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 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 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 CooperEllis
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From azdback in a poker BIF box
12oz into Southampton snifter

Pours a dark black with faint brown/ruby notes at the edges. Thick tab head with a good deal of lacing sticking around well into the glass.

Roast malt, cream, milk chocolate all in the nose.

The first taste is milk chocolate with slight roast bitterness, but from there the flavor mellows into a light roast with a mild bitterness.

The mouthfeel is delightful. De-light-full. Mid carb, easy across the palate and enjoyable. Could use a bit more crispness.

Across the board a solid-plus porter. Enjoyed it from start to finish.


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Photo of Nerudamann
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – jet black with about half a finger’s worth of tan-colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell – malty, with a roasted dark chocolaty-type of aroma. Maybe just a hint of expresso bean?

Taste – exactly like the smell, malty, with a dark roasted type of quality. Still somewhat favoring a type of expresso bean taste. It’s pretty light, as that type of taste goes though. Bitterness is there, but mostly kicks in toward the middle and then it reemerges in the finish, but diminished somewhat.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-balanced, not leaning to much toward the watery or creamy sides.

Overall – not a bad brew at all. A little heavy tasting (not feeling) for a porter, but then again it does warn that it’s a “robust” porter.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is the color of espresso coffee beans with faint cola colors coming through the mere edges. A dark cream colored foamy head recedes quickly leaving a few random groups of bubbles. Light spotted lacing touches the glass.

The beer smells of burnt malts and dark bitter chocolate with notions of dark roasted coffee as well.

The taste is as good as the smell -- a burnt, smokey flavor hits the senses first, but it's soon followed by rich roasted malts and bitter chocolate. There's a slight black licorice bite just before the dry finish.

The mouthfeel is dry and medium bodied. Very sturdy.

Overall, I'm really impressed with this beer. It's got all of the traditional flavors of a good porter. Looks good, tastes good, feels good.

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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 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 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 katat0nic
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque black with dark brown head

S: Deep bitter chocolate and coffee aroma with a bit of floral

T: Coffee and smoky roasted flavors with hints of dark chocolate. I like that this porter has tons of flavor without ton of sweetness.

M: Smooth and not heavy. It could be a bit creamier.

D: ABV is 6.2%, a bit stronger then many porters, which I like. It is still very smooth and easy to drink. This is one of my favorite porters just slightly above the Black Butte Porter.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Drank from a bottle poured into a Samuel Adams special Boston Lager Glass.

A: Black. When held up to light, it is still black. A finger width espresso-colored head formed, but disappeared fairly quickly with no lacing.

S: Molasses and chocolate.

T: I taste roasted malt. Smoky, but not burnt. The beer is quick to let you know it is there, but as it finishes, it is actually mild and takes me right back to the chocolate and molasses.

M: This brew is creamy in texture, and dry, as porters are. Low carbonation.

D: Bobo's Robust Porter is sweet in a way I can personally tolerate... not acidic. The taste is about what you would expect looking at the 6.2% ABV . It is not a beer I would gravitate to in warmer months, as it is dry. I may re-visit this come winter and the holidays.

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

Small capped bottle poured into a pint.

Very nice presentation, nearly pitch black with a dense tan head showing good retention, average lacing.
Roasted aroma, chocolate, some coffee, not much else. Simple, to the point, but very pleasant.
Medium bodied, this is not as sweet as the aroma made me expect; mostly dry actually, bittersweet chocolate, more roasted malts, but not quite burnt.
Just like the aroma, simple, straight to the point, but very pleasant.
A solid porter.

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Photo of matjack85
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.59. No freshness date, and for some reason they don't even have this beer listed on their website.

The pour came out jet black and made a 1½ finger creamy brown head that lasted awhile, but it left no lacing on my glass.

The smell was mild roasted malts.

While the smell may have been mild, the taste was big, robust, roasted malt flavor like the name implies, with a splash of roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavors added in. Just enough hop bitterness for balance, but roastiness and toastiness rule the day in this one.

Silky smooth mouthfeel with only mild carbonation makes this one lean a little to the full side as far as body goes.

Full bodied or not, I could go for a few more of these. This is delicious and the alcohol hides well.

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Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from AJ's in Scottsdale in late February for $1.59. Best by date is 4-20-10.

Beer poured black as night with a very nice brown head upon the pour. Nose is of light roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, slight chocolate sweetness, nice dry hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth. Drinkability is good. This is a tasty flavorful beer that is a must try if you are an American Porter fan!

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an ominous black with dark brown head that is thick & creamy. Simply amazing appearance. Nose has dark chocolate, coffee, and a big roasty component. Roasty flavors are dominant on the palate as well, with more dark chocolate and plenty of toasty/roasty flavors on the finish. Nice body and drinkability.

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Photo of philbertk
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bobo's Robust Porter--Limited Release--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.20% ABV. 32 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Thin lace fizzy espresso tan head. Thick dark pour. Clear opaque dark black color. Huge sweet chocolate aroma. Mild hop fruit hint front. Crusty mild creamy sweet robust chocolate black bread mild espresso fruit zesty rich Porter body. Dry mild hop spice end. Rich. Sampled 6/1/2010. 6-Pack $8.59.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood - 5/6/2010. Served in a nonic.

Opaque seal brown liquid with a small tan head. Good cakey lacing, thin tears. Average retention.

Roast coffee, chocolate, dark malt - perfectly wedded.

The flavors follow the nose closely, though the depth of malt suggests multiple varieties though not roast levels. A hint of bitterness towards the finish, but more like bittersweet chocolate than hops. Maybe the slightest twinge of diacetyl.

Velvety, rich, medium-bodied feel with moderate carbonation.

Great with food, enjoyable alone, the best thing I've tried so far from this brewery.

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Photo of colts9016
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my NN, glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger creamy foamy head that has poor retention. The head is dark brown in color. The color of the beer is dark brown to oily black. The clarity of the beer is dark brown to opaque. The has left a little lacing on the glass. The appearance on the beer is just average, considering the poor retention on the head.

Nose: A nice roasted dark chocolate malt with the burnt character, bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted coffee, and some wood. There is a nice floral note, light citrus, and some floral esters. The aromas of the nose are nice and pleasant, I feel it is lacking depth for a great porter.

Taste: The malt is nicely roasted with good characteristics. The malt has that delicious burnt character, bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted coffee, light molasses note, pine, floral esters, and a touch of grapefruit.

The mouth feel of the beer is creamy, rich, slightly dry, and coating.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and a medium full finish. This a really porter. It has all the characteristics of a good porter, but nothing special stands out. The alcohol is masked really well lending to a very easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Strix
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown, dark head with decent lacing.

Smells of roasted malt, a bit of coffee and chocolate.

Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, caramel and oak with a hint of hops and vanilla towards the end.

Mouthfeel smooth, lightly carbonated.

This was very pleasant, nice blend of tastes, I'd have it again.

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Photo of diabecktic
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon pouring, ~3 fingers of muddy head form. Retention is excellent, as the head slowly dissipates, leaving a good finger's worth; lacing is good but not great. As far as the color goes, this beer is jet black. When held up to the light I can't see a tint of any other color as the light hits the glass at a different angle.

The aroma is fairly smoky, but I can detect roasted malts, dark chocolate, a bit of toffee, and a hit of caramel. I'm thinking of what a campfire smells like after it has recently cooked s'mores; it's an outdoors-y, chocolate type aroma that's fairly intriguing.

This beer tastes much like what the scent would have you believe it tastes like. The toasted chocolate malt imparts a complex sweetness which is balanced by a somewhat smoky flavor and a subtle hoppiness which becomes apparent at the end of a given sip. As you can probably infer from the name, it is indeed quite robust, if not slightly too smoky.

The body is rather full (again - think robust), so I rate the mouthfeel as medium-heavy. Earthy sweetness lends some density, but it's not too thick. There doesn't seem to be much carbonation, so the beer isn't too lively on the tongue.

Though the body is a bit on the heavier side, it doesn't make the beer any less drinkable. The %ABV might be a bit high for a session beer, but this is one you can definately sip on. For maximum effect, I would suggest drinking this brew near a campfire on a cool summer night.

This is an excellent American Porter for the price (~$7.00 for a 6 pack). As the name implies, it is definately quite robust. I personally found it a tad too smoky to rate it more highly than I did, but this is still a great beer nonetheless. In my mind, it's very straight forward; the flavors are distinct and balanced well. There might be better porters out on the market, but you would be hard pressed to find one of comparable quality for the same price.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown mahogany color, the foam looks really great and sticks around. Served in an unfortunate shaker pint, but the nose still wafts up pretty well. Some roasted malt comes up along with caramel, toffee, crystal malt, and just the faintest touch of vanillin.

Solidly bitter, with enough chocolate and coffee to keep things moving along. A touch of vanilla and even oak. The mouthfeel could use a boost, but overall it was a pretty impressive outing, and a bit of a sleeper.

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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 AmberMan22
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, it must be said that whatever the heck is on the bottle is extremely creepy.
That being said, this is a very good beer.

Bobo's certainly looks robust. A deep, light-sucking black adorned with a fierce mocha topped head. This guy looks mean.

Smokiness is the first thing that blasts the olfactory sense. This is followed up by a sweet and roasty malty smell. There's something bitter in there, but tough to distinguish under the smokiness.

The smoky flavor immediately dominates the taste too, but yields to dark, chocolate malts...simultaneously with the hops. Strange that both of these flavors hit at the same time. Took me a while to figure out what was going on, but there's definitely some hop spiciness/bitterness present at the same time as the smoky roasted malt. Very cool.

I've enjoyed every offering from Big Sky that I've tried, and this is no exception. If you're a porter fan, this certainly is a robust (and delicious) one at an equally tasty price.

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Photo of SykDoc
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a dark brown almost black and opaque when held to the light. A 1/4 dark tan had forms and reduces to a blotchy lacing.

The aroma was quite good to me with a nice roasted malt component that included dark fruit, coffee, and chocolate. Not complex, but good.

The taste was similar to the aroma with a roasted malt, chocolate/coffee note. It would be higher except there is a definite metallic taste. There is a nice hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is solid with a full body and a good level of carbonation that smooths out the flavor. Dry at the finish with a leathery feel towards the end.

I think this is a drinkable beer with good components. I was a little concerned when I read the reviews but reassured when I drank it. Definitely worth trying if you can get your hands on it and like porters.

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Photo of youradhere
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours pitch black and coats the glass as it splashes up the glass, head is light tan. The head is chunky and crusty as it begins to fall, leaving a lattice work of foam over the top of the beer.

S- Slight fruit and coffee, other than that not much is coming off of here.

T- Nice mellow bitterness with malt roast brining up the rear. Coffee follows. Char and coffee is what I mostly get.

M- Pretty dry which matches well with the mellow flavor.

D- This would make a good session beer despite the 6.2 ABV. Very drinkable.

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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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Bobo's Robust Porter from Big Sky Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 234 ratings.
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