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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Reviews: 527 | Ratings: 1,134
Photo of Crosling
2.4/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very light ruby in color, but does appear brown in the glass. Quickly diminishing white cream. Had high hopes for this one, but it seems to be a really basic, stale example. Nose shows a hint of sour fruit. Flavor is really lacking, thin & lacking concentration. Hmmm.

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Photo of toby2010
2.4/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The look and smell of Blvd. Bully! Porter are great, and I like most beers from Blvd since it is the main local brew in the KC area, but the Bully! Porter's taste and feel were very disappointing.

A - Dark brown beer with lacy brown foam. Looks great in the bottle, which is stocky with a bulldog logo to match the porter's attitude.

S - Very good with a number of rich flavors present. Not easy to detect in the bottle, but far more so than your typical grocery store domestic.

T - Overwhelmingly bitter. There are hints of dynamic flavors in the beer, but the bitterness is too shocking and strong to appreciate the more subtle notes.

D/M - The mouthfeel is smooth and has just the right amount of bubbles. Unfortunately, the bad taste doesn't allow you to enjoy the smooth feel. The only way to drink it is to chug, and a fairly pricey microbrew should be appreciated comfortably.

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Photo of Duxx
2.46/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into standard pint glass.

A: Very dark dark brown almost black. Almost no light can be seen through the glass when held to a incandescent bulb. There is a solid 1 finger dark tan head that lasted until the end.

S: Acrid and burnt smell with a little bit of molasses sweetness.

T: This one smacked me with bitterness. I don't know if it is from the hops or the roasted grains. Wherever it is coming from it is way over the top for my idea of a porter. I love hoppy beers but not this one. The hop bitterness lingers in the back of my throat for a several minutes between drinks.

M: Prickly carbonated when it first hits my tongue but it settles down to a creamier feel in the back of my throat.

D: I would have to rate this one very low. There are many other porters that work better for me. I like bitter beers and most porters but the combination of a bitter porter misses the mark for me. Boulevard is my home town brewery and several of their beers are among my most loved beers. This one...not so much.

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Photo of rlshep
2.65/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best by 9/27/11. Delivered from Missouri in my buddy's cooler.

Aroma: Very yeasty. Band aid phenolics. Dark caramel and a touch of coffee.

Appearance: Pours thick three finger mocha colored head head. Pitch black. I poured carefully, but I still got some floaties.

Flavor: Carbonic bite up front. Very bitter. Lots of chocolate, dark roast, some caramel. Pretty harsh. Leaves a chalky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation. Alcohol noticeable.

Overall: I'm not feeling this beer. It isn't terrible but the harshness and aroma turn me off for a porter. Another sub-par beer from Boulevard. Glad, I'm not paying for them.

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Photo of charliedango
2.66/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. dark brown, but not opaque. Head was relatively thin (one finger) with good lacing, which seems to be typical of all Boulevard products. Smell was not great as I could sense the oncoming carbonation. Taste reflected the smell in that the carbonation really shown through and offset the richness which I expect from a good porter. Much like every other style of beer in the Boulevard line, I've had better.

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Photo of scoobybrew
2.73/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into an 8 oz glass at a local bar. It has a dark opaque color with a decent foamy head that is retained fairly well. The aroma is mostly roasted grain with a slight hop scent. The flavor is dominantly roasted malt with a strong hop background and definitely noticed on the finish. The body is lighter than I would expect for a porter, a bit too light for the style in my opinion.

Overall, I think this is a modest example of the style. I normally prefer American porters with a bit more body and stronger presence of roasted malt/grain.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
2.76/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with an off-white head. Looks like a porter should.

S: Smells a little off for the style. There's that signature phenolic aroma. Other than that, dark malts are present, but it smells a little harsh.

T: Harsh was right. They used too much black malt and fermented too hot...or else this beer just isn't good to begin with. Roast and burnt marshmallow with the hint of bitter hops. Poor balance.

D: Harsh and astringent. Alcohol is a bit too present for the ABV and mouthfeel is depressingly thin.

Overall: Not very good. This tastes like first-batch extract homebrew (I know because that was me once), not something that a renowned brewery should be pumping out. Boulevard has failed to impress me with this 12-pack. Why are their specialty beers so good and their regular lineup so weak?

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Photo of jmd1978
2.78/5  rDev -28.2%
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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Photo of NODAK
2.78/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is mostly of roasted malts....somewhat mocha....not too overly powerful but nothing out of the ordinary for style either.

Taste is of creamy, roasted malts...somewhat coffee-like in nature...but they almost seem overpowered by the relatively aggressive hops that come in shortly after with a grapefruit bitterness that lasts for quite a while in the mouth after the swallow. I was quite surprised by this, as I felt the malts would get more of the show here. I wouldn't say they're on par with IPA level hoppiness, but it isn't far away either.

Mouthfeel is medium...aftertaste is mostly of the hops, which do linger around for a bit. The mocha-like malts come back after the swallow for an appearance as well.

I'd have preferred this porter accentuate the malts more as opposed to going to the hops. Personal preferance I suppose, but it is also what I expect for style. It isn't a bad beer but it isn't really my cup of tea (err...beer).

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Photo of northaustin
2.86/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass. pours a nice dark brown with a generous amount of off white head which disappears pretty fast but does leave an alright amount of lacing.

smell is mostly just roasted malts not much to it. the smell doesnt entice the way a porter usually does. it is pretty basic and needs no more discussion.

taste is a little more satisfying than the smell, but i do say that for a porter with such a low abv it should have made up for that with tons more flavor. this porter is only 5.2 abv and it shows. not even the slightest amount of alchohol heat comes out, and it just somehow feels like less of a porter when it has less flavor and less alchohol.

my mouth feels great but not like i just drank a solid porter. not enough flavors hanging around but on the plus side of that it does go down very easily.

the beer is very drinkable. however i wouldnt recommend it to porter fans. theres not really any better way to put it besides: i just want more out of my beer, especially porters.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.86/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

really dark brown pour with a dense cap over the top. nice.
Aroma is roasty and has a good dosage of chocolate in it.
The flavors are a dark chocolate, but i am getting some lactose flavors in it that i am not enjoying as much. There is a good helping of Roasted malts as you would expect from a porter also.
The mouthfeel is medium-thin bodied with a low amount of carbonation.

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Photo of wmtxbb
2.89/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle Poured into pint glass

A: Finger sized head head that lasts on top of a dark brew

S: Peppermint, liquorish, dark malts and alcohol.

T: Excessive bitterness for a porter making this beer more of a stout than a porter. There is also an off twang and chalk off-flavor.

D: Really disappointing, I love dark beers and I was hoping for a better offering from Boulevard.

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Photo of tmitch75
2.92/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thick dark brown, no light gets through, 3-finger head of huge bubbles drops to almost nothing. Looks quite inviting.

Burnt coffee smell is there but definitely smells watered down which tempers my excitement.

Roasty coffee and chocolate taste with a little earthy hop finish. Luckily the watery smell did not translate to the taste.

Body is a bit too light though. Carbonation level is good.

A decent if unspectacular example if the style, it's almost like a porter made for the mass-market (which is not a condemnation).

Tasted on 3/30/08, bought as part of a sampler 12-pack.

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Photo of drpimento
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not too bad. Poured with a tan head and brown highlights, no lace. Very dark mahogoney color. Aroma is malty, roasty with some dark ripe fruit. Flavor is very similar. Seems force carbonated. Some booziness to it. Good finish. Could be a session beer.

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Photo of duhbled
2.96/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

When pouring the Bully! Porter into my glass, the first thing I noticed was the beautiful, dark color. It's almost black and definitely opague. The head was a full 1.5 fingers and was creamy. The scent is malty and hoppy.
The first gulp was slightly shocking to the taste buds. Bitter and loud. The lacing clung to the glass the whole beer through. The Porter felt a little thick when drinking it so my overall grade is an average. The taste reminded me of kissing my husband after he's smoked a punch madro cigar. I'm a dark beer person but this one is much too manly for me.
Unfortunately I have another 9 beers to go before it's rid of my refridgerator.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, best by Oct 21, 2011. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours dark brown to black with a large 3 finger light brown head that leaves rings of lacing and holds a persistent thick cap.

Aroma is earthy and grassy hops, a bit of roasted malts, and not much else. Perhaps a bit metallic. Good strength but not particularly enjoyable.

Flavor is some roasted malts, grassy and earthy hops, a bit metallic and medicinal. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Chocolate comes through better as it warms further.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Average Porter. Well within the best-by range but unsure if I got the best sample. Reminds me of the underwhelming Sierra Nevada Porter. Perhaps I’m spoiled by the likes of Founders and Smuttynose, but I don’t see myself purchasing or seeking this out again even if it was available in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of huron663
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours brown, no freshness date, not too viscous. Toffee aroma.

A little more hops than expected, Boulevard isn't usually aggro (not that this is) so the crispness and bitterness were nice additions, even if they didn't necessarily meld with the chocolate malt. This had a lot of aspects of a brown ale moreso than my favorite porters. Looked bigger than it was, the bitterness was just not helpful. The mouthfeel could have been more enjoyable, weird aftertaste from the bitterness defied description.

Boulevard beers are usually nicely priced, so that helps.

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Photo of ImusBeer
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark brown to almost black with a finger of fine tan colored bubbles in the head.

Smell: roasted malts, chocolate and caramel

Taste: roasted coffee with a roasted charcoal flavor maybe even hickory, very slightly bitter

Mouthfeel: warm, silky feel across the tongue heavier like a normal Porter but seems more like a stout to me.

D: smooth but not very thirst quenching, I'd drink it again

Although why? Since there are so many other beers out there.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Fresh until 4/4/09! Pours a dark brown/black color with a large bubbly beige head. Good retention and drippy sea foam lacing.

The smell is faint at best. Brown sugar, light roast coffee and molasses.

Sugary sweet, rich roast chocolatey malt with no bitterness at all up front. Mild sour and hop bitterness with swallow. Aftertaste lingers just long enough to encourage another sip. Mouthfeel is frothy and expansive: great use of carbonation to bring forth flavor. This beer was doing great until it warmed up and all the flavors muddled together into a sugary indistiguishable blah.

Overall a good sugary porter that stands out amongst the roasty charcoal brews. The flavor muddle at the end killed it for me though.

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Photo of marcpal
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
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 duffextracold
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep ruby brown color, one finger caramel colored head. Smell is fruity, yeasty, slightly floral, with a hint of bitterness. Tastes like bitter roasted malts, slight hints of chocolate. lots of sweet malt. very faint metallic twang. heavy carbonation, thin body. Not bad overall. very drinkable, the chocolate tones are nice. perhaps a bit too fruity?

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
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 beernut7
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew presents with a deep brown color but absolutely no head retention. The aroma is predominantly of roasted malt with just a brush of chocolate. The body is decent, but the carbonation is a bit high. The hop profile is also quite aggressive.

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Photo of Cresant
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a becker glass. Best by date: 8/12/07. The body was a very dark brown with a head of over three fingers. The khaki colored head left clumps of lace down the glass.

Smell was like drip coffee. Roasted grains. A mildly bitter tangy aroma.

Taste was of roasted grain and mild bitterness. Refreshing lightness.

Mouthfeel was appropriately medium/thin. Zesty yet rounded.

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Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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