Bully! Porter | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Bully! PorterBully! Porter

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2001

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of krowman2652
4.88/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Right up there with the other porters I have tasted. A great beer!

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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.

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Photo of evolbob
4.77/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to timbro81 for this wonderful brew! Stubby 12 oz'er poured into a New Glarus pint glass. Dark, almost black color with some ruby tints. Frothy head that diminishes and stays for the rest of the drink. The smell is roasted chocolate malt with hops. The taste is outstanding! Roasted coffee, chocolate, butter, with a hop bitterness finish. Shame this isn't distributed in South Georgia. This would always be in the DBF.

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of Clockwork420
4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$6.19 a six pack of bottles. At Shop and Save.

Bottle - Into glass.

A - Dark Brown red leathery color. Carmel kinda with a ruddy color. Light bubbly carbonation, Nice thick fluffy head that was offwhite beige. The head is amazing.

S - Smelled like its pretty smokey. And like alcohol. Just a hint. Reminds me of Guinness even though this is a porter.

T- Wow. Extremely smokey tasting. The alcohol is very apparent in the middle. Smoke all in the beginning, Alcohol in the middle and smoke at the rear end of things. Its smooth and easily drinkable. Perfect carbonation. This is pretty balanced but the thoughts about it maybe.... tasting like Guinness is long gone. Maybe more smokey like the original Extra stout. Maybe...

M - Slick but its easy to drink due to the lower than average carbonation. The head did stick around so you get that as well. Full blown out. It taste like it was made with some insane amounts of smoke. Or it was brewed inside a dirty BBQ pit.

D - The drinkablilty is fairly high I think. I could pound this sixer and actually enjoy it. But the smoke is almost over the top. More smoke is in this than anything else I have ever drank. Extremely surprizing for a $6.00 or so buy.

The more I drink local and nearby brewers wares, It makes me proud that we have such a variety here in MO. Everything I have tried has blown me away even if it was a type I have yet to really dive into. This one is smoke all the way and if thats what your into by all means trade if its not available in your town.

If you like this one, I also recommend anything from Boulevard or Schlafly's. Both have yet to do anything but drop me to the ground and prey to the beer gods. Also O'fallon co. has amazing beer varietys.


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Photo of PirateUlf73
4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a mug.

A: Dark ruby-black with minimal light able to pierce through. Light-tan head is bubbly and lively, and got up to about two fingers before settling down. Very good lacing.

S: Very strong roasted malt aromas with a hint of earthy hops coming through as well. Subtle suggestions of coffee and bitter chocolate.

T: Nice roasted barley backdrop is not overly sweet. Significant hop presence balances nicely and keeps things interesting. A very interesting dichotomy going on here.

M: Nice medium body and well-carbonated to boot. Aftertaste is bitter roastiness and the finish is quite clean.

D: Very drinkable. Would make an ideal session porter.

This is hands down the most balanced, drinkable porter I've come across thus far, and is easily the best among Boulevard's year-round brews. Certainly hoppier than a lot of porters, but I admire the originality. This should be a staple in bars across the Midwest!

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4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

All I can say is 'BRAVO" You don't have to anal-ize this one, it is just plain great.

I fried up an egg in olive oil, on a toasted English muffin with salt, pepper, and crumbled blue cheese and sank back into the chair. A bite and a sip, a bite and a sip. Pure bliss. Wonderful stuff!! Nuff said.

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Photo of naterock
4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I accidentally stumbles upon this beer about five years ago, it has been a staple ever since.

C: Wonderfully black with brown lacing
S: Chocolate, oatmeal, and toffee notes
T: Wonderful Dark roasted barley and caramel with a complex hoppy character
M: Not overly carbonated

I Drink this beer with just about anything. especially with desserts containing chocolate. I've never been let down by the Bully!

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Photo of BeerBob
4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Superlative taste, looks, mouth feel, and drinkability. I had the opportunity of going through a case of Zywiec porter back in the early 70s. Thinking “it can’t get anywhere near this (Zywiec porter)” well I was wrong, all the flavors in Boulevard Bully Porter just jump out at you and proclaim, HEAR I AM! what are you going to do about it! What we have here is in your face taste.

At first I thought that some how, carbon black was used in the brewing process, until I held a torch up to the glass and saw a deep, very deep dark red where the filament was dimly shining through the glass.

Not nearly as sweet as I would have expected a porter to be, none the less, I am impressed! and you will be too!

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Photo of battlekow
4.63/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Unable to find this in Milwaukee, I scored a six-pack while up in the Twin Cities this week, and was duly rewarded.

Bully! pours a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights, and a generous, but quickly gone, tannish head. Bully on the lacing! It smells of chocolate and hops, but the scent is surprisingly subtle; the taste, however, is not. There's all the bitter/roasted and chocolate flavors that you'd expect in a porter, balanced very nicely by a prominent hoppiness. The flavor is truly "exceptional." Mouthfeel is nice and thick, rounding out a truly great beer.

In the words of Elton John, "the Boulevard is not that bad."

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Photo of vdread
4.63/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bully! Porter pours dark black with a thick, rocky tan head that leaves a fair amount of lace. the bottle has a classy looking bulldog enjoying a Bully!

it smells slightly of some coffee and dark, roasted malts. B!P taste is dominated by black coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malts. followed by a slight earthy hoppiness. B!P is PACKED with flavor.

mouthfeel a bit on the light side for a porter. somewhat creamy and dry in the end.

this was my birthday beer of choice. one of the better brews i've tried to date. this beer i would keep in constant rotation if i could find it.

+ one of the most complex mixture of flavors in a low ABV porter. very good job, Boulevard.

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Photo of turamarth
4.62/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass.

Appearance: Nice foamy head, light cream color, that disapates into a film that lasts. Good lacing. Very dark brown color, nearly pitch black. Some translucency around the edges.

Smell: Malty caramelness on the first wiff, you can smell some hops too. Hints of chocolate and a nice roasty smell.

Taste: Chocolate malts stand out at first, roasty taste like in the nose, slightly biscuity as it warms. There is a very nice hop balance to this porter.

Mouthfeel: Has a sharp carbonation, that I like personally. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Very drinkable in my opinion. The hoppy balance really adds to this porter.

Notes: This is my go to beer. I almost always have at least 2 bottles in my fridge at all times.

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4.61/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served from a 12oz. bottle, best-by-date of 01/03/09, into a New Belgium globe glass.

Pours an attractive deep, dark ruby with the Mount Olympus of head, gigantic and billowing. Leaves an awful lot of creamy, off-white lacing down the glass. Head dissipates into an eternally lasting ring. Awesome.

Super-roasty in the nose, with plenty of caramel malt. I love the presence of earthy hop aromas, along with assertive chocolate and hints of coffee.

This is a really roasty-flavored porter. Nice chocolate and coffee flavors. The taste follows the nose; no real surprises. The amount of hops in this beer is generous for a porter (its very similar to Sierra Nevada Stout in this way). I love the contrasting levels of bitterness between the green, earthy hops and the roasted chocolate malt. Finishes down the mouth with slight caramel and raisins/figs/dark fruit. This is fantastic.

Some may feel that this is a thin beer in the mouth, but it doesn't hurt the beer by any stretch of the imagination. I find it to be pretty medium-bodied. I also like the high-ise amount of carbonation; it suits the bitterness well. Boulevard's year-round beers are all ideal ABV candidates to session, and Bully! Porter is no exception. You can drink this delicious brew all night.

I haven't had one of these in about a month... and it tastes just as refreshing as I could have hoped for. This is one of my absolute go-to beers -- it is widely available where I live and it is very, very good. I generally always have some in my fridge, for good reason. This is Boulevard's finest year-round beer, imo. This is a fine beer to celebrate the holidays with; Merry Christmas!

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4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this in a bottle while watching the Super Bowl. Go Pats.

A: A murky black with light lacing.
S: Chocolate, oatmeal, and some hops. Awesome smell.
T: Chocolate malts, dark malts, then a hoppy dry finish. Wow, this is awesome.
M: Light in body and low carbonation.
D: I could drink 2-3 of these with no problem. Drinkability took a ding due to the overly hoppy finish.

A great beer by BLVD. Definitely will drink this one again and will seek it out. I've had this on tap, and I want to have more in this delivery method.

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4.56/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1,158 ratings