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RATINGS: 1141   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (4536) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2009
On tap at Obriens. Dark reddish brown pour with medium off-white head. Sour cherries, apple, currants, oak, notes of dark fruit, and vinous grapes. Very good sour. Quite tart and dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robertjm (776) - Albany, California, USA - FEB 16, 2009
(Bottle from 001X3). Good Lord this had some serious carbonation. The pressure behind the cork was more than one of France’s best champagnes. Unfortunately, it also started to foam up out of the neck and a some drops made it to the carpet. Pours very carbonated into the bottle with effervescent head that you can hear in the glass. It falls quickly like a glass of cola. Aroma not huge, but you can smell the bugs in the whiff. Flavor is interesting. Clear sourness of the brett/lacto/ped mixture, especially when you role it over your tongue and its gazillion taste buds. You also have a finish of the currants it’s supposed to have. Clean palate with no real lingering. The description says it is fermented in Cabernet Savignon barrels, which I can taste (or perhaps it’s just my imagination?). Kind of surprised in that I’m not getting any warming effect despite the alcohol is 10%. Also, it’s a very lightweight body beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bennylava (99) - California, USA - FEB 16, 2009
I had this at the Russian River brewpub. Poured with minimal head, dark purple color. The tart sour cherry flavor complements the sweetness of the malt nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Dark purple, no head or lacing. Very vinous aroma, sweet cheap wine, MD 20/20, red fruits a bit of tartness. Nice tartness in the flavor, along with sweet fruit, raspberries, and a vinous quality. Nice dry, clean finish. Almost boozy, and it borders on cheap fruit wine but saved by the tartness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2009
750nml corked and caged thanks to iowaherkeye. Gusher. Pours semi hazy and light reddish brown in color with a small tan head which diminishes into a collar . Aromas of sour currants, berries, oak, acidic cherries and other darker fruits. Flavors consist a sweet and sour entry of cherries, currants and fruits. The tartness and sour notes really mellow out the sweetness. Finish is a long sour and tart orgasm of fruit. Palate is smooth, and perfectly carbonated. Fuck me this beer is good! Thanks again Joey!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (11489) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Bottle -c&c- from Ledgers Liquor. Batch 001X4. Slight gushing shortly after cork removed. Dark coppery color with a slight tan head - it went up, then down. Aromas of berry, wood and mild sour. Near full bodied with tart, fine carbonation. Speaking of tart the flavor is, along with aged musty oak and something like dark sour cherry. Each taste begins again with wood, then sour, then fruit. Tends to get a little less so in the finish. Incredible. Also brilliant. Just gets better with time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Bottle, Batch 001x4 (2/14/09). Bottle exploded upon opening watch out for that! Pours a cloudy deep ruby red to brown with a flowing head that quickly disappears. Nose is sour currant, oak, a nice wine characteristic, very complex. Taste is pleasantly tart with currants, cranberry. Nice warm melted chocolate Mouth is full with a lot of effervescence, the beer makes you salivate after it goes down. Very warm in the stomach. Wonderful sour!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6004) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 14, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2010 750ml bottle. Deep ruby red with a frothy head. Nice barnyard aromas with sweet n’ sour currant and sharp caramel. Light bodied with a frothy mouthfeel. Good balance of sweet and sour flavors, with glazed caramel, spicy currants, sour cherry and some wet wood. Has a mildly acidic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Bottle shared by miketd. Thanks Mike! Pours dark brown with off white head. Has acid and tart cherry aromas. Flavor is tart cherry, dark fruit, wood, and some wine notes. Finishes with a super pucker mouth watering sourness that is great. Medium light mouthfeel. Overall a great brew and one I really liked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
marcus (6764) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 11, 2009
On tap at Toronado RR Night. This dark brown ale poured with a decent beige head and a pleasant vinous aroma. The flavor is very tart cherry, with oak undertones and a vanilla backwash. Believe it or not, it tastes quite a bit like Schaarbeekse Kriek, probably due to the addition of currants. This is a signature brew that could only be created by Vinnie and his crew (hey, it rhymes). So far, my favorite RR (even better than Toronado 20th).

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