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

A- Deep brown, slight red color when held to the light. Tan head that hangs on nicely after the pour. A look into the bottle reveals a layer of yeasty sediment.
S – Mildly sweet and roasted malts. Hop aroma balances in nicely.
T – Dry and roasty. Hints of apple immediately fade to roasty malt and coffee. Finish is dry and bitter from both the hops and roasted grain. Not overly complex but enjoyable nonetheless.
M- Light enough on the palate for a hot day but could stand up well to the cold of winter as well.
D- A well made American porter from a solid mid-west US brewery.

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Photo of PaleAlien2
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a really good porter. Colour is almost black with a beautiful cream colored head that laces the glass. Smell is of hops and malt with some fruit. Palate is thick and pleasing - about the consistency of chocolate milk - but has a surprisingly dry finish. Tastes: chocolate, cream, hops. Leaves behind some acidity.

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Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A stubby 12 oz bottle from a trade with czoch75 on Dark Lord Day.

A: The porter is thick and black, reveal dark garnet red highlights only at the narrowest point of the glass. The head, on pour, was almost a finger in height and looks like it will lace nicely.

S: The nose is thick with chocolatey roasted malts, with an aroma that has a depth that normally comes from impy stouts and not porters. A very intriguing start to the beer,

T: The first sip is damn near a revelation. The porter packs the punch of a huge RIS without the big alcohol and overwhelming malts. The porter's body is roasted grains and burnt toast, kicking up a sweetness that could easily be Baltic porter. The depth of flavor does not betray the relatively low alcohol content, this is a damned fine beer.

M: The depth of flavor rivals some of the best stouts that I've had. Porter-wise, it comes close to GL's Edmund Fitzgerald and ranks as one great porter.

D: The low abv and inviting taste makes this dangerous. I could sit and feast on this beer for hours.

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

This beer poured a dark brown with a big, fluffy off white head. The smell was very malty with hints of coffee and caramel. The taste was very similar to the nose with tastes of coffee, caramel and roasted malts. Real heavy on the coffee flavors though. The mouthfeel was heavy and it had medium carbonation. The drinkability is good. I could drink this beer often if it was available down in LA.

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

"best by 01/26/08"

a: Pours an opaque dark brown/black with creamy tan head and good lacing.

s: roasted malts, a bit nutty, maybe some chocolate

t: much like the smell, dark roasted malt with a little acidity, mild hop bitterness comes through at the end, good balance.

m: good carbonation, velvety texture, clean finish

d: its smooth, its not overpowering or too sweet, I would call this a very drinkable porter

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

Pours a beautiful dark brown into my Duvel Tulip with a big frothy head. The aroma is rich with roasted malts and a little hint of dark chocolate.

The taste is full of more roasted malt, chocolate and coffee flavors. Mouth feel is thick and velvet like. Hops and carbonation come in at the end to finish the beer of with a near perfect balance.

Overall a very well made porter and a great cool weather drink. I think this is by far the best brew coming out of the boulevard brewery to date.

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Photo of Strix
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oooh, this was very nice. Smells of roasted malts and coffee. Roasted malt and coffee come through in the taste as well, and then some hop bitterness comes up to balance things out and add some nice depth. Mouthfeel is smooth, with good carbonation. Nothing wrong with this one.

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Photo of DrJay
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I received this one as part of BC2. Thanks April!
Dark brown, clear around the edges with a bit of a reddish hue to the highlights. The tan foam was really fizzy and settled quickly to a thin cap. Some spotty, sticky lacing. Rich, malty aroma - lots of milk chocolate, toffee, and caramelized sugar. Light citrusy hop notes in the background. Mild to medium bitterness that lingers in the finish, but it's definitely balanced towards malt throughout. Some cocoa and light roast, citrusy middle, toffee sweetness. Decent mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation, bubbles were a little coarse, but still fine. A solid porter. I just didn't feel that the great aroma transferred well to the flavour. If it did, it would be fantastic.

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Photo of boblog
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Black, with a medium sized brownish head, which leaves a fair amount of lacing.
Smell: Hop bitterness is strong, and slight roasted malt hint.
Taste:Hop flavor is both strong and good, the taste melds into a nice fruite like flavor, and has a moderately warm dry finish.
Mouthfee: Nice medium velevet body, highly carbonated.
Drinkablity: Pretty damn drinkable for a porter.
Overall: This a moderate porter in both taste and alcohol.

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Photo of meechum
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Bort11 in trade. Thanks

A - Poured dark black and served at 50 degrees into a pint mug, poured actually a little on the timid side but it created a 3 finger tan head that was tight and very fluffy..as it subsided leaving nice sticky lace around the glass

S - There's a hint of caramel and chocolates in there and the malt is apparent

T - Big flavor of bitter chocolate and roasted malts along with a fruity taste at the end..perhaps a fig or raisin taste...just a pop of hops at the end to cut some of the malty taste..this was excellent

M - Creamy and smooth..nice and thick on the tounge with a slight warmth from the alcohol

D - This is so drinkable..I asked for it in trade and I'm glad I did this should be on the top of the list for any fan of Porters.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to UncleJedi for sending this beer my way. The beer was served lightly chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours inky black with just a hint of ruby opaqueness to light. The head is a thick tan coloration. A map work of lacing remains behind on my glass.

Smell: This beer delivers a very pleasing combination of dark roasted coffee and cocoa. The hops and coffee combo bring a vague pine astringency to the nose.

Taste: This beer delivers the aroma in spades. A bit of sweetness at the start finishing with an earthy dryness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beers body is on the plus side of medium. The carbonation is low but perfect for this beer. This beer drank really fast. I had major problems slowing down enough to properly savior this beer.

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

a: dark dark brown color with about a half inch of head that dissapears slowly leaving a lot of lacing
s: sweet roasted malts, toffee, kind of like a fancy capochino
t: deeply roasted malts, toffy, and fancy coffee, little bitter hops in taste
m: medium bodied beer with average carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this brew

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Photo of JoeyHotrod
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours to a very dark brown, almost black color and the head is nice and thick and lasts awhile. Lacing is quite good throughout the duration of the beer.

The smell is of roasted malts, with a slight chocolate and coffee scent as well.

This is a beer that goes down so easy it's scary. The taste is slightly bitter, again with chocolate and coffee aspects as well. All mesh perfectly and the beer goes down as easily as water.

Given both the low abv and the fact that this beer goes down smoothly as smooth gets, this would make a perfect session beer.

While I wouldn't rate most Boulevard Beers as great, I would rate most as being good. This in my opinion is their one offering worthy of being called great.

Only wish all the Boulevard line was of this caliber.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mmmmbeer for the chance to sample this beer.

Aroma: Big sharp roasted grain profile with some hop bitterness noted in the background. As the beer warms I get walnuts, cocoa, and French Roast coffee. Very nice.

Appearance: Rich, jet black body with a tan creamy head. Vibrant carbonation noted in the body and the head retention is impressive.

Flavor: Roasted bitterness up front. Almost a burnt character but it's very subtle and pleasant...like burnt marshmallows. Hop bitterness is definitely present but you have to search for it under all the roasted notes. More cocoa and espresso character throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Finishes dry, clean, and slightly astringent.

Overall impression: A big, roasty, flavorful robust porter. The roasted character pushes the envelope but it's restrained enough to make this a very drinkable beer. Well done.

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

Bully! Porter pours out a dark, opaque brownish-black color with a thick dark tan head. Lots of chunky lacing.A film of bubbles tops the beer until the end.

The aroma has some dark chocolate, lots of coffee, and some burnt woodiness to it. I like how it smells, but I wish it was just a little more assertive.

Wow..this is one tasty porter. Bitter coffee, wood, dark chocolate, caramel...it's all here. Yum.

Good, medium body. Maybe a tad too carbonated, but I can deal with it. I could easily drink a six pack of these while watching a football game. I wish it was available in these parts. This one will stay on my wants list for a while. Thanks to whomever it was that sent me this bottle.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz pint glass.

A: Dark coffee brown that lightens slightly towards the bottom of the glass. Sticky lace sheeting as well.

S: Nice aromas of brown sugar, toffee, and molassas.

T: Burnt malt, brown sugar, toffee, molassas, bitter hops, with a nice whack of espresso.

M: Prickly and bitter with an oddly tangy finish.

D: Very refreshing for a porter. Sessionable?

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Photo of OKCNittany
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, in a pint glass - at my corner bar (one of the only worthwhile beers there)

A: Near black w/ a thick foamy head. Decent retention. Left a nice lacing.

S: Smells of chocolate & roasted malts - a little coffee - a very inviting aroma.

T: The flavor follows on the aroma - but with enough hop presence to give it excellent balance. Overall, a very nice flavor.

M: Medium body w/ good carbonation. Fairly dry finish - nothing special, but no complaints here.

D: Very drinkable - a complex enough flavor that I don't tire of it even after too many. With a reasonable ABV & no noticable taste of alcohol, it's a good thing the bar is within walking distance of home.

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

Thanks to unclejedi for sending this my way. Poured from a 12oz. brown twist off bottle into my nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a translucent dark brown color with about two fingers of light tan head. Minimal lacing is left on the glass as I make my way to the bottom. Smells of caramel, cocoa, mild coffee and molasses. Tastes of mocha, semi-sweet malt, and bitter hops. Medium in body but slightly over carbonated for my tastes. Finish is dry and bitter. Worth a try if you have the chance.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours a dark black, darker than some stouts that I’ve seen, with a frothy two finger head that takes a good fifteen minute to settles to a thick cap. The foam leaves behind thick chunks on the inside of my glass.

Smell; very pleasant coffee and choclate malts dominate, with a little caramel, and a nice bit of a hops presence as well.

Taste; coffee and chocolate definitely come to the fore, with a touch of anise, and nice roasted bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a bit of a lively carbonation, and the drinkabiity is really good. Until the smokestack series comes out, this is the best that Boulevard has to offer, in my opinion.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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 +9.3%
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 +13.8%
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 +5%
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 +8.5%
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 +6.6%
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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Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1,153 ratings
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