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Bobo's Robust Porter - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Bobo's Robust PorterBobo's Robust Porter

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208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

05-13-2012 05:24:39 | More by pshelto
Photo of UtahJonnyMontana


2.5/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured very dark brown to black with thin head that faded quickly. Some lacing. Aroma is of roasted Barley and coffee. Some vanilla and dry grass. Chocolate notes, hints of nut and biscuit. Flavor is strong with roasted barley, Chocolate and black patent malt. There is an underlying sweetness that is checked by well balanced bittering hop. Mouth feel is light compared to the roasted nose and flavor. Over all this ale is much more roasted than one would expect. The reason for this is amusingly clear. Big Sky's Robust Porter, isn't a porter it's a stout.

My rating would be different if the head brewer did not personally insist to me that high amounts of roasted barley is the hallmark of a Porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 22:20:46 | More by UtahJonnyMontana
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2.53/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled late December, 2011

Pours brown with a fleeting peanut head and some residual bubbles on the rim afterwords. Smells like a standard porter with dry malts, hints of coffee and soil with some nutty character. The flavor is a bit simple to me with a dry dusky coffee flavor and some hints of unsweetened cocoa powder. There's a certain emptiness to the body and moderate on hi carb - this is missing the mark on mouthfeel for the style IMO. Overall, this is a porter that I could drink, but am not likely to choose over the other porters in the region.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 07:54:40 | More by harrymel
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 02:53:46 | More by Beaver13
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2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a longneck into an oversized pilsener glass. A moderate pour produces about one inch of light brown head, which proves not terribly sticky for this type of beer. The beer is a very dark reddish-brown which scarcely admits light.

Lots of roasted malt on the nose and palate. The number one flavor is probably hours-old coffee which has a rather burnt, acrid note. There may be some unsweetened chocolate trying to come through. Some lingering and rather unpleasant astringent bitterness in the aftertaste. The body is rather heavy, and more like a stout.

I don't particularly care for this beer- to my mind it could have a little more chocolate, maybe some nuttiness, and not so much of a burnt coffee flavor. The aftertaste is what really kills it for me- it is really kind of a yucky, involuntary reflex kind of bitterness, and not pleasant at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 02:12:32 | More by archyquaffer
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2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a quarter inch tan head, decent retention.

Not picking up a whole lot of scent here. Maybe a little earthy peat presence and a coffee aroma?

Taste is coffee-like with a mild hop bitterness. A little hoppier than a lot of porters.

Mouthfeel is average. Low carbonation and pretty smooth, but too thin.

I normally classify Porters as beers to be savored and enjoyed slowly. The flavor of this one falls short of what a Porter should be however and I won't be returning for a second try.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 17:04:46 | More by pasdachuri
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2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. poured into pint glass

Appearance: Black with a quarter inch tan head, decent retention.

Smell: Lots of roasted malt, coffee, nut, and some slight chocolate.

Taste: Nuttiness takes over followed by burnt chocolate but then it becomes weirdly sour and somewhat alcoholic tasting. The coffee flavors in here are kind of stale.

Mouthfeel: About right for the style.

Drinkability: I probably wouldn't have more than two or so, there are definitely more drinkable porters.

Overall: I like Big Sky stuff and this isn't the worst of their offering but it's definitely not anything special.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 18:52:16 | More by optiontwo
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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.


Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 22:48:19 | More by NicholasCasber
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

05-11-2014 12:13:11 | More by tbone64
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

09-01-2012 07:21:06 | More by AllHailBeercules
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

02-11-2012 01:01:40 | More by pixieskid
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

03-15-2014 02:30:08 | More by Beerlover
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

07-27-2013 15:44:46 | More by alexanf
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

03-08-2012 02:22:28 | More by ChiefPelz
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

04-19-2012 01:52:25 | More by Amp
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

01-26-2012 02:08:45 | More by HaysAmerica
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3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a dark brown with faint amber hues, with a decently creamy, light brown, 3 finger head. Retention is average, and the head leaves a good bit of lacing.

S - Light roasted barley, cream and semi-sweet chocolate. It's mild in strength, and a bit simple.

T - Light cream opens to a full roasted malt body. It's a pretty heavy roast, and there's not enough cream to stand up to it. Light coffee and chocolate notes are present, but you really have to dig for them. I like it, but it's simple and pretty standard.

M - Nearly full bodied, smooth and wet.

D - It's a pretty good beer that I'd probably have again, especially considering the availability and price, but it's not one I'd go out of my way for.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 00:19:02 | More by blakelive784
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 20:36:52 | More by Honisbygonis
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

03-27-2014 21:52:55 | More by UncleAddie
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

10-20-2013 20:59:05 | More by BillRoth
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

10-20-2012 11:44:15 | More by thinwhiteduke
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North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 03:08:59 | More by n2185
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3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle poured into a stemless tulip pint. Best-by date on bottle 5.23.12.

Look- Pours a dark ruby brown with three fingers of loose beige foam. Decent retention, modest amount of webby lace.

Smell- Sweet cocoa, some booze, and burnt grain. Mild toffee/floury aroma comes out on the swirl. Overly sweet, but appealing nonetheless.

Taste- Dominated by dark chocolate, espresso grounds, and burnt grains. Not much else, in fact. Finishes a bit lighter, with a bit of vanilla and charred marshmallow. Aftertaste is akin to day-old coffee dregs and shows a hint of that flour-doused toffee I sensed in the aroma. Not as sweet as the nose led me to believe. Bold, but too heavy on the roasted/burnt flavors.

Mouthfeel- Light-bodied for the style, mild carbonation. A bit watery, finishes with a mild bite and lingering astringeny. Drinks like sludgy coffee.

Overall- Decent, but a bit heavy-handed with the heavy roast flavors. The body is also a bit light, but the price point is more than decent. I'd pick it up again, but not as a regular thing.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 00:15:05 | More by Lawl3ss
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3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy from beermasons and pours a dark black hue which leaves a two finger coffee laced two finger head and sporadic lacing,the smell is cocoa nibs,dark chocolate,coffee and dark fruits,the mouthfeel is just over light bodied and sesionable but i was hoping for a little thicker with tastes of cocoa nibs,dark cherries,herbal hops,raisins,milky chocolate and finished just like a nice milky coffee and overall its nice but lacks in some departments cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 08:59:03 | More by ADZA
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 00:10:38 | More by jbphoto88
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Bobo's Robust Porter from Big Sky Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.