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El CuCuy - Marshall Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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113 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
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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thegerm87

Connecticut

1.5/5  rDev -63.2%

03-05-2013 01:34:03 | More by thegerm87
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BigJamoke

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -26.5%

07-19-2013 02:59:48 | More by BigJamoke
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aaronc528

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -26.5%

12-03-2012 08:04:12 | More by aaronc528
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

03-27-2013 08:12:04 | More by DarthKostrizer
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

03-15-2014 03:13:51 | More by Morey
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HoppyBastard2

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

03-15-2014 12:48:26 | More by HoppyBastard2
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Wedcat

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

05-12-2014 00:47:23 | More by Wedcat
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another cool bottle from coldmeat23. Thanks, Chris!

No date on the bottle, so I have no idea how fresh this is.

22oz wax-capped bottle. Poured into a pint glass. Pour yields a deep dark black with a finger-width tan head on top. Good lace left behind. Nose carries pine aromas, faint metal, and finishes out with mild cocoa powder. The aromas weaken considerably as I sip.

The mouth is moderately-full and creamy. Carbonation is on the low side. The flavors here are odd for the style. There's a mellow hop presence right away, but there an herbal element to this. Juniper? Clove? I can't place it exactly, but it's there. Roasted qualities are absent. Mild chocolate notes on the back end. This one was interesting. Not my favorite of the new style, but I appreciate its uniqueness. With the gap in reviews, something tells me this bottle has a little age on it. I'd love to compare this to a fresh bottle/keg.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 17:21:44 | More by Onenote81
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, bordering on black, with a dense head of light tan foam.

Grassy and earthy hops fight it out with some brown sugar and mild roast in the nose. All in all not that impressive for the style.

Hops take on more complexity on the palate with some pine, fruit, and mild citrus. Still, malt seems to balance, if not overtake, the hops with caramel, weak coffee, and some breadiness. Finish is fairly full with a noticeable sweetness.

This is a well made beer with plenty of complementary flavors coming together making for a decent pint. However, the hops are underwhelming in a style that I prefer the hops to be overwhelming. Since this one has DIPA alcohol I was expecting DIPA hoppiness similar to Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous. Not a bad effort, though.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 18:06:52 | More by bump8628
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sendsilk

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 02:31:50 | More by sendsilk
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Okierat

Oklahoma

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 01:43:05 | More by Okierat
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 04:35:37 | More by BEERchitect
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BeerHunter76

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

10-15-2012 01:32:34 | More by BeerHunter76
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videofrog

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

02-05-2014 02:43:48 | More by videofrog
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

04-28-2014 02:07:05 | More by ldhughes3
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. waxed bottle served in a Tank 7 tulip. Pours a deep brown/black with a finger of tan head. Some piney hops and chocolate malt in the aroma. Nice amount of hop bitterness with a long lingering finish of chocolate malt. Drying from the hops and malt. On the thinner side of medium. Easy drinking, solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 12:53:29 | More by homebrewhawk
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Sparky44

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

03-31-2013 23:33:25 | More by Sparky44
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wolfinthemirror

Oklahoma

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours porter dark, almost black, but a slight bit of amber can be seen near the top when held to the light. Other than that, you can't see through this one. a nice half an inch worth of cream colored head that sticks around leaving lacing.

Smells heavily of cascade hops, which of course impart a fruity aroma. I'm also picking up on some toasted malts, almost a chocolate type scent.

Lots of roasted maltiness, balanced by the sharpness of the hops. Not real hoppy-bitter, but it definitely has that juicy kind of taste of an IPA at the same time. I'd like a little more hop flavor, I feel like the malts dominate. A little alcohol in the back, but it's pretty well hidden for the most part.

Mouthfeel is fairly full, moderate carbonation. There is a silky sort of texture to it.

Despite being so dark and high in alcohol, it's quite drinkable. Nothing off putting about makes it easy to quaff. Get this one while you can, it's definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 05:55:59 | More by wolfinthemirror
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 21:27:05 | More by yeahnatenelson
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oline73

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 02:33:38 | More by oline73
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The beer pours out in a translucent brown color capped by an absolutely humongous head of foam that settles in to three fingers; the retention is good as is the lacing

Smell: Lemon pine-sol with roasty ash and caramel undertones; the bitterness tingles the nostrils

Taste: The roasty, burnt tones assert themselves first, with the caramel forming a base; by mid-palate, the assertive pine-sol flavors dominate, though there is a clash, after the swallow, in the finish, with a slightly acrid metallic character building; throughout, there is a strong sense of peppermint

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A very interesting take on the style, although the extreme flavors in so many directions tend to clash rather than complement; still, I won't have any trouble finishing the bottle

Thanks, BlueOkie, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 22:35:48 | More by brentk56
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. black-waxed bomber into a Corsendonk tulip. Part of "El Gringo Loco" series. Many thanks to gawnphishin for the in-person trade!

I like to consider myself fairly knowledgeable when it comes to the IBA/CDA style. I've brewed it several times, and had all the major players (Stone Sublimely, Hop in the Dark, Iniquity, Back in Black, W'10 Pitch Black, etc). So a relatively new brewery making one of my favorite styles? Bring it.

Gorgeous pour--coffee-black to the untrained eye, but hints of plum bleed in at the margins when El CuCuy is held to the light. The thick cap of dark custard foam is dense and creamy. Fantastic retention, thanks to several tiny trails of carbonation visible at the edges of the tulip. Really unique aroma, too. Prune, dark cherry and clover honey balanced by a minty, leafy hop presence. Dark roasted malts linger in the background suggesting chocolate and molasses.

The taste amplifies the bitterness with a one-two punch of earthy hops and dark malt tannins, each nobly competing for a spot on the palate, but ultimately crowding out the more delicate hop and dark fruit flavors found in the aroma. Furthermore, the finish has too many mineral notes sticking around. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, but the creaminess and full body again get docked by the near-acrid bitterness of the flavor profile. All in all, a solid beer, and still quite tasty when all is said and done. It could use some tweaking, sure, but I still admire Marshall Brewing Company's ambition. Keep the creative Oklahoma beers coming!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 02:35:54 | More by wagenvolks
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augustgarage

California

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 02:08:37 | More by augustgarage
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zeff80

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Culver's in McPherson, KS.

A - Poured out a jet-black color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, roasted malt and piney hops.

T - Great roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors. Good piney bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really good black ale. Marshall does really good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 02:45:21 | More by zeff80
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this beer is the #20 beer on the American Black Ale best of list on beeradvocate.com, served in a New Belgium globe glass.

Beer is black with a thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, low retention, low carbonation, looks fine.

Aroma is sweet, mildly citrusy hops, smells nice.

Beer is a little thinner than expected, light on the front, sweet, a little boozy, mild hop character in the midpalate, mild to moderate bitterness at the back. I think this was just a little out of its optimal range for consumption, a little more hop character would have gone a long way in this beer but I did enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 13:49:51 | More by drabmuh
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El CuCuy from Marshall Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.