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: 1,136 |  Reviews: 527
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a pretty dark black with only slight ruby highlights but really is dark, pour is not viscous but not watery either, very crisp looking with a one inch pock marked sandy head that fades o too quickly and leaves little lacing.

S: Aroma is quite good, with fresh ground coffee highlighted by a thick hop and chocolate bitterness.

T/MF: Taste is much like the aroma with more easily defined parameters. There is a lot going on in this beer and a lot of tastes to distinguish. The three main ones being a bitter coffee ground coupled with sweet chocolate and slightly fruity but mostly earthy as per the malt dominance of this beer hop profile. Mouthfeel is very very carbonated and like others have said the slightest bit watery, still there is a sharp crispness to this beer that I think helps the taste and makes it quite enjoyable.

D: A solid porter style, just a bit too carbonated, but wonderfully dry and complex and a great balance struck between sweet and bitter.

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Photo of blackjack000
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark, glossy brown, with a fizzy, light caramel head.

Smell: Rich and earthy for a porter. I smell some caramel embraced in sweet malt scent.

Taste: Pleasant combo of malt and hops. Some distinct roasty malt makes a light and punchy hop profile slide down well.

Mouthfeel: I felt as though there was too much carbonation at first, deadening some of my ability to taste everything. However, it does well making use of a hop profile that might otherwise be neglected.

Drinkability: Good. The taste is on point, but the carbonation would make me feel a bit bloated after a few.

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

233 reviews as of this writing. Another fine brew from boulevard. Cheers to the bottle conditioning! If this was a local beer for me I could easily see having a pint or two while out for dinner! It has a nice balance of roasted grains / bitter notes. I'll leave the expanded reviews to the many others already posted. Worth a try!

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Photo of deepsouth
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured a nearly opaque brown with a tan creamy head that leaves nice lacing. the smell is of chocolate and toffee. sweet smelling. the taste is consistant with the smell, a bit smokey, but not burnt. tastes good. the mouthfeel is thin at first and a lot more carbonated tan i'm used to in a porter. maybe not the best beer to be bottle conditioned, although very drinkable. would like to try one a bit fresher than the six month to a year old one i had.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks bort11 for this nicely drinking porter. Dark black with abundant creamy head. Well roasted and tasty bitterness, it grows on you. Nice and certainly above average porter. The bitterness stod out and this veered toward stout. Yes salty. Thanks Tim!

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Photo of libbekat
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was planning a trip to Kansas City to see family and wanted to look up local microbrews. I found Boulevard brewing and was excited to see the Porter. I love porters but I have to confess, being the owner of 2 english bulldogs, I really liked the label.
I drank my porter with a Kansas City filet and mashed sweet potatoes. It was wonderful! It is very smooth and rounded on the finish.
You could taste subtle coffee, a lot of chocolate and a smoked nut hint in the middle.
I liked it so much I bought a six pack to bring home.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle. Bottle conditioned. Served in a shaker pint. Poured a deep dark brown with about 2 fingers of tan head. Chocolate in the aroma, some hops. A slight sourness in the aroma. Lots of chocolate and coffee malt in the flavor. Solid hop bitterness, also fairly intense roasted malt bitterness. Very long, dry malt finish. This is a pretty robust porter that borders on stout flavor.

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Photo of naterock
4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I accidentally stumbles upon this beer about five years ago, it has been a staple ever since.

C: Wonderfully black with brown lacing
S: Chocolate, oatmeal, and toffee notes
T: Wonderful Dark roasted barley and caramel with a complex hoppy character
M: Not overly carbonated

I Drink this beer with just about anything. especially with desserts containing chocolate. I've never been let down by the Bully!

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Photo of Sidedrummer
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out very dark and translucent with a touch of garnet red in the sun. The impressive head was reddish tan, thick and long lasting.

Aroma- Mine was a bit too cold from the bottle, so I had to wait for it to warm in order to be able to pick up the aromas and taste.
It was worth the wait!
Terrific heavily roasted malt, espresso and chocolate aromas,....and as it really warmed up I picked up a little apple as well.

Taste- Rich and hoppy, lots of espresso and bitter chocolate. The finish was complex, as it was slightly bitter but also had a sweetness to it.

Feel- I liked it, rich and creamy. Not thin at all.

Drinkablity? You bet! I look forward to several more, as a matter of fact I've got another bottle I think I'll open right now!

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Photo of morimech
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with a large foamy brown head. Retention is good with plenty of lacing left on the glass.

Smell is a bit understated. Typical porter malt profile with a hint of hops in the background.

Nothing extraordinary in the taste but a solid porter. It has a solid malt backbone but lacks the chocolate and coffee notes that other porters have. Has a nice creamy mouthfeel and may be just a little overcarbonated but I like it. Medium body but I still would rate drinkability as high because of the low ABV.

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

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Boulevard pint glass.

Appearance is a very dark brown - nearly black in appearance. Not much of a head on this one. Smells like roasted malts and coffee. Taste is pretty damn good. Much more than I was expecting. Much richer than I thought it would be. A bit of coffee and chocolate. A very sweet brew.

Overall, this is a pretty damn good porter. I am glad I got to get a hold of it.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a dark brown with medium tan head that lingers well and leaves okay lacing. Nose is never very strong, but there is a scent of malt chocolate and caramel. Mouthfeel is full and sweet, with the taste a nice sweet version of the nose, but more pronounced. Rounds off to a nice finish.

While this started out slow, the taste and finish definitely improved as the beer sat. This beer definitely gets better as it warms.

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Photo of merlin48
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Last bottle from a sampler box, this one pours a gorgeous dark chestnut body with a tall cocoa head. Retention is excellent and there is an abundance of sticky lace left on the pint glass. Aroma is a bit understated but teases with milk chocolate and a berry fruitiness. Medium body has a tad too much carbonation. Taste begins with some bitter roasted notes, followed by a wave of dark chocolate and subtle hops. A hint of dark berry underneath. A very enjoyable and highly drinkable American porter.

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Photo of marcpal
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a oversized Ommegang glass.

A: Impressive look for a porter. Brown, almost black with a thick lasting head and tan lacing.

S: Toasted malts, breadiness, chocolate with a thick chicory aroma. Again, good for a porter.

T: A little bit on the sweet side, mostly malts and kick of chicory. Baked malts take over a bit but the hops come out some. Went really well with salmon, probably the smokiness of both.

M: Tight and biscuity. Chewy sticky texture with more than customary carbonation for style.

D: Somewhat thick and dry with low abv, fairly drinkable. Good sessionable porter but a bit too thick and would actually like some more kick.

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

Black pour with a big tan head. Smell is roasty, but quite hoppy too. Smells like it will be quite bitter. Taste however is nicely rich and roasted malt, with hints of coffee, a touch of mild hops, but not very bitter like the aroma indicated. Perhaps a touch too carbonated for a porter, but it has a good flavor and character to it and is a nice one overall.

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Photo of wardough
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this in a bottle while watching the Super Bowl. Go Pats.

A: A murky black with light lacing.
S: Chocolate, oatmeal, and some hops. Awesome smell.
T: Chocolate malts, dark malts, then a hoppy dry finish. Wow, this is awesome.
M: Light in body and low carbonation.
D: I could drink 2-3 of these with no problem. Drinkability took a ding due to the overly hoppy finish.

A great beer by BLVD. Definitely will drink this one again and will seek it out. I've had this on tap, and I want to have more in this delivery method.

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

I had this on tap at the Barrelhead(Springfield,IL)

A-deep dark brown nearly black,with thick foamy head that left behind some of the stickiest lacing that ive ever seen

S-mild malts,dark roasted coffees

T-starts right off the with bold chocoltes,coffee,at the same time the hop presence is very up front lots of big hops in this brew

M-medium to heavy body with gritty dryness,finishing sticky icky

D-extreme drinkability for the style

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from timbro81, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a short and dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a little faint but contains coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced. The sweetness comes from flavors of coffee & chocolate, but it's not overly sweet. There's a strong hops presence for the style and it goes along very well with the other flavors present. The malt character is very hearty as you would expect from a Porter. The after-taste is bitter-sweet and slightly smoky.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to sit down with and drink a couple while you relax. Overall, it's a pretty good beer.

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Photo of younger35
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew from Vancer after winning the BA Suicide Pool. This will be the first brew I’ve ever had from Boulevard Brewing but not the last. Drank from my Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale pint glass while watching the Packers vs. Seahawks.

Appearance- Pours a deep dark reddish brown with a huge fluffy one and a half finger tan head. The head honestly never really recedes as there is a half finger cap and collar the entire duration of the beer. Lacing is left anyplace it can find to grab on.
Smell- Starts with a very feint chocolate nose that is lightly sweet and lightly roasty. Some cream and fruit (fig type fruit) but all very subdued. There’s even a light tobacco dirtiness somewhere in the background.
Taste- Starts the same way the nose ends. Tobacco and leather add a dirtiness right from the get go that never really leaves, just un-intensifies. Super dark roasted coffee and bars of bitter bakers chocolate make an appearance before the sturdy herbal hops show up. The hops add a nice third dimension of flavor and a bit more bitterness. Leaves a resounding charred bitterness that is almost smoky.
Mouthfeel- Has a thin creaminess but probably okay for the style with nice sharp carbonation and a semi dry ending.
Drinkability- Like my favorite Porter (Black Butte) this beer is very easy drinking, very approachable and loaded with flavor. The low ABV makes this brew very sessionable and perfect for sitting back and watching the game. There is a really different taste profile in this brew (leather) that was a welcome change. Great beer that I thoroughly enjoyed. Big thanks again to Vancer!

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Photo of Tilley4
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bottle, from a trade with jtrockchalk. Thanks a million! Eminently drinkable, this one is. Very surprised by this porter.

Inky black with a huge head and awesome lacing here. Really attractive beer.

Smells dark and roasty with also a nice refreshing hop presence to it.

Dang, I'm surprised by how good this porter is. Not quite an elite porter but this thing is really damn good. Dark and smoky with a definite hop and dark fruit presence. I only have 2 bottles but I could drink tons more.

Hell yes, this is a damn fine beer. Thanks again, jtrockchalk!!!

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Photo of KodyBrannon
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a black color with a tan two finger head. It was a creamy looking pour with a nice amount of carbonation. The smell and taste are of roasted malts, with a hint of coffee and chocolate on the tounge. The mouthfeel was a bit of a let down, being more watery than the pour showed. Overall this is a good beer with a nice flavor. I would drink this one agian.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Floyd's Thirst Parlor in Springfield IL.

Jet black body, with spindly webs of lacing on the glass. A distinct and full aroma of milk chocolate and charred malt.

Taste follows the nose, with a dry earthy char in the finish. The body is full and lactic. Two or three of these on tap would make a perfect session. It was sad to finish the glass and have to move on somewhere else.

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

Boulevard Bully Porter pours a deep black, with a touch of brownish red at the top when held to the light. The head is a creamy tan and dissipates within a minute. It gives off a malty smell, and has a bit of a burnt aroma to it. Bully's taste is pretty good from the start, and better at the finish. A nice malty touch, with a bit of bitterness at the end that seems to fade towards the end of the glass. This drinks nice and easy due its smooth mouthfeel and medium body. Overall this is a very drinkable beer and one of the better ones from Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Photo of stagman
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a near black, foam slowly fades with some lacing on the side. Smells a bit fruity but also some burnt coffee aroma as well.

Hops are present but do not overpower the malt base. The malt has a nice blended flavor of chocolate and roasted coffee, possibly some fruits as well but can't pick them out. Great porter, a very good selection.

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

Very delicious porter, one of the better ones I've had lately. Bully! presents itself grandly, stacking two fingers of mocha froth to cap a very dark brown body. Nice smell, nothing overwhelming, but nice malt, lots of chocolate and coffee. Really delicious taste, with chocolate, coffee, and a little caramel leaving the taste buds awash in a rich, roasted flavor. Well done. The coffee lingers most, leaving a modest bitterness. Easy to kick back and down a couple of these.

This may be my favorite from Boulevard thus far, and one I'll be certain to grab again. Terrific.

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Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 65.4% out of 100 with 1,136 ratings
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