Cab Cherry Man | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Cab Cherryman // 9-10% ABV
Cabernet barrel aged porter w/ cherries, brettanomyces & lacto"

Added by beveritt on 12-10-2009

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156
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4
pDev:
10.75%
 
 
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Photo of rye726
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark mahogany with shades of crimson and amber. Thin tan head.

Nose has tart and sweet cherries, chocolate, roasty malts, molasses, oak, red wine and subtle barnyard funk.

Taste has fresh, mountain cherries up front and through the finish along with a dark malts, cocoa, farmyard funk and red wine barrels.

Clean body is full yet crisp and dry through the finish. Very nice soft carbonation.

Great balance, well done.

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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 Gtreid
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 ColdPoncho
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#133/384

A - Dark brown body, red light through edges, lingering tan head.

S - light tartness, wood, cherry...really beautiful. Some balancing sweet notes.

T - A light cherry tartness on the front combines nicely with roasted malts and followed quickly by a stronger sour flavor which is actually complemented by the alcohol. A great combo.

M - Smooth, medium-full bodied, a touch drying.

O - A really good beer. Very nice things, very well combined, nice subtleties and nuances that are all very complementary. A brilliantly crafted beer.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of woosterbill
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.

Cheers!

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Photo of tpd975
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another rare growler from markwise.

A: pours an amberish shade of brown with a rather small off white head. No retention or lace.

S: Nice sweet cherry juice with hints of tartness. Light roasted chocolate malt and oak.

T: Sweet and tart cherries. Some sweet juice and some under cherries as well. Notes of red wine,vinegar, roasted malt and light oak.

M: Medium in body light on the carbonation.

D: Damn good beer.

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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 JohnGalt1
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.

4/4/4.5/4/4.5

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 brew3crew
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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

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Photo of rudzud
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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Photo of jlindros
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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Photo of callmemickey
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Real dark red-brown body. Thin tan head. No real retention, just the lightest hints of lacing.

S: Dark cherries, red wine, oak. You can tell its going to be tart and sweet.

T: Yup. The nose was right. Sweet cherry flavors are pronounced from start to finish. The barrel aged treatment is apparent. Vinous with a nice underlying oaky current. Tart, but not overwhelming.

M: Full-medium bodied. A little undercarbonated. Nice lingering tartness, that is not distracting.

D: An interesting beer for sure. Not the most profound offering, but thoroughly deserving if you are looking for a vinous-cherry brew.

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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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Photo of Tripphop
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of beveritt
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a wine glass. How cool is it to sit at home and pour Brad's beers from a bottle? Label is the barrel-aged one from recent bottling. Jackie O's written at top with two barrels flanked by leaves underneath. Bottled 11/22/2009. Bottle 98/156. I don't know a lot about this one, but it is listed as "Barrel Aged Cabernet Cherryman" on the website. No description.

Appearance: Pours with minimal head,just some flecks of light tan foam. This settles quickly, leaving what looks like a dark glass of wine. Medium brown in color with strong tint of red.

Smell: Strong sour cherry overtones with hints of dark candy sugar.

Taste: Nice, pleasant tartness upfront, followed by sour cherries and a slight sweetness in the middle. Slight vinous quality, though faint enough that I might just be influenced by the description. Finishes dry and mouth puckering.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level, good level to deliver the tartness without being too biting. Body is good.

Drinkability: Still learning about thee world of sours, but so far I have liked the sour level of beers I find at Jackie O's. Enough to be interesting and compliment the fruit flavors without tearing up my mouth or stomach. I would definitely have this one again, but with the number so f beers Brad is making, i seldom seem to get the same thing twice when I am down there.

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Photo of cpetrone84
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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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 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 dirtylou
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#91/384

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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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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