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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

Note: Cab Cherry Man may be labeled as Cherry Man on the draft menu, but all recent batches have been barrel aged and ratings belong here.

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4.3
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Thanks to toncatcher for sharing. Flavors and aromas I like. Much like La Folie or cuvee De tomme. Very Good.

4.3
wetherel (1883) - Cupertino, California, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Tried at paytoplay’s house. Bottle brought by hophead84. Thanks Shane! Wow great aroma. Lots of cherry. Lightly sweet. Thick body. Light tartness. Excellent.

4.2
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Bottle: Nose was distinctive with dark cherries and chocolate and a vinious, cabernet note in the finish. The cherry fumes gave off a touch of tarness, but it was mostly dark chocolate and cherries. The beer pours brown with an interesting red tint within. Head is tan and just a ring around the glass’ edge. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel..maybe a bit too thin, but still able to carry the nice vivid cherry character throughout. Oaky vinious notes are driving this from beginning to end. The alcohol is seemingly unnoticed in the flavors but certainly noticed in its warming effect. The only fault is the light body, but that might be whats making this beer work so good...so who knows. The cherries and cab barrell influence are making this a very refined experience. quite nice.

4.2
gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Poured a deep red. Nose is huge cherry and vinous characteristics. Flavor is sour and sweet cherries, unripe fruit, red wine, hints of vinegar, nice subtle wood flavors. Very dry finish. Awesome beer!

4.2
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Thanks to whomever brought this to the Woodshop 5.0 tasting. This beer hit my palate perfectly. Really nicely done.

4.2
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Thanks to Shane (hophead84) and Javier for both bringing this bottle to Woodshop 5.0. Pours a medium cola brown with a reddish tint and a small off white head, some spotty lacing. Great nose of sweet and sour cherries with some roasted malts in the background. Lightly acidic on the palate with nice cherry flavors and a long semi sweet finish, great stuff!

4.2
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.

4.2
MrChopin (4304) - 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.

4.2
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Bottle shared by Darren at Belmont. Very dark in color with a tan head. Aroma is malty and sweet with hits of fruits. Flavor is an interesting mixture of sweet/sour fruits with some roasted malts, and oak. The fruity and tart flavors seem to override that of the base porter, however the porter adds a bit more body a and soft texture. Awesome integration of the cherries and cab barrels. Some people might not like a “tart porter” but this is really unique and very well crafted. I would love to get a bottle of this to drink myself.

4.2
madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2012
15th February 2010
Very dark red beer, light passes through - just! Lovely nose of quality red wine and dark cherry. Light palate, fairly dry. Tangy beer - bordering sour. Man this is good! The red wine dominates, tangy, fruity and with peppery blackcurrant. The base porter peeps through with a mild fresh dark malt. Seamlessly integrated is sweet and sour cherry. Finishes a little tart with more cherry and red wine. The most wine like beer I’ve had and head and shoulders above the other wine barrel beers.


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