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RATINGS: 1248   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 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miksu (5047) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2009
Bottled, thanks Vode! Deep red color, sparkling appearance. Rich sweet and sour aroma with cherry, strawberry, blueberry, red currant (cabernet sauvignon), oak and vanilla. Sweet and sour flavor with acidic fruitiness (strawberry, red currant) and oak. Very firm vinous, acidic and complex flavor. Perfect level of oakiness. Perhaps slightly too acidic for me but I’m perfectly happy with this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Bottle shared by beastiefan2k. Thanks Eugene. Pours a cloudy, reddish brown with a thin ring of beige bubbles. The nose is of sweet, dark fruit, spicy red wine and light tobacco. Medium-bodied and effervescent with a tart to sweet finish. The flavor is of tart, dark fruit (black currants?), Cabernet Sauvignon and an odd chemical note. This one is interesting, but it’s not as amazing its reputation would’ve made me believe.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (5795) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2009
Bottle: Poured a hazy reddish color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of oak and tart notes with some blackcurrant notes – very complex. Taste is also a very complex mix between some blackcurrant, some tart notes and some pedio with light sweet figs at the end. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation and no signs of alcohol even though it does pack quite a punch. Very well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3505) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2009
750 ml bottle
Thanks to a generous trader for sending me a bottle of this a few months ago. For Rating #1200 it seemed like a slam dunk so I fished it out of the cellar and let it chill for about an hour. My reward was one of the best sours I have tried - there are a few lambics which are better but this is not one to complain about.

Aroma / Appearance - Reddish black and opaque with a short lived head there was still plenty of carbonation. Citric acid, black cherries, and oak form a crisp sourness about on par with a mellow Cantillon. It smells almost like a cola which has been spiked with brett and lacto.

Flavor / Palate - Tart hayseed, flat cola, and raspberries rinse the tongue before drying out the throat. Medium grade as I expected this was drinkable without being too harsh on the palate. The total impression is like an amped up New Glarus Unplugged Olde English Porter - maybe that will take on some of the same characteristics in time. It wasn’t hard to finish two glasses but I would not want to drink a whole bottle by myself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2009
Bottle thanks to Byaeger (thanks Brian). Pours a murky amber-brown with a small beige head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is strong with berries, wine, spicy oak, and funk. The flavor is complex with sour cherry pits, berries, lots of oak, red wine(merlot or cab), vanilla and caramel. The mouthfeel is silky smooth with lively carbonation. The finish is long and dry with lingering complex tart flavors. Overall an impressive sour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2009
Sample @ BBF Night of the Funk. Pours a deep brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma is oak, dark fruit, and a bit of brett/funk as well. Taste is cherry, currant, raisin, with an explosion into a funky oak finish that pulls the beer together beautifully. I was almost in tears at the quality of this beer. This brewery is now 2 for 2 with me, and I can’t wait to try more from them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alobar (3458) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Dark brown color with a thin tan head and lots of carbonation. Powerful aroma of dark fruit, oak, and some vinegar. Tastes of tannin, cherry, oak, and a sour vinegar ending. One of the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Sample from a bottle at NotF. Pours a dark brown fizzy color with a small head. Nose is lightly toasty and biscuity with a light oaky and funk note. Palate is full and fizzy. Flavor is more of the toast and light notes of dark fruits.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2786) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Small tan head with good retention, minimal lace. Lightly hazy amber body, red hued. Tart funky nose light vinous notes, pleasently musty, fruity. Medium body, gently carbonated, tart but not overly, the way i enjoy them. Dark fruit flavors, raisins, berries, gentle woodiness faint caramelly malts, cherries, spicey with a just right alc. warmth. Nicely tart fruity finish. Props to Gabe/Steve(cougar killer) for sharing this @ the Sour tasting! Thanks guys! Batch 001-4x. Nice...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - OCT 14, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2012 Earthy garnet pour with a bubbling, rocky head that quickly disappears completely. Looks like wine in my glass, and is one of the prettiest colored beers I have ever seen when held to the light. Aroma is funky red grapes, cranberries, and rain-soaked wood. Flavor follows the nose but adds iron-like tannins, cherry pits, and nuances of balsamic and oak. ABV is well hidden. The carbonation in the mouthfeel is surprisingly great considering the lack of head/lacing. Overall, a stellar brew, and one that I will come back to again and again through the years. Once you have a handle on all the flavor nuances, do not be afraid to let it cut right through a nice semi-soft cheese like Abbaye St. Mere.

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