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

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 537 | Ratings: 1,174
Photo of CHADMC3
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A foamy, dark tan head erupts from the mahogany body quickly dissipating to leave a creamy lacing clinging to the edge of the glass.

Warm toasted malt, a fair amount of wheat and yeast for a porter, and milk chocolate notes highlight the aroma.

Flavor consists of roasted coffee bordering on burnt with hints of milk chocolate and charred toast.

Medium to fuller in body with medium carbonation with a charred finish.

A decent example of the style. Not as robust as I am accustomed to for a porter, and not as hoppy as one would expect for the American variety, yet tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of horshack7
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours incredibly black with a two finger head that is a darker shade of beige and is very rocky with great retention.

Aroma: Heavy dark roasted coffee with underlying chocolate malts. Roasted hops, faint banana, twinges of toffee.

Taste: A mostly smooth mouthfeel with a malty bite. Dark roasted coffee, light notes of molasses, traces of milk sugar. Toffee and roasted hops finish it off.

Notes: It's a solid porter begining to end with a good smooth finish. Cheers.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours dark! Light is no match. The head is a model of beauty and efficiency. It retains, is well shaded and laces with bubbly chops and slashes.

S-A sprinkle of chalk and lots of lactic milk chocolate and coffee. French vanilla. Subtle lingering hop notes. Hops are a bit soapy and bitter. Pretty standard.

T-Lots of chocolate syrup. Coffee with a quarter-shot of espresso. Light but noticeable hop bitterness. Very stylistic, very unobtrusive, very drinkable and very pedestrian.

M-Great feel. Bubbles dance. The body goes down willingly. No booze.

O/D-Has its good and bad sips. It is quite a modest Porter. Nothing truly unique or superbly attractive. At its optimal temp, it is very easy to agree with.

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Photo of Winston_Smith
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: When you're pouring it, and light can come through, its an extremely dark amber. In the glass, its just about black, with two fingers of tan head from a standard pour. Lacing is thick. Looks like porter.

Smell: Light burnt coffee is the most predominant thing I can smell. I've got a minor cold today though, so I probably couldn't do it justice.

Taste: This stuff's rich. The burnt coffee in the nose is there on the tongue as well (in a good way), with some dark chocolate, too. I dig it. Its got a pretty complex taste.

Mouthfeel: A bit creamy, and pretty thick. The carbonation is pretty spot on.

Overall: I'd had this before, but picked up a Boulevard variety pack the other night, with intent to review it. Obviously I bought it a second time, and where I live, Boulevard products are readily available. I'm a fan of Bully! Porter, and will definitely buy it again. Especially for the price, Boulevard's variety packs are a good deal. Try this beer!

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Photo of minterro
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought in South Beloit when I went there a few weeks ago.

A&S: very dark brown colored beer, creamy tan head that sustains at about a half a finger. lacing stays in nice chunks. Lots of toastyness hints of dark chocolate, some malty carmel sweetness.

T&M: dark chocolate upfront, but soon fades into more of the main taste which is roasty. some bitter coffee tones on the back end. there is this relevant piney tone to it also. not very smooth, kinda on the crisp side.

O: very drinkable and not bad for the price it about about $8 for the sixer.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from boulevards 12 pack sampler, poured into pint glass

A: very dark reddish brown, heavy frothy foam light caramel color 2 finger head, heavy lacing

S: Chocolate, coffee, dark fruit (raisin), caramel sweetness, very mouthwatering scent

M: medium body, carbonation, goats the tongue with the creamy malts

T: dark coffee, chocolate, caramel, heavy roasted malt, carbonation, nice creamy bitterness

O: Good selection and porter

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle best by 12-1-12
Bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours nearly pitch black in color with only dark brown notes at the curves of the glass with 3 fingers of thick frothy tan colored head that lingers quite a while and appears to be leaving a little bit of lace.

S- Dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, little bits of dark roasted coffee.

T- Follows nose well. Lots of dark roasted malts up front. It has that cold bitter coffee taste.

M- Right between medium and full bodied. Moderately low amount of carbonation.

O- A nice offering from Boulevard. A decent take on the style.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FTowne for this bottle...

A: Pours a nice deep black, with only slight brown hues around the edges. There is about a half finger of light khaki colored head that fades fairly quickly.

S: The nose is caramel, malt, light milk chocolate, and a touch of raisin. I'm also picking up a bit of a saltiness, almost like a Baltic porter. And I love Baltic porters.

T: The first hit is caramel, milk chocolate and that saltiness. The malt base is there too, obviously. This is really nice.

M: Medium bodied beer. The color is deep and dark, but this this is any easy drinker. It's effervescent to start, but as it linger on the palate, it gets really smooth. The finish is like velvety.

O: This is a solid porter. I don't know if it rivals Founder's Porter, but it's good. I'd drink this again, no problem.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brownish red (close to being black in color) and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high foamy beige head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a quarter finger high head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of smoke.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but somewhat more complex with hints of burnt malts, cocoa, cola and smoke. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of being light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer leaves your mouth a little dry, which is unusual for the style.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and rather sessionable. The hop bitterness sets it apart from other porters.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, ruby brown around the edges, two finger tan head.

S-Roasted malt with chocolate, balanced out with coffee. Maybe even some vanilla.

T-Roasted borderline burnt malt, dark chocolate and some coffee. Not much bitterness.

M-Medium bodied but with a little too much carbonation for a porter.

O-A decent porter but the high level of carbonation and burnt notes were a turn off.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into small glass mug

A - large medium-tan head over a transparent body of black with red-orange highlights; visible carbonation; nice trail of lace

S - roast malts, dark chocolate, coffee, lactic quality, smoke, hint of dark fruits

T - rich coffee and chocolate, citrusy hops in the middle, smoky bitter finish

M - lighter end of medium-bodied, average carbonation, smooth and creamy

O - not bad; an average porter

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz poured into a pint glass.
Review from notes:

A – Pours a garnet hued dark brown, 2 fingers of firm tan head than retains very well. Loads of horizontal lacing.

S – Rich chocolate and caramel, roasted malts, creamy coffee.

T – Follows the nose with milk chocolate and caramel, slightly toasted, citrus pops up in the middle and adds bitterness, hints of coffee underneath, hints of vanilla, finishes with roasted chocolate malts. Bitterness flows into the finish a bit.

M – Moderate carbonation, silky feel.

Very focused porter that drinks like kinda like a stout. Chocolate, coffee, and roasted with a balanced sweetness. Good mouthfeel. Very impressed by this one.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque extremely dark brown, almost black in color with some highlights of reddish brown when held up to the light and moderate amounts of visible carbonation along the surface at the edges of the glass. The beer has a three finger tall frothy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a dense half finger tall patch covering the majority of the center of the beer with a thinner layer between that and the thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted and burnt malts with some lighter notes of coffee.

T: There is a moderate to strong flavor of very dark roasted malts including some hints of burnt malts and charcoal. After the malt flavors, there are also moderate flavors of bittersweet chocolate and espresso (bitter coffee) that is almost burnt. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly fuller than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and coats the inside of your mouth/tongue.

O: Probably a bit closer to a stout than a porter in mouthfeel but that likely improves it a little in my opinion. Easy to drink and enjoyable - I would definitely have another but not sure this could be a session beer for me.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark brown with a light tan head and lacing. Porter aroma of roasted and dark malt. Light smoky and roasted malts, a hint of chocolate. Light to medium bodied. Nothing outstanding, but a solid low ABV porter.

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Photo of kagent777
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new (or at least newly noticed) addition to the Utah system, so I had to give it a try. 12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: This one pours beautifully! Three fingers of billowing head sit on top of brown beer with ruby highlights as you hold it up to the light. Looks like there is a scoop of vanilla ice cream the way the head settled. Nice lacing.

Smell: Coffee, roasted malts, and some herbal earthy hops. To be honest, the smell is a little muted because of the large head.

Taste: The taste is quite good. Grainy roasted malts with a bit of coffee or slight cocoa flavor. Mild bitterness from the hops with some astringency from the roast.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is soft and plentiful wile the body is smooth. Plenty of flavor to coat the mouth.

Overall: I enjoyed this porter quite a lot and will get some more of it down the road.

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Photo of DiddyP
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown with a thick and creamy tan head that's still has a pinky lingering halfway through. Mainly roasted grain on the nose; burnt coffee is a good description coming through as well. Lacing really hanging on 2/3 of the way through, and mouthfeel eases off as well as beer warms. Pronounced bitterness, especially in the aftertaste. Little to no hop aroma, little to no sweetness. I like a little more sweetness or hop aroma, but this would be killer with some KC style burnt ends!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark-chocolate brown with a very thick light tan head that leaves heavy lacing. Smoky aroma has notes of licorice, molasses and coffee. Scrumptious flavor fills the mouth with quality coffee, molasses, chocolate and burnt hops notes plus a hint of licorice. Texture has decent body and plenty of fizz. Let it "bully" you.

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Photo of RickS95
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium to dark brown, has some lightness to it. The head is thick and fluffy, slightly off-brown, and looks like a toffee foam. As the head falls, the lacing looks great on the glass.

Upon pour, there's little smell, but as the beer warms, roasted malt scents chase the nose, followed by faint coffee notes.

Deep roasted barley malt, charcoal, burnt coffee; possibly bittersweet chocolate. More bitter coffee deep into the finish.

Very stout like. It's creamy and really coats your tongue. Only slightly sweet, which is why I think it's more like a stout. Very bitter finish with the hops, chocolate and coffee adding to the pucker.

I'd appreciate a bit more sweetness, but this was a good beer. Another point or two of ABV would be welcome too. But an easy beer to drink.

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Photo of dmadsen
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this porter. The look of it is a nice cloudy brown. Head on it is fantastic; brown, thick, creamy, and stays with the beer the entirety of the pint. The smell is a nice mellow nutty smokey scent, though its doesn't belie the flavor. Flavor is good. What I expect out of a porter. Again; smoky, nutty, and a great balance with a nice hop note on the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, very clean while bubbly.

Overall a strong porter. Well done.

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Photo of darthhamby
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
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 DAllspaw
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with light mocha head, not as dense as other porters nor dark.

Smell is heavy on the chocolate malt less, no real coffee smell for me. Taste is more more chocolate and a bit creamy like a milk stout, which leaves a nice lingering taste. Not that bitter in the finish, but creamy smooth.

A nice porter.

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Photo of philbe311
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers worth of densely packed slighly foamy light khaki colored head with a cloud like rocky top... Stellar retention... Interesting carbonation of small micro sized bubbles that are very rapid paced an appear mostly at the bottom and top of the glass... The color is a flat black... A very appealing appearance... Loads of lacing cling to the sides of the glass...

S - Subdued but pleasant... Lightly roasted malts... Some milk chocolate notes as well... A bit of caramel... Perhaps a touch of marshmallow...

T - Roasted malts... Milk chocolate... A bit of molasses... A slightly burnt texture... A pronounced bitter finish...

M -Medium bodied... A bit sleek... Light but biting carbonation... A bit chewy... A slightly chalky finish...

D - A rock solid American Porter... Lots of character and flavor for its relatively low 5.2% ABV... I could drink this on a regular basis, but unfortunately it's not available to me on a regular basis... Boulevard has a very nice brew on their hands...

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Photo of imasloth
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark almost black- Bit of a caramel color when held to light (on angle through bottom of glass not straight through). High carbonation. Large cafe/tan-coloured head and light lacing.

S- Fairly tame. Some bittering hops, light roasted malt and a hint of chocolate.

T- Sweet and hop bitterness followed by rich dark malt.

M- Light-bodied, pretty smooth, some bitter afterfeel.

O- Fairly nondescript. Really just OK. There are certainly better porters out there.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.86/5  rDev -24.3%
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 kjyost
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle BB 29/6/12 acquired as part of a mixed 12 at Happy Harry's Grand Forks North. Poured ~4C into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Stellar. Tons of tan head (2-3 fingers) that laces the whole way down. It sits atop an opaque brown/black body with edges of ruby red that are clear.
S: Fairly muted. Some sweetness and roasted malts. Not much else. Disappointing actually.
T: Roasted malts dominate obviously, but there is a fair amount of other stuff going on here. Some caramel sweetness, light earthy hops, some hints of molasses... Solid body.
M: Full rich mouthfeel with some silkiness to it.
O: A rock solid effort here in a style I am fairly unfamiliar with. Certainly a beer I would enjoy again.

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Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1,174 ratings