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RATINGS: 1204   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Ale with currants added and aged in oak barrels.

When we made the Toronadoís 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBunker (956) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2009
750ml bottle. Nice pop of the cork. Pours a burgundy with a fizzy off-white head. Lots of carbonation on the pour. The aroma is of oak, fruit, wood, tart cherries, and tobacco. Taste is of fruit, oak, wood, and malt. Lots of tary cherry and tobacco flavors. Has some subtle wine characteristics to it as well. Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated, yet very dry. Lingering funky oakiness. The alcohol is well masked by the other flavors. Not as sour as I had expected, but good enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Dark amber colour with large bubbles at first that could have easily fooled me for being a Belgian import. Nose has a pleasant sour cherry component, with light vinegar, and fig newton snacks. Just as Iím starting to enjoy it the brett funk kicks in and the fair reviewer side of me reminds me that barnyard is supposed to be good here. The sourness dominates on the palate, with cherry taking some background to the fig newtons and vinegar. Finish is long and vinegary, and really smacks you in the face with the flavors. Even if you like the style it is still hardly something that anyone should describe as having high drinkability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrChopin (3810) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2012 Draft at Devilís Den. Dark ruby-purple pour, large cream-colored head. Slightly vinous nose has very strong currant depth, loads of spice, malt, chocolate, and hints of alcohol. More currant in the flavor, sweet fruit pie-like desert here in addition to more chocolate. Almost no brett at this point. Very malty and heavy, but strong carbonation to give lift to the body. The alcohol isnít noticeable, but this is not a light, refreshing sour. Iíd prefer less currant and more brett, certainly something sour to cut the heavy sweetness and ultra-rich fruit.

Batch 1 bottle next to a Hanssens Cassis shows this beerís limited capacity. Muted fruit notes and sugary malt exist under the alcohol and heavy body. Easily my least favorite sour from RR to date.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 15, 2009
Bottle, thanks Scrizzz. Shared with Barry for opening his sole bottle of í01 Vigneronne, and drank immediately afterwards. Nose is big and very wine-like, rubber, curranty Cabernet, sour Brett, fruity perfume, surprisingly malty, but I expect that will fade with time, and the sourness will build. Broad rich velvety palate, dry backbone but with plenty of fruit. Finish is constantly evolving and changing. A great beer/wine hybrid, and one of the best new world sours I have had to date. Not as assertively funky as some, but very well made and fantastically interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1520) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Got a bottle of this recently at Belmont Station in Portland, OR Colour... very dark brown with plenty of head. Nose... barnyard, citrus, raisin, cherry. Palate... WOW! Pucker me timbers!! Burst of carbonation, acetic, woody, citrusy, funky, and a resoundingly long, tart finish!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
piscator34 (2182) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 15, 2009
Bottled sample shared with oakbluff. Deep purple-brown in colour with strong carbonation. Aromas of funk, heavy pale malts, lemon, currents, and wood. Great contrasts of refreshing lemon and barnyard funk (along with some moderate acidic cabernet notes) against the vanilla and pale malt strength. Medium bodied. Not quite as quaffable as other Russian River sours, but just as amazing. A triumph!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (5257) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2009
750ml bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar at the DC Local Gathering. Amber-brown color, perhaps filtered. Minimal lacy head, though solidly carbonated. Big sour aroma with a touch of caramel. WOW! Perfect sour oaky taste. Wild yeast works itself solidly into the beer, never seeming excessive or offensive. Perfect mouthfeel, one of the better new-school Brett beers Iíve had. The currants give it a citrusy niceness as well. Top notch world class beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2009
nose of malts, brett, wood, and red wine coming off a mahogany colored body with a cream colored head, which faded fast. flavors of wood and port wine, backed up by toasted malts balanced against the sour/funk/brett..the tartness really came through in the tail, and i thought this was infinitely more drinkable than Temptation

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nimbleprop (6355) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Bottle from Batch #2 sampled at the DC local gathering and again at the Russian River pub in Santa Rosa. Pours a copper, ruby amber with a soft beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, wood, funk, sweet tarts. Flavor is great, red grapes, sweet tarts, candy, lemons, cherries, wood. Finish is chalky, bitter and funky. Super drinkable. The bottle version had more/better carbonation than the pub version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boamr (310) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Pours a dark amber color with just a little white head. Has a funk, woody smell to it. Taste was a lot like smell but with a little bit of grapes in there and pretty sour on the finish

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