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Bully! Porter - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Bully! PorterBully! Porter

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1,001 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,001
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 43
Gots: 42 | 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 swamiswamu


4.38/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

02-01-2005 03:36:59 | More by swamiswamu
Photo of mynie


3.53/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

01-31-2005 01:44:36 | More by mynie
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

01-30-2005 16:43:55 | More by beerluvr
Photo of Fish113d


3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

01-29-2005 16:41:58 | More by Fish113d
Photo of neonbrown82


4.55/5  rDev +20.1%

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.

01-12-2005 02:11:28 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of skybluewater


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

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...

01-09-2005 05:01:28 | More by skybluewater
Photo of mentor


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

01-07-2005 05:26:06 | More by mentor
Photo of Beaver13


3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

01-06-2005 05:31:39 | More by Beaver13
Photo of RushLimbmalt


4.53/5  rDev +19.5%

This beer is better than I imagined it to be. The highly touted Bully! Porter is a brewing masterpiece. It is blackish brown and has a big tan head and looks about as good as a Porter can get... The aroma is heavy on the coffee and the hops mix with the coffee and dark malt aromas to make everything interesting. You could pull a lot of different aromas out of there if only for a fleeting moment. The taste is every bit as complex and I am too much of a novice to pick them out. I am too busy enjoying this beer. I am impressed...

12-28-2004 06:30:05 | More by RushLimbmalt
Photo of UnionMade

New York

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

Bottle courtesy of BDitty. Thank you!
The beer pours a deep, deep brown, very nearly black, capped with a thick topping of taupe froth. The head settles into a thickish, even coating, keeping strong through the entire glass. Nice lacing, creating the brussells lace ladder effect almost to the bottom.
The aroma reveals a mellow burnt chocolate, some coffee and prune notes flitting about. Sedate herbal hopping adds support, with a pleasantly earthy, woody undertone.
The flavor starts with a kindly, mild-mannered coffee taste. Soft cocoa and burnt notes, easing into some earthy fruitiness. Hints of plum, fig and vague berry. A mild hopping takes up in the finish, along with a slight yeasty earthiness. The malt keeps dominance, some bittersweet cocoa and char coming into focus. Some lingering roast acidity in the aftertaste, along with a developing floral hop tint. Pleasantly smoothened mouthfeel, although it's a bit too carbonated for my tastes. A carbonation zing in the finish, which lessens the smoothness some. Lightish medium bodied.
A very sessionable porter. Maybe more of an english style, with the gentle touch it has. If this were available in my area, I'd probably buy it often. A nice, easy going beer to sip after work, with perhaps another to follow.

12-04-2004 01:00:19 | More by UnionMade
Photo of Tballz420


3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

This brew is a deep black color, with some brownish hues showing through the light. Good sized frothy tan head tops off the brew. Light hop scent mixes with creamy chocolate malts. A moderately roasted malt profile starts off the taste, somewhat acidic mouth. Flowery hops back up the malts. A pretty solid porter, worth a check.

11-15-2004 22:27:11 | More by Tballz420
Photo of toddw8


3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

Appearance: Pours a very dark, nearly opaque brown with a large, 2.5 finger, light tan head. Head settles to just a thin film and leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Subtle aroma of dark chocolate and coffee with a hint of cherry coming through as it warms.

Taste: More of the same, coffee and chocolate. Finishes dry with a lingering roasted malt bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is what keeps this beer from being great, IMHO. Too thin and over-carbonated for my liking.

Drinkability: Easy drinking, I could definitely have a few of these in a sitting. However, the thin mouthfeel can make the beer seem a little boring.

Overall, a very nice american porter and probably Boulevard's best offering. However, I don't drink it very often because I can get Odell's Cutthoat Porter here so easily.

11-11-2004 05:59:57 | More by toddw8
Photo of alexgash


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

Dark brown coffee with a light-tan head.
Meaty, roasted malt aromas, with a touch of vanilla-like sweetness.
Taste is light milk chocolate sweetness over a bed of toasted, roasted coffee bitterness. Good balance. Finish is roasty bitter and long. Medium-bodied plus, with a nice, creamy mouthfeel. A well made porter.

10-31-2004 22:19:42 | More by alexgash
Photo of PatandDavid


3.98/5  rDev +5%

Oh man, have had this bottle for what seems forever, sorry! This was a gift from fellow BA Uncle Jimbo (thanks!) I think we got lucky, as this beer is still nice and tasty. Pour was very dark chocolate brown, in fact, it's opaque. Aroma is really nice: the dark roast character really comes across as being almost of alcohol, but I am re-assured by the abv listed here. I find the mouthfeel medium, nice small carbonation. Tastewise, nothing has suffered too much...the beer is almost really really good, but the finish is just a bit jaring. Initial taste is rich, roasty, maybe more java than cocoa like. Interesting slightly smokey note before the finish kicks in. The finish is just not as smooth as the initial taste, or else I would have rated this higher. The finish just seems slightly rocky. Would I get/drink this again? Heck yes! It's very good, really no disapointment here.

10-20-2004 22:47:21 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of hero27


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

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


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

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


3.6/5  rDev -5%

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.

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


3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

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!

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


4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

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

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev +9%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

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


4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

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

New Mexico

3.98/5  rDev +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.

08-16-2004 02:59:37 | More by SeanChouffe
Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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