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El CuCuy - Marshall Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

119 Ratings
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90
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 17
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Marshall Brewing Company visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Riggo on 12-02-2010)
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Ratings: 119 | Reviews: 48 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by arc3636:
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4.4/5  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.

arc3636, Oct 26, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jun 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Cynic-ale, Nov 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

jtladner, Jul 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

jaredseaman77, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of MorganSaunders
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

MorganSaunders, Mar 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

adam_stokes, Aug 06, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

augustgarage, Feb 20, 2011
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4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

MtnBiker, Dec 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Fatehunter, Nov 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
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!

russpowell, Dec 10, 2010
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 11, 2013
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Beertracker, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

TheSleepyMonkey, May 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

dtx00, Nov 26, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

EagleTalon, Jul 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

sammo, Jun 23, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -1%
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!

EgadBananas, Nov 25, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Makebelieve81, Dec 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%
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.

mikesgroove, Apr 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

gawnphishin, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

teamwiggum, Sep 11, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

oline73, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

B75Avery, Dec 20, 2013
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El CuCuy from Marshall Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.