Bully! Porter
Boulevard Brewing Co.

Bully! PorterBully! Porter
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English Porter
Ranked #103
Ranked #24,422
3.81 | pDev: 12.6%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Very Good
Bully! PorterBully! Porter
Notes: 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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3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours fairly light (dark but not nearly opaque) with good head and lacing.

The aromas are interesting. Toasty, nutty, coffee and faint hop notes. The flavor is less clear/more muddled. The feel is ok, but somewhat chalky and could use more carbonation. It's an ok brew, but mediocre for this brewer.

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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota, Mar 14, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with two fingers of khaki foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is roasty, toasty, nutty, earthy and caramely malts with light earthy and semi-grainy notes. Flavor profile is roasty, toasty, nutty, earthy, caramely malts with the earthy portion coming on stronger at the finish. There are modest notes of chocolate with lighter notes of molasses and toffee, especially towards the finish. Mouth feel is medium-thick with lightly grainy particulate texture that feels a little sporadic. Overall, solid porter with robust qualities and a thicker texture.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Jul 27, 2019
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3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark mahogany colored body; thick, sculpted head; sheets of foam sticking to the glass. Nice caramel malt aroma; a bit nut-like. Good flavor; a bit of dark malt, not too sweet; nice hop bitterness balancing things out; some roasted grain notes. Medium body; slick and warm on the palate; semi-dry mouthfeel throughout.

A nice porter, not overly rich or flavorful yet easy drinking.

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beergoot from Colorado, Apr 03, 2019
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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice rich black in color - very dark
Not very aromatic, mostly piney hops - hints of coffee and chocolate
Tastes quite bitter and hoppy at first - then some dark roasted grains come in with chocolate hints - quite dry
Feels a bit thinner than a porter should but still fairly full
Overall a good tasting beer. Seems more like a Black IPA than a Robust Porter.

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sjdevel from Colorado, Mar 30, 2019
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2.86/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

L:. Pours a dark brown black color with a very large creamy tan head that dissipates rather quickly.

S:. Roasted malt and some chocolate and coffee, not very strong aroma.

T:. Strong bitterness, mixed sweet caramel and not a lot else.

F:. Creamy smooth and medium body

O:. Not very impressed by this one.

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Parmesan from Colorado, Dec 23, 2018
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a big chunky and rocky khaki head that sticks around leaving great thick retention and sticky frothy lacing. Looks great. The aromas have a subtle hoppy vibe going on. Hints of cocoa and vanilla. Some malts. The flavors follow the nose. Hints of citrus. More cocoa and vanilla. Some roasted characteristics. Solid bitterness. Malts do their thing. Finishes dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy, slightly creamy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a pretty nice porter. The craftsmanship is very impressive, which really takes this one to the next level for me. It's clean, crisp and even refreshing. It's very enjoyable and fun to drink. It's simply a well crafted brew.

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BB1313 from Ohio, Dec 20, 2018
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3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black with moderate tan head. Pleasant chocolate aroma. The flavor is more black malt, I think, sort of ashy, which blends fairly nicely with a very earthy bitterness.

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Photo of tp1962
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very good porter!
Look pours a deep dark almost black
Smell can smell the roastiness and chocolate
Taste smoky taste with hints of coffee and chocolate plus slight hippiness but not over bearing
Feel full bodied with slight heat from alcohol
Overall great beer and one to share with friends

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tp1962 from Illinois, Oct 02, 2018
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4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: one of the darkest most opaque beers out there. Khaki head with amazing retention and great lacing
S: like a spicy Mexican coffee or hot chocolate
Tastes just like it smells but not overbearing In coffee hints.
Finish: one of the smoothest finishes on a porter out there.
Overall: a must try.

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Photo of MinerBob
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Beer pours a coffee color with a thick tan head that dissipates slowly with a lot of lacing. I figure this is Boulevards version of the world famous Sam Smith's Taddy Porter but falls short. It's the hoppiest porters I've had. Overall a lot better porters out there.

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MinerBob from Oklahoma, Jan 01, 2018
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3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This a well balanced porter. Pours a very dark brown / black with shades of red emerging when backlit. Small head that persists throughout. Smell is caramel, molasses, bread, raisins and roast. Hints of roast and higher lovibond fruity caramel in the taste. Finishes dry with some hop flavor. This is a good dark, roasty American-style beer. A little more malt depth and it would be great. Great value beer from Boulevard - worth the time and money to pick one of these up.

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omahawk from Nebraska, Dec 10, 2017
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3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a dark brown color with a lighter brown note along the sides. A finger's worth of white foamy head sat atop and gently dissolved to leave some spotty messy lace running here and there.
The aroma captured a fine meshing between roasty coffee beans, light grounds, some dark chocolate, light baker's chocolate, and dark fruits.
The flavor was a nice blend of roasty coffee to dark fruity sweetness and seemed to kick the dark chocolate and baker's chocolate a bit further back here. Moderate sweetness in the aftertaste through a blend of the dark fruits, dark chocolate and coffee beans/somewhat "ground"-like.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt spot on. ABV felt as projected by the brewer. Moderate finish of the dark fruits to the roast (not much grip, pretty smooth for the most part).
Overall, as an English porter, I'd say this one definitely works. It's one that I'd come back to if given the chance. Thanks Ben.

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3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 4/4/17, purchased at the brewery 8/23/17 (uh oh), consumed 10/15/17. Was at travel/room temperature in shade until refrigerated a couple of days ago. Poured into Belgian ale glass and let warm a bit.

L: Beer is very dark brown, lighter brown at edges. Big light tan head with lots of lacing and a cap and rings.

S: Yeasty and roasted malts. An amount of fruitiness from hops, which still appear to be out there, and some smokiness.

T: Pretty much as nose would indicate. Roasty and smoky, but unfortunately also pretty watery, which is not good for a bottle-conditioned porter. Very slightly bitter finish.

F: Pretty light body, light carbonation. Definitely lacking in construction, though balance is OK.

O: Had to dock it fairly bigly for the wateriness. There should be more to it than this.

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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia, Oct 16, 2017
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. Clear dark brown color with tan head. Aroma has some fruity hops and roasted malts. Taste starts slightly sweet and fruity but gets toasted with medium bitterness on the finish. Also some nutty malts and grapefruity hops. Body is on the light side with medium carbonation. Really easy drinking and tasty porter.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, Oct 30, 2016
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3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle purchased at the brewery and consumed at a hotel, on to the beer:

This porter is ink black colored and topped with a half-inch of head and whispy lacing. The aroma doesn't hit the nose hard; soft aromas of vague roast and esters and little else. However, the taste comes back in force. What helps it is the medium-full body and chewiness to the body, plus a flavor that hits your palate. The smokiness is pleasant, akin to smoked meats. Waves of molasses, a kiss of esters, and a kiss of esters gives Bully! touches to what could be considered to be a smoked porter. One thing is certain, it's worthy of being in the Boulevard stable.

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DoubleJ from Wisconsin, Oct 13, 2016
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3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brown pour 2/7" tan head. Aroma of brown malt and toffee.

Taste hit some hoppy cascade like notes. Carbonation and hops will keep this lively, not overly thick. Just as much brown as black and chocolate malt. Bitterness chalked up a little.

Somewhere between English and American porter.

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Photo of jmd1978
2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Dark color with thick creamy tan head on top. Faint smell of roasted malt, caramel, and chocolate. Taste of caramel and cocoa the roasted malt and a hint of cherry. Really stays with you after the finish. This one sounded better on paper. I'm a fan of many of boulevard's offerings but this one was not very eventful.

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jmd1978 from Missouri, Mar 15, 2016
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3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Neat brown/black hue with a creamy head that sticks around.

S-Nothing extra special to detect. Smells like a dark beer. I may not have the experience to note if something more is going on here.

T-Slight bitter taste with 'dark' flavors.

F-Head sticks around, even on the swallow. It could almost be described as smooth, if the slight bitterness didn't stick around and remind you what you are drinking.

O-I am a huge fan of dark beers, and this one just doesn't stand out in any significant way. It's good, I would drink it, possibly order it if there wasn't much else around. But there is nothing special here, to me.

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huron663 from Minnesota, Dec 07, 2015
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3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, dark brown with a goodly portion of tan foam sitting gently atop. Creamy (for a bottle) and slow to dissipate but no real lace left behind.
Smell is relatively faint, just a wee amount of roast malt, smoke and the faintest hint of whiskey.
Taste is much more pronounced with notes of heavily toasted mslt (without being ashy), some wood, earth, a hit of toffee. Balanced nicely.
Body is medium for the style, effervescence is restrained. Dry from the tongue through the finish, which is remarkably clean and not really a good thing in my book. Overall though, a good brew.

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4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite porters and one of my favorite beers from Boulevard. Has a very strong distinct porter smell. I love the appearance of the bottle. I prefer to drink mine in a pint glass to more enjoy the smell and the appearance. This is a beer that needs to be served close to ice cold temperature or everything I said positive about it fades greatly. This beer rivals the dark truth stout from Boulevard in overall quality.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown in color with very little light getting through. There's a good inch of tightly knit beige foam resting on top. I smell dark malt, smoke, and chocolate. The flavor is as advertised in the aroma. Sweet, dark malt along with chocolate and a light smoky note. The mouth is a bit thick and moderately chewy.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Aug 09, 2015
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4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This brew has a phenomenal appearance....black, with a thick and solid brown head. The aroma is a nice mix of dark malt, roastedness, and dark fruit. The taste is solid...some malt, rich grain, and balancing bitterness. Full in body. Nice.

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Suds from Missouri, Jun 14, 2015
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3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Bully porter

A- pours a dark brown color with a two-finger khaki colored head that retains nicely, leaving thick lace behind as it settled

S- roasted chocolate malt with a hint of smoke and char, licorice and graham cracker

T- charred chocolate malt with some earthy notes, mild hop bitterness, trace of coffee, smoky finish with a linger of black licorice

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a chewy foamy finish

O- very approachable, yet full flavored

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Feb 03, 2015
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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance : tall, yeasty head, beige in color. Body is cranberry brown, mostly opaque.

Aroma : caramel malts, almond, nut, some cocoa, milk chocolate, and faint hop. Bouquet is medium strength.

Flavor : very sour (for a porter) at the beginning, with a hit of hop, and then it smooths out with malty and roasted chocolate characteristics. It ends nutty and dry.

Mouthfeel : very smooth, very creamy, ends dry.

Overall : id drink it again. It's a nice porter and has some strength, but the strength is nicely offset by the smoothness of the roast chocolate and malt character.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Dec 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid porter right here. It's definitely a classic English-style, not sweetened with anything or loaded with alcohol flavor. Good balance, really drinkable, tastes like a porter should taste. Had it on tap and in a bottle and it's the same either way, which is reflective of a well-made product.

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dcscientist from Colorado, Sep 29, 2014
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