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RATINGS: 1178   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zekada (425) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle from a friend. Smell is sour and has notes of citrus and some fruits. Pours a dark amber colour with a medium beige head. Taste is subtle sour but at the same time fresh and enjoyable. Palate and body is thin though the taste lingers in mouth. An enjoyable beer which, despite its sourness, is very fresh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
degbert (1345) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep, deep garnet with a high, fine-grained, just off-white lacy head. That is an amazing nose; as I poured it waves of sour, fruity, woody, aroma came wafting towards me. There’s also notes of red wine and an acetic element. On the tongue, there’s a tart punch right up front, shifting quickly into the roundness of dark fruit, oak, and vinification; while there’s no sweetness, there is definitely a complex and deep element that keeps it from being too thin and emphatic in its sourness. I cannot recall ever having a sour that was this rich. Finish is long, fruity, tannic, and smoky. This might be the best sour I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
charule (1556) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle from my awesome landlord. Poured reddish brown with min head. Aroma very acidic sour some funk wine grape. Med carb and bod. Tingly fruit grape sour taste. Bleh.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bcabaday (5) - - AUG 4, 2014 does not count
Pours I deep redish amber, almost like a watered down cab. Poured into a tulip glass. Slight red hue on head that quickly diminishes. Aroma of sour cherry and dark fruit. Slight sweetness that fades into tart candy in the most pleasant way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (3132) - BELGIUM - AUG 3, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2015 Luxurious specialty fruit beer aged on wine barrels. Bottle generously donated by the brewer during his visit to a friend of mine, the owner of my local pub in Ghent... Loose, quickly dissolving, off-white foam, colour a misty brownish copper. Powerful, vinous and very fruity aroma of sherry, cassis, passion fruit, balsamic vinegar, sour cherries, hay, old port wine, tobacco, wood; taste begins with a very lively, opulent fruitiness, sweetish, obviously a lot of cassis with a sharp lemony accent, drying the palate till deep into the finish, all built on a soft, caramelly and chocolatey maltiness, smooth, complex, wood in the finish with very light hoppiness and warming, sherry-like alcohol. Interesting, very vinous beer, almost like a (very strong) ’oud bruin’.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Defreni (2798) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2014
Fad: Taster og pint på brewpub. Amerikansk sur når det er bedst. Rødbrun klar med et lille skumhoved. God duft af aceto. Smagen er kompleks med masser forskellige noter af surhed. Lækker lækker øl.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Daniel719 (144) - Safety Harbor, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle thanks to Beechner224. Pours a very nice dark red color. Aroma is a lot of oak. Some fruitiness. Taste is very tart. oak in the back end. it stays with you for a while. Very good. Drinks easier than the ABV. I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beechner224 (904) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle from batch 008. Pours a dark ruby red, pretty much no head. Aroma is sweet fruit, tart strong. Taste is sweet, tart, lip puckering. Not sure what currants are, but this is damn tasty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
swesson (290) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Poured from a bottle. An apology gift bottle! (All is forgiven, Drew). Aroma is of cherries and wine. Great mouthfeel. Tastes of cherries, red wine, dark fruits, yeast, and belgian ale. Yum! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beersnobsunited (7) - - JUL 17, 2014 does not count
Poured from Bottle into tulip glass. Appearance: Dark amber color, beautiful carbonation streams, and yeast floating around. A firm and smooth one finger head until the bottom of glass. Lovely foam streamers left around the glass. Aroma: More malty than I expected. At first reminded me of a caramel heavy barley wine. Strong sour scent next with strong lemon tones. Dark fruit smell from raisins and prunes. Taste: Lemon warhead candy, red wine, vanilla from oaky wood. Touch of caramel malt in the back ground. This is probably the best sour I have ever had. Mouthfeel: Strong sour cringe, with smooth flow. Carbonation is mild and smooth, and a bit astringent in the back. 10% ABV is noticed in the swallow with minor burn Overall: FANTASTIC! Highly recommend to anyone who can get their hands on it.

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