Bully Porter | Gray's Brewing Company

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Bully PorterBully Porter

Brewed by:
Gray's Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by bashiba on 02-10-2009

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Photo of Savan
3.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours black, smells like something from the black lagoon, tastes is a lil sour lil bitta. mouth feel is mouth feel is light. Over all not terrible... not great either. I am not impressed and would never buy this beer again.

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Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Has a twist off cap. Pours brilliant chestnut brow with a thin cream colored film covering the top.
S: Chocolate, traces of oxidation, light roast, nothing harsh or burnt.
T: Chocolate malt, dark sugars, slight oxidation. The beer is malt driven. Hops are medium to medium low. Some graininess from the malt.
F: Medium body to slightly above and medium to medium low carbonation.
O: Not bad but nothing special. The brewer should provide a bottle date and get rid of the twist off cap.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.31/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Nabbed a bottle from a six-pack my dad had purchased. No bottling code that I can see. Poured right from the fridge into an imperial pint glass.

L: Pours a cola brown--reddish at the edges where the light strikes through--with a tan head that is also somewhat reminiscent of cola. The head is only about a quarter-inch, and it dissipates very quickly to just a slight ring. Moderate visible carbonation at the edges.

S: A nice bouquet on this one: Caramel and roasted malts are the most prominent notes. Molasses, vanilla, and chocolate also make their presence felt. Just a touch of licorice in the mix, as well.

T: After the promise of the nose, the taste is a bit disappointing. All the aforementioned notes are present, but they are all quite muted and watered-down. The front has caramel and roasted malts, accompanied by a bit of molasses. The middle introduces a bit of vanilla and chocolate, with the malts still asserting themselves. The back end has some more of the thin chocolate and vanilla flavor, with just a touch of licorice. Again, these flavors could all use some intensifying.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied, this one--as I've said--feels too thin and watered-down. Drinks a little flat, as well. Very clean-finishing. It certainly is quite drinkable, but this is at the expense of what should be a heftier style.

O: This one could have been a very nice porter, but it suffers from those muted flavors and thin body. If you're looking for a porter you can session for hot summer days, this one might be for you. I probably won't be returning to it.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bully Porter pours a black color with a small head. There is a big roasted aroma with nice hints of chocolate and vanilla. The taste has a weak flavor, a crisp malt backbone with some hints of chocolate. The body is watery and a little flat. Overall its a very average porter, some weaker flavors.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a bit generic, but a nice dark porter exhibiting the roasty side of the malt spectrum, rather than the chocolate one. its light in body maybe even thin for the style, but has a great grain depth, ranging from coffee bean to ashy charred wood. coffee is the most dominant flavor, low acidity but plenty of roast and bitterness too. the finish is quick though, maybe a little burton ale yeast or something, a little character there. the body is a little on the thin side for me, but it lets me drink a bit more of it. carbonation is also right where it should be, medium and relaxed for the style. gummy finish after the swallow that i dont really love, but i would happily drink more than this one bottle if i had it.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle drank out tha bottle.

Had this at a place where the only other choices were tecate, old milwaukee, and lime-a-rita. That said, this really did the trick. Light powdery cocoa in the nose and taste, some stale malts, light but not watered down.

Would buy it at a bargain..

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Photo of MikieV
3.07/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours about the same color as a cola into my pint glass. Thin tan head quickly fades with no lacing.
scent is a little roasty, coffee like with a touch of chocolate and a little funky musty scent.
Mouthfeel is thin, with an odd carbonation for this type of beer.
Flavor is fairly smooth, very mild roasted coffee and chocolate. Very mild. Some would say watered down, I just think very mild.
Dry finish, no out of place or obnoxious flavors.
I have had much better porters, but I have also had much worse.
My wife brought home a sampler, and this was one of them. Like it or not, I have another to drink.
As a note, I poured this one at about 50 degrees or so, as I was not patient enough to let it fully cool.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.37/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Central Waters shaker pint.

Bottle glass brown liquid, very dark but still clear, topped by a thin smattering of khaki foam. Light sandy lacing; average retention.

Cocoa and coffee in the nose.

Faintly sour palate entry with roast barley and a touch of specialty malt as well. Mild clean bitterness from hops and a touch of chocolate and loam in the finish.

Relatively light-bodied and perhaps a little thin and lacking carbonation, but not terribly so.

Unexceptional but perfectly drinkable porter, free of off notes.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.07/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Red-cocoa with a thin off white head. Retains at a slick. Minimal lacing.
S- Pleasant milk chocolate and toffee aromas. A bit of cherry as well.
T- Not as well rounded as the nose. It has some general moderately toasted malts, but there is minimal dark roasted flavors. A bit of fruit.
M- Light body and too aggressive of carb.
O- This beer was kind of mediocre for me. The nose is nice, but it needs to have a bit more roasted flavor for it to be better. I'm kind of disappointed.

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Photo of peabody
2.55/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out really thin and not very dark. Looks like a watery cup of coffee. Amlost no bubbles and no lacing.
Charred malts hit the nose first then some yeast burn and slight hop. Chocolate and coffee but faint, very faing.
Taste is watered down malts followed by caramel and coffee.Very little raisin bread here.
Mouthfeel is way too clean for a porter.
Overall, it's not a bad taste , just a weak taste. All of the flavors are here, just not as much of them as I would like.

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Photo of DrinkinViking
1.71/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Looks damn well like a stout coming out of the bottle, albeit without the same viscosity. Black as night with a caramel head.

S - Light notes of spice and chocolate, with molasses creeping in at the back. Not overt whatsoever, very faint.

T - The greatest disappointment: taste. It tasted like a very lightly malted water really. Almost nonexistent notes of molasses and chocolate on the back half with an almost salty aftertaste. Unfortuately, the presence of the taste was somewhere between a 1 and 2 on a scale of 10.

M - The mouthfeel was light and smooth but again like water, and I expect something a little more hearty from a porter.

O - In my opinion this beer drank like water with very little added. The only real plus was that all alcohol was masked; however, at the price of flavor I feel it was not worth the sacrifice. Maybe give it more time or something to make it bolder and it could be solid.

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Photo of BDIMike
2.71/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a jet black color with tan shades when held to the light. A very thin white head is created but dissipates within seconds of pouring out.
Smell does not have much going on. A bit of a strong chocolate smell, but nothing else to the nose.
Taste is okay. Some fresh cocoa in this porter, but much like the nose, there is not much to the taste besides that.
Mouthfeel is nice. The best part of this beer. Smooth with a nice medium thickness.
Drinkability is not the worst. I could drink a good amount of these but not special enough to keep drinking. Not terrible, but not great either.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.42/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 8-pack Gray's Sampler from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Spring 2011 for $10.39.

Pours a very dark brown color with a very thin head that disolves quickly. Has scents of roasted malts, with some toffee/coffee hints. Taste is thin with flavors of coffee, roasted malts, caramel. Texture is rather light and thin as this beer drinks much too quickly than it should. Got to love this beer since it's made in my hometown and supports local jobs, but as far as American Porters on BA, this is an average beer.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks Rob for the sample.

Poured dark brown with a foamy head that disappeared very quickly. Smell was dark malt, chocolaty. Taste was more of the same although too sweet, and the body was medium to light with low carbonation, giving the beer a taste that was somewhere in the neighborhood of Ovaltine.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.58/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Porter can be difficult for me. This one is. It's very swet abd flat. It has a decent hops aroma mixed in that mess.

The brew has almost no head and no lace. It's black as it should be. The smell is mostly of malts.

I have enjoyed many beers on my trip through Southern Wisconsin and many have been better than expected. This one is not so much. I will avoid this (on the fat chance that I would ever again find it).

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Photo of Slyjoker87
2.43/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass that I got from New Glarus Brewing.

A - Dark Brown with no light showing through, the head was almost nonexistent and receded almost instantly

S - Strongly of malt, chocolate and some coffee.

T- The maltiness comes off too strong, or perhaps thats just the coffee. It's more bitter than I would have liked for a porter, and the lasting taste is somewhat unpleasant. It's like drinking a bad cup of coffee.

M - Feels about average, nothing special.

D - The harshness of this beer is a major downside to its overall drinkability. I want to like this, because I love porters, but it just doesn't pass muster. If anything, this is an immature porter that they need to tweak more to get it to top quality.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.7/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer as part of a mixed eight pack from grays. I got it from The Lager Mill for $10.99. So far I have enjoyed all the beers in this eight pack so lets see how this one stacks up. There might be a bottling date, but I can't decode it. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- The label is a picture of Fred the bulldog standing in front of an old wooden barn, it looks ok. This beer poured a very dark brown, borderline black. It had two and a half fingers worth of tan foam that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end.

S- I pick up large amounts of roasted caramel malts. It smells semi sweet, and I pick up some chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Smells like a low alcohol stout.

T- This beer tastes pretty similar to the aroma. The roasted caramel malts are there in full force and impart lots of good chocolate and caramel flavors. This beer is a little sweet and has a slightly bitter finish that really works with this brew. The flavor is pretty robust and roasty, it tastes pretty similar to a low alcohol stout.

M- Medium light bodied with good carbonation.

Overall this was a good porter. This brew had all the flavors you would expect from a porter, but amped up more. This beer blurs the line between stouts and porters. Out of the 4 beers in the eight pack this one was my favorite. I would recommend this to people who enjoy stouts and porters.

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Photo of dhannes
3.38/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled into a standard pint glass and consumed between 45º and 55º.

A=Brown, but with grayish tint; foam was short and was gone within a minute.

S=Hint of roasted malt.

T=Too much like a stout for my liking; bitter, tangy.

M=Nice, better than some.

D=Very hard at first due to harsh taste; second half was a bit more drinkable.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
2.12/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a deep brown color (striking burgundy when held up to the light) The head is rich and thick but seems to have a generally poor attitude about sticking around, at about a half a finger the receding seems to have slowed to a stop so there you go in the end it;s got a tight medium head. All right, what am I smelling here? Doesn't seem too porter-like but there is certainly some saw dust, some cooked vegetables, some mustiness, and some chocolate. Once you get the whiff of the chocolate it's easier to put the other things in the back ground but they never really fully go away. The flavor is better than the aroma, but it's very muted... which I suppose is better than being off or weird. There is a mild tartness, some smoky coffee, some earthy & woody tones. But really everything is pretty subdued. Palate is flabby and watery, not a lot to sink your teeth into. What we have here is a serious highlander case, I'm sorry Gray's but there can only be one Bully Porter.

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Photo of garymuchow
2.9/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Given to me by my brother. I believe it was a part of a mix 12 pack he had purchased at Costso.
Pretty tame aroma. Little sweetness (like a cookie) and mild roast and toast. Also, holds a little base dark malt holding steady.
Head is gone before I could sit down with it, walking about 20 feet. Black with red edges and seems quite clear.
Rather light in body and same with flavor. Has the aspects one would look for in taste, but lacks any sense of boldness, maybe even presence. Very light body, not much above a typical Am. light lager. Adequate carbonation.
Seems kinda' like porter-light, or maybe porter-like. Nothing distasteful, but also nothing to get excited about.
Ten years ago this brewery made a couple of pretty darn good beers. Not sure this is the same brewery as that one.

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Photo of deadbody
2.02/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a Surly pint glass. Nice dark color, small head recedes quickly, no lacing to speak of. No real scent, bad sign. Taste is nothing special, no significant flavors. Super watery mouthfeel, very thin.

Would not buy again, if offered I would probably see what else was there, and I love porters in general.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks again Lukaski for this beer.

Nice two finger head with awesome thick film of tan foam retention throughout all twelve ounces. Very cola like color, but still good enough for my porter standards.

The aroma has a laundry dried roasted grain tahts a little too vagu for my liking. Maybe some musty smelling hops thrown into the mix too, but unsure.

The palate is thin upfront and all the way through to the finish. This doesn'thelp develop any of the roasted, but overall thin in flavor malts. And also the lack luster, somewhat musty hops, don't help matters. This makes me think of what Michelob would call a good porter,not awful, but will not buy again.

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Photo of uwmgdman
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This porter pours a brilliantly clear dark brown with a garnet hue when held to the light. The off-white head is moderate but diminished rather quickly. The aroma is moderately roasty, a hint of grain husk and not much else. The flavor is moederate-low roasted malt with a slightly dry finish. The after taste has a bit of metallic quality. The body is thin and carbonation is medium-high. Overall a disappointing beer and a poor example of the style. The flavor is weak; combined with lack of body and overcarbonation---leaves a lot to be desired. Not recommended.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself."

--Harvey S. Firestone

Burnt sienna that becomes dark reddish orange when backlit with this overcast (currently snowing!) early October morning. A thick chunk of ecru colored foam stays put for a time, then slowly deflates, leaving small dots and spots of melty lace as it does so.

The nose is consistent with the ingredients list. This brew is a so-called brown porter (as opposed to a roasted or chocolate malty robust porter) and contains nothing darker than caramel malt. It's no surprise, then, that dark caramel and a medium-dark fruitiness leads the olfactory parade.

Even though Bully is brewed to be an extremely light, easy drinking porter, and should be reviewed as such, it still doesn't have what it takes to be considered good beer. Having said that, it's still above average and is probably pretty sessionable.

This new-for-2009 offering actually tastes more like an English brown ale than a porter of whatever stripe, which sort of fits with the English bulldog on the label. The brewer (Fred) calls the dog (Bully), a 'slobber dog', which is exactly the image he wanted for his new mouth-watering brew. Okay then.

The flavor profile consists of lightly sweet brown bread, caramel, a hint of cocoa and a modest tea leaf bitterness. There's a faint citrusy tang, but I would never have guessed Cascade hops. Given the skimpy malt backbone, more hoppiness would not have worked well at all.

With an ABV that's somewhere in the vicinity of 4.5%, the mouthfeel is respectable. Sure, it's light, but it isn't watery. A few more bubbles might have helped, as long as they didn't contribute a sharp-edged fizziness.

If I hadn't taken the time and effort necessary to learn the brewer's goal, I would almost certainly have scored Bully Porter lower. It isn't bad for what it is, but I like more meat on dem bones. Once a big beer lover, always a big beer lover.

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Photo of Strix
3.52/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a clear mahogany, slim head.

Smells malty mainly. A bit weak.

Taste is malty, with hints of roastedness, sweetness, and cola. Interesting and sort of nice. Doesn't really feel like a porter though, more like a brown ale to me.

Mouthfeel thin, carbonation flat.

The taste on this was fine but simple, and mouthfeel was weak. As a porter, this falls short, but overall this was passable.

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