Bully! Porter | Boulevard Brewing Co.

Bully! PorterBully! Porter
1,139 Ratings
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: 1,139 |  Reviews: 528
Photo of ArrogantB
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is interesting because it is more brown than black and kind of light in color compared to what I usually expect from a porter. Great head, but it smells a lot more like a brown ale and the taste follows suit. This is a fine enough beer but doesn't remind me of a porter except for the slightest bit of coffee flavor.

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

Been seaching out some Boulevard stuff for some time now. Thanks to Springdogg for the hookup here.

Dark brown with ruby highlights. Nice frothy cappuccino like head, rings of stickage all over the place. Roasted malts, bakers chocolate, and light roasted coffee. Much the same with flavors, with a nice chocolate mocha fade. Roasted coffee and nuttiness linger on in the finish as well. Creamy mouthfeel is spot on. Effortless drinker here, and a session porter for sure. Nice American porter.

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Photo of Rayek
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep garnet with good clarity for being bottle conditioned. Rocky tan head has a strong beginning and slowly settles to a thin film. Leaves a good amount of lace.

S: Chocolate, grass, lemon, licorice and even a hint of smoke.

T: Starts out with an espresso quality of chocolate and coffee. A burnt bitterness follows suit, plus a bit of the aforementioned smoke. Finishes dry and rather acidic, with residual coffee flavors.

M: Medium body is dry and overly carbonated.

D: This is a decent enough little porter. I started out liking it a lot, but as it warmed I become less thrilled because of the increase in acidity. Still a decent beer overall.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jwale73 for sharing this one!
A - Poured deep mahogany in color with a lumpy tan head with some lacing.
S - Roasted malt up front, chocolate maybe a touch of coffee.
T - Sweet roasted malt up front then some bitterness in the middle with a dry cocoa finish.
M/F - Lt./ Med. body light carbonation - smooth.
D - This is a sessionable porter. Not bad.

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Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BlueOkie for a nice box of brew, this one included.

A: Pours a nice chestnut brown hue with a nice full one finger fizzy head. Light retention and no lace.

S: Lots of nice roasted malt up front. Nice chocolate aroma with notes of coffee backing it up. Simple but nice.

T: Lots of roast with notes of bitter coffee. Tones of chocolate. Touches of smoke and vanilla can be detected as well. A dash of herbal hops in the finish. Lots of flavor packed into this one.

M: Medium in body, fizzy carbonation with a dry finish.

D: Pretty good.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Had best by date on the side of the bottle. Poured a really dark brown with dark red around the edges with a big fluffy light tan head that leaves a lot of lacing down the glass. The smell has small hints of chocolate and coffee. Not to much of a strong smell going on. The taste is very similar, though the coffee sticks out a lot more in the taste. Goes down really smooth and goes by pretty quickly, drinkable for sure. I think this is one of my favorites I've had from Boulevard yet.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best By 10/19/09.
Poured into a pint glass black with a tan one finger head. Smells of roasted malt, but it's not all that strong. The first taste has a hint of smoked flavor. Not much malted sweetness really. There's a bit of a hop bite at the end of the pallate that is actually too much I think. Not very well balanced. I'd like more smoke malted flavor to catch up to the hops. The carbonation is also a little high for a Porter. This is a ok session Porter, but that's about it.

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

Pours brown, sits in the glass brown/black with a faint red hue. Not translucent. Head disappeared real quick.
Smells of light roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa bean, coffee. light aromas sustained. didn't "pop".
Flavors of light coffee, light chocolate, light ash. ash lingered slightly, but nothing else.
Carbonation is a bit too much. not offensive, but a little more than I would have prefered.
A very drinkable beer, as the flavors didnt overwhelm eachother and the abv is only 5.
A nice session porter

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Photo of Onenote81
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great extra bottle received from monsterfat in a recent trade.

Pours a thick muddy black with a huge foamy tan head on top. Retention is great, and the lacing is sticky and beautiful. Nice looking beer. Smell is of roasted coffee, and a dry grainy scent. Different.

Mouthfeel is a little spritzy and bubbly. Too much carbonation in this one. I like my porters to be smooth and creamy. Flavor's full of chocolate, coffee, roasted caramel, and finishes a bit nutty. Good flavor all around.

This is a decent porter that I'm glad I had the opportunity to try.

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Photo of drpimento
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not too bad. Poured with a tan head and brown highlights, no lace. Very dark mahogoney color. Aroma is malty, roasty with some dark ripe fruit. Flavor is very similar. Seems force carbonated. Some booziness to it. Good finish. Could be a session beer.

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

Pours a really nice looking dark ruby red color with a 1.5 finger tan head that lingered. I know most porters are usually darker than this, but I really liked the look of this one, easily one of the nicest looking beers I've seen.

Smell was what I expected, coffee, chocolate, and a hint of toffee. Can also detect some maltiness, and a little brown sugar.

The taste was a lot like the smell, although maybe a touch smokier than expected. Coffee is there, as well as chocolate. Aldo some fruitiness at the front, then the hops kick in last. Fairly decent amount of hops, but not enough to overwhelm, which is a good thing for me. I like the amount of balance between the sweetness at the beginning and the hops at the end.

It was a touch thin on the mouthfeel, although there is so much flavor here, it keeps things from feeling thin.

This is a very drinkable beer, maybe just a touch higher on the hops than I like, which is about the only fault I can find with it. Definitely a very tasty beer, one worth checking out.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sanford for this delightful brew!

A: Three fingers tan head forms quickly, nearly overflowing out of my stein. Dark brown with ruby and copper edges. Creamy head hangs around nicely and there's a frothy to lacing that becomes sticky. It takes a good 10 minutes before the remaining finger of head dies down, but not completely.
S: Sweet malts of chocolate and coffee. Metallic hints in there as well. Some fruitiness at the back of the aroma.
T: Bitter dark chocolate coffee kick with the strong bitterness really lingering. Slightly fruity and that citrus finish that I look forward to in my porter! As the beer warms, it takes on a big roasty flavor that lasts until the end.
M: Light-bodied. The only real downside to this beer was that it felt a bit watery at times.
D: So pleasant and easy to drink. I love a good porter on a hot afternoon! Roasty and warm for the winter, yet crisp and refreshing for my hot afternoons. I look forward to having this again.

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Photo of duffextracold
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep ruby brown color, one finger caramel colored head. Smell is fruity, yeasty, slightly floral, with a hint of bitterness. Tastes like bitter roasted malts, slight hints of chocolate. lots of sweet malt. very faint metallic twang. heavy carbonation, thin body. Not bad overall. very drinkable, the chocolate tones are nice. perhaps a bit too fruity?

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Photo of Fnord
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Extremely dark red, nearly black. Has an uneven, persistent, tan head that leaves rings around the glass.

Smell - Chocolate, flowery hops, roasted malt, cherry, vanilla.

Taste - Much like the smell. There's a noticeable alcohol flavor, but not too much of one. The malts have a bitterness to them that works well with the other flavors. My only issue is that the bitter aftertaste lingers a bit too long.

Mouthfeel - Medium-thick with medium carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty drinkable. The aftertaste wouldn't be noticeable after the first one anyway.

Notes - The aftertaste is a bit annoying to me, and I would like it to be a bit thicker, but the taste is excellent. Overall, one of the better basic American porters.

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

Boulevard does a nice job on just about everything they make and Bully! Porter is no exception. It has a deep brown color and the aroma made me think it was going to be sweet, but it was not. It had a good balance of hops and malt. A slight chocolate flavor, or maybe that was more of the aroma. Medium bodied and easy to drink.

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

Bottle courtesy of Strelnikov - thanks!! Poured into a 14 oz. tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark though not netherworldly brown, capped by a fluffy, rocky two-fingers of good, medium-hued tan. The head and lacing on this one are really quite remarkable for the style - the head fades slowly, and never really fades beyond clumps of rocky, fluffy lace, floating on the surface of the brew, and the lacing does that cool "leaves a ring every time you take a sip" thing that I like so much. You can't see much carbonation, though you can see some around the edges of the glass, fast and medium-sized, bubbling upwards towards the foam. Great start.

Aroma: Sweeter than the taste (see below), with a very straightforward profile - earthy, toasted malts, slightly bittersweet chocolate, a few dirtier notes, coffee. Cocoa is more prominent here than in the mouth, as well. Hop bitterness is an afterthought.

Taste: A very authentic porter. It's dry and heavily toasted, with most of the identifying "sweet" notes that always make it easy for me to describe something being notably absent. What is there are some dirty, earthy notes, not too overly apparent but definitely noticeable, faint coffee-like and cocoa-esque notes (though both are not anywhere near dominant), a mild hop bitterness, and a slight milky presence. There's nothing groundbreaking about it, but it's solid and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation in this one - probably a little too much - but the thickness of the body seems appropriate, and given the combination of those two it still manages to be impressively smooth.

Drinkability: A uniformly good porter. Nothing about it really stands out (apart from the appearance), but nothing about it is sub-"good" either. At 5.2% and reasonably tasty, it's perfectly sessionable as well - good for you, Boulevard.

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Photo of pwoods
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to russpowell for this extra.

12oz. stubby brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a dark brown that you can just see through when held up to the light, good clarity. 2+ fingers worth of light tan head that holds for a bit and leaves some good lacing.

S: Nice lightly roasted malts and some lightly bitter, somewhat chalky roasted barley(black patent?). Maybe some coffee wisps in the back but definitely lacking in any chocolate. Subtle overall.

T/M: There is chocolate in the taste. A nice blend of roasted mlats, coffee, and lightly bitter chocolate. Healthy bitterness. Body is medium full with smoothing carbonation.

D: Drinks pretty easy and is pretty damn tasty, especially for such low alcohol. Not as good as Ed Fitz or Founders but I'd definitely order one at the bar.

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Photo of webbcreative
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, very dark, brown color with light, light, brown frothy 2 finger head. Aroma, just a bit of a light smell of dark sweetness.
Taste, heavy coffee flavor with a touch of sweetness on the sides of my mouth, then finishing with a bitter, dark chocolate flavor. mouthfeel is medium.

Overall, this is one exceptional brew! This will probably be my go to Porter from now on. Really robust flavors in this one, without anything being to dominating. Nice! Look forward to more of these, glad I went with the 6pk!

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Photo of mizzourah
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark, dark brown, approaching blackness, with a tan head.

S- I detect some coffee and chocolate.

T- A very solid malt base with a decent amount of hops. I pick up some coffee and chocolate, and it finishes kind of dry.

M- Not very thick. I find it's mouthfeel fairly average.

D- A solid porter that went down easy. I'm not a huge porter drinker, but I would consider keeping some of this around for when a meal calls for one or during winter time.

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Photo of Beefeater57
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown, soapy tan head.

S: Mocha smell - a lot of chocolate and coffee.

T: Get some coffee flavors from the roasted malts. Finish is very dry, bitterness of the hops come through really well. Hops are quite present for a porter.

M: Dry, but with good body, mouthfeel is a little slick.

D: Not the smoothest of beers, but still enjoyable. Great smell, and the coffee flavors with the hops are pleasant. Not bad of a porter...

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Photo of schellsbeer
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

According my standards, one of the best go to every day dark porters there is. And for the price, it can't be beat. Sure it is not that thick, nor will it ever stand up to a Bell's Porter but it isn't suppose to. This is a lunch, served with a corn beef sandwich beer. It is meant to be drank instead of sipped like an expensive beer. Dark coffee lovers would love this beer. It doesn't have all of the fluffy, creamy, chocolate, girly ingredients but instead, this is a porter that crys out to be put in a black Stanley lunch box and brought to work and enjoyed around 12 noon....Just don't get caught.

Thanks Boulevard for making an every day porter that is fantastic all of the time. This is what I go to after mowing the lawn, or after a hard days work...instead of one of those woosie macro light no taste lager beers. Great stuff!!!

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Photo of Crosling
2.4/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very light ruby in color, but does appear brown in the glass. Quickly diminishing white cream. Had high hopes for this one, but it seems to be a really basic, stale example. Nose shows a hint of sour fruit. Flavor is really lacking, thin & lacking concentration. Hmmm.

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Photo of toby2010
2.4/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The look and smell of Blvd. Bully! Porter are great, and I like most beers from Blvd since it is the main local brew in the KC area, but the Bully! Porter's taste and feel were very disappointing.

A - Dark brown beer with lacy brown foam. Looks great in the bottle, which is stocky with a bulldog logo to match the porter's attitude.

S - Very good with a number of rich flavors present. Not easy to detect in the bottle, but far more so than your typical grocery store domestic.

T - Overwhelmingly bitter. There are hints of dynamic flavors in the beer, but the bitterness is too shocking and strong to appreciate the more subtle notes.

D/M - The mouthfeel is smooth and has just the right amount of bubbles. Unfortunately, the bad taste doesn't allow you to enjoy the smooth feel. The only way to drink it is to chug, and a fairly pricey microbrew should be appreciated comfortably.

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

Boulevard Bully! Porter is one of the best porters I've ever had. If you like a thick, heavy porter, you should definitely try it. It has a bit of a chocolately finish to it, which is always good. And it's good and heavy - you practically have to cut this stuff with a knife.

Porter isn't a beer style for everybody. I've only been a porter fan for a few months, but it's become one of my favorite beer styles. Boulevard Bully! Porter is one of the few "mass produced" porters that is easily accessible in the upper midwest. And it is available year round, which is something I can't say for some other porter producers (that right, I'm talking about you, Sam Adams).

Boulevard doesn't make many styles that I particularly like (Bully! Porter and Unfiltered Wheat being the exceptions), but they've really hit a home run with this one. If you like porter, try this one. If you've never tried porter, this is as good of a place to start as any. Bully! Porter is always welcome in my beer fridge.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark chestnut brown. Poured a 2 finger chocolate head with good retention. Sticky lacing all over the glass.

S: Toasted malt aromas; coffee, chocolate, toffee and roasted nuts.

T: Big toasted malt flavors up front; coffee, roasted nuts with chocolate and toffee in the background. Some yeast flavors ahead of a dry bittering finish that balances the beer nicely with the dry burnt malt flavor that lingers.

M: Full bodied. Some carbonation for a nice bite with the finish to balance the smooth and creamy feel.

D: Nicely balanced beer makes this very drinkable. Hides the abv and body well.

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Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1,139 ratings
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