jefcon (1277) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nots of malt and caramel, more reminiscent fo a stout than of a porter. Reddish brown with a slight diminishing head. This beerís high points are on flavor, with a heavy roast chocolate presence dominates. Lacing follows the beer down the glass. There be hops here, and they are well-developed in the brew. Best effort from this brewer.
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bully Porter is another fine contribution from Boulevard. Roasted malts and a nice boquet of flavors, coffee and chocolate. Yes, you can notice the hops. Nice finish, and a good look about it.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought a sixer of this on the recommendation of the St. Louis crew during my August vacation. This beer pours a dark brown color with a small to medium sized off tan head which dissipated quickly. Good lacing, swirly creamy apperance.... aroma of cocoa, vanilla, but also a heavy roast, hop and pineyness. The flavor is medium to full bodied, but extremely creamy and smooth body. Silky to the texture... cocoa, vanilla, roasty beans, pine cones, hoppy bitter mid-finish. Fairly dry cottonmouth finish...sweet but well balanced. Little in the way of excess carbonation... tongue coatingly silky mouthfeel...one of the most subtle but great palate feels out there.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 25, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2006 2004 bottle compliments of Chris (csbosox) thanks for the amazing trade. Look forward to another! Pours a dark brown with some deep auburn/mahogany highlights. Good creamy head, tan and lasting. Aroma of lightly nutty hops and brown malts, with some light yeast accents and a mild creamy butter aroma. Flavor is very restrained and mild, with an easygoing english chocolate and toffee mixed well with light hopping. Overall, a dry, moderately roasty porter, with a smooth, lightly creamy body. The flavor is a bit too restrained for my liking, but the bottle conditioning and sediment in the bottom provide a full experience. It dosent seem lacking in the yeast department, just needs more malt. Easy to drink.
2004 bottle from heemer77! Hmm, well wasnt as enamoured this time around (2 weeks later, hah). Still a good mouthfeel and good yeast presence, but less malt than Iíd like. They could definitely add some better English hops. Maybe itís just because I had it recently, but the hops presence in Freeminer Deep Shaft (fuggles) would be awesome in this. Nice smoke and deep green fruitiness would be perfect.
MIBRomeo (2460) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2004 pours a very dark brown w/ a thin dark tan head very roasty malty coffee smell w/ hints of citrus. the palate was fairly dry like a stout w/ good carbonation. Good flavor but fairly dry.. hints of bitter chocolate.. like chocolate and hopps but not hopps.. quite smooth and easy to drink.
Thanks to heemer for the blvdís
BrewGuru (12) - USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A fine porter, with a good roasted flavor, like a stiff cup of coffee. Nice balance, dry finish, nice creamy head thatís almost stout-like. Good winter warmer.
Frank (2224) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2011 My original rating for this feels a bit naive but whatever, I wasnít far off. This is a nice porter w/ a deep chocolaty nose. Texture is medium bodied but drinkable w/ a solid hop bitterness in the finish to combat the moderate sweetness. Same rating as before. Take that 2004!
Original rating (3.6): Iíd say this was more of a stout than a porter due to itís roasty character. It pours nice and black, deep garnet when held to a light. A little bit of the old head but not much. Nose, as I said, is very roasty and very nice for that matter with a bit of a floral note. Very smooth but flavorful with no harsh bitterness or astringency really. Quite dry and very pleasant. One of the worldís better porters.
csbosox (1215) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Tasted at 52 degrees. Pours black, with a reddish tint, had a tan head that subsided quickly. Great aroma. Coffee, sweet malt, citrus rinds, bittersweet chocolate. Flavor is roasty and coffee-like, but also has a nice flowery/fruity hop flavor that is fighting to be noticed. This is really nicely balanced. The finish is dry with a nice flavor. The mouthfeel is very good and creamy. I have lived in the Lawrence/KC area for over 10 years and this one had slipped under my radar the entire time, shame on me. This might be one of my new "always in the fridge" beers.
pinotwinelover (17) - USA - DEC 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This barley driven porter reminds me of barley wine without the alcohol, so I really like it.
barleyPops (1138) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. dark brown in color with a hint of red, nice creamy beige head with moderate lace. aroma of roasted coffee. Only my second Porter and while this is good and tastey, the Bellís Porter was much smoother.