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

One of six beers at a five person blind porter tasting including: Anchor Porter, Big Sky Bobo's Robust Porter, Deschutes Black Butte, Harvest Moon Pigs Ass Porter, Samuel Smith Taddy, and Sierra Nevada Porter. All of these are shelf beers in Montana.

This poured almost black with slight brown highlights and the darkest head of the evening. On the nose there is a very pleasant roasted malt note, with bare hints of dark chocolate behind. In the mouth those simple flavors dominate and intermix well. The body is medium and this one has the longest finish of the night.

Overall, I was very pleasantly surprised with this beer. I knew this one was going to be among those listed but expected Black Butte to beat it handily. Not so, as this ended up the clear, unanimous winner for all five of us. I had a couple of six packs of this one over the winter and enjoyed it quite a bit. The 2011/2012 batch was better than the 2010/2011 batch, and word is that the recipe was changed just a little bit. If you haven't had this recently, give it a try again. This is getting towards the top end of the style.

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Photo of denver10
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a nice khaki head. A rich aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, and malt. Flavor matched the aroma quite well, quite rich without being too sweet. Chocolate malt on display and a touch of roastiness. A nice creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, quite liked this one a lot. Not the most complex or layered beer out there but certainly enjoyable abd worth a try for sure.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$1.79 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with pale, crystal, chocolate, brown, black and roasted malts. Hopped with East Kent Goldings and Challenger. 6.2% ABV, 32 IBU's.

Pours out to a clear very dark brown, near black, forming a nice medium tan head with average retention and good lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is rich and very nice, with a very nice blend of dark fruits, espresso, black walnut, carob, vanilla and a touch of sour milk when swirled. Mouthfeel is very nice...a pleasant acidity, a touch of chalk, and a smooth medium body. The taste is a recap of the aroma...a very nice balance of roasted malts with a lingering sweetness in the aftertaste mixed with some grassy green hops. The hops contribute some sharp green and leafy acidity in the finish which is a little off. Bitterness is mild but well balanced against the rich roasted malts. What makes it robust is the amount of chocolate and black malts in here.

Overall, a nice porter, but I would have liked it more with less flavor and aroma hops, less black patent malt, and a bit more pale malt. Yummy. I would still buy it again. Similar to Southern Tiers if you happen to like theirs.

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Photo of dbossman
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, dark brown hue with a huge light brown head; lacing is good

S: Roasty chocolate malts with subtle pepper, anise, vanilla, coffee, and dark fruit undertones; this smells great

T: So much dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, and roasty and grainy flavors--this is a really nice robust porter

F: Big body for a porter and extremely creamy

O: This is a fine beer; one of my favorites from this brewery--truly what a robust porter should be

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

12oz bottle poured into a Widmer pint glass.

A: Dark, opaque but relatively thin...decent amount of light tan head.

S: Roasty, coffee and chocolate, burnt notes, dark malt, caramel. 'Robust'.

T: Pleasant roasted notes and medium bitterness; mocha, chocolate, hints of espresso, earthy burnt caramel, lots of malt...definite chocolate aftertaste.

MF: Medium bodied, lower carbonation, solid mouthfeel with the coffee-like bitterness and dryness.

O: Pleasantly surprised, didn't know what to expect on this one.

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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 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 BigRedN
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is very dark brown, near black. Pour produces a thick brown head about 3/4 inch in height. Head slowly fades to a solid covering that leaves some patchy lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt aromas spring forth from the glass. Roasted barley, scent of roasted coffee and nuts, hint of dark chocolate. Nothing really smells hop-related, but that's ok.

Taste: Falls in line with the scent of the beer and is true to the style. Starts with rich malt flavors, from beginning to middle. Then finishes with a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy, definitely not watery, nearly full bodied.

Overall: This beer is a wonderful porter. Good on a cool evening, better on a cold night. Purchased a 6 pack for $7.99, it was well worth it and recommended.

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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 SHODriver
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours black with a huge tan head which slowly recedes to a small mat with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of chocolate and coffee dominate the nose
T: Tastes of coffee and chocolate and some slight roast malt. aftertaste is slightly chalky with more roast character
M: smooth and creamy with minimal carbonation. it's there but it doesn't make its existence well known.
O: very nice flavors and drinks pretty well, not a bad way at all to end a session.

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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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Photo of bump8628
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty much right down the middle of the American Porter style. Charred wood, burnt sugars, dark chocolate, and espresso. Good balance between sweet and bitter with bitter winning out just slightly. Earthiness from the hops gives it a nice depth that keeps it interesting. It drinks lighter than the 6+% ABV, which I guess could be a negative or a positive depending on the drinker. Another solid craft beer from Big Sky.

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

Big Sky's Limited Release of Bobo's Robust Porter pours a slightly think, almost syrupy, super dark and opaque brown, with deep ruby highlights near the edges, this beer could almost pass for black. A solid inch of cocoa colored foam, appears almost milkshake-like in its frothiness, which eventually dissipates to leave a good lacing. Sweet and roasty malt aromas burst out of the glass and dance around hints of milk chocolate and coffee. unexpected, yet welcomed, smokiness joins roasted and some slightly sweet malt tones, with lighter then expected coffee flavors rounding out this brew. This medium bodied ale has a lower level amount of carbonation, both of which work exceptionally well in this limited release. A very good porter, and a GREAT beer to enjoy before the weather begins to get too warm...

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-very dark brown with a 2 finger mocha colored head that fadeds to a small cap leaving a bit of lacing on its way

S-coffee is the first smell that comes across with a little chocolate a some slight carmel sweetness on the end

T-much like the smell with a general roast malt to start that then goes through the smells coffee, chocolate and carmel with a little pine on the finish

M-good carbonation with a medium body

O-another decent offering from Big Sky nothing that jumps out and says this is the greatest porter around but solid all around

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Photo of obrike
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Loved the label...not sure what the hell Bobo is, but he looks like an insane dog. Got a sixer on sale at Specs in Round Rock for 6.99.

Nearly pure black pour...some dark brown and tinges of red. Mocha head that does not last...not much lacing either.

Fresh, burnt malt, coffee, some caramelized sugar in the scent. Dig it.

Taste follows scent...a good jolt of charred malt, caramel, some expresso, maybe some dark chocolate, even a dose of hops on the backend. Impressive.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin, but the nice blend of flavors makes up for that. I gotta say, this one is pretty good. A nice porter with a more than decent abv to boot.

Nice job Big Sky!

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Photo of BCraig
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint glass. Bobo's pours opaque very dark brown with a light red hue, dense, tan head roughly an inch thick. Head lingers; it dissipates slowly and leave frothy lacing on the glass sides.

S - Nice roasty aroma, hops are discernible, but the coffee, chocolate and burnt caramel malts dominate and are very inviting.

T - Coffee and chocolate malt flavors upfront but a nice balance of hops are present. A bit of a grainy finish.

M - Thick coating mouthfeel gives way to a coffee-like bitter after bite (not unpleasant).

O - A nice substitute if you're bored with the popular stouts. Not a session beer, but nice for winding down the last few bitter days of winter before stocking up on Spring Seasonals. Bobo's has a stronger hop balance than some of the more maltier porters. It's the type of beer I'd like to cap the night with especially with the pleasant coffee aromas and roasted malt flavors.

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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 jsprain1
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep dark brown with a one finger tan/cocoa head that retains quite poorly. There is some sticky lacing on the glass.
S- Aroma is semi-sweet for a porter. Caramel, a bit of coffee and a bit of milk chocolate.
T- More roasted flavors than aromas. Coffee and equal parts of milk and dark chocolate sit on the tongue. The hop level is low, but noticable.
M- Body is medium-light for a porter with a smooth, even carbonation. Smooth with a fairly clean, short finish.
O- A decent porter. It's enjoyable but nothing spectacular. Worth a try.

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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 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 derkfromwi
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, dark brown color, nice dark tan one-finger head, bit of lacing

S: Good blend of malts, chocolate, earthiness, touch of hops

T: Smokey and roasted malts, sweet caramel then coffee bitterness

M: Smooth, great thickness, robust is right, I think robust fits the beer name well for smell, taste, and mouthfeel

O: Good american porter, well better than the average AP, I'll drink it again and share with friends

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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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Bobo's Robust Porter from Big Sky Brewing Company
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