RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think this is Boulevard’s best beer. Nice roasted aroma and flavor. I usually prefer the more robust porters to the dry porters. But, as for Dry Porters, this is a good beer.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark-brown walnut color, not quite opague. Smell is milk chocolate, weak coffee, and dry toast. Mouthfeel hard but thin. A little low on the chocolate and a little high on the dry toast for me. A dryish version of a porter. Not bad. Could stand being thicker and sweeter.
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bully! Porter poured dark brown and came crowned was large light brown head. It produced a pleasent sweet aroma. The flavor, while having elements of sweetness, was subdued enough that made me second guess its classification. The predominant flavor was a dry roast coffee with a slight bitterness. It finished smooth without much aftertaste.
jefcon (1537) - 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 beer’s 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 (4615) - 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 I’d like. They could definitely add some better English hops. Maybe it’s 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 (2570) - 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 blvd’s
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 that’s almost stout-like. Good winter warmer.
Frank (3600) - 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 wasn’t 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): I’d say this was more of a stout than a porter due to it’s 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 world’s better porters.