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Big Jamoke - Marshall Brewing Company

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103 Ratings

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 14
Gots: 10 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Beertracker on 12-22-2009)
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 11, 2013
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

aaronc528, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Bierlerner
4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a bomber and into a glass.

A - really dark brown. Almost black. Nice head with the pour.

S - smells rich and Roasty. Definite chocolate and coffee undertones. Mainly coffee smell. Makes me want to drink it for breakfast!

T - again, chocolate and coffee. A little smoke to it as well. Great balance between all the flavors with a nice bitter ending. Better and better as it warms.

M - medium body and not too much carbonation. A very creamy feel.

D - definitely their signature beer. Too bad it's seasonal, but it's one I look forward to. I love this beer.

Bierlerner, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of tjroberts79
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

tjroberts79, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of tronester
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown with red highlights, almost black. A massive, rocky tan head develops. Smell is of freshly roasted coffee and ripe pears. Taste is rich malt flavors up front, with a roasted grain middle, and a rich earthy herbal hop finish. A bit of citrus in the finish as well. Delicious! Mouthfeel is super rich and creamy, slightly high carbonation, but nothing bad. Drinkability is super high, a 22oz bomber is not too much at all even with 6.8% alcohol.

I look forward to this again next year, hopefully it becomes year round soon though!

tronester, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of shohog
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass with 3 finger soapy bubbly head. The head disappeared too quickly but lacing was there adequately.

Smell was of smoked malts, grassy notes, toffee and caramel.

Taste explosion of chocolate, smoked malts, coffee, caramel and toffee. The aftertaste was an awesome bitter chocolate that left you craving and sip. There is also a tasty sour note in this beer similiar to black lager or schwarzbiers.

The mouthfeel is perfect for this style, with not too much carbonation and the alochol is barely detectable.

Perfect beer for bbq, steaks, chillis or mexican food.

shohog, Jan 04, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

ThirstyHerf, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of coldmeat23
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

GLASS: Nonic Glass
TEMP: Served @ approx 55-60 degrees

A beautiful dark, dark, brown liquid with serious ruby/garnet highlights. Over a fingers worth of creamy, light brown foam sits on top. The retention is very good and the lacing is full and quite sticky.

The nose is full of big roasty notes. Tons of roasted coffee. Lots of dark chocolate notes. Very subtle hints of dark fruit sweetness. Decent notes of cocoa powder. Light touches of smokiness.

The roastiness is not quite as dominant as expected, but is still here and very good. Nice hints of dark fruit sweetness, but not overly done. Nice, earthiness presence from the hops. Very smooth and balanced.

This is almost full-bodied and has a mild level of carbonation, which is expected from a cask version. It is extremely smooth and easy drinking. It goes down like satin.

This version is very drinkable. I've been drinking as much as I can for the past couple of months, since this one showed up....and will continue to do so until it finally disappears.

coldmeat23, Mar 02, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

RichH55, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of StaveHooks
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

StaveHooks, Jan 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

OUJayhawk1799, Apr 20, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of the excellent trader known as russpowell. Thanks Russ!

Cream coloured wax bottle.

A slightly vigorous pour yielded a very dark brown coloured brew with a 2 finger head of foam. Checking on the lacing and yep. It does not fall short on that account.

The smell has a lot of malty meat to it bringing nice sweetness ala a milkshake, good roasty tones, and a light whiff of smoke.

The taste has the roasted malt and to a lesser extent, that milkshake like sweetness with a more obvious smke character. Very yummy!The finish is nice and dry from the roast and the smoke and I think there's a touch of some coffee here as well. Again..yummy!

A nice thickish mouthfeel with lowish carbonation...gives it an extremely nice creamy texture. Superb mouthfeel.

Drinkability? This bottle will not last long...very drinkable and so damn smooth. A great find, imho. Thanks again, Russ!

Bitterbill, Mar 08, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into my brand new toon tumblers uncanny x-men pint glass.

pours a dark brown with a fat finger of rich dark brownish/white head with long retention and solid rings of lacing. some floaters.

smell has big toffee, some coffee and a nice profile of roasted malts.

taste is effin amazing. full flavored roasted malts and a subtle coffee note. no alchohol present. i got the second half of the bottle so there is a bit of kinda yeasty in the aftertaste too.lovely mix.

mouthfeel: very dry and leaves me smacking my lips and the back of my throat salivating in desire for more.

drinkability: unfortunately this will be the only time i have it for a while my girlfriend brought me back one when she was in tulsa for the holidays.it is amazingly tasty and of a very sessionable abv.

northaustin, Dec 28, 2009
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4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours fairly dark into my pint glass, radiant red streaks of light can be seen through it when held to the light. big, generous, foamy head on this one. a couple of fingers worth and creamy, it's really sticking around. Leaves quite a bit of lacing behind on the glass.

I get toasted malts up front in the nose, some faint herbal hops are also there. smells sweet.

Very flavorful porter. the roasted malts are definitely present, but not overly done. maybe some bitter chocolate, coffee in the aftertaste. Not too sweet, as it is well balanced. I really like this.
good on a cooler night like tonight.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. very smooth drinking beer.

I would definitely buy this again if I wanted a good porter. This is probably one of my favorites of the style that i've had.

wolfinthemirror, Apr 18, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

JuicesFlowing, Jan 25, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

kylejohnson03, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of freneticamnesic
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

freneticamnesic, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of DelMontiac
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big Jamoke was poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Looks great in the glass - just shy of black, light only able to penetrate at the fringes yeilding mahogany highlights. A frothy caramel colored 3 finger head looks inviting and long lasting. Lots of lace from this bottle with a medium hard pour.

When I put my nose to this at first it was still a little cold (about 42F) and all I really got from it was dark roast coffee. When I poured the other half of the bottle 15 minutes later, more aroma made the scene - dark chocolates, toffee, smoke, pipe tobacco, some light herbal hops, and the dark roast coffee which is totally up front.

As with most porters (and dark brews in general) this one gets better as it warms up a bit. The dark roast coffee moves in first, but the dark chocolate and toffee notes, tinge of smokiness, and nicely hopped finish round it out making this a brew to be savored.

This porter has an extra creaminess that I don't recall from other brewers I've had before. Again, better a little warmer than colder.

I'm not one to sit and spend a whole evening drinking dark colored brews, but this one is highly drinkable. A bomber is perfect for me.

As much as I like Marshall's other offerings, Big Jamoke may be their best so far. Will definitely buy this seasonal as long as they offer it.

DelMontiac, Dec 18, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

MorganSaunders, Mar 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

sneth019, Aug 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

BigJamoke, Jul 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

BrockLanders, Jun 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Listers, Dec 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

cavedave, Jan 23, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Texasfan549, Jul 13, 2012
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Big Jamoke from Marshall Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.