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Bully! Porter - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Bully! PorterBully! Porter

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1,012 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,012
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 43
Gots: 46 | 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 MTNboy
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice porter for the most part. Its body is a dark opaque with a head and lace that are off-white but I would say almost tan. There is plenty of head and lace. The flavor has a little more hop flavor than most porters but it is a very pleasant surprise. It has a very robust caramel roasted malt taste. There are some chocolate coffee tones as well. The mouthfeel is a little thin but not bad.

MTNboy, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of champ103
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A large beige head quickly forms, and rises to over two fingers. Great retention and lots of sticky lace.
S: A musky and astringent malty aroma. Some caramel, coffee and chocolate. A light sweet fruitiness.
T: A wonderful roasted malty flavor. Coffee and chocolate. Sweet caramel. I just love roasted malt.
M/D: A creamy medium body that is well carbonated. Easy and smooth to drink. A porter I could session.

Pretty much everything you want in a good porter. This is an old favorite of mine that has finally worked its way into Houston. I highly recommend it.

champ103, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of colts9016
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nice deep velvet black with a creamy tan head two finger head.
Nose Roasted caramelized malt hints of earth chocolate and esters.
Taste: A nice roasted malt with chocolate hints of coffee, cream, earth, and hops.
Overall: The only problem I had was the hops was a bit to powerful and made the beer unbalanced. It was an okay porter but not my favorite.

colts9016, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of bluejacket74
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before 4/23/2009. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with some ruby red tints with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like roasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of spice and hops. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted/burnt malt, chocolate, coffee and smoke. There's also a lingering earthy hop finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating also but has too much carbonation for me, or at least more carbonation than I like in my porters. Drinkability is good, but would be better if the carbonation was lower. Overall I like this beer, I'd try it again in the future.

bluejacket74, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the glass it looks black as can be. During the pour it looked lighter than that with some reddish tones. Decent inch of head on the pour. Recedes to a thin layer of froth.
Smell is dark roasted malts and some chocolate. Much more of the cocoa flavors in the taste. Near perfect amount of hops in the flavor as well.
I picked up a mixed 12 pack of Boulevard beers while I was travelling. The other 5 beers in the offering all were not good. This is a saving grace for the brewery, easily, without a doubt the best of the bunch.
Easy drinking and smooth. Solid.

FtownThrowDown, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of brewcrew76
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Blackish brown with ruby highlights and a fizzy brown head that leaves a good finger of foam.

S - Chocolate and roasted malt with a touch of spicy hops.

T - Chocolate with roasted malts, hints of astringent burnt malt that give it a black coffee character, a milk stout like sweetness at times with some spicy hops in the finish.

M - Medium body and pretty fizzy in the beginning leaving quite a tingling on the tongue. Dry hoppy finish.

D - Solid porter with a touch of astringeny but I could easily have a few in a row.

brewcrew76, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of dnichols
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 ounce stubby brown bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured a dark black body with a robust two finger dark tan head that retained well .

S: It had a nice rich roasted malt aroma with hints of coffee and dark spices.

T: It began with a robust charred malt bitterness that balanced well with the tangy coffee. It was moderately carbonated and hid the alcohol well.
It was light to medium bodied with a plenty of carbonation and a tangy, bitter finish. There was a lingering biting aftertaste that morphed into a sour flavor.

D: it was a well balanced porter with distinct flavors and a pleasant aroma. For those that enjoy a porter it could be a strong contender for a session beer.

dnichols, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of omnigrits
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, that's one foamy beer! Had to pour it in two hits after letting the initial head subside. The aroma is subtle but interesting - slightly bready/yeasty with hints of the dried fruit that my mother used to keep in tins in the pantry and which I'd sneak into when she was engrossed in Coronation Street. Nice bitterness in the flavour, tempered with a faint sweetness. Plenty of roasted flavours in the finish. Earthy. Nice body, very nice in fact. Quite delicious.

omnigrits, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of msubulldog25
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. bottle with a twist-cap; 'best by 02/19/09'. Thanks to mnwags for this bottle from the Boulevard mixed case.

A: I'm kinda a sucker for foam and this has plenty of it; 2+ fingers of tan fluff nearly cresting the glass. Looks dark, nearly black, at first glass, but held to light reveals a deep mahogany with a few tiny streams of rapid carbonation.

S: Toasted maltiness, but faint tartness, too. Hints of leafy, herbal hopping.

T: Big chocolate, big coffee bean. A notable astringency with a bittersweet finish.

M: A very heavy charred malt; coating and thickening with each sip. Carbonation that's zesty, tingling.

D: Not quite the 'smooth and drinkable' porter but definitely chock full of flavor. A good one to end the evening on, a roasted and bitter porter that will linger, tasty and worth seeking out.

msubulldog25, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of hiikeeba
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours up black with a thick creamy head. Gorgeous!

S - Roasted malt dominates the aroma, no hops detected

T - Starts off slightly sweet, but is replaced quickly by roasted malt flavors which lingers on the tongue

M - A little thin

D - A nice beer.

hiikeeba, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of gpogo
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark black looking, held up to the light a dark ruby tint appears and you can notice definite clarity from such lively carbonation. Huge head, small dark tan bubbles. Leaves an amazingly full lace. As it is consumed the head turns more cloudlike.

A- Slightly chocolate smell with roasted malt aromas as well.

T- Roasted malt finishing dry. Leaves a coffee with slight hints of chocolate aftertaste.

M- Very lively(high) carbonation. Moderate body.

D- I didn't think I liked porters, or that there was much variation to the style until I had this. I'm rather impressed, a great dark malty beer.

gpogo, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of fizzy
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

All I can say is 'BRAVO" You don't have to anal-ize this one, it is just plain great.

I fried up an egg in olive oil, on a toasted English muffin with salt, pepper, and crumbled blue cheese and sank back into the chair. A bite and a sip, a bite and a sip. Pure bliss. Wonderful stuff!! Nuff said.

fizzy, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of mcsquint
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass
A - Dark brown with red. A bit more translucent than other porters. Big, creamy,lacy, tan head. Excellent lacing on the glass.
S - Aromas of toasted malt,bittersweet chocolate, floral hops and coffee.
T - Tastes of dark roasted malt, chocolate, nuts, coffee and floral hops. While I'm not usually into floral hops, it works here.
M - Medium mouthfeel,more carbonated than other porters I've tried. Clean finish.
D - This is definitely a drinkable porter. Not too heavy and priced for session drinking.

mcsquint, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of birchstick
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark brown with a chocolaty head
S - chocolates, malts, and a bit of hops
T - burnt malts and coffee with some bitterness at the end. There was also a taste of baking chocolate as it warmed.
M - pretty carbonated but goes down well enough.
D - pretty good porter. Easy to drink nothing too complex or overpowering either. Probably the best Boulevard

birchstick, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bort11 for the opportunity to try this one. 12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Best by 11/23/08 indicated on the bottle. Poured the color of cola with a two inch tan-colored head. Consistency of cap was foamy, with underside comprised of tiny effervescing bubbles that also adhered to the sides of the glass. Great head retention and sticky strands of lacing appeared at the head receded. Nose was roasted coffee off the bottle pop, followed by malt and a kiss of hops; aromas were much more subdued in the glass. Taste follows nose, with hops bittering much more pronounced in the mouth and lightly lingering at the finish. Mouthfeel was a little lighter than anticipated for the style, but not far off, and slightly overcarbonated. Good drinkability, but less carbonation definitely would have enhanced mouthfeel and drinkability in my opinion.

Jwale73, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Very dark, almost impenetrable brown color. Very little light sneaks through when held up to light source. Huge bubbly light brown head with excellent retention and lacing.

S - Light aroma of chocolate with hints of roasted coffee. There is also an underlying spiciness in the nose.

T - A very light chocolate sweetness initially before an earth bitterness takes over. Some hints of roasted coffee beans as well. Finishes clean and bittersweet.

M/D - Medium to full bodied, and excellent feel by American Porter standards. Very drinkable.

ckeegan04, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of Viggo
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to grub for sharing this one!

Pours a dark brown, some orange in the edges, thin off white head forms, settles down to a thin layer and ring, some lace spots. Smell is caramel, quite roasty, some chocolate, floral, brown sugar and coffee, very aromatic and fresh smelling, some vanilla, not bad. Taste is similar, nice vanilla and roast beginning, caramel, chocolate, a bit of fruitiness, coffee, brown sugar, very balanced finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, very easy drinking. Good, but I prefer a more robust porter and this one felt a touch thin, but its still good stuff. Thanks Russ!

Viggo, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of Zadok
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark opaque amber with 2 fingers of off-white head and mild lacing.

Malts are the only detectable aroma at the moment.

Very creamy coffee malts are the initial flavor. Has a very sweet pungent taste with a bitter espresso aftertaste.

Creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation.

Very good beer, balanced and slightly complex. Wouldn't define as a sessionable beer because of the complexities. Deserves to be sipped in enjoyment.

Zadok, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of chemmie
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great porter!
Pours a nice dark coffee color out of the bottle with a fizzy chocolate-milk colored head. It has a strong chocolate smell with some coffee. Taste is light on the roast and has a nice sweetness with some bitter tones. It has a little thickness too it and a good amount of carbonation. Overall, for the price, this is a fantastic porter.

chemmie, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of Clockwork420
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$6.19 a six pack of bottles. At Shop and Save.

Bottle - Into glass.

A - Dark Brown red leathery color. Carmel kinda with a ruddy color. Light bubbly carbonation, Nice thick fluffy head that was offwhite beige. The head is amazing.

S - Smelled like its pretty smokey. And like alcohol. Just a hint. Reminds me of Guinness even though this is a porter.

T- Wow. Extremely smokey tasting. The alcohol is very apparent in the middle. Smoke all in the beginning, Alcohol in the middle and smoke at the rear end of things. Its smooth and easily drinkable. Perfect carbonation. This is pretty balanced but the thoughts about it maybe.... tasting like Guinness is long gone. Maybe more smokey like the original Extra stout. Maybe...

M - Slick but its easy to drink due to the lower than average carbonation. The head did stick around so you get that as well. Full blown out. It taste like it was made with some insane amounts of smoke. Or it was brewed inside a dirty BBQ pit.

D - The drinkablilty is fairly high I think. I could pound this sixer and actually enjoy it. But the smoke is almost over the top. More smoke is in this than anything else I have ever drank. Extremely surprizing for a $6.00 or so buy.

The more I drink local and nearby brewers wares, It makes me proud that we have such a variety here in MO. Everything I have tried has blown me away even if it was a type I have yet to really dive into. This one is smoke all the way and if thats what your into by all means trade if its not available in your town.

If you like this one, I also recommend anything from Boulevard or Schlafly's. Both have yet to do anything but drop me to the ground and prey to the beer gods. Also O'fallon co. has amazing beer varietys.


Clockwork420, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of argock
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. No freshness date.

A: Medium-to-dark brown like dark leather. Deep beige head is very thick and sticky for a porter and belies the hop load.

S: The nose is decidedly hoppy with herbal aromas cut with typical chocolate and roasted malt smells.

T: Cocoa with sweetish marshmallow and roasted caramel and chocolate malts with soft earthy hops bitterness is delicious.

M: As with most porters, the feel is a bit thinner than expected for the amount of flavor present. Minimal carbonation and a sweetish bittersweet chocolate aftertaste.

D: An exceptional porter with just the right mix of toasted and chocolate malt flavors and mild hops component.

argock, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of LarrBear
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown coffee-and-hops scented porter that pours with a generous amount of tan foamy head. Rich flavors of coffee, caramel, and chocolate balance nicely with a strong hops bitterness than lingers pleasantly upon the tongue. This is my favorite offering from Boulevard.

LarrBear, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of beersheppard
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: brown/black with a lasting, lasting tan creamy head and plennty of lacing.

Smell: coffee, chocolate, toasty malts.

Taste: toasty malts, chocolate, coffee, dry, a little alcohol

Mouthfeel: substantial, sticky

Drinkability: in short, an excellent porter. Well contructed with ample body, dry, and delicious.

beersheppard, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of MOShepp
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown to almost black. Big, dense tan head with good lacing.

Coffee, cocoa, slight roasted hazel nut and a chared wood aroma.

Chared wood followed by coffee with a crisp finish. A little on the light side as far as body goes.

Not bad, porter is not my favorite, but this is worth the try if you love this style.

MOShepp, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a 12pack sampler with basically 2 of every Boulevard. Dark brown, almost black, with a decent dark guiness-esque head.

Smooth smooth smooth, with roasty dry malt and a mild hop snap. Some dry bittersweet cocoa and slight coffee notes.

A tad light on the body, I may say. Just a bit too light and aqueous than I would have liked. It's lacking something, perhaps the really low abv has something to do with it too.

Solid. Gald I got it in a sampler, probably wouldnt get a pint or sixer though.

SurlyDuff, Sep 05, 2008
Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,012 ratings.