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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: 112
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 SpeedwayJim
3/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

SpeedwayJim, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of aasher
3/5  rDev -26.8%

aasher, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of beerwolf77
3/5  rDev -26.8%

beerwolf77, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Flabbyjandro
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Flabbyjandro, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of joefuzz
3.28/5  rDev -20%
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.

joefuzz, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of Verecund
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Verecund, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

scottfrie, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Ryan011235, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of Phelps
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Phelps, Mar 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Desaparecido, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Dec 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

BarrytheBear, Jun 29, 2013
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 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 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 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 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, Oct 19, 2014
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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
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Cab Cherry Man from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.