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El CuCuy - Marshall Brewing Company

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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 21
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Marshall Brewing Company visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Riggo on 12-02-2010

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Ratings: 142 | Reviews: 48
Reviews by Kevinator:
Photo of Kevinator
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first thing I noticed about this delight was the smell. Very piney and strong. At first pour, a tan, thick head forms that takes a while to settle. At first sip you are hit with a combination of maltiness and hops. The hops become more prevalent as you make it through the bottle. One thinks they are drinking an IPA if it weren't for the dark pleasant color and other traits of a black ale. Even though the alcohol is over 8%, it's very drinkable. This is a beer to sit back and enjoy as it seems to change as it warms in the glass. I though it continued to improve as it warmed up. If this were on tap it would be interesting to try. I would definitely buy this again. If anyone knows if it can be found in TX, please let me know.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #50 (March 2011):

Oh yeah, doesn’t matter how old you are, the boogeyman will always come back to haunt you ... thankfully, this time, in the form of a beer. Not fully black, but certainly dark enough; tan froth holds strong. Hop aroma is a bit catty with suggestions of ripened grapefruit and fresh split evergreen wood, and then a hint of burnt sugar. The whole palate is surrounded by different depths of hops, from a thin, oily character to a full-on bitterness and resiny citric peel flavor. Malt is a roasty fixture with some fruity undertones, and yeast drops in with some nutty flavors, which match up well with the roasted tone. Slightly blurs the fine line between Black Ale and ales that are much darker—enjoyable from cracking the wax to the last sip.

Photo of augustgarage
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to gawnphishin for this generous extra. Poured from a wax-capped 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Seal brown liquid, nearly opaque but actually clear with faint bronze highlights. A sticky dense whipped wheat head crowns the glass, leaving a trail of snakey lace on the sides. Excellent retention.

Mild roast malt, coffee and cream, Assam tea, and plenty of aromatic pine-y hops in the nose.

Unusual flavors - heavy contrasts between sweetness and bitterness - from maple sugar/toffee/molasses to forest floor, clove-studded oranges, and potent pine lead into the malty finish with hints of tobacco. Bears some slight resemblance to a Baltic Porter at times, except for the hop presence and dry/roasty finish. Maybe a tiny bit of diacetyl. The flavors are good, but they could be a little better integrated.

Medium bodied, good carbonation, mildly astringent, faintly sticky.

An original, but slightly unusual take on this emerging style.

Photo of MtnBiker
4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ok my first review, and just doin it because these guys deserve the rep. I'm not going to stick to the regular review styles, because I feel like I should just be able to talk about a beer and rave about it or trash it based on my perceptions without the format.

Poured this from a 750 into a New Belgium tulip. Nice tan 2 finger head. Amazing piney smell, makes me wish I was in the woods on my mountain bike somewhere in southern Arkansas. Tastes amazing, maybe I'm just a noob and don't know what flavors I'm experiencing, but this shit is good. Begs for another sip. Been tryin to keep a bottle back and turn it into barleywine, lol, but it's too cheap and good, around here to let sit around without drinkin it. Kudos to you Eric and your amazing brewery on a great brew, and being a wonderful asset to our city.

Photo of Fatehunter
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good finger of tan head. Dark brown body.
Smell is distinctly a spruce tree. There's a tree in my glass.
Whoa, taste is a big serving of spruce and lemon bitterness. There's the smallest bit of roasted malt in the background.
Medium body, low to moderate carbonation.
A good drink, but be ready for the assault of bitter flavor.

Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Mid-Town in Tulsa. Wax seal gives way fairly easy. I hate it when it turns int an engineering project. Pretty cool label art

Pours a very effervescent mahogany with 1 finger of fairly fast falling mocha head. Great lacing & above average retention, bubbles cling to the side throughout, good looking brew!

S: Woody & herbal hop notes, faint plummyness. This the main area where this beer falls down a bit

T: Dry up up front with woody & herbal hops, plus a kiss of pine sap & brown bread. Some molasses & fig are hiding behind herbal, woody & grapefruitty hops along with carob once this warms. Finishes dry,. with grapefruit, herbal hop notes a touch of apricot jammyness. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium boded, fairly brisk carbonation & good balance

Easy drinker for the ABV, not the best black IPA out there, but worthy of consideration. A promising start to the Loco-Gringo series for Marshall!

Photo of EagleTalon
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My sample was from a bottle that I suspect to be several months old, maybe even a year old. the hops expected seem to have faded considerably. Consider this a review of a room-temperature (thanks to the Oklahoma liquor store laws) aged sample. Pours out to a black color and rich lasting tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel., chocolate, and vanilla with some muted citrus and piney hops. Flavor is a rich, complex blend of hop bitterness and interesting malt flavors including caramel, chocolate, mocha, spice, orange and vanilla mixed with faded cascade type hops. Mouthfeel is medium and CO2 is just right. Overall this beer, with AGE, tastes fantastic. It may have lost the hop edge of a "black IPA" but it retains the pleasant bitterness and malt complexity that went into making this beer more than just a dark" hops and alcohol show". If only most porters tasted this complex and interesting! Well done! IF YOU HAVE THIS BEER I STRONGLY URGE YOU TO CELLAR A BOTTLE OR TWO TO TRY A YEAR OR SO LATER. This beer changes but in a good way!

Photo of EgadBananas
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ThirstyHerf!

Pours near black. Some red hues around the edges. Nice light brown head with a pleasant lacing. Aroma has a nice floral bite to it, with bits of roast and chocolate shining through. The taste is heavy on the bitterness, slightly chocolaty and roasty. Creamy full bodied feel, but clean finishing . A great ABA. Big on the floral bitterness, but equally menacing with the chocolate and roasted notes. Great!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a huge thanks to scott for sharing this one with me and greg at the ccb tap room on tuesday. poured into a snifter and consumed on 4/11/2011.

nice dark black pour with a full head of creamy tan that was spot on for the style. nice lacing up and down the sides of the glass as i would expect.

aroma is nicely balanced citrus hops, orange, pineapple, and nice smoked malts with hints of peat, and leather up front and touches of molasses and brown sugar as it warms. really bringing the whole thing full circle the rich smoked malts really start to shine and bring hints of vanilla and brown sugar right up front and finish off with a nice citrus dryness that really hits the spot.

overall very classic for the style and very well done. was glad to be able to try this one and would be happy to try it gaain.

Photo of oline73
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. I had this during a small tasting on New Years Eve.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a finger of off white head. There is a decent amount of head left on top of the pour.

Smell: Some mild roasted malt with a citrus hop bitterness. There is a very slight sweetness. The smell is fairly mild overall.

Taste: Smooth roasted malt with a grassy citrus peel hops. There is some roasty bitterness in the finish. The two flavors mix well and don't fight each other.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a finish that is a bit slick.

Overall: This is a very smooth black ale. The flavors don't clash, which I find to be a problem with this style. I would have it again given the chance.

Photo of jpmclaug
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my New Belgium globe. Thanks goes to thehand for sending this in my NFL Pick 'Em box.

A - Black body with a small light brown head

S - Citrusy hops mingle with some roast. Mostly hops though not really pungent

T - Hops hit you at first, a nice citrusy hop burst but it quickly gives way to roasted malts and some chocolate notes. Slightly sweet but the hops are certainly present giving some bitterness. Hints of coffee as well.

M - medium body, a nice light carbonation

D - Really drinkable. This beer is real nice. If this was local to me I could see myself picking this up quite often. I'm really glad I got to try this. I'm going to have to seek out more beer from this brewery.

Photo of kylejohnson03
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber, with a black wax seal, into a Marshall Pint Glass. Had this beer many times, just getting around to doing a live review.

A: Very dark brown, with red flecks when held up to the light. Pours with a good tan head, excellent lacing and retention. This is a beautiful beer to look at.

S: Floral hops, just a touch of citrus and pine. Some darker, roasted notes as well.

T: If your eyes were closed, this beer would start off much like any other IPA. However, big roasted coffee and chocolate notes come out of left field and overtake your palate (in a good way!).

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation, a rich and creamy texture.

D: This beer is a really easy drinker for it's ABV. I have had every beer that Marshall's has offered, and this ranks among their best. Can't wait to see what else Marshall's has in store for us!

Photo of sendsilk
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Graciously given to me by my friend Glenn.

Okay, I never know what to expect with a "black ale" especially shown the bottle says "India style Black Ale" is it a black IPA? Is it a black ale? Who the hell knows...

This is a decent beer but I don't get the hops that people have mentioned...yes, I'm in FL and this comes from OK so maybe it's a bit old. It's not bad but could be better. Middle of the road black ale/IPA, something along those lines.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a dark cola black, slight brown comes through the light. Cream colored head recedes to a wisp, decent light lacing.

Aroma is chalky, roasted malts with hints of chocolate. Good bright hop presence.

Tastes sweet and chocolatey at first. Some darker grains and more of a coffee richness follow, then a tangy bitter hop finish. Good balance.

Medium mouthfeel, easy to drink for 8.6%.

Overall, I like the complexity of the sweetness. Worth the money.

Photo of MartzMimic
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black with a foamy white head that dissipates reasonably soon. Nose is of sweet, floral pine. The pine carries through to taste, along with chocolate, caramel, citrus and hops. The bitterness hangs around a bit. Medium mouth with a bit of carbonation. This is a nice black IPA. I've been searching for it a while, and it did not disappoint.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Aggressive pour from a 22oz bomber. No bottled on date, but can't be real fresh since I bought this a couple months after the time of year that Marshall's brews this. Pours a nice black that is a really dark brown when held up to the light. Light to moderately tan head with decent retention. Very good lacing. Love the look of black IPAs and this one is no different

S- Some roasted notes with sweetness on the back end. Hints of chocolate and caramel. Probably more caramel. Pine and floral hops are subtle and only slightly present. My suspicion is that the hops have mellowed in time.

T- Taste does a good job of following the nose. Subtle resinous pine hops. Robust sweet caramel and roasted flavors coming through. Lots of roasted goodness here. A little boozy with the warm finish, but a good pop to let you know the alcohol is there. Slight bitterness that also seems to have mellowed with time. I would have loved the hop presence to be more intense, but a delicious beer none the less.

M- Quite smooth. Well carbonated. Medium to full bodied. Slightly dry finish.

O- I had this beer a few months ago when it was really, really fresh and the hop level was more intense and certainly intended to be that way. I would love to review again next time this beer is brewed. Still a great one and probably the best from Marshall's IMO. Tasted a lot more like a Russian imperial stout this time around without the hops coming through as much. I can't wait for this one to be brewed again.

$8.49 for a 22oz bottle

Photo of okbeerlover
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer fresh is amazing. It is my favorite beer that Marshall puts out. Wish it wasn't a seasonal. It has a good amount of roast character but also a ton of hop flavor and aroma. A lot of citrus and pine. If you let the beer age a bit the hops quickly go away. Still a great beer at this point just not a ton of hop aroma. drink this one fresh if you can find it.

Photo of DavidST
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass, unknown bottled date. This pours a pitch black color (blacker than most Black IPAs, close to imperial stout color), with a decent mocha colored head which leaves a nice lacing. The smells are full of hops, pine, grapefruit and dark roasted malts. The feel is medium to thick. The taste is pretty great, a nice mouthful of bitter hops followed by a nice bitter dark roasted malt and dark chocolate. An excellent stout / IPA hybrid, very nice.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at a cellar cleaning meet-up. Thanks...Tony? Dan?

Appearance -- Pours a dark brown with slimy hazy beige head.

Smell -- Roast malt, dark fruit sweetness, and a slight pine resin hop bitterness underlying. It's pretty nice.

Taste -- Again, lots of roast malt flavor, pithy citrus hops, pine resin, and moderate dark fruit sweetness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Works well, but not really noteworthy.

Overall -- Pretty good for the style. I'll have to keep my eyes open for future Marshall releases.

Photo of Okierat
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with ruby highlights when held to light. Light also shows a slight haze. Light head that laces on the glass.

S - Citrus hop aromas are noticable, light roasted notes some esters, pear or apple notes.

T - Hop bitterness is noticeable upfront and lingers on the back of the tounge. Citrus hops are noticable in the middle of this beer. Dark malt flavors are noticable with also caramel notes as well. I get dried fruit flavors as well

M - The lingering bitterness leaves a light astringent feel on the mouth. Carbonation is medium.

D - Very drinkable. Very nice beer, had it at the brewery and it seemed better on tap than in bottle. But a beer I would drink agian.

Photo of mountsnow1010
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, no freshness date , thanks gawnphishin!

A - Black as night with a tan head that reduces to a thin layer - heavy lacing.
S - Very floral, hints of caramel, very green smell. Otherwise, not getting all that much. Pleasant but not super strong smelling.
T - Bitter and piny with a hint of caramel and toasty sugars afterwards. Very nice IPA with the roasty dark elements. Burp is a super crisp pine flavor; followed by a very slight smokiness.
MF - Super smooth with a tingly carbonation; I would up the carbonation slightly.
DB - At this ABV; quite high.

Photo of arc3636
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A -wouldn't quite call this black, but a deep brown with thick tan head

S - very sweet with caramel and chocolate

T - a bit of chocolate from the aroma, but dominated but coffee and spices. I even taste some grapes

M- solid with heavy aftertaste. I feel like i need to chew it

O - fairly heavy and comes in a 22 ounce bottle, not something i would drink often. Although it was perfect for a tailgate party. The flavor was very good and complex, would definitely buy again for as special occasion.

Photo of Hopswagger
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

Pitch black pour with decent head and good retention. Smell was earthy hops with a rich malt. First drink was mouth numbing and full of robust hop flavor. Great mix of carbonation with a thick delicious mouthfeel. Burst of bitter but surprisingly not overpowering. Overall, excellent flavor and aroma will keep this around during those cold months.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pushing the envelope of how black can an American black ale can be brings about the acrid flavors and textures of deeply charred grain to accompany hop bitterness and flavor. But when does it extend beyond its intent?

Pouring a very dark brown color and nearly opaque, the beer builds a formitable lightly tanned head with fantastic retention of creamy foam and superb lacing.

Aromas of deeply charred woods and pine sap shape the early nose, with background notes of burnt molassas, brown sugar, and barley malt framing the scent. Appreciated are the deep char aromas of de-bittered malts, but the ashy-acrid notes seem very phenolic with plastic and medicinal notes.

Medium-rich malt flavors with restrained malt sweetness leads to a the taste of heavy toast, deep char, and lightly ashy woods and grains. With the deep sweetness of scorched toffee, the beer carries a robust attitude that extends into the woody, piney hop flavor of resins, spruce, and grasses. Still, the phenolic compounds of charred grains, and over used grains create an unappealing ashy and electrical taste that's tough to overlook.

Creamy and medium-full, the beers early robust textures are short lived, allowing for the dryness of roasted grains, hop bitterness, and alcohol evaporation to create a toasty-dry finish that's quite remarkable for such a fullness to start. Still, the phenolic character chases the mouthfeel with a mild astringency that stings the sides of the tongue and creates an unsettled bitterness in the back of the throat.

A good Cascadian-type ale that seems to over use the de-bittered dark malts to the point of creating astringency and leaching unwanted tanins and phenols into the beer. Possibly a touch old, the beer isn't able to stand up to the aggressive recipe and brewing execution.

Thanks BlueOkie!

Photo of BierGartenok
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes: Love that this is a locally brewed beer, its excellent! The aroma is piny with a hint of roasted malt. On the front the taste bold, with some caramel and sweetness. The beer finishes great with no bitterness. Hop note is very floral and piny. They have balanced the booziness extremely well with malt and hop, you definitely do not know your drinking a beer with 8.6% alcohol until later. Marshall has out-done themselves with this brew. If you get the chance to have this gem, I strongly suggest you give it a try!

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El CuCuy from Marshall Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.