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 GossageBrewery
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle and poured into a pint glass. This American Porter is pitch black. Nice carbonation. It produces a nice thick tan head, and retention is good. There is a small amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is dominated by chocolate, coffee and toasted grain. The taste has a pleasant malty backbone and gives way to burnt grain, coffee and a slight hint of chocolate. This is my favorite beer from Boulevard. Very drinkable, good session beer and a slightly above average American Porter.

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Photo of Fenris244
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Jester King grand opening snifter

Black in color, thin off white head, moderate retention, thin lace that clings to the glass.

Chocolatey, hop character is suprising, coffee notes as well.

Roasted coffee flavor is fantastic, metallic notes are present but they work well with the flavors present, pleasant sweetness, caramel almost. Bitterness is good and balances well with the sweet flavors.

Mouthfeel is light as well as the carbonation, this is a super smooth porter, it's almost creamy. Drinkablity is high and I almost wish the alcohol was lower so I could have more of it without losing my ability to walk. All in all this is a really solid porter high in flavor and super drinkable.

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Photo of daledeee
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A part of a sampler from Christmas.

Pours a nice dark brown and a wonderful tan head with lacing everywhere.

Nose is malt, ash, grain

Taste is roasted malt, coffee and sweet with nice hop bitterness.

Drinkability is also good due to good carbonation and overall balanced taste appeal.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love a dark beer, and this baby pours out solid coffee, no light through. A good finger and a half of custard head rests on the top slowly leaving a spiderweb of glory.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, licorice and roasted malts.

Hits the tongue dry and semi bitter, like a cooking chocolate. Licorice and hops at the back end. Better than the average for certain.

A bit heavy on the carbonation but I like it, a little more wet than creamy with a medium light mouthfeel.

I would recommend a pint but considering the high points of this beer, the aroma and appearance I wish the taste had a little more to offer.

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Photo of tito42
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint. Best by 08/06/2011 stamped on bottle.

Appearance: Very dark cola color, hard to see the carbonation. Foamy cocoa head with excellent retention. Decent lacing.

Smell: Roasted chocolate, coffee, and a faint berry aroma. Malty chocolate really comes through after several wafts.

Taste: More roasted malt chocolate, coffee, and berry. An earthy hops flavor dominates the back end.

Mouthfeel: Good, but leaves a little to be desired in creaminess and body compared to other American Porters I've enjoyed. Leaves the mouth a little drier than I'd like as well.

Drinkability: Some of the great flavors I smell don't come through in taste as much as I hoped. The hops takes over by the end of the pint, just not as balanced as I would like out of this style. A good porter nonetheless.

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Photo of mikeborglum
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a 12 oz bottle in pint glass; a foamy tan head about 2 fingers, short lasting with some retention; not much aroma; pitch black color; very roasted taste with lots of flavor and bitterness is just right; nice creamy texture with medium body and some lively carbonation; great finish and very drinkable; another very good Boulevard brew!

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Photo of midwestbrewers
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours very dark with some light penetrating. Decent head with great lacing all the way down the glass. Nice carbonation.

S: Roasted malts with chocolate and coffee. Deep roasted smell overall with minimal hop characters.

T: Extremely carbonated for a porter, but surprisingly good. Very roasted taste as the smell eludes to with just the right amount of bitterness to moderate the malts.

Great beer. Wonderful medley of roasted flavors. Definitely a medium body beer, but will warm you up and coat your mouth with flavors. Great Beer Boulevard Brewing Co.!!

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Photo of jar2574
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours pitch black with a tan head and good lacing. You can't see through this sucker even if you hold it up to a light. Smells a little sweet and you smell a little coffee and some roasted malts too. Tastes pretty good. Malts are roasted but it isn't an overpowering flavor, and there is some coffee taste too. I don't taste any hops. I wish it was a little creamier and less dry, but the body is pretty good too. For a porter, I think it's very drinkable. I could have several. I think it's one of Boulevard's better offerings.

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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 SickGnar
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, dark, dark brown with ruby highlights when held to a light, but is otherwise just barely translucent. Huge dark tan (almost burnt umber) cap that turns rocky and sticks around.

S: An almost shy nose in the strength department, but it does have a lot going on. Roasty yet sweet malts with some sort of faint cocoa. I also get some restrained and vague hops, and a steely edge that I can't quite place. As it warms it mellows and rounds out. Sweetness comes on even stronger, chocolate grows a bit, and also start noticing a mild acrid note.

T: Rich and oh-so-nice roasted malty goodness. Cocoa present, but not as strong as in some other porters. Burnt toffee sweetness dominate the profile more in this one. There is just an edge of stout character with a faint acrid hint. Also some background dark fruit esters are floating around. Hops are there for balance and just hint at earthy & citrus character. Powdery dark cocoa briefly grows in the finish.

M: Just medium body with lively carbonation. It has a quick finish without much lingering. Comes across as having a bit of a bite.

D: Nice emphasis on rounded dark roasted malts. A little bit of lots of things going on in a way that melds together superbly. Really clean, with a reasonable abv, and complex with out being complicated - makes for a really easy drinker.

(from notes - tasted April 2010)

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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 mentaltraveller
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a good beer. 12 ounce bottle pours a pretty sizable head, dissipates a little with time, but some head sticks around throughout. Not much of a smell. Mouthfeel is fairly carbonated: perhaps a little too much. It is surprisingly light on the tongue, in the sense that it is not too viscous. Good chocolate malt flavor with a long finish. Recommended. Pairs well with the Sonny Rollins quintet.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate with a little roasted malt mixed in. This is one of the most chocolate-forward porters I have tried.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a ton of chocolate with some roasted malt and coffee also mixed in. I also get a little bit of bitterness from the hops, but I can't really notice any hop flavor.

Creamy, medium mouthfeel and a high, prickly carbonation. The high carbonation is my only complaint.

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Photo of bbkd3b
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey, look, another porter! Well, let's see how Boulevard fairs in this category, shall we? Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a deep, dark brown with an impressive 2-finger head that looks like chocolate mousse. Fizzed to 1-finger pretty quickly, but suddenly, it showed impressive retention. Bonus points for the pretty, sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Interesting... like roasted chocolate, if that makes sense. There's definitely some coaco in there, but it's effectively mixed in with the other malts that have definitely been near a flame at some point. Not getting any hops whatsoever.

T - Roasted malts galore. It's a lot like the nose, but there's a surprising presence of some hops in there. Some raw chocolate backs up the hops well. Pretty good balance. This is a dry, dry, beer.

M - Creamy body up and down the tongue. Carbonation just dances all over of my tongue; it's pretty sharp, but not overwhelming. Hey, there's also a friendly warming sensation in my gut!

D - For as dry and bitter as it is, it's an easy-drinking beer. I'd definitely keep this one around in the colder season.

Overall/notes - Perhaps not as enjoyable as the SN Porter, the only other I've tasted, but not a bad beer by any means. Went nicely with my half-rack of ribs... Honestly, I've never attempted to pair beer with food, but there's a first for everything. Good times, really!

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Black with a thick two inch dirty white to tan head.

S - I am having a hard time pinning this down. Dark malt... slight burnt smell. Okay smell, but not great.

T - Burnt something... probably malt. It tastes good, but not very interesting.

M - Crisp for a porter. Light to medium body. Higher carbonation.

D - The higher carbonation is annoying now halfway through the glass. The taste was simple but good. For overall drinkability it is just above average. It is bottle conditioned so I will let a couple cellar for while and see what happens.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 11/7/10

Best by 1/15/11

Cola brown; almost black in the glass. The foam is thick such that it doesn't settle evenly across the top. Cresting at just over two fingers the head dissipates slowly. Lacing consists of large swaths of bubbles clinging to the glass, which dry out over time.

Smells fairly bright for a porter. Roasted dark malts are at an appreciable minimum. There's a orange rind hop note that, while I wouldn't call it out of place, doesn't seem integrated. Grains & earthy notions cut through.

Ah, the nose doesn't do the taste justice. While it's quite hoppy, adding an enjoyable kick, the malt backbone is solid; dark, roasted & dry. Notes of unsweetened dark chocolate, roasted coffee of the mild variety & grains. After a half dozen sips & a several minutes to warm up the flavors really start to gel.

Bully Porter struck me as reasonably full bodied to begin with; as it warms it seems to thicken up. Carbonation is maybe a touch higher than average; to it's credit though, it's neither prickly nor distracting. It actually has a creamy feel. Roasted chocolate & grains on the finish.

Ah, I've enjoyed this one quite a bit. Very tasty & well-crafted. Smooth enough to drink quickly with enough hops & carbonation to keep it interesting all the while. This is my favorite of Boulevard's staple lineup.

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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 alli4051
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby brown bottle into a nonic.

Pours a dark brown with a big tan head. Head is foamy but doesn't leave too much lacing. Smell is roasty with some faint chocolate notes. Taste is roasted malts with some surprising fruity notes. Some nice smokey and chocolaty notes. On the heavier side of medium as far as body goes. Very drinkable beer, I was sad there were only 2 in the mix pack I bought.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown in color with a beautiful fluffy tan head. Moderate retention and minimal lacing.

S - Mostly roasted malts, kind of char like. Sweet vanilla and mild bittersweet cocoa notes.

T - Has a lot more to offer than the aroma, with a very nice roasted malt forefront, followed by waves of bitter chocolate, vanilla, and a nice bitter char finish on the palate.

M - A little on the light side, and slightly over carbonated in my personal opinion.

D - This beer looks and tastes great, it's only when you get nit picky about it do you find the flaws. Bravo, very drinkable and enjoyable porter!

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter a deep dark opaque black with a tan head the dissipated to crown and left minimal lacing. Smell very bitter with chocolate and coffee. Taste is bitter with the coffee leading the way. Feel is crisp with a full body and a pretty clean finish. Overall a good porter.

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

12oz bottle, goblet, best before 2/14/11.

Very near black with a substantial cappuccino head that likes to maintain a presence. The highlights are very clearly ruby in nature.

Sweet chocolate, espresso, black cherry, and char.

Enticing shades of chocolate and espresso result from a great use of dark malts. Sweet cherry flavors swells as the sip continues through to an earthy, charred finish with low herbal hopping.

Plenty of bubbles and the darkest malts dry out the finish with a matte feeling on the tongue.

I do love a good American Porter, and this is such a thing. Modest but not bland, this beer is well assembled, which seems to be the case with most of Boulevard's year round beers.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, dark and dark, with an inch and a half worth of foamy/creamy head on it.

Smell: Dark roasted malt with a buttery biscuit scent. A bit low-key in the scent dept.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth...like the smell noted, it has a roasted nut flavor, along with coffee notes and a buttery finish to it. A bit biting on the tongue and the end-notes, end on a high with a slight sting to the tongue. Very good.

Drinkability: Very nice. Easily drinkable for a porter....could be a bit heavy after going through two of these, but for it's style, it's a winner. Bravo Boulevard!

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Photo of clarkm04
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Fairly chocolate dark. Fairly typical porter color. Nice creamy head retention about an 1/8 of a inch. Decently carbonated bottle

Smell- Fairly bland. I get a hint of hops along with a slight chocolate note but very weak on smell.

Taste- Very malty and nutty in the taste. Slight bittering hops especially on the aftertaste. The dominant notes are the nutty taste.

Mouthfeel- Smooth mouthfeel. Nothing that stands out but likewise nothing that detracts from the beer.

Drinkability- Reasonable high for a porter. I could easily consume two or three of these per session.

Overall- A solid beer. I've had it on two previous occasions and really disliked it both times. Obviously, the food I was eating masked and distorted this beer. It definitely tastes above average and I would recommend it to someone looking for a solid porter or someone getting ready to step up to porters since it's a good example of a gateway 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 bnes09
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful, opaque charcoal in color. Pours a magnificent tan head which lingers on top of the liquid and sticks to the glass as a creamy foam.

Lots of roasted character in the nose. Coffee and toast come to mind as well as a mild alcohol spice.

Wow, this one really packs a punch! Massive roasted malt character hits you right away. Then the hops come in with a bitter, piney bite. Also a hint of molasses sweetness as well as licorice spice.

Medium-bodied with subdued carbonation. Creamy texture throughout, especially in the head (which is still there after 15 minutes!)

What a brew! Huge flavor yet well balanced and easy to drink. The flavors are a bit more robust than most porters I have tried but I can appreciate the change. For dark beer lovers, this is a must try!

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Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 1,134 ratings.
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