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Big Jamoke - Marshall Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

103 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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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Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 52 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of gnemesis
1.05/5  rDev -73.4%
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.

gnemesis, May 16, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
2.63/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

ktrillionaire, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
2.7/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

cpetrone84, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of Basoos1
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Basoos1, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of cfh64
3/5  rDev -23.9%

cfh64, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Cresant
3.23/5  rDev -18%
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.

Cresant, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of dsl72701
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

dsl72701, Mar 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

joseph_french, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of GeezLynn
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

GeezLynn, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of MartzMimic
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

MartzMimic, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of KansasBeerLover
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

KansasBeerLover, Feb 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Soonerick76, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of brianmandell
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

brianmandell, May 05, 2014
Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

amatuerbeerguy, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of R_J_FearNoBeer
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

R_J_FearNoBeer, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of Smarty_Pints
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Smarty_Pints, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of champ103
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

champ103, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of craytonic
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

craytonic, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of Hopswagger
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Hopswagger, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of Spider889
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Spider889, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of CelticAleMan
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

CelticAleMan, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, gold colored wax, thanks to a generous trader, poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark brown color, allows little light to pass and massive light fluffly tan head with great retention and thick rings of lacing. Aroma is slightly boozy, chocolatey and roasted malty. Fresh out of the refrigerator there isn't much going on with this, definitely needs some time to warm up. As it does, a nice smooth body with soft fine carbonation and pleasant roast malt bitterness and chocolate sweetness take over. Finish lingers with an ashy, roasted taste. A very pleasant porter, not quite in the class of Edmund, but happy to have tried it.

yourefragile, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of SadMachine
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

SadMachine, Feb 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

meanmutt, Aug 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

BeerHunter76, Jul 15, 2012
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Big Jamoke from Marshall Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.