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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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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

t0rin0, Aug 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

zestar, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Double chocolate fudge cake brown with no lightening at the edges. Three finger's worth of coffee milkshake colored (and textured) foam lie atop the beer... while barely broken blankets of lace stick to all available surfaces. I've seen some Imperial stouts that didn't look this dark and foreboding.

Bobo's looks robust and smells robust. The beer, that is, not the buffed-up chihuahua. I have no idea what he smells like. Loads of crystal, brown, black and roasted malt result in aromas of chocolate, coffee, caramel and vanilla. Nothing new, just the usuals done right.

Although it may not be as robust as expected, Bobo's Robust Porter is bigger than your average American porter. It's tastier too, thanks to all that malt. If it hasn't been added yet, the ABV is 6.2%, which allowed it to sneak in under the wire of this state's idiotic alcohol laws. Thanks Big Sky, keep sending us delicious beer. Love, BuckeyeNation.

Dark chocolate and vanilla-spiked coffee fight for dominance on the palate, although it's really more of a cooperative effort than a tussle. Dark caramel is still present as well. A moderate amount of hop flavor and bitterness, courtesy of East Kent Goldings and Challenger, keeps things nicely balanced.

When a brewery calls a porter 'Robust', I expect a little more full chewiness. That said, if we view this brew through the American porter lens, it's big enough. I still have to go with the lower of the two considered scores.

Bobo's Robust Porter is another good Big Sky beer. I often forget how good these guys are until I drink another one of their offerings. If you like porters and see Bobo on the shelves, don't hesitate to give him a home.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 28, 2009
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Texasfan549, Mar 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

ygtbsm94, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

jaydoc, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I think we've all known some dog that looks (and probably acts) exactly like Bobo... Anyway, this stuff pours a deep mahogany topped by a finger of bright tan foam. The nose comprises cocoa, coffee, light roasted malts, and a twinge of molasses. The taste brings in more of the same, with the roast coming through more strongly and the cocoa darkening a touch. There is a pronounced roastiness and, well, robustness present in this beer. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a very nice strong porter, one that shows you can have some strong, robust flavor without resorting to high ABVs and overly-wacky adjunct additions. Good times.

TMoney2591, Oct 31, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

emerge077, Jun 01, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an opaque, black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It left very little lacing.

S - It smelled of chocolate and roasty notes. Some mild floral notes.

T - It had a nice roasted malt flavor with some sweet chocolate. There was a touch of hoppy bitterness to add some balance.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice robust porter. Another solid brew from Big Sky.

zeff80, Jan 28, 2012
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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
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3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours dark and clear, primarily coffee black, but with just a tiny hint of amber in there. decent white head but it fades in time. smell isnt quite as "robust" as the name suggests it might be. notes of dark roast coffee and semisweet cocoa. flavor is similar, with the roasty character of the malt taking center stage. still, its not robust in the way i had envisioned. this might be a better porter under a different name with a different set of expectations. feel was a touch on the thin side for me, but overall it was fine. medium body with average carbonation. drinkable and strong on the abv front. not a bad beer at all, but i dont think it lives all the way up to its name.

StonedTrippin, May 04, 2012
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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
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3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at 1702; March 2010
This arrives from the tap looking pretty black and it is topped by a well browned, dark tan colored, half-finger thick head. The aroma has dusty notes of cocoa, instant coffee crystal like aromas, some molasses, a touch of licorice and even some earthy chicory like aromatics to it.

The flavor is actually pretty dry tasting from what I was expecting. There is an acidic edge to this beer that is contributed by the abundance of roasted malt used in this beer. The finish is a mix of expressive toasted whole grain notes, espresso, charcoal, and some charred grain husk notes. The second sip is a bit more balanced than the first, and is not quite as dominated with the roast grain flavors. The mouthfeel has some fullness to it, but it doesn't' quite balance the roast character. As this warms I notice some burnt vegetal notes that I really don't like, but sometimes find in overly roasted beers. Interesting flavors of licorice, earthy chicory, perhaps a touch of malty molasses are also brought out as this warms. There can be a subtle savoriness to the malt character at times too.

This is definitely a beer for those who like big, unbalanced roast character. I don't find it un-enjoyable, but with the notes I find as flaws, it isn't really my preference either.

Gueuzedude, Mar 20, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

MarkyMOD, Apr 07, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/28/06- Had on tap at the Big Sky Brewery in Missoula, MT while on vacation last year.

Presentation- From the tap poured into two sampler glasses. Also have had from the liter size bottles.

Appearance- 3/4 inch full dirty brown head. Dark brown, maybe and off black colored pour. Full length lacing sheets plaster the glass. Lovely sight.

Smell- Deep chocolate malt aroma with a dash of coffee. Sensing some mud pie action here.

Taste- Overbaked brownies and super dark chocolate. A bit of espresso bean as well. Not sugary. Needs something to tie it all together to be outstanding.

Mouthfeel- Lower carbonation level with a light creamy texture. Has a dry chocolate aftertaste.

Drinkability- This one is almost there. A bit more sweetness and a bit more "robust" flavor and this would be tremendous. I think technically this is a try at a baltic style porter. The abv is a secret according to the brewmaster, but gave hints that it was higher than a normal porter. Tastes around the 6.5-7% range to me. All in all a really good porter whatever the kind. Definite score again for Big Sky.

GClarkage, Mar 08, 2007
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 4/11/2012. Pours clear cery dark brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, light coffee, and herbal hops. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, and herbal hops. Fair amount of coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel, and herbal hops on the finish for a bit. Very nice flavor balance. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with hardly any warming noticed. Very easy to drink as expected for 6.2%. Overall this is a damn nice and straightforward robust porter. Great flavor balance and very easy to drink.

superspak, Apr 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

BillRoth, Oct 20, 2013
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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
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

rab53, Nov 25, 2011
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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.

4/4/4/4/4

JohnGalt1, Jan 16, 2010
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4/1/2012

Snifter

A: Black body with a substantial light brown head. Nice retention and lots of lacing.

S: Very roasty with black malts, earth, and a light burnt note. Chocolate is pronounced and it's accompanied by grain and a light coffee note. Caramel is faint.

T: Rich chocolate flavor with mellow roasted grains, a little caramel, and a dash of coffee. Upper low level of earthy bitterness. The finish is smooth with ample chocolate.

M: Upper medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: A well done Robust Porter. Not a beer geek's wet dream of a style, but this checks all the boxes for the style and I really can't fault it.

HopHead84, Apr 02, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Phelps for this generous extra. I believe this is my first Montana beer. Looks the part for sure, opaque black, small brownish head that settles down slowly, nice creamy looking lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasty, malty, touches of char, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, all of the expected porter notes.

Very tasty as well, really taking the robust part of the beer seriously. Big and aggressively flavored; espresso coffee and crème, roasted, charred malt, bitter chocolate, hints of floral hops underneath. Caramel, molasses, earthiness, vanilla, perhaps a hint of a mineral note.

Medium bodied and carbonated with a very smooth and creamy feel. Semi-dry finish has a touch of lingering sticky sweetness that’s very appealing. Quite good overall.

tobelerone, May 04, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black to dark brown color with an awesome brownie colored, two finger head. The aroma is strong roasted malts that give off light dark chocolate, coffee, and mocha aromas. Plus the mineraly dry water element is picked up in the aroma as well. The taste is almost like take a bite into a moist brownie fresh the oven, and washing it down with coffee mixed with chocolate milk. Good dry gypsum texture, but still moist and wet in the bacl of the tongue to make this beer feel almost gooey and heart warming. Not gooey in a viscous sense, but more of an internal feeling than what was felt on my palate. Pretty good to have a couple minus the abv. and strong flavor profile of this porter.

scruffwhor, Feb 07, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

LiquidAmber, Aug 04, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: utterly non-translucent black with one finger of dark brown head. Robust porter, indeed; you might even call it stout.

Smell: very nice coffee aroma. One-dimensional, but a very well-executed dimension. There is also just a hint of roasted bitterness and alcohol, but these are way below the coffee.

Taste: bitter roasted malts without the charm of a lot of coffee or chocolate flavors. There is a nice hop bitterness as well; indeed, I'd say most of the sweetness is actually hop flavor, but most of it is buried under nearly-acrid roasted malt. Now, I like roasted malts, so this isn't necessarily all bad; however, the flavor lacks much nuance or subtlety.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a style-appropriate level of carbonation. This is a run-of-the-mill texture, but not bad.

Drinkability: it's a bit too roasty-acrid to be highly drinkable, but I could definitely see myself downing a few of these over some conversation and fried pub fare.

flagmantho, Feb 07, 2010
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Bobo's Robust Porter from Big Sky Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.