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RATINGS: 1121   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13   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 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Taverner (1093) - San Ramon, California, USA - FEB 2, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2009 On Tap at RR. Smells like cherry oak. Looks like dark cherry champagne. Funk in full, but not overkill. This was after drinking Sanctification, so my sour buds were prepped for any sourness there. Notes of tannin and the currants, as well as wine notes all over the place. ON SECOND ANALYSIS: I can completely see the tobacco notes in this! Smells like either (1) a fresh FRESH pack of cigarettes or (2) A cigar from the streets of Havana. I love this beer! It made a Sour lover out of me!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 2, 2009
very nice beer tons of cabernet and currant flavors with a nice funk to smell and taste...balanced and hides the 10% really fucking well

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2009
On draft at O’Brien’s Russian River night. This was my favorite beer of the night (aside from Pliny the Younger of course). Pours a deep plum red, lightly hazed, with the head being a thin light purple ring. Tons of berry fruits and red wine in the nose with some oak in there as well. A very long finish that seemed to stick around for days. A very balanced sour ale, one of my favorites to date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Heavy influence of currants and cabernet / oak flavors. Blue and red berry fruits. Cassis, seemless and very balanced. Long finish and almost thick silky texture. Zero alc noticable. Tried from Keg at O’Briens Russian River nite.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
oukami (4) - Lenexa, Kansas, USA - JAN 29, 2009 does not count
Huge tart cherry flavor. Strong earthy oak aroma. Hints of vanilla and caramel to balance out the strong sour flavor. Pleasant lingering finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Sour, cherries, figs, raisins, toffee. It has a dry, vinuous character, should age superbly, and the barrel character is quite apparent, slight notes of vanilla, oak, earth. Quite acidic and a lingering sour finish. This one sticks with you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009

Date: December 12, 2008
Mode: Growler
Source: Tasting
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, scant head
Aroma: sweet and sour aroma, tart fruity wine character, oak, touch of chocolate
Flavor: big tart flavor, lots of oak and fruity wine in good balance, sweet caramel, touch of chocolate, light bitterness, sour picks up with each sip, woody caramel starts to become domanant, tart cherry pit is ever lasting
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Hand bottle from iowaherkeye shared with the troops by pepsican. Thanks to both of you! Poured a clear garnet brown color with an off white head. Fruity and funky aroma with distinct whiffs of plain doughnut, cherry, red wine, and oak. Medium bodied with light to moderate acidity. Very nice. Not much in the way of alcohol warmth given the 10% ABV. Vinous without being boozy. The flavor was reminiscent of red wine vinegar, tart cherry, and oak. Delicious stuff. I need a case of this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2009
This poured a cola-like amber brown in color with a thin beige head of fine bubles that fade away quickly. The nose is filled with cherries, currant, orange peel, concentrated grape juice and woodsmoke. In the mouth this begins tart with the acidity immediately hitting the palate. It is medium-bodied and deep with lots of flavor in the midpalate to tame the tartness. The palate is surpisingly smooth given the level of tartness. There is a dryness running the finish which just makes you want to take another sip for that burst of acidity. I’m really glad they decided to bottle this one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 28, 2008
On tap at the VIP session of 2008 Strong Ale Festival. Reddish brown in color, strong dark fruit aroma with a little funk. Amazing mouth feel with flavors of cherries, plumb, and red wine. Pretty sour but not unbalanced. I think this is my favorite RR brew so far.

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