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Bully! Porter - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Bully! PorterBully! Porter

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very good

1,049 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,049
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 43
Gots: 62 | 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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Photo of CrellMoset
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Strelnikov - thanks!! Poured into a 14 oz. tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark though not netherworldly brown, capped by a fluffy, rocky two-fingers of good, medium-hued tan. The head and lacing on this one are really quite remarkable for the style - the head fades slowly, and never really fades beyond clumps of rocky, fluffy lace, floating on the surface of the brew, and the lacing does that cool "leaves a ring every time you take a sip" thing that I like so much. You can't see much carbonation, though you can see some around the edges of the glass, fast and medium-sized, bubbling upwards towards the foam. Great start.

Aroma: Sweeter than the taste (see below), with a very straightforward profile - earthy, toasted malts, slightly bittersweet chocolate, a few dirtier notes, coffee. Cocoa is more prominent here than in the mouth, as well. Hop bitterness is an afterthought.

Taste: A very authentic porter. It's dry and heavily toasted, with most of the identifying "sweet" notes that always make it easy for me to describe something being notably absent. What is there are some dirty, earthy notes, not too overly apparent but definitely noticeable, faint coffee-like and cocoa-esque notes (though both are not anywhere near dominant), a mild hop bitterness, and a slight milky presence. There's nothing groundbreaking about it, but it's solid and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation in this one - probably a little too much - but the thickness of the body seems appropriate, and given the combination of those two it still manages to be impressively smooth.

Drinkability: A uniformly good porter. Nothing about it really stands out (apart from the appearance), but nothing about it is sub-"good" either. At 5.2% and reasonably tasty, it's perfectly sessionable as well - good for you, Boulevard.

Photo of pwoods
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to russpowell for this extra.

12oz. stubby brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a dark brown that you can just see through when held up to the light, good clarity. 2+ fingers worth of light tan head that holds for a bit and leaves some good lacing.

S: Nice lightly roasted malts and some lightly bitter, somewhat chalky roasted barley(black patent?). Maybe some coffee wisps in the back but definitely lacking in any chocolate. Subtle overall.

T/M: There is chocolate in the taste. A nice blend of roasted mlats, coffee, and lightly bitter chocolate. Healthy bitterness. Body is medium full with smoothing carbonation.

D: Drinks pretty easy and is pretty damn tasty, especially for such low alcohol. Not as good as Ed Fitz or Founders but I'd definitely order one at the bar.

Photo of webbcreative
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, very dark, brown color with light, light, brown frothy 2 finger head. Aroma, just a bit of a light smell of dark sweetness.
Taste, heavy coffee flavor with a touch of sweetness on the sides of my mouth, then finishing with a bitter, dark chocolate flavor. mouthfeel is medium.

Overall, this is one exceptional brew! This will probably be my go to Porter from now on. Really robust flavors in this one, without anything being to dominating. Nice! Look forward to more of these, glad I went with the 6pk!

Photo of mizzourah
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark, dark brown, approaching blackness, with a tan head.

S- I detect some coffee and chocolate.

T- A very solid malt base with a decent amount of hops. I pick up some coffee and chocolate, and it finishes kind of dry.

M- Not very thick. I find it's mouthfeel fairly average.

D- A solid porter that went down easy. I'm not a huge porter drinker, but I would consider keeping some of this around for when a meal calls for one or during winter time.

Photo of Beefeater57
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown, soapy tan head.

S: Mocha smell - a lot of chocolate and coffee.

T: Get some coffee flavors from the roasted malts. Finish is very dry, bitterness of the hops come through really well. Hops are quite present for a porter.

M: Dry, but with good body, mouthfeel is a little slick.

D: Not the smoothest of beers, but still enjoyable. Great smell, and the coffee flavors with the hops are pleasant. Not bad of a porter...

Photo of schellsbeer
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

According my standards, one of the best go to every day dark porters there is. And for the price, it can't be beat. Sure it is not that thick, nor will it ever stand up to a Bell's Porter but it isn't suppose to. This is a lunch, served with a corn beef sandwich beer. It is meant to be drank instead of sipped like an expensive beer. Dark coffee lovers would love this beer. It doesn't have all of the fluffy, creamy, chocolate, girly ingredients but instead, this is a porter that crys out to be put in a black Stanley lunch box and brought to work and enjoyed around 12 noon....Just don't get caught.

Thanks Boulevard for making an every day porter that is fantastic all of the time. This is what I go to after mowing the lawn, or after a hard days work...instead of one of those woosie macro light no taste lager beers. Great stuff!!!

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
2.4/5  rDev -36.5%
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
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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
3.59/5  rDev -5%
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
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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
4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
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
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,049 ratings.