El CuCuy - Marshall Brewing Company

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91
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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 19
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to silverX for sending me this one!

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 2 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and some floral and citrus zest hops. Taste is of dark roasted malt, bitter cocoa powder, coffee beans, and herbal and citrus zest hops. There is a pretty assertive bitterness from the hops that lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a bubbly yet smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good black ale with a nice balance between roasty/cocoa/coffee flavors and the various hop flavors.

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
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

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
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 jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
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.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of russpowell
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!

Photo of oline73
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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz black waxed bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

Gorgeous label, and a fairly new style to me which, so far, I'm digging. Except the style name.

It pours black as black can get, about a 1 finger head of tannish foam, with some respectable lacing.

A big floral hopped nose with dark fruits? Also a decent sweet malt profile, maple syrup-molasses, in the background. A very interesting nose.

There's big hop bitterness in the taste, more than a hint of dark fruit(plums), molasses like sweetness though very light to my palate, a bit of roasted malt. Tasty. Also a hint of the alcohol but I think it's kept in check very well. Nice.

Almost full bodied with lightish carbonation, overall a smooth concoction.

Pretty darn drinkable and very enjoyable. I'd be proud if this was brewed by a WY brewery but it wasn't. Another fine effort by OK's Marshall Brewing.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a dark black liquid with ruby red edges and a dark caramel brown creamy head with a thick lace on the glass.

S-lots of deeply roasted malts with hints of bitter coffee and a touch of anise. hops take over with loads of citrus, grapefruit slightly resigny with a tinge of pine.

T-the roasted malts are there, much smoother malt body. roasty flavors, notes of sweet coffee, sweet hop presence, citrusy resigny grapefruit. light bitterness in the finish.

M-silky smooth on the palate with a moderate carbonation and clean finish. medium bodied sits easily in the mouth and falls softly down the throat.

D-this is relatively easy to drink, I'm not a huge proponent of the style, the roasted flavors and citrusy hop flavors aren't something i'd prefer to put together, but this has done it well.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of EgadBananas
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!

Photo of thegerm87
1.5/5  rDev -63.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
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.

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El CuCuy from Marshall Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.