Bully! Porter - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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85
very good

1,043 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,043
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 43
Gots: 59 | 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 jmbranum
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
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
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of wcudwight
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a solid three finger creamy tan head that lasts! Smells of coffee, chocolate and hops. Yummmm! Taste of a strong coffee, hint of chocolate, and I taste a bit of a soy milk in there. Nice alcohol finish that gives it the perfect amount of bite. Feels crisp and a little thick in the mouth. The head(yes, it's still there) feels good on your lips when you drink. Drinkability is good. Nice session porter. I love porters and this is right up there with the Duck-Rabbit porter for my favorite. Overall an excellent porter from Boulevard Brewing. I highly recommend this beer. Many, many thanks go out to Dertbert. He is an exceptional trader!

Photo of Jredner
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Malt, Chocolate and hop aroma. Deep black with an unruly two finger thick head. More coffee more roasted barley and more happiness for me. Nothing over the top about this it is just straight forward good and still manges a big feel despite not being desperately hopped like some brewers attempt. Fantastic. Thanks, Slob.

Photo of LordChesterfield
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is nondescript: Very dark brown with a weak head. A fruity hoppy smell is apparent and enticing. The flavor is roasted barley with more than usual fruit flavors and the bitterness is a little lower than average. The mouthfeel is thick and gives the beer substance. Finishes clean and fruity. The hop characteristics are similar to those of some Sierra Nevada offerings and they really help me like this beer. This is a simple and delicate porter that I'll pick up again sometime. Hint: definitely don't drink this at below 45 degrees F.

Photo of edbeered
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a clear dark ruby color, with minimal head and lacing. There is a hint of hops and chocolate in the smell. The taste has hints of chocolate and a slightly hoppy profile. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. Overall, this is not an overly complex porter, but it is a fairly nice one. I probably wouldn't go out of my way for it, but I enjoyed the opportunity of trying it.

Photo of hoffman
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice two finger tan head forms when poured and laces very well, colors is opaque brown with red edging. A nice looking brew sitting on the bar. The smell is nice a sweet waft of malt and caramel with a biting coffee and hops aroma. The taste is full of coffee, not too carbonated, but ample, very nice hop finish is sharp and keeps you sipping, somewhat drier than I had expected, a nice surprise. The feel is a bit water especially at finish which hurts the beer more than it should. I knock the drinkability a little bit due to the mouthfeel and the dryness that might not invite everyone in.

Photo of whynot44
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light/medium bodied, very dark reddish brown with a nice tan head.

Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and a hint of spice.

Taste is coffee, dark chocolate, maybe some anise, nicely balanced with spicy hops bite at the finish.

Very nice porter, a little light in body but excellent for taste. Smooth, creamy and very drinkable.

Photo of garymuchow
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma presents with a sweet molasses like dark malt that's only slightly reoasty. Fades in time.
Very nice looking beer. Solid 1-2i nch head. Black with mahogeny hues. Nice lines of lacing.
Roasty porter quality. Watery quality. Sweetness that's very brief. Fairly dry. Mild to medium bitterness.
Seems quite thin for style. Lots of carbonation that's pretty soft, but too much.
Pretty uninspiring. Earlier bottles I've had showed more yeast qualities and I liked them better, but that was a couple of years ago. I wonder if aging had an influence.

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

Thanks to Karst for this trade.

Good Pffft from a cellar temperature bottle, Pours dark amber brown with a creamy tan head which fades quickly to a ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass, and an island of lacing in a sea of ruby brown.

This beer had a wonderful ruby color when held up in front of the sun. Clear & rich.
The bottle says 'bottle conditioned' but hte beer poured clear and I found no sediment in the bottom.

Smell was sweet malt with hints of aroma hop, I caught the smell as soon as the cap came off the bottle.

Taste was sweet, carmel malt and very smooth. No harsh hop bitterness in the bottle that I had; and a well balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel was medium. I have had a few porters that are thin in the mouth, and I was beginning to expect that, but this is not thin. In my opinion It is just right for the style.

Very drinkable ! I would love to have this available all the time it is very nice !

Photo of Jacobob10
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very dark pour with a small yes consistent head. Great aroma...tons of roasted malts, also some cherry and chocolate noticable. For me, the taste didn't coincide with the aroma. A little on the bitter side for my liking. There were some floral hops that added a bitter overtone to the beer and they could have been toned down a bit. For me, this beer started out great and became increasingly more difficult to drink. A decent porter at first transformed into a tough drinker. Something that I would like to try again on a different occasion as I could tell this beer had potential.

Photo of battlekow
4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Unable to find this in Milwaukee, I scored a six-pack while up in the Twin Cities this week, and was duly rewarded.

Bully! pours a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights, and a generous, but quickly gone, tannish head. Bully on the lacing! It smells of chocolate and hops, but the scent is surprisingly subtle; the taste, however, is not. There's all the bitter/roasted and chocolate flavors that you'd expect in a porter, balanced very nicely by a prominent hoppiness. The flavor is truly "exceptional." Mouthfeel is nice and thick, rounding out a truly great beer.

In the words of Elton John, "the Boulevard is not that bad."

Photo of tjthresh
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Best by 10/30/05. Dark brown with garnet highlights. Thick tan head with some lacing. Mediun roast coffee, burnt brown sugar, american hops. Bitterness all around. In the hops and malts. Awful lot of carbonation. One of BLVD’s best brews.

Photo of beergeek279
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. stubby into a dimple pint. The color is a very dark brown, with a nice tan head that sticks around for quite a while. The smell is a nice, thick roasty and rich chocolate-ness. The taste mixes a strong roasty bitterness with a very thick, rich chocolate flavor, leaving the hop character lingering on the tongue in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fairly creamy and thick. As for drinkability, this is a nice one to have a few of.

Thanks to for this fantastic beer as part of the NCAA tourney pool. A fantastic, deep, rich chocolate robust porter with a nice lingering hop bitterness that melds so nicely with the sweetness. Quite nice, and one I will definitely enjoy again.

Photo of Citadel82
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I miss this brew. Thanks to a good friend I hava few bottles to sample including the botled dry stout which was only available on tap when we moved from KC.

This beer pours a dark choclate brown with little light showing trhough. The thick, brown, creamy head lingers. It leaves thick clumpy lace. It has a good fruity caramel/chocolate malt aroma.I can detect slightly floral hop presence. This beer tastes sweet and nutty. notyes of Chocolate, coffee, dark fruits. The hops are mildly noticable. I miss this beer. It goes down smooth leaving a malty caramel aftertaste.

I would stock this beer in my refrigerator if I could get it in New Jersey. Pair this with Smoke Stack's Burnt Ends, Gates' Ribs or Burnt Ends or Wyandott's Pulled Pork and Burnt Fries!!

Photo of OStrungT
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown with little light showing trhough. The thick, fluffy head is brown, and it fades rather slowly. It leaves thick laces. It has a malty aroma with a good caramel aroma. It has a chocolate aroma also. I can not detect much hop presence. This beer tastes malty also. It has a chocolate taste. The hops are not too present in the flavor either. The roasted malts are very appealing on the palate. this beer goes down smooth leaving a malty caramel aftertaste. It might be just a little overcarbonated, but that is alright. This beer might make a good session beer. It is low on alcohol, and the flavor is good and not overbearing. I would stock this beer in my refrigerator if I could get it in Southern California. Thanks karst for sending me another great beer.

Photo of Fugazme
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big cherries and great look. I've found this to be one of my favorite porters. Not a huge fan of Boulevard... this is their best. Good, consistent head on this beer... never quite went away. The nose was fruity and chocolately. Very nice.

The first taste brought cherries to the forefront for me and a great toffee-like afternote followed. I would drink this with a dried-fruit glazed pork loin, sip by sip... might overwhelm the pork a bit, but I think it would hold up if cooked properly (not dried out, yo!). Could even be a good braising beer.

Then again...
maybe I'd go the dessert route with a dense chocolate decadent torte.

Oh the possibilities!

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the stubby brown bottle a nice charcoal black with a volumious khaki frappe head on top. Only a sliver of light penetration. Sticky lacing...enticing. Aromas of charred, roasted grains entangled with cocoa powder and a drop of vanilla extract. Sticky, herbal hops arouse the senses as well. Nuanced and refined with a wonderful head that lingers on.

First sip arrives with a lavish charred, burnt dark malt. Wisps of smoke meander in and out on the palate. Unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla, timid ground coffee. Hints of dry, grainy chalkiness smack the roof of the mouth. Lingering with a toasty herbal hop presence on the finish. A robust and tasty porter that doesn't let me down.

Expansive carbonation works well with the chewy malt body. Near perfect porter consistency. Satisfying and easy to consume. A bit drier and more robust than many other porters, but it suits it well. Wouldn't mind a few more of these right now. Thanks go out to fellow BA babydoc for the chance to try this one.

Photo of carln26
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured into the shaker pint glass deep brown with a thick tan head. The head left clumps of lace on the side of the glass as it receded. The aroma is roasted malt, with just a hint of cherry. The flavor has tons of the roast malt, a bit of espresso, some of the cherry, some citrus orange. The mouth feel is slightly slick, and feels a little oily. Decent drinakbility. Porter is not my favorite style, but this is a good beer.

Photo of karst
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 12/08/05 bottle conditioned from BBC of Kansas City, Mo. (maybe their best offering?) and enjoyed on the bluffs overlooking TableRock lake near the Arkansas line south of Branson, Mo.

The tan 4 finger dense head that persisted til the glass was empty. Deep brownish garnet (near black) color with ruby glints when held to light. It's a Beauty!

Sweet - toffee of dark crystal malt hit the nose followed by a mild chocolate malt and burnt black patent espresso like aroma and those supporting Willamette hops.

The carbonation was turned up a notch and displayed not only in the tall head but also gave strong beading visable on the sides of the tumbler glass and added to a solid medium mouthfeel as well.

Buried in the roasted flavours of coffee, dark chocolate and burnt grain is a hint of fruitiness of black currants and elder berries.

Malt sweetness is well balanced by black patent and hop bitterness. It finishes dry and clean with the wonderful combination of roasted grain and hop bitterness lingering like the red ball of the sun on the horizon of TableRock's Long Creek Arm.

It's a flavorful porter that pairs perfectly with the steak comming off the grill. Add family and friends - and carpe diem.

Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,043 ratings.