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RATINGS: 1113   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 Toronado’s 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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDecapolis (4445) - 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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewDad (4844) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2009
8oz Snifter – Eastside Club Tavern – Olympia, WA
Aroma: Great sour aroma that adds to the excitement to try this nectar.
Appearance: Dark Amber in color, clear with a thin head.
Flavor: Tart flavor from the start to the finish with a great explosion of fruit flavors through out. This was a very well brewed beer.
Palate: Deep Dry finish, fruit flavor even in the finish and Mouthfeel.
Overall: Huge sour beer this was treat to try glad I got a glass and will savor this for along time.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (6093) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2009
750, corked and baled. Pours a crystal clear but staggeringly dark ruby red--almost black, way beyond burgundy. Dense, tightly foamy off-white head that lasts and lasts past several sips. Gorgeous right around.
Big sour nose. Got that lacto balsamic thwack as soon as you pull the cork, and definitely lights up your sinuses when you get your nose in the glass. I’m guessing there’s a currant thing happening, not that I can remember smelling a currant. But somewhere between a berry-skin tannic note and a bit of dark pitted tree fruit, there’s a sweet, fruity note complementing the lacto. Nicely combined.
The body’s clean and tight, lower than medium, maybe, and very little carb. Refreshing like fruit juice, especially when cool. If this weren’t the incredible beer that it is, something that tasted exactly like it would probably be widely popular as a mixer for cocktails. So, yeah, it’s not crazy sharply tart--mixed well, lots of people would drink a cocktail that contained one or two parts of something like this. Not sure where this metaphor’s going, so let’s just cut it off here.
The mid-palate is rather less complex than some of the RR sours, which of course gives it plenty of room to operate. Lacto/balsamic, dark berry skins, dark pitted tree fruit, some dense oak notes. This is a very pleasant and drinkable sour all the way through for sure.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAR 10, 2009
750ml bottle, batch 001x2. Pours a clear brownish amber with a one finger tan head. Aroma is light funk, grape and dark fruit skins, fresh wet oak, and some Pinot qualities; very nice on the nose and continues to strengthen and develop nicely as it warms. As expected, the flavor is sour, tart, and slightly acidic, but well balanced and just enough to be interesting and enjoyable without going over the edge. Another excellent barrel aged sour from RR, and always amazed to see how Vinnie can pull off something so unique and special that the beer geeks love it, but not so intense as to be inaccessible to those new to the style.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajm (1065) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 10, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2009 Bottle from Hollingshead. The color is great - a bland, faded maroon that suggests depth. Aroma is oaky, funky, berrylike and vinous. Flavor is very like red wine and while the currants enhance, they are indistinct. I think the alcohol content is impressively well-handled, but was hoping for something more complex.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Bottles thanks to toncatcher & Monk’s Cafe. This one is from batch 001x2 at Monk’s & has a wonderful looking reddish color with a medium size head. Aroma is a fantastic woody/oaky mix of Cab Sauv, Currants, cherries, loads of sour funk - it just goes right through you. Flavor is an amazing mix of sour black currants, rich sour cherries, well oaked Cab Sauv, wet wood, and a raw dark fruit flavor that is pretty damn nice. Mouthfeel is amazing with sour & tart tannic goodness that crawls up the tongue. A little more heat than I would like (probably my only criticism) but this has a good deal more alcohol than most RR sours (it works by the way). This is the best of the sour world mixed with tasty black currants and given the proper treatment in Cabernet Sauvingon Barrels (my favorite wine vareital when done properly). Russian River is already beyond awesome, but Vinny outdid himself here - another 1-2 years in the bottle and this is probably a full "5" for me. Wow.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2009
750mL, batch 001x2. Pours a deep ruby color with a bit of a brownish hue, capped with a medium-sized khaki head. Very enticing aroma, with notes of oak, currants, leather, sour cherry, earth, and mild citrus. Flavor of dark fruit, oak, red wine, cherry pits, and mild lactic acid, with vinous character. Dry, woody finish with minimal tartness. Deserves the hype.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2009
750ml bottle. Batch 001X3. Very vinous with plenty of underlying funky fruit skin initially on the nose. Maybe some molasses and brown sugar. Not as sour as I’d though it’d be. Fruit and barrel really up front with the funk taking a backseat. That being said, it’s still a pretty aroma. Pours a very attractive dark, dark amber/brown with some ruby around the edges. A thick light khaki head eventually settles. Flavor starts out rather soft and restrained but ends up finishing rather acidic. The currants really come through mid-palate. Woodsy funk throughout. Fruit and wood tannin toward the backend. The fruit runs deep through the entire flavor, but never becomes overly sweet... a tartness more akin to pomegranates. Medium to full bodied. Creamy carbonation with a rather aggressive finish. No way in hell this is 10%. Another excellent offering from Russian River, but falls short of the newest batch of Supplication. I think time will treat this one well.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2009 Bottle split like a champ by ajm. Pours a murky amber color with a soft beige head. Smells and tastes predominantly of lemon and unripe strawberries with oak in the aroma. Very agressive. I felt as though the acid in this was rotting my teeth like having them sit in Coke. Highly drinkable as far as sours go, but consumed in proximity to Temptation, this comes off a little brutish. Rerated after a bottle shared by hellbilly -- have to say this mellows quite a bit over time and the currants really shine.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2009
750ml bottle. Batch 1x3. pours dark ruby with off white head. nose of blackened currants, plums, vanilla, port wine, funk. flavors of sweet dark fruit, red wine, sour, caramel, port, brown sugar. a wonderful dry and sour finish. i could this getting a letting better with some age.


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