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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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Ratings: 1,061 | Reviews: 518
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

Photo of beerceller99
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of scottum
4.46/5  rDev +18%
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.

Photo of RBorsato
4.77/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

Photo of clvand0
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of walleye
3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Southernbrew
4.29/5  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.

Photo of rajendra82
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Vancer
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of swamiswamu
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of mynie
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of beerluvr
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of Fish113d
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Photo of skybluewater
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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...

Photo of mentor
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.94/5  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.

Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

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

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.

Photo of Tballz420
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of toddw8
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of PatandDavid
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of hero27
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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