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Bobo's Robust Porter - Big Sky Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

217 Ratings
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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | 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 ExaltedNecrosis:
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into glass mug.

A - Pours black with a finger and a half of dark brown creamy head.

S - There is a good amount of roastiness in the aroma and I pick up some coffee and chocolate

T - This is heavy on the roastiness. I get roasted, perhaps even burnt, coffee, with semi-sweet chocolate and a general nuttiness. I like the roast but it's on the edge of being too burnt. Wish the chocolate was sweeter, too.

M - Moderate body with low-to-moderate carbonation.

O - A decent porter with good chocolate, coffee, and nut notes. Just a bit heavy on the roast.

ExaltedNecrosis, May 24, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of brownbeer
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

brownbeer, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of Beaver13
2.55/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Beaver13, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +4.7%

SmellsofMahagony, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

BuckeyeSlim, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Guinnsslvr
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Guinnsslvr, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Mora2000, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of NicholasCasber
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Cheers.

NicholasCasber, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of bsp77
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

bsp77, May 27, 2009
Photo of rhinonau
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

rhinonau, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Deep dark brown, thin film of a head, light espresso, chocolate, caramel, creamy smooth, good for people who do not like a lot of roast bitterness, very drinkable, almost sessionable, chocolate and dark but not roasted malts.

pat61, Friday at 09:13 PM
Photo of goast8127
5/5  rDev +30.9%

goast8127, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of cmwilliq
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

cmwilliq, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

LXIXME, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of jbphoto88
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

jbphoto88, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Brenden, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TheSixthRing, May 26, 2012
Photo of augustgarage
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

augustgarage, May 11, 2010
Photo of WoodBrew
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

WoodBrew, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of dbossman
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

dbossman, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

jheezee, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of kristenrae8
4/5  rDev +4.7%

kristenrae8, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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....

russpowell, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of TheMrFarnham
5/5  rDev +30.9%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 08, 2013
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Bobo's Robust Porter from Big Sky Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.