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Bully! Porter - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Bully! PorterBully! Porter

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1,034 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,034
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 45
Gots: 56 | 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 jayb
3.6/5  rDev -5%
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.

jayb, Sep 29, 2004
Photo of KroMagnon
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

KroMagnon, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of stangbat
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

stangbat, Sep 12, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Phyl21ca, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of dudey
4.13/5  rDev +9%
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.

dudey, Sep 01, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

TastyTaste, Aug 26, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Dogbrick, Aug 24, 2004
Photo of SeanChouffe
3.98/5  rDev +5%
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.

SeanChouffe, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

meathookjones, Aug 14, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

SheepNutz, Aug 12, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark ruby brown almost black color after a mildly vigorous pour the head forms nicely thick and tan leaves even scattered specks of lacing throughout the pint. Aroma: A very pleasant mix of chocolate, mild coffee, and underlying ripened fruit tones a great roasty malt profile and a touch of hops this porter is complete. Taste: Extremely smooth porter a bit robust with roastiness but soothes the palate very nice touch of dark chocolate, coffee, and once again some ripe fruit nice brew all around hard to find any faults very moderately hopped just the way it should be. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied evenly carbonated nice smoothness, I could definitely chill with a sixpack of this beauty. Drinkability: Quite the all around quintessential American Porter, very good not too many fireworks or anything devastating just straight solid brew that I could drink easily in session, thanks to BuckeyeNation for the sample.

WVbeergeek, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. squat amber bottle. Best by 6/19/04...uh-oh.

Poured a very dark brown in color, allowing light to pass only at the edges. Quite thick and long-lasting tan-colored head laces nicely. Flavors are roasted malt, cark chcocolate, even some dark fruit. Flavor is roasted coffee, toasted malt, and some earthy bitterness. Finishes almost like a dry stout, with a low level of chocolate and lots of dry bitterness. Good mouthfeel, just the right level of carbonation. A very smooth and well-balanced porter.

OldFrothingSlosh, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of edchicma
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Wyllder! Had this excellent offering last night at a beer tasting. It poured a great amber black with a nice uniform head and excellent lacing. Smell was smoky with roasted malts smacking the nostrils quite nicely. Taste was smooth, lightly sweet on the front that smoothly transitioned to a roasty malt finish with a slight hop presence. Mouthfeel was crisp with excellent carbonation that helped carry the flavors. Drinkability was excellent. Went down smooth and easy .... could easily drink two or three.

edchicma, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of RocketWidget
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Buckeyenation for providing me access to this brew!

A bottle conditioned beer with a twist top. Unusual. Pours a standard dark black color, deep red when held to the light. Head dissipates very quickly. Smells malty and sweet, but nothing very strong. Taste is decent, no complaints, but nothing stands out either. Fairly smooth and drinkable. I’m not sure why this beer is rated as high as it is. It’s a good beer, but not a great one.

RocketWidget, Jun 27, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Transparent ruby-accented dark brown; not one of the darkest porters that I've ever seen. The dark beige head is expansive and airy, but also nicely craggy and throws up a generous amount of lace. Other than the expected roasted malts, the most prominent feature of the nose is hops. A little cocoa, but it's in the background.

Delicious beer. One sip is all it took to tell me that this is one fine porter. Lots of roasted malt with plenty of complimentary bittersweet chocolate. Hops are in the mix as well, though they're more understated than they were in the nose. I like hops to be an accent flavor when it comes to porters and stouts, not one of the pillars of the flavor profile. Bully! gets it just about perfect.

The body could be a bit bigger to suit me. With such a tremendous flavor, a more substantial body and a creamier mouthfeel would put this beer firmly in the upper echelon of the style. Well done carbonation; lively in the mouth without being fizzy.

Bully! Porter is close to great and a bigger mouth presence would inch it closer yet. Still highly recommended. Boulevard's best beer?

BuckeyeNation, May 16, 2004
Photo of Trentonator
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge head on a dark, dark beer. Beautiful lacing all the way down. Smells incredible, very chocolatey, almost cappucino-like. Starts off with a bit of bitterness, then smooth as silk going down the gullett. Take a swig, then breathe through the mouth afterwards, it warms the mouth like a big, earthy red wine or a fine cigar. Truly an aftertaste to savor . . . mmm. STRONG work Boulevard. Kudos!!!

Trentonator, Apr 24, 2004
Photo of PhantomVodoo
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge dark tan head that left lace. Dark brown to black beer.
Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt and hops.

Taste shows a medium roasted malt backbone. Chocolate with some coffee as well. Solid hop balance. Beer is nicely balanced between sweet and bitter. Roasted malt and hops work together nicely.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability.
My final beer to try from Boulevard proves to be a good one like all the others I sampled.

PhantomVodoo, Apr 22, 2004
Photo of cokes
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Auburn-tilted brown with blooming tan suds.
The aroma is ripe with malted chocolate and pine needles. Touched with just traces of oxidation.
Begins with a sweep of milk chocolate. Rich and coating. Roastedness is present, but not harsh. Think mocha latte with caramel and whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles. Turns towards toasted hazelnuts towards the middle. Ends perky and well-bittered, with conifers and traces of citrus rind. All west coast. All good.
Medium-full bodied, and fluffy in regard to carbonation.
This is a killer porter. Just killer. One of the upper echelon of the style that I've sampled. And this bottle was a full 10 months past its "Best Before" date. I've got a fresher bottle awaiting. And it won't wait long.

I thought this was a mere toss in, Hugey. This is the "player to be named later" that became a superstar. Many thanks.

cokes, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of DPMomutant
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first review...bear with me...

The Bully! Porter is a beer that had to grow on me as my appreciation for darker beers grew.

It pours with about a two-finger head and holds a nice lace, more bubbly than I expected. It is basically a smooth pitch black. Once the head goes down you can catch a very dark red from the right angle. Looks like something a bulldog (like on the label) would drink.

I'll admit my smell sense is not fully refined yet but I do catch a faint smell of coffee here....not bad but I wanted a little more.

That coffee definitely comes out in the taste, though. Should check this for caffeine. I catch some dark cocoa in here, too.

The taste is good and strong, but this beer is gentle on the mouth and very smooth.

As for drinkability, I can say I'm on my 4th tonight. But seriously it tastes robust but it goes down easy enough to drink a few at a time.

DPMomutant, Mar 20, 2004
Photo of jimdkc
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours really dark brown, nearly opaque unless you hold it very near the light. Creamy carmel-brown head dissipates fairly quickly to a filmy head with a thick ring around the edge of the glass. It tries really hard to leave some lace, but... alas... it slides back down! Smell is rich, roasted malt and dark roast black coffee. Taste is more of the same: rich roasted flavors and a strong black coffee presence. Mouthfeel is nice and silky. A pleasant bitterness lingers on the tongue after the beer is gone. I really like the strong coffee flavor of this.

I was a bit disappointed in Boulevard after reviewing their Unfiltered Wheat (which I really like... but was not as good as I remembered!) earlier tonight. But this restores my faith in them! This is a great reason to continue to support my local brewer! Bully!

jimdkc, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of brewQ
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful tightly knit tan head. The color is nearly opaque.

Malty aroma hints of the chocolaty taste to follow.

A well made beer- though I am stuck on their more drinkable Pale Ale for every day use. (Honestly, for some reason I find most Stouts to be more drinkable than Porters).

brewQ, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of EagleTalon
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am compelled to re-review this beer because I believe that this latest batch far outshines the previous tasting in 2002. It wasn't bad back then but this latest batch is a marked improvement.

Pours a deep ruby-black color and huge amounts of foam and lots of lace and rings. Aroma is hoppy and chocolate-mocha-malty. Taste is a well blended balance of domestic hop flavor and bitterness with carefully balanced blend of dark malts. Mouthfeel is improved--smoother and less harsh. Finishes sweet and malty with residual roasty bitterness and a little hop spice. Excellent. Better than ever. It's great to know that a major craft brewery like Boulevard is willing to evaluate and improve their products continually.

EagleTalon, Feb 21, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep black color with a thick light tan head. The aroma is good. It is rich in black, roasted , and chocolate malts. The taste is decent. It is a bit too intense with it's blackness. It has a lingering roasted flavor. It goes down creamy, but finishes dry. The mouthfeel is good. This is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer drinks slightly above average. Look, I like the dark beers as much as anyone, but what is too much darkness. This beer pushes the envelope.

WesWes, Feb 14, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Squat 12 ounce bottle with another colorful label from Boulevard. The main label has the words Bully! Porter surrounding a picture of a Monocled Tuxedo wearing Bulldog holding a Pint of the beer that bears his name. No strength indicated, but a Best By date of 03/06/04. Twist cap and a red neck label that states that the Bully! Porter is Bottle Conditioned, as well as having some explanatory background to the beer.

Appearance: In the glass, the head is instantly the focal point of this Porter. A large tan head quickly evolves like a volcanic eruption. A cavernous rocky head collapses leaving some brown swirling lace on the glass. The body of the beer is a dark chestnut brown color. Fine bubbled carbonation.

Nose: Dark roasted malts with a toasty aroma. Chocolate, caramel, coffee and some floral hops mix in with the malts.

Taste: Fresh feel, it lands lots of roasted malts on the tongue. Chocolate bitterness and a lingering toasted coffee and Oatmeal feel give a very nice smoothness to the ending. Coffee and an astringent dark bitter chocolate finish on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Big and very bold, just perfect for a thick roasted malt Porter. Embracing feel on the tongue, this sits extremely wall in the mouth with a nice velvet feel. Strong body and lost of malts.

Drinkability: Well this is one finely balanced and tasty Porter. I wish I had more than the 12 ounces that I started with. The roasted malts, smooth velvet feel and bitterness at the end all work together extremely well to make this a very drinkable Porter. Solid & Addictive.

Overall: Probably Boulevards best offering for me.

A “Bully! Good Show” to BigHuge for this one.

TheLongBeachBum, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of aracauna
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great porter. Pours a dark brown with a healthy sandy light tan head that lingers at a fairly thick level and laces the glass heavily. Chocolate and some unidentifiable fruit in the aroma. Almost figs, but not quite, almost pear but not quite. A bit of spice from the hops. Nice balance here in the flavor. Not all that sweet, but good cocoa powder, that fruit again, a little caramel and some other malty flavors. A faint bitterness comes up in the fairly short finish. The mouthfeel's suprisingly creamy from the carbonation.

aracauna, Jan 28, 2004
Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,034 ratings.