Cab Cherry Man - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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3.48/5 rDev -15.1%
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.
07-21-2011 00:54:27 | More by Ryan011235
3.65/5 rDev -11%
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?
07-15-2011 02:09:01 | More by afksports
3.88/5 rDev -5.4%
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!
07-12-2011 15:37:41 | More by Sean9689
4/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
07-11-2011 21:13:01 | More by MasterSki
4.1/5 rDev 0%
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.
07-10-2011 06:33:10 | More by PeprSprYoFace
3.73/5 rDev -9%
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.
07-07-2011 20:10:17 | More by nrbw23
4.5/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
07-02-2011 01:24:44 | More by mikesgroove
4.5/5 rDev +9.8%
Bomber, poured into my CCB tulip.
A: Dark brown, pretty much opaque. the pour created a nice finger and a half of tan head that faded and left spotty lace.
A: Very complex aroma consisting of cherrys, oak, red wine, and chocolate. The hop charctaristics are almost non existant. But the the sourness will be prevelant in the taste.
T: Sour cherries mixed with chocolate. I get a nice blend of the oak barrels and the sweet chocolate. Notes of vanilla, caramel, and more dried fruit with a distinct lactic sourness. Finishes dry, sour, and slightly sweet.
M: Full body, perfect amount of carbonation.
O: This is one fantastic brew. I ususally am not one for dark sours, but I will make an exception in this case. The sweet sourness is a pleasure, and the base porter is something I could have many of on it's own. Well worth seeking out. Skal.
07-01-2011 21:42:41 | More by Gtreid
4.43/5 rDev +8%
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.
06-29-2011 00:10:17 | More by woosterbill
3.75/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
06-26-2011 03:39:23 | More by prototypic
3/5 rDev -26.8%
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.
06-25-2011 14:11:20 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.3/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
06-22-2011 05:49:02 | More by DavoleBomb
3.73/5 rDev -9%
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.
05-19-2011 09:03:55 | More by Spider889
4.45/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
05-16-2011 18:04:50 | More by joshuaseresse
District of Columbia
3.93/5 rDev -4.1%
From 16oz swing-top growler to Boulevard tasting glass on 5/7/11
Sampled at the 1st NoVA BA Tasting Extravaganza
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.
05-13-2011 17:17:40 | More by Rhettroactive
3.93/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
05-04-2011 18:51:53 | More by AgentZero
4/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
04-25-2011 17:19:29 | More by cpetrone84
3.8/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
04-17-2011 23:18:29 | More by Lunch
District of Columbia
3.95/5 rDev -3.7%
Bottle shared by Thorpe429, who has generously shared many Jackie O's brews of late. Thanks Mike!
Bottle 354 / 384
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.
04-13-2011 00:38:38 | More by Huhzubendah
4.47/5 rDev +9%
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.
04-08-2011 19:42:59 | More by Thorpe429
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
04-04-2011 23:56:31 | More by Tripphop
3.88/5 rDev -5.4%
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
04-04-2011 19:43:10 | More by MbpBugeye
3.68/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
04-04-2011 01:02:45 | More by ne0m00re
3.95/5 rDev -3.7%
Pours a nice brown with a reddish almost purplish tint. Smells like Cabernet! A nice tartness but masked by the cab scents! There is a massive cab flavour on the tongue. Vry dry and oaky as well. Overall the dryness hurts it a bit but i like the profile
04-02-2011 03:42:36 | More by Urbancaver
4.28/5 rDev +4.4%
On tap at jackie o's
A-brown with a little marron head around it.
S-basically get wine and that's about it
T-very sour and tastes more like a wine than a beer
M-medium body, sweet and smooth
O-pretty good. Can really taste the rare. Another winner from this great brewery
04-02-2011 02:27:21 | More by brew3crew
Cab Cherry Man from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.