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RATINGS: 367   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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You’ve made it to 547 Haight Street. This destination is more San Francisco than Rice A Roni, Chinatown, and Lombard Street combined. Welcome to Broadway for brewers everywhere. Everyone who is anyone has poured their kegs here. For the last 20 years, this place has launched careers, confirmed legacies, and since 1987 the only name you need to know is David Keene. Take a seat. Tip Strong. Nod appreciatively and don’t ask stupid questions. Welcome to Big Daddy’s House known to most simply as "The T-Room." Here the bartenders are fluent in English, German, Flemish, French, Waloon and Czech. But they’re most known for their American Lip Service. Watch it. The lady with the jet black hair behind the bar eats idiots for lunch. At 547 Haight Street, you won’t find any Cable Cars except for this one. But if you’re standing outside the Dutch Doors of the World Famous Toranado, you surely found the most interesting place in all San Francisco. Its’ about RESPECT. Dave you continue to have ours. Here’s to 20 more years of punishing livers everywhere. Cheers Gina, Jim, Tomme, Vince and the Brewers of Port Brewing


4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2010 ~RBSG ’08~

Big tasting at Lost Abbey. Pours a light golden caramel pour, with small head and virtually no lacing. Very sour nose, apple pie, oats and hay. Delightful. Dry, sour flavors. Huge toasted malt finish. Hops are subdued but balance it out well. Just very tasty. Very smooth and dry, crisp. Hope to see this again.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Damned near perfect. So sour, and purposefully so I realize, but overwhelmingly at times. Otherwise, pure magic in a bottle. Very thankful to the bartender who went out of his way to try and hook me up with this bottle which for awhile didn’t seem like it was going to happen. Funk, apples, lemon, sourness all in the nose. Apples seemed to take over in the flavor department. So good.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 27, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2009 Bottle of the ’08. I have finally bestowed a 5: this beer is epic. It’s like the beer version of Krug champagne. Oak and cherry wood swirl with funk and sour aromas and flavors. Astoundingly complex, yet I feel like I could tackle an entire bottle by myself with its superior drinkability. Addendum: And with the ’09 I have retracted it. This years seems to have gotten a wee bit too much oak for my tastes, as the vanilla takes it over a bit, but it is still absolutely world class.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HighWine (954) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2008
This is an amazing beer. I am not a big sour ale guy but this one looked so good at Toronado’s 20th Anniversary Celebration that I took a chance. Remarkable. I still kick myself for not buying several bottles to take home.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2008
Thanks to cloudskipper for this Batch 2 bottle. Shared with bgramer last night. Pours bubbly hazy yellow with a small layer of foam on top. Aroma begins with green apples, lemon and barnyard; pineapple, wood, light banana, cobweb; musty and more funky as it warmed up. Flavor was lots of green apple, tart grapes, lemon, subtle funk at beginning; slight oaky tannins, banana, and a slight alcohol bite as it warmed; slight corn in after taste. As it got completely to room temp it was like juicy ripe pineapple and got more sweet overall. It coats the mouth with tingly bubbles and leaves a lasting impression on the palate. I absolutely loved this one; it had so many layers and subtle flavors/smells.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - OCT 5, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2009 Funky, with dusty lemons and worn burlap in the nose. There is even a hint of sweet-cream butter and biscuits amidst all those ’cobwebs’. Beautiful pour ... pretty as a translucent peach ... with a thin and persistent cloud-soft head. Sour apricots and bright citrus fruit are layered with notes of oaky, buttery chardonnay and green moss. Great body, and the finish is just long enough to let you ’wonder’ for a moment before you are compelled to take another sip. An absolute treasure.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2010
750ml, corked & caged bottle, 2010 edition crushed at Toronado in SD in a Duvel tulip. finally had the means and opportunity to enjoy this amazing brew and it was worth every penny. pours a beautiful, clear, light, yellow-gold with a thick, creamy, bright white head and sticky rings of lace. aroma is simply outstanding with a masterful balance of sweet and tart fruit notes of apricot, blackberry, lemons, and white grapes with big, funky brett, barnyard grass, and light oak in the background with notes of blueberry jam and peach skins as it warmed. flavor is just short of perfect with huge, tart fruit notes of apricot, blackberry, bluberries, green apple skins, and lemons backed by sour, vinous grapes, a touch of vinegar, and dry funky brett with light, sweet notes of pie crust and yeast on the back end. palate is perfectly lively and refreshing yet punishingly sour at the same time with great carbonation and a bone dry, fruity finish. overall, just an amazing beer that i’m honored to have tried.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with James and Dallas. Huge thank you to James for busting out this rare beauty in honor of his last day in Philadelphia and Medford. The pour is a semi-flourescent soft transparent with an initially smooth, bubbly, fluffy, one-finger off-white head. Aroma of sour lemon zest, salty cheese rind, soft tannins, leather, soap suds, lavender, Sharpie marker, honey, freshly cut wheat, and dry aromatic bitter hops. Medium bodied with a thin, tea-like, cuttingly sharp, crispyly dry mouthfeel. Mouthwatering sourness in this brew. FInishes with a superbly biting, lactic sourness and subtle creaminess. Wow. This is a tremendous beer. Well done. Cheers!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
magdalar (513) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 16, 2011
Bottle at Toronado, 2010 vintage. Pours a clear golden with a white head. Smells wild, with sour cherries and some funk. Tastes of a medium sour tartness, and flavors I can?t begin to describe. Creamy texture. Medium carbonation. Finishes tart. Extremely delicious, though probably not worthy of the steep price ($40 for a 750ml). Glad I went for it though.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dougal217 (1) - Decatur, USA - AUG 4, 2013 does not count
I really need to get back to San Francisco. I miss my Cable Car! No, not the tourist-infested conveyances, but this beer, the 2nd Best Sour I’ve ever had (1st best goes to Cascade’s Agent L’Orange). Sometimes I question whether my love for this ale is at least partly based on its rarity and cache, but time and again, whenever I return to Toronado’s and they have this on hand, I experience all over again why this holds such a special place in my heart


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