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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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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.

3.6
theisti (4157) - 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.

4
TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2010
This was really nice. Big, sweet (in red candy sort of way) and tart cherry with some nice roastiness from the porter. I love this pairing, and the couple beers I have had like this always seem to like me. Thanks for sharing Jason.

3.9
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Bomber from StFun - thanks, Josh!!! Very quirky and distinctive beer here. Nice deep brown pour, with some crisp carbonation. Crazy cherry in the nose, full bodied and ripe. Soft toasted malts are in there, no doubt, but the nose gives the sense that this is halfway to an oud bruin or some brett-spiked porter (the latter quality perhaps coming from the cab barrel). Smooth but not overly slick mouthfeel, the hints of dark fruit and tartness suggest a nice Baltic porter too - I’m calling it a Baltic oud bruin. Nice!

3.8
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2010
bottle shared by Kan! pours murky brown-reddish with no head. nose of cherry, vinegar, caramel, vinous. flavors are sour cherry, sweet caramel, oak, and vanilla. really tasty brew.

4
koleminer20 (3798) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2015
Shared at a tasting hosted by Steve Hackley on September 25. Thanks Steve! This was poured from a 22 oz bottle. The pour is a light black with heavy brown influences coming through and a thinner light tan head that offers a couple wispy legs of lace as it recedes. The aroma is something else. There is a strong cherry up front. It’s a combination of sweet and sour cherries. I like it. There is a decent funkiness that’s going on behind them. I’ve heard people refer that this smells like a sour brown, and they’re kind of right. There is a wet oak present, and some light cocoa and roast. It is not quite as good as a sour stout, but it’s somewhere in the middle. The flavor is a bit different. There is a nice tartness up front, followed up by a pretty hefty roasty chocolate malt. There is a little barrel in it, but for the most part, the Cabernet seems to vanish. This is pretty welcome with some of the wine-barreled beers I’ve had. The mouth feel is decently thick with a nice carbonation and a lingeringly boozy cherry finish. The alcohol does poke through on the back end. This thing is pretty good for a beer I’ve never even heard of.

3.6
AcctError96987 (3723) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Bottle shared by Thorpe429, who has generously shared many Jackie O’s brews of late. Thanks Mike! Bottle 354 / 384 2011 vintage The beer is a dark brown (reddish tints) color, with a small, thin head that leaves but a touch of lacing on the glass. The aroma and taste are consistent with one another: barrels, a tannic presence, wine, cherries. The flavor is decent, with an acetic finish. The feel is medium bodied with a solid carbonation level. Overall, a decent and interesting brew and one that I would be happy to have again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-13-2011

3.9
TheEpeeist (3709) - 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.

3.4
50belair (3670) - Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Bottle shared at Huny day. Brown pour with no head. The body is really thin on this one. Cherry nose. Sort of like a sour bruin with more cherry notes.

3.8
smith4498 (3651) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2010
RBWG 2010. Pours brownish red color with off white head. Aromas of sour cherries and chocolate. Flavors of sour cherries, chocolate, roasted malts, oand oak with some vinous notes. Medium body with body with moderate carbonation.


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