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Bobo's Robust Porter - Big Sky Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

229 Ratings
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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 229 | Reviews: 104
Photo of UtahJonnyMontana
2.48/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

Photo of pshelto
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of harrymel
2.55/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

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 pasdachuri
2.86/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Photo of archyquaffer
2.89/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Photo of optiontwo
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.

Photo of tbone64
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Dave2234
3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of pixieskid
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Beerlover
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of alexanf
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of ChiefPelz
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Amp
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of nicole309
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of HaysAmerica
3/5  rDev -21.5%

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.

Cheers.

Photo of blakelive784
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.

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 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 UncleAddie
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Bobo's Robust Porter from Big Sky Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.