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Bully! Porter - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Bully! PorterBully! Porter

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very good

948 Ratings

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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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Manitoba (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle BB 29/6/12 acquired as part of a mixed 12 at Happy Harry's Grand Forks North. Poured ~4C into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Stellar. Tons of tan head (2-3 fingers) that laces the whole way down. It sits atop an opaque brown/black body with edges of ruby red that are clear.
S: Fairly muted. Some sweetness and roasted malts. Not much else. Disappointing actually.
T: Roasted malts dominate obviously, but there is a fair amount of other stuff going on here. Some caramel sweetness, light earthy hops, some hints of molasses... Solid body.
M: Full rich mouthfeel with some silkiness to it.
O: A rock solid effort here in a style I am fairly unfamiliar with. Certainly a beer I would enjoy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 23:05:56 | More by kjyost
Photo of McNealc31


3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, but not quite black. Chocolate, wood, and cherries fill the nose. Roasted flavors dominate the palate and a kick of bitterness speaks to a higher hops level than most porters. Charred wood, slightly overdone coffee and dark cherries come through in the flavor, as well.

It's different than a lot of porters. Definitely hoppier. Considering they use 5 kinds of hops, that's not surprising. This is on the side of hoppy porter more than it is Black IPA. Mouthfeel also might not be as creamy and smooth as other porters. Still tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 04:19:38 | More by McNealc31
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 04:35:10 | More by StonedTrippin
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm actually drinking my third one of these tonight, so it's about time I got off my arse and reviewed this brew. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a Darth Vader black color with a big, rich, creamy tan head which takes about half the beer to finally go away. Superb lacing throughout the brew.

Smell - Dark chocolate, coffee, all the things we love in a hearty porter. Very interesting.

Taste - Certainly a coffee puch up front, followed by a nice dark chocolate on the backside. Nice and rich but not overwhelming, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Enough carbonation to make things interesting, not too much. A bit of a bitter tinge to the aftertaste, which I like. Makes me know I'm drinking good beer. The chocolate and bitter taste stayed with me for a while after drinking this brew.

Overall - Very easy to use this as a session brew. This is an excellent example of an American Porter, very well balanced, not too strong. It's easy to drink a bunch of these. I really enjoyed this brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 05:30:40 | More by TheCondor
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this as part of a M&M 6-pack from Binny’s in Downer’s Grove, IL for $9.99 in Early 2012.

Pours a very dark brown/black color with a fluffy light brown head. Scent is mostly of robust malts and cocoa. Taste is heavy and flavorful. Has a robust cocoa sugar taste that is smooth. Finishes with a dry, slightly bitter after taste. Great Drinkability and well made.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 07:12:41 | More by Lemke10
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3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice porter that had some nice smoke after the lid is poppped. What pours is a very dark black brews that makes a big foamy tan head that sustained a long time with some nice lacing.

The taste is strong and full with burnt roasty mocha nut taste. This is a bitter sweet flavor that is balanced well. I prefer a sugary sweet porter generally but this has more hoppy bitterness. However the mocha flavors is very nice on the tongue. Thick and lovely amount of flavor.

Pretty smooth and drinkable beer. Carbonation is fizzy but not too big and bubbly or overwhelming.

a great beer that goes down well with some Charles Gayle saxophone that is inspired by Coltrane. william Hooker's trio cd "Monsoon" would also be a nice choice for this American style Porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 06:27:59 | More by frankiepop
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4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Briefly chilled 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip pint. Best-by date on bottle says 4.14.12.

Look- Pours a dark ruby brown/black with three fingers of toasted marshmallow-colored head. Settles to an off-center half inch of dense foam after about five minutes. Fair amount of sticky looking webby lacing, though it's sparser than I'd like to see from a hearty porter. Pretty respectable, all things considered.

Smell- Light and spicy for a porter. Cinnamon, roasted grain, semi-sweet chocolate, French roast coffee, and a touch of aromatic hardwood. Maybe some candied plum. Swirling brings out a bit of bitterness and booze. Hits all the right notes and adds something intriguing- very nice.

Taste- Starts out like black coffee with a hint of sweetness, before rolling over into dark chocolate. Somewhere in the middle there's a flush of black cherry, followed by a light smoky flavor. Finishes with notes of coffee, loamy earth, and a dark green pine-like flavor. Aftertaste is roasty and savory. Manages to feel light on it's feet despite the strong dark flavors.

Mouthfeel- Rich, not quite syrupy. The texture is something like watered down eggnog. A moderate amount of carbonation asserts itself at the front of the sip, emphasizing the creaminess on the swallow. As I mentioned before, it comes off as fairly light nonetheless. Somewhat dry on the finish, but not as cottony as some roasty beers get. I wouldn't mind having a couple of these.

Overall- Pretty darn good, and quite sessionable for a porter. Complex enough to keep things interesting without going overboard. I'll be keeping an eye out for this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 08:22:27 | More by Lawl3ss
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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown to coffee/chocolate type color. Very nice head and plenty of lacing.

It's got a sweet, roasted, woodland type smell. not real strong, but pleasant and on par with the taste.

The taste is very fine. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and smoke. Downright delicious if you ask me.

Mouthfeel is thick and tangy, with plenty of carbonation and a nice, lingering, slightly bitter, smoky aftertaste.

Drinkability: Pretty darn high. A nice, tasty beer that might complement a medium rare porterhouse steak quite nicely. Well, at least that's what food I'd like to have right now, perhaps the beer is giving me ideas about what to cook for dinner.

Overall rating: Thank you sir! May I have another!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 06:42:14 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a very dark brown color with a nice and defined head.

Very well balanced aromas of toffee, roasted caramel, roasted malts, and some bits of smoke and coffee. Good complex aromas but with nothing completely jumping out

full bodied with very good flavors of roast coffee, toffee, caramel and a bit of smoke. The feel is a slight bit of a let down as it is slightly hollow in the middle

An extremely good porter. Excellent lacing with very good aromas and good flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 02:14:27 | More by KDawg
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3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark dark brown with lots of tan sticky foam

Smell: Roasted malty sweet smell with a little bit of earthiness.

Taste: Roasted bitterness that has a slight sweetness to it. There is a nice aftertaste that only stays around for a good amount of time.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 04:47:43 | More by ruckus232
Photo of Coplains


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had from tap before when visiting KC, but this one was from a bottle. Pours dark amber nearing opaque with 2 fingers of foam that dissipates. Smooth caramel and a bit of roasted coffee. Moderate carbonation and a very solid porter from Boulevard. Have bought multiple times, it is one of my favorite from this brewery, and although not as popular as unfiltered wheat, one of the better beers that they make.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 02:10:16 | More by Coplains
Photo of scratch69


3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Very dark brown (almost opaque) with a two finger tan head. Nice amount of lacing.

Smell- Not much smell. Faint aroma of coffee and smokiness.

Taste- Smoky, dark roasted malt. Slight taste of hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Mild bodied with mild amount of creaminess. Dry finish with a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall- Not bad for the style. I will probably be having this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 22:36:52 | More by scratch69
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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.

Pours a slightly translucent brown color with an off white head, which is a good two and a half fingers at pour. Beautiful coats of lacing.

Malt dominates the aroma. Slightly roasty, slightly toasty. Not as much coffee and chocolate as I get from other porters. There is a light nuttiness in the aroma that I can only pinpoint to the yeast. Very mild aroma.

A very nice drinking porter. Honestly didn't expect much from the aroma. A slightly sweet, creamy, and malty flavor up front, mixed in with the light nuttiness from the yeast I detected in the aroma. Next comes a nice mild level of roast that dries it out just slightly. Slight bitterness from the hops.

Nice low level of carbonation and just above medium body. Extremely drinkable for a porter, that's what I love about this beer.

A good very drinkable porter. If you're looking for something extreme, this isn't it. This is a good session beer packed with flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 05:45:50 | More by ahq514
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4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a New Belgium tulip style glass.

Look: Black with mohogany highlights around the edge. Great, thick, latte-colored head.

Smell: A mixture of grapefruit and coffee. Nutty, roasty, sweet. A tinge of sourness that may be coming from the grapefruit hop character.

Taste: Roast and toast up front. Juicy and bitter hop presence in the back. Leaves the mouth dry and tasting that burnt maltiness. Taste is almost bordering on cascadian dark ale territory.

Mouthfeel: If this beer is carefully poured and never swirled, it will retain a high level of carbonation that may subtract from the experience. I prefer to pour somewhat aggressively and swirl it up a bit to get that carbonation down. This leads to a smoother, creamier beer and I can focus on the flavors more.

Overall: A very good porter with a nice hop balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 04:34:34 | More by ikenney87
Photo of barleyroad


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark, past brown with a nice carmel foam. Smell is balanced nicely with hops and grains. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean; this beer leaves the mouth nicely. Taste is, well, nicely balanced and has hits of toasting. Overall this is a good porter that will go well with any meat. Good swiss and sausage..yea

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 02:00:28 | More by barleyroad
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (six pack purchased 3 weeks ago) into a pint glass.

Appearance - very dark brown with lighter browns along the edges. 2 fingers of tan head. Looks nice. Leaves a nice amount of lacing.

Smell - Notes of coffee. Not getting much else.

Taste - Nice and dark but the carbonation comes through up top. Then slight alcoholic taste. Also coffee.

Mouthfeel - Fairly carbonated for a porter. Maybe a bit too much.

Overall - I like this porter but it's not my favorite. A nice overall job by the Boulevard guys.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 02:30:46 | More by Pjev11
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3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid brownish/black color with a tan head of foam that reduces down to a nice little creamy layer with a bit of sticky lace.

A nice roasty character with a sweetness that is reminiscent of lactose sugar. Some nutty notes as well.

Huge roasted malts dominate the flavor. Some sharp bitterness in the form of coffee bean and dark chocolate. Nearly all roast with very little sweetness. Quite flavorful, just not sweet enough for my tooth.

Very soft carbonation lends to a smooth beer with a nice medium body.

A well crafted porter here, but personally I like a little more sweetness. Solid choice nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 02:49:34 | More by jera1350
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3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark hazelnut brown color wih burgundy edges and a one finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of lacing left behind.

Slightly toasty aroma with caramel malt sweetness, hazelnut, toffee and chocolate. Slightly smokey with a faint hop presence in the nose.

Medium bodied with soft carbnation and a slightly roasted malt character up front. Hints of toast, caramel, and toffee balanced a by a subtle smokiness as well as some autumnal spice. Slight hop bitterness balances things lingering into a dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 15:14:06 | More by corby112
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3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle Best by 1/9/12

A - Deep, dark brown. It does allow some light to shine through at the edges. Big, foamy, tan head recedes to a one-finger width leaving some sticky lacing.

S - Quite a bit lighter than I was looking for. Some smoky caramel malts. A little bit of coffee with some faint nuttiness. Sense a mild hops presence.

T/M - Much the same as the nose. Roasted burnt toffee with some coffee. A hint of bitter chocolate comes through in the taste. More of a hops bite on the finish than I was expecting. Medium body with a mild creaminess. Good carbonation.

O - It has some good things going for it, but not something I'll be actively grabbing from Boulevard's offerings.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 22:36:50 | More by bigaltemple
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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark brown, nearly black body with a big three-finger mocha head. Very good retention and lacing.

The aroma is a little lighter than I expected. Faint notes of dark fruit, roasted malt, coffee and a hint of chocolate.

The flavor is a touch more impressive, as all the mentioned aromas come through very well in the flavor. The chocolate is much more pronounced and blends well with the dark malt flavor. A bit of smoky flavor comes through as well.

Appropriate texture and mouthfeel for the style. Overall, a solid porter that I would gladly have again.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 22:40:06 | More by FanofHefe
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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a deep black with a tint of ruby red through the light. The head is a very airy, creamy pillow of frothy bubbles. The head retention is nice. Lots of lacing, not as sticky as other beers, but definitely present. This beer smells like it should: bitter chocolates, roasted malts, and even a sweet raisin and citrus hop presence in there somewhere. A nice tasting porter with the bitter chocolate dominating. Again, there is a finish of tangy hops in there, but the malty bitter chocolate is dominant. The mouthfeel is a bit watery, and too carbonated. Overall, this beer was better than I expected. It is too carbonated like some Boulevard beers tend to be, but the appearance, taste, and aroma are all worthy. It has it's flaws, but I like this porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 11:28:54 | More by JuicesFlowing
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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

899th Review on BA
Bottle to Handleless Mug
12 oz

Best by: 2/05/12
Purchased from: On the Rocks, Lawrence, KS

App- A nice lighter/medium brown with a good 1-1/2 in head. A medium paced receding head that falls to a bit of a pond layer of light creme.

Smell- A good roast note with a little malt backbone and some white pepper to it. A good touch of cocao powder.

Taste- A good little porter with a small malt presence. A good touch of roast with coffee and some dark chocolate.

Mouth- A lighter medium bodied beer with a light medium carbonation. The taste of the dark chocolate remains.

Drink- I love me some Blvd. Always a quality product. I would like to have this one available locally.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 00:38:47 | More by FosterJM
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New Jersey

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

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle from the mix pack into a pint glass.

Pours dark black with tan foam. Stickiness. Roasted coffee smell. Burnt. Really smooth creamy taste. Milky.

Quite flavorful but clean. Hops are subtle. Nice classic porter. Taste more like an English porter than an American one. Quite good.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 01:05:16 | More by KTCamm
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3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a Boulevard 12- Mix Pack w/ GeoffTheAleMan @ Dierbergs in Creve Couer, MO for $15.49 & Shared w/ GeoffTheAleMan. Poured from black bottle w/ Bully! Porter in Red & a Bulldog that looks English raising his Pint into a 16oz Pint Glass. No freshness date found.

Aroma- Has a strong roastiness and good malt aroma. The hop aroma's presence was very light-medium but still present. Nice overall smells.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that didn't even have room to keep (b/c it was so small). Has a dark brown color body that had great clarity. No much lacing afterwards.

Flavor- Very roasty and has an awesome amount of maltiness! Sweet and a bit of hop at the finish. Medium hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Low Carbonation, Roasty on the finish, and smooth.

Overall Impression- An awesome brew for Boulevard. Roasty and the characteristics were dead on to be a Robust Porter. Enjoyed greatly and hope to see more! Don't see this much in 6-packs with the other Boulevard usuals.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 03:17:18 | More by DCon
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4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've only had a handful of porters in my life, but this is the best one. I'd go out of my way for it again, even though I'm normally not a huge fan of dark beers.

A: Dark black, of course, with a smoldering red at the bottom of the glass. Head hung around for a few minutes but left superb lacing.

S: It doesn't give much away on the nose. Typical dark smells of coffee and roasted malts.

T: Just delicious. Smoke, wood, coffee, brown sugar, a bit of dark fruits - nothing too strong, not overpowering and definitely sippable. All ties together brilliantly.

M: An appealing, lively combination of body and bubbles.

A really great effort. Will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 01:20:05 | More by nach0king
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