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Bobo's Robust Porter - Big Sky Brewing Company

Bobo's Robust PorterBobo's Robust Porter

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191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%

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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Photo of katat0nic


4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2010 20:45:06 | More by katat0nic
Photo of Hockeyabe


3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a bottle poured into a Samuel Adams special Boston Lager Glass.

A: Black. When held up to light, it is still black. A finger width espresso-colored head formed, but disappeared fairly quickly with no lacing.

S: Molasses and chocolate.

T: I taste roasted malt. Smoky, but not burnt. The beer is quick to let you know it is there, but as it finishes, it is actually mild and takes me right back to the chocolate and molasses.

M: This brew is creamy in texture, and dry, as porters are. Low carbonation.

D: Bobo's Robust Porter is sweet in a way I can personally tolerate... not acidic. The taste is about what you would expect looking at the 6.2% ABV . It is not a beer I would gravitate to in warmer months, as it is dry. I may re-visit this come winter and the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 01:10:16 | More by Hockeyabe
Photo of brdc


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

Small capped bottle poured into a pint.

Very nice presentation, nearly pitch black with a dense tan head showing good retention, average lacing.
Roasted aroma, chocolate, some coffee, not much else. Simple, to the point, but very pleasant.
Medium bodied, this is not as sweet as the aroma made me expect; mostly dry actually, bittersweet chocolate, more roasted malts, but not quite burnt.
Just like the aroma, simple, straight to the point, but very pleasant.
A solid porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 00:09:08 | More by brdc
Photo of matjack85


4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 08:37:19 | More by matjack85
Photo of arizcards


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from AJ's in Scottsdale in late February for $1.59. Best by date is 4-20-10.

Beer poured black as night with a very nice brown head upon the pour. Nose is of light roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, slight chocolate sweetness, nice dry hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth. Drinkability is good. This is a tasty flavorful beer that is a must try if you are an American Porter fan!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 22:39:41 | More by arizcards
Photo of yemenmocha


4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 03:05:40 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of philbertk


4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bobo's Robust Porter--Limited Release--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.20% ABV. 32 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Thin lace fizzy espresso tan head. Thick dark pour. Clear opaque dark black color. Huge sweet chocolate aroma. Mild hop fruit hint front. Crusty mild creamy sweet robust chocolate black bread mild espresso fruit zesty rich Porter body. Dry mild hop spice end. Rich. Sampled 6/1/2010. 6-Pack $8.59.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 05:48:06 | More by philbertk
Photo of augustgarage


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2010 21:50:58 | More by augustgarage
Photo of colts9016


4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my NN, glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger creamy foamy head that has poor retention. The head is dark brown in color. The color of the beer is dark brown to oily black. The clarity of the beer is dark brown to opaque. The has left a little lacing on the glass. The appearance on the beer is just average, considering the poor retention on the head.

Nose: A nice roasted dark chocolate malt with the burnt character, bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted coffee, and some wood. There is a nice floral note, light citrus, and some floral esters. The aromas of the nose are nice and pleasant, I feel it is lacking depth for a great porter.

Taste: The malt is nicely roasted with good characteristics. The malt has that delicious burnt character, bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted coffee, light molasses note, pine, floral esters, and a touch of grapefruit.

The mouth feel of the beer is creamy, rich, slightly dry, and coating.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and a medium full finish. This a really porter. It has all the characteristics of a good porter, but nothing special stands out. The alcohol is masked really well lending to a very easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 01:08:54 | More by colts9016
Photo of Strix


4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown, dark head with decent lacing.

Smells of roasted malt, a bit of coffee and chocolate.

Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, caramel and oak with a hint of hops and vanilla towards the end.

Mouthfeel smooth, lightly carbonated.

This was very pleasant, nice blend of tastes, I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 00:42:48 | More by Strix
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 02:46:31 | More by diabecktic
Photo of BretSikkink


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown mahogany color, the foam looks really great and sticks around. Served in an unfortunate shaker pint, but the nose still wafts up pretty well. Some roasted malt comes up along with caramel, toffee, crystal malt, and just the faintest touch of vanillin.

Solidly bitter, with enough chocolate and coffee to keep things moving along. A touch of vanilla and even oak. The mouthfeel could use a boost, but overall it was a pretty impressive outing, and a bit of a sleeper.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2010 03:58:36 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 23:41:49 | More by LXIXME
Photo of AmberMan22


4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, it must be said that whatever the heck is on the bottle is extremely creepy.
That being said, this is a very good beer.

Bobo's certainly looks robust. A deep, light-sucking black adorned with a fierce mocha topped head. This guy looks mean.

Smokiness is the first thing that blasts the olfactory sense. This is followed up by a sweet and roasty malty smell. There's something bitter in there, but tough to distinguish under the smokiness.

The smoky flavor immediately dominates the taste too, but yields to dark, chocolate malts...simultaneously with the hops. Strange that both of these flavors hit at the same time. Took me a while to figure out what was going on, but there's definitely some hop spiciness/bitterness present at the same time as the smoky roasted malt. Very cool.

I've enjoyed every offering from Big Sky that I've tried, and this is no exception. If you're a porter fan, this certainly is a robust (and delicious) one at an equally tasty price.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 15:19:24 | More by AmberMan22
Photo of SykDoc


4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a dark brown almost black and opaque when held to the light. A 1/4 dark tan had forms and reduces to a blotchy lacing.

The aroma was quite good to me with a nice roasted malt component that included dark fruit, coffee, and chocolate. Not complex, but good.

The taste was similar to the aroma with a roasted malt, chocolate/coffee note. It would be higher except there is a definite metallic taste. There is a nice hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is solid with a full body and a good level of carbonation that smooths out the flavor. Dry at the finish with a leathery feel towards the end.

I think this is a drinkable beer with good components. I was a little concerned when I read the reviews but reassured when I drank it. Definitely worth trying if you can get your hands on it and like porters.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 01:26:25 | More by SykDoc
Photo of youradhere


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours pitch black and coats the glass as it splashes up the glass, head is light tan. The head is chunky and crusty as it begins to fall, leaving a lattice work of foam over the top of the beer.

S- Slight fruit and coffee, other than that not much is coming off of here.

T- Nice mellow bitterness with malt roast brining up the rear. Coffee follows. Char and coffee is what I mostly get.

M- Pretty dry which matches well with the mellow flavor.

D- This would make a good session beer despite the 6.2 ABV. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 06:22:39 | More by youradhere
Photo of NicholasCasber


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
Photo of pasdachuri


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
Photo of Gueuzedude


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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2010 22:56:48 | More by Gueuzedude
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
Photo of Jayli


3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a thick jet black with a two finger of light brown head. Head recedes quickly leaving wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of coffee and dark chocolate.

T: Taste starts with a hint of hop bite to it, thena big dose of bitter baker's chocolate. Coffee notes filter in mingled with a bit sweeter milk chocolate. Finish is are of burnt malts.

M: Medium body, low carbonation, a touch thin but clean.

D: Tasty beer, goes down easily, nice and bitter. This is a highly enjoyable porter. One that you could enjoy a few pints of.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 20:02:54 | More by Jayli
Photo of jwinship83


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a code that i think means best by april 20, 2010 on the bottle neck. drank from a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours into my glass a very dark brown colored body. only a small amount of ruby red can be seen along the sides of the glass when held up to a light. a finger of coffee colored head forms on top and lasts a little while. small rings of lacing are left behind.

S- dark roasted malts are the first thing i notice. after that comes a decent amount of semi sweet chocolate. the finish is a rather strong blast of hops.

T- dark roasted malts once again come through first. the chocolate i could smell comes through ever so faintly. the finish is once again very strong coffee that lingers long after i swallow.

M- medium to full bodied and creamy from the carbonation. a nice dry finish leaves the mouth feeling dry.

D- easy to drink and almost sessionable in strength. i wish this was year round. a solid beer from a brewery that can use a little more attention. it deserves it.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 05:53:31 | More by jwinship83
Photo of flagmantho


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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 18:24:55 | More by flagmantho
Photo of scruffwhor


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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 00:06:49 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of pweis909


3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque, dark, ruby translucence at the top and bottom edges of the glass when held to the light. Carbonation is light, foam is minimal.

Aroma of roasted malts, sufficient to help identify style but not strongly chocolate or coffee smell. A slight metallic aroma.

Initial sweetn taste gives way to dry, slightly acrid finish.

Mouthfeel has slight creamy thickness that I find desirable in all porters, without being too filling.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 22:37:16 | More by pweis909
Bobo's Robust Porter from Big Sky Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.