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RATINGS: 1122   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Ale with currants added and aged in oak barrels.

When we made the Toronadoís 20th Anniversary Ale, we had no idea that it would turn out to be one of our favorite barrel aged beers we would ever make. With that said, we have always wanted to make a dark barrel aged beer using 100% Cabernet Sauvignon barrels but, we never were inspired. That is, until we blended five different beers to make the Toronado beer, the tobacco character from the the dark malts blended nicely with the furit character that developed in blending. So, with Concescration we set out to make a barrel beer using all Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. No, we are not saying that this is a replica of the T-rooms anniversary beer, after all, a beer like that can never be duplicated, and, there was no fruit added to that beer as there is with this one. All we are saying is that it gave us great inspiration to brew Consecration.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
illidurit (2136) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 16, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 Review #600! Poured into a tulip glass. Root beer color with a deep amber tinge. Dark but mostly clear. Nice beige head fizzles out due to the acidity. Aroma is sour raisins and currants with a striking cabernet character that blends into the overall profile better than any other wine barrel-aged beer Iíve had. A brown sugar note emerges once my nose acclimates to the acidity of the aroma. Maybe even a little bourbon and light alcohol too. Very complex smell. Flavors of jammy wine, berries, raisins, oak, vinegar, brown sugar, and a bunch more I canít even articulate. Definitely improves as it warms up. Ridiculous complexity all around. Mouthfeel is rich and well carbonated with delicate bubbles. A joy to drink. RR just canít miss.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jakebra (22) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Ritualistic consumption with CarytheDude and Honkeybra, an excellent way to start the day. Beautiful color, and a voluptuous aroma. Substantial carbonation delivers an exquisite palate of dark fruits with a kick of brettanomyces. Not quite the Virgin Mary of itís style, but certainly a must have for any sour ale enthusiast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Courtesy darkgaurdian. pours a dark amber brown, with a small off white head. Smells of some sweet tartness, dark malts, and dark fruits mixed in. Smells like your tpical RR sour brew. Strong and powerful. The flavor is a nice little blend of those aromas, but with a nice oaky, woodsy component mixed in. Pretty sour, but not as sour as some of their brews. nice long sweet finish. Very alive on the palate. Not theirbest in my opinion, but right up there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
That1Guy (1895) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Crushed with Jakebra and Honkeybra. 750 ml bottle. Sexy. Huge mouthfeel. A little too carbonated, but why complain? Beautiful, sour, fruity, badass. My saliva glands are exploding. As Joni Mitchell would say, I could drink a case of this and still be on my feet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2634) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Sampled at C&P Otown Throwdown, big thanks to whoever brought this! Cloudy brown pour. Slightly sour candy (cabbage patch kids?), oak vanilla dark fruit aroma. Taste is tangy sour tart brett vinegar and oak. Not my fave style, but you can tell this was a very well done beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
Jsapunor (2) - Gold River, California, USA - MAR 15, 2009 does not count
Fizzy red wine vinegar. The appearance was beautiful but the taste was awful. If I want wine Iíll buy wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fsdawg (10) - USA - MAR 14, 2009
Wow. An explosion of the taste buds. Just enough balance to equal out the sour and the finish is unreal!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Courtesy hopscotch. Iíve anticipated this beerís release for about a year now. The pour yields a cloudy, glowing, rusty sienna colored body with a lasting, pillowy, cream colored head. Minimal, spotty lacing shows on the glass. Aromas include a dark, fruity malt base rich with currants and some sour cherry. Dry cocoa adds a hint of sweetness, while soft, oaky vanilla lends a perfumy, lightly woody overtone. Traces of bretty funk add an earthy character. Flavors show more dark fruits, primarily tart dark cherry, fig, and currant, mild sourness being tempered by the soft, oaky carress. The body is substantial and semi-dry, perfectly carbonated, but lacking that funky tart finish that sets other Russian River beers apart. Itís insane to call a beer that I rated 4.0 a letdown, but it almost is as my expectations were really through the roof. It definitely feels like it will benefit exponentially from some bottle aging, sourness and dryness improving with time. Good now, but probably great in a year. Give it a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 13, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2010 Poured golden orange, CO2, tart fruits, funky, earthy hops, dark fruits, little malts, little bready.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDecapolis (4473) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 12, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2009 Bottle shared at Capones. Pours a deep brownish amber with a small bubbly off white head. Aroma of various fruits, tart cherry, currants, sour and funky with some floral notes. Flavor of currants, sour and horsey notes, some cherry and bready. I just had this on tap at Local 44 and have to increase my rating numbers. I was getting most of the same as I got out of the bottle, just seemed more intense and flavorful off the tap lines!

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