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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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Photo of brentk56
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%

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

brentk56, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

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!

BEERchitect, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Texasfan549, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.5%

kjkinsey, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +1.5%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%

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!

russpowell, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

jlindros, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

Mora2000, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of yourefragile
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%

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 Mebuzzard
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

Mebuzzard, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of Bitterbill
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%

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
Photo of champ103
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%

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 tectactoe
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

tectactoe, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of EgadBananas
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%

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!

EgadBananas, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of cpetrone84
2.7/5  rDev -31.5%

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
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

SadMachine, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

BeerAdvocate, Jun 09, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Smarty_Pints, Apr 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Sparky44, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Kurmaraja, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of ktrillionaire
2.63/5  rDev -33.2%

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 armock
4/5  rDev +1.5%

A - Poured a dark brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt with some coffee scents

T - Follows the nose roasted malts with coffee flavors

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Not being a huge porter fan I found myself really liking this one it was very easy to drink with its good taste worth picking up if you find yourself in Oklahoma

armock, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of Bierguy5
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

Bierguy5, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

alleykatking, May 29, 2011
Photo of CelticAleMan
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%

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
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Big Jamoke from Marshall Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.