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RATINGS: 1256   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2009
On tap at the Brouwers Cafe. Dark brown pour...had to to a second look to see it was more a dark translucent mahogany. No real head when the glass got to me. Sour dark fruits on the nose....big funk....bit sour flavor, but not overpowering which was a treat. Smoot mouthfeel.....while I’m not a huge fan of the sour stuff this one was quite enjoyable...they hit their target with this one. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2009
This far with me, Russian River has batted 1000, will the streak continue? Pours a very dark red. Head was minimal but I poured it particularly slowly, so that’s likely my issue. Smell is sour cherries and grapes with some nice funk. Taste is sour cherry and Brett funk. Awesome! Not insanely complex, just damn good. Mouth is thin to medium with high carbonation. Insanely drinkable, still waiting to try a bad beer from Russian River.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBunker (965) - 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 I’m 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 (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2012 Draft at Devil’s 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 isn’t noticeable, but this is not a light, refreshing sour. I’d 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 beer’s 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 ’01 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 (1784) - 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 (2362) - 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 (5797) - 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

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