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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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3.9
JStax (6505) - 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.

3.7
riversideAK (6261) - 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
decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Black/brown pour with tan head and lace. Super sour cherry aroma with a hinto oak. Sour/tart cherries and oak. Good body and carbonation. A hint thin but overall nice beer. rbsg

3.8
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2010
Thanks to BMan1113VR for providing this bottle. Bottle 50 of 156. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. The aroma is dark fruit with some coffee and roasted malt. Tons of cherry flavor with some roasted malt in the aftertaste. Some vanilla and oak notes as well. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

3.8
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
In short: A very fruity (all kinds of red fruits) oaky/tannic dark ale. Good sipper
How: Bottle shared at RBSG 2011 grand tasting
The look: Near black body topped by a small dark beige head
In long: Nose is very fruity but not particularly cherry-fruity, I notes berries of all kinds with plenty of oak barrels. Taste more of the same. This is a very fruity beer (wild berries, cherry skin, dark grapes, even some raspberries), some chocolate, some leather, vinous notes, a lot of oak tannins. Smooth carbonation. Quite tasty and actually very good too. This was my last rating at the RBSG 2011 grand tasting and my thoughts and prayers are with all those who same to Ratebeer Summer Gathering mega-party hoping to get laid.

3.7
tom10101 (6085) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2013
Bottle (22 oz). Shared by cparles, thanks! Dark brown with a small off-white head and little lacing. Aroma of dark cherries, light roasted malt, chocolate, wood and mild Cabernet notes. It was mild at first, but it became a little more complex as it warmed. Taste is slightly sweet with tart cherries, roasted malt, vinous notes, oak and light chocolate. Alcohol is really well hidden. Light to medium body. Good carbonation. Slightly winey mouthfeel. A tad watery too. Not very complex (components of this beer doesn’t merge well to create layers of complexity) beer considering it’s a 10% abv dark Sour Ale, but not bad at all either. Drinkable for the style and enjoyable.

3.7
Cornfield (5570) - 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.

3.6
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.

4.1
markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Thanks to goryshkewych for this one. Pours a porter brown with an off-white head. Nose is citrus/ pineapple brett, tart cherries, vinegar, and some chocolate. Flavor is bretty up front, into the mid giving way to some tart cherries, and a bit of chocolate. Finish lingers with brett and a bit of chocolate trying to break through. Body is light to medium and complex. This one gets more complex as it warms. The brett seems to dominate more when the beer is colder. Once it warms up some, more nuances emerge. Another great one, Brad!

3.6
AdamChandler (5052) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 28, 2015
This is a rather light brown ale with a bit of red. just a little bit of carbonate. Whoa, loads of cherry aroma with a tart lacto bite. Lots of cherry, a bit of sour raspberry, wood, good bitterness, some nice maltiness here with some really nice finish. Really refreshing. the color had me thinking this was going to be pretty malty. instead, really special.


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