Bully! Porter
Boulevard Brewing Co.

Bully! PorterBully! Porter
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English Porter
Ranked #99
Ranked #23,055
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
Reviews: 538 | Ratings: 1,177 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by BillyPirate:
Photo of BillyPirate
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Attractive deep beige head of moderate duration with ample lacing. Opaque with reddish hues.

S- Noticeably unpleasant and aggressive bouquet reminiscent of cough syrup. Tends to undermine the subsequent flavor.

T- Rich molasses/espresso notes conveying a complexity so distinct it can almost be described as inconsistent (yet enjoyable overall).

M- Nicely chewy, easily drinkable.

O- Aside from the aromatic issues, this is a wonderful representation of the style and I highly recommend it as a session beer.

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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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Photo of Suds
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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Photo of Tballz420
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of marcpal
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a oversized Ommegang glass.

A: Impressive look for a porter. Brown, almost black with a thick lasting head and tan lacing.

S: Toasted malts, breadiness, chocolate with a thick chicory aroma. Again, good for a porter.

T: A little bit on the sweet side, mostly malts and kick of chicory. Baked malts take over a bit but the hops come out some. Went really well with salmon, probably the smokiness of both.

M: Tight and biscuity. Chewy sticky texture with more than customary carbonation for style.

D: Somewhat thick and dry with low abv, fairly drinkable. Good sessionable porter but a bit too thick and would actually like some more kick.

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Photo of Scott231
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of kclonin
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of LukeGude
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid lookin' porter pouring amber brown to settle very dark brown with deep amber highlights and a solid tight frothy head of tannish cocoa color that grew to just below an inch high faded somewhat slowly to a ever present skim and lots of light webby lace.

Smell is a solid roasted malt aroma with a milk chocolatey backing and upon swirling gets a note of coffee and burntness.

Taste is a bit more complex then the smell with a hefty almost chewy amount of roasted malts, giving it a over baked, slightly burnt cookie sense with mild milk chocolate and a slight coffee flavor appearing late and the drying sense from the coffee and chocolate showing up even later, quite a nice finish. Overall, very smooth and easy with a light milding amount of bittering hops and just the right amount of taste and flavors to make you take notice. Feel is medium bodied, starts a little weak but picks up nicely and finishes with a genuine porter quality 'late' finish that I like. Its not as sweet or as bold as some porters, but its respectable. Very drinkable as well. Reasonably solid porter.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark black in color with thick mocha foam head. Roasted grains and malt on the nose. The flavor is heavy with roasted tones and a good bed of malt that follows the initial presentation by smoothing out into a caramel type of sensation in the middle of the flavor. The finish is heavy with roasted grains and malt. The flavors resonate in your mouth for an aftertaste that is consistent with the flavor. Just okay for me. It seems big compared to most of Boulevard's mainline beers.

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Photo of IpeeA
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Ash
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of aphamer
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KroMagnon
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

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Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of davesway10
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Derrill
2/5  rDev -47.5%

Photo of ironstein
1.5/5  rDev -60.6%

Photo of rye726
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Nose has roasty malts, chocolate and floral hops. Taste has more of the same. A bit bland and quite one dimensional. Thin body is overly carbonated. A good session beer to wash down a burger I suppose, but there are so many better examples.

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Photo of Hugh37
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of darthhamby
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer poured out a rich dark brown with a two inch creamy tan head.

Smell: I savored the roasted espresso notes immediately and the faint smell of black currants and charcoal.

Taste: The roasted coffee flavors spontaneously blended well with the chocolate at the end of a rich well balanced porter.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was attuned for a porter and enjoyed the slight bitterness at the end.

Overall: I had this again with a BBQ burnt ends dinner at Jack Stack's BBQ in KC, MO and found this to be a perfect union between beer and BBQ. This is a wonderful example of how an American Porter should be, not too strong for the weak of heart but robust and satisfying for the experienced beer connoisseur.

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Photo of JimBerry
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sulldaddy
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours very vark brown with slight red tint. Almost no light gets through the glass. A soft, creamy, tan head foams up nicely and has good staying power, only very gradually settling down.

I actually notice floral hop aromas first and after more thorough sniffing I pick up some roasted malt scents as well. Would have thought it was the other way around but just telling ya what I smell.

First sip is more typical porter. Caramel, roastiness,and just a hint of coffee come through. The finish is dominated by the same hop flavor that I picked up with my nose. The brew is fairly thinly bodied and very easy to drink.

No hint of alcohol content in flavor or aroma.
Could drink quite a few of these I think.

Thanks to bditty for letting me try this one out!

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Photo of Kahlerbock
4/5  rDev +5%

Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 1177 ratings