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Bully! Porter - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Bully! PorterBully! Porter

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very good

1,018 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,018
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 44
Gots: 49 | 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 Dithyramb
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from babydoc through a long gone BIF. Enjoyed from a chilled 12 oz brown bottle. Best before 08/05 clearly ink jetted on the side.

Erupts from the glass. Big pillowy foam brew, stupendous retention, excellent lacing. Black, almost opaque, with auburn highlights when raised to the light.

Sweet roasted malts on the nose that were extra chocolatey. Just a bit of a hint of bitterness there...
All the roast toasted malts are there. Sweet on the front, with chocolate and mocha. Bitter on the finish, with baker's cocoa swirling around.
Medium bodied and long on the sweet finish. A very drinkable brew. Yet another one that they should have over here on the east coast.

Dithyramb, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of fretlessman71
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Enjoyed all of the previous Boulevard brews, especially the Dry Stout. Looking forward to this one. Waiting for the brewery to start using 6er carriers instead of the box; seems like something could break in there a little easier… maybe it’s just me…

APPEARANCE: FOAM. And lots of it. This is going to take a few pours.
Makes me wish I had a small ice cream scoop! Head not going anywhere fast. Color is somewhere between mahogany and garnet. Terrific lace left behind as the head finally settles.

AROMA: Whoa – there’s hops in them thar porters! This has got to have one of the C hops as a main ingredient. Good balance of malt characteristics (roasty vs. sweet).

FLAVOR: Definitely robust. Black malt takes center stage with the hops trailing close behind. Sharp and bitter on the tip of the tongue, but in a good way. Clean and refreshing, able to cut through strong foods in a single sip. (It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Errr… never mind.) Very similar to their stout, but not as dry. Sweet malt comes through as the beer warms.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body, a little overcarbonated at first.

DRINKABILITY: At 5.2%, a good session brew, and I could see myself lifting a few pints of this over the course of an evening.

OVERALL COMMENTS: Good solid porter. Somehow this beer tastes like what I remember Sierra Nevada Porter tasting like back in the day. Great balance to the flavors, and it has the hallmark “Boulevard” flavor created by their choice of yeast. Great brew!

fretlessman71, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of bigbubba
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very nice looking dark brown beer with a persistent creamy tan head. There is a strong scent of roasted malt and some hops, some chocolate and vanilla as well. The taste is good, it is a bit on the bitter side which I like. It starts out nice and malty and ends with a dry bitterness. My only complaint is that the bitter aftertaste lingers a long time. Not a big deal if you are snacking or drinking fast. The mouthfeel is OK, I prefer a little more body. Drinkability is good.

bigbubba, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of Starchild
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 7/01/05
Best Before 9/16/05

Big frothy tan head atop dark molasses body. A great blend of coffee, chocolate, malt flavors. Man this porters got some hops. Pine flavors remain a background flavor, but blossom in the aftertaste. This porters got some spice. Originally I attributed the spice to simple heat from the alcohol, but later I realized it was just the hops. Wish this was local.

Starchild, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to babydoc for sending me this as part of BIF18.

Translucent ruby dark brown with big beige head that falls to a sturdy beige ring. Nose is so complex: walnut, molasses, smoky, and a little anise in there for good measure. Taste follows the nose with some fizzy chocolate and a wonderful hop bite that closes it out. Mouthfeel is slick initially, then the hops and bubbles roughen things up. Finish is medium long. Tasty. This is what porters are about (at least in the US.) Highly recommended.

pentathlete, Jun 21, 2005
Photo of woodychandler
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to babydoc for this one.

It poured with a deep brown head that had lots of exploding CO2 bubbles. It was fascinating to watch as the thick head reduced itself away. It had a great sweet maltiness on the nose, with sort of a chocolate smell to it. The color was a deep, dark brown. My first thought after tasting it was, "Man, THIS is porter!" Roasty, nutty, chocolaty - all of these flavors are evident in the mouth. The mouthfeel is fairly full and rich. I noted a charcoal-smokiness on the finish, but the aftertaste is a bittersweet chocolate. Yummy!

woodychandler, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of babydoc
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from its 12 oz stubby dated best by 8-2-05. Pours dark, clear, but barely translucent, like a garnet molasses. Frozen-cola colored, tightly bubbled, foamy head, that persisted but left little lace. Nose was malty and burnt/roasted malts with a whiff of hops, a hint of dark fruit.

Tasted of bitter chocolate, with malt and some dark,sweet fuit behind the malt in the middle. That gave way to dark cocoa powder coating the the tongue in the dry finish. Hops rear up and bite in the finish, too. Mouthfeel is moderate, with a bite of carbonation in the start, thinner at the finish.

babydoc, May 21, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass translucent blackish amber with a frothy tan head that rose extremely tall and fell very slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was malty with caramel and chocolate most notable. The aroma was fruity with a slight hop character thrown in for good measure. Also present was a slight coffee/roasted aroma.

The flavor was dark and bitter chocolate with strong coffee and roasted flavor. The bittering level in the beer was high and added complexity and interest, but was at the top of the charts. The bittering and flavor hops were quite grassy and definitely pulled no punches.

The finish was dry, bone dry in fact with lasting coffee and roasted and chocolate with lasting hop bittering after those flavors began to fade. The body was medium and well done adding to the drinkability of this bitter boy. This beer was very dry, don't drink in a desert! I liked this beer quite a bit, but the dryness causes the drinkability to suffer.

12 ounce bottle. Best before 09/16/05. Thanks BIF20 and jimdkc!

GCBrewingCo, May 15, 2005
Photo of beerceller99
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle pours dark brown with a quickly fading tan head. Sweet smells of toffee, nuts, and blackened malts. Medium light body with ample carbonation. Nice blackened malt flavor with a chocolatey sweetness. Finishes dry and slightly bitter.
Pretty good.

beerceller99, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of scottum
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle per BIF16.

Pours a blackish black type shade of beer with a nice full bottle conditioned beautiful head. Kinda roasty, but that's good, a good way, good like that. This is a very well balanced porter and a worthy beer to any. Nice and full! Looking forward to the other Boulevard brews.

scottum, Apr 15, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
4.8/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted On-Tap 04/08/05 at the Boulevard Brewing Co. Pub at the Kansas City, MO Airport.

Dark Brown/Ruby/Black with a low tan head and decent carbonation. Roasty and chocolate aroma and flavor with a nice light hop character for balance. Medium-light bodied with light creaminess and a dry roasty finish.

Still as nice as I remember having it from the bottle years ago.

Per BBC website:
Ingredients: Pale, Munich, Carapils, and Aromatic malts.
Magnum and Vanguard hops.
Starting Gravity: 13.5 degrees Plato.
Alcohol Content: 4.2% by weight, 5.2% by volume.
Calories: 153 per 12 ounces.

RBorsato, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark brown color with a small head that falls quickly and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has a chocolate malt character but there is a definate hop presence. The flavor is an interesting mix of citrus hops and roasted malts. Lots of metallic flavor on the finish. Big body. This is a pretty nice beer.

clvand0, Apr 04, 2005
Photo of walleye
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the bottle shared this with flemdawg. poured a mahogany with a tan head. aroma molasses, brown sugar, cherries, malts, hops and a touch of alcohol. flavor, smoke cherries hops, malts, coffee, a little molasses, alcohol, of the 3 boulevards I tried this was the best.

walleye, Mar 12, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a ruby-hued dark brown color with a finger of head that coats the top well. The nose is rich in citrusy hops with a more distant slightly chocolatey malt. The flavor is coffee and nice citrusy hops, but there is a huge bit of metallic in the aftertaste. I wish that was not there. The feel is thick, with a moderate bit of carbonation. Overall, the metallic takes a lot away from the experience with this beer. It really stays a long time and detracts.

kmpitz2, Mar 02, 2005
Photo of Southernbrew
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, dark brown color with a nice sized tan, bubbly head.

Aroma is rich with roasted coffee and nice bitter chocolates but a bit of an oatiness to soften it.

Middle-full bodied with a soft carbonation that sits nicely.

Taste mimics the aroma and is very nice. Lots of roasted flavors, coffee again and chocolate come through as does an oaty flavor. A nice roasted aftertaste is left.

A very nice porter, one of the better examples I've had. Big thanks to Rajendra82 for the bottle.

Southernbrew, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of rajendra82
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack while visiting Arkansas this week. The sealed in box and the best by date of June 19, 2005 in dot printing on the neck of the stubby brown bottle reassured me, that I was drinking a fresh sample. The first sample was consumed in a hotel room using a plastic cup, so the review had to wait till I could transport the beer home, and empty the contents of the bottle in a standard pint glass.

The beer looked hazy ruby brown in the glass with a couple of inches thick foamy sepia colored head crowning a bit out of the glass. Lacing was excellent all around. The aroma was roasty but a little on the mild side. My nose could detect coffee, roast grains, and a little hint of chocolate.

The taste was creamy smooth coffee and bitter burnt toast, and was aided by the soft carbonation coating my tongue. There was a slightly sour aftertaste. The mouthfeel was good, but could have been better if the beer was just a touch thicker. Dry and roasty, this is a good mainstream porter worth a try.

rajendra82, Feb 20, 2005
Photo of Vancer
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good one – Bottle conditioned and Best By 4/29/05. Smooth, pour with frothy brown head that left nice lacing throughout the drink. Could smell the hops and the taste was also quite hoppy with a trace of roasted malt. Good low carbonated, even from the bottle – left with a dry aftertaste. Put ‘er on the list for some quiet evenings by the fire and enjoy.

Vancer, Feb 04, 2005
Photo of swamiswamu
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Besides maybe Nutcracker Ale, the best Boulevard offering. The flavor's great, roasted malts with hints of toffee and coffee, the hop finish reminds me of British brown ales. it isn't all that complicated, but perhaps that adds to it. This is just a great straightforward porter. It is a deep brown with a short tan head, some lacing. This one seems to just dissappear.

swamiswamu, Feb 01, 2005
Photo of mynie
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent pour. Gigantic head, and opaque blackness. Foamy head, too, and it refuses to go away.

Kind of a strange smell, for a porter. It smells like Miller High Life mixed with roasted malt. Different and nice, but not very complex at all.

Tastes good, but not great. Roasted malt fading quickly into nice hops, but it tastes watered down and almost bland in the middle. I would think that I was drinking this too cold--only it's at room temp.

The mouthfeel is where this brew excels, though. Fizzy as can be, dancing on the back of the throat and tickling your tongue long after its been drank. The nice, coffee aftertaste mixes with the easy body to make this an easy-drinking brew.

mynie, Jan 31, 2005
Photo of beerluvr
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep khacki head settles over clear deep brownish red liquid. Roasty chocolate and light coffee in the nose with some dark fruitiness as well. The taste has notes of bitterly roasted grains that suggest espresso mixing with ample hoppiness and a light phenol "band-aid" character. Finishes dry and roasty.

beerluvr, Jan 30, 2005
Photo of Fish113d
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring into a goblet glass, the Bully pours a dark brown to black color allowing absolutely zero amounts of light through the glass. Two fingers thick of spongy, tan head layer the top of the brew. The head clings to the glass pretty tight and leaves nice edge lacing. Caramel malts highlight the aroma along with some slight rasberry chocolate. Coffee comes to mind as well. However, not too potent is the aromas and not so complex. The taste is mainly of sweet caramel and even a slight fruitiness. On the swallow, a slight smoke flavor comes through and finally a bitter unsweetened chocolate (bakers choco.) right on the finish. Overall, the feel is thin-bodied w/ some moderate carbonation that coats the palete making tasting not as enjoyable as some other porters I have had in the past. Overall, not a bad brew.

Fish113d, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yet another great brew from my personal regional favorite: Boulevard. I've had this beer several times in the past, but have not had a chance to properly review it since joining this site.

The beer pours to a dark brown, not completely opaque and revealing a slight maroon color when held to the light. The head is a tan color which leaves no lacing but stays at least a half finger deep throughout the glass. The smell is quite enticing with hints of chocolate and roasted hops. The taste provides an onslaught chocolatee deliciousness and hops bitterness. With such a low ABV, I could drink this all night and still crave more. For an added drinkability bonus, try it with your favorite chocolate candy bar.

neonbrown82, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of skybluewater
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, with ruby-red highlights. Nice, slowly receding head doesn't leave much lace. Smells of chocolate and a bit of coffee, perhaps a little raisin. Taste is quite nice, a touch of coffee, a little chocolate, but especially dark fruits, such as raisins.

Pretty good porter here, although I prefer Summit's and Sierra Nevada's. I've seen this one for a while now and never grabbed it. I'm glad I did, because it's good, but in the future, I'll stick with those other two...

skybluewater, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of mentor
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz screw-cap bottle obtained from To Your Health (Coralville) in January 2005 and consumed that same evening. Pours a tan finger an a half-head the settles slowly to a thin layer over the beer. Very dark appearance, extremely dark mohogany when held to light. Smells of chocolate and roast. With searching, I get perhaps a hint of vanilla and currant. Wet sweet to start and then a delay before the chocolate jumps in followed quickly by roasted grains. I get a cherry like sour before a shot carbonation on my tongue and then a dry and roast grain finish. Now for the fruits...yeah, I get some but can't put my finger on any particular one. Tastes (and looks) like more of a stout than a porter, but the medium-light mouthfeel is in style with a porter. Sloshing around in my mouth it's medium bodied, but it goes down the throat very thin. Lotsa interesting qualities to this one. It's worth trying, but not tremendously drinkable.

mentor, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of Beaver13
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a huge creamy tan head that had great retention and lots of lacing.

The aroma was figs, sweet chocolate and light hops.

The flavor was slightly sweet chocolate malts, figs, and coffee with a light bitter finish. A well balanced beer. The mouthfeel was creamy and velvety (carbonation just right) with a medium to thin body.

Overall, a very fine porter.

Beaver13, Jan 06, 2005
Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,018 ratings.