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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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Ratings: 1,142 |  Reviews: 528
Photo of FosterJM
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

899th Review on BA
Bottle to Handleless Mug
12 oz

Best by: 2/05/12
Purchased from: On the Rocks, Lawrence, KS

App- A nice lighter/medium brown with a good 1-1/2 in head. A medium paced receding head that falls to a bit of a pond layer of light creme.

Smell- A good roast note with a little malt backbone and some white pepper to it. A good touch of cocao powder.

Taste- A good little porter with a small malt presence. A good touch of roast with coffee and some dark chocolate.

Mouth- A lighter medium bodied beer with a light medium carbonation. The taste of the dark chocolate remains.

Drink- I love me some Blvd. Always a quality product. I would like to have this one available locally.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle from the mix pack into a pint glass.

Pours dark black with tan foam. Stickiness. Roasted coffee smell. Burnt. Really smooth creamy taste. Milky.

Quite flavorful but clean. Hops are subtle. Nice classic porter. Taste more like an English porter than an American one. Quite good.

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Photo of DCon
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a Boulevard 12- Mix Pack w/ GeoffTheAleMan @ Dierbergs in Creve Couer, MO for $15.49 & Shared w/ GeoffTheAleMan. Poured from black bottle w/ Bully! Porter in Red & a Bulldog that looks English raising his Pint into a 16oz Pint Glass. No freshness date found.

Aroma- Has a strong roastiness and good malt aroma. The hop aroma's presence was very light-medium but still present. Nice overall smells.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that didn't even have room to keep (b/c it was so small). Has a dark brown color body that had great clarity. No much lacing afterwards.

Flavor- Very roasty and has an awesome amount of maltiness! Sweet and a bit of hop at the finish. Medium hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Low Carbonation, Roasty on the finish, and smooth.

Overall Impression- An awesome brew for Boulevard. Roasty and the characteristics were dead on to be a Robust Porter. Enjoyed greatly and hope to see more! Don't see this much in 6-packs with the other Boulevard usuals.

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Photo of nach0king
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've only had a handful of porters in my life, but this is the best one. I'd go out of my way for it again, even though I'm normally not a huge fan of dark beers.

A: Dark black, of course, with a smoldering red at the bottom of the glass. Head hung around for a few minutes but left superb lacing.

S: It doesn't give much away on the nose. Typical dark smells of coffee and roasted malts.

T: Just delicious. Smoke, wood, coffee, brown sugar, a bit of dark fruits - nothing too strong, not overpowering and definitely sippable. All ties together brilliantly.

M: An appealing, lively combination of body and bubbles.

A really great effort. Will drink again.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a perfectly-executed porter, with a deep black appearance and overwhelming carbonation that leaves some extraordinary retention on the glass.

First sniff reveals a nutty, roasty character, with a chocolate or cocoa overtone. Nice!

Tastes burnt, with more bittersweet cocoa at the finish that seems to sweeten up as it warms. There's absolutely nothing wrong with this one, and any fans of porters or stouts will be pleased.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color that is impenetrable once in the glass. About 1 1/2" of light tan head forms. Excellent retention, and lacing is superb. Super looking beer.

Smell: Dark malts and coffee. Very hoppy as well. One of the hoppier porters that I have come across.

Taste: Dark malts and a fair amount of coffee up front. Hints of dark fruits, and a very hoppy finish. The hops are probably imparting some of the fruitier notes that I am getting out of this.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Just shy of medium bodied, and pretty creamy. Pretty solid in this category. Overall, a good porter. Generally I like my porters more rich and less bitter, but this is a quality brew. I have had this beer quite a few times, and have always enjoyed it. One of the better Boulevard regulars, for sure.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Almost done with this variety pack. This offering pours a clear, very dark russet-ruby-brown topped by a finger of very steadfast cream-tan foam. The nose comprises molasses, maple syrup, light roasted malts, light cocoa powder, a tinge of coffee, and a dusting of florals. The taste accentuates the bitterness of these elements, particularly the cocoa, the coffee, and the roasted malts. A strong sense of balsa trickles throughout. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat thin feel. Overall, a solid porter, but one that could stand to be a bit thicker and sweeter (though not by too much on either count).

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard Bully! Porter has a thick, creamy, beige head, and a very dark brown, almost black appearance (ruby under light). The aroma is of deep-roasted malts, some prune, and coffee. Taste is of dark-roasted coffee, prune, dark & bitter chocolate, and sweetness. The hop bitterness really comes across as coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Boulevard Bully! Porter finishes wet, full, and delicious. Overall, I quite enjoyed this one, and I think it's excellent.


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Photo of homebrew311
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: appears dark brown, not opaque, ruby red highlights with some light passage, thick creamy head, good retention, lots of lacing

S: nose features chocolate, plum, and some other dark fruit notes, notes of bitter roasted coffee

T: taste is mainly chocolate and coffee without much sweetness, nice roasted profile, mellow flavors that are well melded.

MF: medium body, creamy texture

O: this is a well balanced and drinkable porter, no flavors are out of this world, but it is a fair representation of the style and worth a try

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Photo of jcartamdg
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color with a one finger mocha head that retains, beautiful lacing throughout. Aroma of roasty malts and hops. Taste follows the nose, a little more hoppy than the typical porter and that's what I like about it. Smooth, slightly sweet while still bitter. Good balance but it doesn't stifle the hop profile. Good porter!

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to redredwino (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a creamy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with a slight lacing, over darker ruby mahogany brown colored beer.

Nose is porter all right, some light roasted malts, light coffee, touch of burnt malt with hints of the almost acrid coffee grind but not sure if it really gets there, light chocolate malt, bit of caramel and hint of vanilla. That with slight hints of earthy hops.

Taste starts creamy porter like again, light roasted malts, light chocolate malts, slight biscuit like kit-kat almost, just the faintest hint of burnt acrid coffee grind and acidity, light oat like creamy flavor, hints of caramel and vanilla as well. I think the slightest hint of earthy hops but very hard to tell. Starts just a slight sweetness that dries as it finishes, with a slight sticky feel, and lingering bitter earthy charred malt flavors, and hint of salty brine.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bodied, decent carbonation, creamy.

Overall not bad, a nice drinking porter with some darker malts, full bodied, bit creamy, plenty of malts in there, hops are a bit harder to pull out, and the very slight burnt coffee grind acrid and acidic like flavor takes away slightly.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with a orangish hue and a 1 finger off white head

smell: roast, malts, caramel

taste: roasted malts, caramel

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: pretty basic porter nothing to exciting.

the CPJ

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Photo of EricCioe
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a deep, deep brown with a two finger mocha colored head with a good deal of lace. On the nose there seems to be a good deal of raw, roasted malt. There are whiffs here and there of espresso and especially cocoa, but it's always a subservient note to the dominant roasted malt. There are some deep hop aromas buried here that come and go. In the mouth the cocoa comes out a bit more, a dry chocolate rather than sweet, mixing with roast. The body is pretty medium and drinkable, with a medium finish of roast and hop bitterness.

Overall, I must say that this beer took me a whole six pack to really appreciate, but I've come to think of this as a fine porter. Not to the level of Founders Porter or Ed Fitz, but few are. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of mikeylol
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into tulip. Nice, thick and tan four-finger head which sticks around for a little bit. Black, when held up to light, a deep ruby red is visible.

S- Roasted malts upfront, hints of toffee and caramel. Mild dry hop notes. Some phenol character? Piney hop notes emerge as beer warms.

T&M- Thin feel, medium/mild carbonation. Starts off semi-sweet with roasted/coffee flavors upfront and through to finish. Finishes semi-dry with some hop bitterness. Piney hop notes come out as beer warms.

O- A solid session porter. Good flavor without being complex, straight-forward.

Notes- While drinkable and enjoyable, not memorable. Would not pick again, but would never turn one down.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

rich, dark black color and no light shining through on this one at all. Really nice head of tan that was easily a couple inches high at first, slowly settled down into a nice pillow that laid across the top and thoroughly coated the inside of the glass. Rich dark chocolate and roasted coffees are the first things that I am picking up in the Aroma. Really nicely done with hints of caramel and smoked malts, there is almost a peat like smell to it at times, especially as it warmed up. Equally well done as it transfers over to the flavor. Smooth, mellow, creamy, this was a very session able porter. Rich chocolate notes, hints of smoked malts, nice touches of coffee in the finish which left a slightly dry and bitter taste as it rolls away across the tongue. Very smooth and very enjoyable,

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
2.76/5  rDev -27%
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 rlshep
2.65/5  rDev -29.9%
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 samie85
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark hued black color with two and a half fingers of thick, dense, cappuccino foam.

S-Roasted and chocolate notes are the dominating aromas with some hints of earthy hops.

T-Cocoa and roasted coffee with some dark chocolate and a bit of light bitterness on the finish.

M-Light side of medium bodied with medium approaching heavy carbonation and a mouth-coating feel.

D-Very easy drinking yet flavorful porter. I love having drinkable porters around and between our newfound access to Boulevard and Central Waters, I don't think I'll have to look to far for my supply of them.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BULLY! Porter from Boulevard pour with a big frothy head into my tulip glass....I am fearful of over-primation. The appearance as stated is a large slightly ecru head...the color is a rich dark opaque color. The nose is not what i was hoping....again could be an effect of too much carbonation. I do smell some earthy tones however. A good strong roastiness finishes on the buds after the swallow. the start is crisp and light but as the finish comes a coffee like / roasty acidic (how i describe a regular coffee taste) taste finishes the beer. It is quite smooth. I could drink alot of this beer!

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
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 burnheartsMKE
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hot chocolate and new carpet smell push to the forefront on my nose. Not in a bad way all, more like enjoying a lazy afternoon reading the paper in the cafe of a brand new hotel lobby; kinda exciting and exotic.

A dark, robust liquid filled the glass along a sea-foam khaki head.

A great roastiness (why does spell check not wanna believe that’s a word?) that slowly fades into a sharp, direct bitterness. Earthy with a touch of cola.

Great mouthfeel. Nice carbonation; not-too-thick, not-too-thin, but just right.

Overall, a crowd pleaser. True to form and well done.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a near black, with a one and a half finger head that retains very well and leaves lots of lacing.
S- Smell was a bit underwhelming, but got light chocolate aromas, a good bit of smoky character, and enough citric hops to merit noting.
T- A bit more intense in flavor than aroma. Initial taste really had smoky notes to it, roasted barley being a huge flavor component here. There is a bit of chocolate and even a bit less coffee. There is a bit of underlying citric hop bitterness to it, but it remains pretty well balanced.
M- The body was a bit lacking, needed a bit more substance, and a bit less carbonation for my preferences in the style.
O- A good take on the porter style. Not among the best, but still worth a try.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: deep brown body, 2 finger head, good lacing

S: mild bitter chocolate, roasted nuts, hint of coffee

T: light sweet chocolate, malt, with roasted coffee mild bitter finish

M: med/light body, semi-dry mouth

O: Decent beer, fair porter, could have more than a few.
I have had better and worse.


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Photo of logmacschlog15
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Pours about three fingers of super creamy, toffee colored head. It seriously looks as creamy as a root beer float! Also, some very nice looking lace. Dark, dark, brown to black, there's no seeing through this beer. Looks very appetizing.

Smell: This is full of rich aromas of sweet caramel, bitter cocoa, and dark roast coffee. This smells terrific.

Taste: At first a wholesome caramel and toffee sweetness in the front followed by a roasty coffee and cocoa bitterness in the back. Lingering coffee and tobacoo aftertastes.

Mouthfeel: This is smooth and creamy but with a decent amount of carbonation that skips about the tounge.

Overall: This is a great, straight forward porter! It is sweet and malty and has a great kiss of roastiness as well. Perfect for chilly, rainy days like today.

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Photo of jwinship83
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up as part of the boulevard mixed 12 pack. best by 10/21/11. boulevard is new to the chicago area and what better way to get to know them than the mixed box with 6 different beers in it? drank out of my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- a hardy pour yields a dark brown colored body that has ruby red highlights along the edges. think a slightly darker than cola color. there is a tall and fluffy khaki colored head on top. the head takes its time falling, and leaves behind sticky globs of lacing.

S- the nose is very dark. lots of dark roasted coffee/espresso. some dark chocolate. a little bit of caramel. decently hoppy smelling.

T- the taste starts out with more of the dark roasted malts that i could smell. theyre almost burnt tasting. lots of rich dark chocolate. some caramel adds a little bit of sweetness. lots of coffee/espresso/hops at the end. rich and decadent.

M- the body is a little thin for my liking, but probably acceptable for the style and size. the carbonation is definitely too high.

O- overall, this beer is very flavorful for such a moderate ABV. something i can see myself drinking a couple of in a sitting. ill check this one out again. welcome to chicago, boulevard.

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Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1,142 ratings
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