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 katan
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated 12 oz bottle

A - Pretty darn dark - only a light amount of light gets through the edges, with a amber hue. The head is very well retained, and a off white to chocolate color. No dissipation.

S - A roasted malt note - moderate in assertiveness. A small amount of yeast backdrop hanging around. Some hints of chocolate.

T - Starts off on the malt side, with a combination of roasted malts and light bittersweet chocolate. Really dry all the way through. Develops a small amount of bitter balance mid-stream, that is matched with a growing yeast spice. Finishes with a dry burnt flavor.

M - A combination of malty thickness and carbonation bite. Carbonation bite makes the beer lighter for sure. Oil on the palette creates an interesting after sensation.

D - Very easy to drink. Roasted malts are moderate and balanced, leading towards a complex and not single attribute heavy beer. ABV is manageable.

Probably my favorite AP.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to a tulip glass.

A: Dark brown with a small amount of head and not much lacing.

S: Very roasted scent with a small hint of chocolate and coffee.

T: Very similar to the scent, strong roasted malts and a burnt coffee finish.

Overall: Nice porter overall with nice mouthfeel and good drinkability.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a mug.

A: Dark ruby-black with minimal light able to pierce through. Light-tan head is bubbly and lively, and got up to about two fingers before settling down. Very good lacing.

S: Very strong roasted malt aromas with a hint of earthy hops coming through as well. Subtle suggestions of coffee and bitter chocolate.

T: Nice roasted barley backdrop is not overly sweet. Significant hop presence balances nicely and keeps things interesting. A very interesting dichotomy going on here.

M: Nice medium body and well-carbonated to boot. Aftertaste is bitter roastiness and the finish is quite clean.

D: Very drinkable. Would make an ideal session porter.

This is hands down the most balanced, drinkable porter I've come across thus far, and is easily the best among Boulevard's year-round brews. Certainly hoppier than a lot of porters, but I admire the originality. This should be a staple in bars across the Midwest!

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. "Best by 07/10/09."

Pours a deep chocolately brown with the slightest of ruby highlights and a finger's worth of foamy tan head. Head leaves a decent amount of lacing. Lots of lively little bubbles rising up all around the perimeter of the glass.

Nose of delicious roasty-coffee-chocolate goodness. I can almost taste the beer with a few big sniffs, and it's making my mouth water. On first sip this starts quite different than the aroma, with a burnt malt flavor dominating. Dark chocolate and coffee bitterness comes toward the end, with a bit of earthy hop bitterness to finish it off. Good medium-bodied chewiness, with a nice amount of carbonation. Leaves the entire inside of my mouth feeling coated but slightly dry. A solid porter.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Foamy three finger head. Lots of carbonation. Perhaps a by product of yeast addition at bottling.

Dark brown.

Aroma - nothing much. Really had to pull hard for the roasted malt aroma I enjoy with a good porter. First couple of sips reveal more toasted malt flavor than the aroma would indicate. As the beer warmed to room temp aroma awakened with some sweetness.

3/4 of the way through I'm struggling to get this, my second beer of the night, down. Flavor seems flat but not by carbonation standards.

Gave it some more time to achieve room temp and the flavor turned sweet and I could more easily detect some of the nutty and roasted porter characteristics.

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

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours a dark copper amber. Big fluffy head that left splattered lacing.

Smell is very carmely. Deep roasted malts with a smokey aroma as well. The taste was of heavy roasted malts. There was also a nut flavor with some earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is very bitter, maybe a tad overcarbonated. Goes down smooth with a slight sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this wasn't my favorite porter, it seemd to be to smokey. It came in the sample pack, so I am glad I got a chance to try it.

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Photo of rmmm16
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown with hint of red and a tan head. Lacing remains for most of the glass. Not very aromatic but smells of roasted chocolate are there. The taste is a nice roasted and grainy malt that finishes bitter. This is a great go-to inexpensive porter that is very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from TexIndy, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a clear dark brown with beautiful ruby highlights when held to light. Bubbly off white head sticks around forever and sticks to the entire glass. Smells of Grainy malts, dark chocolate and roast. Tastes of chocolate and roast. A bit of nut and faint fruit in the finish. Lingering roast bitterness on the pallete long after each sip. Medium to high carbonation, medium body, creamy silky mouthfeel. This is a great porter. Lower the carbonation a bit and it would be outstanding.

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Photo of dakid618
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a dark red, almost black, color with over two fingers of frothy tan head that doesn't dissipate for over five minutes. Smell is like roasted cocoa and burnt chocolate. Taste is very roasty and chocolatey. Goes down very smooth. Light mouthfeel. Good drinkability as it's light and goes down so easy. I regret I've passed over this beer so many times before as it is the best porter I've had yet. Boulevard never let's me down.

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Photo of HappyBivouac
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

best by 02/19/09. not the freshest bottle but should be pretty good.

reddish cola brown--mostly opaque with a huge rocky light tan head. retains nicely. tree-rings of lacing down my glass. smells of tart cherries, mild sweetness and smoky roasty/burnt malts. really smooth. strong nutty flavor up from akin to a good brown ale. dark fruits, slightly tart and sweet brighten up in the middle and the finish is very smooth with deep roasty malt. not very heavy at all in the body, but has that frothy character from the nice retaining head. exactly as a porter should feel. this is a really nice porter! I could drink lots of these, and plan to in the future.

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Photo of DocTheDJ
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bully Porter. Short brown bottle.

*Dark molasses brown, non-transparent, fairly nice head and retention (even though I poured and drank it quite cold). Okay lacing even when cold!

*Very rich roasted chocolaty-cocoa scent a bit smokey, a bit burnt? And a bit of rich coffee smeill? Some type of berry tone that matches nicely.
Quite intense and invigorating!

*The taste is quite rich and powerful and I am not sure on the bitterness (since the taste is quite powerful) but I do feel it teamed up alright with the other flavors. Tasted like it smelt with the roasted/smokey flavoring coming out more as it makes its way down. Has a nice brown-sugar/molasses and caramel taste to it as well, the sweetness level was quite nice and not overpowering (hint of berries?). A fairly dry mouth feel which seemed to match everything else in this beer. Enjoyed the aftertaste as well - still want more!

*Was a bit thick, even when cold, and I would have to at least categorize it as Medium bodied and surely smooth. A small bit creamy but not as much as I thought it might be.

· I have never tried a porter before this one and I think I found an all right starting point as a newcomer to this style. Or perhaps even a Keep it In Stock beer esp. in the winter. Pu...ssshsht... Yes I did just open another, thank you I will have another!

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Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A really dark porter. Pretty much pitch black with a decent head.

S: Coffee and alomost a smokey aroma. Maybe some kind of nut flavor. Smell could be a little stronger.

T: A nice burnt roasted flavor comes through. A little coffe again. No real sweetness. Pretty straightforward roasted malt type flavor, but very rich. A slight hop bitterness finishes this one off.

M: Carbonation is very prevalant in this medium bodied porter. Feels good!

D: Drinkability does not get much higher in a porter than this. Refreshing compared to other porters I've had.

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

Bottle from a Boulevard 12-Pack Sampler. Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into my Leinenkugel's pint glass.

Poured dark dark brown (nearly jet black) with a brown-tinted head that has decent lacing.

Very roasty on the nose. Caramel malts, subtle bakers chocolate, hints of coffee and an earthy hop tone round out the aroma.

Maybe the "roastiest" porter I've ever had. Chocolate and coffee tones show themselves here. Taste follows the nose very closely, pretty much what I expected. More hop tones than I anticipated, but with the bold malt flavors it balances well. Tastes great.

Medium body with minimal carbonation. Coats your mouth. Very crisp.

The reason this beer's drinkability is where it is, is because of the taste. It's not that you could slam beer after beer, but you really want to keep drinking it. It's that good.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this brew as an extra in my recent trade with Hwwty4. Thanks for the beers Bill.

A dark brown body with light passing through ruby tinges around the edges. A huge, rocky, tan head that boasts some pretty good retention. Loads of lacing is left behind in rings, sheets, clumps. Thick and sticky. A great looking beer.

Sweet malt aroma with a slighly smoky aroma. Hops are noticeable in there also.

The flavor starts up front with a sweet, dark chocolately flavor. The first taste is a little roasted and smoky. Sweetens up a little more in the middle to become a lighter chocolate taste. The finish has a noticeable hop bitterness that is somewhat biting on the tongue, imparting some grapefruit flavors. The after-taste is roasted malts that linger around the mouth for awhile.

The body is just heavy enough to be considered medium bodied, and rather highly carbonated. The middle actually feels a little oily with a fairly dry finish.

I tore through half of this beer without even noticing, so drinkability is pretty good.

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Very dark brown color with little light passing through. Just a touch of red in the color as the light passes. Head is creamy, tan, and 1/8" holding great retention.

S. Roasty and sweet from the rich sugars of the malts mixed with a faint hop supporting and balancing the act.

T. Chocolatey with a cocoa powder like touch first, then followed by a good hop presence that's quite dirty amd earthy. The finish is quite dry for style.

M. Medium in the mouth and high carbonation. Just like I like Porters.

D. This is a great beer that is well balanced and could easily be sessioned.

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Photo of echdk3
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A_Glowing dark brown, dark tan fine-bubbly head. Lively enough. Nice lacing

S_Charcoal, ripe fruits, burnt toast

T_Great burnt toast aftertaste, bitter earthy notes. Very mellow

M_Somewhat low carbonation, medium-sticky on gums. Heavy body

D_Tempting aftertaste, low alcohol taste

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Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pulled out of a variety case. Poured pitch black with a tan head and lacing. This beer reminds me slightly of Rogue's Shakespeare Stout, but in porter-form. The malts are very, very smooth with dark roasted barley with cocoa powder and dark, rich chocolate. There's also spicy hops in the background that grow as the beer warms. Drinkable and very tasty. Check this baby out.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.61/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served from a 12oz. bottle, best-by-date of 01/03/09, into a New Belgium globe glass.

Pours an attractive deep, dark ruby with the Mount Olympus of head, gigantic and billowing. Leaves an awful lot of creamy, off-white lacing down the glass. Head dissipates into an eternally lasting ring. Awesome.

Super-roasty in the nose, with plenty of caramel malt. I love the presence of earthy hop aromas, along with assertive chocolate and hints of coffee.

This is a really roasty-flavored porter. Nice chocolate and coffee flavors. The taste follows the nose; no real surprises. The amount of hops in this beer is generous for a porter (its very similar to Sierra Nevada Stout in this way). I love the contrasting levels of bitterness between the green, earthy hops and the roasted chocolate malt. Finishes down the mouth with slight caramel and raisins/figs/dark fruit. This is fantastic.

Some may feel that this is a thin beer in the mouth, but it doesn't hurt the beer by any stretch of the imagination. I find it to be pretty medium-bodied. I also like the high-ise amount of carbonation; it suits the bitterness well. Boulevard's year-round beers are all ideal ABV candidates to session, and Bully! Porter is no exception. You can drink this delicious brew all night.

I haven't had one of these in about a month... and it tastes just as refreshing as I could have hoped for. This is one of my absolute go-to beers -- it is widely available where I live and it is very, very good. I generally always have some in my fridge, for good reason. This is Boulevard's finest year-round beer, imo. This is a fine beer to celebrate the holidays with; Merry Christmas!

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Photo of drseamus
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 04/04/09 on the bottle. That is about 5 months from now.

A: Dark dark ruby body with a thick rocky off-white head.

S: Nice caramel malt aroma with decent sweetness.

T: Classic porter. Great thick malt body with rich caramel sweetness. Solid beer through and through.

M: Medium-heavy body. Nice smoothness.

D: Great example of a porter all around. Great drinkability.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a ashen dark brown with a big, rocky, beige head that melts into a thin rim around the circumference of the glass, leaving no lacing but some serious legs. The aroma is roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and just a hint of coffee. The taste follows suit with a huge wallop of roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, a hint of sweet cream, and just a touch of magic. The mouthfeel is especially full for a porter. Its much more stout like then, what I consider a typical mouthfeel for a porter. This, in my humble opinion, is the best year round offering from my local backyard brewery.

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Photo of hopdog
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquired in trade.

Poured a dark, dark brown color with an averaged sized light off white head. Aromas of roast, coffee, chocolate and nuts. Tastes of chocolate, roast, with a light coffee finish. Body a tad thin for a porter.

Notes from 1/6/07

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Photo of turamarth
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass.

Appearance: Nice foamy head, light cream color, that disapates into a film that lasts. Good lacing. Very dark brown color, nearly pitch black. Some translucency around the edges.

Smell: Malty caramelness on the first wiff, you can smell some hops too. Hints of chocolate and a nice roasty smell.

Taste: Chocolate malts stand out at first, roasty taste like in the nose, slightly biscuity as it warms. There is a very nice hop balance to this porter.

Mouthfeel: Has a sharp carbonation, that I like personally. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Very drinkable in my opinion. The hoppy balance really adds to this porter.

Notes: This is my go to beer. I almost always have at least 2 bottles in my fridge at all times.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice porter for the most part. Its body is a dark opaque with a head and lace that are off-white but I would say almost tan. There is plenty of head and lace. The flavor has a little more hop flavor than most porters but it is a very pleasant surprise. It has a very robust caramel roasted malt taste. There are some chocolate coffee tones as well. The mouthfeel is a little thin but not bad.

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Photo of champ103
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A large beige head quickly forms, and rises to over two fingers. Great retention and lots of sticky lace.
S: A musky and astringent malty aroma. Some caramel, coffee and chocolate. A light sweet fruitiness.
T: A wonderful roasted malty flavor. Coffee and chocolate. Sweet caramel. I just love roasted malt.
M/D: A creamy medium body that is well carbonated. Easy and smooth to drink. A porter I could session.

Pretty much everything you want in a good porter. This is an old favorite of mine that has finally worked its way into Houston. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of colts9016
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nice deep velvet black with a creamy tan head two finger head.
Nose Roasted caramelized malt hints of earth chocolate and esters.
Taste: A nice roasted malt with chocolate hints of coffee, cream, earth, and hops.
Overall: The only problem I had was the hops was a bit to powerful and made the beer unbalanced. It was an okay porter but not my favorite.

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