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Cab Cherry Man - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
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140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 117
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beveritt on 12-10-2009

"Cab Cherryman // 9-10% ABV
Cabernet barrel aged porter w/ cherries, brettanomyces & lacto"
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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Large shared bottle poured red-brown. Quite dark with a bubbly weak head.

The aroma has a nice cherry note but the cherry component is much diminished in tasting. Light-moderate tartness with a light bitterness in the finish. Slightly boozy.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to James for this one!

A: Pours a rather dark brown color with no foam or lacing. A very thin ring of bubbles forms around the edge.

S: A bit of cherry and red wine up front which transitions into a bit of chocolate and faint roast.

T: Nice cherry flavor upfront, slightly tart with a bit of funk. Definitely has the tannic quality from the red wine barrels. Just a bit of roasted malt and chocolate mixed in, but very much in the background.

M: Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Slight vinegary/pucker on the finish.

O: I liked this one a good bit. A little more carbonation may have helped, but really dug the wine barrel influence.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.01/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to mistakebythelake (Bill) for this one. Poured from a 22oz. bomber #342/384 into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard pour yields no head and no resulting lace. Beer is a dark, almost opaque black with an attractive reddish tint which barely saves it from being a "1".

S: Nose is oddly aromatic and enticing. Sweet and candied cherries, chocolate, some roasted malt, cocoa, and a touch of mellow tartness. Completely unexpected as the funk and woodiness is almost completely missing and its replaced by a fruity sweetness. Nice.

T: Opens tart, grainy coffee beans, roasted malt, liquorice, and some molasses. Tart cherry becomes more prominent towards the middle. Brett funk, wet straw and wood, chocolate, cocoa also. End is coffee, lactose, and roasted malt. Finish is tart cherry. Aftertaste is fruity, sweet, with a touch of roasted malt bitterness. Pretty much what I expected.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Lively, prickly and crisp in the mouth. Grainy and goes down abrasive and dry. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers. Decent.

O: I'm not a huge fan of dark sours so it takes a really good one to blow me away. Cabernet Cherry Man is not that beer. There's too much tartness and its not balanced by any sort of prominent roasted malt, chocolate, or dark beer flavor. Worth trying if you come into it but otherwise, not really worth the hassle.

Photo of dirtylou
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#91/384

22oz bomber, secret santa 2011

appearance: served in an unbranded snifter, pours a rather lifeless dark brown body - very much a porter at heart, a bubbly brown cap forms somewhat spontaneously

smell: lots of tartness on the nose, wood, bacteria, roast, cherry

taste: the base beer has been pulled in a number of different directions here - tart cherries, bacteria and yeast, oak, vanilla, and yeah even some chocolate roast from the porter in there somewhere

mouthfeel: tart, and dry finishing

overall: cool stuff - taste the rareness

Photo of prototypic
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Many thanks to csmiley for the bottle.

Cab Cherry Man pours a dark, chocolate fudge color. It’s not opaque. A little light reveals burgundy highlights. Unfortunately, carbonation appears to be very low. No head formed on the surface at all. None. Zip. Nada. That’s disappointing.

The nose is very interesting. Smells pretty good. It definitely features a funky, Brett scent up front. It’s not overly strong, but there’s no mistaking it. The cabernet barrel aging is also apparent. It has a distinct tannin scent to it. Oak and cherry notes follow. There might be a light roasted malt scent, but there’s not much here to suggest it has a Porter base. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but is blended well overall. Not bad. More Porter-ish scents would be a good thing.

The flavor is good. I actually like it more than I anticipated. It does feature a nice funky, Brett flavor up front. It’s a tad tart. A quality that is bolstered by the cherry presence. Tannins and oak are obvious products of cabernet barrel aging. They taste really nice. There is a bit more Porter in the flavor. Roasted malts, light dark chocolate, and coffee are all present. Nonetheless, they take a back seat to the barrel and wild yeast flavors. Not that that’s entirely a bad thing. Alcohol is noted, but doesn’t seem to be 10% (as indicated on the label). Finishes with a mix of tannins, oak, cherry, and funk.

Cab Cherry Man has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. It feels a little thin. Carbonation is so light that bubbles are not noticeable. More would definitely be good. Having said all that, it is tasty, easy drinking.

Jackie O’s has an interesting little creation with Cab Cherry Man. I like it, but I’d like it more with a couple of tweaks. An insufficient amount of bubbles is the biggest problem. I also wouldn’t mind more Porter evidence in the nose and flavor. That seems a little lost in the mix here. Good stuff though..and very unique.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My brother traded for this one. Thanks bro. And thanks to the trader. Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark black. No head or signs of carb. Hopefully it's not flat. Slight legs.

Aroma has a nice funk and lacto sourness. You can smell some of the porter characteristics too. Bit of the cherry. Bit of the cab

Tastes the same. But it's missing some flavor or something. Needs to be more well rounded. You get the sourness and the funk at first but then some of that porter roastyness and chocolate comes through. Nice and sour in the finish.

Mouthfeel is super dry but very low carb. Needs alot more carb IMO. Just tickles the tongue a bit.

Overall it's ok. It's worth a try but not what he gave up to get it. Good thing we got something else in the trade too.

Photo of beveritt
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a wine glass. How cool is it to sit at home and pour Brad's beers from a bottle? Label is the barrel-aged one from recent bottling. Jackie O's written at top with two barrels flanked by leaves underneath. Bottled 11/22/2009. Bottle 98/156. I don't know a lot about this one, but it is listed as "Barrel Aged Cabernet Cherryman" on the website. No description.

Appearance: Pours with minimal head,just some flecks of light tan foam. This settles quickly, leaving what looks like a dark glass of wine. Medium brown in color with strong tint of red.

Smell: Strong sour cherry overtones with hints of dark candy sugar.

Taste: Nice, pleasant tartness upfront, followed by sour cherries and a slight sweetness in the middle. Slight vinous quality, though faint enough that I might just be influenced by the description. Finishes dry and mouth puckering.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level, good level to deliver the tartness without being too biting. Body is good.

Drinkability: Still learning about thee world of sours, but so far I have liked the sour level of beers I find at Jackie O's. Enough to be interesting and compliment the fruit flavors without tearing up my mouth or stomach. I would definitely have this one again, but with the number so f beers Brad is making, i seldom seem to get the same thing twice when I am down there.

Photo of Tripphop
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with minimal carbonation. Nice viscosity and sticky cling to the glass. Smells of funky cherries and graham cracker. Taste has nice acidic bite but after a few sips melds right into the rich chocolate and tart cherriy flavors. Mouthfeel is vinous and full bodied, yum. Delightful beer that gets better and better until the last drop.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another of the great box of Jackie O bottles received from rhinos00 .... Alex... you're becoming a nice point of conversation in the Galt household.... You are a good man.

Out of all the bottles Alex shipped me and the bro, this is the one that I most wanted to share with the buddies.

Bottle #80/156.

Deep reddish brown in the glass.... descent tan head... okay retention... pretty.

The aroma is alot better than the chunga... vinous ... dark sweet cherries.... nice vinegar backdrop... oaky... some vanilla shows on later pours.

Flavor is very fruity... tons of deep cherry in the front.. tart tannic cherry skins pull out of the sweetness.. hints of chocolate and some roasty notes come through.. again.. the barrel shows in the middle to the finish.. elegant while still being a powerhouse... I can definitely see the wine barrel aspects.. better body than the chunga and the carbonation seemed about right... I could drink this for a very long time without getting bored.

Thanks again Alex... You hooked it up.

4/4/4.5/4/4.5

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a lovely dark brown, nearly black with a fluffy tan head that caps the top of the glass nicely coating the sides and really making it look the part.

dark chocolate and oak, mingled with deep cherries and grape, raspberry and dark fruit notes, sour with changing flavors twirling around. its hard to get a grip on this beer! lots of chocolate coming through as it warms, the blend of sour fruits and sweet chocolate malts is intoxicating.finishes off with the subtlest of dryness and lovely sour flavors. looking back it is easily the best i have had from them. the fruit just melds soo well into the body of the malts it is amazing.

overall this is something that has to be tried. I was soo thriled to sit and sip on this one.

Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the Jackie O's release event this weekend. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a reddish dark brown with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: This one had a mild smell overall> Some red wine and mild vinegar with roasty malt.

Taste: A lot more sour than the smell indicates. There is a strong red wine presence with some cherry in there as well. Sweet malt with a creamy quality to it, the finish is quite sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really good dark sour beer. I thought the balance would have been helped a bit if it was sweeter, but I liked it and would have another.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the 2011 release. Review from notes.

3.5 A: Ripened plum color. Came with no head, so no comments there.

4.0 S: Cherry is prominent. Lactic tanginess, lightly medicinal, lightly astringent. Seductively sweet, which works with the tartness. Lots of JO's house character.

4.5 T: Oak, some vanilla. Good amount of tart cherry. Again, good sweet to sour ratio. Light acetic acid. Vinous grape.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Part prickly, part creamy and all smooth.

4.5 D: Well made and tasty. Complex and refined.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

04/02/11- Had this one on-tap at Jackie O's "one funky afternoon."
A: Dark golden brown with a very thin caramel collar.
S: Cherry coconut, sweet syrup, dry cabernet, cocoa powder, brown sugar, apple core with raisins.
T: Cherry syrup, vanilla and coconut finish, cocoa, smokey coffee is faint, OK.
M: Thinner but foamy.
O: Pretty good. Kind of sweeter than I'd expect with more cherry, but still a solid one.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 16oz swing-top growler to Boulevard tasting glass on 5/7/11
Sampled at the 1st NoVA BA Tasting Extravaganza
*From notes

A: Dark charcoal in color. Hardly any head and minimal lacing.

S: It smells of robust toasty malt, dark fruits and a twang of funk buried underneath.

T: Charry, smokey malt up front - the flavor profiles of a quality American Porter shining through. The sour nature of the brew kicks in on the mid, but it's much more subdued then I had expected. It almost take a back seat to the black cherries on the finish, and doesn't leave the mouth watering quite as I had hoped. None the less, it's damn tasty.

M: Kinda flabby. I figured with a Porter base and a kickin' ABV of 10% that this would be a bit more complex in the mouth, but sadly I can't say it was. The carbonation was surprisingly low, and it didn't quite suit the nature of the brew.

O: I popped my Jackie O's "cherry" with their Cab Cherry Man, and I'll say that I was moderately impressed. I adore what they're doing in Athens, pushing the boundaries of what we call beer to mythical places. I just hope that they stress quality over quantity, as I'd rather have a couple of killer brews then a bunch of pretty good ones.

I'd certainly recommend this one, as it really is something wild.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Jackie O's One Funky Afternoon event. Served in a tulip. This was my favorite of the event.

Pours a reddish-brown color with a thin tan head and a bit of lacing. Nose: Damn, this is going to be a good one. Great cherry and wine combo hits at the front with a mild tannic character. I can tell this is going to be dry and sour. A bit of light roast is left underneath. Barrel shines through as well, particularly as it warms up. The flavor is masterfully blended with a nice complexity consisting of oak, tannin, acid, cherries, roast, and a bit of red wine. Feel is light to medium with a tart, dry finish. Bit of funk comes through in the end. The barrel character is really apparent in this one. Absolutely fantastic. Can't wait to get into my bottles of this.

Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud for sharing. Batch '12 bottle 48/312

Pours almost no head, faint dark bubbles, super dark brown pretty much black colored beer, no real light coming through.

Nose is a mix of sourness, brown malts, fruit, and barrel. Starting with creamy brown malts, caramel light brown sugar, toasty brown malts, faint cocoa, into barrel, vanilla, oak barrel, toasted oak and almost candy vanilla, touch of red wine, and then into sour cherry, tart balotin like cherry with hint of cough syrup and candy cherry. The more I smell the cocoa comes out a bit more, like choc covered tart cherries, light creaminess and hint of lactobaccillus funk.

Taste is just as complex. Malts first, light toasty brown malts caramel brown sugar etc. Then a nice cocoa flavor, dusty cocoa powder and hint of melted bakers choc, into barrel with lots of vanilla and toasted barrel, faint dusty shelf. Then cherry, tart sour cherry, candy cherry with hint of cherry cough syrup, syrupy too, as well as creamy and funky lactobaccillus. Finish is sour tart cherries at first, then nice creamy chocolate porter and light vanilla oak barrel, with a sticky syrupy light flemmy lacto funk lingering, and later some nice earthy bitterness, and a bit more cocoa.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, creamy, but little carb.

Overall quite nice, starts with sour tart cherry, moves to nice chocolate porter, and rounds with a vanilla oak barrel. Nice beer overall, good cherry and chocolate, nice barrel, tasty. Only complaint is lower carbonation.

Photo of AgentZero
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle again shared by Thorpe429 at Dark Lord Day.

A - Dark reddish-murky brown beer with a minimal head that didn't leave much on the sides.

S - Some vinegar, oak, wine-qualities, and a healthy dose of cherries. Smell on this is actually quite nice.

T - Tart and tannic notes are noticable, as well as deep cherry flavor. Drank this next to Brown Recluse, and I preferred that one slightly, mostly as I am not the hugest of cherry fans. I was in the minority though. Some funk and oak finish this one off. Good beer.

M - Full bodied that thins at the end with soft carbonation. Finishes dry.

O - A fine beers and worth trying, particularly among those who like cherry.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Jackie O's snifter on 7/2/11

Bottled 2011, 59/384

Dark brown on the pour; near black n the glass. 1/3rd inch head disappears over time. A few spots of lace are left.

A bit vinous, notes of cherry, some chocolate and hint of coffee. A bit of funky wood aroma. Dried wood as it warms. Tart cherry flavor is pervasive. Darker flavors, some subtle - dry cocoa. Similarly vinous. Hardly puckering but it has a nice kick. Medium-full body. Low carbonation. All things considering, the finish is fairly clean.

Pretty good. I enjoy it more as it warms up.

Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a dark mahogany color with plenty of red highlights and a thin tan colored head.

S: A definite cherry aroma to this. Plenty of sweet, dark cherries with just enough tartness to let you know it's there. There's a nice oak and vinous nature to the aroma.

T: A very nice sweet cherry flavor along with some sweet and mildly roasted malts. Like the nose, the tartness is not incredibly strong, but it does provide a nice depth. There is a flavor which I can only describe as cherry skins as well, and along with the oak, gives the beer some nice tannic dryness.

M: The body is quite full, especially if you consider this a "wild ale". The carbonation is low to moderate and there's a slight warmth without the beer being "hot".

D: This was a very good beer and one that I feel incredibly fortunate to have tried. Very interesting blend of sweet and tart and well balanced overall.

Photo of Spider889
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Full glass served in a tulip (by the bartender whose face graces the trippy label) the night before the "One Funky Afternoon" release.

Blackish brown color, no head or lace. Overall only less ugly than the Grand Wazoo that weekend.

Smells sour but with a ton of brett character as well. Golden raisins and green cherries mixed with italian red wine.

Sour but not puckering. Not much malt flavor. Some old wet leather flavors along with damp musky hay type funk. The cherries are nice and strong in the finish.

An interesting brew, but nothing amazing either.

Photo of portia99
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (vintage 2011 - bottle #255 of 384) poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - Red on the pour...settles into an almost opaque dark brown/black color. Low tan head lingers briefly and leaves only a small collar and no lacing on the glass.

S - Tart cherry, vanilla, lactic sourness, confectioners sugar, milk chocolate

T - Same as aroma...more sweet vanilla, lots of lactic tartness, lingering tart cherries, chocolate

M - A bit thin in body...tart, lactic, light carbonation, touch of leather

O - Nice beer. Interesting lactic sour combined with tart cherries. Lingering fruit and chocolate...good dessert beer.

Photo of FosterJM
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1274th Review on BA
Bottle to 4oz Snifter
22oz

Bottle #2/384

Shared by MrHirschybar

Shared with JazzPatel, GuruDel & MrHirschybar

App- A mix of reds and browns and a bit creamy in the glass. A nice puffy dark brown head formed and then was gone.

Smell-Overwhelming brett and cherry. I get the idea of this one but needs to be tamed a little bit more. The porter notes in terms of some roast and malt are non-existent.

Taste- I like what they did here. The cherry is explosive with a bit of musty funk behind the middle. A bit of sour comes in but not much. Was a nice beer. A bit too sweet for me though. I could only do a small pour of this

Mouth- A light body on this one with a weird cherry funk aftertaste. A pretty prickly cherry carbonation as well.

Drink- I'm still having mixed feelings on this one of whether I really enjoyed this. It had good flavors but just cant put my finger on what it is. I would like to try it again but doubt I will get the chance.

Photo of nlmartin
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served chilled in a snifter.

A- The body of the beer is black with a very thin head. The head quickly resolved into a ring of foam. No lacing noted on my glass.

S- The aroma of tart and sour cherries rise out of my glass. This is a good thing for a beer that is named Cherryman. Vinous and acetic lactic tones ride along with all the cherries. The underlying beer kicks just a hint of chocolate.

T- This beer is all about the tart and sour cherries married with wine. I am by no means a wine expert but I do enjoy the flavors that wine barrels bring into the flavor. The beer seems to be a bit tannic at times. The base beer seems to be swallowed up into the sour and tart flavors of this beer but I like it.

M- The body of the beer is almost medium. The carbonation is a bit low. Perhaps a bit more carbonation would lift this beer up?

O- I really enjoy Jackie O's barrel treatments of beers and wouldnt hesitate to try or buy them. This beer is no exception. A few tweaks with the base beer and a bit more carbonation would make this beer fantastic.

Photo of joshuaseresse
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by keefD at our recent La Crosse sour tasting, thanks Keith! Split into some snifters with a few people:

A - Dark brown, plum color at the sides. Redish hues and that nice purple highlights. Light carbonation with a few bubbles on the outside.

S - Great cabernet notes. Red wine dominates, followed by sour cherries, cranberries, plums, purple grapes and a nice funk.

T - Red wine, cherries and sour funk. Plums, acidity, cranberries and oak. Bits of vanilla scattered throughout.

M - A pretty sour, drying feeling with some tartness mixed in. The carbonation is not too bad.

O - Really an interesting sour to try. Most of the featured brews we had at our tasting were more light in color and flavor, while I guess this one could be considered the dark sour of the party. Really great and worth trying again.

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Cab Cherry Man from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.