Bobo's Robust Porter | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Bobo's Robust PorterBobo's Robust Porter

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
32 IBU

Added by loren01 on 09-05-2006

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Reviews: 103 | Ratings: 234
Photo of isualum12
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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....

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Photo of ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

T-Pretty much the same as the 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) the coffee and cream mixed with the chocolate and caramel....I'm impressed with everything about this beer....

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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

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.

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Photo of katat0nic
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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

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Photo of loren01
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jeremyd365
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

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

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!

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Photo of bnes09
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Deep dark brown, thin film of a head, light espresso, chocolate, caramel, creamy smooth, good for people who do not like a lot of roast bitterness, very drinkable, almost sessionable, chocolate and dark but not roasted malts.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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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.

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Photo of BeenJammin
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks wonderful. It is pitch black with a great tan head. It smells of roasted barley and a bit of coffee bean, but it isn't very pronounced. This thing has a huge robust flavor. It tastes of dark coffee, dark chocolate, and of coarse it has that great roast flavor. Quite a bit of bitterness as well. It has a nice smooth mouthfeel and great drinkability. These smokehouse almonds go pretty well with it.

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Photo of notsnot
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this as Big Sky's testing room adjoining their brewery in Missoula. It was the first thing I tried, and after a couple days on the road with no beer, it was far more refreshing than I had any right to expect. I did not take notes, but when sampling beers, I rarely take a second sample of the same beer. I did this one. A very round, flavorful beer. I immediately rearranged my cooler so I could take a growler home - the only beer for which I did this on a road trip in which i sampled thirty beers and wound up bringing home 7.5 mixed cases of beer.

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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.

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Photo of philbertk
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of SykDoc
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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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.

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

On tap at The Swamp. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep dark color near opaque. Modest foamy tan head leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Smell has 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 smooth and not particularly heavy. Maybe jut a bit thin.

Very drinkable and a little above average. Better I think than Black Butte.

NOTE: ABV is 6.2%

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Photo of colts9016
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice big foamy brown coffee colored head. Brew is very black! Moderate lacing too.

S - Lots of coffee and milk chocolate. A very nice amount of roasty malt.

T/M - Perfect carbonation! Slightly thin, but still nice... Big deep bold roasty flavors. Coffee is very subtle.

O - Glad I grabbed the last pack off the shelf tonight... Yum. recommended! Not quite as good as other porters, but very enjoyable. It would be amazing if it were thicker.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Big Sky's Bobo's Robust Porter last week for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I have had a pretty good track record with Big Sky so I decided to give their Porter a shot, so lets see how it goes. It had a best buy date of 4/11/12. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good and I like the cow skull bottle cap. It poured a very dark brown color that was close to being black and it didn't let any light come through, it also had two fingers worth of dark tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a couple rings of lacing. This Porter looks nice.

S- The aroma lives up to the name and is pretty robust, it starts off with loads of dark roasted malts that have a medium amount of sweetness to it and impart some coffee, milk chocolate, and caramel aromas that gives this beer a slight espresso like aroma. The aroma is really nice and has some good complexity to it with that added caramel aroma.

T- The tastes mirrors the aroma nicely. The first thing that I notice is loads of dark roasted malts that have a medium amount of sweetness and impart some nice roasted, caramel, coffee, and milk chocolate flavors, along with some grainy oat flavors. I couldn't pick up any hops in this beer. On the finish I got a strong black coffee flavor with a low amount of bitterness and and a roasty coffee aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting Porter that was roasty and robust.

M- Smooth, a little creamy, on the light side of being medium bodied and it had a nice medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok but I would liked it thicker so it doesn't feel a little watery.

Overall I liked this beer and I thought it was a pretty good American Porter. It was roasty and robust just the way a robust Porter should be and the added caramel aspect in the aroma and flavor made this Porter a little different and a little complex. It had good drinkability, it went down smooth, but I think two would be enough for me since it's a little heavy on the sweetness. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma, it was really nice and complex, just how a robust Porter should be. What I liked least about this beer was the slightly watery mouthfeel, if it was a little thicker it would just about be spot on for the style. I would buy this beer again when looking for a robust porter, it was a nice beer to drink on this cold and rainy day. If roasty Porters are your thing then you shouldn't miss out on this beer. This was another good beer from Big Sky, I am coming to realize that they are one solid brewery and I have yet to be let down by any of their beers, good job guys, you can bet that I will be on the look out for more of your beers. This isn't my favorite Porter, but it's still a damn good one.

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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