I think that for the average beer drinker, Porters (and their cousins the Stouts) often get a bad name. People judge this style so quickly before they ever let their tongues decide. Despite the name, the Bully! Porter from Boulevard Brewing Company by way of Kansas City, MO is a very palatable beer. Grab a six-pack and some Carolina ribs and you've got yourself a great day!
The big Bully Porter isn't the stereotypical in your face black coffee stout variety. Although it is Bottle Conditioned, it has a real clean body to it. Like most that leave a little finishing to take place in the bottle, it possesses some residual residue but Boulevard made this Porter to be enjoyed by a very large audience. Some how it reminds me of a Really great homebrew!
The name suggest that this beer is going to be in your face and pretty over powering, which just isn’t true. A favorite of craft breweries today is the 2-row malt, featuring some Pale and Wheat barley. I really enjoyed how fresh these lighter malts kept the Porter although it does have the roasted undertones and chocolate nose that you'd expect from a beer of this style. It's just not a Bulling presence.
Boulevard Brewing Company has grown to be the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest, with full or partial distribution currently in 19 states. They of course have a flagship or two they rely on, but because of their success Boulevard has really reached into artisanal beers (mostly ales).
Good job KC!