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Bully! Porter - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Bully! PorterBully! Porter

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very good

953 Ratings

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Ratings: 953
Reviews: 513
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%

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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2001)
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Photo of mkabull


4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark black nearly opaque nice small light tan head
S- Rich roasted malt aromas with sweet malt backing it up classic for style
T- Great Roast/Toast/Burnt malt mix with sweetness slightly present
M- Falls into style with a lighter mouthfeel than you would expect from color
D- This is a great beer to kick back with and enjoy a few , only problem Boulevard puts out to many good beers to settle on 1 to drink (what a problem to have)

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2010 02:21:35 | More by mkabull
Photo of rye726


3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Nose has roasty malts, chocolate and floral hops. Taste has more of the same. A bit bland and quite one dimensional. Thin body is overly carbonated. A good session beer to wash down a burger I suppose, but there are so many better examples.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2010 20:56:48 | More by rye726
Photo of MTNboy


3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice porter for the most part. Its body is a dark opaque with a head and lace that are off-white but I would say almost tan. There is plenty of head and lace. The flavor has a little more hop flavor than most porters but it is a very pleasant surprise. It has a very robust caramel roasted malt taste. There are some chocolate coffee tones as well. The mouthfeel is a little thin but not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2008 13:43:33 | More by MTNboy
Photo of jokelahoma


4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous deep, deep brown, nearly opaque with only the slightest hint of lighter brown highlights showing around the edges. Substantial khaki colored head lasts a good while, and laces beautifully.

Aroma is full of roasted malt and hop. Not acrid or burnt, but definitely roasted. The hops play a secondary role in the nose, but they're there. This really doesn't smell sweet from caramel malt at all, but you know it's there.

Taste is spectacularly balanced. Hop bitterness starts, enhanced by the slightly astringent black malt flavors. That's immediately followed by the caramel sweetness that keeps this beer from slipping into dry stout territory. A little dry, dark toast flavor pops in mid-sip, and it closes out with a hint of hop flavor and yet a tiny bit more of the slightly sour and astringent dark malt flavors. The aftertaste is sweet however. Just a great balance of complimentary flavors.

Mouthfeel is fairly light without being watery. It balances the beer well.

I'm ashamed I've not reviewed this before. It's my favorite year-round offering from Boulevard, and one of the better porters on the market. If you can, try it. You won't be disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2008 21:56:30 | More by jokelahoma
Photo of czechsaaz


3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice choclaote and roast aroma. I don't get hops at all which is ok for the style. But I don't get any yeast aroma or fermentation esters. Pretty clean smelling.

Deep brown with nice amber highlights when held up to the light. Big off-white head when served fades to a small layer around the rim that leaves huge amounts of lacing.

Flavor is very malt dominant with a lot of base malt flavors. There's actually very little roast or black malt flavors (colored by de-bittered malt maybe?) But the fermentation character is very interesting with plums and raisins and other dark fruit in there. Hop bitterness is on the low side so overall, the beer comes off a little sweet.

Mouthfeel is a little syrupy becuase of low carbonation combined with the sweet flavor.

Not bad, I'd drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2008 00:36:03 | More by czechsaaz
Photo of libbekat

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was planning a trip to Kansas City to see family and wanted to look up local microbrews. I found Boulevard brewing and was excited to see the Porter. I love porters but I have to confess, being the owner of 2 english bulldogs, I really liked the label.
I drank my porter with a Kansas City filet and mashed sweet potatoes. It was wonderful! It is very smooth and rounded on the finish.
You could taste subtle coffee, a lot of chocolate and a smoked nut hint in the middle.
I liked it so much I bought a six pack to bring home.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2008 17:00:31 | More by libbekat
Photo of orangemoustache


4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Barrelhead(Springfield,IL)

A-deep dark brown nearly black,with thick foamy head that left behind some of the stickiest lacing that ive ever seen

S-mild malts,dark roasted coffees

T-starts right off the with bold chocoltes,coffee,at the same time the hop presence is very up front lots of big hops in this brew

M-medium to heavy body with gritty dryness,finishing sticky icky

D-extreme drinkability for the style

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2008 20:41:49 | More by orangemoustache
Photo of emerge077


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Floyd's Thirst Parlor in Springfield IL.

Jet black body, with spindly webs of lacing on the glass. A distinct and full aroma of milk chocolate and charred malt.

Taste follows the nose, with a dry earthy char in the finish. The body is full and lactic. Two or three of these on tap would make a perfect session. It was sad to finish the glass and have to move on somewhere else.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2007 04:29:35 | More by emerge077
Photo of OKCNittany


4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, in a pint glass - at my corner bar (one of the only worthwhile beers there)

A: Near black w/ a thick foamy head. Decent retention. Left a nice lacing.

S: Smells of chocolate & roasted malts - a little coffee - a very inviting aroma.

T: The flavor follows on the aroma - but with enough hop presence to give it excellent balance. Overall, a very nice flavor.

M: Medium body w/ good carbonation. Fairly dry finish - nothing special, but no complaints here.

D: Very drinkable - a complex enough flavor that I don't tire of it even after too many. With a reasonable ABV & no noticable taste of alcohol, it's a good thing the bar is within walking distance of home.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2007 06:25:54 | More by OKCNittany
Photo of hckyfn9999


4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour by the bartender at Fox and Hound out in Chesterfield. Pours a dark black color with a perfect light brown head that has pretty decent retention. Aroma is of chocolate, caramel, and a touch of fruitiness. Taste is of roasted malt, dark chocolate with a nice hoppiness to it as well. A great offering from the brewery across the state.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2007 05:23:00 | More by hckyfn9999
Photo of Realale


4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black. Fine mocha head sits and stays, leaving nice lace.

Dark and rich on the nose. A veritable maltfest. Not a lot of complexity, but really nice.

Even better in the mouth. Medium full, with lots of rich, chocolately malt. Lovely balancing bitterness.

Very nice mouthfeel. These simply slide down, but merit contemplation if you want to slow down and appreciate it. Fine food beer as well.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2007 00:47:04 | More by Realale
Photo of RBorsato


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
Photo of beerguy101


3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color. Medium head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. A medium bodied porter. Malts are roasted chocolate malts, hints of coffee. Hops are spicy. A well-balanced, very smooth porter. Easy drinking, yet robust. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2003 02:53:09 | More by beerguy101
Photo of beernut7


3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew presents with a deep brown color but absolutely no head retention. The aroma is predominantly of roasted malt with just a brush of chocolate. The body is decent, but the carbonation is a bit high. The hop profile is also quite aggressive.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2002 08:18:47 | More by beernut7
Photo of arc3636


4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - deep brown with lots of head. Had to stop mid-pour and wait for it to die down

S - chocolate and coffee

T - first few sips were coffee, and more coffee. As it warms up the chocolate comes out

M - medium bodied

O - solid beer, one of my favorite porters

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 03:26:54 | More by arc3636
Photo of BeerWithMike


3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampling right now on 1/23/14. Had this once before about 2 years ago. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a very dark amber/almost black with ruby highlights in color with almost a 2-finger beige head. Does settle down to a thin head. Spotty lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma is mostly of dark coffee and hits you right up front with a hind of chocolate. The taste is pretty much the same with more chocolate coming through that leaves a bitter finish because of it. Perfect carbonation that isn't over done. Over a decent porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 00:56:19 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of buschbeer


3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - It is dark brown with some ruby highlights. It is topped with three inches of frothy, mocha head.

S - I get some chocolate and earthy, nutty aromas. There is also some roasted malt.

T - The taste has some cocoa flavor. It has a bitter chocolate finish.

M - It is very smooth and creamy and fairly full.

O - I think this is a good interpretation of an English porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 02:46:34 | More by buschbeer
Photo of jroberts8811


3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours deep amber/black. Tan one finger head.
S- coffee, chocolate, raisin, dark fruit, sweet malt. Slight banana ester
T- roast all, slight bitterness
M- medium to full, creamy and filling.
O- glad I tried this again. Will try again (when founders is unavailable)

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 22:18:14 | More by jroberts8811
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1" tan colored head. The head falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: mild coffee aroma with some roasted malt sweetness.

Taste: roasted malt, coffee, some earthy tones, a bit of dark chocolate, and a moderate bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish.

Overall: an enjoyable porter that fits the bill when you are looking for the style. Easy to consume, a definte sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 22:31:30 | More by Gavage
Photo of alphagnome


4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a thick, light-oak hued head. Damn near impenetrable by light. Retention is great as is lacing. Spot on for the style!

Rich, roasted malts give off a nice blend of caramel and coffee. Notes of lactose and molasses provide a subtle sweetness. It's simple. It's good.

More bitter than the nose would leave you to believe. A nice bouquet of earthy hops hits you up front and are washed away by semi-sweet, but bitter, espresso. Some nutty characters in the finish, mostly almond.

Medium body. Light carbonation. Dry, bitter finish. Could definitely be a bit smoother, but doesn't ruin the experience.

Another solid entry from the crew in KCMO. Easy to drink, although a bit heavy and dry-finishing to consume multiple in one sitting. Sip it nice and slow and at a chilled, not cold temperature, and you'll thank me later.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 04:09:05 | More by alphagnome
Photo of Pyramid_Head


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schlafly and Boulevard hold an unusual place in my heart. I live in a town more or less right between Saint Louis and Kansas City, like both of the cities, so deciding on a preferred brand between them is hard. Not just because they're both very decent breweries, they both introduced me to the wonderful world of dark beer in very different ways. With Schlafly it was the Schwarzbier, or black lager, the first time i had a lager that wasn't bland and spineless. But a lucky whim buy of a Boulevard sampler pack let me try this.

Bully! Porter was my first porter. In retrospect it's a very good straight porter, while it isn't overly complex it still has the roastiness, bitterness, and silken mouthfeel that makes porters such a delightful drink to me. It's a great starter for people curious about dark beers and a sentimental favorite for someone who is an old man in spirit.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 12:30:28 | More by Pyramid_Head
Photo of Flounder57


3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a mug.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Mocha, roasted malts, a little yeasty sourness, smoke, and molasses. It smells very traditional and standard with other English porters.

Taste: Burnt molasses, yeasty sourness, a little acidic, smoke, roasted, and chocolate malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, and smokey bitterness.

Overall: The smokiness of the beer became more bearable as I drank the beer. Still an enjoyable and traditional with the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 05:54:04 | More by Flounder57
Photo of MistahBeah


3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark almost black with a fluffy kakhi head. Decent retention. Good lacing. Good amount of visible carbonation if you look at it right

Smells of typical porter fare. Dark and milk chocolate. Roasted barley. Coffee. Toffee and a hint of brown sugar

Tastes like black coffee and dark chocolate. A bit of sugary sweetness a la toffee or perhaps lactose. Very roasty. Leaning towards the bitter side but very pleasant. Earthy hop finish

Feels full bodied and smooth. There is a spicy bite from the carbonation but not much. Slightly coating

Overall an enjoyable porter. Pretty well-balanced. Lots of flavor but typical for the style. On par with other porters around its price ($10 for a six) maybe even a little better. Worth a try

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 00:00:34 | More by MistahBeah
Photo of vette2006c5r


3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bully! pours a black color with a large fluffy head. There is a yeasty aroma with smokey undertones. The taste is a bit light, but has smokey flavors, as well as a roasted malty backbone, and finishes with a yeasty like nip. Flavors are a bit watery, and a strangeish aftertaste. Overall its a porter with

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 03:31:13 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of Jekyll


4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this one caught me off guard. My experience with boulevard has mostly been on the wheat side and the single wide double wide etc side. Was not expecting a food quality offering. Excellent porter and one I got from a mix pack so I will definitely be checking this out in a sixes to explore more. Pours smooth with just the right amount of head. Smells amazing with the usual porter characteristics including a very subtle hop scent that translates well into the flavor profile as well. Only complaint was it was a little too thin in the mouthfeel department but other than that an excellent offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 18:45:11 | More by Jekyll
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Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 953 ratings.