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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Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of aracauna
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. It forms a creamy, light brown head. The aroma is chocolatey, a bit roasty, and has a touch of grain. The flavor is malty, and roasty with a bit of chocolate. It has a creamy mouthfeel. Not too bad of a porter, but not one I would chase down.

Sampled 12/12/03

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Photo of BigRedN
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown with a thick head that was tan at the liquid surface tapering to almost white at the top.
Smell: There is a lot going on here. Roasted malt, caramel, (coffee?), and yet I sense hop notes as well.
Taste: Again, a lot to experience. Caramel, Chocolate coffee and a bit of hoppiness included.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, medium to heavy bodied. A definate change from some of the beers I have reviewed and normally consume.
Drinkability: Very good considering its intimidation effect. Many smells and tastes left this reviewer in awe. I could only enjoy in moderation though.

Final Thoughts: A bit of a variation from what I normally drink, but I very much enjoyed this. Purchased solely because it was a Boulevard product. I have had few beers to compare this to and am somewhat unfamiliar with the style at this time, but I am very impressed with this and will purchase again.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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 francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a dark reddish/brown/black-ish porter with a heavy tan head of foam. Aromas are classic porter. Dark chocolate, roasted, and caramel? malts. Citrusy, Piney, and flortal cascase and centennial? hops. The taste is balanced to sheer perfection. Chocolate, caramel, hops, malts, alcohol. It is all here, but these flavors blend together so well, it's like a magic trick. The mouthfeel is quite nice....not too thick, nor too thin and the drinkability is excellent. Quite lovely, and one of the quintessential porters out there today!

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Photo of budgood1
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a nearly opaque brown colour, with a thick tannish head that leaves supple rings of lace on my glass. a wonderful roasty and toasty aroma with a surprising, but welcome dose of hops. the nose is best described as one of dark chocolate and java, with sweetened notes of barley malt. smells awesome! upon tasting...my first impression is that it's a slightly less bitter version of my local fave, summit great northern porter. a bit yeasty...nice bitterness from the dark roasted malt, nice coffee and choco flaours, mixed in with an ample dose of flavourful and bittering hops, produces a version of a porter that should be a wintertime staple of any beer drinker in the midwest. medium mouthfeel, and an lingering aftertaste. this porter really appeals to my personal tastes of this style of beer. delicious!

a big thanks to my brother for supplying this sample over the thanksgiving weekend!

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle served slightly chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Gorgeous dark crimson color when held up to the light. Otherwise, black in the center, with crimson highlights at the edge of the glass. This is topped with a substantial tan head (about 3/4"). The head sticks around all the way down, though it does diminish in size a tad. There are some blobs of lacing, too, but nothing overly fine.

Smell: Bountiful aromas of chocolate, roasted, and caramel malt. A wee bit of piney hops comes through on the nose as well.

Taste: Very sweet dark malt flavor. Coffee and smoky tastes are quite prominent. Subtle dried fruit in the background. Slightly bitter on the finish, just enough to round out the experience.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body than one would expect from this style - probably due to the carbonation - but not in a bad way.

Drinkability: I could see myself pounding a few of these bad boys down with no problem. Very nice porter and, I imagine, quite cheapish.

Thanks for feloniousmonk for the sample.

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Photo of Jason
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz short brown bottle with a twist off cap, no freshness date.

Appearance: The head is quick to foam but slow to dissipate, some stickage is noted. Nearly pitch black in colour.

Smell: Faint black currant fruitiness, mild yeast, soft charcoal and espresso in the nose. Nice aromatics.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Nice level of hops, the herbal bitterness does not go overboard within the sturdy base of malt. Roasted flavours are uniform with highly roasted coffee, dark chocolate and burnt grain flavours. Ghost like fruitiness of black currants and elder berries. Finishes clean and semi-dry with some faint esters in the back.

Notes: A notch or two above the normal run of porters, a sure fine pick for beer drinkers in the Central Part of the US.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color. Medium head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. A medium bodied porter. Malts are roasted chocolate malts, hints of coffee. Hops are spicy. A well-balanced, very smooth porter. Easy drinking, yet robust. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of Boto
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a very dark brown color. It also has a good, strong tan head. There is a decent aroma of hops to it: somewhat more than you would expect in a porter. Good strong body of roastiness, chocolate and some coffee. Good taste of hoppiness to it. I like this!

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Photo of Jarod
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by: 11-23-03
Bottle conditioned

This beer poured a crystal clear mahogany ruby color that when held to the light was well carbonated. I was somewhat surprised at the clarity d/t the conditioning method. The head that was produced was when first poured thick rich and creamy, then slowly fell with each sip, but stayed a good way to about ¼ left in the glass. The color was a medium beige light mild chocolate color. Some lace was created but in patches. The aromas that came from the glass were of sweet malt, some roasted malt, fresh hops, burnt coffee (no cream) and milk chocolate. Not the strongest aromas that I have had from a porter when first served, but when it rose a few degrees the nose really improved. The flavors were of coffee, fresh hops, chicory, burnt chocolate, bitter chocolate, hints of fruit emerged, a light nut and some grain (barley). The after taste was of burnt coffee and hops. The body was light medium to medium. I would have liked to have more feel in a beer like this personally and was surprised at the body on this one. A very enjoyable beer good all the way around once the temperature rose a few from the refrigeration. Only complaint would be more body. But all and all a good example of its style.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Nytemare
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 12oz. Bottle with a freshness date of 1/12/04.

Appearance: Poured out a nice dark brown. If held up to a light you could get a little bit through it. Nice tan head about 3/4" that held quite well. Lasted almost halfway through the brew. It left a nice lacing down the side of my glass the whole way through.

Smell: Nice aroma of roasted malt, some hops, maybe a little chocolate.

Taste: Good hops flavor up front with a full blast of roasted malt to follow. Nice espresso flavor with a nice smooth finish. Left a nice coffee like flavor in mouth long after I finished it.

Mouthfeel: A little thin compared to some porters I've had, but definately more full bodied than most macros. Actually felt like I was drinking something.

Drinkablility: I could easily drink these all night with some friends. All around a nice porter.
*Edit Had this aging in my "Cellar" for six months. Delicious. Made slight adjustment to show. I love this Porter, though it was still a little thin, the aging took some of the bite out of it. Smooth...

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Photo of freed
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seizing my opportunity, I squeezed into line and got the last pour of this on Sunday afternoon at OBF2003. What luck!

In stark contrast to most of the beers I'd been drinking over the course of the event, this had a very deep yet clean brown look. Even with slight copper head, not much aroma escaped, allowing for just some peat to waft up.

Tasting reveals a bold chocolate and peat experience. The combinations of malts provide a somewhat unique porter experience with enough body for another beer. A very dry aftertaste and somewhat roasted flavor illicit a call for more. Very nice porter, one of the better samples of the style.

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Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Boulevard continues its invasion of Minnesota -- first, kegs, now, bottles...sixers come in nice boxes like Summit beers once did...

Very dark brown, slight light transmission at the bottom of the glass. Bright ochre-colored 1/2 inch head that's pillowy and retains extremely well. Nice lace as well. Slightly oily mink oil aroma, similar to a Sierra Nevada Stout. Lighter bodied than the color suggests, slighlty malty, light coffee, and more than average carbonation. Respectably hopped, but less peppery than a Summit Great Northern. All in all, not a bad entry, more gutsy than many sweet examples, but lacking in body and that one outstanding note or quality that makes me loyal to some beers. Somewhat dissappointing, its a very attractive brew that holds onto its head like grim death -- all the way down the pint glass.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orginally sampled on 3 December 2002. This is a very nice porter. It has almost a chocolate like smell w/ lots of roasty characteristics. Thoroughly enjoyable. It should be no surprise to anyone that the color of this porter is dark brown/blackish. Were you expecting something fizzy yellow?

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Photo of stegmakk
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured beautiful dark brown...almost black. Nice tan head.

Aroma was not to pourerful. Roasted malt and maybe a hint of hops...

Taste was great...strong roasted malt/coffee with some hint of chocolate and a touch of bitter...

Nice creamy tasting...I could very well drink more...This is a very good porter and I wish it was available here in NY...

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Photo of StevieW
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Great label with the monocle using bulldog inspecting a pint of porter. Shiny black color, with a full bubbly, rocking, khaki color. Moderate smells of roasted coffee, burnt toast, and just the right cocoa smoothness. Taste is right on for the style. Nice bitter chocolate roastedness. Bitterness is sharp at the finish, and lingers somewhat. Maybe a touch thin for a porter, and highly charged carbonation. The flavors more than make up for it, very enjoyable porter.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer, before cracking the crown, due to the distinguished-looking monocled bulldog, hoisting a pint on the label. It only gets better from there.
Completely black color,but for ruby red edges, with a fantastically fluffy cream/cocoa colored head. Aroma is sweet and creamy, notes of cocoa and spice, with big hits of espresso. Mysterious, beautiful, uplifting.
Great bitterness on the palate, full-bodied with massive malt. Long, lingering finish, which continues to deliver flavors of chocolate, anise, coffee. Lest I forget, an underlying fruitiness emerges in the middle, with tastes of dark cherries and grapes. A complex, tasty, and easily quaffable porter. This would be a regular in my fridge if it existed in my area.
Both marc77 and bditty 187 sent this to me, so I give out dual hearty thanks to these fine BAs!

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Photo of Quaffer
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer poured a very deep brown, practically black. Some ruby highlights showed themselves when the glass was held up to the light. The head rose up very big, coarse and light tan, and slowly sank down leaving a ton of lace on the sides. There were even a few thick chunks of head left behind, clinging desperately to the side of the glass. I love it when that happens. A thin layer persisted the entire drink.

Smell: There was a nice, roasted, chocolate aroma to this beer. Some hops bitterness was present as well, making this a very clean smelling brew. On top of all this was a smooth cream aroma. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth, with a medium body.

Taste: Wow! Not what I expected from all the smooth, somewhat mild aromas. The flavors in this beer were heavily roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, and a burnt smokiness. There was a hops presence that blanced out the flavor without being overly noticeable. As the beer continued to warm up, there was more of a full malt background in the taste. A nice round flavor.

I've had this beer oh so many times before, but had never sat down to one with the intention of reviewing it and picking it apart. I have always enjoyed it, but now I appreciate it even more. This is probably the best brew of all the Boulevard beers that I have had.

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Photo of Bruiser81
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown with a ruby hue around the edges. A very foamy cream colored head that lasts and lasts. To say it had good lacing is an understatement, the sheets of foam completely covered the walls of the glass. I love it when there is still some yeast at the bottom of the glass. Roasted malts dominates the smell with a hints of chocolate and some alcohol aroma. Taste is mostly of roasted malts up front with a lite bittery finish that balances this brew perfectly. The last few gulps are the best with the yeast collected at the bottom. Will definately purchase again.

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Photo of texascarl
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bully! Porter is dark/opaque with a creamy pale brown head that fades slowly.

Roasted malts = sweet, dark chocolate/coffee. Aroma of coffee as well.

A very tasty and drinkable Porter, this is a fairly filling beer for me so I often end the evening with a bottle. It's not a 'light guzzle anytime' beer by any means.

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Photo of zerk
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep cloudy brown with a fairly persistent head that left a good amount of lace. A lot of roasted malt in the aroma and flavor... coffee, dark chocolate, some herbal notes, and just a touch of sweetness. Has a somewhat thin mouthfeel for a porter, and has a medium to high carbonation.

A tasty beer... very drinkable.

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Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 1,132 ratings.
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