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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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 35
Reviews by Strix:
Photo of Strix
3.52/5  rDev +15.8%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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 augustgarage
3.37/5  rDev +10.9%
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 tempest
3.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

OK good. I'm not the only one who didn't think much of this beer. It's certainly not bad, but I've had darker brown ales than this porter. There's a thin toffee and caramel flavor that finishes with a hint of roast malt and watery bitter coffee finish. The beer isnt even close to black, it's a clear reddish-brown. I've had worse dark session beers, but don't call this a porter.

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Photo of bashiba
1.67/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured the lightest shade of amber I have ever seen for a porter, just a hair darker than Gray's Amber ale.

The smell has the typical gray's musty basementy yeast smell along with a bit of a sweet malt odor.

The flavor is thin with a touch of chocolate and a bit of a sour yeast flavor, unpleasant and unporter like.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Another failed attempt by Gray's, not a porter by any stretch.

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Photo of jessb_55
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dhannes
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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 Rowold27
3.12/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of deadbody
2.02/5  rDev -33.6%
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 Hendrick24
3.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of peabody
2.55/5  rDev -16.1%
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 bigbeers84
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Slyjoker87
2.43/5  rDev -20.1%
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 +21.7%
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 Packman4IL
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of pathman
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of BLarson31
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jakea
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Jimboe
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of djwhit24
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Savan
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
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 DabblinWiscCraft
3.31/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Tone
2.7/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber. 1/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight biscuit, slight hops, and some lager cleanliness. Odd, so far no roasted malt characteristics. I don't believe this fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight roasted malt, hops background, some sweet malt in the finish. Fairly smooth finish, but not strong in body by any means. An almost watery feel for a Porter. Overall, not a real good example of a Porter, but also oddly not a bad beer, just not what I would consider a Porter.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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 EvanWilliams
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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