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

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Reviews: 103 | Ratings: 234
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Photo of ADZA
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at Rocco's Pizza. Black pour with thin, dark tan head. Decent lace. Sweet chocolatey aroma, but mild. Not much to go on here, but the standard pint glass doesn't help much.

Semi-sweet chcolate malt, with faint touches of cherry fruit in the background. Doesn't come off like a Robust Porter as it is labeled, there isn't a strong enough roastiness, nor is it bitter enough at the back. Alcohol is not discernable. Lightly chewy body with adequate carbonation.

Overall not too impressive. A little one dimensional. Could have use a bit more dry/roasty/bitterness, instead it was just sweet and boring. At least it was fresh though.

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Photo of Crosling
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours surprisingly dark, appears black in the glass with a large, frothy head of a light tan. Nose smells mainly of roast, a touch of chocolate & dark fruit. Has some richness to the malts. Well balanced and big. Notes of chocolate covered raisin. A nice beer overall.

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Photo of jbphoto88
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.

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Photo of TheFlern
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Chocolate colored head that dissipates to a thin layer with decent lacing.

Smell: Mostly burnt malt. A little coffee, small amounts of chocolate. Pretty standard.

Taste: Leads with the burnt malt. Finishes with it as well. Not much of the other flavors coming through except the coffee. I would definitely call this robust but I'm not sure I'd call it great.

Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation, smooth and creamy like a good porter should be.

Overall: Not spectacular but if you're a porter fan and want to try something new you can hardly go wrong with picking this fairly cheap sixer up. Cheers.

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours the darkest possible brown to black…thick, mocha colored head…tight tiny bubbles making a solid layer of foam…a nice looking beer…(3.75/5)

Smell: Chocolate…strong dark chocolate aroma up front…yummy chocolate! Roasted malts, vanilla, milk…a creamy chocolate porter…I’m talking, breaking up a chocolate bar then inhaling the tiny chips…(4/5)

Taste: Rich dark bitter chocolate surrounded by roasted malts, coffee, cream, vanilla…it’s got flavor, but it’s not complex…comes in very chocolaty, ends with coffee and cream…very roasted all the way through…it’s okay…(3.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation…too light for my taste…smooth, wet…finishes with a bit of coffee bitterness…(3/5)

Overall: This beer is good, not great…the flavor is drinkable, but lacks a bit of pizzazz and almost goes towards “novelty”…it would probably be a better ice cream flavor than a beer…as it stands, if porters are your bag, than this is worth trying, but this wouldn’t be my first choice…I typically like beers that have flavor, not flavored…this is a run of the mill porter with heavy chocolate notes that separates it from others, but doesn’t take it to another level…(3.5/5)

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Photo of pweis909
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Pours out a very dark brown bordering on black with a tan frothy single finger head that lasts for about a minute but leaves minimal lacing behind. Smells of dark chocolate and charred malt, but not at a very strong level. Tastes much more solidly of dark chocolate and charred malt than the nose had implied, but not much more complexity than the nose had implied either. Medium body and carbonation levels. Pretty average as far as porters go IMHO.

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Photo of zeff80
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance between roast and fruit qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This porter was had in a shaker pint.

Appearance- The body is an opaque, dark brown and only has a slight ring of mocha for foam. There is some fizz scattered over the lid of the beer.

Smell- This one has a lot of malt sugars at play, sweetening up the nose considerably. There is barely any roasted quality, with some vanilla playing around.

Taste- This is more roasty on the palate with a brown sugar sweetness. More roast occupies the finish without it getting too much char in the process. This robust porter has a simple flavor profile.

Mouth feel- A porter that could stand to be creamier. A little watery as it stands, and decently slick.

Overall- This porter has a palate that lacks personality, but hits the general porter notes just fine. I would appreciate a bigger body and more attention paid to the flavors.

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Photo of rowew
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck with what appears to be a world's ugliest dog candidate, animated in the typical (bad) Big Sky label fashion. Best by date inkjetted on the neck.

Appearance: Very dark brown, large mocha colored head with very good retention and lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, a bit of coffee and caramel.

Taste: Smooth mouthfeel, lots of coffee and roasted malt flavors.

Overall impression: Decent porter with a nice variety of flavors, pretty drinkable considering the ABV.

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Photo of imasloth
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep black with minimal tan head that quickly recedes.

S- Chocolate, malt, sweet with slight hop bitterness.

T- Sweet then chocolate, coffee and bitter hops. Strong bitterness and chocolate to finish.

M- Very smooth and rich. medium to heavy-bodied. Slight bitter afterfeel.

O- Good, but not overwhelmingly so. Certainly it doesn't take you any place new.

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Bobo's Robust Porter from Big Sky Brewing Company
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