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

12-oz bottle into small glass mug

A - large medium-tan head over a transparent body of black with red-orange highlights; visible carbonation; nice trail of lace

S - roast malts, dark chocolate, coffee, lactic quality, smoke, hint of dark fruits

T - rich coffee and chocolate, citrusy hops in the middle, smoky bitter finish

M - lighter end of medium-bodied, average carbonation, smooth and creamy

O - not bad; an average porter

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz poured into a pint glass.
Review from notes:

A – Pours a garnet hued dark brown, 2 fingers of firm tan head than retains very well. Loads of horizontal lacing.

S – Rich chocolate and caramel, roasted malts, creamy coffee.

T – Follows the nose with milk chocolate and caramel, slightly toasted, citrus pops up in the middle and adds bitterness, hints of coffee underneath, hints of vanilla, finishes with roasted chocolate malts. Bitterness flows into the finish a bit.

M – Moderate carbonation, silky feel.

Very focused porter that drinks like kinda like a stout. Chocolate, coffee, and roasted with a balanced sweetness. Good mouthfeel. Very impressed by this one.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque extremely dark brown, almost black in color with some highlights of reddish brown when held up to the light and moderate amounts of visible carbonation along the surface at the edges of the glass. The beer has a three finger tall frothy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a dense half finger tall patch covering the majority of the center of the beer with a thinner layer between that and the thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted and burnt malts with some lighter notes of coffee.

T: There is a moderate to strong flavor of very dark roasted malts including some hints of burnt malts and charcoal. After the malt flavors, there are also moderate flavors of bittersweet chocolate and espresso (bitter coffee) that is almost burnt. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly fuller than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and coats the inside of your mouth/tongue.

O: Probably a bit closer to a stout than a porter in mouthfeel but that likely improves it a little in my opinion. Easy to drink and enjoyable - I would definitely have another but not sure this could be a session beer for me.

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

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark brown with a light tan head and lacing. Porter aroma of roasted and dark malt. Light smoky and roasted malts, a hint of chocolate. Light to medium bodied. Nothing outstanding, but a solid low ABV porter.

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Photo of kagent777
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new (or at least newly noticed) addition to the Utah system, so I had to give it a try. 12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: This one pours beautifully! Three fingers of billowing head sit on top of brown beer with ruby highlights as you hold it up to the light. Looks like there is a scoop of vanilla ice cream the way the head settled. Nice lacing.

Smell: Coffee, roasted malts, and some herbal earthy hops. To be honest, the smell is a little muted because of the large head.

Taste: The taste is quite good. Grainy roasted malts with a bit of coffee or slight cocoa flavor. Mild bitterness from the hops with some astringency from the roast.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is soft and plentiful wile the body is smooth. Plenty of flavor to coat the mouth.

Overall: I enjoyed this porter quite a lot and will get some more of it down the road.

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

Pours a dark dark brown with a thick and creamy tan head that's still has a pinky lingering halfway through. Mainly roasted grain on the nose; burnt coffee is a good description coming through as well. Lacing really hanging on 2/3 of the way through, and mouthfeel eases off as well as beer warms. Pronounced bitterness, especially in the aftertaste. Little to no hop aroma, little to no sweetness. I like a little more sweetness or hop aroma, but this would be killer with some KC style burnt ends!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark-chocolate brown with a very thick light tan head that leaves heavy lacing. Smoky aroma has notes of licorice, molasses and coffee. Scrumptious flavor fills the mouth with quality coffee, molasses, chocolate and burnt hops notes plus a hint of licorice. Texture has decent body and plenty of fizz. Let it "bully" you.

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Photo of RickS95
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium to dark brown, has some lightness to it. The head is thick and fluffy, slightly off-brown, and looks like a toffee foam. As the head falls, the lacing looks great on the glass.

Upon pour, there's little smell, but as the beer warms, roasted malt scents chase the nose, followed by faint coffee notes.

Deep roasted barley malt, charcoal, burnt coffee; possibly bittersweet chocolate. More bitter coffee deep into the finish.

Very stout like. It's creamy and really coats your tongue. Only slightly sweet, which is why I think it's more like a stout. Very bitter finish with the hops, chocolate and coffee adding to the pucker.

I'd appreciate a bit more sweetness, but this was a good beer. Another point or two of ABV would be welcome too. But an easy beer to drink.

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

I like this porter. The look of it is a nice cloudy brown. Head on it is fantastic; brown, thick, creamy, and stays with the beer the entirety of the pint. The smell is a nice mellow nutty smokey scent, though its doesn't belie the flavor. Flavor is good. What I expect out of a porter. Again; smoky, nutty, and a great balance with a nice hop note on the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, very clean while bubbly.

Overall a strong porter. Well done.

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Photo of darthhamby
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer poured out a rich dark brown with a two inch creamy tan head.

Smell: I savored the roasted espresso notes immediately and the faint smell of black currants and charcoal.

Taste: The roasted coffee flavors spontaneously blended well with the chocolate at the end of a rich well balanced porter.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was attuned for a porter and enjoyed the slight bitterness at the end.

Overall: I had this again with a BBQ burnt ends dinner at Jack Stack's BBQ in KC, MO and found this to be a perfect union between beer and BBQ. This is a wonderful example of how an American Porter should be, not too strong for the weak of heart but robust and satisfying for the experienced beer connoisseur.

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

Pours a dark brown with light mocha head, not as dense as other porters nor dark.

Smell is heavy on the chocolate malt less, no real coffee smell for me. Taste is more more chocolate and a bit creamy like a milk stout, which leaves a nice lingering taste. Not that bitter in the finish, but creamy smooth.

A nice porter.

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Photo of philbe311
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers worth of densely packed slighly foamy light khaki colored head with a cloud like rocky top... Stellar retention... Interesting carbonation of small micro sized bubbles that are very rapid paced an appear mostly at the bottom and top of the glass... The color is a flat black... A very appealing appearance... Loads of lacing cling to the sides of the glass...

S - Subdued but pleasant... Lightly roasted malts... Some milk chocolate notes as well... A bit of caramel... Perhaps a touch of marshmallow...

T - Roasted malts... Milk chocolate... A bit of molasses... A slightly burnt texture... A pronounced bitter finish...

M -Medium bodied... A bit sleek... Light but biting carbonation... A bit chewy... A slightly chalky finish...

D - A rock solid American Porter... Lots of character and flavor for its relatively low 5.2% ABV... I could drink this on a regular basis, but unfortunately it's not available to me on a regular basis... Boulevard has a very nice brew on their hands...

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Photo of imasloth
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark almost black- Bit of a caramel color when held to light (on angle through bottom of glass not straight through). High carbonation. Large cafe/tan-coloured head and light lacing.

S- Fairly tame. Some bittering hops, light roasted malt and a hint of chocolate.

T- Sweet and hop bitterness followed by rich dark malt.

M- Light-bodied, pretty smooth, some bitter afterfeel.

O- Fairly nondescript. Really just OK. There are certainly better porters out there.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.86/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

really dark brown pour with a dense cap over the top. nice.
Aroma is roasty and has a good dosage of chocolate in it.
The flavors are a dark chocolate, but i am getting some lactose flavors in it that i am not enjoying as much. There is a good helping of Roasted malts as you would expect from a porter also.
The mouthfeel is medium-thin bodied with a low amount of carbonation.

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Photo of kjyost
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle BB 29/6/12 acquired as part of a mixed 12 at Happy Harry's Grand Forks North. Poured ~4C into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Stellar. Tons of tan head (2-3 fingers) that laces the whole way down. It sits atop an opaque brown/black body with edges of ruby red that are clear.
S: Fairly muted. Some sweetness and roasted malts. Not much else. Disappointing actually.
T: Roasted malts dominate obviously, but there is a fair amount of other stuff going on here. Some caramel sweetness, light earthy hops, some hints of molasses... Solid body.
M: Full rich mouthfeel with some silkiness to it.
O: A rock solid effort here in a style I am fairly unfamiliar with. Certainly a beer I would enjoy again.

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Photo of McNealc31
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, but not quite black. Chocolate, wood, and cherries fill the nose. Roasted flavors dominate the palate and a kick of bitterness speaks to a higher hops level than most porters. Charred wood, slightly overdone coffee and dark cherries come through in the flavor, as well.

It's different than a lot of porters. Definitely hoppier. Considering they use 5 kinds of hops, that's not surprising. This is on the side of hoppy porter more than it is Black IPA. Mouthfeel also might not be as creamy and smooth as other porters. Still tasty.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a most excellent porter! pours jet black, with a fluffy tan head more than 2 inches tall. no light gets through. smells incredibly darkly roasted, coffee notes, and some bold yeast as well. the flavor is extremely bold, with just a quick yeast hit up front followed by that thick roasted kick and a bitter coffee/hop finish. it really stands out as unique to me, and just a massive profile of flavor. mouthfeel is just a tad over carbonated in my opinion, full bodied to the max, but a beer you could easily and enjoyably make a night of. bravo to boulevard for this gem!

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Photo of TheCondor
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm actually drinking my third one of these tonight, so it's about time I got off my arse and reviewed this brew. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a Darth Vader black color with a big, rich, creamy tan head which takes about half the beer to finally go away. Superb lacing throughout the brew.

Smell - Dark chocolate, coffee, all the things we love in a hearty porter. Very interesting.

Taste - Certainly a coffee puch up front, followed by a nice dark chocolate on the backside. Nice and rich but not overwhelming, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Enough carbonation to make things interesting, not too much. A bit of a bitter tinge to the aftertaste, which I like. Makes me know I'm drinking good beer. The chocolate and bitter taste stayed with me for a while after drinking this brew.

Overall - Very easy to use this as a session brew. This is an excellent example of an American Porter, very well balanced, not too strong. It's easy to drink a bunch of these. I really enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of Lemke10
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this as part of a M&M 6-pack from Binny’s in Downer’s Grove, IL for $9.99 in Early 2012.

Pours a very dark brown/black color with a fluffy light brown head. Scent is mostly of robust malts and cocoa. Taste is heavy and flavorful. Has a robust cocoa sugar taste that is smooth. Finishes with a dry, slightly bitter after taste. Great Drinkability and well made.

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

This is a nice porter that had some nice smoke after the lid is poppped. What pours is a very dark black brews that makes a big foamy tan head that sustained a long time with some nice lacing.

The taste is strong and full with burnt roasty mocha nut taste. This is a bitter sweet flavor that is balanced well. I prefer a sugary sweet porter generally but this has more hoppy bitterness. However the mocha flavors is very nice on the tongue. Thick and lovely amount of flavor.

Pretty smooth and drinkable beer. Carbonation is fizzy but not too big and bubbly or overwhelming.

a great beer that goes down well with some Charles Gayle saxophone that is inspired by Coltrane. william Hooker's trio cd "Monsoon" would also be a nice choice for this American style Porter.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Briefly chilled 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip pint. Best-by date on bottle says 4.14.12.

Look- Pours a dark ruby brown/black with three fingers of toasted marshmallow-colored head. Settles to an off-center half inch of dense foam after about five minutes. Fair amount of sticky looking webby lacing, though it's sparser than I'd like to see from a hearty porter. Pretty respectable, all things considered.

Smell- Light and spicy for a porter. Cinnamon, roasted grain, semi-sweet chocolate, French roast coffee, and a touch of aromatic hardwood. Maybe some candied plum. Swirling brings out a bit of bitterness and booze. Hits all the right notes and adds something intriguing- very nice.

Taste- Starts out like black coffee with a hint of sweetness, before rolling over into dark chocolate. Somewhere in the middle there's a flush of black cherry, followed by a light smoky flavor. Finishes with notes of coffee, loamy earth, and a dark green pine-like flavor. Aftertaste is roasty and savory. Manages to feel light on it's feet despite the strong dark flavors.

Mouthfeel- Rich, not quite syrupy. The texture is something like watered down eggnog. A moderate amount of carbonation asserts itself at the front of the sip, emphasizing the creaminess on the swallow. As I mentioned before, it comes off as fairly light nonetheless. Somewhat dry on the finish, but not as cottony as some roasty beers get. I wouldn't mind having a couple of these.

Overall- Pretty darn good, and quite sessionable for a porter. Complex enough to keep things interesting without going overboard. I'll be keeping an eye out for this one.

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

Deep brown to coffee/chocolate type color. Very nice head and plenty of lacing.

It's got a sweet, roasted, woodland type smell. not real strong, but pleasant and on par with the taste.

The taste is very fine. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and smoke. Downright delicious if you ask me.

Mouthfeel is thick and tangy, with plenty of carbonation and a nice, lingering, slightly bitter, smoky aftertaste.

Drinkability: Pretty darn high. A nice, tasty beer that might complement a medium rare porterhouse steak quite nicely. Well, at least that's what food I'd like to have right now, perhaps the beer is giving me ideas about what to cook for dinner.

Overall rating: Thank you sir! May I have another!

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

poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a very dark brown color with a nice and defined head.

Very well balanced aromas of toffee, roasted caramel, roasted malts, and some bits of smoke and coffee. Good complex aromas but with nothing completely jumping out

full bodied with very good flavors of roast coffee, toffee, caramel and a bit of smoke. The feel is a slight bit of a let down as it is slightly hollow in the middle

An extremely good porter. Excellent lacing with very good aromas and good flavors.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark dark brown with lots of tan sticky foam

Smell: Roasted malty sweet smell with a little bit of earthiness.

Taste: Roasted bitterness that has a slight sweetness to it. There is a nice aftertaste that only stays around for a good amount of time.

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

Have had from tap before when visiting KC, but this one was from a bottle. Pours dark amber nearing opaque with 2 fingers of foam that dissipates. Smooth caramel and a bit of roasted coffee. Moderate carbonation and a very solid porter from Boulevard. Have bought multiple times, it is one of my favorite from this brewery, and although not as popular as unfiltered wheat, one of the better beers that they make.

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