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Cab Cherry Man - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 140
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 5.32%
Wants: 116
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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 SpeedwayJim
3.01/5  rDev -23.8%
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. (1,428 characters)

Photo of joefuzz
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 20/384 sent by mr.normyk...thanks again

Pours a very dark redish brown with a small mocha looking head. Smells of bing cherries and a good amount of funk and a hint of oak. A lot of huge red wine-ish taste up front with a smooth cherry and hunny aftertaste. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy and carbonation is pretty low but with wild ales I guess there is really no guidelines. Overall pretty decent beer but something seems slightly off with it. My guests thought it was the best one of the night. (501 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 344/384. A huge thank you to HosP for sending me this a while back.

A: Pours a very dark ruby brown with a thin dark brown head that faded into a thin collar.
S: I get rich flavors of cherry skins, lactos, and a hint of medicinal band aids.
T: Black cherry and lactos follows the nose with notes of vinous oak barrel, caramel and grainy malts. Not super complex but good drinking. I get some cherry pit tannins as well.
M: Fuller body, tingly bubbly carbonation, and a greasy but smooth mouth with a bit of gritty tannins.
O: Very easy to drink and flavorful all around. Thanks again, Mark. (601 characters)

Photo of Verecund
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011. #13/384. Split with the lady on August 17, 2011.

Dark brown, bordering on black with a tanned head that recedes to a thin collar about the glass. A single ring of lacing remains as the beer is consumed.

Nicely balanced nose. Heavy oak; cabernet; tart, black cherries; sweet chocolate; some red wine vinegar.

Sweet and sour cherries mixed with cocoa. Lots of prototypical strong dark sour elements: there's some lactic sourness and vinegar, oak, and slightly spicy cabernet vinousness. The brett and oak combine to show their dry, woody face a little too much, especially on the mid and late palate. Ends with a reprise of the tart cherry.

Medium bodied with medium-low carbonation. It hides its alcohol well, in the least.

Overall, this is an okay sour. Too much oak, too much brett, not enough pronounced fruitiness. All in all, I've been fairly disappointed with this set of releases from Jackie O's. Imaginative, but to my palate they don't stand out in the American wild category. (997 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by whiterascal, poured into a tulip. This is a robust porter placed into cabernet barrels for eight months, with wild yeast, Lactobacillus and tart cherries added while it aged. Bottle 179 of 384.

Deep purple, impenetrable except at the edges, where it gives up some deep orange. There’s only the hint of a head, light tan, that fizzles away within seconds.

Hmm. Cocoa is noticeable first, then sharper dark chocolate. Oak and tart cherries are next, followed by the lacto. A good amount of chocolate — glad to see the porter below hasn’t been completely covered up.

The aroma’s perfectly mirrored in the flavor. Dark and milk chocolate crumbles, acidic dark cherries, a little lactobacillus funk and tartness. The finish is interestingly dry, and a big tart/bitter blast wipes the sides of the tongue.

Smooth medium body with just a hint of tingly carbonation. Alcohol is unnoticeable, but that biting, acidic bitterness isn’t.

Better in idea than execution. I bet I would’ve enjoyed this more with sweeter cherries. As it is, the tart guys meld with bitter roast and just make it too astringent. (1,130 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (1,379 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of ne0m00re
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of afksports
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
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? (1,417 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (1,968 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (243 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (973 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (1,173 characters)

Photo of flannelman808
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of Lunch
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (526 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Mike! Poured into Darkness snifter.

A - Pours dark brown, thin collar, no lace or retention.

S - Cabernet notes, oak, vinous, fruity sweetness. A dark sour, to say the least...the cab and oak work well and aren't overly done here.

T - A lot like cabernet, who would have thought? Nice oak, fruity notes, slight wine tannic notes.

M - Body is medium, soft carbonation, dry finish.

O - A good sour put out here by Jackie O's. I'm a big fan of how this beer showcased the wine and oak notes without it being overpowering. Would def have again! (555 characters)

Photo of Mississipping
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very, very dark brown that's almost completely black.  A tiny head forms briefly and then recedes to almost nothing at all, with the thinnest ring I've ever seen.  Long legs, but no lacing. 

S: Lactic sourness up front with some cherries and a bit of funk.  Smells a little like cherry cola.  Cherries are a little more subtle than I was expecting, but they are still there a bit

T: Cherries are a little more prominent in the taste, but not overwhelming in the least.  Lactic sourness sets in and becomes pretty darn tart.  Again, not overwhelming at all, but there's a nice bit on the tongue.  A subtle earthiness is evident toward the back end.  Booze is completely hidden but there is a tiny bit of soy sauce. 

M: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.  Very smooth on the palate.  Slightly drying toward the finish. 

D: Very drinkable, especially considering the amount of booze.  Really tasty and goes down quite easily.  Nice treat and would love to try again.  (1,010 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Jackie O's brewery side the night before One Funky Afternoon. Served by the very man who dons the new label of this beer. Is this how the disciples felt at the last supper?

Appearance
The beer hold no head, barely any wisps of carbonation. The flaccid liquid is a deep blackened shade of red. The red can only be seen on the edges. This already has me thinking of black cherries.

Aroma
Black cherry skin mixed with chocolate and funk with a lot of unripe fruits. Its the sour ale equivalent to a chocolate covered cherry. Plenty of sour cherry, plum skin sourness, but the deep roots of chocolate malts are a tip of the cap to this beer's origin as Drawn and Portered.

Taste
Cab Cherry Man has a strong bite. Tart fruit skin with sweeter cherries at the back. The base beer's chocolate is not lost, but rather is weaved into the cabernet barrel notes. Some funky old oak and red wine. The finish is earthy, holding notes of said oak and the pits of plums and cherries.

Mouthfeel
The body is near full, but the wild fermentation has stripped some body away from the robust porter underneath. This beer is long and dry with a very tame carbonation.

Overall
One of my favorites from the bottle release and one of the ones I was looking forward to the most. I think this one is one of the more pieced together offerings from the mad scientists at Jackie O's. Cab Cherry Man knows what he's supposed to be. (1,420 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (665 characters)

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Cab Cherry Man from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.