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Bully! Porter - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Bully! PorterBully! Porter

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very good

1,061 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,061
Reviews: 518
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 43
Gots: 69 | 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 rowew
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of Bierguy5
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of blitz134
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of RobertDwight
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rsyberg01
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of froggyfrog
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of scoobybrew
2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Tuey13
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of afinepilsner
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jwc215
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - 12oz bottle pours out jet black with a tan, foamy one-finger head. It left some soapy lacing.

S - Smells like chocolate, sweet maltiness and touches of coffee.

T - It tastes like chocolate and roasted malt. There is a toffe-like flavor, too. Not at all bitter. Slightly sweet.

M - Soft and smoth with a dry finsh.A medium bodied porter.

D - A very enjoyable porter and at an affordable price.

Photo of Dubbercody
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great fluffy head upon pour. Nice lacing left on glass.

Scent of malt and roasted coffee rise from the fluff. Roasted scent and flavor perk up as temp rises.

Tastes of soft bitteness of coffee and soft hops dance nicely with the gentle malt.

Easy to drink brew.

Good brew, definetly worth a try.

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

12oz. bottle compliments of jhammerly.

Pours a dark black color with a creamy tan head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Dark roasted aroma. Some espresso and chocolate scents are also apparent as well as an herbal hoppiness.

Rich roasted malts with espresso and cocoa flavors. Finishes with a dark roasted taste and a slight herbal hop flavor.

Medium body, creamy texture. Good carbonation.

A solid, easy drinking porter. A good example of the style.

Photo of russpowell
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BBD of 10/21/06

Pours dark brown with a 3 fingers+ tan head. Good head retention & very good lacing

Smell: Malty& fruitty

Taste: Toasty malt, chocolate, followed by slight roastiness & coffee notes. Finishes dry fruitty & quenching

MF: chewy, rich & super carbonation

Very quaffable & one of the top 10 porters I've ever had

Photo of bort11
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint glass. Bit of a hard pour created a massive dark tan head. It's chunky and leaves a strong lace. The color is a dark purple/black. Smell is a roasted coffee, bitter and sweet. The taste matches the smell and then some. Very bold and straitforward flavor. Mouthfeel is medium light. A little creamy with mild carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant bitter coffee aftertaste. An excellent porter, in the right mood I could session these. Boulevard never disappoints me.

Photo of jmbranum
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, almost black with good head retention.

Rich and malty with mostly chocolate malts and a bit of coffee. Lightly roasted flavor.

I think this beer would have been better with a bit more umph to the body. For a Porter, I kinda like quite a bit more body that this.

Photo of Bang34
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle into a pint glass dark with a light tan head. As stated earlier it isn't as dark as other porters and has a nice Ruby hue when held up to the light.

Aroma has some coffee notes maybe a little hint of chocolate and dark fruit but the hops don't come through much at all.

Tastes kinda creamy with coffee and slight hop bitterness. Nothing extraordinary here but very drinkable and maybe a little lighter than most porters out there on the market.

Available all across Missouri in Supermarkets as Blvd. is the second largest brewery in Missouri. A good go-to if the store you are in does not have anything from Bell's.

Photo of sevineyes
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle featuring a bulldog with a monocle on the label.

A: Roasted chestnut. Light colored head. Dense but dissipating. Does leave decent lacing.

S: Some floral hops. Hard bubblegum wrappers. Later on I pick up a nice smoky presence.

T: Starts nice and sweet then swings into coffee and a really nice roasty presence. Goes back into an almost candy/brown sugar touch before going back into some deep rich coffee flavors. Even get some touches of sourness that I'd expect to be more pronounced in the English style.

M: Full and coating. Very nice. Smooth. Awesome. Plenty of carbonation, but not distracting from the flavors.

Overall: This is a really awesome porter. Very robust and satysifying in flavor and feel. Perhaps a bit weak on color and I'd personally like a bit more aroma. Man, I could easily drink these until I couldn't stand and be very happy.

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

This brew pours an opaque black color. The head is a massive three fingers in height, rocky and light tan. This is all that a porter should look like. The aroma is a mix of chocolate and coffee; each fighting the other and my nose winning. The taste is fabulous. The sip begins with chocolate and finishes with burnt coffee. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with nice carbonation and a relative smoothness. Overall, this is one of the most enjoyable porters I have had to date.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very dark ruby porter with a healthy dingy canvas colored head that leaves a thick lacing. The nose is great. Whisps of floral hops drift over a big coacoa scent.

The taste does not disappoint. Starts metallic and then goes creamy with earthy flavors supporting herbal hop flavor. The beer has a good dark cola character and is bready at times. There is an underlying chcolate flavor throughout that comes out strongest in the aftertaste. Every now and then there is a taste of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Some might like that but I think porters should be a bit thinner. I could drink gallons of this none the less.

Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from beerhandy as part of BIF 24. Thanks for the opportunity. Best by 9/18/05, oops.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" tan head above the clear dark burgundy brew. Pillow head lasts very nicely, with plentiful bubbly lacing. Aroma is roasted grain sweetness. Taste is also dark malt sweetness, with some wisps of smoke, and a lightly crisp close. Mouthfeel and drinkability both very nice, maybe a bit thin, but that's to style. Could certainly revisit this one during a session.

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

Pours a black nice and dark only hints of redish/brown around the edges. Sports a nice slow falling tan head that laces well.

Aroma is good nice coffee flavors with notiable hop presence mixed with some chocolate. Hops are a blend of herbal and light citrus variety atleast in the nose.

Taste is lots of malt black patten, good coffeee flavors upfront lots of roastiness some light chocolate underneath it all. Nice citrus hop flavors and a lingering grapefruit bitterness with some herbal qualities as wel. Some light spice makes an apperance or just more herbal like hops probably.

Mouthfeel is a big medium approaching full, good carbonation that adds a nice kick also.

Drinkability is good a very tasty Porter very nicely done. Would make this one a regular if I could. Thanks go to babydoc and BCG BIF for this treat.

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Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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