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RATINGS: 128   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 O’s 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 Jonathan’s. Cheers, buddy! -Brad Clark, brewer


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (5863) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2012
2009 and 2011 vintages tried side-by-side. 2009: bottle 51/156, 2011: 229/384. Both poured a dark, murky brown with a reddish hue; the 2011 was deeper and redder and the 2009 was cloudier and browner. Aroma of cherries, grapes, oak, brown sugar, and toasted malts; the berries and cabernet really comes through stronger in the 2011 but the 2009 shows more complexity. Flavor of tart cherries, grapes, and plums, along with toast and oak. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a tart mouthfeel. The 2009 is more tart and the 2011 is more vinous. Slight edge to the 2009, but both were very good.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (5740) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Chitown RB gathering Jan 2010: bottle #69 shared by Kan, thanks

Deep brownish hue with reddish highlights with minimal head or lace. The aroma has a big sour fruit (red grapes and cherries) and oak vapour along with some walnut and chocolate, continuous lactic acid. The taste has a sour fruity overtone with some sweet malt background. Wine barrel tannic finish. The mouth feel is soft and refreshing. This will be nice with some more age methinks

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (5715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark reddish brown with white head, aroma brought notes of oak, cabernet grapes, some slight red raisin, dark fruits, rich caramel and toffee, some sour fruit notes with a hint of lactic acid, with a ever so slight hint of acetic acid. Taste was a mix of slight tart fruit with lots of cabernet grapes, hints of caramel, toffee, some acetic and lactic acids, finishing with an oaky dry finish. Wish there was more cherry, it got kind of lost.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SudsMcDuff (5659) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2013
sample from the newer creepier label .. . pours a ruby brown .. light head, light lacing .. . some cherry, jam, twisted yeast, and stupid flowers . . very quick finish with an empty finish .. needs more girth .. . . driving through an entire group of cyclists isn’t a tragedy, its justice!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (5646) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Bottle shared by Beerman6686 at RBSG. Pours deep brown with a thin beige head. Tart cherry aroma with some light roasted malts and light oaky notes. the flavor has tart cherry, sweet malt, light roast, oak, and some vinious notes. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Roasted malts, tangy somewhat vinegar notes, cherry, oak barrel, jammy wine. Pours almost black with a tan head. Flavors of roasted malts, tangy barrel, jammy wine, cherries, tangy vinegar. Lingering medium roast coaty tangy mouthfeel. Interesting beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5553) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2012
22 ounce bottle at GABF 2012. Pours a almost totally black color with a small white head, A big nose of tobacco and roast, some odd barrel notes. A sweet mix of fruit and tobacco, leather, wood, earthy at times and roast. Interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (5522) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Clear ruby brown color/ no head. Big sour cherry, tart red wine, wet wood tannin aromas. medium bodied with light co2. Lightly sour cherry flavors with caramel, spicy red wine, and mild chocolate--not bad

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2010
Bottle. Pours a mahogany body with an off white head. Malty body with chocolate and caramel malt tones. A modest warming with a large sweet cherry tone and some light oak. A mild tartness with a vinous and oak warming. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Enjoyed at the Flossmoor Station RB tasting, 1/16/2010: This poured a dark brown body with a dinkus light tan head. It had a fuzzy cherry nose with some dark caramel sweetness and a splash of milk chocolate. The flavor funks up a bit, the cherries get stronger (This should be a fruit beer.), the chocolate recedes, and a bit of oak is added. Quite nice.


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