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 | website

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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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 StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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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 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.

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Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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....

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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 WoodBrew
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sit Bobo....sit...Good dog...for those who are in and round 40yrs will know what reference I just put down. Bobo poured an opaque black with ecru head that is thick and leaving some lace. The scent has roast and hints of chocolate. The taste has some coffee, caramel and peat. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its an ok porter....definitely sessionable.

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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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Photo of Mora2000
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep and dark, semi sweet chocolate and roast grains. Thick brown foamy head. Aroma is soft and sweet, taste brings the bitterness, and lingers on the palate, like melted chocolate. A keeper.

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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 JohnGalt1
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.


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Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4



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.

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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 scruffwhor
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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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 gtermi
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a very nice, dark blackish brown body, with a thick tan creamy head.

S: This has a nice amount of roasted malt and also a bit of coffee and chocolate.

T: This is where the beer really shines. It has the nice roasted flavors, but the coffee flavor that is present is amazing. I also get a very tiny bit of chocolate.

M: There is a bit of crispness on the back of the throat and tongue and leaves a high amount of carbonation in the throat.

O: This is a very good beer. Porters are one of my favorites and this for sure didnt let me down. I cant wait to have it again.

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

This beer is nearly black and it's looking pretty thick, too. The head that rises on top is a strong, rocky medium brown one with some staying power and heft. The lacing it leaves clinging to the glass is patchy and plenteous.
This beer is consistent from aroma to flavor and is pretty much a standard-setter for the so-called "robust porter," almost a style in its own right now. Where it keeps from crossing from porter to stout may be a mystery, but it's got the necessities: a big, strong, roasty malt backbone, a dry sort of edge with just a little sweetness cutting the char and roast from being acrid, heavier notes of barley-like grains, and the dark chocolate & coffee (in this case grounds) combo that comes with it all.
The body has the appropriate robustness, not disappointing, in a big, full body with an ashy dryness most of the way though. Crispness is light but sustained with nice smoothness.

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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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