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RATINGS: 1118   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (7875) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2009
Profuse thanks to Uncle Jimbo!! 1 sec. of head over hazy amber-red beer. Vinous, winey-fruity nose, with fine citric & lactic acid; lemon, pomegranate. More delicate fruti and - rather than currant - especially pomegranate kernel flavours, mixed with citrus, fusels (if restrained), apples, grapes and a sharpish lactic spike at the end. Very spritzy, but not overcarbonated, lively. Aftertaste returning with a vengeance as from old Bordeaux wine. Another absolute masterpiece by Vinnie!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2009
On tap @ Belmont Station. Deep dark chestnut brown, broken soapy white head. General fruity aroma mixed with light acetic sourness, sour plum, slight alcohol. Taste seems to remind me of the acetic qualities (though much milder) of Supplication and the rich fruitiness of Salvation. Rich fruity middle, dates, tartness. Fantastic. Interested to see if any differences with the bottled version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1713) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Pours redish brown, with a small head. Aroma is oak, funk and sour fruit. Flavor is fruit, oak, alcohol, red wine, and is both tart and sweet. Medium body, with a slightly tart and sour finish. Very well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Pours with a red brown body topped by a medium thick, fizzy head with some lacing left behind. It’s Sour with underlying sweet fruity notes and a touch of oak. Light to medium bodied and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2009
Unlike other beers that people rate highly simply do to a name, or it being a special release for a certain store, this one actually lived up to the hype. I had it the night before in the bottle and was feeling it, but not crazily. Then I had it on tap. Awesome aroma of oak, sour funk, tart berry notes. Pours dark red with a really nice softer red hue and a decent head. Tart and oaky up front followed by some fruity earthy berry notes on the mid palate. Lingering oak and tart citric sour notes, but not in a shock to the taste buds kind of way, but more in a this works very well together kind of way. Nice and smooth body, no hints of booze at all. This one could be dangerous really. The bottled version seemed more effervescent, way more oaky, more boozy, and lighter bodied, and while it was nice, the tap version is simply amazing.

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