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Bully! Porter - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

987 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 987
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 43
Gots: 37 | 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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hero27

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black chestnut color with a tan, foamy head. The head dissapates quickly even after a hard pour with no lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Roasted & toasted classic porter aroma of maltiness. Smells of chocolate & rich toffee.

Taste: Roasted malts taste of chocolate and coffee. A very good tasting and smooth porter, by anyone's standards. Very well balanced with a sweet, roasted malt flavor and a lingering hop bitterness left on the tongue to finish it out.

Mouthfeel: Nice creamy mouthfeel. Moderate thickness and deliciously smooth.

Drinkability: Goes down very easily. I usually can't rate porters too high on drinkability because I can usually only down a few before I switch to something else, but this is about top-of-the-heap as far as porters are concerned.

While I'm not a huge porter fan, I love to down a few once in a while. This is an excellent brew to sample if you haven't yet, and one that lives up to it's reputation.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2004 23:59:28 | More by hero27
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BrewMaster

California

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a fizzy tan head. There was low retention of the head. It thinned down quickly to show the clear brown beer. The nose had notes of cherry sweetness and dark malt. The flavor was surprisingly non-distinct. There were the usual dark malts flavors but not much else. It's a bit too carbonated and I think that disrupts the tasting. It is also a bit t oo thin in the mouth, almost watery.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2004 16:40:15 | More by BrewMaster
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yankeeheel

Maine

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light black/dark brown with a smallish light tan head. Nice sheet of lacing. Smells nice and coffee like. Taste wise it starts of rather chocolaty with a nice sweetness to it. Coffe takes over and rules the day. Finishes with a mild lingering bitterness. Moderate mouthfeel and nicely drinkable. Solid porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2004 00:14:46 | More by yankeeheel
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jayb

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a deeo ruby/brownish color. Pretty much black. Comes with a thic, rocky, light tan head that stays for much of the glass. Lacin was impressive. Aroma is of baker's chocolate, soy sauce, and a little bit of roasted nuttiness. Taste is lovely, bitter chocolate, no sweetness. roasted nuts, and black coffee. Mouthfeel is moderately thick, leaves the same film in the mouth as milk would. a little dry but very pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2004 03:31:21 | More by jayb
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KroMagnon

Tennessee

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Neat picture of a pompous looking, high-society type bulldog drinking a brew on the front. The beer was poured aggressively and produced a thick, full tan head over a very dark brew that has reddish hue when held to a light. The head gradually passed to a rocky texture that then gradually dissipated, leaving some Belgian lace foam around the edges of the glass. The aroma was kind of faint, but pleasant, having some hints of roastiness along with a faint earthiness or mustiness. The taste was a blend of chocolate, licorice, espresso, and sweet malt along with a faint bitterness - the beer overall was rather bittersweet and reminesent of baker's chocolate. At first impression the flavors seemed a little clashing, but after a few sips it blends more nicely and makes the beer much more drinkable than many porters I've had. Tasty!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2004 02:32:31 | More by KroMagnon
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stangbat

Kansas

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although I can't say I've tasted tons and tons of porters, this is my favorite.

It pours a nice dark ruby color. Roasted malt dominates the smell, but some hops come through to even things out.

As far as taste, this beer is nicely hopped for a porter. They offset the malts in a good way. Nothing overbearing, but a good compromise between coffee malt flavors and hoppy.

I keep this one in the fridge all the time. It always hits the spot.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2004 02:21:29 | More by stangbat
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a opaque dark beer with a medium head with standard retention for porter. Aroma is quite roasty with some notes of chocolate and coffee. Taste is very enjoyable with the chocolate and coffee mixing very well with the roastiness and ending with a subtle dryness in the back of my mouth. Good hops mix with an above average body. This is an easy beer to drink after a nice big dinner.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2004 16:08:35 | More by Phyl21ca
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dudey

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

beautiful deep umber color out of the bottle into the pint glass. Takes no time to get a waft of roasted dark chocolate/coffee amenities. Averted smell comes with semi-sweet chocolate, robust coffee bean and a rich blackberry tone at the finish. If only the texture was less paper thin and more like cardboard. That being said, the ability to consume two/three in a sitting isn't a chore.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 17:21:20 | More by dudey
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Written From Notes Compiled 6/04-8/04:
Very dark brown color, huge head after an aggresive pour. Tan head. Smell is not very potent. Some burnt malt and bitter chocolate tones. Taste is also a little burnt and a little chocolatey, like a porter should be. Pretty good, a solid offering from boulevard.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2004 14:25:53 | More by TastyTaste
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BuckeyeNation for the trade. Pours a relatively dense dark brown color with a medium thin beige head. Thin, sticky lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is roasty with cocoa, coffee and chocolate. Medium-bodied and rather robust for a Porter. Flavors of chocolate, coffee and malt dominate, with a hint of hops in the flip side. The finish is smooth, almost creamy at times with a lightly hopped flavor and even a bit a spice. Overall a nicely done Porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2004 17:49:55 | More by Dogbrick
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SeanChouffe

New Mexico

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

Deep brown color with plenty of co2 rolling up the side of the glass. A creamy tan head with good retention leaves a good layer and sticky lace. Aroma is of hops, malt and caramel. Mouthfeel is lively and effervescent; medium bodied, smooth and leaves a bite at the end. Flavor is of roasted barley, malt, coffee and a dry hop bite at the finish.

A decent beer, but the dominance of the roasted/bitter flavors throws off the balance.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 02:59:37 | More by SeanChouffe
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meathookjones

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours out black with slight reddish highlights when held up to the light and a quick forming monstrous tall rocky beige head that peaks over the glass. This drops to a small quarter inch head leaving a smattering of lacing around the glass. The aroma on this is heavy with smokiness and roasted malt with coffee being the strongest scent and chocolate playing a background role. The taste is similar to the aroma as roasted malts fill the palate and flavors of chocolate, coffee and a slight earthy hop taste come out as well. Very balanced taste and a good dry finish. Mouthfeel is a little less than expected but well carbonated and creamy. Pretty good drinkability as this has a solid taste and is not over the top in any areas. Good choice if you’re in the mood for a porter, thanks again for the bottle bditty187.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2004 19:17:38 | More by meathookjones
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a murky dark brown, almost black color with three fingers of light tan foam. There is a bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of roasted malt and coffee, a great porter smell. Hints of chocolate in there as well. The taste is smooth and rich, with lots of mocha and coffee mixed with slightly burnt malt. A really great blend. Not too many hops around, but none needed. It's close to perfect. The mouthfeel is fairly strong and thick, yet smooth. The drinkability is very good. A damn fine porter. It went perfectly with my medium-rare T-bone.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2004 23:02:49 | More by SheepNutz
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark ruby brown almost black color after a mildly vigorous pour the head forms nicely thick and tan leaves even scattered specks of lacing throughout the pint. Aroma: A very pleasant mix of chocolate, mild coffee, and underlying ripened fruit tones a great roasty malt profile and a touch of hops this porter is complete. Taste: Extremely smooth porter a bit robust with roastiness but soothes the palate very nice touch of dark chocolate, coffee, and once again some ripe fruit nice brew all around hard to find any faults very moderately hopped just the way it should be. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied evenly carbonated nice smoothness, I could definitely chill with a sixpack of this beauty. Drinkability: Quite the all around quintessential American Porter, very good not too many fireworks or anything devastating just straight solid brew that I could drink easily in session, thanks to BuckeyeNation for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2004 18:34:23 | More by WVbeergeek
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. squat amber bottle. Best by 6/19/04...uh-oh.

Poured a very dark brown in color, allowing light to pass only at the edges. Quite thick and long-lasting tan-colored head laces nicely. Flavors are roasted malt, cark chcocolate, even some dark fruit. Flavor is roasted coffee, toasted malt, and some earthy bitterness. Finishes almost like a dry stout, with a low level of chocolate and lots of dry bitterness. Good mouthfeel, just the right level of carbonation. A very smooth and well-balanced porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2004 02:38:37 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Wyllder! Had this excellent offering last night at a beer tasting. It poured a great amber black with a nice uniform head and excellent lacing. Smell was smoky with roasted malts smacking the nostrils quite nicely. Taste was smooth, lightly sweet on the front that smoothly transitioned to a roasty malt finish with a slight hop presence. Mouthfeel was crisp with excellent carbonation that helped carry the flavors. Drinkability was excellent. Went down smooth and easy .... could easily drink two or three.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 22:23:12 | More by edchicma
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RocketWidget

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Buckeyenation for providing me access to this brew!

A bottle conditioned beer with a twist top. Unusual. Pours a standard dark black color, deep red when held to the light. Head dissipates very quickly. Smells malty and sweet, but nothing very strong. Taste is decent, no complaints, but nothing stands out either. Fairly smooth and drinkable. I’m not sure why this beer is rated as high as it is. It’s a good beer, but not a great one.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2004 03:45:31 | More by RocketWidget
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Transparent ruby-accented dark brown; not one of the darkest porters that I've ever seen. The dark beige head is expansive and airy, but also nicely craggy and throws up a generous amount of lace. Other than the expected roasted malts, the most prominent feature of the nose is hops. A little cocoa, but it's in the background.

Delicious beer. One sip is all it took to tell me that this is one fine porter. Lots of roasted malt with plenty of complimentary bittersweet chocolate. Hops are in the mix as well, though they're more understated than they were in the nose. I like hops to be an accent flavor when it comes to porters and stouts, not one of the pillars of the flavor profile. Bully! gets it just about perfect.

The body could be a bit bigger to suit me. With such a tremendous flavor, a more substantial body and a creamier mouthfeel would put this beer firmly in the upper echelon of the style. Well done carbonation; lively in the mouth without being fizzy.

Bully! Porter is close to great and a bigger mouth presence would inch it closer yet. Still highly recommended. Boulevard's best beer?

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2004 19:58:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Trentonator

Kansas

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge head on a dark, dark beer. Beautiful lacing all the way down. Smells incredible, very chocolatey, almost cappucino-like. Starts off with a bit of bitterness, then smooth as silk going down the gullett. Take a swig, then breathe through the mouth afterwards, it warms the mouth like a big, earthy red wine or a fine cigar. Truly an aftertaste to savor . . . mmm. STRONG work Boulevard. Kudos!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2004 22:28:24 | More by Trentonator
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge dark tan head that left lace. Dark brown to black beer.
Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt and hops.

Taste shows a medium roasted malt backbone. Chocolate with some coffee as well. Solid hop balance. Beer is nicely balanced between sweet and bitter. Roasted malt and hops work together nicely.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability.
My final beer to try from Boulevard proves to be a good one like all the others I sampled.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2004 23:12:56 | More by PhantomVodoo
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Auburn-tilted brown with blooming tan suds.
The aroma is ripe with malted chocolate and pine needles. Touched with just traces of oxidation.
Begins with a sweep of milk chocolate. Rich and coating. Roastedness is present, but not harsh. Think mocha latte with caramel and whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles. Turns towards toasted hazelnuts towards the middle. Ends perky and well-bittered, with conifers and traces of citrus rind. All west coast. All good.
Medium-full bodied, and fluffy in regard to carbonation.
This is a killer porter. Just killer. One of the upper echelon of the style that I've sampled. And this bottle was a full 10 months past its "Best Before" date. I've got a fresher bottle awaiting. And it won't wait long.

I thought this was a mere toss in, Hugey. This is the "player to be named later" that became a superstar. Many thanks.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2004 05:02:11 | More by cokes
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DPMomutant

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first review...bear with me...

The Bully! Porter is a beer that had to grow on me as my appreciation for darker beers grew.

It pours with about a two-finger head and holds a nice lace, more bubbly than I expected. It is basically a smooth pitch black. Once the head goes down you can catch a very dark red from the right angle. Looks like something a bulldog (like on the label) would drink.

I'll admit my smell sense is not fully refined yet but I do catch a faint smell of coffee here....not bad but I wanted a little more.

That coffee definitely comes out in the taste, though. Should check this for caffeine. I catch some dark cocoa in here, too.

The taste is good and strong, but this beer is gentle on the mouth and very smooth.

As for drinkability, I can say I'm on my 4th tonight. But seriously it tastes robust but it goes down easy enough to drink a few at a time.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2004 06:14:34 | More by DPMomutant
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jimdkc

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours really dark brown, nearly opaque unless you hold it very near the light. Creamy carmel-brown head dissipates fairly quickly to a filmy head with a thick ring around the edge of the glass. It tries really hard to leave some lace, but... alas... it slides back down! Smell is rich, roasted malt and dark roast black coffee. Taste is more of the same: rich roasted flavors and a strong black coffee presence. Mouthfeel is nice and silky. A pleasant bitterness lingers on the tongue after the beer is gone. I really like the strong coffee flavor of this.

I was a bit disappointed in Boulevard after reviewing their Unfiltered Wheat (which I really like... but was not as good as I remembered!) earlier tonight. But this restores my faith in them! This is a great reason to continue to support my local brewer! Bully!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2004 02:25:27 | More by jimdkc
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brewQ

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful tightly knit tan head. The color is nearly opaque.

Malty aroma hints of the chocolaty taste to follow.

A well made beer- though I am stuck on their more drinkable Pale Ale for every day use. (Honestly, for some reason I find most Stouts to be more drinkable than Porters).

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2004 01:16:52 | More by brewQ
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am compelled to re-review this beer because I believe that this latest batch far outshines the previous tasting in 2002. It wasn't bad back then but this latest batch is a marked improvement.

Pours a deep ruby-black color and huge amounts of foam and lots of lace and rings. Aroma is hoppy and chocolate-mocha-malty. Taste is a well blended balance of domestic hop flavor and bitterness with carefully balanced blend of dark malts. Mouthfeel is improved--smoother and less harsh. Finishes sweet and malty with residual roasty bitterness and a little hop spice. Excellent. Better than ever. It's great to know that a major craft brewery like Boulevard is willing to evaluate and improve their products continually.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2004 02:30:40 | More by EagleTalon
Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 987 ratings.