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Bully! Porter | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Bully! PorterBully! Porter

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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 JMad
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The liquid is a very dark brown color with a lofty tan colored head with rocky bubble formations.

Smells of dark chocolate, molasses with a hint of coffee and some herbal hop aroma. The taste is full of roasted malt and bitter coffee grinds, brown sugar and the finish has a nice pine hop flavor. It has a medium body with sparkling carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Solid porter in my opinion, it has a nice range of flavor and I wouldn't mind knocking back a few more.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep mahogany brown, crowned with a massive, dense tan head, which excellent retention. Belgian-style lace adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Roasted malt and smoky notes dominate the aroma. There is a very modest herbal hop aroma.

Taste: Opens with a fairly intense wave of roasted malt, and bitter cocoa. These flavors carry throughout the taste. Late in the taste, there is a slightly acidic cold coffee flavor, and a substantial charcoal presence. Finishes with a lingering burnt note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant, with a little stinging carbonatoin.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice, drinkable example.

Presentation: Packaged in a short, twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry -off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of JedBeerLoverKroon
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- This brew is dark and beautiful, yielding dark amber hues when help up to the light but mostly black. Thick smooth head forms when poured.

Smell- Biscuity and malty in nature, the smell hints at the chocolaty delight to come. Aroma also hints at nuttiness.

Taste- Amazingly complex flavor here, mostly chocolate maltiness but some swigs reveal fruityness. Just the right amount of bitterness for this type of brew. Extremely well balanced with rich body. It glides across the tongue.

Overall this is an amazing brew that can be drank anytime of day. It was a perfect breakfast choice and now as I drink it late at night it shows its appeal there too. I would highly recommend this brew as an example of the quality beer that Boulevard puts out. Thanks Boulevard!

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a tan foam head. No retention, spotty lace.

Coffee, dark roasted malt, some cocoa, and even a little maple in the nose. As the brew settles, chocolate becomes very pronounced.

Malt first, with coffee and some dark sweet notes. Clears to a moderate bitterness, with long lingering bitterness and a pucker at the finish. In the middle of all of that is some brown bread and a little touch of tartness.

Medium bodied, astringent -- which is a a bit odd for this style. Mouth dries out, and makes you want a glass of water, not more beer.

Overall, good brew. Tasty and enough complexities to enjoy more than one.

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Photo of delta490
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Pours a very deep clear brown that you can see through when held up to light. Has a big cappuccino colored head that lingers on and also leaves lacing. Aroma is mostly alcohol sweetness. The taste has more complexity, with some nice roasted malt flavor, a little coffee and a hint of bitterness on the finish. Has a little bit of carbonation but is mostly smooth and has a nice mouthfeel. An above average porter. Not mind-blowing, but solid.

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Photo of 94Sip
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Overall this was not my favorite style of porter, but I do not like overly hopped beers in general, and especially hoppy porters/stouts. This was very similar to the Deschuttes Black Butte porter which I also did not like.

Serving was a bottle in the last month of freshness date.

A: typical brown with a quickly dissipating mocha head. Within 1 minute there was not head and no lace.

Smell - could smell the hops and citrusy flavors

Taste: as mentioned, just too hoppy for my tastes, and not nearly enough of the coffe, toffees, or chocolates that I prefer in a porter/stout

Mouthfeel: very carbonated and thin.

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Photo of cbutova
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Poured from the bottle into a pint glass with a black body that has just a few slivers of brown around the very edges. A light tan head forms to a huge size, several fingers high with great retention. Cap falls to a puffy ring and cloud on the beer leaving thick, randomly shaped patches of lace.

S- Lightly roasted malts and caramel off the top. Notes of cocoa, toasted nuts and some dark fruits. Slightly buttery and a malty Porter overall.

T- Biggest difference I know here is a nice smoky aspect adds a good complexity to the malts. Roasty cocoa and caramel are big but not too decadent. Toasted nut and dark fruit hints round it all out nicely.

MF- Creamy consistency to a moderately thick body. Carbonation is high but goes nicely with the malt profile and everything feels smooth.

Got a 6 pack of this for $12 dollars and I am happy with my decision. This Porter is light enough to drink anytime but also delivers a satisfying roast malt character.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: black, couple lighter brown edges, dark tan head, 3 fingers, frothy, lacy.

Aroma: soft roast, mild dry chocolate, coffee roast, grassy hints

Taste: roasted malt, cocoa powder, light roasted coffee, toffee, dry, subtle hop touch.

***Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but carbonation is good. Nothing too far-reaching here, but it's well rounded and drinkable. Solid year-round offering.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep brown with ruby and purple highlights. The sandy colored head is very creamy and pillowy. Excellent retention, the head doesn't budge an inch. Sheets of lacing paint the sides of the glass.

S: Floral and citrus hop bouquet. Orange peel and lemon zest. Green and oily. Malt scents of soot and charcoal, wet grain, bakers chocolate, and a touch of bread crust. Very hop-forward on the nose, even for an American porter.

T: A heavy dose of charcoal and soot kick things off. Roasty, woody, and smoky. A sharp kick of citric hops bring orange peel, orange marmalade, and lemon candy squarely into the spotlight. Hops shift and go oily and green. Roasted malt tastes make a resurgence as tastes of chocolate cake and molasses come to the forefront. There's some burnt malt acidity as well. Finishes with a strong sooty pull that lingers for some time.

M: Medium bodied. Full and creamy. Small-bubbled carbonation is slightly aggressive and has some scrubbing action. Light astringency. Comes off a bit foamy.

O: A nice enough Robust porter. Boulevard wasn't shy with the hopping. The expected roasted malt tastes are forced to share the spotlight, and the hops even get the better of the tilt at times.

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Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of dlello2
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a relatively fresh bottle from Boulevard. Poured with a decent few fingers of head. Quite sweet and low alcohol, but the powdered chocolate sweetness was cut by a nice hop addition. The taste was nice, just missing the coffee and roast I like in porters. Overall a decent beer that I'd seek out again--would be curious as to what will happen to this with time.

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Tons of awesome head, wider than a thumb, that lasts for a few drinks…a rich, dark brown, with creamy khaki colored head, this is the look of a good porter…(4/5)

Smell: A mild smelling beer…definitely malt aromas, with the chocolate, coffee, and subtle vanilla flavors playing a shared backseat role…(3.5/5)

Taste: Awesome! Chocolate, caramel and coffee combine cohesively creating constant contentment…Citrus hops carries the flavor through with a bit of bitterness lingering after each sip…their malts are a great conveyor for other flavors…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, fully coats my tongue with creamy (vanilla) malt flavor…rich, leaves a lasting impression of goodness…(4/5)

Overall: I like this beer…porters are always a favorite of mine and this is another good player in the game…it doesn’t stand out, but it is very enjoyable…I will keep this in the rotation from time to time…(3.75/5)

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Photo of BillyPirate
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Attractive deep beige head of moderate duration with ample lacing. Opaque with reddish hues.

S- Noticeably unpleasant and aggressive bouquet reminiscent of cough syrup. Tends to undermine the subsequent flavor.

T- Rich molasses/espresso notes conveying a complexity so distinct it can almost be described as inconsistent (yet enjoyable overall).

M- Nicely chewy, easily drinkable.

O- Aside from the aromatic issues, this is a wonderful representation of the style and I highly recommend it as a session beer.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A foamy, dark tan head erupts from the mahogany body quickly dissipating to leave a creamy lacing clinging to the edge of the glass.

Warm toasted malt, a fair amount of wheat and yeast for a porter, and milk chocolate notes highlight the aroma.

Flavor consists of roasted coffee bordering on burnt with hints of milk chocolate and charred toast.

Medium to fuller in body with medium carbonation with a charred finish.

A decent example of the style. Not as robust as I am accustomed to for a porter, and not as hoppy as one would expect for the American variety, yet tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of horshack7
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours incredibly black with a two finger head that is a darker shade of beige and is very rocky with great retention.

Aroma: Heavy dark roasted coffee with underlying chocolate malts. Roasted hops, faint banana, twinges of toffee.

Taste: A mostly smooth mouthfeel with a malty bite. Dark roasted coffee, light notes of molasses, traces of milk sugar. Toffee and roasted hops finish it off.

Notes: It's a solid porter begining to end with a good smooth finish. Cheers.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours dark! Light is no match. The head is a model of beauty and efficiency. It retains, is well shaded and laces with bubbly chops and slashes.

S-A sprinkle of chalk and lots of lactic milk chocolate and coffee. French vanilla. Subtle lingering hop notes. Hops are a bit soapy and bitter. Pretty standard.

T-Lots of chocolate syrup. Coffee with a quarter-shot of espresso. Light but noticeable hop bitterness. Very stylistic, very unobtrusive, very drinkable and very pedestrian.

M-Great feel. Bubbles dance. The body goes down willingly. No booze.

O/D-Has its good and bad sips. It is quite a modest Porter. Nothing truly unique or superbly attractive. At its optimal temp, it is very easy to agree with.

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Photo of Winston_Smith
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: When you're pouring it, and light can come through, its an extremely dark amber. In the glass, its just about black, with two fingers of tan head from a standard pour. Lacing is thick. Looks like porter.

Smell: Light burnt coffee is the most predominant thing I can smell. I've got a minor cold today though, so I probably couldn't do it justice.

Taste: This stuff's rich. The burnt coffee in the nose is there on the tongue as well (in a good way), with some dark chocolate, too. I dig it. Its got a pretty complex taste.

Mouthfeel: A bit creamy, and pretty thick. The carbonation is pretty spot on.

Overall: I'd had this before, but picked up a Boulevard variety pack the other night, with intent to review it. Obviously I bought it a second time, and where I live, Boulevard products are readily available. I'm a fan of Bully! Porter, and will definitely buy it again. Especially for the price, Boulevard's variety packs are a good deal. Try this beer!

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Photo of minterro
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought in South Beloit when I went there a few weeks ago.

A&S: very dark brown colored beer, creamy tan head that sustains at about a half a finger. lacing stays in nice chunks. Lots of toastyness hints of dark chocolate, some malty carmel sweetness.

T&M: dark chocolate upfront, but soon fades into more of the main taste which is roasty. some bitter coffee tones on the back end. there is this relevant piney tone to it also. not very smooth, kinda on the crisp side.

O: very drinkable and not bad for the price it about about $8 for the sixer.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from boulevards 12 pack sampler, poured into pint glass

A: very dark reddish brown, heavy frothy foam light caramel color 2 finger head, heavy lacing

S: Chocolate, coffee, dark fruit (raisin), caramel sweetness, very mouthwatering scent

M: medium body, carbonation, goats the tongue with the creamy malts

T: dark coffee, chocolate, caramel, heavy roasted malt, carbonation, nice creamy bitterness

O: Good selection and porter

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle best by 12-1-12
Bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours nearly pitch black in color with only dark brown notes at the curves of the glass with 3 fingers of thick frothy tan colored head that lingers quite a while and appears to be leaving a little bit of lace.

S- Dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, little bits of dark roasted coffee.

T- Follows nose well. Lots of dark roasted malts up front. It has that cold bitter coffee taste.

M- Right between medium and full bodied. Moderately low amount of carbonation.

O- A nice offering from Boulevard. A decent take on the style.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FTowne for this bottle...

A: Pours a nice deep black, with only slight brown hues around the edges. There is about a half finger of light khaki colored head that fades fairly quickly.

S: The nose is caramel, malt, light milk chocolate, and a touch of raisin. I'm also picking up a bit of a saltiness, almost like a Baltic porter. And I love Baltic porters.

T: The first hit is caramel, milk chocolate and that saltiness. The malt base is there too, obviously. This is really nice.

M: Medium bodied beer. The color is deep and dark, but this this is any easy drinker. It's effervescent to start, but as it linger on the palate, it gets really smooth. The finish is like velvety.

O: This is a solid porter. I don't know if it rivals Founder's Porter, but it's good. I'd drink this again, no problem.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, ruby brown around the edges, two finger tan head.

S-Roasted malt with chocolate, balanced out with coffee. Maybe even some vanilla.

T-Roasted borderline burnt malt, dark chocolate and some coffee. Not much bitterness.

M-Medium bodied but with a little too much carbonation for a porter.

O-A decent porter but the high level of carbonation and burnt notes were a turn off.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into small glass mug

A - large medium-tan head over a transparent body of black with red-orange highlights; visible carbonation; nice trail of lace

S - roast malts, dark chocolate, coffee, lactic quality, smoke, hint of dark fruits

T - rich coffee and chocolate, citrusy hops in the middle, smoky bitter finish

M - lighter end of medium-bodied, average carbonation, smooth and creamy

O - not bad; an average porter

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz poured into a pint glass.
Review from notes:

A – Pours a garnet hued dark brown, 2 fingers of firm tan head than retains very well. Loads of horizontal lacing.

S – Rich chocolate and caramel, roasted malts, creamy coffee.

T – Follows the nose with milk chocolate and caramel, slightly toasted, citrus pops up in the middle and adds bitterness, hints of coffee underneath, hints of vanilla, finishes with roasted chocolate malts. Bitterness flows into the finish a bit.

M – Moderate carbonation, silky feel.

Very focused porter that drinks like kinda like a stout. Chocolate, coffee, and roasted with a balanced sweetness. Good mouthfeel. Very impressed by this one.

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