El CuCuy | Marshall Brewing Company

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El CuCuyEl CuCuy

Brewed by:
Marshall Brewing Company
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Riggo on 12-02-2010

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Photo of Bierlerner
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber bottle into a glass

A-pours a dark brown hazy color. Small head. Lots of lacing.

S-smells amazing. Nice cedary and piney hop smell with a possible tobacco hint in the background. Not sure. Also some great floral notes. Makes my nose happy.

T-outstanding! Nice hop. Seems a bit of chocolate as well with a few other things I can't quite make out. With 8.6abv, it's well hidden. This is one of the most interesting brews I have tasted In a long time. Hoppy and malty.

M-medium body. Very creamy and smooth with some playful carbonation. Seems right on par.

D-if it weren't for the 8.6abv, I could kick back and drink this all night long. Two bombers of this beer and I'm feeling superb! All of Marshall brews are great. In my opinion, Big Jamoke being there top beer. But El CuCuy takes top now. Well done!!

Also, this beer is the first of their Loco Gringo series. I can't wait to taste the delicious awesomeness of what's yet to come!

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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 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 MtnBiker
4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BierGartenok
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes: Love that this is a locally brewed beer, its excellent! The aroma is piny with a hint of roasted malt. On the front the taste bold, with some caramel and sweetness. The beer finishes great with no bitterness. Hop note is very floral and piny. They have balanced the booziness extremely well with malt and hop, you definitely do not know your drinking a beer with 8.6% alcohol until later. Marshall has out-done themselves with this brew. If you get the chance to have this gem, I strongly suggest you give it a try!

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Photo of Kevinator
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first thing I noticed about this delight was the smell. Very piney and strong. At first pour, a tan, thick head forms that takes a while to settle. At first sip you are hit with a combination of maltiness and hops. The hops become more prevalent as you make it through the bottle. One thinks they are drinking an IPA if it weren't for the dark pleasant color and other traits of a black ale. Even though the alcohol is over 8%, it's very drinkable. This is a beer to sit back and enjoy as it seems to change as it warms in the glass. I though it continued to improve as it warmed up. If this were on tap it would be interesting to try. I would definitely buy this again. If anyone knows if it can be found in TX, please let me know.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my New Belgium globe. Thanks goes to thehand for sending this in my NFL Pick 'Em box.

A - Black body with a small light brown head

S - Citrusy hops mingle with some roast. Mostly hops though not really pungent

T - Hops hit you at first, a nice citrusy hop burst but it quickly gives way to roasted malts and some chocolate notes. Slightly sweet but the hops are certainly present giving some bitterness. Hints of coffee as well.

M - medium body, a nice light carbonation

D - Really drinkable. This beer is real nice. If this was local to me I could see myself picking this up quite often. I'm really glad I got to try this. I'm going to have to seek out more beer from this brewery.

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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 CliffBrake
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ncmussell for the bottle - great offering that I might not have chosen on my own.

Color lives up to the name of the style - it is black for sure. Good tan head that leaves loads of lacing. Good head for the abv. Pretty beer.

Intriquing aroma is a mixture of roasty flavors - coffee, chicory, and stone fruite - cherry, prune. Flavor is of molasses and coffee mixed with some piney bitterness. The sweetness and bitterness are well balanced - both are prominent but neither is dominant. A well crafted brew.

Smooth, round, almost wine-like mouthfeel. A pleasure to savor and sip slowly. This is a balanced and inviting beer. I have tried several cascadian black/black ipa's and didn't get it. I am not sure that style works. This seems like it has accomplished what the others were looking for.

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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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Photo of Hopswagger
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

Pitch black pour with decent head and good retention. Smell was earthy hops with a rich malt. First drink was mouth numbing and full of robust hop flavor. Great mix of carbonation with a thick delicious mouthfeel. Burst of bitter but surprisingly not overpowering. Overall, excellent flavor and aroma will keep this around during those cold months.

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Photo of okbeerlover
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer fresh is amazing. It is my favorite beer that Marshall puts out. Wish it wasn't a seasonal. It has a good amount of roast character but also a ton of hop flavor and aroma. A lot of citrus and pine. If you let the beer age a bit the hops quickly go away. Still a great beer at this point just not a ton of hop aroma. drink this one fresh if you can find it.

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Photo of arc3636
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A -wouldn't quite call this black, but a deep brown with thick tan head

S - very sweet with caramel and chocolate

T - a bit of chocolate from the aroma, but dominated but coffee and spices. I even taste some grapes

M- solid with heavy aftertaste. I feel like i need to chew it

O - fairly heavy and comes in a 22 ounce bottle, not something i would drink often. Although it was perfect for a tailgate party. The flavor was very good and complex, would definitely buy again for as special occasion.

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Photo of Ratman197
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, grapefruit, pine and skunk bud. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, grapefruit, pine, tangerine and light tropical fruit with a crisp dry bitter lingering roasty citrus finish.

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Photo of BrewAskew
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 kylejohnson03
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of DavidST
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass, unknown bottled date. This pours a pitch black color (blacker than most Black IPAs, close to imperial stout color), with a decent mocha colored head which leaves a nice lacing. The smells are full of hops, pine, grapefruit and dark roasted malts. The feel is medium to thick. The taste is pretty great, a nice mouthful of bitter hops followed by a nice bitter dark roasted malt and dark chocolate. An excellent stout / IPA hybrid, very nice.

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black with a foamy white head that dissipates reasonably soon. Nose is of sweet, floral pine. The pine carries through to taste, along with chocolate, caramel, citrus and hops. The bitterness hangs around a bit. Medium mouth with a bit of carbonation. This is a nice black IPA. I've been searching for it a while, and it did not disappoint.

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Photo of Riggo
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark, dark brown to black. Some reddish brown highlights at the edges. Lovely thick beige head. Great retention and lacing.

I smell coffee and dark chocolate, but also grapefruit and cedary hops. Cocoa powder. Tobacco? Mint, citrus.

In the mouth, mint, bubblegum, fruit--peach, cedar, citrus--grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is great--silky, with a soft carbonation that just seems perfect.

The alcohol is pretty well-hidden on this one. A nice grapefruity dryness drives this one to a pretty easy drinkability. The hint of roastiness and the higher alcohol don't weigh it down at all.

I think Marshall has brewed their best beer here. And that's saying something, as they've got several good to great beers in the lineup already. The wonderful fruity aroma of peaches, grapefruit, mint, and chocolate on this one is exciting. The beer looks great, with a solid head that just won't go away. Wonderfully drinkable and manages to put to rest any arguments that this style is merely a gimmick. This isn't just a darkly-colored ipa. The roastiness, chocolate, and coffee come through here, but the hops are in control, making for an interesting experience. Thanks guys!

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks black with a great tan head that last for a while with lacing. Toasty grapefruit resin scent. Smooth toasted grapefruit taste. More toasty less grapefruit, not to bitter. Medium body and carbonation and smooth. Great black iPa.

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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 BigGold
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had from 12-oz. bottle purchased in Norman, Okla., poured into hotel water glass. Part of "The Loco Gringo Series," this ABA is over-carbonated, but loaded with subtle and well-balanced flavors, which hide well the big ABV.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, no freshness date , thanks gawnphishin!

A - Black as night with a tan head that reduces to a thin layer - heavy lacing.
S - Very floral, hints of caramel, very green smell. Otherwise, not getting all that much. Pleasant but not super strong smelling.
T - Bitter and piny with a hint of caramel and toasty sugars afterwards. Very nice IPA with the roasty dark elements. Burp is a super crisp pine flavor; followed by a very slight smokiness.
MF - Super smooth with a tingly carbonation; I would up the carbonation slightly.
DB - At this ABV; quite high.

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Photo of DelMontiac
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Moderately aggressive pour reveals a blackness that even very bright light cannot penetrate execpt some ruby highlights at the very fringes of the glass. 3 finger head is super rich and caramel colored and leaves a lush wall of lace all the way down the glass. Very appealing. The label would make a killer T-shirt.

S: Fresh hops, dark roast coffee beans, cut lumber, and mild citrus.

T: Wow, intense but balanced. Really is like half stout half IPA. Dark choclate, burnt sugars, dark roast coffee, grapefruit, hops hitting half way through and continuing through the finish. Vanilla shows up as an aftertaste. A pretty wild ride for the tongue.

M: Perfect carbonation and feel. Silky smooth.

D: A bomber is about all I would want at one sitting. Great for dessert.

Overall: I was excited to find El CuCuy. It lives up to what others had told me. A very exciting and lively brew that pulls your tastebuds in every direction. This beer is what I imagine a black IPA to be. So far, this is the one for me in the style of black IPA.

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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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El CuCuy from Marshall Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 156 ratings.
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