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Cab Cherry Man - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 111
Gots: 14 | 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:
"Cab Cherryman // 9-10% ABV
Cabernet barrel aged porter w/ cherries, brettanomyces & lacto"

(Beer added by: beveritt on 12-10-2009)
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Photo of kirok1999
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a garnet/almost black with nice head and some great lace and legs.
Smells tart and tangy, the cherries come through up front followed by the brett and wine. Very complex and the smells play well together.
Taste is as tart as the smell. The brett lends it a funk that competes with the cherries and cab for your attention. There is a lingering bitter finish and the alcohol is well hidden.
Overall a nice brew for the style. I wasn't crazy about it but my buddies loved it and I pulled some of their comments into this review.

kirok1999, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of craytonic
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: red-brown mahogany pour with a thin off-white head

Smell: Sweet dark cherries with a touch of sour and vinous grapes, oak, no real funk.

Taste: A bit sweet, seems like an attempt at a dark sour beer / wine combo that didn't quite work out, slightly muddled. Oak, dark cherries, tannins.

Mouthfeel: very full, abc at 10% is high for an American WIld Ale. It is a bit hot.

Overall: Lost abbey can do this sort of blend better, perhaps it will improve in future batches. Right now I am not particularly impressed.

craytonic, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of alpinebryant
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Goose Island Tulip, recently picked up from Chicago! Bottle 211/384

A: Pours a dark porter with a small light tan head around the edges, very minimal lacing.

S: Aroma of lactose, sweet black cherry, roasted malt with a slightly chalky porter yeast backbone.

T: First off is the lactose souring, which is slightly chalky and dry. This is not an over the top soured American Wild Ale but it is rather lactic. There are strong black cherry flavors, a mild porter base beer with chalky and mild roasted malt flavors. Oak flavoring is mild, but there is a good amount of cabernet kicking in the back. One of my favorite grapes, this was really what attracted me to this beer. It delivers pretty well and I would love to see more beers aged in Cab barrels.

M: A light body, lightened by the wild yeast and barrel aging. Medium carbonation levels.

O: I am happy with how this came out. There is a light body which is about right for the style, and some mild chocolate notes along with the base porter here. Overall, I might change the base beer a little bit, but this was on par with the cherry flavors that I had expected with Cherry in the name of the beer.

alpinebryant, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Lunch
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Mr. Jackie O himself, Thorpe429.

Bottle 354 of 384 from 2011.

I've never been terribly impressed by Jackie O's, but this is a pretty nice beer. Poured into a Jester King snifter. A very dark brown/red with a tuft of an off-white head. A bit murky.

Smell is almost wine like with a dose of oak. Dark fruit with some tartness from cherries I would think. Taste a little sour, but not as much as I thought it would be. A little bit of tartness in the finish which is nice. I'm not sure what it is about this brewery, but their beers are just so goddamn thin. Carbonation is fine.

Pretty decent beer that I would try again.

Lunch, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of flannelman808
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with medium opacity, pours with just a little head and not so much retention to speak of.

S: stewed cherries and chocolate.

T: Milk chocolate developing into a sour cherry tartness. Wine barrel is there as an afterthought. Fairly balanced between sweet and tart flavors but in the end it finishes on the tart side of things.

M: Sticky

O: All and all I find it good but underwhelming.

flannelman808, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

FosterJM, May 11, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/14/12 notes. Thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one; thanks Mike.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour lacto and cherries, roasted malts, light brett, chocolate, toasted malts, and light oak.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, toasted malts, sour fruits, brett, lacto. Taste is a little less sour than the nose, but nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall an interesting and nice beer, though not my favorite porter or wild ale. Some nice sourness in the nose, but not as much in the taste. Would try again.

mdfb79, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of leschkie
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

leschkie, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of prototypic
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

prototypic, Jun 26, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

jmarsh123, Feb 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

nrs207, Sunday at 08:51 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

ms11781, Jan 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

AlexFields, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of seeswo
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

seeswo, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

zestar, Jan 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

madtowndmb1, Jun 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

tom10101, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Spider889
3.73/5  rDev -9%
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.

Spider889, May 19, 2011
Photo of nrbw23
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a murky deep brownish red color with no head or lacing.

S- Picking up shockingly quite a bit of cherries here, and maybe a touch of other dark fruits. A hint of chocolate makes itself known. A bit of funkiness comes up, but nothing like I expected.

T- Has a pretty solid wine taste to this one. Some chocolate here, wood, and darker fruits. Nothing really sour or over the top funky.

M- Fuller side of medium in body and again really light carbonation almost none.

O- A solid brew for sure, but I think I'd have to share this one. Thanks again Ryan.

nrbw23, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of ne0m00re
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

ne0m00re, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of afksports
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In 2012 when the world ends, bottle counts won't matter. Until then, Cab Cherry Man from Jackie O's brewery in Athens, Ohio counts as good and rare. This review come while sipping on bottle 87 out of 384 from the early 2011 release.

It's dark, broody, and troublesome. There's hardly any head, and hardly any lace bubbles to hang around the glass. Just a feint edging to sit atop it's deep brown to purple black hues. The smell of Cab Cherry Man, however, is quite pleasant. Without question the souring yeast Brett come through. And not like Brett George of the Royals. More like Brett the guy who's always lie sour grapes. Just as you absorb the red wine character though, the porter and cherries hit you. Coffee, chocolate, and cherry juice all form a tag team and start a great rotation of smells.

The taste follows it, and despite the weak feel in the mouth, all the elements of the nose leak into the taste in strong fashion. The finish is quite clean due to the brett, and the sour tartness is not too sour to bear.

In fact, this brew is both refreshing to drink and refreshingly crisp. Where I would suggest improvement is the mouthfeel. At 9% anb, one feels like a proper squire should have defense the household. But truthfully, Tyrion didn't know where Sansa went. That, and the cherry gets too juicy and the woman says it taste like ass. It's a fine line.

Oh goodness, it's hidden very well isn't it?

afksports, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes taken from early 2012 (March?) from a bottle share i hosted with the local crew.

Thanks kindly to Jon for the share.

bottle 361 of 384

a - pours dark red. smells like cherries with lacto. i don't get much porter on the nose but there is some char. tastes of dark cherries. some porter in flavor, but slammed with cherry. mouth is a bit thin but a bit puckery as well. dark cherry sourness. overall, decent brew.

cosmicevan, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of billab914
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into my 512 glass. Dark brown in color with just a trace amount of a head clinging to the edges of the glass. Very still looking beer overall.

The aroma shows a lot of funky, sour fruits to it. The sour cherries really stand out in it. I get a little bit of the vinous, wine qualities to it, as well as a hint of the chocolate in the base porter. I really liked the sour cherry flavors.

The taste shows a little more of the wine barrel influence in it. Again, the sour cherry flavors are the real stand out to me. It's got some really great sour flavors without becoming very acidic at all. The sour cherry and red wine flavors are really good, but it does seem to lack some of the complex funkiness the best of the style have.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being very low for the style. It was almost flat, which didn't really work that well for it at all.

Overall, it had some really good flavors to it. The lack of carbonation did hurt it for me though. It also seemed to lack depth to me in that there wasn't any real funkiness to it. It just seemed a little one dimensional with the sour dark fruit flavors. I really did like the red wine influence and sour cherries though. Pretty enjoyable beer overall. Some better carbonation and a little more funk and this could be great. As it is, it's not quite there though unfortunately.

billab914, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Desaparecido
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Desaparecido, Nov 18, 2011
Cab Cherry Man from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.