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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
Reviews by ryan58813:
Photo of ryan58813
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful and very risky Porter. Strangely fruity and light with a very smooth takeon and nice rich after taste. One of the lightest dark beers I've had with a very rich feel. Everyone was 'suprised' with this porter and it's very unique flavor. A success in my book.

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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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark reddish-brown color with a huge off-white head. The aroma is toffee, brown sugar and roasted malt. The flavor is toffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A good porter.

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 russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruddy mahogany with 2+ fingers of mocha colored head. Stellar lacing & above average head retention

S: Roasted grains & a touch of dark fruittyness

T: A touch of chocolate, roasted grain & herbal hops, some smokeyness & a touch of dark fruit up front. I could make an argument this skews more towards English porter, but it's too rich & beefy...Dark choclate, a touch of licorice & dryness surface as this warms, plus some chicory/molasses. Finishes roasty, dry & with a slight stringent/coffee ground bite with just a bit of booze burn on the roof of my mouth & a bit of baker's chocolate. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Creamy with moderate carbonation, nice maltyness, plus a touch of oilyness once warm

Drinks very easy, a good stab at the style. Nice to see a beer from the Sooner state I can proudly share ( there are few others, but not always available ), well done Marshall! can't wait to try this on draft, preferably nitro or dare I dream? cask at Mc Nellies!

Photo of Beertracker
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

MBC's Big Jamoke pours up with a modest carbonation that creates a very creamy beige-khaki brown head that encompasses the very dark brown-mahogany body. The roasted malty aroma features cocao nibs, coffee grounds and blackstrap molasses with a slight plum fruitiness. Hints of some earthy/minty late hops emerge as it warms in hand. The flavor starts off with a pleasant caramel & butter toffee sweetness that is underscored by an subtle, but emerging bitterness that combines with the chocolate & roasted barley to create a substantial bittersweet finish. This bold medium to medium-full bodied robust porter shows just a touch of warmth with a pleasant creaminess and is amazingly drinkable on cask. This is a finely crafted brew blurs the line between a traditional Robust Porter & American Stout featuring a solid roastiness and powered by some warming alcohol making it a fine choice for those cold winter nights on the Frontier Strip! Here's to the brave airmen that flew the Big Jamoke (B-25)+others like her in WW2 and to the namesake beer that keeps its memory alive!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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 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 Bierguy5
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 6.8% abv. Nearly pitch black, maybe just a bit of brown. Luscious mocha head. Very nice retention and lace.

Roasted malts, caramel, coffee and dark chocolate. Some darker fruit. American hop presence in the nose goes well with the fruity components.

Lots of roasty flavor, with a sharp edge. Bitterness lingers, giving an espresso-like feel. Dark fruits are held to a minimum. Long, bitter American hop finish.

Medium body, with a creamy feel. Alcohol is felt a bit, but not overwhelming. A well made beer here.

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 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 GeezLynn
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Waxed 22oz bottle received in a trade with Coldmeat. No bottled on date. Poured at 55 degrees into a tumbler.

A: Cola brown body with an off white head. Initial pour foams up four to five inches. Yikes! Doesn't really settle down much at any point.

S: Musty chocolate malt, chalk/mineral, and distinct vinegar sourness. Also a bit of that plastic smell I have gotten with some other Marshall brews, although not as apparent as in the lighter ones.

T: Surprisingly much better than the smell. Bold but smooth malt brings out some heavy coffee flavors. As it warms, there's also a slight tartness which adds a little color to things. Bitterness goes well with the coffee flavors. This definitely leans toward the charred, dry side so that you don't get much of the chocolate flavors common with many big porters - quite similar to an Irish Dry Stout.

M: Body is a little light, but well-within style, and despite the ridiculous head, this doesn't seem at all over-carbonated.

Despite being stored at proper temperatures and refrigerated for hours prior to opening, the foam was out of control. That, combined with the sour smell had me expecting the worst. Turned out that flavor and texture were decent, but overall, another sub-par Marshall beer for me.

Thanks for the opportunity Chris.

Edit: Second bottle I had late 2010 was better. Still heavily carbonated but not tart or gushing. Still some chalky and plastic flavors. Too musty and earthy for me. But I'm pretty sure that I had a bad bottle last time and am raising the store to reflect this.

Photo of kylejohnson03
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

UPDATE: Poured into a pint glass on 12/12/10. This beer is a beautiful pitch black, with a full caramel colored head. Aromas of dark fruit and rich roasted malts. Coffee and chocolate on the palate, along with some very slight alcohol. Medium bodied, very creamy texture. Lightly carbonated. A really good porter from the folks at Marshall, wish they brewed this one year-round. Need to stock up before they all disappear!

Photo of tjroberts79
4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being one of the better American Porters available in this region, I decided to put the Big Jamoke on my kegerator in early December. The beer is well balanced with no overpowering traits in particular. Hard to describe the traits beyond what is already on here. Very full flavored, fresh tasting Porter that, to me, is the flagship of the Marshall lineup. This is one of my favorite 3 or 4 beers made in Oklahoma.

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 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 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 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 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 ktrillionaire
2.61/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Beertracker for this brew.

A - It pours a deep shiny black with a mocha head. It is a huge head, gushing, perhaps this beer is infected?

S - Smells like roasty malt, caramel-apple and berry-fruit. Again, I am unsure if these flavors are intended.

T - Follows on the nose, roasty and slightly sweet, with a lingering taste of coffee grounds; it is a drinkable Porter. A somewhat unusual combination of flavors, interesting but not outstanding.

M - The feel is very thin and light for the taste and style. Leaves a parched dry feel in the mouth, like coffee.

D - This beer is either quite unusual, or infected. Perhaps it is both.

Photo of champ103
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to armock for sharing this with me and some other BA friends.

A: Pours a dark brown color. A small beige head forms with little retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: Lightly roasted malt up front with some coffee aromas. Acrid and sharp.
T: Lightly roasted malt and coffee again. Not nearly as acrid as the nose.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Smooth and crisp, as a porter should be. Easy to drink. I could put away a bomber with ease.

A solid porter. Not nearly my favorite of the style or the brewery however. Still, worth a try if you can find a bottle.

Photo of TylerBGoode
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first experience with Marshall's seasonal porter was this year at McNellie's Pub in Tulsa. Poured from a cask into a Guinness pint glass, the dark hue of the beer and the strong coffee smell alerted me to the fact that this was going to be a perfect brew for a chilly night. The taste of the Big Jamoke is right on target. Featuring smooth malts, a strong coffee flavor, some sweet chocolate, a nice roasted finish and a well balanced bitterness - in other words it tastes just like a good porter should. The alcohol though is present in every sip and is not really all that well masked, which hurts the drinkability a bit for me.

If there is one style of beer that Oklahoma breweries seem to nail, it's the porter. Choc has two porters out now that are excellent, both the winter baltic porter and Jeff's smoked porter, and now Marshall has released a world class porter of their own. The Big Jamoke is one of Marshall's best brews, and there are few beers I'd rather nurse on a frigid night.

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 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 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!

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