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Bobo's Robust Porter - Big Sky Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

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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5/5  rDev +30.9%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

WritersBlock, Feb 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

I-Beir-the-Bel, Dec 30, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +20.4%

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....

isualum12, Feb 01, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

DonDirkA, Jan 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

laxguy13, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

KlayWey, Mar 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

miwestcoaster, Feb 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

justinlaz, Feb 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

A-Dark brown/black....tan lace on top

S-dark roasted coffee and cream...bakers chocolate...caramel..

T-Pretty much the same as the aroma....coffee and cream...roasted malts....a hint of burnt malt....and now more of a milk chocolate flavor....caramel is more noticeable on the aroma but it is evident on the taste in a small way as well.

M-On the high side of medium bodied....not quite creamy texture but awful smooth...

D-Excellent robust porter (not to be confused with a Baltic Porter)...love the coffee and cream mixed with the chocolate and caramel....I'm impressed with everything about this beer....

ZAP, Apr 18, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +16%

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is the color of espresso coffee beans with faint cola colors coming through the mere edges. A dark cream colored foamy head recedes quickly leaving a few random groups of bubbles. Light spotted lacing touches the glass.

The beer smells of burnt malts and dark bitter chocolate with notions of dark roasted coffee as well.

The taste is as good as the smell -- a burnt, smokey flavor hits the senses first, but it's soon followed by rich roasted malts and bitter chocolate. There's a slight black licorice bite just before the dry finish.

The mouthfeel is dry and medium bodied. Very sturdy.

Overall, I'm really impressed with this beer. It's got all of the traditional flavors of a good porter. Looks good, tastes good, feels good.

JuicesFlowing, Jan 29, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +14.7%

Continuing to clean out my notes from the summer. Had this on tap on 7/26/06.

A: Opaque black with dark brown head that had great staying power.

S: Very strong roasted coffee; dark, bitter chocolate. Bit of a floral hop aroma.

T/M: Wow. Really rich, really assertive, and really good. Coffee and smoky roastiness hits you right away, and brings hints of dark chocolate and a rich creaminess. Finish is dry, big, coffee-ish, and smoky. There isn't a single flavor that's not expected for a porter, but they're all in perfect balance here.

D: At 6.7% abv, it's a bit strong for a porter, but is very smooth, very easy to drink, and very easy to enjoy a few of. This is one great beer from Big Sky. Really, really nice. I don't believe it is (yet) available bottled, but I'm hoping that changes.

rarevos, Sep 22, 2006
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4.35/5  rDev +13.9%

A: Opaque black with dark brown head

S: Deep bitter chocolate and coffee aroma with a bit of floral

T: Coffee and smoky roasted flavors with hints of dark chocolate. I like that this porter has tons of flavor without ton of sweetness.

M: Smooth and not heavy. It could be a bit creamier.

D: ABV is 6.2%, a bit stronger then many porters, which I like. It is still very smooth and easy to drink. This is one of my favorite porters just slightly above the Black Butte Porter.

Serving type: on-tap

katat0nic, Sep 17, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev +12.6%

Dark chocolate brown and completely opaque. Thin, creamy head on the pour. Decent retention.

Sweet, malty, roasted aroma.

Dense, malty, fruity, roasted flavor. All in perfect balance. Smooth molasses. Rich toffee and toasted almond. Fresh baked biscuits with maple spread. Mild earthy hop blends perfectly, allowing the malts to shine through.

Medium to full bodied with lots of malt texture. Low-medium carbonation. Smooth, rich feel.

Exactly what a porter should be.

bnes09, Jun 09, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +12.6%

So this guy poured a solid motor oil with off white head. It smelled of sweet chocolatey coffee and tasted much the same. It's body seemed a little thin for how rich the flavor was, but overall a really enjoyable beer. I'd have it again for sure. As with most beers I really enjoy out of the bottle, I'd want to give the tap a go!

jeremyd365, Nov 13, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +12.6%

I just HAD to buy this one because of the picture of the goofy looking Chiuaua in the mountains.

It poured a light-absorbing black like a black hole that neitherlight, gravity, nor my attention could escape. The thin brown head lasted only seconds. There were some nice caramel and very light cocoa notes.

The body was so thick that I was affraid I'd have to eat my beer instead of drink it. Alas, I was wrong. The body was the right weight and the flavor was great. Another winner from Big Sky.

Edit: 2/15/2010 - The 2010 batch is just as good as last year, possibly even a tad better!

DesMoinesMike, Feb 09, 2009
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4.28/5  rDev +12%

A: Had this at the taproom in Missoula. Poured a dark black color, 2 finger width tan head.
S: Earthy smell, also smells of dark coffee and chocolate
T: Taste is much like smell, earthy taste. Also has a good strong chocolate taste. Had a slight metallic taste to it or it would have been a 4.5 or 5
M: Very creamy texture, good carbonation
D: I don't believe that they bottle this but if they did it would sell very well. My favorite beer that I had from Big Sky. One of the best porters I've ever had.

loren01, Sep 05, 2006
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4.28/5  rDev +12%

Pours an ominous black with dark brown head that is thick & creamy. Simply amazing appearance. Nose has dark chocolate, coffee, and a big roasty component. Roasty flavors are dominant on the palate as well, with more dark chocolate and plenty of toasty/roasty flavors on the finish. Nice body and drinkability.

yemenmocha, Jun 05, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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

Flathead_Monster, Feb 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

bluckbeyes, Apr 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

SweJon, May 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Sampling right now on 4/26/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a vintage 'Schlitz' pilsner glass.

Poured a pitch-black in color that you can't see through at all with a small beige head. Just a small trace of lacing is seen but not much. The aroma is of roasted malts, bitter-sweet chocolate with a mild hint of vanilla. The taste has more going on with the bitter-sweet chocolate hitting your tongue first followed by the roasted malts, a hint of coffee and a trace of vanilla. Actually very smooth with no bitter aftertaste. Perfect carbonation.

BeerWithMike, Apr 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

t0rin0, Aug 23, 2012
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Bobo's Robust Porter from Big Sky Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.