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El CuCuy - Marshall Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

133 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 19
Gots: 20 | 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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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of Morey
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of wagenvolks
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
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!

Photo of Fatehunter
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.

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Onenote81
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of BeerHunter76
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of StaveHooks
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
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!

Photo of augustgarage
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.

Photo of bump8628
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of pixieskid
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of AltBock
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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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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 Basoos1
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ldhughes3
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of stephens101
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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