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El CuCuy - Marshall Brewing Company

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El CuCuyEl CuCuy

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

116 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 16
Gots: 13 | 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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Reviews by kylejohnson03:
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kylejohnson03

Oklahoma

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

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!

02-25-2011 01:15:30 | More by kylejohnson03
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

06-09-2011 13:37:07 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-23-2013 21:56:05 | More by Cynic-ale
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jtladner

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-07-2013 20:14:43 | More by jtladner
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jaredseaman77

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10%

01-04-2012 15:21:02 | More by jaredseaman77
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MorganSaunders

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

03-18-2014 19:54:04 | More by MorganSaunders
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adam_stokes


5/5  rDev +22.2%

08-06-2014 00:20:03 | More by adam_stokes
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augustgarage

California

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

02-20-2011 02:08:37 | More by augustgarage
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MtnBiker

Oklahoma

4.63/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

12-03-2012 07:05:59 | More by MtnBiker
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

11-26-2012 23:45:14 | More by Fatehunter
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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!

12-10-2010 03:55:29 | More by russpowell
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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-11-2013 20:17:00 | More by TheMrFarnham
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +22.2%

11-22-2011 06:07:06 | More by Beertracker
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TheSleepyMonkey

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -2.2%

05-28-2014 21:28:26 | More by TheSleepyMonkey
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

11-26-2012 01:58:45 | More by dtx00
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

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!

07-08-2012 21:50:01 | More by EagleTalon
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sammo

Kansas

4/5  rDev -2.2%

06-23-2012 19:40:49 | More by sammo
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.05/5  rDev -1%

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!

11-25-2011 00:53:55 | More by EgadBananas
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

12-14-2013 05:22:20 | More by jaydoc
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Makebelieve81

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

12-02-2013 21:30:25 | More by Makebelieve81
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10%

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.

04-15-2011 01:52:48 | More by mikesgroove
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gawnphishin

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-03-2012 06:47:27 | More by gawnphishin
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teamwiggum

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.2%

09-11-2013 04:06:42 | More by teamwiggum
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oline73

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

01-03-2012 02:33:38 | More by oline73
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B75Avery

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +10%

12-20-2013 03:21:41 | More by B75Avery
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El CuCuy from Marshall Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.