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Bully! Porter | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2001

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brown pour 2/7" tan head. Aroma of brown malt and toffee.

Taste hit some hoppy cascade like notes. Carbonation and hops will keep this lively, not overly thick. Just as much brown as black and chocolate malt. Bitterness chalked up a little.

Somewhere between English and American porter.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was shocked by how good this looked when I poured it into a frosty pint glass. Pitch black and a two fingers thick puffy head. Medium-thick bodied with rich flavor. Not as good as Founders Porter, but better than Deschutes Black Butte Porter imo.

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Photo of jmd1978
2.78/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Dark color with thick creamy tan head on top. Faint smell of roasted malt, caramel, and chocolate. Taste of caramel and cocoa the roasted malt and a hint of cherry. Really stays with you after the finish. This one sounded better on paper. I'm a fan of many of boulevard's offerings but this one was not very eventful.

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Photo of huron663
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Neat brown/black hue with a creamy head that sticks around.

S-Nothing extra special to detect. Smells like a dark beer. I may not have the experience to note if something more is going on here.

T-Slight bitter taste with 'dark' flavors.

F-Head sticks around, even on the swallow. It could almost be described as smooth, if the slight bitterness didn't stick around and remind you what you are drinking.

O-I am a huge fan of dark beers, and this one just doesn't stand out in any significant way. It's good, I would drink it, possibly order it if there wasn't much else around. But there is nothing special here, to me.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, dark brown with a goodly portion of tan foam sitting gently atop. Creamy (for a bottle) and slow to dissipate but no real lace left behind.
Smell is relatively faint, just a wee amount of roast malt, smoke and the faintest hint of whiskey.
Taste is much more pronounced with notes of heavily toasted mslt (without being ashy), some wood, earth, a hit of toffee. Balanced nicely.
Body is medium for the style, effervescence is restrained. Dry from the tongue through the finish, which is remarkably clean and not really a good thing in my book. Overall though, a good brew.

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Photo of andrewksingleton
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite porters and one of my favorite beers from Boulevard. Has a very strong distinct porter smell. I love the appearance of the bottle. I prefer to drink mine in a pint glass to more enjoy the smell and the appearance. This is a beer that needs to be served close to ice cold temperature or everything I said positive about it fades greatly. This beer rivals the dark truth stout from Boulevard in overall quality.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown in color with very little light getting through. There's a good inch of tightly knit beige foam resting on top. I smell dark malt, smoke, and chocolate. The flavor is as advertised in the aroma. Sweet, dark malt along with chocolate and a light smoky note. The mouth is a bit thick and moderately chewy.

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Photo of Suds
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This brew has a phenomenal appearance....black, with a thick and solid brown head. The aroma is a nice mix of dark malt, roastedness, and dark fruit. The taste is solid...some malt, rich grain, and balancing bitterness. Full in body. Nice.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Bully porter

A- pours a dark brown color with a two-finger khaki colored head that retains nicely, leaving thick lace behind as it settled

S- roasted chocolate malt with a hint of smoke and char, licorice and graham cracker

T- charred chocolate malt with some earthy notes, mild hop bitterness, trace of coffee, smoky finish with a linger of black licorice

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a chewy foamy finish

O- very approachable, yet full flavored

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance : tall, yeasty head, beige in color. Body is cranberry brown, mostly opaque.

Aroma : caramel malts, almond, nut, some cocoa, milk chocolate, and faint hop. Bouquet is medium strength.

Flavor : very sour (for a porter) at the beginning, with a hit of hop, and then it smooths out with malty and roasted chocolate characteristics. It ends nutty and dry.

Mouthfeel : very smooth, very creamy, ends dry.

Overall : id drink it again. It's a nice porter and has some strength, but the strength is nicely offset by the smoothness of the roast chocolate and malt character.

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Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Solid porter right here. It's definitely a classic English-style, not sweetened with anything or loaded with alcohol flavor. Good balance, really drinkable, tastes like a porter should taste. Had it on tap and in a bottle and it's the same either way, which is reflective of a well-made product.

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Photo of JTuomi
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle (bb 06/2014) into a tulip. Ruby brown color, three finger beige foamy head with good lacing and ok retention. Smell has roasted dark malts and coffee, on the first whiff right after pouring a citrusy fresh smell. Sweet roasted malts and dark coffee coming up on the taste, dry aftertaste with some hop bitterness and long lasting roastiness. Medium body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. A pleasant porter to be sipped on a cold rainy evening.

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Photo of arc3636
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of jroberts8811
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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)

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Photo of Gavage
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Pyramid_Head
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
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

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
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

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Photo of Jekyll
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours dark dark brown to black with a small tan head.

Aroma is full of roast, coffee, and dark malts. No hops are perceptible.

The first sip the roast and malt hit you. There are notes of coffee and roast with a little bit of a bitter malt finish.

The mouthfeel is good and typical for a proter. Medium in body.

Overall it is an enjoyable porter. Nothing spectacular but good for the style.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of 06/17/2013. My sixth and final beer to try from the Boulevard sampler twelve pack.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Two fingers of fluffy tan head on top of a dark dark brown, almost black colored body. Ruby hue when held to the light. Not amazing looking, but typical appearance for a porter. Big sheets of thin wispy lacing.

S - Smell is of roasted coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate, and toasted malts. An underwhelming smell for a porter, also.

T - Light coffee bean roast, chocolate, & hops in the background. Nothing too out of the ordinary for a porter, just not as intense and defined as some better examples of the style.

M - Carbonated, medium bodied, with lingering coffee bean / hop bitterness in the finish.

Overall, another decent year-round beer from Boulevard, but nothing extraordinary, and not breaking any new ground. Nicely balanced, and well-made, a beer well worth trying. Probably the best year-round offering from Boulevard, and my favorite of the six beers featured in the variety pack.

Boulevard Bully! Porter ---4/5

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Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.