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Cab Cherry Man - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 144
Avg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 117
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cavery for sharing this one at the post Bruery Reserve Society party bottle share!

Bottle # 150/384.

Pours an opaque crimson with a red-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour cherries, red wine, and some tart and funky aromas. Taste is also of sour cherries and some tart and dry red wine flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some interesting wine aromas and flavors.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler shared by Hophead22, not sure who sent it to him. The brewer stated in an email that this is a robust porter with 30 lbs of sour cherries added along with 30 lbs of sweet cherries and aged in a cabernet barrel.

I am confused by this beer as it is not dark like a porter, in fact without the red color picked up from the cherries this would be a very pale beer. Relatively clear and has a pink/red hue. Small white head that doesn't last.

Aroma is mostly cherry and a touch of roast and oak. Interesting.

Flavor is of sour cherry, wine, and a very slight roast. There are a few other flavors in there as well such as a sweetness that could be from any number of things. Also a faint hint of oak.

Body is thin to medium. A pretty drinkable and enjoyable beer overall but a bit strange.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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3.8/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by (Mike) AgentZero - after he left I think. Bottle #343 of 384. Served in a Jester King snifter.

A - Pours with minimal foam that settles to a thin collar, and a faint filmy haze on top, leaving minimal lace. Dark brown body.

S - Oak, cabernet, black cherries, lactic sourness, a light plastic note, and some alcohol.

T - Taste is heavy on lactic sourness, with notes of chocolate-covered cherries, red wine, and lighter oak than in the aroma.

M - Medium-low carbonation, juice full-bodied texture, smooth, with well-hidden alcohol.

D - Like The Grand Wazoo I think this is a bit over-oaked, but it's a stronger offering. The alcohol is better hidden and the balance of sweet and sour elements is much better. I think this will improve with another few months to blunt some of the oak and alcohol from the nose.

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Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/22/2009, bottle 3/156.

Pours a dark black cherry color with a half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a very thing ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Sweet, vinous dark fruit aroma with tons of cherry and subtle barrel character. Slightly tart smelling with faint oak countering the wine and sweet cherries. Underneath there's a touch of roasted malt but the nose of this beer is dominated by the sweeter fruit notes.

Medium bodied with a lightly puckering, tart mouthfeel that's balanced by sweet, vinous fruit and subtle roasted malt. Nice barrel character with some dry oak that compliments the tart cherries and a nice cabernet presence that gives off some nice vinous dark fruit notes. Hints of grape and dark berries compliment the sweet and tart cherries. There's also a bit more of a malt presence than the nose suggests with some chocolate, toast and caramel. More dry and tart than sour with an excellently masked ABV that makes it deceptively drinkable. Well balanced and pretty flavorful. One of the better beers I've had so far from Jackie O's.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 40/156 bottled on 11/30/2009, consumed on 12/19/2009, and poured into a snifter. The beer is dark brown with a crimson tinge and a creamy one finger beige head.

The aroma is of slightly sweet cherries and simultaneously tart cherry skins. Tannins are light and wood is evident. As the beer warms, the sweetness and oak become more apparent. Light chocolate notes are perceivable.

The flavor is sweet cherry flesh, then tart cherry skins...sweet cherry flesh, then tart cherry skins...sweet cherry flesh, then tart cherry skins...Back and forth, back and forth. Interesting. Light chocolate is, again, evident, and I detect a very light roasted malt character. Oak is noticeable in the finish, accompanied by light tannins. The less than modest 9% ABV imparts essentially no flavor, but a distinct warming in the finish signals the strength. Carbonation is at a light moderate level. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, while being somewhat thin at the same time.

I wasn't crazy about this at first, but it grew on me as it warmed past room temperature.

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4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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.


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3.92/5  rDev -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.

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4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to miketd for the hookup, shared with JLindros and poured into a Kate the Great tulip. Bottle number 48/312

A - Poured a deep dark almost black pour with big brown bubbles that move to form a thick bubbly halo.

S - Aromas of nice Cabernet barrels and sour candied cherries lightly funky brett and sour lactose. Nice faint chocolate notes on the end, most are overwhelmed by the sour cherries.

T - Taste is creamy milky sour lactose. Good candied sour cherries, lots of red wine here, quite vinuos here with good oaken barrel notes. Slight chocolate roasted malts on the finish with a light bitterness. Starts like a cherry wild and ends like good porter. Nice transition.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and smooth and creamy. Goes down easy.

O - Overall this was a solid Jackie O's beer but mot my favourite offering. Like how the cherries mingle with the porter. Good brew but not sure if id go for it again.

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3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark black color with a tan colored head.

S-notes of wood, sweet cherries, very juicy red wines aromas, light dark malts, hints of chocolate, light creaminess, hint of medicinal and some lactic notes.

T-lots of dark sweet cherries, juicy red zinfendale, light tartness, notes of wood, milk chocolate and malt starts to come in with creamy vanilla, lactic acid, with a touch of medicinal.

M-medium creamy body, very smooth and soft with a nicely carbonated finish.

D-nice balance and very interesting. dark cherries and balanced make it like a chocolate covered cherry with a nice balance. very enjoyable, one of the best beers I've had from Jackie O's.

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3.92/5  rDev -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.

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3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (163/384), courtesy of Puddintane, into a tasting glass. Shared at a tasting.

A: Black body with a 1/2" of fine tan head. Good retention, spotty lace. Intense.

S: Sour cherries, light chocolate, vinous oak. Sweet + sour, nice fruit. Lovely.

T: Follows the nose: rich cherry sweetness, dry vinous oak, light chocolate. Nicely sour, with enough fruit and malt to balance the tartness beautifully. Simple, straightforward, and totally delicious.

M: Sharply carbonated medium body. Lively and frothy.

O: I've really enjoyed all the Jackie O's beer's I've had so far, and this one was no exception. All the elements meshed elegantly, providing a beer with both intensity and balance. The 9% was nowhere to be seen, too. Excellent sour.


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3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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