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RATINGS: 1248   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ippopotamo36 (1584) - Rome, ITALY - JAN 11, 2016
Bottle tasted twice, first time few months ago in Rome at B&F pub courtesy of Manuele. Second time in Serbia, courtesy of luttonm bottled August 2014. Many thanks to both! Pours a deep dark amber color, quite ruby highlights with a no-foam. Nose: red fruit, red wine vinegar, black olives, a bit liquor. Mouth: extremely tart, a bit astringent but so much character. Macerated berries, vinegar, some wood. Extreme and tasty. The bottle at Manuele was better.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (5568) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2016
375mL bottled 6/7/15, drunk 1/5/16, thanks to JoeT!
Great appearance, with a deep auburn-mahogany colored body with great clarity and a light beige head atop that is small, but is surprisingly well-retained.
Unfortunately, it’s quite boozey in the nose. Can’t really get around it. It doesn’t help the dry, bready, biscuity malts and light tannins, not to mention the currants and acidity from the bacteria. That being said, other than the heat, the nose is superbly balanced between yeast, wood, wine, fruit and malt. Plentiful black currant, black pepper, soft funk and light cherry-prune character to enjoy, with a good strength and a touch of almond and light brandy. Finally, with about 1/5 of the glass left, the alcohol burned off and what remained was truly divine. Guess I should have let it breath longer.
In the mouth, the beer is less given to the alcohol, with tons of cherry, raisin, caramelized brown sugar and strong acidity to balance. Light balsam-like flavors, with a more dry wood character and piquant currant notes. Acetic character does not grow heavy and hangs in balance with the lactic acids. Wonderfully attenuated, though with enough body left to prevent any tannic astringency or overdose of acidity. Light grape, plum, brown sugar and black pepper linger on, with lip-smacking acidity. Tight carbonation. Seems like this stuff would age very well for a years to come.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - JAN 4, 2016
bottled on Sept 2015, again it’s surprisingly smooth drinking despite the young age and high alcohol contents. pours copper hue with little head it has sour dough aroma with citrus accent. the flavor is citrus and kombucha. well balanced.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jnkor (356) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2016
Aroma is full of oak must and sour zest. Taste is sweet and sour. Leaves a slight sour taste. Look brown red with no head. Nice and sour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (4472) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2015
From a bottle. Pours clear, dark caramel with fizzy off-white head. Smells like balsamic vinegar, cereal and toasted malts, vanilla, oak, and dates. Tastes like bready malt, some caramel, dark fruit, sour notes, and some subtle acidity. Medium body and carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blueshockey24 (402) - Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark amber. Aroma is Sour and wine. Taste is sour barrel with a dry fruity wine finish. Pretty good.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sthlm (1270) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2015
[Bottle] Pours reddish-brown with almost no head. Aroma is awesome. Leathery, acetic acid, berry, subtle vanilla; lots of barrel in general, but in all the right ways. Taste is outstanding too. Oak again, fairly tart, good amount of fruit that is well integrated--would have probably have pegged this as raspberry or blackberry, some alcohol. Pretty dry, long finish that is great--leathery. Overall, this is just an excellent beer. I wish I had bought more of this while I was out in California.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thepatrickman (714) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 21, 2015
Bottle from Michael Burd -- cheers, buddy! Tart, dark, and complex, with distinct oak and fruit flavor, balanced by a sizable sourness. This is the kind of beer that wine country does best.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
k0mpsa (2395) - Tuusula, FINLAND - DEC 17, 2015
Tap at russian river, santa rosa. Dark reddish brown color, white head. Supreme aroma has oak, creamy notes, caramel and chocolate. Taste has chocolate, berries, oak, some wine notes and smooth palate.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kkleu357 (634) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2015
Pours a slightly cabonated deep reddish brown. Nice oak wine aroma. Taste is nice and tart, but smooth and sweet at the same time. Can really pick up on the oak.


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