Bully! Porter | Boulevard Brewing Co.

Bully! PorterBully! Porter
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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: 1,137 |  Reviews: 527
Photo of clarkm04
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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 -21.7%
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 +6.6%
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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Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Extremely dark brown with moderate tan head and slight lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, dark chocolate and bitter coffee.

Taste: Strong roasted malt dominates, with some coffee and dark chocolate. Turns somewhat bitter at the end due to both the heavily roasted malt and English hops.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, medium body. Smooth but also a little chalky. Very dry finish.

Drinkability: Overall, a more than solid example of the style even if nothing truly stands out and grabs your attention.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass, with another kind thank you to Chris (RedHaze) for the bottle!

Pours darkest brown to black, with a two finger khaki medium-bubbled head that really held up fantastically. Even the last sip still had a nice, dense, thick cap on top with nice lacing.

Nose carries notes of burnt caramel, bit of brown sugar, and just a bit of coffee underneath the sweetness.

Taste isn't bad, but falls just a hair short of the nose. Thinnish up front, with a nice combination of roasty and burnt sugar flavors leading to a bit of a coffee-with-sugar note, and just a bit of smokiness on the trailing end. There's even just a bit of a cola-like flavor to this one. Finish echoes the body, mixing more burnt sugar and lightly acrid roasty malt notes.

Mouthfeel is ok - carbonation feels just a bit thin and big bubbled, body feels thinnish and a bit acidic. Just a bit watery towards the finish. With the huge head, I was expecting something full and creamy, this one let me down just a bit. Not bad, but not great buy a long shot.

Quite drinkable, all things considered. Flavorful but not over the top. Not my favorite take on a porter, but certainly not a bad one.

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

A: Dark dark reddish black. Crazy massive tan head. 3+ fingers and pillowy, maybe I poured too hard? Didn't see this one coming.

S: Smells like a porter only sweeter and a little hoppier, and I'm okay with that.

T: Awesome. I'm not porter person maybe that is why I like this one so much. Chocolate and coffee with light, light smokey flavor. Not as much smoke and earthy flavor as other porter's I've tried, very sweet taste.

F/D: I might have killed off too much of the carbonation. Still good though. Light on the tongue, slick but not overly coating. Good stuff indeed.

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Photo of Prostman81
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This turned out to be one of my favorites out of a Boulevard sampler 12 pack. This is definitely an American Porter rather than its English counterpart. Color and head when pouring are what you'd expect for the style. Has a very clean nose to it, only a very slight hint of roast malt and american hops.

Taste is quite good. Very smooth body and mouthfeel, has almost a crispness to it, and not heavy at all. Roast character is there, but avoids the coffee flavor that I am sensitive to in these types of beers. Not much in the way of hop flavor, which is fine. Gives a nice sharp bitterness that lingers...but in a good way. I don't drink many porters, but this was definitely a nice one to sample to break up the Pale Ale and IPA monotony. Would definitely recommend.

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Photo of Baraka
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a solid looking head. Smells and taste are both dominated by dark roasted malt (some coffee flavors, a little bitter chocolate). Thick body, fairly carbonated (typical of most Boulevard beers), chewy mouthfeel. All in all, this is a very good and very drinkable porter. No off notes or weird flavors, just a straightforward and delicious beer.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz into tulip, thanks Onion!

A- Nice dark roasty color, very carbonated, almost a gusher. Settles down and laces well, not much of a head retained.

S- Plums, roasted, bottom-of-the-pot coffee, bitter chocolate.

T- A bit smoky/ashy... mildly tart fruit and some bittering hops in the finish. Very nice.

M- Very well balanced, good carbonation and depth of flavors, nothing's out of line either. Prob. the best feature of the beer... impossibly drinkable.

D- Fairly high.. I'm not much of a porter kinda guy, the only one I really buy regularly is Smuttynose Robust. This one, while not as good, is still very good and is something I'd buy if I had access to it.

If you can get this beer, consider yourself lucky. A tasty porter, indeed.

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Photo of eat
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a trade with rudge75 over at Half Pints. Thanks for all the American stuff!

Black body with root beer highlights. Decent cream-white head with some lacing.

Light caramel and roasted malt scents. Light earthy hops, minerals and chocolate. Doesn't smell bad but I'm having trouble pulling much off it.

Dark chocolate, coffee, toffee and minerals up front in the taste with some nice smoky roasted malt on the finish (which is slightly drying). Light, earthy hop bite. Not too complex but fairly solid.

The body could be a little thicker. Carbonation is sparkly but not overdone.

Definitely goes down easy and could be sessionable. Fairly flavourful if not all that complex. Not too bad a porter.

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Photo of abrand
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

Bully pours a deep chocolate color with a very frothy 2 finger head and lots of lacing on the glass. Smells of burnt coffee, some choco, and smoke. Pretty good smelling brew but not overpowering in any way. Taste is similar to the nose with a meaty finish. Goes down pretty smoothly. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Drinkability is pretty solid. Definitely a sessionable beer.

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Photo of thatguy3579
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful dark chocolate brown with thick cream colored head which lingers and clings to the glass. Practically opaque.

S: Smell is not very strong, but mostly sweet and roasted.

T: Opens up with a little bite. Plenty of chocolate sweetness and smokey flavors.

M: Thick body, light carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable for a porter. Overall really pleasant, I will definitely come back for more.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. My bottle says best by 10/16/10.

Appearance: body is a very, very dark amber, a little further from black than the average porter. Clarity is crystal. Head is two fingers of pillowy tan foam; overall, I quite like it.

Smell: aroma has a very nice balance of chocolate malt and citrusy/floral/earthy hops. A nice smell, indeed.

Taste: a nice chocolate malt flavor throughout. Hops are present up-front in flavor, which is mild and balanced, and present toward the end in bitterness, which is moderate but well-formulated. Balance is really the watchword of this porter. I like it a lot.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-light body with a nice level of carbonation. For the style, it works quite well.

Drinkability: just a solid all-round beer; a pretty faithful emulation of a classic English porter. Sixers of this aren't available in my neck of the woods, but if they were I would definitely put Bully! in the rotation.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd been hearing about Boulevard for years, so I was quite excited when their beers finally made it out to Denver. Pours nearly black, very inviting, with a dense tan head. Nice aromas of roasted malt, sweet chocolate and freshly roasted coffee. Taking a sip, I am immediately in love with this beer. Great smoky, chocolately flavors, with some nice roastiness on the finish. A really, really good porter, very drinkable at $7.99 a sixer.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Deep, dark brown with highlights of garnet on the edges, revealing moderate clarity. Head is big, large-bubbled and airy, color is lightish brown. Head retained finally as a thin layer.

S-Dry smell, not really much to it. Slight dry chocolate with a bit of grain.

T-Generous dry chocolatey malt that lasts well into the aftertaste. Some light estery character goes nicely with the malts. Hop character is immaterial to this flavor profile, with bitterness providing some balance.

M-Moderately lighter mouthfeel, but this beer's presence is still substantial enough to be noticed. Carbonation is appropriate.

D-This was one of the first porters that I tried, helping to catapult me into tasty beerdom, specifically into the world of black beers. This beer certainly has held its spot in my heart with its good flavor and easy drinking.

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Photo of nickd717
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade thanks to stephens101.

Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a creamy tan head and excellent lacing.

Nice aroma if not too pronounced: roast, caramel, milk chocolate, and mild anise.

Flavor is roasty and somewhat chocolatey with caramel, anise, and floral and earthy hop notes. Good drying roastiness on the palate.

Medium-bodied, maybe just a little bit thin.

This is very enjoyable overall. A very good example of the style. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of soju6
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark brown with a foamy tan head that lasts well. The aroma is that of roasted malt and trace of sweetness. The taste has a roasted flavor with some sweetness and a bitter finish. It has a creamy body and goes down smooth with just a very slight bitter aftertaste. This is a respectable Porter, nothing fancy.

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Photo of mkabull
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark black nearly opaque nice small light tan head
S- Rich roasted malt aromas with sweet malt backing it up classic for style
T- Great Roast/Toast/Burnt malt mix with sweetness slightly present
M- Falls into style with a lighter mouthfeel than you would expect from color
D- This is a great beer to kick back with and enjoy a few , only problem Boulevard puts out to many good beers to settle on 1 to drink (what a problem to have)

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Photo of Rbald42
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally going to review this beer. Bully Porter and I go way back. I really broke into craft beer by enjoying this back in my KC days.

A- Dark Dark Brown. Almost black unless your lighting is good. Tan frothy head that leaves nice lace all over the glass

S- Aroma of burnt coffee, milk sweetness and fruity hops on the end. Almost get a cola sort of aroma with the beer. The roasted malt is prevalent but the nose on this beer isn't all that overwhelming.

T- I really enjoy the taste. It's what every good porter should strive for. Nice roasted flavor with hints of dark berries, almond, and bitter chocolate. The bitter hop edge on the end gives a nice bite.

M- Definitely nice and creamy, it pours somewhat thinner than its mouthfeel would suggest. It's very easy to swallow and leaves a nice coating behind.

D- I could drink these all night. Seriously one of my favorite all time beers. The abv is light and allows you to enjoy this one without keeling over.

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

Pours a nice dark cherry red-brown witih an excellent off-white head.

I get burnt toasted malts in the nose, some toffee and caramel, and maybe some faint hops.

Roasted malts immediately come forth in the taste, there is some smokey burnt goodness, and mild hop bittering towards the end. Very soild flavor.

medium bodied, not a whole lot of carbonation.

Very drinkable coupled with the robust flavor and sessionable ABV.

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Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured dark caramel brown with a tan foamy head covering the beer. It had some pretty nice head retention and left nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma has some roasted malts as well as some chocolate coming through. It also has a little spiciness coming through from the earthy hops.

The taste also has a moderate roasted and chocolate flavor to it. It has some sweetness to it but it's also pretty balanced out by the bitterness. The hops come through a little more in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a nice drinking and good tasting porter. It has a good balance of flavors coming from the chocolaty sweetness, the roasted bitterness and the earthy hops.

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Photo of rye726
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Nose has roasty malts, chocolate and floral hops. Taste has more of the same. A bit bland and quite one dimensional. Thin body is overly carbonated. A good session beer to wash down a burger I suppose, but there are so many better examples.

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

Bottle courtesy of abrand, thanks again!

Pours a dark brown color with a big rocky tan head.

Beer smells like cola, cream, of light coffee, and a little bit of mineral hops.

Taste is clean, crisp, and maybe a hint vegetal. Beer then settles into some nice malt flavors, some sweetness, mostly from a brown sugar like character, toast notes, and a general light creamy coffee flavor. Finish is also crisp with a slight hop bite.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice velvet like smoothness, and good carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. This is a solid porter. Flavorful, but not to heavy, very sessionable, and well worth trying.

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Photo of ZebedeeDuBois
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, it was a deep reddish brown, nearing opaque. A good inch of brown foam persisted for over 5 minutes.
A toasty malty chocolaty aroma.
Rich toasted malt flavors with bitter chocolates and coffee influences. The aftertaste is predominately bitter, with the feel of carbonation on the tongue.

A solid substantial drink, not spectacular, but solid.

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

A dark brown color is poured in the glass, with hints of red peaking through as the beer settles in the glass. A beige half inch head forms, that slowly laces down the glass. A strong chocolate scent comes out at the front of the aroma, then blending to a dark bread and floral fragrance. Malty sweetness strikes out at first taste, followed by the dominating flavors of coffee and chocolate. It finishes with a grassy and citric bitterness that stays on the palate long after each taste is gone. A medium feel at the front that gradually gains weight as it rolls across the palate. It all ends with a slick finish. A very good porter with a dark and rich look, a fragrant aroma, which is strengthened by the solid taste; the slick finish just makes you glad to be drink this beer.

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Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 65.4% out of 100 with 1,137 ratings
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