocolate and a berry fruitiness. Medium body has a tad too much carbonation. Taste begins with some bitter roasted notes, followed by a wave of dark chocolate and subtle hops. A hint of dark berry underneath. A very enjoyable and highly drinkable American porter.

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: roasted malt, cocoa, and BOSCO

Taste: roasted and toasted malt, earthy hoppiness, leather, dark chocolate, and slight tobacco

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, high carbonation, sweet a semi-dry bitter end

Overall: a nice and full porter. Slightly above average of the rest, but nothing I would go out of my way for unlike several of Boulevard's other offerings.

Photo of Mora2000
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate with a little roasted malt mixed in. This is one of the most chocolate-forward porters I have tried.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a ton of chocolate with some roasted malt and coffee also mixed in. I also get a little bit of bitterness from the hops, but I can't really notice any hop flavor.

Creamy, medium mouthfeel and a high, prickly carbonation. The high carbonation is my only complaint.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. squat amber bottle. Best by 6/19/04...uh-oh.

Poured a very dark brown in color, allowing light to pass only at the edges. Quite thick and long-lasting tan-colored head laces nicely. Flavors are roasted malt, cark chcocolate, even some dark fruit. Flavor is roasted coffee, toasted malt, and some earthy bitterness. Finishes almost like a dry stout, with a low level of chocolate and lots of dry bitterness. Good mouthfeel, just the right level of carbonation. A very smooth and well-balanced porter.

Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Extremely dark brown with moderate tan head and slight lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, dark chocolate and bitter coffee.

Taste: Strong roasted malt dominates, with some coffee and dark chocolate. Turns somewhat bitter at the end due to both the heavily roasted malt and English hops.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, medium body. Smooth but also a little chalky. Very dry finish.

Drinkability: Overall, a more than solid example of the style even if nothing truly stands out and grabs your attention.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light black/dark brown with a smallish light tan head. Nice sheet of lacing. Smells nice and coffee like. Taste wise it starts of rather chocolaty with a nice sweetness to it. Coffe takes over and rules the day. Finishes with a mild lingering bitterness. Moderate mouthfeel and nicely drinkable. Solid porter.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours brown, no freshness date, not too viscous. Toffee aroma.

A little more hops than expected, Boulevard isn't usually aggro (not that this is) so the crispness and bitterness were nice additions, even if they didn't necessarily meld with the chocolate malt. This had a lot of aspects of a brown ale moreso than my favorite porters. Looked bigger than it was, the bitterness was just not helpful. The mouthfeel could have been more enjoyable, weird aftertaste from the bitterness defied description.

Boulevard beers are usually nicely priced, so that helps.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best By 10/19/09.
Poured into a pint glass black with a tan one finger head. Smells of roasted malt, but it's not all that strong. The first taste has a hint of smoked flavor. Not much malted sweetness really. There's a bit of a hop bite at the end of the pallate that is actually too much I think. Not very well balanced. I'd like more smoke malted flavor to catch up to the hops. The carbonation is also a little high for a Porter. This is a ok session Porter, but that's about it.

Photo of MOShepp
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown to almost black. Big, dense tan head with good lacing.

Coffee, cocoa, slight roasted hazel nut and a chared wood aroma.

Chared wood followed by coffee with a crisp finish. A little on the light side as far as body goes.

Not bad, porter is not my favorite, but this is worth the try if you love this style.

Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Boulevard continues its invasion of Minnesota -- first, kegs, now, bottles...sixers come in nice boxes like Summit beers once did...

Very dark brown, slight light transmission at the bottom of the glass. Bright ochre-colored 1/2 inch head that's pillowy and retains extremely well. Nice lace as well. Slightly oily mink oil aroma, similar to a Sierra Nevada Stout. Lighter bodied than the color suggests, slighlty malty, light coffee, and more than average carbonation. Respectably hopped, but less peppery than a Summit Great Northern. All in all, not a bad entry, more gutsy than many sweet examples, but lacking in body and that one outstanding note or quality that makes me loyal to some beers. Somewhat dissappointing, its a very attractive brew that holds onto its head like grim death -- all the way down the pint glass.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark ruby brown almost black color after a mildly vigorous pour the head forms nicely thick and tan leaves even scattered specks of lacing throughout the pint. Aroma: A very pleasant mix of chocolate, mild coffee, and underlying ripened fruit tones a great roasty malt profile and a touch of hops this porter is complete. Taste: Extremely smooth porter a bit robust with roastiness but soothes the palate very nice touch of dark chocolate, coffee, and once again some ripe fruit nice brew all around hard to find any faults very moderately hopped just the way it should be. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied evenly carbonated nice smoothness, I could definitely chill with a sixpack of this beauty. Drinkability: Quite the all around quintessential American Porter, very good not too many fireworks or anything devastating just straight solid brew that I could drink easily in session, thanks to BuckeyeNation for the sample.

Photo of OStrungT
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown with little light showing trhough. The thick, fluffy head is brown, and it fades rather slowly. It leaves thick laces. It has a malty aroma with a good caramel aroma. It has a chocolate aroma also. I can not detect much hop presence. This beer tastes malty also. It has a chocolate taste. The hops are not too present in the flavor either. The roasted malts are very appealing on the palate. this beer goes down smooth leaving a malty caramel aftertaste. It might be just a little overcarbonated, but that is alright. This beer might make a good session beer. It is low on alcohol, and the flavor is good and not overbearing. I would stock this beer in my refrigerator if I could get it in Southern California. Thanks karst for sending me another great beer.

Photo of frankiepop
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice porter that had some nice smoke after the lid is poppped. What pours is a very dark black brews that makes a big foamy tan head that sustained a long time with some nice lacing.

The taste is strong and full with burnt roasty mocha nut taste. This is a bitter sweet flavor that is balanced well. I prefer a sugary sweet porter generally but this has more hoppy bitterness. However the mocha flavors is very nice on the tongue. Thick and lovely amount of flavor.

Pretty smooth and drinkable beer. Carbonation is fizzy but not too big and bubbly or overwhelming.

a great beer that goes down well with some Charles Gayle saxophone that is inspired by Coltrane. william Hooker's trio cd "Monsoon" would also be a nice choice for this American style Porter.

Photo of turamarth
4.62/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass.

Appearance: Nice foamy head, light cream color, that disapates into a film that lasts. Good lacing. Very dark brown color, nearly pitch black. Some translucency around the edges.

Smell: Malty caramelness on the first wiff, you can smell some hops too. Hints of chocolate and a nice roasty smell.

Taste: Chocolate malts stand out at first, roasty taste like in the nose, slightly biscuity as it warms. There is a very nice hop balance to this porter.

Mouthfeel: Has a sharp carbonation, that I like personally. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Very drinkable in my opinion. The hoppy balance really adds to this porter.

Notes: This is my go to beer. I almost always have at least 2 bottles in my fridge at all times.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a dark brown opaque body with a lumpy yet creamy head of tan that last a good while. There is a strong carbonation of bib bubbles that can only be seen when they congregate at the side of the glass.

S- This beer has the smell of pale malt with a toasted dark malt aswell. Both malts smell very fresh and there is a soft yeasty note in the finish.

T- This beer has a chocolate malt roasted flavor with a soft nougat quality. There is a soft green bitterness at the finish. There is a coffee malt bitterness in the finish that lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight creamy texture.

D- This beer has a nice smell and texture but the flavor was just a bit off and not really as fresh as the aroma. This beer is close to being a really good beer.

Photo of richkrull
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this on in poker winnings from AlCaponeJunior. Thanks a lot bud!

Poured a dark black color with quite a bit of fluffy beige head on it.

Smells like coffee throughout. A mild aroma though, not overpowering at all.

Taste is mild as well. Coffee flavor going on, not strong at all though.

This is a pretty smooth beer. Medium mouthfeel went down pretty easy.

I enjoyed this beer. Easy drinking smooth beer. It complemented my tasty cake quite nicely.

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Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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