Bully! Porter - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
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
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks bort11 for this nicely drinking porter. Dark black with abundant creamy head. Well roasted and tasty bitterness, it grows on you. Nice and certainly above average porter. The bitterness stod out and this veered toward stout. Yes salty. Thanks Tim!

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brownish red (close to being black in color) and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high foamy beige head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a quarter finger high head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of smoke.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but somewhat more complex with hints of burnt malts, cocoa, cola and smoke. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of being light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer leaves your mouth a little dry, which is unusual for the style.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and rather sessionable. The hop bitterness sets it apart from other porters.

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark coffee color with a thick beige head that persists well and coats the glass with lace

Smell: Rich roasted aroma with coffee and charcoal (not to mention the pine) dominating the caramel in the background

Taste: Starts out with a rich piney flavor that overwhelms the tastebuds and offsets the caramel and coffee notes until mid-palate; after the swallow, it settles down into a balanced malty (coffee and charcoal) and bitter brew; the finish has a late-arriving blast of espresso

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body but an overwhelming amount of carbonation

Drinkability: Nice richly flavored porter that is just a tad over-carbonated; otherwise, very very nice

Thanks, Vancer, for the opportunity

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

Bully Porter sounds about right after the first sip delivered an aggressive domination of bitterness and bite. There's a lot of high alpha acid hops in here that give a sharp pine resin flavor and much bite. The moderate malt base can hardly balance the hops with it's timid caramel flavors and medium maltiness. The toasty character if the beer also takes on a sharp, charred wood nature that accentuate the hop bitterness even more. Flavors are quite clean and don't push the fruitiness too far. The appearance in basic of Porters with a deep brown beer that sheads some lights, good head formaiton and retention with nice lecing. Ultimately a fair Porter that is a bit out of balance with the aggression of the hops and burnt toast.

Thanks CosmoHopHead!

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a most excellent porter! pours jet black, with a fluffy tan head more than 2 inches tall. no light gets through. smells incredibly darkly roasted, coffee notes, and some bold yeast as well. the flavor is extremely bold, with just a quick yeast hit up front followed by that thick roasted kick and a bitter coffee/hop finish. it really stands out as unique to me, and just a massive profile of flavor. mouthfeel is just a tad over carbonated in my opinion, full bodied to the max, but a beer you could easily and enjoyably make a night of. bravo to boulevard for this gem!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a opaque dark beer with a medium head with standard retention for porter. Aroma is quite roasty with some notes of chocolate and coffee. Taste is very enjoyable with the chocolate and coffee mixing very well with the roastiness and ending with a subtle dryness in the back of my mouth. Good hops mix with an above average body. This is an easy beer to drink after a nice big dinner.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma of mild roasted malt, faint cocoa & coffee, nuts. Taste burnt coffee, chocolate, slightly acidic, ash. Ok Porter!

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Transparent ruby-accented dark brown; not one of the darkest porters that I've ever seen. The dark beige head is expansive and airy, but also nicely craggy and throws up a generous amount of lace. Other than the expected roasted malts, the most prominent feature of the nose is hops. A little cocoa, but it's in the background.

Delicious beer. One sip is all it took to tell me that this is one fine porter. Lots of roasted malt with plenty of complimentary bittersweet chocolate. Hops are in the mix as well, though they're more understated than they were in the nose. I like hops to be an accent flavor when it comes to porters and stouts, not one of the pillars of the flavor profile. Bully! gets it just about perfect.

The body could be a bit bigger to suit me. With such a tremendous flavor, a more substantial body and a creamier mouthfeel would put this beer firmly in the upper echelon of the style. Well done carbonation; lively in the mouth without being fizzy.

Bully! Porter is close to great and a bigger mouth presence would inch it closer yet. Still highly recommended. Boulevard's best beer?

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

rich, dark black color and no light shining through on this one at all. Really nice head of tan that was easily a couple inches high at first, slowly settled down into a nice pillow that laid across the top and thoroughly coated the inside of the glass. Rich dark chocolate and roasted coffees are the first things that I am picking up in the Aroma. Really nicely done with hints of caramel and smoked malts, there is almost a peat like smell to it at times, especially as it warmed up. Equally well done as it transfers over to the flavor. Smooth, mellow, creamy, this was a very session able porter. Rich chocolate notes, hints of smoked malts, nice touches of coffee in the finish which left a slightly dry and bitter taste as it rolls away across the tongue. Very smooth and very enjoyable,

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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 zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - 12oz bottle pours out jet black with a tan, foamy one-finger head. It left some soapy lacing.

S - Smells like chocolate, sweet maltiness and touches of coffee.

T - It tastes like chocolate and roasted malt. There is a toffe-like flavor, too. Not at all bitter. Slightly sweet.

M - Soft and smoth with a dry finsh.A medium bodied porter.

D - A very enjoyable porter and at an affordable price.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Almost done with this variety pack. This offering pours a clear, very dark russet-ruby-brown topped by a finger of very steadfast cream-tan foam. The nose comprises molasses, maple syrup, light roasted malts, light cocoa powder, a tinge of coffee, and a dusting of florals. The taste accentuates the bitterness of these elements, particularly the cocoa, the coffee, and the roasted malts. A strong sense of balsa trickles throughout. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat thin feel. Overall, a solid porter, but one that could stand to be a bit thicker and sweeter (though not by too much on either count).

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, very deep brown/black color and solid tan head that leaves some good Belgian-lace about the glass. The aroma is limited, but that's OK for porter. Creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is rich with malt and intense roasted barley. There's a flash of sharp hop flavor in the middle (Cascades?), but it's covered over by the roastiness before the swallow is through. The finish is dry and roasty, revealing a little bit more of the hops; seemingly lasting forever. Very nice indeed!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from timbro81, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a short and dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a little faint but contains coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced. The sweetness comes from flavors of coffee & chocolate, but it's not overly sweet. There's a strong hops presence for the style and it goes along very well with the other flavors present. The malt character is very hearty as you would expect from a Porter. The after-taste is bitter-sweet and slightly smoky.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to sit down with and drink a couple while you relax. Overall, it's a pretty good beer.

Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep dark brown, with 2 fingers of mocha tan head. This stays put with a rich looking 1/2 finger, which leaves some heavy swathes of robust lacing behind. The aroma smells of roasted chocolate malts and coffee, with extra sticky notes of tangy toffee sitting underneath. A bit of green citrus and floral hops ride along the back. Nice healthy dark feel to this in the nose.

The taste has some hearty dark bitterness going on with it, with plenty of roast and coffee intertwining with chocolate and caramel malty sweetness. This is bitter with hops and citrus in the back, mixing with the leftover roast, and giving this a steady dry lingering feel in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller feeling, with a prickly sharpness to the carbonation that nicely matches all of that dark roast and bitterness that is present.

Definitely a darker feeling Porter here but that's just the way I like them! This was very rich with roast, coffee, and bitterness but there was more than enough sticky sweetness to keep this balanced and very drinkable. This was a bit of a surprise. A nicely done Porter here from Boulevard!

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

Thanks to redredwino (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a creamy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with a slight lacing, over darker ruby mahogany brown colored beer.

Nose is porter all right, some light roasted malts, light coffee, touch of burnt malt with hints of the almost acrid coffee grind but not sure if it really gets there, light chocolate malt, bit of caramel and hint of vanilla. That with slight hints of earthy hops.

Taste starts creamy porter like again, light roasted malts, light chocolate malts, slight biscuit like kit-kat almost, just the faintest hint of burnt acrid coffee grind and acidity, light oat like creamy flavor, hints of caramel and vanilla as well. I think the slightest hint of earthy hops but very hard to tell. Starts just a slight sweetness that dries as it finishes, with a slight sticky feel, and lingering bitter earthy charred malt flavors, and hint of salty brine.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bodied, decent carbonation, creamy.

Overall not bad, a nice drinking porter with some darker malts, full bodied, bit creamy, plenty of malts in there, hops are a bit harder to pull out, and the very slight burnt coffee grind acrid and acidic like flavor takes away slightly.

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

Thanks Hwwty4 for this one.

Pours a real dark hue with a nice tannish head that falls fairly quickly. Some minor coffee in there on the nose. Flavor has a decent sweet smooth tone to it. Minor coffee is noticeable on the back side. As it warms up, there seems to be a slight touch of caramel and slightly more vanilla. Feel is smooth on liquid and the carbonation has a slight bite, but not very much really. This is a nice and easy drinking 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 russpowell
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BBD of 10/21/06

Pours dark brown with a 3 fingers+ tan head. Good head retention & very good lacing

Smell: Malty& fruitty

Taste: Toasty malt, chocolate, followed by slight roastiness & coffee notes. Finishes dry fruitty & quenching

MF: chewy, rich & super carbonation

Very quaffable & one of the top 10 porters I've ever had

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 feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer, before cracking the crown, due to the distinguished-looking monocled bulldog, hoisting a pint on the label. It only gets better from there.
Completely black color,but for ruby red edges, with a fantastically fluffy cream/cocoa colored head. Aroma is sweet and creamy, notes of cocoa and spice, with big hits of espresso. Mysterious, beautiful, uplifting.
Great bitterness on the palate, full-bodied with massive malt. Long, lingering finish, which continues to deliver flavors of chocolate, anise, coffee. Lest I forget, an underlying fruitiness emerges in the middle, with tastes of dark cherries and grapes. A complex, tasty, and easily quaffable porter. This would be a regular in my fridge if it existed in my area.
Both marc77 and bditty 187 sent this to me, so I give out dual hearty thanks to these fine BAs!

Photo of jwc215
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

best by 8/1/06 - same day that I drank it.

Poured very dark brown - almost black - with a large rocky tan head that descended to a thin, well-retained layer. It left some lacing.

The smell was of chocolate, caramel, and a slight fruity hoppiness in the background. Rich and inviting.

The taste was of chocolate, caramel, a bit of smoky charcoal and a touch of roasted coffee. An underlying fruity hoppiness was noticeable, especially as the drink progressed that balanced the rich, complex malts. Sweetness was well-balanced by bitterness.

It thinned a bit in the mouth, making it more medium than full-bodied at times. Still, most of the flavors were well-retained, especially the charcoal-like smokiness and the touch of fruits.

Overall- smooth, complex and delicious. I would love to have this on a cool/cold evening, but, unfortunately it's not available in my area.
Thanks to bditty for this good brew!

Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep black color with a thick light tan head. The aroma is good. It is rich in black, roasted , and chocolate malts. The taste is decent. It is a bit too intense with it's blackness. It has a lingering roasted flavor. It goes down creamy, but finishes dry. The mouthfeel is good. This is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer drinks slightly above average. Look, I like the dark beers as much as anyone, but what is too much darkness. This beer pushes the envelope.

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque extremely dark brown, almost black in color with some highlights of reddish brown when held up to the light and moderate amounts of visible carbonation along the surface at the edges of the glass. The beer has a three finger tall frothy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a dense half finger tall patch covering the majority of the center of the beer with a thinner layer between that and the thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted and burnt malts with some lighter notes of coffee.

T: There is a moderate to strong flavor of very dark roasted malts including some hints of burnt malts and charcoal. After the malt flavors, there are also moderate flavors of bittersweet chocolate and espresso (bitter coffee) that is almost burnt. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly fuller than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and coats the inside of your mouth/tongue.

O: Probably a bit closer to a stout than a porter in mouthfeel but that likely improves it a little in my opinion. Easy to drink and enjoyable - I would definitely have another but not sure this could be a session beer for me.

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Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,067 ratings.