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Bully! Porter - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Bully! PorterBully! Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

998 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 998
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 43
Gots: 41 | 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

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steamingheap

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Malty, roasted aroma dominated by chocolate. The flavor starts chocolate, which lingers through the middle mixing with malty sweetness and just enough hops to provide balance. The profile ends roasted, and the burnt/roast flavor lingers into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel has moderate body.

Overall, this was a very good porter. Nothing about it stood out as outstanding, but it was solid and very drinkable.

04-03-2007 01:39:21 | More by steamingheap
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JohnnyM2002

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees. Thanks to Vancer for this one!

A - Pours a deep brown/almost-black with a very foamy light-brown head. The beer slowly becomes blacker, after the pour settles.

S - Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and toffee comprise the aroma, but it is a little lacking.

T - Bready malt with a side of nuttiness leads the way, followed by a semi-sweet chocolate and burnt coffee...the flavors seemed to weaken a little over time (as it got warmer), but still solid.

M - Medium body with a semi-dry finish; lingering aftertaste.

D - Solid porter and a great session beer. Not too far away from an Irish Dry Stout, IMO.

03-27-2007 00:48:29 | More by JohnnyM2002
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Luchman

Nevada

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

A: A very dark brown color (like liquid chocolate) with a massive, foamy, light cocoa colored head. This may be due to the over the top hard pour I did.. My mistake. Loves to leave foamy residue all down the side as the head slowly, but surly, dissipates.

S: Smell is of bitter chocolate and grassy hops. Some slight roastiness is also found.

T: MMmmm...Chocolate... Along with some roasted malts, are the front runners in this beer. Hops are there to create a good balance. Ends with a subtle hop bite and some roastiness. Not too bad at all.

M: A medium body with medium to high carbonation. Fits it well and goes down easy.

D: I hate comparing beers, but this right off the bat reminded me of Deschutes Black Butte, only better (Sorry Deschutes, I still love you..) A very easy drinkin and well made porter.

03-21-2007 00:56:14 | More by Luchman
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Realale

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%

Black. Fine mocha head sits and stays, leaving nice lace.

Dark and rich on the nose. A veritable maltfest. Not a lot of complexity, but really nice.

Even better in the mouth. Medium full, with lots of rich, chocolately malt. Lovely balancing bitterness.

Very nice mouthfeel. These simply slide down, but merit contemplation if you want to slow down and appreciate it. Fine food beer as well.

03-14-2007 00:47:04 | More by Realale
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kdoc8

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

Porter - poured black-brown in color with a thick creamy head, almost more like a stout. It had an aroma of dark chocolate, and roasted malts, which blended into the taste as well, but it also picked up a taste of coffee that was not present in the smell. Not a really strong taste compared to other porters and not as strong in alcohol content, but very drinkable.

03-12-2007 00:14:54 | More by kdoc8
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markgugs

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%

poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter glass

A: Looks like a fresh-brewed pot of coffee with a massively foamy tan head! Leaves a ton of lacing, too.

S: Smells like it looks, no surprises here. Dark, roasted coffee and some slight cocoa aromas emanate from this delicious-looking brew.

T: A wonderful mixture of roasted bitterness and slightly sweet malted character. Coffee, chocolate, cocoa powder are the prevalent flavors. Short but bitter finish.

M: Not as thin as many porters, ample carbonation and a substantial body add to this beer's enjoyability.

D: The more this beer warms and the more I get into it, the more I'm enjoying it. Wish I could get it in NJ!

02-20-2007 03:51:23 | More by markgugs
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marcobrau

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

An old favorite from my post-college days many years ago when I started drinking more good beer. I'm visiting Minnesota and was delighted to find this beer. (I'm told it's not always available.)

This particular bottle of Bully! Porter pours black with a hint of ruby along with a good deal of carbonation that forms an appealing off-white head that slowly falls leaving some intricate lacework down the the sides of my glass. A whisp of a charcoal, minty aroma is interesting and enticing. This porter empahsizes some roasted malt flavors, along with a clean bitterness in the dry finish. Some chocolate flavors help make this beer tasty, too. This isn't a very complex porter, but rather a simple and tasty one. Very sessionable and enjoyable.

01-17-2007 03:41:03 | More by marcobrau
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours black, near opaque with a dense and creamy khaki head. Thick sheeting lace on the glass. Sweet creamy dark malt and even some light citrusy hops in the aroma.

Tastes if roasty dark malt. Milky coffee flavors. Finishes bitter. Mouth is lighter than you would expect and it's not very complex but does what it does well. Tasty, roasty porter that would be a great session brew.

01-17-2007 01:59:54 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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oberon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

Thanks to fellow Buffalo BA orfeu for this bottle I opened right after I walked in the door,poured a deep brown almost black with a big blooming tannish colored head that took its time settling slowly.Raw earthy aromas really stick out here slight woodiness and light coffee notes,as like the nose I fownd it somewhat reaw and earthy with woody,unsweetened chocolate and cola notes,a pretty abrupt finish to it the flavors dont linger much.A decent porter I have had better but its drinkable.

01-07-2007 22:47:44 | More by oberon
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orfeu

New Mexico

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

12-ounce bottle, best before the anniversary of the birth of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, 2007. Dusky mahogany with ruby highlights and a mammoth meringue-like khaki head. Super lacing. Aromas of sourish black patent and roasted barley malt along with some earthy scents. Medium-roast coffee flavors backed by soft cocoa notes and some citrusy orange-rind hop flavors. Composted pine needle earthiness at the finish. Smooth, easy-going mouthfeel. Very drinkable brown porter. A solid sessioner for sure.

12-28-2006 20:56:45 | More by orfeu
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +19.5%

A - A massive four finger light brown head rises above a pitch black brew with walnut highlights near the edges of the glass. Tons of thick brown arches of lace coat the glass all the way down. This is what a porter should look like!

S - Woody, roasty, smokey, and earthy. Some vaguely floral yeast notes are there too, along with a huge citric hop dose. Almost smells like an IPA, but with burnt porter/stout notes. This smells interesting and unique, but it's lacking the sugary chocolate and toffee aromas that I look for in a porter.

T - Earthy roasty flavors along with woodsmoke, coffee, and a little bit of yeast. This has a very "campground" flavor to it that I really enjoy. It's like warming up in front of a fire in an old woody cabin.

M - Medium to full bodied with a high level of carbonation and a slightly dextriny sugar coating on the tongue. The finish is apropriately dry.

D - One of the most drinkable porters that I've tasted. It's dry and woody, which makes it more drinkable than some sugar-coated porters out there. Just a really outstanding brew!

12-22-2006 06:11:44 | More by pmcadamis
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markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Bottle poured into tulip stem glass.

Pours a big, creamy, long lasting head. Carbonation is noticable, despite the almost opaque black colour. Leaves a nice bit of lacing.

Smells of roasted chocolate malt with a hint of sweetness to round it out. Clean, with no detectable yeast or hop characteristics.

Taste is quite bitter and roasty (yet not harsh or ashy), almost like dark roast coffee. Assertive US bittering hops reinforce the finish.

Mouthfeel is quite enjoyable, the lively carbonation seems to work.

Drinkability is high for me. An amazing amount of flavour is packed into this 5.4% brew.

This was the last bottle of the 6-pack I picked up in the States in early October. I really enjoyed them and would definitely purchase again. It's an agressive porter for sure, but tasteful nonetheless. One of the best I've ever had.

12-21-2006 01:58:39 | More by markaberrant
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rowew

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +20.1%

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, twist off. Sophisticated looking bulldog on the label. Best by date is clearly printed on the neck of the bottle.

Appearance: Pours black with just the slightest hint of red around the edges, nice large head and great retention and lacing.

Smell: Hoppy with quite a bit of coffee and roasted aromas.

Taste: Very nice mix of flavors. Starts off with just a bit of sweetness, then hoppy flavors with a strong roasted malt. Coffee and caramel in the finish.

Overall impression: Very nice porter - highly drinkable with complex flavors. I really wish this was available in Colorado!

11-30-2006 03:55:23 | More by rowew
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

12 oz. bottle, best before 1/6/07. Very dark brown in color, with some ruby highlights. Thick fluffy tan head holds together very well. Nice roasty, chocolate notes in the aroma, combined with some floral hops. Flavors begin with dark, bittersweet chocolate, carry on with roasty notes, and finish with a hint of coffee, and citrusy hops. Very well balanced. Finishes somewhat dry. Maybe a bit thin, but that is the only negative thing I can say about this. This is a very solid porter.

11-26-2006 22:26:04 | More by Bierguy5
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blitz134

California

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

Very dark for a porter, approaching pitch black, but has some reddish highlights coming through. Nice tan head, full inch thick that reduced to a quarter inch of dense foam. A thick coating of lacing covers the glass.

Rich dark chocolate prevades the nostrils, a bit of sweetness comes through. Simple aroma, but its quite strong.

Taste is bittersweet chocolate with some coffee hints. Again quite good. Simple but good.

Decent mouthfeel, maybe a touch thin. Okay carbonation levels, adds some crispness.

Really good drinkability. Nice aroma and flavor makes this one easy to put back. Sits light on the stomach. I could have several.

11-19-2006 04:24:25 | More by blitz134
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SuperSpy

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%

A - Very dark with ruby highlights and a tan head that is HUGE! The head finally starts to die after a few minutes but clings all over the sides of the glass.

S - Dark roasted barley and a distinct earthiness.

T - A fair amount of hops in this porter, more than I would typically expect. A bit of sweet malt witha hint of chocolate.

M - Smooth but big bodied and almost chewy.

D - A bit too hoppy for my tastes but all in all not a bad porter.

11-14-2006 03:54:27 | More by SuperSpy
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RobertDwight

Iowa

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

Reddish black in color. Huge head that can get out of control if you don't pour it carefully, but eventually subsides and clings desperately to the glass and is very creamy. Smells roasted and slightly sweet. Tastes of dark roasted coffee and hops right at the end. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both pretty good. This is a nice brew and I wouldn't mind picking it up again sometime.

10-20-2006 00:37:57 | More by RobertDwight
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rsyberg01

California

3.98/5  rDev +5%

S - Bull dog with monocle holding a beer. Best by date 2-17-2007

A - Black, period. Light brown head takes about 2 minutes to recede. Lacing is pretty nice with some sticky edges that linger. Above average.

S - Coffee, slight chocolate, certain tartness in the middle, slight floral note.

T - Roasted coffee, slight sweetness, bitter notes along with a tart dark fruity character. currants i think, maybe a little hit of date.

M - Decent. A little watery for a porter IMO. Still a decent viscosity though, suffices but not heavy enough. Above average in this aspect at best.

D - For a porter it is very easy to drink. Pleasantly surprised as I wasnt expecting much from this. Good buy, recommend it if you see it.

09-25-2006 05:39:16 | More by rsyberg01
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froggyfrog

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +17.4%

This beer sounds very fizzy when poured. Color is like a thin stout black. Mad tawny head forms three fingers high and settles to a clingy ring as I type.

Smell is terrific. Highly roasted malt tinged with caramel and chocolate notes. Maybe a little cinnamon in the mix and wet coffee grounds.

Taste lives up to the smell, bringing dark chocolate and chewy toffee with a bitter finish of sharp high-kilned coffee.

A big sip spreads out thinly on the tongue like a good porter should and drinks effortlessly. Refreshing to drink, this brew leaves a mouthful of sweet roasted flavor behind.

09-13-2006 03:13:07 | More by froggyfrog
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%

Poured from 12oz bottle(best by Jan 5, 2007) a very dark brown with a large head of foam that shrank slowly and ended up being a solid 1" layer for the entire session.

The smell is a mix of roasted and sweet malt.

The taste is big on the roasted malt with a good presence of sweet malt, chocolate, and some nice bitter hop notes near the finish to balance this Porter out really well. That makes out for some excellent drinkability in my book! ;^)

Bottom line: I *love* this Porter. I highly recommend it!!

Man, I really do love this offering by Boulevard

09-08-2006 23:49:44 | More by Bitterbill
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scoobybrew

Indiana

2.73/5  rDev -28%

Poured into an 8 oz glass at a local bar. It has a dark opaque color with a decent foamy head that is retained fairly well. The aroma is mostly roasted grain with a slight hop scent. The flavor is dominantly roasted malt with a strong hop background and definitely noticed on the finish. The body is lighter than I would expect for a porter, a bit too light for the style in my opinion.

Overall, I think this is a modest example of the style. I normally prefer American porters with a bit more body and stronger presence of roasted malt/grain.

09-01-2006 10:47:26 | More by scoobybrew
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Tuey13

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

This beer poured a very, very dark brown, almost black in color. Had a thick 2 finger tan head that lasted quite a while and ended with a quarter inch head that was still around when I finished this creamy brew. The smell was of roasted coffee and chocolate with hints of toffee. The taste had strong coffee and chocolate flavors with a little caramel sweetness. This is a very full bodied flavorful porter that I will definately keep around to enjoy again and again.

08-31-2006 05:43:59 | More by Tuey13
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +17.9%

Served from a twist off bottle that gave off a doughy threee finger head. Lots of bubbling can be noticed when held to the light. Along with the blood blood red garnet amidst the bubbling And spectacular lacing of this twist off bottle beer. Plenty of roasty and smokey aromas. This smokiness evokes plenty of memories of backyard fires with friends and beer. Plenty of coffee, toffee and chocolate in this beer. Lots of roast in the paate of this brew.

08-22-2006 04:49:19 | More by scruffwhor
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afinepilsner

Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +11.3%

12oz brown bottle

Bully porter was very dark brown (almost black) in color. It Had a large tan head that lasted a long time with lots of lacing left behind. There was chocolate and some coffee in the aroma. The taste was suberb; alot of dark malt flavor along with a little chocolate and coffee. Medium bodied and very drinkable. A regular in my fridge.

08-19-2006 23:29:22 | More by afinepilsner
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%

best by 8/1/06 - same day that I drank it.

Poured very dark brown - almost black - with a large rocky tan head that descended to a thin, well-retained layer. It left some lacing.

The smell was of chocolate, caramel, and a slight fruity hoppiness in the background. Rich and inviting.

The taste was of chocolate, caramel, a bit of smoky charcoal and a touch of roasted coffee. An underlying fruity hoppiness was noticeable, especially as the drink progressed that balanced the rich, complex malts. Sweetness was well-balanced by bitterness.

It thinned a bit in the mouth, making it more medium than full-bodied at times. Still, most of the flavors were well-retained, especially the charcoal-like smokiness and the touch of fruits.

Overall- smooth, complex and delicious. I would love to have this on a cool/cold evening, but, unfortunately it's not available in my area.
Thanks to bditty for this good brew!

08-03-2006 14:32:41 | More by jwc215
Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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