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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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Ratings: 235 |  Reviews: 104
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with a thin khaki head that soon dissipates into a patchy veil. Aroma smells of pure dark chocolate with a hint of caramel (imagine a Ghirardelli's dark chocolate caramel square melted down into beer form).

The flavor comes through on the promise of the aroma, with rich, roasty dark chocolate all over, invoking baker's chocolate and hot cocoa. The roasted malt is positively singed, with acrid bitterness growing from front to back. I might have found this objectionable had it not paired so well with the chocolate. In this context, though, it works. The dark chocolate and roasted character are married by a chalky essence that lingers into the finish. Whatever hops are present are mild and earthy, accentuating the rugged, robust character of the beer. The medium body is bolstered by a fine, vigorous carbonation that lends a semi-creamy mouthfeel.

This is one of my early favorites from back in the day, and I'm glad to say it withstands the test of time. This is a no-frills foray into what good, chocolately, roasted malt tastes like. Bobo's is both flavorful and highly drinkable, making a good session beer for those colder times of the year (like late March in Chicago...).

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Redneckwine
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass

Appearance - stout like, darkest brown possible to black, opaque clarity with no light coming through. Minimal head, minimal lacing

Smell - getting lots of char, bitter chocolate, coffee, whiff of grassy hops

Feel/Taste - Smooth, creamy body, light carb. Medium light body. Taste is of very roasty coffee and chocolate, earthy/grassy light hops, feint fruity notes as well on the finish. Lightly bitter and dry on the finish also.

Overall - An enjoyable, flavorful porter. This damn near borders on stout territory for me, minus a little body. The roasty character is very prominent in this brew. Big sky definitely nailed what they were going for here: a robust porter.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Bobo's Robust Porter from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 235 ratings
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