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RATINGS: 143   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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3.5
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2010
Bottle 84/156 acquired via trade with alexsdad06...thanks again Brad!!! Chestnut/crimson pour produced an eggshell head. Aroma is bright cherry juice, cocoa, vanilla, and oak. Flavor is similar with some roasted malt, caramel, and toffee finding their way. Quite thin, unfortunately, which takes away from the 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!

3.7
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2011
2011 22 oz. bottle 128/384 via trade with Tripphop (BA) - Pours a dark brown color with a 3/4 finger thick tan head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is slight tart cherries, hints of chocolate, and light oak. Very nice. And then I tasted it. I just don’t get this tart/sour craze. The flavor is much like the aroma but, just a little more tart. The dark malt and tart cherries really linger in the finish. Medium to full body. A nice beer. Thanks Tripp.

4
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Growler from George. 1st rating. Thick dark black pour. Dry tart aroma. Same for the flavor, a little dry, some tartness, very good. (1079)

3.7
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2010
Bottle thanks to BMan1113VR. Pours a deep, dark brown with beige head. Aroma is tart with some cherry and faint brett. Flavor of cherry pie and light brett. Mouth feel is medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, a very tasty beer!

3.8
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Bottled 11/22/2009, bottle 3/156. Pours a dark black cherry color with a half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a very thing ring. Not much in the way of lacing. Sweet, vinous dark fruit aroma with tons of cherry and subtle barrel character. Slightly tart smelling with faint oak countering the wine and sweet cherries. Underneath there’s a touch of roasted malt but the nose of this beer is dominated by the sweeter fruit notes. Medium bodied with a lightly puckering, tart mouthfeel that’s balanced by sweet, vinous fruit and subtle roasted malt. Nice barrel character with some dry oak that compliments the tart cherries and a nice cabernet presence that gives off some nice vinous dark fruit notes. Hints of grape and dark berries compliment the sweet and tart cherries. There’s also a bit more of a malt presence than the nose suggests with some chocolate, toast and caramel. More dry and tart than sour with an excellently masked ABV that makes it deceptively drinkable. Well balanced and pretty flavorful. One of the better beers I’ve had so far from Jackie O’s.

3.4
drsordr (2776) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2017
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pour opaque dark brown with moderate tan head. Nose tart cherry, red wine, light powder, chocolate covered cherry. Taste moderate tart up front then cherry and asked cab. Mineral chocolate late.

3.6
WillRunForBeer (2702) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Bomber shared by ClarkVV. Batch A3 bottle 404 dated 8/15. Thanks Clark! Poured about an ounce in about 2oz of Caravaggio and that tasted pretty damn good. Let’s see what it’s like on its own. Pours dark amber with a beige head. Aroma is chocolate, cherry lifesaver. Flavor is chocolate, tart cherry. Tastes better in the Caravaggio.

4
wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 30, 2011
Tasted on Dark Lord Day from a bottle. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head that recedes rather quickly to nothing more than a very thin collar of lace. The nose is sour, funky, natural cherry with more roasted notes of coffee, chocolate, and oak. The flavor is sour, funky, and natural cherries with the same roasted coffee, chocolate, and oak that I detected on the nose. The body is medium with a very oily texture, lively carbonation and a long roasted coffee and oak, along with the funky cherry flavor.


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