Cab Cherry Man | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
jackieos.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
158
Reviews:
59
Avg:
4
pDev:
10.75%
 
 
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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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Photo of corby112
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 DoctorDog
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bottle into a wine glass.
Review #300...

A- Pours a murky, sediment laced, ruddy brown. Minimal tan head, which fades quickly into a tiny smattering of bubbles.

S- Vinous with cherries and a touch of oak

T- Tart cherries, with a moderate vinous-oaken touch. Just enough sweetness to moderate the sour edge a bit.

M- Carbonation is slightly low. Medium feel, and goes down smoothly.

D- Good...interesting aroma and flavor, and slightly easier drinking than I anticipated from a barrel aged sour...

Future outlook: While it is true that this isn't exactly my favorite style of beer, I'm more than happy to try anything new that Jackie O's puts out, and equally happy to revisit anything that I've already tried of theirs.

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Photo of portia99
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (vintage 2011 - bottle #255 of 384) poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - Red on the pour...settles into an almost opaque dark brown/black color. Low tan head lingers briefly and leaves only a small collar and no lacing on the glass.

S - Tart cherry, vanilla, lactic sourness, confectioners sugar, milk chocolate

T - Same as aroma...more sweet vanilla, lots of lactic tartness, lingering tart cherries, chocolate

M - A bit thin in body...tart, lactic, light carbonation, touch of leather

O - Nice beer. Interesting lactic sour combined with tart cherries. Lingering fruit and chocolate...good dessert beer.

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

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

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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 Rhettroactive
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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Photo of AgentZero
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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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 nlmartin
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served chilled in a snifter.

A- The body of the beer is black with a very thin head. The head quickly resolved into a ring of foam. No lacing noted on my glass.

S- The aroma of tart and sour cherries rise out of my glass. This is a good thing for a beer that is named Cherryman. Vinous and acetic lactic tones ride along with all the cherries. The underlying beer kicks just a hint of chocolate.

T- This beer is all about the tart and sour cherries married with wine. I am by no means a wine expert but I do enjoy the flavors that wine barrels bring into the flavor. The beer seems to be a bit tannic at times. The base beer seems to be swallowed up into the sour and tart flavors of this beer but I like it.

M- The body of the beer is almost medium. The carbonation is a bit low. Perhaps a bit more carbonation would lift this beer up?

O- I really enjoy Jackie O's barrel treatments of beers and wouldnt hesitate to try or buy them. This beer is no exception. A few tweaks with the base beer and a bit more carbonation would make this beer fantastic.

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Photo of masterofsparks
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of SadMachine
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sean9689
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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!

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Photo of Mississipping
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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. 

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Photo of kirok1999
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of craytonic
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
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 Lunch
3.8/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.76/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Cab Cherry Man from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
4 out of 5 based on 158 ratings.
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