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 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 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 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.

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Photo of gtgood
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Opened up a bomber. Have to say, this one really grew on me. I didn't like it at first, but as the beer warmed up, the flavors really started to come through. The taste of roasted coffee is most prominent, but there's also a lot of smoke, earth, and an underlying sweetness I can't quite put my finger on. Overall, it's a solid brew--extremely drinkable and surprisingly flavorful--and easily the best I've had from Marshall so far.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 GeezLynn
3.26/5  rDev -17%
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.

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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.

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Photo of webbcreative
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nervous about opening this one, as the first one I bought exploded in my cellar. No problems with this one though.

Poured dark brown with mahogany color shining through when held up to the light. 3 finger mocha colored head with an above average aggressive pour.

Smell is dark chocolate, roasted grain, and some light smokiness. and is there the slightest hint of banana in there? or just my imagination, sort of smells like chocolate covered bananas.

Taste is pretty chocolate forward to me with some smokiness again, not quite as banana flavored as in the nose, but still there just a tad.

Mouthfeel is acceptable, but a little thin for my preference.

Overall this is a really good porter would love to see this bottled in 12 oz quantities with a more reasonable price tag, but this is hardly too expensive at $5.50 a bomber.

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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.

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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 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.

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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

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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 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 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 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.

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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 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!

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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 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.

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Big Jamoke from Marshall Brewing Company
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