Bobo's Robust Porter | Big Sky Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States
bigskybrew.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
32 IBU

Added by loren01 on 09-05-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
235
Reviews:
104
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
10.99%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
15
For Trade:
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Ratings: 235 |  Reviews: 104
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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 kjkinsey
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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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 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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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 ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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 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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of 22Blue
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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 a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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Bobo's Robust Porter from Big Sky Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 235 ratings.
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