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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 JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let's do one more tonight from the Fight Club.. Another of the many punches from Bort11.. poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass.

2 Finger head light tan .. with fairly good lacing.. brew is dark brown with very nice ruby highlites when held to a light.

Aroma is light chocolate and other dark grains.. some yeasty fruitiness... a little bit of maple for sure.

Flavor is light across the board.. chocolate and near black malts.. some plummy fruitiness... good hoppiness though.. and black grain bitterness appears as it warms up a tad. Could use more body, but the carbonation is more than adequate.

Another winner from Tim.. very nice.. thanks.

Photo of malcontent
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One Hell of a rocky head stands atop a dark, almost opaque body. Lacing is a spider web.

Roast malt, charcoal and a modest hop aroma comprise a solid nose.

Roast malt again leads the charge with coffee as a supporting flavor. Bittersweet aftertaste with strong finishing bitterness.

Easily the best I've had from Boulevard. Full-bodied but not thick with all the attributes I'd look for to fulfill my porter cravings. Bully, indeed. Harumph!

Photo of charliedango
2.66/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. dark brown, but not opaque. Head was relatively thin (one finger) with good lacing, which seems to be typical of all Boulevard products. Smell was not great as I could sense the oncoming carbonation. Taste reflected the smell in that the carbonation really shown through and offset the richness which I expect from a good porter. Much like every other style of beer in the Boulevard line, I've had better.

Photo of assmasterson
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown, but not quite black. There are darker porters, but still very opaque, nonetheless.

S: Some dark chocolate, some faint fruits lingering in the background.

T: Heavy. Nice roasted flavor of coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Follows with a nice charred aftertaste.

M: Moderately thin, a little too much carbonation for a porter, but overall just fine for a session beer.

D: Since it's fairly thin, it's pretty easy to knock back more than one of these, even with the weather being warmer now.

Overall, a damn fine porter for cheap. That is, if you are in the Midwest.

Photo of tedpeer
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce poured into a chalice.

A - Pours brownish black. Inch high head subsided into a thin layer/ring around glass very quickly.

S - Chocolate and coffee.

T - Chocolate and coffee taste. Bitter finish that lingers.

M - Thin, medium carbonation.

D - A couple of these would be ok.

Photo of beeragent
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle. The beer poured a dark brown with a slight reddish tint in the glass. Huge 2 inch mocha head from the pour, which stays around for a while. Light lacing along the glass. The smell is a rich blend of coffee and roasted malts. Simple but very inviting. The taste isn't a let down either. Beginning with a nice strong coffee flavor, then turning to a smooth roasted malt taste, and ending with a hint of chocolate. Very smooth and full flavor. Good medium thickness in the mouthfeel. Overall, this was a highly enjoyable porter. Great flavor and good alcohol level make for a great session ale. I could easily drink this all night. This is what I expect a good porter to taste like. Highly recommended!!!

Photo of seaoflament
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to SPLITGRING for this nice extra, didn't even know about this brewery before. Best By 07/14/08

Pours a muddy, dark caramel color with a good inch of tan colored foam.

Smells of sweet coffee, caramel, malted milk, and some nutty malts at first. Poured it a bit too cold so the aroma is a bit mute, I'll let it warm up for at least another 5min before taking a sip. Starting to pick up some milk chocolate and more nutty malts too. Has a nice roasted profile, solid for the style. There's an aroma that has me thinking of sugar cookies. Pretty good.

First sip...still too cold but there is some coffee bitterness, roasted malts, coffee grounds, bitter chocolate...too much bitterness right now so I'll let it warm up more. After 10 or 15 minutes I still get some roasted bitterness, not much sweetness, and with a bit of coffee near the finish.

A tad over-carbonated but it seems due to the lack of sweetness that doesn't hold on the palate, it makes it seem like it has too much carbonation. And by over-carbonation I don't mean that it stings the tongue, at least no too much, it's actually quite smooth, it's just a bit thin on the finish so there is a large carbonation feel on the tongue.

Photo of grub
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

scored bottles of this from two people recently. first bort11 hooked me up with one as part of the Brews N Tunes 3 BIF, then autumnaldave gave me one as part of a trade. thanks to both tim and dave!

12oz bottle, best before 04/12/08. sampled may 21/08.

pours dark brown, not quite opaque and showing some reddish hues when held to light. a huge medium density tan head forms, dropping slowly and leaving lots of lace the whole way down the glass.

aroma is good. dark and milk chocolate. toasted multi-grain bread. bit of roast. coffee. touch of caramel. bit nutty too.

taste is good. coffee and dark chocolate. medium-low bitterness level. nearly burnt toasted multi-grain bread. touch of caramel sweetness. bit of earthy character.

mouthfeel is nice. medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. well balanced, hiding it's alcohol well. i could happily sit down with a sixpack or a growler of this.

Photo of kcillini77
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Easily my favorite year round non-Smokestack series Boulevard beer.

Pours very dark, almost black with a little reddish hue.

Smell is like roasted coffee, with a bit of bitter hops offsetting it.

Taste is robust, full bodied roasted malt up front, with a coffee and hops bitterness on the end that lingers in the mouth.

Taste definitely improves as the beer warms, so don't be quick to slurp it down.

Mouthfeel is a little harsh, and only the high calorie content that makes this feel very filling diminishes its drinkability. Great Kansas City beer.

Photo of czechsaaz
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice choclaote and roast aroma. I don't get hops at all which is ok for the style. But I don't get any yeast aroma or fermentation esters. Pretty clean smelling.

Deep brown with nice amber highlights when held up to the light. Big off-white head when served fades to a small layer around the rim that leaves huge amounts of lacing.

Flavor is very malt dominant with a lot of base malt flavors. There's actually very little roast or black malt flavors (colored by de-bittered malt maybe?) But the fermentation character is very interesting with plums and raisins and other dark fruit in there. Hop bitterness is on the low side so overall, the beer comes off a little sweet.

Mouthfeel is a little syrupy becuase of low carbonation combined with the sweet flavor.

Not bad, I'd drink it again.

Photo of mhewes
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A : Pours a nice black color with about a 1 inch tan head that fades quickly

S : Nice toasted malts aroma with coffee notes

T : Nice roasted malt flavor with just a hint of coffee and hop bitterness

M : Light with good carbonation

D : This would be a great session porter. Easily drinkable.

Photo of tmitch75
2.92/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thick dark brown, no light gets through, 3-finger head of huge bubbles drops to almost nothing. Looks quite inviting.

Burnt coffee smell is there but definitely smells watered down which tempers my excitement.

Roasty coffee and chocolate taste with a little earthy hop finish. Luckily the watery smell did not translate to the taste.

Body is a bit too light though. Carbonation level is good.

A decent if unspectacular example if the style, it's almost like a porter made for the mass-market (which is not a condemnation).

Tasted on 3/30/08, bought as part of a sampler 12-pack.

Photo of ASymon13
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours not entirely opaque, but very very dark with a nice fluffy tan head that has excellent retention and thinly laces the glass. It has an excellent aroma to it. Strong notes of chocolate and roast are prominant, but there is a strong hoppy spiciness that follows as well.

The roast steals the early show in the flavor, while the chocolate really takes a back seat but is still noticable. The hops add a nice spice throughout the beer, and the roast and alcohol continue on long after taking a sip. In terms of mouthfeel, it is a bit thinker than expected, but I would dare say that it is a dash overcarbonated for the style which takes away from the creaminess I would have liked. It is a good porter, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a pretty dark black with only slight ruby highlights but really is dark, pour is not viscous but not watery either, very crisp looking with a one inch pock marked sandy head that fades o too quickly and leaves little lacing.

S: Aroma is quite good, with fresh ground coffee highlighted by a thick hop and chocolate bitterness.

T/MF: Taste is much like the aroma with more easily defined parameters. There is a lot going on in this beer and a lot of tastes to distinguish. The three main ones being a bitter coffee ground coupled with sweet chocolate and slightly fruity but mostly earthy as per the malt dominance of this beer hop profile. Mouthfeel is very very carbonated and like others have said the slightest bit watery, still there is a sharp crispness to this beer that I think helps the taste and makes it quite enjoyable.

D: A solid porter style, just a bit too carbonated, but wonderfully dry and complex and a great balance struck between sweet and bitter.

Photo of blackjack000
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark, glossy brown, with a fizzy, light caramel head.

Smell: Rich and earthy for a porter. I smell some caramel embraced in sweet malt scent.

Taste: Pleasant combo of malt and hops. Some distinct roasty malt makes a light and punchy hop profile slide down well.

Mouthfeel: I felt as though there was too much carbonation at first, deadening some of my ability to taste everything. However, it does well making use of a hop profile that might otherwise be neglected.

Drinkability: Good. The taste is on point, but the carbonation would make me feel a bit bloated after a few.

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

233 reviews as of this writing. Another fine brew from boulevard. Cheers to the bottle conditioning! If this was a local beer for me I could easily see having a pint or two while out for dinner! It has a nice balance of roasted grains / bitter notes. I'll leave the expanded reviews to the many others already posted. Worth a try!

Photo of deepsouth
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured a nearly opaque brown with a tan creamy head that leaves nice lacing. the smell is of chocolate and toffee. sweet smelling. the taste is consistant with the smell, a bit smokey, but not burnt. tastes good. the mouthfeel is thin at first and a lot more carbonated tan i'm used to in a porter. maybe not the best beer to be bottle conditioned, although very drinkable. would like to try one a bit fresher than the six month to a year old one i had.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks bort11 for this nicely drinking porter. Dark black with abundant creamy head. Well roasted and tasty bitterness, it grows on you. Nice and certainly above average porter. The bitterness stod out and this veered toward stout. Yes salty. Thanks Tim!

Photo of libbekat
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was planning a trip to Kansas City to see family and wanted to look up local microbrews. I found Boulevard brewing and was excited to see the Porter. I love porters but I have to confess, being the owner of 2 english bulldogs, I really liked the label.
I drank my porter with a Kansas City filet and mashed sweet potatoes. It was wonderful! It is very smooth and rounded on the finish.
You could taste subtle coffee, a lot of chocolate and a smoked nut hint in the middle.
I liked it so much I bought a six pack to bring home.

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle. Bottle conditioned. Served in a shaker pint. Poured a deep dark brown with about 2 fingers of tan head. Chocolate in the aroma, some hops. A slight sourness in the aroma. Lots of chocolate and coffee malt in the flavor. Solid hop bitterness, also fairly intense roasted malt bitterness. Very long, dry malt finish. This is a pretty robust porter that borders on stout flavor.

Photo of naterock
4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I accidentally stumbles upon this beer about five years ago, it has been a staple ever since.

C: Wonderfully black with brown lacing
S: Chocolate, oatmeal, and toffee notes
T: Wonderful Dark roasted barley and caramel with a complex hoppy character
M: Not overly carbonated

I Drink this beer with just about anything. especially with desserts containing chocolate. I've never been let down by the Bully!

Photo of Sidedrummer
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out very dark and translucent with a touch of garnet red in the sun. The impressive head was reddish tan, thick and long lasting.

Aroma- Mine was a bit too cold from the bottle, so I had to wait for it to warm in order to be able to pick up the aromas and taste.
It was worth the wait!
Terrific heavily roasted malt, espresso and chocolate aromas,....and as it really warmed up I picked up a little apple as well.

Taste- Rich and hoppy, lots of espresso and bitter chocolate. The finish was complex, as it was slightly bitter but also had a sweetness to it.

Feel- I liked it, rich and creamy. Not thin at all.

Drinkablity? You bet! I look forward to several more, as a matter of fact I've got another bottle I think I'll open right now!

Photo of morimech
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with a large foamy brown head. Retention is good with plenty of lacing left on the glass.

Smell is a bit understated. Typical porter malt profile with a hint of hops in the background.

Nothing extraordinary in the taste but a solid porter. It has a solid malt backbone but lacks the chocolate and coffee notes that other porters have. Has a nice creamy mouthfeel and may be just a little overcarbonated but I like it. Medium body but I still would rate drinkability as high because of the low ABV.

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

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Boulevard pint glass.

Appearance is a very dark brown - nearly black in appearance. Not much of a head on this one. Smells like roasted malts and coffee. Taste is pretty damn good. Much more than I was expecting. Much richer than I thought it would be. A bit of coffee and chocolate. A very sweet brew.

Overall, this is a pretty damn good porter. I am glad I got to get a hold of it.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a dark brown with medium tan head that lingers well and leaves okay lacing. Nose is never very strong, but there is a scent of malt chocolate and caramel. Mouthfeel is full and sweet, with the taste a nice sweet version of the nose, but more pronounced. Rounds off to a nice finish.

While this started out slow, the taste and finish definitely improved as the beer sat. This beer definitely gets better as it warms.

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