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

Pours a dark, yet translucent amber color with a hefty, fluffed tan head. Rings of lacing are left behind and the foam is fantastically retained. A good blend of chocolate and caramel malts rise from the foam and pair well with a slightly sweetened hop note and some spiced malts.

The taste is of bitter, semi-sweet chocolate with a spritzy, organic yeast flavor. Very tasty, this porter. Mouthfeel is near-perfect on the carbonation and has an amazingly strong coffee finish, but the body is a tad bit too thin to get a perfect 5.0. This porter is a solid, if not the best, offer from Boulevard that I've tried. It definately has a great taste and enough complexity to keep the biggest dark beer fans satisfied.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour by the bartender at Fox and Hound out in Chesterfield. Pours a dark black color with a perfect light brown head that has pretty decent retention. Aroma is of chocolate, caramel, and a touch of fruitiness. Taste is of roasted malt, dark chocolate with a nice hoppiness to it as well. A great offering from the brewery across the state.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark coffee color with a thick beige head that persists well and coats the glass with lace

Smell: Rich roasted aroma with coffee and charcoal (not to mention the pine) dominating the caramel in the background

Taste: Starts out with a rich piney flavor that overwhelms the tastebuds and offsets the caramel and coffee notes until mid-palate; after the swallow, it settles down into a balanced malty (coffee and charcoal) and bitter brew; the finish has a late-arriving blast of espresso

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body but an overwhelming amount of carbonation

Drinkability: Nice richly flavored porter that is just a tad over-carbonated; otherwise, very very nice

Thanks, Vancer, for the opportunity

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Photo of mjgardner
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, best by 9/1/2007

Appearance - Dark brown, almost black. One finger tan head that disapates rather quickly.

Aroma - Nice coffee and chocolate malt aroma. Quite pleasant.

Body - Medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Taste - Malty chocolate toffee. A bit of chalkiness as well. Lingering roasted malt flavor.

Drinkability - A very drinkable porter. I quite enjoyed it.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad porter by any means. In fact, it's right up there in the good porters to me. Appearance is about average, dark brown, near black. Nice tan head, though it isn't around too much longer than it rises up. Smells like chocolate and coffee mostly. Taste follows scent fairly close and come close to picking up some extra points. Chocolate, caramel, toffee, and a hint of coffee come through. Mouthfeel is close to medium and maybe a little on the light side. Though it is good in most aspects I did enjoy this beer greatly and could drink plenty more than the one I received in a trade. I'm honestly not positive who traded this with me as it was an extra but I thank you kindly (probably Bort11).

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

Got in a trade with Bort11 - thanks! Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date of Aug 07 into a pint glass. The color was pitch black even when up to a light. It had a small brownish head that settled to a thin collar. The aroma was very good and was roasted malts with a choc and coffee tone. The taste was also really good and one of the better porters I've had lately. Goes down pretty smooth with a nice balance and no bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is also good. Overall, a really enjoyable porter that I recommend. (4, RB-OOA, T, Y)

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Photo of Cresant
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a becker glass. Best by date: 8/12/07. The body was a very dark brown with a head of over three fingers. The khaki colored head left clumps of lace down the glass.

Smell was like drip coffee. Roasted grains. A mildly bitter tangy aroma.

Taste was of roasted grain and mild bitterness. Refreshing lightness.

Mouthfeel was appropriately medium/thin. Zesty yet rounded.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a dark brown opaque body with a lumpy yet creamy head of tan that last a good while. There is a strong carbonation of bib bubbles that can only be seen when they congregate at the side of the glass.

S- This beer has the smell of pale malt with a toasted dark malt aswell. Both malts smell very fresh and there is a soft yeasty note in the finish.

T- This beer has a chocolate malt roasted flavor with a soft nougat quality. There is a soft green bitterness at the finish. There is a coffee malt bitterness in the finish that lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight creamy texture.

D- This beer has a nice smell and texture but the flavor was just a bit off and not really as fresh as the aroma. This beer is close to being a really good beer.

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

Thanks goes out to Vancer and Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger creamy tan head, tons of lacing afterwards. The nose is kinda sweet, malty, with plenty of caramel. The taste is malty and with a nice touch of caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice little porter from this brewery, glad to have had a chance to try it out.

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Photo of shertz
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bort11 for this one.

This review is not only my first, but also done on a day that I ran a half-marathon in a blizzard. So take it for what it's worth.

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.
A- Dark with nice 2 finger head. Nice lacing throughout drinking.

S- Chocolate abounds with hints of coffee. Delightful

T- Coffee/Chocolate fill the palate yet seems watered down somewhat. Could be that it is a little warmer than I would like(55).

M- Nice carbonation and almost coffee like. Still seems watery.

D- Very nice. Could drink many during a sitting and wishing I had another.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in Secret Bunny 07 trade from Vancer.

Pours from the bottle into a pint glass a nearly opaque, dark dark maroon color with a huge tan head that. The lacing is impossible to see through due to its stickiness and thickness.

Aroma is full of chocolate and coffee. Minimal hop aroma.

Big chocolate flavors with some bitterness. Toffee and hazelnut flavors near the back. Some mettalic flavors as well. Burnt and roasted malts.

Nice mouthfeel. A little thin but not too watery. Good drinkability as well. Carbonation is nearly perfect. A very nice porter when all is said and done. Glad I got this one. Thanks Vancer!

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

Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Malty, roasted aroma dominated by chocolate. The flavor starts chocolate, which lingers through the middle mixing with malty sweetness and just enough hops to provide balance. The profile ends roasted, and the burnt/roast flavor lingers into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel has moderate body.

Overall, this was a very good porter. Nothing about it stood out as outstanding, but it was solid and very drinkable.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees. Thanks to Vancer for this one!

A - Pours a deep brown/almost-black with a very foamy light-brown head. The beer slowly becomes blacker, after the pour settles.

S - Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and toffee comprise the aroma, but it is a little lacking.

T - Bready malt with a side of nuttiness leads the way, followed by a semi-sweet chocolate and burnt coffee...the flavors seemed to weaken a little over time (as it got warmer), but still solid.

M - Medium body with a semi-dry finish; lingering aftertaste.

D - Solid porter and a great session beer. Not too far away from an Irish Dry Stout, IMO.

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

A: A very dark brown color (like liquid chocolate) with a massive, foamy, light cocoa colored head. This may be due to the over the top hard pour I did.. My mistake. Loves to leave foamy residue all down the side as the head slowly, but surly, dissipates.

S: Smell is of bitter chocolate and grassy hops. Some slight roastiness is also found.

T: MMmmm...Chocolate... Along with some roasted malts, are the front runners in this beer. Hops are there to create a good balance. Ends with a subtle hop bite and some roastiness. Not too bad at all.

M: A medium body with medium to high carbonation. Fits it well and goes down easy.

D: I hate comparing beers, but this right off the bat reminded me of Deschutes Black Butte, only better (Sorry Deschutes, I still love you..) A very easy drinkin and well made porter.

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

Black. Fine mocha head sits and stays, leaving nice lace.

Dark and rich on the nose. A veritable maltfest. Not a lot of complexity, but really nice.

Even better in the mouth. Medium full, with lots of rich, chocolately malt. Lovely balancing bitterness.

Very nice mouthfeel. These simply slide down, but merit contemplation if you want to slow down and appreciate it. Fine food beer as well.

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Photo of kdoc8
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Porter - poured black-brown in color with a thick creamy head, almost more like a stout. It had an aroma of dark chocolate, and roasted malts, which blended into the taste as well, but it also picked up a taste of coffee that was not present in the smell. Not a really strong taste compared to other porters and not as strong in alcohol content, but very drinkable.

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

poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter glass

A: Looks like a fresh-brewed pot of coffee with a massively foamy tan head! Leaves a ton of lacing, too.

S: Smells like it looks, no surprises here. Dark, roasted coffee and some slight cocoa aromas emanate from this delicious-looking brew.

T: A wonderful mixture of roasted bitterness and slightly sweet malted character. Coffee, chocolate, cocoa powder are the prevalent flavors. Short but bitter finish.

M: Not as thin as many porters, ample carbonation and a substantial body add to this beer's enjoyability.

D: The more this beer warms and the more I get into it, the more I'm enjoying it. Wish I could get it in NJ!

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Photo of marcobrau
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An old favorite from my post-college days many years ago when I started drinking more good beer. I'm visiting Minnesota and was delighted to find this beer. (I'm told it's not always available.)

This particular bottle of Bully! Porter pours black with a hint of ruby along with a good deal of carbonation that forms an appealing off-white head that slowly falls leaving some intricate lacework down the the sides of my glass. A whisp of a charcoal, minty aroma is interesting and enticing. This porter empahsizes some roasted malt flavors, along with a clean bitterness in the dry finish. Some chocolate flavors help make this beer tasty, too. This isn't a very complex porter, but rather a simple and tasty one. Very sessionable and enjoyable.

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

Pours black, near opaque with a dense and creamy khaki head. Thick sheeting lace on the glass. Sweet creamy dark malt and even some light citrusy hops in the aroma.

Tastes if roasty dark malt. Milky coffee flavors. Finishes bitter. Mouth is lighter than you would expect and it's not very complex but does what it does well. Tasty, roasty porter that would be a great session brew.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to fellow Buffalo BA orfeu for this bottle I opened right after I walked in the door,poured a deep brown almost black with a big blooming tannish colored head that took its time settling slowly.Raw earthy aromas really stick out here slight woodiness and light coffee notes,as like the nose I fownd it somewhat reaw and earthy with woody,unsweetened chocolate and cola notes,a pretty abrupt finish to it the flavors dont linger much.A decent porter I have had better but its drinkable.

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

12-ounce bottle, best before the anniversary of the birth of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, 2007. Dusky mahogany with ruby highlights and a mammoth meringue-like khaki head. Super lacing. Aromas of sourish black patent and roasted barley malt along with some earthy scents. Medium-roast coffee flavors backed by soft cocoa notes and some citrusy orange-rind hop flavors. Composted pine needle earthiness at the finish. Smooth, easy-going mouthfeel. Very drinkable brown porter. A solid sessioner for sure.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A massive four finger light brown head rises above a pitch black brew with walnut highlights near the edges of the glass. Tons of thick brown arches of lace coat the glass all the way down. This is what a porter should look like!

S - Woody, roasty, smokey, and earthy. Some vaguely floral yeast notes are there too, along with a huge citric hop dose. Almost smells like an IPA, but with burnt porter/stout notes. This smells interesting and unique, but it's lacking the sugary chocolate and toffee aromas that I look for in a porter.

T - Earthy roasty flavors along with woodsmoke, coffee, and a little bit of yeast. This has a very "campground" flavor to it that I really enjoy. It's like warming up in front of a fire in an old woody cabin.

M - Medium to full bodied with a high level of carbonation and a slightly dextriny sugar coating on the tongue. The finish is apropriately dry.

D - One of the most drinkable porters that I've tasted. It's dry and woody, which makes it more drinkable than some sugar-coated porters out there. Just a really outstanding brew!

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

Bottle poured into tulip stem glass.

Pours a big, creamy, long lasting head. Carbonation is noticable, despite the almost opaque black colour. Leaves a nice bit of lacing.

Smells of roasted chocolate malt with a hint of sweetness to round it out. Clean, with no detectable yeast or hop characteristics.

Taste is quite bitter and roasty (yet not harsh or ashy), almost like dark roast coffee. Assertive US bittering hops reinforce the finish.

Mouthfeel is quite enjoyable, the lively carbonation seems to work.

Drinkability is high for me. An amazing amount of flavour is packed into this 5.4% brew.

This was the last bottle of the 6-pack I picked up in the States in early October. I really enjoyed them and would definitely purchase again. It's an agressive porter for sure, but tasteful nonetheless. One of the best I've ever had.

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Photo of rowew
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, twist off. Sophisticated looking bulldog on the label. Best by date is clearly printed on the neck of the bottle.

Appearance: Pours black with just the slightest hint of red around the edges, nice large head and great retention and lacing.

Smell: Hoppy with quite a bit of coffee and roasted aromas.

Taste: Very nice mix of flavors. Starts off with just a bit of sweetness, then hoppy flavors with a strong roasted malt. Coffee and caramel in the finish.

Overall impression: Very nice porter - highly drinkable with complex flavors. I really wish this was available in Colorado!

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best before 1/6/07. Very dark brown in color, with some ruby highlights. Thick fluffy tan head holds together very well. Nice roasty, chocolate notes in the aroma, combined with some floral hops. Flavors begin with dark, bittersweet chocolate, carry on with roasty notes, and finish with a hint of coffee, and citrusy hops. Very well balanced. Finishes somewhat dry. Maybe a bit thin, but that is the only negative thing I can say about this. This is a very solid porter.

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