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El CuCuy - Marshall Brewing Company

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48 Reviews

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 148
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 18.98%
Wants: 21
Gots: 35 | 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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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 148
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev -8%
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!

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Photo of Fatehunter
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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!

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
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!

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Photo of Onenote81
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of bump8628
3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black with chestnut edges. 2 fingers of tan head slowly dissipates into a frothy top. Spotted lacing throughout.

S - Bright mandarin/grapefruit citrus, green pine needles, caramel malt, salty wood, baked dark bread.

T - Candied pine needles, a generous amount of sharp grapefruit citrus, tropical fruits, salty pine wood, toasty caramel malt, pumpernickel and rye bread, brown sugar, hints of dark cocoa, roasted maple.

M - Medium to moderate carbonation, full bodied, super creamy.

The hops are bursting with flavors of citrus, pine, and seem to be infused with tropical fruit sweetness. The malts are mysteriously amazing. If you closed your eyes you would probably think you were drinking a perfectly balanced roasted double IPA. This is the best in class for this style so far for me, even after a blind taste test. This beer is simply amazing!

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Photo of augustgarage
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of stephens101
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm still on the fence when it comes to the Black IPA. Hopefully this one will help me decide whether or not this style is for me.

A medium pour results in a prolific and serried tan head. The froth melts slowly, leaving a thick and rolling covering and an almost unbroken sheet of lace. Black in color and impervious to any light.

Sharp oily and resinous hops immediately to the nose. Very distant caramel malts and subtle pine notes exist. Not a lot going on aroma wise. After my first sip I can tell this is a Black IPA of a different color. Smooth and creamy with a sweet malty and dark chocolate core which is wrapped nicely with the hops. A little dark fruitiness appears for a second. Medium to full bodied and has a bit of lingering alcohol heat which is in no way a distraction.

It's easy to tell a lot of care and attention to detail went into the creation of this beer. The near perfect mix between sweet and bitter makes this, Without a doubt, the best beer of this style I have had, and one of the best beers overall I've had in quite a while. Congratulations to Marshall for upping the ante on excellent Oklahoma brews with this one.

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Photo of AltBock
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber bottle that had purple wax around the cap. A little odd for an American Black Ale. I'm lost for words on the label. It looks like they put a well dressed zombie on the cover. It almost looks like a demonic label. Makes me want to grab some holy water to sprinkle on the bottle. It's something you need to see for yourself. No bottled date, but at least it's wax sealed. Poured into a Samuel Smith Imperial Pint Glass.

This Black IPA poured a... Well it poured a semi black color. It appeared to black in color, but light could shine through this beer with no problem. Instead this beer poured a really dark cola brown. On top of this cola colored brew was a small 1/4 of an inch dark tan head of foam. It had acceptable retention. It receded a little quick, but at least it left behind a large foamy string of rings and tiny blots of lace around the glass.

The aroma was nice and roasted. Up front was the roasted malt. Behind the roasted malt was a dab of sweet caramel. When the caramel had its fun in the sun, in comes the beer's hop profile. The hops were big fans of the pine. Not just any old pine. They were roasted piney hops. This hoppy aroma wasn't overly hoppy. There was just enough hops on the aroma to keep your nose entertained.

Like the aroma, the taste was also a big fan of being roasted. To kick off the taste was the roasted malt. Following the malt was the roasted piney hops. Tied in with the piney hops was some citrus elements. I caught some faint grapefruit and lemon intermingled with the piney hops. After the hops had their moment, the beer finishes up with some baker's chocolate and a pinch of sweet caramel. When the taste warms up, more piney hops emerge. Very good!

This was a very crispy medium bodied dry Black IPA. This beer had its fair share of carbonation. The aftertaste was ripe with roasted malt, piney hops, a drop of grapefruit, and baker's chocolate. This aftertaste will linger on in the back of your mouth. This dry aftertaste will dry you out. Make sure you have a glass of water handy.

A very good Black IPA from the Wild West! Sometimes a beer will hide behind their cool label. This isn't one of those beers. It's scary good! I would like to thank BA BlueOkie for hooking me up with this winner.

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Photo of OKCNittany
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/2” tan head. Decent retention, leaving nice lacing along the glass. Very dark brown body.

S: Big grapefruit & pine aroma with hints of roasted malts.

T: Wonderfully bitter, with loads of grapefruity, piney, and grassy hops (with grapefruit leading the way). There's some roasty, caramel, & dark malt underneath, but this one is all about the hops... and that's just fine with me.

M: Medium+ body with fine carbonation. Somewhat smooth with the hop bitterness lasting throughout the finish and beyond.

O: Alcohol well hidden. Tremendously drinkable. Right there with SSR & Victory Yakima – would love to do a blind tasting. I could go on, but to be honest I should just delete the whole review & say “Just *&$%ing outstanding.” God bless you, Eric Marshall.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of EagleTalon
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

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Photo of tronester
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark reddish brown, appears black unless you hold it up to the light. Smells of a freshly cut tangerine, with a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is fresh orange up front, with a smooth toffee middle, and an herbal, flowery finish. Mouthfel is smooth with a nice low carbonation. Drinkability is great, very smooth, flavorful and refreshing. A superb cascadian dark ale, I am going to buy this again very soon.

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El CuCuy from Marshall Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.