Big Jamoke - Marshall Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 110
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 12
Gots: 13 | 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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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 (611 characters)

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! (1,679 characters)

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. (1,355 characters)

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! (976 characters)

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. (271 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (640 characters)

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. (629 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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! (895 characters)

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. (580 characters)

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. (700 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown with light tan head. Coffee, roasted malt, and some raw cocoa on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with just a little bittersweet chocolate. (174 characters)

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! (491 characters)

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. (739 characters)

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. (644 characters)

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

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 (405 characters)

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. (531 characters)

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. (1,515 characters)

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. (734 characters)

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. (3,290 characters)

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. (694 characters)

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. (533 characters)

Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with a light tan head that clumps and laces to the sides of the glass.

Light roast and brown sugar in the nose with a pleasant soft fruitness.

Taste is amped up a few notches from the aroma with an acrid and bitter burnt edge that gives way to some light chocolate, coffee, and caramel as it warms up. Hops are herbal and earthy and bitterness is firm. There's also some dark fruit notes from yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth and plenty full for a big porter and carbonation is moderately low which smooths the beer out.

A nice offering, I wish the burnt character was a little less prominent to let the chocolate/coffee character shine a little more. (659 characters)

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). (1,313 characters)

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. (736 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Would be a jet black pour if not for some slight dark brown hues at the edges. The fluffy and bubbly tan head slowly recedes and leaves a thick sheet of lace behind, with some fat fingers poking out above. A strong aroma of smoldering wood strikes the nose at first, followed by some caramel sweetness, and a little coffee with a slight note of pine. A smooth malty essence fills the palate initially, followed by cocoa and dark chocolate. Viscous going down with a tinge of roughness at the edges. Medium-bodied with no alcohol heat to speak of. Another strong showing from Marshall! (584 characters)

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Big Jamoke from Marshall Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.