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Bully! Porter - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Bully! PorterBully! Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

948 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 948
Reviews: 513
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%


Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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RBorsato

Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted On-Tap 04/08/05 at the Boulevard Brewing Co. Pub at the Kansas City, MO Airport.

Dark Brown/Ruby/Black with a low tan head and decent carbonation. Roasty and chocolate aroma and flavor with a nice light hop character for balance. Medium-light bodied with light creaminess and a dry roasty finish.

Still as nice as I remember having it from the bottle years ago.

Per BBC website:
Ingredients: Pale, Munich, Carapils, and Aromatic malts.
Magnum and Vanguard hops.
Starting Gravity: 13.5 degrees Plato.
Alcohol Content: 4.2% by weight, 5.2% by volume.
Calories: 153 per 12 ounces.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2005 16:35:21 | More by RBorsato
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evolbob

Georgia

4.8/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to timbro81 for this wonderful brew! Stubby 12 oz'er poured into a New Glarus pint glass. Dark, almost black color with some ruby tints. Frothy head that diminishes and stays for the rest of the drink. The smell is roasted chocolate malt with hops. The taste is outstanding! Roasted coffee, chocolate, butter, with a hop bitterness finish. Shame this isn't distributed in South Georgia. This would always be in the DBF.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 03:50:05 | More by evolbob
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Clockwork420

Missouri

4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$6.19 a six pack of bottles. At Shop and Save.

Bottle - Into glass.

A - Dark Brown red leathery color. Carmel kinda with a ruddy color. Light bubbly carbonation, Nice thick fluffy head that was offwhite beige. The head is amazing.

S - Smelled like its pretty smokey. And like alcohol. Just a hint. Reminds me of Guinness even though this is a porter.

T- Wow. Extremely smokey tasting. The alcohol is very apparent in the middle. Smoke all in the beginning, Alcohol in the middle and smoke at the rear end of things. Its smooth and easily drinkable. Perfect carbonation. This is pretty balanced but the thoughts about it maybe.... tasting like Guinness is long gone. Maybe more smokey like the original Extra stout. Maybe...

M - Slick but its easy to drink due to the lower than average carbonation. The head did stick around so you get that as well. Full blown out. It taste like it was made with some insane amounts of smoke. Or it was brewed inside a dirty BBQ pit.

D - The drinkablilty is fairly high I think. I could pound this sixer and actually enjoy it. But the smoke is almost over the top. More smoke is in this than anything else I have ever drank. Extremely surprizing for a $6.00 or so buy.

The more I drink local and nearby brewers wares, It makes me proud that we have such a variety here in MO. Everything I have tried has blown me away even if it was a type I have yet to really dive into. This one is smoke all the way and if thats what your into by all means trade if its not available in your town.

If you like this one, I also recommend anything from Boulevard or Schlafly's. Both have yet to do anything but drop me to the ground and prey to the beer gods. Also O'fallon co. has amazing beer varietys.

:)

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 04:53:31 | More by Clockwork420
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fizzy

Minnesota

4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

All I can say is 'BRAVO" You don't have to anal-ize this one, it is just plain great.

I fried up an egg in olive oil, on a toasted English muffin with salt, pepper, and crumbled blue cheese and sank back into the chair. A bite and a sip, a bite and a sip. Pure bliss. Wonderful stuff!! Nuff said.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 00:38:23 | More by fizzy
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PirateUlf73

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a mug.

A: Dark ruby-black with minimal light able to pierce through. Light-tan head is bubbly and lively, and got up to about two fingers before settling down. Very good lacing.

S: Very strong roasted malt aromas with a hint of earthy hops coming through as well. Subtle suggestions of coffee and bitter chocolate.

T: Nice roasted barley backdrop is not overly sweet. Significant hop presence balances nicely and keeps things interesting. A very interesting dichotomy going on here.

M: Nice medium body and well-carbonated to boot. Aftertaste is bitter roastiness and the finish is quite clean.

D: Very drinkable. Would make an ideal session porter.

This is hands down the most balanced, drinkable porter I've come across thus far, and is easily the best among Boulevard's year-round brews. Certainly hoppier than a lot of porters, but I admire the originality. This should be a staple in bars across the Midwest!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 07:28:05 | More by PirateUlf73
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naterock

Missouri

4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I accidentally stumbles upon this beer about five years ago, it has been a staple ever since.

C: Wonderfully black with brown lacing
S: Chocolate, oatmeal, and toffee notes
T: Wonderful Dark roasted barley and caramel with a complex hoppy character
M: Not overly carbonated

I Drink this beer with just about anything. especially with desserts containing chocolate. I've never been let down by the Bully!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 22:00:57 | More by naterock
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battlekow

Wisconsin

4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Unable to find this in Milwaukee, I scored a six-pack while up in the Twin Cities this week, and was duly rewarded.

Bully! pours a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights, and a generous, but quickly gone, tannish head. Bully on the lacing! It smells of chocolate and hops, but the scent is surprisingly subtle; the taste, however, is not. There's all the bitter/roasted and chocolate flavors that you'd expect in a porter, balanced very nicely by a prominent hoppiness. The flavor is truly "exceptional." Mouthfeel is nice and thick, rounding out a truly great beer.

In the words of Elton John, "the Boulevard is not that bad."

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 03:00:10 | More by battlekow
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vdread

Texas

4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bully! Porter pours dark black with a thick, rocky tan head that leaves a fair amount of lace. the bottle has a classy looking bulldog enjoying a Bully!

it smells slightly of some coffee and dark, roasted malts. B!P taste is dominated by black coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malts. followed by a slight earthy hoppiness. B!P is PACKED with flavor.

mouthfeel a bit on the light side for a porter. somewhat creamy and dry in the end.

this was my birthday beer of choice. one of the better brews i've tried to date. this beer i would keep in constant rotation if i could find it.

+ one of the most complex mixture of flavors in a low ABV porter. very good job, Boulevard.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 23:14:06 | More by vdread
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served from a 12oz. bottle, best-by-date of 01/03/09, into a New Belgium globe glass.

Pours an attractive deep, dark ruby with the Mount Olympus of head, gigantic and billowing. Leaves an awful lot of creamy, off-white lacing down the glass. Head dissipates into an eternally lasting ring. Awesome.

Super-roasty in the nose, with plenty of caramel malt. I love the presence of earthy hop aromas, along with assertive chocolate and hints of coffee.

This is a really roasty-flavored porter. Nice chocolate and coffee flavors. The taste follows the nose; no real surprises. The amount of hops in this beer is generous for a porter (its very similar to Sierra Nevada Stout in this way). I love the contrasting levels of bitterness between the green, earthy hops and the roasted chocolate malt. Finishes down the mouth with slight caramel and raisins/figs/dark fruit. This is fantastic.

Some may feel that this is a thin beer in the mouth, but it doesn't hurt the beer by any stretch of the imagination. I find it to be pretty medium-bodied. I also like the high-ise amount of carbonation; it suits the bitterness well. Boulevard's year-round beers are all ideal ABV candidates to session, and Bully! Porter is no exception. You can drink this delicious brew all night.

I haven't had one of these in about a month... and it tastes just as refreshing as I could have hoped for. This is one of my absolute go-to beers -- it is widely available where I live and it is very, very good. I generally always have some in my fridge, for good reason. This is Boulevard's finest year-round beer, imo. This is a fine beer to celebrate the holidays with; Merry Christmas!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 03:01:02 | More by Reaper16
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BeerBob

Nebraska

4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Superlative taste, looks, mouth feel, and drinkability. I had the opportunity of going through a case of Zywiec porter back in the early 70s. Thinking “it can’t get anywhere near this (Zywiec porter)” well I was wrong, all the flavors in Boulevard Bully Porter just jump out at you and proclaim, HEAR I AM! what are you going to do about it! What we have here is in your face taste.

At first I thought that some how, carbon black was used in the brewing process, until I held a torch up to the glass and saw a deep, very deep dark red where the filament was dimly shining through the glass.

Not nearly as sweet as I would have expected a porter to be, none the less, I am impressed! and you will be too!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2002 18:33:28 | More by BeerBob
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wardough

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this in a bottle while watching the Super Bowl. Go Pats.

A: A murky black with light lacing.
S: Chocolate, oatmeal, and some hops. Awesome smell.
T: Chocolate malts, dark malts, then a hoppy dry finish. Wow, this is awesome.
M: Light in body and low carbonation.
D: I could drink 2-3 of these with no problem. Drinkability took a ding due to the overly hoppy finish.

A great beer by BLVD. Definitely will drink this one again and will seek it out. I've had this on tap, and I want to have more in this delivery method.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 23:41:31 | More by wardough
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turamarth

Missouri

4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 06:31:12 | More by turamarth
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LarrBear

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown coffee-and-hops scented porter that pours with a generous amount of tan foamy head. Rich flavors of coffee, caramel, and chocolate balance nicely with a strong hops bitterness than lingers pleasantly upon the tongue. This is my favorite offering from Boulevard.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 00:31:17 | More by LarrBear
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yet another great brew from my personal regional favorite: Boulevard. I've had this beer several times in the past, but have not had a chance to properly review it since joining this site.

The beer pours to a dark brown, not completely opaque and revealing a slight maroon color when held to the light. The head is a tan color which leaves no lacing but stays at least a half finger deep throughout the glass. The smell is quite enticing with hints of chocolate and roasted hops. The taste provides an onslaught chocolatee deliciousness and hops bitterness. With such a low ABV, I could drink this all night and still crave more. For an added drinkability bonus, try it with your favorite chocolate candy bar.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2005 02:11:28 | More by neonbrown82
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rowew

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, twist off. Sophisticated looking bulldog on the label. Best by date is clearly printed on the neck of the bottle.

Appearance: Pours black with just the slightest hint of red around the edges, nice large head and great retention and lacing.

Smell: Hoppy with quite a bit of coffee and roasted aromas.

Taste: Very nice mix of flavors. Starts off with just a bit of sweetness, then hoppy flavors with a strong roasted malt. Coffee and caramel in the finish.

Overall impression: Very nice porter - highly drinkable with complex flavors. I really wish this was available in Colorado!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 03:55:23 | More by rowew
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RushLimbmalt

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is better than I imagined it to be. The highly touted Bully! Porter is a brewing masterpiece. It is blackish brown and has a big tan head and looks about as good as a Porter can get... The aroma is heavy on the coffee and the hops mix with the coffee and dark malt aromas to make everything interesting. You could pull a lot of different aromas out of there if only for a fleeting moment. The taste is every bit as complex and I am too much of a novice to pick them out. I am too busy enjoying this beer. I am impressed...

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2004 06:30:05 | More by RushLimbmalt
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A massive four finger light brown head rises above a pitch black brew with walnut highlights near the edges of the glass. Tons of thick brown arches of lace coat the glass all the way down. This is what a porter should look like!

S - Woody, roasty, smokey, and earthy. Some vaguely floral yeast notes are there too, along with a huge citric hop dose. Almost smells like an IPA, but with burnt porter/stout notes. This smells interesting and unique, but it's lacking the sugary chocolate and toffee aromas that I look for in a porter.

T - Earthy roasty flavors along with woodsmoke, coffee, and a little bit of yeast. This has a very "campground" flavor to it that I really enjoy. It's like warming up in front of a fire in an old woody cabin.

M - Medium to full bodied with a high level of carbonation and a slightly dextriny sugar coating on the tongue. The finish is apropriately dry.

D - One of the most drinkable porters that I've tasted. It's dry and woody, which makes it more drinkable than some sugar-coated porters out there. Just a really outstanding brew!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 06:11:44 | More by pmcadamis
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johnnybgood1999

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A really dark porter. Pretty much pitch black with a decent head.

S: Coffee and alomost a smokey aroma. Maybe some kind of nut flavor. Smell could be a little stronger.

T: A nice burnt roasted flavor comes through. A little coffe again. No real sweetness. Pretty straightforward roasted malt type flavor, but very rich. A slight hop bitterness finishes this one off.

M: Carbonation is very prevalant in this medium bodied porter. Feels good!

D: Drinkability does not get much higher in a porter than this. Refreshing compared to other porters I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 04:55:42 | More by johnnybgood1999
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texascarl

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bully! Porter is dark/opaque with a creamy pale brown head that fades slowly.

Roasted malts = sweet, dark chocolate/coffee. Aroma of coffee as well.

A very tasty and drinkable Porter, this is a fairly filling beer for me so I often end the evening with a bottle. It's not a 'light guzzle anytime' beer by any means.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2003 17:08:39 | More by texascarl
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a dark reddish/brown/black-ish porter with a heavy tan head of foam. Aromas are classic porter. Dark chocolate, roasted, and caramel? malts. Citrusy, Piney, and flortal cascase and centennial? hops. The taste is balanced to sheer perfection. Chocolate, caramel, hops, malts, alcohol. It is all here, but these flavors blend together so well, it's like a magic trick. The mouthfeel is quite nice....not too thick, nor too thin and the drinkability is excellent. Quite lovely, and one of the quintessential porters out there today!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 18:02:41 | More by francisweizen
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Tuey13

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very, very dark brown, almost black in color. Had a thick 2 finger tan head that lasted quite a while and ended with a quarter inch head that was still around when I finished this creamy brew. The smell was of roasted coffee and chocolate with hints of toffee. The taste had strong coffee and chocolate flavors with a little caramel sweetness. This is a very full bodied flavorful porter that I will definately keep around to enjoy again and again.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 05:43:59 | More by Tuey13
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JoeyHotrod

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours to a very dark brown, almost black color and the head is nice and thick and lasts awhile. Lacing is quite good throughout the duration of the beer.

The smell is of roasted malts, with a slight chocolate and coffee scent as well.

This is a beer that goes down so easy it's scary. The taste is slightly bitter, again with chocolate and coffee aspects as well. All mesh perfectly and the beer goes down as easily as water.

Given both the low abv and the fact that this beer goes down smoothly as smooth gets, this would make a perfect session beer.

While I wouldn't rate most Boulevard Beers as great, I would rate most as being good. This in my opinion is their one offering worthy of being called great.

Only wish all the Boulevard line was of this caliber.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 08:45:44 | More by JoeyHotrod
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to UncleJedi for sending this beer my way. The beer was served lightly chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours inky black with just a hint of ruby opaqueness to light. The head is a thick tan coloration. A map work of lacing remains behind on my glass.

Smell: This beer delivers a very pleasing combination of dark roasted coffee and cocoa. The hops and coffee combo bring a vague pine astringency to the nose.

Taste: This beer delivers the aroma in spades. A bit of sweetness at the start finishing with an earthy dryness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beers body is on the plus side of medium. The carbonation is low but perfect for this beer. This beer drank really fast. I had major problems slowing down enough to properly savior this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 14:30:38 | More by nlmartin
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scottum

Vermont

4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle per BIF16.

Pours a blackish black type shade of beer with a nice full bottle conditioned beautiful head. Kinda roasty, but that's good, a good way, good like that. This is a very well balanced porter and a worthy beer to any. Nice and full! Looking forward to the other Boulevard brews.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2005 02:15:34 | More by scottum
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Dithyramb

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from babydoc through a long gone BIF. Enjoyed from a chilled 12 oz brown bottle. Best before 08/05 clearly ink jetted on the side.

Erupts from the glass. Big pillowy foam brew, stupendous retention, excellent lacing. Black, almost opaque, with auburn highlights when raised to the light.

Sweet roasted malts on the nose that were extra chocolatey. Just a bit of a hint of bitterness there...
All the roast toasted malts are there. Sweet on the front, with chocolate and mocha. Bitter on the finish, with baker's cocoa swirling around.
Medium bodied and long on the sweet finish. A very drinkable brew. Yet another one that they should have over here on the east coast.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 01:16:20 | More by Dithyramb
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Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 948 ratings.