Bobo's Robust Porter - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | 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:
Beer added by: loren01 on 09-05-2006

32 IBU
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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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.57/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of NicholasCasber
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
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.


Photo of bsp77
3.82/5  rDev 0%
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.

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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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

Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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....

Photo of imasloth
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Honisbygonis
3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of CooperEllis
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From azdback in a poker BIF box
12oz into Southampton snifter

Pours a dark black with faint brown/ruby notes at the edges. Thick tab head with a good deal of lacing sticking around well into the glass.

Roast malt, cream, milk chocolate all in the nose.

The first taste is milk chocolate with slight roast bitterness, but from there the flavor mellows into a light roast with a mild bitterness.

The mouthfeel is delightful. De-light-full. Mid carb, easy across the palate and enjoyable. Could use a bit more crispness.

Across the board a solid-plus porter. Enjoyed it from start to finish.


Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated "050212" on the neck, also "limited release".

Jet black with dark brown edges, sturdy cap of creamy mocha stained foam. Head retention is good, and random arcs of lace stick to the glass.

Mild creamy coffee and dark chocolate notes in the aroma.

Some roasty char, and dry bitterness from the roast, nicely medium bodied and porterish. Lingering earthy roast and mellow coffee traces. Light to medium carbonation, smooth feel. Overall pretty nice, just about what you'd expect a good robust porter to be.

Photo of diabecktic
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon pouring, ~3 fingers of muddy head form. Retention is excellent, as the head slowly dissipates, leaving a good finger's worth; lacing is good but not great. As far as the color goes, this beer is jet black. When held up to the light I can't see a tint of any other color as the light hits the glass at a different angle.

The aroma is fairly smoky, but I can detect roasted malts, dark chocolate, a bit of toffee, and a hit of caramel. I'm thinking of what a campfire smells like after it has recently cooked s'mores; it's an outdoors-y, chocolate type aroma that's fairly intriguing.

This beer tastes much like what the scent would have you believe it tastes like. The toasted chocolate malt imparts a complex sweetness which is balanced by a somewhat smoky flavor and a subtle hoppiness which becomes apparent at the end of a given sip. As you can probably infer from the name, it is indeed quite robust, if not slightly too smoky.

The body is rather full (again - think robust), so I rate the mouthfeel as medium-heavy. Earthy sweetness lends some density, but it's not too thick. There doesn't seem to be much carbonation, so the beer isn't too lively on the tongue.

Though the body is a bit on the heavier side, it doesn't make the beer any less drinkable. The %ABV might be a bit high for a session beer, but this is one you can definately sip on. For maximum effect, I would suggest drinking this brew near a campfire on a cool summer night.

This is an excellent American Porter for the price (~$7.00 for a 6 pack). As the name implies, it is definately quite robust. I personally found it a tad too smoky to rate it more highly than I did, but this is still a great beer nonetheless. In my mind, it's very straight forward; the flavors are distinct and balanced well. There might be better porters out on the market, but you would be hard pressed to find one of comparable quality for the same price.

Photo of n2185
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours black a finger of tan head that recedes into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: roasted malts with creamy chocolate and some slight char.

T: roasted malts here as well with bitter chocolate, char, and some coffee.

M: medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer could be a bit creamier or with more carbonation.

O: a decent porter overall, though nothing special.

Photo of isualum12
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very special beer---

I am not sure why but I was shocked as I poured it into a clear glass how BLACK it was in color. It had a carmel colored medium head on it that was full of color and smell. The smell of chocolate actually filled the whole room.

The first sip was really close to heaven. I wouldn't give it a five simply because I havent paired it yet and manytimes it takes a special pairing to get a 5 out of me. BUT this is almost there....

The taste is chocolate mixed with carmel. you can taste the bourbon barrel a little in it I think along with a mixture of smooth spices....

Don't pass this one by....the rat dog on the bottle packs a nice punch that I really could relax to....

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single picked up today at the COOP... Poured into my Delirium goblet.

2 finger dark tan head... The brew is dark dark brown... still pretty clear with brown/dark ruby highlites... very nice lacing.

Nose is pretty dominated by cocoa.. lite caramel and some cold brewed coffee... Nothing too out of this world, just well made.

Flavor mirrors the nose exactly with some mild fruitiness.. a bit of black cherry.. a bit of spicy hoppiness... very nice body and an abundant yet smooth carbonation..

I really liked this one.. Had a sampler or two at the GABF.. and remember wandering what the ABV was? If it was any higher or was any more "robust", I would hope for some kind of Imperial moniker.. instead, this is damn nice just the way it is... It also tastes very fresh right now which I am sure is helping my overall opinion.


Photo of gtermi
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a very nice, dark blackish brown body, with a thick tan creamy head.

S: This has a nice amount of roasted malt and also a bit of coffee and chocolate.

T: This is where the beer really shines. It has the nice roasted flavors, but the coffee flavor that is present is amazing. I also get a very tiny bit of chocolate.

M: There is a bit of crispness on the back of the throat and tongue and leaves a high amount of carbonation in the throat.

O: This is a very good beer. Porters are one of my favorites and this for sure didnt let me down. I cant wait to have it again.

Photo of matjack85
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.59. No freshness date, and for some reason they don't even have this beer listed on their website.

The pour came out jet black and made a 1½ finger creamy brown head that lasted awhile, but it left no lacing on my glass.

The smell was mild roasted malts.

While the smell may have been mild, the taste was big, robust, roasted malt flavor like the name implies, with a splash of roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavors added in. Just enough hop bitterness for balance, but roastiness and toastiness rule the day in this one.

Silky smooth mouthfeel with only mild carbonation makes this one lean a little to the full side as far as body goes.

Full bodied or not, I could go for a few more of these. This is delicious and the alcohol hides well.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 4/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours an opaque black with a dark brown two finger head and heavy lacing. Aroma of dark malt, coffee and chocolate. Medium body and dark roasty malts with some pleasant smoky flavors. Tasty start and middle, tapers off at the finish. Nice dark, quite pleasant and enjoyable porter. I will buy again.

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Bobo's Robust Porter from Big Sky Brewing Company
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