Bully! Porter - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,043 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,043
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 43
Gots: 59 | 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:
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 Crosling
2.4/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very light ruby in color, but does appear brown in the glass. Quickly diminishing white cream. Had high hopes for this one, but it seems to be a really basic, stale example. Nose shows a hint of sour fruit. Flavor is really lacking, thin & lacking concentration. Hmmm.

Photo of toby2010
2.3/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The look and smell of Blvd. Bully! Porter are great, and I like most beers from Blvd since it is the main local brew in the KC area, but the Bully! Porter's taste and feel were very disappointing.

A - Dark brown beer with lacy brown foam. Looks great in the bottle, which is stocky with a bulldog logo to match the porter's attitude.

S - Very good with a number of rich flavors present. Not easy to detect in the bottle, but far more so than your typical grocery store domestic.

T - Overwhelmingly bitter. There are hints of dynamic flavors in the beer, but the bitterness is too shocking and strong to appreciate the more subtle notes.

D/M - The mouthfeel is smooth and has just the right amount of bubbles. Unfortunately, the bad taste doesn't allow you to enjoy the smooth feel. The only way to drink it is to chug, and a fairly pricey microbrew should be appreciated comfortably.

Photo of Strand
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boulevard Bully! Porter is one of the best porters I've ever had. If you like a thick, heavy porter, you should definitely try it. It has a bit of a chocolately finish to it, which is always good. And it's good and heavy - you practically have to cut this stuff with a knife.

Porter isn't a beer style for everybody. I've only been a porter fan for a few months, but it's become one of my favorite beer styles. Boulevard Bully! Porter is one of the few "mass produced" porters that is easily accessible in the upper midwest. And it is available year round, which is something I can't say for some other porter producers (that right, I'm talking about you, Sam Adams).

Boulevard doesn't make many styles that I particularly like (Bully! Porter and Unfiltered Wheat being the exceptions), but they've really hit a home run with this one. If you like porter, try this one. If you've never tried porter, this is as good of a place to start as any. Bully! Porter is always welcome in my beer fridge.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark chestnut brown. Poured a 2 finger chocolate head with good retention. Sticky lacing all over the glass.

S: Toasted malt aromas; coffee, chocolate, toffee and roasted nuts.

T: Big toasted malt flavors up front; coffee, roasted nuts with chocolate and toffee in the background. Some yeast flavors ahead of a dry bittering finish that balances the beer nicely with the dry burnt malt flavor that lingers.

M: Full bodied. Some carbonation for a nice bite with the finish to balance the smooth and creamy feel.

D: Nicely balanced beer makes this very drinkable. Hides the abv and body well.

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

Pours into a pint glass with dark brown color and thin white head. The head leaves some nice lacing behind but it's gone in a hurry. The beer has good clarity around the edges.

Aroma is sweet and mild but with a definate hop presence. It's not like a dry hopped beer but it's there.

Flavor is a combination of roasted malts and grassy hop bitterness. There's a good bit of sweetness up front but it's quickly blown to the side by chocolate malt and that earthy grassy hop. Pretty well balanced overall but there's sort of a see-saw effect going on.

Mouthfeel is good medium bodied porter with a nice gentle carbonation. Overall pretty drinkable but not something I would make a night out of. Still a decent porter.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Fresh until 4/4/09! Pours a dark brown/black color with a large bubbly beige head. Good retention and drippy sea foam lacing.

The smell is faint at best. Brown sugar, light roast coffee and molasses.

Sugary sweet, rich roast chocolatey malt with no bitterness at all up front. Mild sour and hop bitterness with swallow. Aftertaste lingers just long enough to encourage another sip. Mouthfeel is frothy and expansive: great use of carbonation to bring forth flavor. This beer was doing great until it warmed up and all the flavors muddled together into a sugary indistiguishable blah.

Overall a good sugary porter that stands out amongst the roasty charcoal brews. The flavor muddle at the end killed it for me though.

Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color. 5/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops up front, sweet malt, roasted malt, and slight chocolate. Fits the style of American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with a high carbonation level present. Tastes of roasted malt, hops, slight sweet malt, and overall a fairly bitter beer.

Photo of jujubeast6000
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 2/25/2009 (bottle BB 02/19/09):

Pours a dark red colored body with a big foamy tan-colored head, good lasting. Malty nutty coffee aroma. Dark fruit, dustiness, grape and fig. Sweet and sugary too, light molasses and brown sugar. Brown sugar, molasses and a coffee aftertaste. Watery palate. Fruity coffee taste. Deliciousness! Somewhat dry.

Photo of aaronhanson
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - very dark, with lots of foam that stuck around

S - not extremely pleasing, sharp with soft undertones.

T - Tastes a little like beer mixed with someone's spittoon, but not necessarily in a bad way. It's more reminiscent of drinking a beer and having a cigar.

M - made my tongue tingle a little bit, not great.

D - I wouldn't buy it again, but the beer is better than the sum of its parts.

Photo of katan
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated 12 oz bottle

A - Pretty darn dark - only a light amount of light gets through the edges, with a amber hue. The head is very well retained, and a off white to chocolate color. No dissipation.

S - A roasted malt note - moderate in assertiveness. A small amount of yeast backdrop hanging around. Some hints of chocolate.

T - Starts off on the malt side, with a combination of roasted malts and light bittersweet chocolate. Really dry all the way through. Develops a small amount of bitter balance mid-stream, that is matched with a growing yeast spice. Finishes with a dry burnt flavor.

M - A combination of malty thickness and carbonation bite. Carbonation bite makes the beer lighter for sure. Oil on the palette creates an interesting after sensation.

D - Very easy to drink. Roasted malts are moderate and balanced, leading towards a complex and not single attribute heavy beer. ABV is manageable.

Probably my favorite AP.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to a tulip glass.

A: Dark brown with a small amount of head and not much lacing.

S: Very roasted scent with a small hint of chocolate and coffee.

T: Very similar to the scent, strong roasted malts and a burnt coffee finish.

Overall: Nice porter overall with nice mouthfeel and good drinkability.

Photo of PirateUlf73
4.72/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a mug.

A: Dark ruby-black with minimal light able to pierce through. Light-tan head is bubbly and lively, and got up to about two fingers before settling down. Very good lacing.

S: Very strong roasted malt aromas with a hint of earthy hops coming through as well. Subtle suggestions of coffee and bitter chocolate.

T: Nice roasted barley backdrop is not overly sweet. Significant hop presence balances nicely and keeps things interesting. A very interesting dichotomy going on here.

M: Nice medium body and well-carbonated to boot. Aftertaste is bitter roastiness and the finish is quite clean.

D: Very drinkable. Would make an ideal session porter.

This is hands down the most balanced, drinkable porter I've come across thus far, and is easily the best among Boulevard's year-round brews. Certainly hoppier than a lot of porters, but I admire the originality. This should be a staple in bars across the Midwest!

Photo of wnh
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. "Best by 07/10/09."

Pours a deep chocolately brown with the slightest of ruby highlights and a finger's worth of foamy tan head. Head leaves a decent amount of lacing. Lots of lively little bubbles rising up all around the perimeter of the glass.

Nose of delicious roasty-coffee-chocolate goodness. I can almost taste the beer with a few big sniffs, and it's making my mouth water. On first sip this starts quite different than the aroma, with a burnt malt flavor dominating. Dark chocolate and coffee bitterness comes toward the end, with a bit of earthy hop bitterness to finish it off. Good medium-bodied chewiness, with a nice amount of carbonation. Leaves the entire inside of my mouth feeling coated but slightly dry. A solid porter.

Photo of Yetiman420
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Foamy three finger head. Lots of carbonation. Perhaps a by product of yeast addition at bottling.

Dark brown.

Aroma - nothing much. Really had to pull hard for the roasted malt aroma I enjoy with a good porter. First couple of sips reveal more toasted malt flavor than the aroma would indicate. As the beer warmed to room temp aroma awakened with some sweetness.

3/4 of the way through I'm struggling to get this, my second beer of the night, down. Flavor seems flat but not by carbonation standards.

Gave it some more time to achieve room temp and the flavor turned sweet and I could more easily detect some of the nutty and roasted porter characteristics.

Photo of mothman
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours a dark copper amber. Big fluffy head that left splattered lacing.

Smell is very carmely. Deep roasted malts with a smokey aroma as well. The taste was of heavy roasted malts. There was also a nut flavor with some earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is very bitter, maybe a tad overcarbonated. Goes down smooth with a slight sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this wasn't my favorite porter, it seemd to be to smokey. It came in the sample pack, so I am glad I got a chance to try it.

Photo of rmmm16
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown with hint of red and a tan head. Lacing remains for most of the glass. Not very aromatic but smells of roasted chocolate are there. The taste is a nice roasted and grainy malt that finishes bitter. This is a great go-to inexpensive porter that is very drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from TexIndy, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a clear dark brown with beautiful ruby highlights when held to light. Bubbly off white head sticks around forever and sticks to the entire glass. Smells of Grainy malts, dark chocolate and roast. Tastes of chocolate and roast. A bit of nut and faint fruit in the finish. Lingering roast bitterness on the pallete long after each sip. Medium to high carbonation, medium body, creamy silky mouthfeel. This is a great porter. Lower the carbonation a bit and it would be outstanding.

Photo of dakid618
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a dark red, almost black, color with over two fingers of frothy tan head that doesn't dissipate for over five minutes. Smell is like roasted cocoa and burnt chocolate. Taste is very roasty and chocolatey. Goes down very smooth. Light mouthfeel. Good drinkability as it's light and goes down so easy. I regret I've passed over this beer so many times before as it is the best porter I've had yet. Boulevard never let's me down.

Photo of HappyBivouac
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

best by 02/19/09. not the freshest bottle but should be pretty good.

reddish cola brown--mostly opaque with a huge rocky light tan head. retains nicely. tree-rings of lacing down my glass. smells of tart cherries, mild sweetness and smoky roasty/burnt malts. really smooth. strong nutty flavor up from akin to a good brown ale. dark fruits, slightly tart and sweet brighten up in the middle and the finish is very smooth with deep roasty malt. not very heavy at all in the body, but has that frothy character from the nice retaining head. exactly as a porter should feel. this is a really nice porter! I could drink lots of these, and plan to in the future.

Photo of DocTheDJ
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bully Porter. Short brown bottle.

*Dark molasses brown, non-transparent, fairly nice head and retention (even though I poured and drank it quite cold). Okay lacing even when cold!

*Very rich roasted chocolaty-cocoa scent a bit smokey, a bit burnt? And a bit of rich coffee smeill? Some type of berry tone that matches nicely.
Quite intense and invigorating!

*The taste is quite rich and powerful and I am not sure on the bitterness (since the taste is quite powerful) but I do feel it teamed up alright with the other flavors. Tasted like it smelt with the roasted/smokey flavoring coming out more as it makes its way down. Has a nice brown-sugar/molasses and caramel taste to it as well, the sweetness level was quite nice and not overpowering (hint of berries?). A fairly dry mouth feel which seemed to match everything else in this beer. Enjoyed the aftertaste as well - still want more!

*Was a bit thick, even when cold, and I would have to at least categorize it as Medium bodied and surely smooth. A small bit creamy but not as much as I thought it might be.

· I have never tried a porter before this one and I think I found an all right starting point as a newcomer to this style. Or perhaps even a Keep it In Stock beer esp. in the winter. Pu...ssshsht... Yes I did just open another, thank you I will have another!

Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A really dark porter. Pretty much pitch black with a decent head.

S: Coffee and alomost a smokey aroma. Maybe some kind of nut flavor. Smell could be a little stronger.

T: A nice burnt roasted flavor comes through. A little coffe again. No real sweetness. Pretty straightforward roasted malt type flavor, but very rich. A slight hop bitterness finishes this one off.

M: Carbonation is very prevalant in this medium bodied porter. Feels good!

D: Drinkability does not get much higher in a porter than this. Refreshing compared to other porters I've had.

Photo of Mistofminn
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a Boulevard 12-Pack Sampler. Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into my Leinenkugel's pint glass.

Poured dark dark brown (nearly jet black) with a brown-tinted head that has decent lacing.

Very roasty on the nose. Caramel malts, subtle bakers chocolate, hints of coffee and an earthy hop tone round out the aroma.

Maybe the "roastiest" porter I've ever had. Chocolate and coffee tones show themselves here. Taste follows the nose very closely, pretty much what I expected. More hop tones than I anticipated, but with the bold malt flavors it balances well. Tastes great.

Medium body with minimal carbonation. Coats your mouth. Very crisp.

The reason this beer's drinkability is where it is, is because of the taste. It's not that you could slam beer after beer, but you really want to keep drinking it. It's that good.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this brew as an extra in my recent trade with Hwwty4. Thanks for the beers Bill.

A dark brown body with light passing through ruby tinges around the edges. A huge, rocky, tan head that boasts some pretty good retention. Loads of lacing is left behind in rings, sheets, clumps. Thick and sticky. A great looking beer.

Sweet malt aroma with a slighly smoky aroma. Hops are noticeable in there also.

The flavor starts up front with a sweet, dark chocolately flavor. The first taste is a little roasted and smoky. Sweetens up a little more in the middle to become a lighter chocolate taste. The finish has a noticeable hop bitterness that is somewhat biting on the tongue, imparting some grapefruit flavors. The after-taste is roasted malts that linger around the mouth for awhile.

The body is just heavy enough to be considered medium bodied, and rather highly carbonated. The middle actually feels a little oily with a fairly dry finish.

I tore through half of this beer without even noticing, so drinkability is pretty good.

Photo of MMAJYK
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Very dark brown color with little light passing through. Just a touch of red in the color as the light passes. Head is creamy, tan, and 1/8" holding great retention.

S. Roasty and sweet from the rich sugars of the malts mixed with a faint hop supporting and balancing the act.

T. Chocolatey with a cocoa powder like touch first, then followed by a good hop presence that's quite dirty amd earthy. The finish is quite dry for style.

M. Medium in the mouth and high carbonation. Just like I like Porters.

D. This is a great beer that is well balanced and could easily be sessioned.

Photo of echdk3
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A_Glowing dark brown, dark tan fine-bubbly head. Lively enough. Nice lacing

S_Charcoal, ripe fruits, burnt toast

T_Great burnt toast aftertaste, bitter earthy notes. Very mellow

M_Somewhat low carbonation, medium-sticky on gums. Heavy body

D_Tempting aftertaste, low alcohol taste

Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,043 ratings.