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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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The character pictured on the front of this label is Jonathan Holmberg. Jonathan has been a bartender at what now is Jackie Oís 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 Jonathanís. Cheers, buddy! -Brad Clark, brewer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2010
22oz bottle courtesy moejuck. Darkest rust/ruby/brown with just a few tan bubbles. Sweet and tart cherries- juice, flesh, and skins- some barrel funk, and subtle notes of roasty malt in the aroma. Smells great. Flavor adds a ton of vinous dark fruit, earthy cocoa, oxidation, tannic oak, and hints of vanilla. Medium body, smoother than balanced. The low carbonation works very well with the tart and tannic nature of this brew. Dry, sour, tannic finish. Great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavoleBomb (1522) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Poured into a tulip. 2011 vintage, bottle #104 of 384. 3.5 A: Dark brown, almost black color. Two fingers of light brown head that fizzes away a bit faster than Iíd like and doesnít do much in terms of lacing. 4.0 S: The cherry isnít as intense as I remember at the release. I guess that happens with time, but I didnít think it would happen so soon. That isnít to say there isnít any cherry and what is there works well with the cabernet barrel to off a delightful vinous character. Overall, this is quite fruity from the actual fruit, the barrel, and the lactic tanginess. Iím picking up berries and in particular raspberries. Good balance between sweet and tart. Lightly funky and moderately tart/sour. Vanilla, oak, toasted malts, a touch of chocolate and maybe a hint of tannic astringency. Finally, this is teeming with that JOís house character. 4.0 T: Oak and vanilla are among the strongest flavors this time. Cherry again is a little lighter than I would prefer, though still tasty. The cabernet barrel again works wonderful in the taste as well. Vinous grape, cherry, and raspberry form a triumvirate of fruitiness. This wild ale is surprisingly tame on the acid front. Acetic acid is nowhere to be found, while lactic acid comes off as more fruity than anything. Again, a light funk. The porter comes through more in the taste. Toastiness with a considerable chocolate component. 4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Incredibly smooth. A light creaminess, but I would prefer some more. 4.5 D: Another solid offering. I considered giving 4.5ís to some other scores, so I figured this is a good place to split the difference. Very flavorful and easy to drink. Some day Iíll post my on-tap review from the release. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-07-2011 00:59:14

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Bottled 11/22/2009...#80/156...thanks JohnGalt1!!! - Pours dk and clear brown with a tiny ring of beige head...aroma is chemically cherry, lt roast and some cocoa...flavour is similar, although incredibly thin, sour, old fruit, cocoa, lightly sour finish...this one was a bit of a disappointment...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MeadMe (1453) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Another rare growler from markwise. A: pours an amberish shade of brown with a rather small off white head. No retention or lace. S: Nice sweet cherry juice with hints of tartness. Light roasted chocolate malt and oak. T: Sweet and tart cherries. Some sweet juice and some under cherries as well. Notes of red wine,vinegar, roasted malt and light oak. M: Medium in body light on the carbonation. D: Damn good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Bottle thanks to bman1113vr. Hazy brown pour. Aroma is sour, cherry, funk. Flavor is sour, dirt, slight chocolate, funk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1380) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Bottle thanks to pantanap at Chicago RB tasting. Pour is deep , dark brown with small off-white head. This beer has a notable wine character with hints of cherry and caramel malt. Also a faint funkiness and a lightly metallic note in the finish. Solid stuff

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deekyn (1364) - 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 donít 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 (1286) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thome50 (1228) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Pours a deep brown to slight red hints. Aroma is porter and coffee some slight cherry note and sour aromas. Taste is coffee and hints of chocolates with and cherry acid. Overall it works fairly well .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (1162) - 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.

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