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 bump8628
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An almost black porter with a thick, sticky tan head.

Dark malts contribute notes of espresso and cocoa with a burnt edge and fight it out with a bigger-than-expected herbal, leafy hop character. Surprisingly, the hops edge out the malt making this a rather unique porter. A solid, flavorful porter that lacks a bit of depth in the malt department.

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Photo of Groenebeor
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown from the bottle into a pint glass. Was a deep black tar with a small tan head - very simliar in appearance to Boulevard's Dry Stout.

It lacked smell almost. Mild malt smell comprised of roasted coffee with cocao powder and hops.

It tasted much the same - it feels like a watered down version of their dry stout, only with the same thickness. Still pretty drinkable, and has a good mouthfeel. Rather average in all other aspects. Perhaps they should revisit the recipe used for this beer - spend some time in England for a change.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - classic dark brown to black look of a well brewed porter. Thick yellowish head made up of lots of tiny crammed together bubbles.

Aroma - dark-roast coffee, dark roasted malt, burnt wood, vanilla and cream.

Taste - full-bodied, very flavorful porter. All of the big roasty flavors of a solid porter. Bitter dark roasted malt up front as well as dark coffee and cocoa flavors and some nice sweetness with an almost creamy like aftertaste. There is definitely some hop bite to this brew, its citrusy and sharp and stays on the tongue for a bit after every sip.

Overall - If you like your porters to have a lot of flavor, this has flavor and loads of it. Bittersweet and robust. This is an excellent porter with lots of body and taste.

Would I buy more of it? - definitely. I'll be in Kansas City in May and I'll be paying a visit to the brewpub for a pint or two.

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Photo of Jayli
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this from Beerbeagle courtsey of Nobody Want to See a Beerk Geek Naked 2 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a deep dark brown with ruby edges. A 2 finger of light brown creamy head sits on top. Head retains nicely leaving chunks of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of roasted malts, a hint of nuttiness, and bitter chocolate.

T: Taste starts with deep roasted malts and bitter bakers chocolate. Roasted malts, and some nutiness, hints of hazlenut come through in the middle. Finish is of bitter espresso and a big hop bite.

M: Lighter to medium body, medium carbonation, crisp and clean body.

D: Goes down easy, decently balanced, nice beer that I could sit with for a pint or two.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Natelocc787 sent me this brew in our trade. Cheers!

A- Pours a dark cola color with a thick pillowy head that leaves great lacing.

S- Some faint roasted malt and grains. Not as much going on in the nose as I had hoped.

T- That's better, the taste brought it back. Full roasted flavor with a bit of vanilla and cocoa and a decent hoppy bitterness in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D- Nice appearance and flavor. I just wish the nose was a bit stronger.

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Photo of dbossman
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown--nearly black; a bit redish in the light; wonderful thick foamy head with decent retention and okay lacing

S: Strong sweetness--candy like; roasted malts; subtle hop characteristics too--pine in particular

T: Sweetness doesn't carry over too much but there is a good balance between roasted malts and the sweetness that is normally associated with porters; subtly rich and smooth

F: A tad thin but with enough of the creaminess that you desire from such a beer

D: Extremely drinkable--actually downright chuggable; one of the most easy going and tasty, readily available porters I've had

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice strong black color with a medium dense tan head that is almost an inch thick. It recedes a bit quickly at first and then it takes its time. As it recedes no lacing is left behind. It leaves a thin film of foamy goodness over the darkness of the beer.

S - Roasted malt up front as expected a bit of a smokey quality to it. Some nice mocha hints. Mild sweetness up front as well.

T - A little bit watered down but still good. Nice roasted malt sweetness up front that is carried through by a dryness that clean the beer right off the palette. Even though its good. It seems as though this beer rushes through your mouth without wanting to stay on your tongue. Its a very good beer and a nice "session porter" but I'm left a bit disappointed.

M - Light to medium bodied with lower CO2 and a nice smooth feel.

D - Crisp and refreshing. Nice flavored and goes down easy.

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Photo of mikedashg
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep deep dark brown, almost black with a very fluffy mocha head. Great sticky lacing on the glass

S - Sweet roasted malts, slight tannins

T - Hints of bittersweet chocolate and coffee, but roasted malt forward

M - Moderate body, a little creamy

D- Very easy drinking with a pretty darn good taste. Nothing amazing, but still really good.

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Photo of natelocc787
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark chocolate body with a towering caramel head. Almost earned the nest highest score. Nice sheets of lace are left in the snifter when the cap clears, roasted malts in the nose with sweet chocolate notes in the forefront. After one sip I can tell this Porter is well balanced, with a nice roasted flavor to match up to the sweet chocolate flavor. Not bitter, but sweet and savory like a brownie. Lots of milk chocolate flavor and cookie. Mouthfeel is moderately heavy and glides silkily across the mouth with ease. A great session porter and my favorite session beer from them thus far.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep dark brown, with 2 fingers of mocha tan head. This stays put with a rich looking 1/2 finger, which leaves some heavy swathes of robust lacing behind. The aroma smells of roasted chocolate malts and coffee, with extra sticky notes of tangy toffee sitting underneath. A bit of green citrus and floral hops ride along the back. Nice healthy dark feel to this in the nose.

The taste has some hearty dark bitterness going on with it, with plenty of roast and coffee intertwining with chocolate and caramel malty sweetness. This is bitter with hops and citrus in the back, mixing with the leftover roast, and giving this a steady dry lingering feel in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller feeling, with a prickly sharpness to the carbonation that nicely matches all of that dark roast and bitterness that is present.

Definitely a darker feeling Porter here but that's just the way I like them! This was very rich with roast, coffee, and bitterness but there was more than enough sticky sweetness to keep this balanced and very drinkable. This was a bit of a surprise. A nicely done Porter here from Boulevard!

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Photo of Squelch
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Soda like appearance. Excellent black color. Pretty opaque.

Smell: Malty aromas. Some fruity esters. No hop aroma.

Taste: Perfect to style. This one is an excellent example to style.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. very nice.

Drinkability: I can drink a few of these.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I love Boulevard's packaging and six-pack price ($7.99 at Friar Tuck, in Savoy, IL). Best yet is the freshness dates on the bottles and the packaging. This one dated best by 4-04-10. I'm strapped for cash, being laid off, so I really appreciate knowing a beer is fresh. More breweries need to stamp freshness dates on their beers.

But the best is inside Boulevard's bottles. This one, I poured into a Samuel Smith Pint Glass and WOW, what a gorgeous head that doesn't die. Smell (deep richness), taste (bitter but very good), mouthful (well blended porter) and drinkability (could drink several in one sitting) are equally exceptional, too. Not quite the best porter I've ever had (those honors, for me, go to Founder's Porter, Great Lakes Edmund Fitgerald, Upland Bad Elmer, Bell's Porter), but this one was very enjoyable and look forward to trying other Boulevard brews.

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Photo of u2carew
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz stubby. Consumed 12/10/09. A buddy of mine brought this back from a trip to Nebraska.

A) Pours with a tight two finger tan head. Settles just slightly. Lacing is not very sticky but the head stays together well and is creamy. Deep reddish brown in color.
S) Yeasty. Coffee. Mellow chocolate. Woodsy. Light caramel sweetness. Hints of alcohol.
T) Smoky. Chocolate. Sweet grain notes. Light tones of coffee.
M) Fully body. Chewy feel. Fairly smooth.
D) A well crafted porter. I'd drink another.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with some ruby when backlit, very active, huge tan head with great retention and patchy lacing.

SMELL is bready, nutty, light roast, some malty sweetness and light but prominent boozy esters.

TASTE almost fruity, medium roast backed by sweet maltyness, hints of chocolate and coffee, and some rising bitterness late. Smooth and balanced.

FEEL thin side of medium body, mild warming and a bit of a sting from the alcohol. Some roasty bitterness in the finish.

OVERALL Nothing to write home about, but a tasty brew that goes down easily.

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Photo of FernMaster
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Bully! Porter was one of the earliest porters I had that I enjoyed, so it will always have a special place in my heart...and liver. I first encountered this around 2 years or so ago and I occasionally pick one up or a six pack, but before reviewing this one I've abstained from the Bully! for a couple months.

The pour of Bully! (imagine someone yelling that every time you read it) yielded a decent one fingers worth of head. The beers is very dark, like a porter should be (all are) and the head has a caramel color characteristic to it. The head stayed around for a couple of minutes and laced the glass. Bully! has a roasted smell, a sort of coffee characteristic. Taking a sip of this I wonder how it would taste with BBQ, probably awesome. If not the BBQ would be awesome. If you're in KC. The roasted scent of the beer is present in the flavor, roasted malts and a little hops, the coffee flavor is there as well. The mouthfeel I felt was lacking, sadly. Bully! drank a little watery, not flavor wise but more so it wasn't as thick as I'd like it to be. Because of this it becomes very drinkable for a porter, but what I like about porters is the thickness of them. I was a little saddened by that, but it's still a solid porter and one that I will purchase as long as it's made.

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Photo of Josievan
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown in color, with an immense dark head and plenty of lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted malts "bully" their way into the nose. Not a lot else is detectable.

Taste: Taste is on par with the smell, but somewhat more forceful than the aroma indicates. I'm not detecting as much hops as other reviewers have, but maybe that's because the roasted malts are so prominent. Either way, there is a strong bitterness that accompanies the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than you'd expect after such full flavors, but creamy nonetheless.

Drinkability: Goes down rather quickly, despite the big flavors involved. However, the bitterness makes this beer best suited for having one or maybe two if it comprises your last couple beers of the night.

Notes: This was one of the first porters I liked a lot. After a long absence, I find it certainly still holds its own. It actually tastes more robust than I remember!

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a mixed six pack from Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, CO. $1.50.

A: Aggressive pour yields a very dark brown beer, verging on black with an enormous dense sand colored head. Decent retention and lots of sticky gobs of lacing. Nice looking porter.

S: Smells roasty, coffee, soapy hops, and some interesting estery smells. Decent.

T: Roasted malts, coffee, just a hint of chocolate, fairly strong hop bitterness and roasted malt bitterness. Hop profile is clean and citrus, and really leaves the palate clean. A lot better than it smells.

M: Medium body, a little more towards the thick side, fairly dry, medium carbonation, pretty nice here.

D: Fairly easy to drink porter. This is relatively fresh and is very tasty, however there are other porters I'd rather drink on a regular basis. Still a great porter, and one that I will keep a few bottles on hand.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark cherry chocolate. Dark brown with shades of maroon.

S: Chocolate and coffee smell.

T: Chocolate, coffee, nut. Delicious. It is a unique blend unlike the average american porter.

M: Smooth for a porter. Real smooth.

D: Very easy to drink for a porter.

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Photo of mmva321
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A: Like it a lot. A very dark brown pour. Very foamy and thick head that has great retention and leaves very think lacing. Maybe it's just because I wasn't expecting it, but a very impressive pour.

S: A simple but robust smell. Strong roasted malt along with a slight auroma of cocoa and nuts.

T: The roasted malts and cocoa and nuts are there with a strong accent of coffee flavors. The coffee is a little too blunt for me and I find it a little unbalanced, but it tastes good and is robust and strong.

M: Very disappointing considering how robust the beer looks, smells and tastes that this beer is very watery in my mouth. Overall it's just fine, but just a lot thinner than I was hoping for. It's also very carbonated which is very apparent when I take larger swigs.

D: It's hard to get over the mouthfeel, which doesn't live up to the otherwise fine beer. It really does make it less enjoyable to drink. With a little more balance and refinement this could have been a great beer, but as it stands, it's simply adequate for Boulevard.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown glass twist-top squatty bottle. Neck stamp 04-04-10.

Quick review:
Hugely deep black mahogany or black cherry cola color with sudsy tan head. Nose is chock full of bitter chocolate. Palate is medium bodied and sharp with some hops and coffee-like acid. Flavors of dark french roast coffee dominate. Bitter and tasty.

Notes: A solid albeit very roasted porter. I like this style of porter but I know others prefer a lighter and less bitter version. A great New American style.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from Springdogg for including this in as an extra in a trade, thanks Marc

A - nearly solid black with a full finger of billowy tan head, too dark to note visible carbonation

S - rich, roasted malts are up first, some cocoa hints, a crisp aroma, not terribly complex

T - the taste is more complex than the aroma, as a quality porter, of course the rich, roasted and nutty malt flavors are there accompanied by the cocoa notes i detected in the aroma, but the addition of a coffee element and anise flavor as well

M&D - what a great intro to another new brewery thanks to Springdogg, a smooth, complex porter, that is super easy to drink, and silky smooth, medium bodied with a dry finish, well brewed! makes me anxious to dive into those Sixth Glass bottles he sent me!

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Photo of climax
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown, good large light brown head with biblical retention. Head began flat and even, faded with craters.

Nice nose, the hops were a bit more prominant than I was expecting as it was the first thing i picked up, perhaps because it was still quite chilled. As i dug my nose in a bit further the warming chocolate tones tok over.

Flavor was nice and well-balanced. Good use of hops led the way as roasted coffee and bitter chocolate tones took over. The finish was dry and salty.

The body seemed a little lacking, didn't have the creaminess I would have hoped for and it seemed a bit light. There was also a gratuitous amount of carbonation, beyond the point of being crisp.

This one had good flavors, the body seemed a bit to be desired. Nonetheless, it is definitely a good beer worth a try.

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

I think I am seeing a trend in Boulevard brews. I bought a sampler in Nashville since I've never seen any in NE Ohio.

It's a good trend. The beers have the negative of not being extremely flavorful or robust. And this is also their positive. They are tame, but also nicely civilized. They do no wrong and the are not in any way offensive. And they are exceptionally drinkable.

I am now anxious to try the rest of the sampler. All at once!

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown color with about a finger of fizzy light brown head, good lacing. Aroma is mainly roasted malts, a bit of coffee, and a hint of hops. Flavor is about the same, sweet, a big amount of roasted malts, chocolate and some spicy hops. Mouthfeel is medium, fairly carbonated, good dry and bitter finish. Very drinkable beer, tasty porter.

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Photo of botham
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a pint glass. pours a deep chocolate brown, almost black with garnet highlights and a half finger of tan head that has decent retention and leaves moderate lacings.

aroma is of smooth chocolate malts and a lightly roasted quality. not much else for the nose.

taste is lightly roasted with notes of chocolate and a bit of burnt coffee. nice, but could use a bit of smoothing out. the brew isn't bad, it just needs some defining quality to call its own.

mouthfeel is full bodied and malty on the palate with a semi-dry finish of residual chocolate malts.

drinkability is decent. a standard porter that could use a bit of smoothing out, and has a decent mix of flavors that falls short of anything to get excited about.

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