Big Jamoke | Marshall Brewing Company

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Big JamokeBig Jamoke

Brewed by:
Marshall Brewing Company
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

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.

Added by Beertracker on 12-22-2009

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Photo of Bierlerner
4.82/5  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.

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Photo of tronester
4.6/5  rDev +17%
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!

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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.

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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.

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Photo of shohog
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.48/5  rDev +14%
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.

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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 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!

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Photo of northaustin
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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 is amazingly tasty and of a very sessionable abv.

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Photo of mlockman
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Everything about this beer is on-point; honestly, this has to take the reins as one of my favorite porters and rivals Edmund Fitzgerald for best in class.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Photo of DelMontiac
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Riggo
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, dark brown to black. Looks like a stout. Nice creamy beige head with moderate lacing.

Bold smell of dark roasted malt and hops. I'm picking up espresso, dark chocolate, nuts, dark caramel (black treacle?), a bit of cedary hops and a bit of bubblegum. Great smell--deep bass notes and bright piney/citrus notes at the same time.

In the mouth, super smooth and velvety. I am immediately struck by the wonderful balance here. A lot of flavor and character here but so damn drinkable at the same time. Dark chocolate, citrus, coffee, caramel. Great, silky mouthfeel but a little light in body, despite the higher abv and dark roastiness. Perhaps too thin for the style (I'm not sure) but only adds to the wonderful balance and quaffability in my book.

Really great stuff here from Tulsa's own Marshall Brewing. Lovely. Full of character yet supremely balanced. Thanks to Eric and the gang!

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Photo of cavedave
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of MinerBob
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very good porter made in Oklahoma my home state. Pours a dark color with a small light head. Coffee smell and slightly bitter coffee taste with some toffee notes. Low carbonation with a great mouth feel and easy swallow.

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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

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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.

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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

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Photo of wolffman17
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big Jamoke pours deep brown throughout, essentially black at the thickest points in the glass, with dark red highlights on the edges. A chunky, tan head tops the beer. The head and lacing is sticky and lasting. Inviting first impression interest is piqued immediately.

Bitter, roasted malts lead the way in the aroma. I interpret some of the roastiness as coffee while the sweeter side of the malts come off as bittersweet chocolate.

Coffee and chocolate dominate the taste, though it's not as full-flavored as the aroma suggests. Cola in the background. It is somewhat acrid (as mentioned previously), and the alcohol interferes only slightly. Tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium. A more full mouthfeel would really put this beer over the top for me. A nice, surprisingly dry aftertaste lasts for minutes.

I did not want to see the bottom of my glass with this one. Marshall struck an almost perfect balance between "size" and drinkablility, leaving me wanting more after each sip. Blurring the Porter/Stout lines, this is not your usual Porter. Solid, interesting offering from the crew in Tulsa.

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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!

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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 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.

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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.

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