El CuCuy | Marshall Brewing Company

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
156 Ratings
El CuCuyEl CuCuy
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Marshall Brewing Company
Oklahoma, United States
marshallbrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Riggo on 12-02-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
156
Reviews:
50
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
10.71%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
37
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 156 |  Reviews: 50
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 teamwiggum
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of thegerm87
1.5/5  rDev -63.5%

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 Domvan
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%

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 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 Morey
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

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 BarryMFBurton
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 ldhughes3
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Paccamacca
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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 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 mpalestino
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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