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RATINGS: 1241   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bartzilla (597) - 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 (11469) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkunz (19) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Batch 2 on tap. Aroma was sweet caramel, tart cherry, and raison. very pleasent. Color was deep red/brown/purple. Taste was sweet at first and then moved to tart and dry. Tasted of sour cherries, berries, oak, citrus, a bit of vanilla maybe? Very well balanced, great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2009
Chestnut brown, small thin white head, gentle aroma of sour oak, seems deceptive. Abrasive dry wood, bright tart fruit, firm welcomed tannins on my tongue. Artistic even, I really could drink a glass of this like it was lemonade or enjoy a snifter for an hour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (5907) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2010 Bottle. Dark red(almost brown) pour with slight head that fades within a minute. Tart berries fill the nose with an oak subtlety. Not my favorite sour but still very nice. Flavor ends tart with a lasting aftertaste. Well done sour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2009 Bottle shared. Poured dark red, ruby, with a small white head. Aroma of tart fruit (would have guessed cherry, if label didn’t say currant), oak, brett. Taste is tart, oaky fruit, with some spice. Tannins make this seem vinous, except the funk would be terrible in wine. Very enjoyable and unique brew. Mouth is light and smooth. Low carbonation. Overall, another solid RR brew. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DragonStout (1409) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Sampled at MuckFest 09! Poured a nice deep red color with a small head.A nice sour cherry, wine like nose. Flavors of vinous cherry slightly tart but refreshing.Finished of tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Deep reddish body with a very full white head. The aroma is of wet oak, acidic wine, and a hint of pepper. The carbonation is lively, but not too effervescent in the mouth. Taste is very vinous with oak, and light berry tastes playing in the background. Really refreshingly tart and well balanced. Another winner from RR.

   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.

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