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Bobo's Robust Porter - Big Sky Brewing Company

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212 Ratings
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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
32 IBU

(Beer added by: loren01 on 09-05-2006)
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Reviews by DonDirkA:
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-26-2012 10:54:17 | More by DonDirkA
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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours extra thick and oily with a tan head.

Aroma has burnt coffee, chocolate, and smoke.

Flavors are similar with the burnt coffee bean showing more and blending nicely with smoke. It has a rather bitter mouthfeel that could definately be smoothed out for even more enjoyment.

Overall, this would be a good breakfast beer, but nothing outstanding. There are better examples of the style.

02-06-2010 01:36:09 | More by brownbeer
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2.55/5  rDev -33.2%

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown black with a large creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet chocolate malts, some acidic coffee and some smoke. It all washes out quickly other than acidic leather.

The flavor is roasted malts with very acidic coffee and a burnt bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and la little watery.

Overall, I remember liking previous bottle much more than this. This one seems to have a lot of off notes and is very acidic.

04-08-2009 02:53:46 | More by Beaver13
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

03-18-2014 05:08:28 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

04-21-2012 18:03:14 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

02-02-2012 03:08:13 | More by Guinnsslvr
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a small tan head. The aroma has a ton of roasted malt and chocolate notes, with a hint of mint thrown in. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of chocolate malt, but what really stands out is the heavily roasted/burnt malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

04-07-2012 03:44:26 | More by Mora2000
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

A: This beer poured a nice dark brown, almost black and a nice thick dark tan head, for some reason didn't stick around.

S: Rich and thick molasses.

T: Tastes really heavy and bold, and not in a good way.

M: Too watery for how heavy and bold it tastes.

D: I'd rate this lower, if I knew they were going to produce it on a regular basis instead of a limited release.


03-22-2010 22:48:19 | More by NicholasCasber
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3.78/5  rDev -1%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

Appearance: Completely opaque black color with cappuccino head that mostly subsides.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Smells as if coffee was added, although I am almost certain it wasn't.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee and licorice. Overall, nice malt taste but needs more bitterness, whether from hops or roasting.

Feel: Low carbonation and pretty smooth, but too thin.

Drinkability: Despite the thin body and relative lack of bitterness, it is a smooth, easy drinking porter.

05-27-2009 02:37:35 | More by bsp77
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

02-18-2014 14:47:21 | More by rhinonau
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

03-11-2014 05:09:22 | More by cmwilliq
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New Mexico

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a clear very very dark brown to black with a really big light brown head, that slowly dies away, leaving a decent lacing as you drink this porter.

The aroma coming off this is a very light roasted with hints of coffee malts.

A decent tasting porter that has a roasted malt with hints of coffee and a slight dark chocolate note. The taste follows through to the aftertaste with its roasted light coffeeness with a nice added dryness.

A pretty good porter for the price, not equal in taste to Murphy's or some of Rogue's stuff but this costs about half the price and is well worth that.

04-22-2010 23:41:49 | More by LXIXME
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3.43/5  rDev -10.2%

A good looking start to Bobo's as it is a deep mahogany brown approaching black. The beer just looks rich and decadent. The head is milk chocolate colored and has a decent amount of lasting ability and lacing.

The nose is a slight step back in robustness contrary to the appearance. There are notes of roasted grains, coffee and dark chocolate but muted in a fizzy kind of way.

Taste follows the same pattern but edges out the nose barely... which is a good thing. The chocolaty, roasted grains are the dominating flavors as the coffee fades into the finish. A tasty brew but not something I'd put in the "robust" category.

Mouthfeel is on the dry side of things with a firm carbonation bite and a bitterness that's reminiscent of burnt coffee stirred with a cheap chocolate bar. A good beer but an average porter. Worth checking out but this is nothing to write home about.

03-23-2012 00:10:38 | More by jbphoto88
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

This beer is nearly black and it's looking pretty thick, too. The head that rises on top is a strong, rocky medium brown one with some staying power and heft. The lacing it leaves clinging to the glass is patchy and plenteous.
This beer is consistent from aroma to flavor and is pretty much a standard-setter for the so-called "robust porter," almost a style in its own right now. Where it keeps from crossing from porter to stout may be a mystery, but it's got the necessities: a big, strong, roasty malt backbone, a dry sort of edge with just a little sweetness cutting the char and roast from being acrid, heavier notes of barley-like grains, and the dark chocolate & coffee (in this case grounds) combo that comes with it all.
The body has the appropriate robustness, not disappointing, in a big, full body with an ashy dryness most of the way though. Crispness is light but sustained with nice smoothness.

04-28-2014 19:17:12 | More by Brenden
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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

Appearance - Pours a near midnight black with brown edging. Head is minimal, 1/2 finger, and retention is poor. Resulting lace is average, but semi-sticky.

Smell - Faint notes of roasted malt, toffee and a touch of hop.

Taste - Follows the nose. Roasted malt, with coffee, caramel and toffee notes. Hops come through as mild citrus.

Mouthfeel - Light for a porter, if not a tad watery. Carbonation is decent, leaving a crisp bite on the lips and tongue. Finishes semi-dry.

Overall - Didn't impress me at first, but grew on me as it warmed. One of the better Big Sky brewery beers for sure.

05-26-2012 08:25:16 | More by TheSixthRing
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4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood - 5/6/2010. Served in a nonic.

Opaque seal brown liquid with a small tan head. Good cakey lacing, thin tears. Average retention.

Roast coffee, chocolate, dark malt - perfectly wedded.

The flavors follow the nose closely, though the depth of malt suggests multiple varieties though not roast levels. A hint of bitterness towards the finish, but more like bittersweet chocolate than hops. Maybe the slightest twinge of diacetyl.

Velvety, rich, medium-bodied feel with moderate carbonation.

Great with food, enjoyable alone, the best thing I've tried so far from this brewery.

05-11-2010 21:50:58 | More by augustgarage
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3.79/5  rDev -0.8%

Sit Bobo....sit...Good dog...for those who are in and round 40yrs will know what reference I just put down. Bobo poured an opaque black with ecru head that is thick and leaving some lace. The scent has roast and hints of chocolate. The taste has some coffee, caramel and peat. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its an ok porter....definitely sessionable.

04-19-2014 01:31:22 | More by WoodBrew
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4.05/5  rDev +6%

A: Dark, dark brown hue with a huge light brown head; lacing is good

S: Roasty chocolate malts with subtle pepper, anise, vanilla, coffee, and dark fruit undertones; this smells great

T: So much dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, and roasty and grainy flavors--this is a really nice robust porter

F: Big body for a porter and extremely creamy

O: This is a fine beer; one of my favorites from this brewery--truly what a robust porter should be

04-18-2012 02:15:23 | More by dbossman
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

03-16-2012 20:28:45 | More by jheezee
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

04-08-2014 00:06:56 | More by kristenrae8
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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Had one the other night, but this actually tastes better on a fresh set of taste buds IMO...

Pours an effervescent ebony with a finger+ of brown/chestnut colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Chocolate, coffee & iron

T: Coffee, dark chocolate, & iron up front. Charred grain, & dryness as this warms, plus some coffee. Finishes dry with more charred grain & coffee

MF: Creamy, smooth, & medium bodied

Drinks fairly easy, good, not great slant on the coffee styled porter....

02-06-2010 05:29:35 | More by russpowell
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

07-08-2013 17:37:33 | More by TheMrFarnham
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3.63/5  rDev -5%

A- Deep black with minimal tan head that quickly recedes.

S- Chocolate, malt, sweet with slight hop bitterness.

T- Sweet then chocolate, coffee and bitter hops. Strong bitterness and chocolate to finish.

M- Very smooth and rich. medium to heavy-bodied. Slight bitter afterfeel.

O- Good, but not overwhelmingly so. Certainly it doesn't take you any place new.

03-16-2012 01:37:09 | More by imasloth
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North Carolina

3.24/5  rDev -15.2%

App: almost no head, with syrup black look, and a cherry sweet moderate aroma once poured to pint

Entree: first few sips, and the cherry taste hits you, which unpleasantly then stays with you through to the aftertaste; however, third the way thru pint, cherry dissipates enough, and now tastes like a weakened porter should (weaker meaning almost a metallic taste, and an abnormal aftertaste compared to your standard porters).

Dessert: Another limited release ( just prior sampled the Avery New World hopped Porter), and oddly, would have to go Avery over Bobo's on this one.

05-04-2014 20:36:52 | More by Honisbygonis
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

03-09-2014 03:28:18 | More by Kunstman
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Bobo's Robust Porter from Big Sky Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.