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RATINGS: 389   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   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

   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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HonusWagner (1694) - Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2013
The most recent batch is absolutely amazing, really tart but nice stone fruit characters and a good lightly funky character, just awesome.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
jcartamdg (2352) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Pours a deep golden orange with no head. Aroma of peaches, nectarines, oak and funk. Taste is sour, fruity, peaches and nectarines, funk and oak. So tasty so complex.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (4940) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2015
THANKS! 750 ml. bottle sampled @ the “pre-Club 54 tasting”. 2012 Vintage. Supposedly this is the finest vintage. Hazy orange, little white bubbles. Amazing nose, huge musty cellar, in an almost lambiek-funk type of way, thick oak, musty, light cardboard, very light malt base. Taste is slightly sweet malty musty oak, funk, floral, wood, vinegar, delicate funk, citrus, light green apple, rather funky, delicate in its approach & qualities. Fittingly lively carbonation, drinks crazily easily. Very impressive beer. Absolutely amazing. Going back by memory, I do feel that I noticeably preferred this one to the Duck Duck Gooze. Just awesome really.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dunt (299) - Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Recently brought this to a small whale tasting. Bottle was a 2009 vintage. Half fingers worth of white head. Murky peach/golden straw in color. Nose is funky but subdued, lemon, some indiscernible citrus, white grape....really nice. The flavor is lemon rind, peach, funk, and some citrus again. Light mouthfeel, nice sour kick to it but not over the top at all. Lighter carbonation, but still an ample amount. Another winner from Lost Abbey. We drank this side by side with a Duck Duck Gooze and we all agreed that Cable Car was far more balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dylan88 (223) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2012
750ml bottle, 2010 vintage, at Toronado SF. Pours a clear yellow-gold with a thick and creamy white head. Aroma is amazing with a perfect balance of sweet and tart fruit notes of apricot, lemons, and white grapes with light oak in the background. Flavor is simply stunning with huge, tart fruit notes of apricot, blackberry, bluberries, green apple and lemons backed by sour, vinous grapes, a touch of vinegar and yeast on the back end. Palate is lively, refreshing and sour at the same time with great carbonation and a dry and fruity finish. For sure one of the best beer I’ve ever tried and loved the most (even if I am not a sour/wild superfan). It’s a pity that it’s available only at Toronado, but probably this is also part of the appeal of this brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drowland (6654) - Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Rating 4000! Thanks to b3shine for this 2007 gem! I shared it at my going away from Tallahassee tasting. Vinegar in the aroma with some vanilla, oak, acid, and leather. Nicely tart flavor but not too tart with oak, vanilla, hay, and some more. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - OCT 18, 2013
On tap at the Toronado. Aroma was clean Brett, freshly-squeezed Meyer lemon juice, Rainier cherries, and a slight funk. Flavor was very much the same with maybe the cleanest palate on a beer I've ever had. So crisp, so refreshing... I could drink a ton of this superb beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (389) - Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Tasted at GABF. This is at the top of american sours I have tasted. Straight sour with tons of fruity subtlety. Amazing stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cfrancis (2666) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
Pours cloudy gold with a small white top. Aroma is just awesome. I left some in my glass for almost an hour so that I could go back and sniff again and again. Sweet tartness and floral with a hint of tropical. Taste is soft and delicate with the tartness, nice farmhouse and floral notes. Flavours on top of flavours. Need to find more.

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