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Big Jamoke - Marshall Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

110 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 13
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Marshall Brewing Company visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Beertracker on 12-22-2009

Big Jamoke is an American Robust Porter named for the B-25 that Brewmaster Eric Marshall’s grandfather flew in WW II. A blend of five malts from Munich to Chocolate provide a deep mahogany color and aroma of toffee and roasted coffee. On the palate this beer is full-bodied with hints of bittersweet chocolate and toffee… while finishing smooth and dry from the addition of earthy hops.
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Ratings: 110 | Reviews: 52
Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First beer from this brewery, thanks to furealz (Reddit).

A very aggressive pour still only yields a small fizzy mocha colored head that fades at a med pace, head looks like a 9-10% abv kinda beer, touches of lacing, over a dark almost pitch black beer that lets a bit of mahogany light through the thin parts.

NOse is about what I expected, some darker malts, little cocoa and dusty chocolate powder, a couple layers of caramel, mild earthiness and touches of earthy hop, bit of fluffy chocolate nougat and caramel candy bar like, touch of minerality and hint of coffee.

Taste starts with more dark malts, hint of roasted black malt but not really burnt or roasty, dry cocoa mix and chocolate malt, little biscuity dark malt that eventually turns to a little char, more varying caramel flavors, light and dark, with a bit more fluffy chocolate nougat, but not sweet at all. More earthy hops kick in with a little chewy hop and fair bitterness. Finish is again very dry as the entire beer was, mild roasty flavor lingering with some earthy hops, more dried cocoa, and little caramel, spicy hops start to take over later on the finish and get fairly bitter.

Mouth is med to fuller bod with a very dry feel, nice fluffy carb.

Overall not bad, a decent porter that doesn't really do anything wrong, maybe just a bit too dry overall, but still enjoyable.

Photo of MartzMimic
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown from the bottle with a small foamy head that dissipates reasonable quickly. Aroma is chocolate with coffee. Chocolate, coffee and malt are pretty balance, with only a bit of bitterness. Medium mouth with a decent amount of carbonation. Not a bad porter at all.

Photo of brentk56
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color capped by a couple of inches of beige foam; the retention and lacing were decent but not spectacular

Smell: Black bread and chocolate; walnuts and a hint of dried dark fruit

Taste: Roasty charred black bread, up front, with chocolate flavors building into the middle; walnuts and raisins join, after the swallow, as do the earthy hops that keep the sweetness in check; well-balanced in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a first class Porter; not quite Edmund Fitz, but very close

Thanks, BlueOkie, for the opportunity

Photo of freneticamnesic
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - poured very deep brown/red, very little carbonation. Looked quite flat.

S - Sweet hops, caramel and coffee. very pleasant

T - Coffee and roasted malt, strong smokey hops and dark chocolate, with a lingering espresso taste

M - thinner than i expected, very very little carbonation

O - Overall the taste and smell were very nice and well balanced. From a porter I expected a somewhat thicker mouthfeel, and maybe a bit more carbonation. But I would drink one again, gladly.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

The beer is as black as new tires with brown barely coming through on the edges. A mocha colored head recedes to a film with a thicker patch in the center. Webbed lacing coats the glass.

The beer first smells of burnt, roasted malts. Then roasted coffee notes come in, as well as a faint smokiness and some black licorice on the back end.

The taste starts with bitter roasted malts. Then a really dark rich coffee flavor kicks in. It has some Oreo cookie richness in it, dark chocolates. There's faint smokiness and bitter hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is dry and lively.

Overall, really impressed with the coffee and bitter chocolate notes on this. A great porter to take your time with and enjoy.

Photo of halfgermanhalfirish
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured the beer into a standard pint glass. After I drank it I came to the conclusion that a snifter would be a better choice of glassware to highlight this beer strong features.

A- poured ruby red and turns pretty much pitch black in the glass. There is very little head initially and it quickly disapeared. There is no carbonation and this translates to a very flat unappealing beer. Almost looks like a glass of dark red wine.

S- It smells substantially better than it looks. A pleasent dark chocolate aroma up front followed by rosted malts and coffee. Very pleasant.

T- Very intense flavors of dark chocolate and roasted malts with some dark fruit on the end. Very balance flavors and hardly any hint of the alchohal.

M- Very light almost watery feel. Simmilar to drinking a glass of win or juice.

O- I took one look at this beer and thought I would hate it but overall I enjoyed drinking this beer and would enjoy it again in a heartbeat. Dispite its unappealing appearance this beer taste really good and is very easy to drink. It would be an excellant entry level beer for someone new to stouts and porters. This beer reminds me of an ex girlfriend I once had. She is not sexy but knows how to satisfy.

Photo of chocosushi
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Duvel Tulip
This was in 12oz bottles this year.

A ~ Pours black with a burgundy hue. Carb is extremely fine
Lacing is spotty & uniform, but doesn't stick around for too long.
Definitely looks the part of the porter.

S ~ Espresso beans/Dark Roast beans with Raisins & Dates close behind..Dark Bread with butter...vanilla ice cream...Touches of red grapes & wood chips/general earthiness.

T ~ Dates follow through with major bittersweet chocolate notes. Notes of caramel & coffee mid palette. On the finish is heavily toasted bread with touches of peppery hops.

M ~ Strappingly dry & medium bodied with a large amount of hops. Very roasty, but really not as sharp as most American Porters. Lacking in Astringency.

D ~ Well hopped & very balanced for the ABV. Marshall was very smart to put this classic in 12oz bottles. Enjoy it on many a fireside evening. Cheers to Marshall for killin' it.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Herf!

Pours black with mahogany edges. Big, fluffy khaki colored head. Roasted malt nose, with some chocolate, and light roasted coffee. There's a slight whiff of piny hops in the back. Big chocolate taste, with some light coffee roast notes, more roasted malts and a slight sweetness. Despite the big head, which seemed to allude to some carbonation issues, the feel was rather full, creamy and robust...quite wonderful on the palate. Overall, another solid, tasty Marshal offering!

Photo of TippySelenoid
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a chocolate brown hue with a tan head that leaves a nice ring of suds.

It's got a lot of chocolate in the nose. There is a good deal of malt aroma as well.

It's got a chocolate and burnt caramel flavor. This is not a sweet beer. There isn't much hop presence.

It's medium bodied with an adequate carbonation.

Overall, this beer is good. If you're ever in OK pick some up.

Photo of Hopswagger
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

Dark color with slight carbonation little head, no retention.

Nose was heavy coffee, hints of steak sauce, wood and nuts.

Slightly bubbly taste with heavy coffee flavor, hints of wood and a toffee finish.

Overall good porter, maybe too heavy on the coffee but enjoyable none the less.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite a big porter here from the OK Land.

Very dark brown pour turns black. Atop which is a chocolate malt looking foamed up head. Looks good, lacing is slick and oily, sugary.

Aroma has hints of lots of things; leather, molasses, roasted flesh--non human I think, figs, black plum and marble rye bread. not sure if it's complex or un-decided...

Still, definitely worth a taste and then some. Dark chocolate up front and on the end giving it a sharp feel. Molasses and leather pop in and out, as do some earthy hops and spice. Robust and rounded, with a pinch of oddity.

A nice porter, perhaps more English, but still good.

Photo of Cresant
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 22 oz. waxed, brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date. Created a giant glass of foam. Really the most ridiculous head I have ever seen. (The bottle was sitting for well over a month undisturbed before pouring.) The massive head was tan and very resilient. What beer remained in the bottle began to develop a head too! When the body finally settled it was a dark, opaque brown.

The smell was clean roasted grain. Lightly nutty.

The taste was coffee and cocoa. Some nice roasty char which left a bittering finish. Well hidden alcohol.

The mouthfeel was medium to thin in body. There was not much carbonation left in the beer, it spent itself on the over the top head.

Photo of Spider889
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I normally am not too inclined to re-review beers unless there's a really good reason to, but in this case I will. BlueOkie tried like hell to send me a good bottle of this stuff, the first two were progressively worse, while the second 2 were both fine. Scot, your effort and determination have earned a second look here.

My first review will remain below the new one, but I will score according to the newest batch. But to recap - bottle #1 was over carbonated and oxidized a lot. Bottle #2 exhibited the same issues but worse, with more off flavors and the distinct aroma/flavor of copper.

Scores: #1 = 2.98, #2 - 1.5 (both of these were the large format bottles with gold wax.)

Bottles #3 & 4 were from the most recent batch, and are 12 oz bottles.

I poured this latest batch into a snifter. Finally the head was working the way it should. Instead of flash foam overflowing everywhere, I had to pour vigorously to attain some head. Not a lot of retention, but at least this Jamoke is behaving himself now. Some wisps of rocky lace coat the glass.

Smells really nice. Bitter baker's chocolate, light char, and subtle coffee notes.

The taste is also much better. The char is a tad overdone - causing bitterness beyond what I'd prefer in the style. But too much roasted barley is much better than oxidation and pennies. Some more sweetness to compliment the chocolate in the aroma would really make Big Jamoke shine a little more.

Medium bodied with lighter carbonation. Slightly sticky on the palate. Overall, I still don't agree that this is a top tier Porter the way the Bros have rated it, but this is definitely a solid beer when you get one that is not plagued by carbonation/infection issues.

Advice - avoid anything with the waxed cap.
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Bottle #1 review from 8/14/11

The presentation is a nice looking label on a 22oz bottle, though it seems somewhat stubbier than the average. The gold wax is a nice compliment to the appearance I suppose. Though waxing a simple porter seems a bit unnecessary to me.

As I cracked the wax there was a lot of visible corrosion around the cap. After popping the cap, sludgy rust is caked all around the inside lip as well. Not usually a great sign on a beer that ought to have been bottled this year.

Poured into a stein for the hell of it. I got maybe 2 or 3 ounces out before a flash of foam filled the entire stein to the brim. I'm surprised the bottle wasn't a gusher. Nearly ten minutes later the foam subsided enough for me to try and fill the glass again.

Black, albeit thin, the foam is a moderately dark khaki color. Super tall, and it lingers. Rocky spires decayed slowly atop the liquid beneath. Pretty good lace, too. In short, I was getting lots of mixed signals right off the bat here.

Smells typical, though maybe a bit more fruity than the average porter. Later inspection left me disliking the aroma more... I really want to call this beer oxidized here.

The flavor runs in the same vein. Oxidized notions are luckily very muted, if non-existent. Lots of roast and char, with a sturdy malty base. Bitter at times, and a tad earthy.

The mouthfeel is too thin, and the carbonation is off.

Overall not bad, but I feel like either I got a bad bottle or the homers are propping this jamoke up more than he's earned.

Photo of CelticAleMan
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

04/04/11

22oz bottle provided by ThirstyHerf as an extra. Greatly appreciated.

A - Dark brown, almost black. When held to light, some manages to make it through the edges. Huge tan/light mocha head. Nice permanent lacing.

S - Very strange smelling. There are some prominent aromas that are hard to discern: Rubber and/or plastic, maybe leather(?). Beyond that there is American hops and chocolate.

T - Taste has none of the strangeness exhibited in the nose. Not very complex, but has very good porter flavors: Chocolate, coffee, and toffee followed by a dry finish that has a lot of bitter chocolate and hops.

M - Medium body. Mildly creamy.

O - Besides the strange smell of the beer, this is a very nice porter.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #50 (March 2011):

Head reaches high, then leaves big clumps of lace on the glass. A black color is all that was expected, and it was deliv- ered. Roasted edge of unsweetened chocolate, burnt raisin fruitiness and a level hop resin make up the nose. Smooth and creamy, with a bitty roasted bite that kicks things off. Deep charcoal and undertones of coffee and cocoa powder blanket the palate. Slight warmth of alcohol lends a burnt currant flavor, and the hops go leafy and earthy, which ends up complimenting the roasted flavors. Hint of yeast in the bittersweet finish. The Porter throws down hard in a robust manner without being so big that it detracts from drinkability. A serious Porter here.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Robust in its roastiness yet remarkably dry, Marshall's is bold in taste but drinkable in finish.

Deep, dark brown in color and basically opaque, this porter errupts in a billowing head of both tightly and loosely knit bubbles that gel into a near-rocky head with intermitten rings of lace left behind.

Bittersweet chocolate aromas start the session with a quick follow up of walnuts, deep roasted coffee, malted milk, caramel, and grain. Savory, the coffee roast seems almost stout-like and the grains illude to a thin astringency to come- let's see.

Malty and roasty flavors come together with a flavor spread that includes deeply roasted coffee but not espresso, cocoa powder, malt, molassas, walnuts, heavy toast and charred grains. Very robust for a porter but the intensity and proportions don't seem like a stout either- the beer is caught somwhere between. With no real fruitiness and only a slight phenolic character, the beer has a strong porter profile.

The mouthfeel is the highlight of the beer- very creamy and expressive in its carbonation, the beer expands delightfully in the mouth and wiht a creamy-dry character that carries it into finish. Malty dry with arid toast and charred grainy bite, the hop bitterness is accentuated by the textures of burnt woods and overworked grains. Light astringency is the only deterant in texture.

A delicious yet aggressive porter that borrows some heavy roast character from stouts. The heavy malt character makes it delicious and the dryness make it palatable. But the grainy-astringent flavors and bite hold it back a bit. But overall, any porter fan will find a friend with this beer in their glass.

Thanks BlueOkie!

Photo of alleykatking
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Thanks goes out to SuperNova777 for bringing this bottle over.

A- Pours a near black deep brown color. Hints of red highlight just hits the edge of the glass when held to the light. Two finger cocoa colored head shows medium retention. Lacing on the glass shows some light streaks when taking drinks.

S- Roasted malts with hints of chocolate in the front of the aroma. Coffee with a huge roast character to it and some toffee come in as a secondary aroma. Lastly in the ending of the nose is smoke, hints of roast, and light earthy hops.

T- Roasted malts in the front of the beer. This starts to give way to a light chocolate flavor with a hint of vanilla in the background. Toffee notes also jump out more so in the middle. Ending has more of a light smoked malt lingering with roasted coffee giving way to the dominate back flavor. Alcohol is light and only brushes the palate.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Chocolate, roasted malts, and hint of smoke are left on the palate. Aftertaste is alcohol, light chocoalte, smoke, and hints of roasted coffee. Flavors were blended well together for the style I thought. Off flavors are nowhere to be found in this beer. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was good but there seemed to be something that was not quite there. I liked it a lot but there was a little something missing that would have made this beer amazing. I thought the abv was well hidden and never became a forefront of the beer.

Photo of gnemesis
1.06/5  rDev -73%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is my first time reviewing an apparently infected beer so if this is frowned up please delete. I poured into snifter on 04.12.11. This bottle was an extra so I am not sure how it has been stored. I chilled it and then popped off the wax and cap. This was a huge gusher! I had to fill 3 glasses just to get enough beer to sample. The nose immediately smelled off. I'm no expert but I got burnt notes and loads of oxidation. I take a few sips and it is clearly not good. This beer (although waxed) is oxidized and undrinkable. Drain pour :(...
The reviews here are mixed but it sounds like a decent beer. I will try another if I can find one and edit my review.

Photo of bbeane
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a nice head that lingers for a bit before disappearing, leaving behind some spotted lacing. Beer is pitch with a hint of light shining through when held up to the light

S- Mostly burnt smelling with maybe a hint of sweetness... bit weak

T- Mostly a burnt malty taste with a little bit of chocolate and coffee coming through in the finish

M- Full bodied with light/medium carbonation

D- Not bad, I just enjoy a bit more coffee and chocolate coming through than this one provides. For those that really enjoy the burnt toasty taste more, this is for you

CHEERS!!

Photo of craytonic
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black pour with an enormous mocha head that fills the majority of the glass, big time retention and lacing

Smell: Roasted malts and bitter chocolate

Taste: Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, hops, smoke, dark fruits, licorice, molasses, coffee.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with aggressive carbonation

Overall: Decent porter, nothing special but a good local attept at the style.

Photo of augustgarage
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to gawnphishin for the chance to try this. Very cool WWII-esque line-art graphics on the label (depicting the brewmaster's grandfather I think).

Poured from a waxed 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Bottle conditioned I presume considering the enormous heft of rocky sponge-like foam that fills the glass despite a careful pour. Eventually it settles down to a messy smattering of light tan suds covering a very dark brown yet clear liquid with very faint rufous highlights. Superior retention, sticky thick lacing.

Roast malt has a woodsy aroma along with faint cocoa and vanilla. There is some caramel as well, though this could be a hint of diacetyl.

Very rich coffee, light smoke, faint toffee and bittersweet chocolate (as noted by the brewer), and an array of well blended specialty malts. Dry lightly bitter finish with somewhat grassy hop notes and maybe a whisper of citrus.

Mildly astringent, crisp, though perhaps over-carbonated for the style.

Unique, bold, and flavorful porter - it tastes like some "Imperial" porters I've had except without the high ABV or heavy roast qualities, which keeps the drinkability high.

Worth seeking out - this would be a regular purchase for me if I lived in the region (especially if I lacked access to Anchor, Deschutes, etc).

Photo of zhanson88
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to coldmeat23 for including this beer as an extra in a trade. Poured into a Boulevard pint glass.

Appearance: Big Jamoke pours out a very dark brown color with a big mocha colored head. Retention is very nice, and the lacing is decent.

Smell: I get lots of coffee and roasted malts up front on the nose. There is also some smokiness there as well, and just a bit of floral hops.

Taste: This beer has a big flavor. Roasted malts show up first, as well as a big slightly burned coffee flavor. Just a hint of floral hops arrive on the back end. This beer has a lot of flavor for the relatively low ABV.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is light to medium bodied with just a bit too much carbonation. But, it is still fairly smooth and creamy. The burned/smoky component of this beer retracts a little from the drinkability, but it's still pretty good. This is a very nice porter from Marshall Brewing.

Photo of cavedave
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to coldmeat23 for this Oklahoma gem.

On the border between black and brown, opaque, and topped by a brownish-beige, lather-like, lasting, three finger head that coats the glass with serious lace. This is almost the poster boy for a porter.

Medium/light aroma, coffee, herbal bitter, toasty bread sweet, hints of tart yeast, even lighter hints of bitter chocolate.

Medium taste, fronted by coffee and chocolate, a touch of yeasty tart, dissolving into roasty sweet goodness that picks up some nice herbal bitter, into a finish that is more charry coffee, more bittering hop, and less sweet chocolate as the beer warms. Very nice taste, bright, and delicious.

Fuller in the mouth than the smell and taste predicted, very coating, thankfully lower carb. than expected, and a dry , clean finish.

Drinkability is wonderful. Pleasingly, interestingly, deliciously refreshing.

Impression: What a pleasant surprise, this beer rocks. I recommend you get some immediately.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with dark brown edges. 2 finger creamy mocha head. Thick sheets of lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Chocolate, roasted malts, marshmallow, toasted toffee, graham cracker,

T - Decadent chocolate, dry roasted coffee beans, anise, sweet but earthy black malt. Hints of dry fig and raisin. Has a vanilla bean sweetness in the middle but finishes dry.

M - Low carbonation, velvety and creamy.

This is my favorite porter of all time. It is full, rich, and delivers tons of flavor. I wish this was a year round release.

Photo of cpetrone84
2.71/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a nearly opaque black with a thick bubbly caramel colored head leaving a thin sticky lacing.

S-the nose is very sweet, the dark chocolate, toffee and roasted to burnt coffee is up front. these flavors are overpowered by malty sweetness, lots of sugar, burnt brown sugar and dark fruits.

T-the flavor is much more burnt than the nose. roasted to burnt malt and coffee, rather bitter. light malt sweetness in the back with little balance.

M-medium to light body, slightly thin, assertive carbonation and a little grainy on the palate.

D-the nose and flavor are both one dimensional and exact opposites. the flavor is overly burnt, the nose is overly sweet. nothing really working well here.

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Big Jamoke from Marshall Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.