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RATINGS: 1182   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JUL 24, 2009
It’s been awhile since I’ve visited the land of Russian River. When you visit, your stay is punctuated with beers that vary wildly but most, if not all, at the best of the best. Consecration is a beer that just keep the Russian River engine chugging along. Such a great, great beer.

The beer pours out a deep cherrywood/maroon/brick red color. Fizzy white head which dissipated quickly. Beautiful coloring. Aroma has a strong funky red wine angle hitting you in both nostrils head on. Fresh orchard cherries, wet dirt and the vinous notes really take it to an extraordiniary level. Flavor has the deep sour berry/cherry notes, tannic, peppery wood and bitter black grape skin. Just.....yeah.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Poured a deep brown and a tad ruddy. The head was minimal and diminished almost immediately. Very lively carbonation. There was a strong dominate vinuous aroma which was really quite amazing. Some sweet sugars and dark fruits were noticeable as well. The taste was delicately sour and some sweet fruit came through as the currants presented themselves. There was a bit of a horseblanket/barnyard quality that added a very unique quality to the beer. The finish was where the sourness was really amplified and felt. This beer tended to be vinous, deep, complex, and with a bit of a wild and untamed characteristic; and of course, sour. This was one of those beer experiences I didn’t want to end. I was sitting out under the stars on my new deck just watching the clouds gently roll on by. My little girl was sitting next to me while eating some chips and I was enjoying this. For a moment, life was at peace and rest. Extremely enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkwalking05 (4202) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2009
Dark ruby brown in color with a decent sized beige head. Aroma is tart with some funk and cherries. Taste is very woody and sour with funk and fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn (2489) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2010 Poured a dark golden color little bit of white head ... oaky aroma and dark fruits cherry ..... tastes of red wine little oaky slightly tart with a dry and slight bitterness at the end ... lots of flavor and well balanced .... Can’t go wrong with Russian River

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2010 Bottle. Brown/Red color with fizzy head. Sour aromas berries red wine cherry oak. Taste Sour lemon cherry oak red wine. Great sour ale

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Rating 1,000. Consumed in the always enjoyable company of JCB, emacgee, and TURDFERGUSON. Pours reddish purple-brown with nice carbonation fizzing to the top into a beige head that stayed around, albeit small. Tart, sour acetic nose, with currants, blackberries, lemon, sour oak, more freshly cut twig flavors, tannins, and sweetness. Tastes surprisingly bitter/tannic with the currants really coming out. Unique mix of bitter and sour. Not my favorite RR sour, but a tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
blklab2007 (2092) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 21, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2011 bottle poured into a snifter has a deep brown red color and a fizzy white head with nice carbonation pooling at the surface. aroma has vinous red wine sourness, oak, dark cherry, currant, and tons of delicious funk. crisp mouth feel with nice prickly carbonation at the side of the tongue. flavor has plenty of sourness, rich red wine character, dark berry, oak, currant, and tobacco. this is perhaps the most dry beer i have tried thus far. acidity is kept in check and the alcohol at 10% is warming but incredibly hidden. truly outstanding!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheEpeeist (3539) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2009
25.4 oz bottle, batch 0013X. Dark maroon with a tannish haze. Nose is faint currants, mild sour cherry and musty oak. Nice, but subdued. Medium body, more substantial than other RR’s. A delicate sparkle gives way to razor-sharp sourness. Taste begins with sour currants and toffee followed by lemon Sourheads then dry tobacco and red wine. Enticingly sweet with a sour blast.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2009 (DC Local Gathering, 750ml bottle, Major Thank You to CaptainCougar) - Dark ruby brown, fluffy white head. Huge vinous dark currant aromas ride swells of funked black cherry and peppered oak. Ultra complex sour berry, old wood, and currant flavors balance extremely well on a funky crisp red grape and cheese- like foundation. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, sour fruity finish. This was an absolute showstopper…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2009
By far the best sour ale I’ve ever had, and I don’t even like sours... So this pours a deep mahogany, with a small head that lasted the entire glass. Aroma is funky, a little bit of malt and raisins, almost smells like a red wine. It has a mildly effervescent feel to it, then it turns a bit sweet and immediately turns sour. Really cool flavors. I think this may be the beer that turns me onto sours.

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