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 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 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 sendsilk
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Graciously given to me by my friend Glenn.

Okay, I never know what to expect with a "black ale" especially shown the bottle says "India style Black Ale" is it a black IPA? Is it a black ale? Who the hell knows...

This is a decent beer but I don't get the hops that people have mentioned...yes, I'm in FL and this comes from OK so maybe it's a bit old. It's not bad but could be better. Middle of the road black ale/IPA, something along those lines.

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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 yeahnatenelson
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at a cellar cleaning meet-up. Thanks...Tony? Dan?

Appearance -- Pours a dark brown with slimy hazy beige head.

Smell -- Roast malt, dark fruit sweetness, and a slight pine resin hop bitterness underlying. It's pretty nice.

Taste -- Again, lots of roast malt flavor, pithy citrus hops, pine resin, and moderate dark fruit sweetness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Works well, but not really noteworthy.

Overall -- Pretty good for the style. I'll have to keep my eyes open for future Marshall releases.

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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 homebrewhawk
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. waxed bottle served in a Tank 7 tulip. Pours a deep brown/black with a finger of tan head. Some piney hops and chocolate malt in the aroma. Nice amount of hop bitterness with a long lingering finish of chocolate malt. Drying from the hops and malt. On the thinner side of medium. Easy drinking, solid beer.

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Photo of coldriver
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a Sam Adams glass. Pours a near-opaque black with fluffy off white head. Strong roasted malt and hop aroma - very rich. Oily piney hops, toffee, a bit of coffee, and very nice citrusy hop profile make for a very tasty brew. Oily and thichk mouthfeel, but finishes nice and dry with the kind of kick you might expect with a better stout. I'm becoming a big fan of this Tulsa brewery and I'd say this is their best to date. Stacks up nicely against the nationally known black ales.

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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 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 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 alaimoa
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nomally not a big black IPA fan But this is solid with nice hop resin sweetness in the nose. Blackish color with sticky dirty head. Love the syrupy hop feel and taste. Eyes closed you wouldn't know this was a black IPA. Flavors come together nicely leaving this very drinkable

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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 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 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 wolfinthemirror
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours porter dark, almost black, but a slight bit of amber can be seen near the top when held to the light. Other than that, you can't see through this one. a nice half an inch worth of cream colored head that sticks around leaving lacing.

Smells heavily of cascade hops, which of course impart a fruity aroma. I'm also picking up on some toasted malts, almost a chocolate type scent.

Lots of roasted maltiness, balanced by the sharpness of the hops. Not real hoppy-bitter, but it definitely has that juicy kind of taste of an IPA at the same time. I'd like a little more hop flavor, I feel like the malts dominate. A little alcohol in the back, but it's pretty well hidden for the most part.

Mouthfeel is fairly full, moderate carbonation. There is a silky sort of texture to it.

Despite being so dark and high in alcohol, it's quite drinkable. Nothing off putting about makes it easy to quaff. Get this one while you can, it's definitely worth a try.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Okierat
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with ruby highlights when held to light. Light also shows a slight haze. Light head that laces on the glass.

S - Citrus hop aromas are noticable, light roasted notes some esters, pear or apple notes.

T - Hop bitterness is noticeable upfront and lingers on the back of the tounge. Citrus hops are noticable in the middle of this beer. Dark malt flavors are noticable with also caramel notes as well. I get dried fruit flavors as well

M - The lingering bitterness leaves a light astringent feel on the mouth. Carbonation is medium.

D - Very drinkable. Very nice beer, had it at the brewery and it seemed better on tap than in bottle. But a beer I would drink agian.

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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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