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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (5709) - 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 I’ve 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 (7201) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asedzie (786) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Bottle.Pours garnet with off-white head. Heavy oak and very mild viniousness dominate the aroma, mild fruitiness and slight mustiness. Flavor has lots of tartness, chewy berry notes, lightly dry with very slight astringency in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (6560) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2009
Thanks Rencelas! Pour is reddish brown with a thick tan head that dissipates slowly. Very active carbonation. Vinegar and fruit in the aroma. Flavor is the same with soy sauce coming late in the sip. Lots of funky cherry sourness. Warming brought out the wood flavor along with tannin. This is definitely a favored style of mine but this sour ale is full of interesting flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Bottle from a beer store in Redmond, WA on 08/01/2009. Slightly untwisted cage waiting to be opened suddenly popped indicating that the beer demanded to be consumed. Batch 001X1. Very clear deep amber body with ruby highlights and a medium creamy off-white head. Sweet fruity aroma, lots of oak and a bit of alcohol. Sweet fruit, light funk and barnyard, some oak notes with some alcohol lingering around blending into a fairly dry fruit background. Medium body with high carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bartzilla (608) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Death Metal Sour Fest. Sweet mother of christ, was this stuff tasty. Reminiscent of a strong Flanders red/brown with a deep, fruity flavor and a tiny bit of heat on the backend. Probably my favorite of the night and definitely another stellar RR sour. Good show.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drake (11499) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2009 C&C 750 mL bottle courtesy of maniac. Thanks! Batch 001X1. Well, I untwisted the cage once, and about 20 minutes later it decided to open itself. Wow. Pours a dark copper color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is deep, rich currant notes with toffee and mild funk. Some citrus, banana, pear and other fruit notes. Taste is tart currants, cranberries, citrus zest, oak. Nice dry, tart funk. Very faint caramel and vanilla in there also. Full bodied. Nice and smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Death Metal Sour Fest. Way, way way better than I expected. Had this side by side with Duck Duck Gooze and this one blew it out of the water. Dark, rich, color with lots of cherry and berry aroma. Very tart, but still somewhat balanced and easy to drink. Leave it to Russian River to make a beer I like in a style I hate.

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