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Bully! Porter - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Bully! PorterBully! Porter

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very good

1,049 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,049
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 43
Gots: 62 | 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 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
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of jayb
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of KroMagnon
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of stangbat
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dudey
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of meathookjones
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours out black with slight reddish highlights when held up to the light and a quick forming monstrous tall rocky beige head that peaks over the glass. This drops to a small quarter inch head leaving a smattering of lacing around the glass. The aroma on this is heavy with smokiness and roasted malt with coffee being the strongest scent and chocolate playing a background role. The taste is similar to the aroma as roasted malts fill the palate and flavors of chocolate, coffee and a slight earthy hop taste come out as well. Very balanced taste and a good dry finish. Mouthfeel is a little less than expected but well carbonated and creamy. Pretty good drinkability as this has a solid taste and is not over the top in any areas. Good choice if you’re in the mood for a porter, thanks again for the bottle bditty187.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a murky dark brown, almost black color with three fingers of light tan foam. There is a bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of roasted malt and coffee, a great porter smell. Hints of chocolate in there as well. The taste is smooth and rich, with lots of mocha and coffee mixed with slightly burnt malt. A really great blend. Not too many hops around, but none needed. It's close to perfect. The mouthfeel is fairly strong and thick, yet smooth. The drinkability is very good. A damn fine porter. It went perfectly with my medium-rare T-bone.

Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,049 ratings.