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RATINGS: 130   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Thanks to Thorpe again... a muddy brown with lots of read, a light tan head ok head and lacing... the aroma is awesome, right away you get tons of the cabernet, very vinous, red wine, grapes, cherries, and funk, awesome... the taste is equally nice, dry cherries, oak, cab, red wine, funky but tannic... this is great, get this

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrChopin (3428) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2010
Thanks to Brad at Jackie O’s and Schroppfy for sharing the growler!
Light sepia, thin cream head. Nose is a harmonious blend wine-rounded porter (mainly wood and light chocolate). Flavor is sweeter thanks to the heavy cherry presence and lack of roast bitterness, still lightly tart but with more chocolate malt, particularly in the fudge finish. Very chewy body. This worked really well as one beer, I think the wine barrel edged the roast off a bit, and several people agreed that this reminded them of KRE. I’d agree, certainly that it is more a dessert beer, less complex, and yet less harsh than Captain Lawrence’s SFTO Wine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3384) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2010
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a thin froth. Nose is red wine, vanilla, hints of chocolate and sour cherry. Medium light with a tang and a tingle. Smooths as it warms. Taste is woody cherry, chocolate and caramel. Lingering cherry preserves and cabernet. Overall on the sour side with delightful sweet nuances.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2010
22oz bottle (69 of 156)... Pours a dark caramel brown with a very thin quickly dissipating head... Aroma of cocoa/chocolate with cherry notes thrown into the measure. Lightly tart.... Muddled and earthy sour cherry flavors. Very light carbonation with a somewhat medium body. Not bad but somewhat non-refined. Having said that I would have it again.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Bottle from hophead84 at a tasting at paytoplay’s place. Wow what a beer so vinious so interesting. Pours brownish with a tan ring. Nose is vinious, nice. Taste is weird cherry, vinous, reallly nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Bomber bottled on 11/22/2009 and consumed in January 2010. Courtesy juiceisloose. Pours a clear garnet to crimson color with a tiny beige head. Micro-spots of lacing are scattered about the glass. The nose is (predictably) quite vinous, showing peppery wood and juicy, jammy cherry. An acetic tartness works well with the grapey cabernet notes, while hints of leather, vanilla, toasted oak, and mineral earth offer further wine-like tendencies. Dry cocoa bring in just a hint of welcomed, balancing roastiness. Flavors largely follow suit, again based in vinous cherry and grape notes, backed up by drying cocoa and a trace of dried caramel. The buggy barrel influence is nicely assimilated in a brew of this nature, imparting just a bit of needed acetic character. Medium bodied, semi dry, and fizzy on the tongue, the palate is appropriately crisp and a little leathery. Good brew. Unlike some of the other Jackie-O bottle releases, this one actually benefits from the bugs.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3278) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Approximately 4 ounce sample at the Jackie O’s Public House in Athens, Ohio. The pour is hazed brown black ruby with not much of a tan head. The aroma is big Cabernet wine, light malt sweet and roast behind that. The taste is big Cab character, sour cherries, and followed by the light roast of the porter. The palate is medium bodied, still, oily, dry wine booze and cherry character finish. Nice,though a bit heavy handed on the wine character. Creative, well executed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilliGose (3264) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 17, 2010
Bottle with a big thanks to pantanap for sharing this at the chicagoland ratebeer gathering. Pours a somewhat murky brown with a small beige head. Notes of sour cherries, chocolate, red wine, wood. Very much reminded me of consecration, but this was slighly less acidic and not quite as clean. A nice beer though which I’m quite happy to have tried.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2011
bottle 84/156 at dak’s on 7/29/10. dark woody/cherry brown. lots of cinnamon-y cherries in the aroma... followed by roast, mustiness/damp, vinous, wood and a touch of sourness. the flavor is dominated by sweet and tart cherries with secondary roles played by chocolate, roast, slight bitterness, wood and some herbaceous qualities. the tartness really keeps the body from becoming enjoyable. 7/4/6/3/14-

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (3176) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2011
On tap into a sampler glass. Appearance is a dark brown with almost no head. Aroma is of brett and cherries. Taste is initially sour but quickly moves on to a chocolate covered cherry taste with a nice sour finish and a touch of barrel in the background. Heavy beer but I could easily have had a couple pints of this and been very happy.


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