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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
The character pictured on the front of this label is Jonathan Holmberg. Jonathan has been a bartender at what now is Jackie Os for the past 15 years. In 2004 he helped me get my foot in the door and has been a dear friend ever since. Jonathan is a true eccentric and this beer is nothing short of that. Our robust porter was placed into Cabernet barrels eight months ago. Wild yeast and Lactobacillus were added to the barrels to give the beer a tart edge and some very rustic and fruity qualities. Sixty pounds of tart cherries were added to each barrel to take this beer in a unique direction. Notes of cherries, oak, chocolate, wine, and leather all find a special spot in this brew. Cab Cherry Man is a beer that can stand up to the antiquing, joking, halloween-loving, and sweet personality that is Jonathans. Cheers, buddy! -Brad Clark, brewer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkSanta410 (730) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2015
Bottle at home. Thanks Brad! Pours a very dark brown almost black. Little head. Flashes and gone. Aroma is a bit funky, fruity cherry, faint cocoa, faint red wine and oak. Smells great. Taste is a bit tart, funky, leathery with red wine up front, finishes with nice subtle chocolate cherry flavors. Interesting! Medium body, medium to highly carbonated. Cool beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (1377) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2015
Shared at a tasting hosted by Steve Hackley on September 25. Thanks Steve! This was poured from a 22 oz bottle. The pour is a light black with heavy brown influences coming through and a thinner light tan head that offers a couple wispy legs of lace as it recedes. The aroma is something else. There is a strong cherry up front. Its a combination of sweet and sour cherries. I like it. There is a decent funkiness thats going on behind them. Ive heard people refer that this smells like a sour brown, and theyre kind of right. There is a wet oak present, and some light cocoa and roast. It is not quite as good as a sour stout, but its somewhere in the middle. The flavor is a bit different. There is a nice tartness up front, followed up by a pretty hefty roasty chocolate malt. There is a little barrel in it, but for the most part, the Cabernet seems to vanish. This is pretty welcome with some of the wine-barreled beers Ive had. The mouth feel is decently thick with a nice carbonation and a lingeringly boozy cherry finish. The alcohol does poke through on the back end. This thing is pretty good for a beer Ive never even heard of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (3346) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Large shared bottle poured red-brown. Quite dark with a bubbly weak head. The aroma has a nice cherry note but the cherry component is much diminished in tasting. Light-moderate tartness with a light bitterness in the finish. Slightly boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rondphoto (3162) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - SEP 24, 2014
thanks for trade with Tmoney99 --- Cloudy dark ruby with no head, no lace. Looks like wine. Taste is tart cherry wine with some wood and leather (like the bottle says). No change through the palate and finish. 2012 bottle, so it has aged a bit. Interesting, but youll have to prove to me that it is a beer and not a dry wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (5254) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Light cherry and tart fruit aromas, some roasted tones. Nice tart cherry, other funky tones, sour and tartness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (20445) - Malm, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity sour aroma with hints of cherry. Fruity malty sour cherry flavor. Has a fruity malty sour spicy cherry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (1368) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 14, 2014
2011 Vintage bottle 360/384. Aroma has medium chocolate, dark caramel and toffee with faint roast. Light acidity with moderate cherry, berry and cassis. Light alcohol spice. Pours brown with a thin tan head that quickly recedes to the edges and disappears. Light lacing and a sheet of alcohol. Flavor has a moderate cherry character with quite a bit of berry and cassis. Some light oak notes with medium chocolate, dark caramel and toasted bread notes. Light alcohol spice in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall a pretty nice beer that has held up really well. A high alcohol version of a flemish style red with a bit more cherry character. A nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deekyn (1428) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Autographed by Johnathan. A -pours almost opaque black brown with very little light tan head. S - well it smells like a sour brown. aromas of sour cherries, cherry lozenges, wet musty oak, nice cab notes, tobacco, leather, tart red berries, chalky chocolate. subtle and fairly complex aromas. nice. M - lacto tartness right up front. Some lemon tartness as well. medium light body wih no real carb. thinner palate and dry end. T - The tastes dont quite meat up with the nose. basalmic vinegar, tobacco-y leather red berry cab, musty wet oak, tart red berries and lemon juice. very light almost buttery notes as well. The porter is almost non resistant. very quiet dark malts, chocolate and coal. vegetal malts. O - nice dark sour

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
olr1984 (1418) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2014
22oz bottle pours a dark brown with zero head cherry and oak aroma. Sour cherry red wine and wood taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (3116) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with medium tan head. Aroma of cherries, almonds, wood, chocolate, pumpernickel, bread and apple skin. Taste is dry and medium sour with notes of lemons, apples, cherries, almonds and wood. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Really nice.

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