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RATINGS: 1082   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Tap @ O’Briens TION night. Was easily the best beer of the night. Poured deep mahogany with a thick, creamy off-white pillow for a head. Light lacing. Delicious tart cherries-and-red wine aroma blended with more currants, tobacco, and a nice funky wood. Smooth, slightly carbonated mouthfeel. The taste really follows through on the aroma. Vinuous, red-wine overtone with tart cherries and the funky yeast flow throughout the beer. Slight white wine vinegar with Granny Smith apples. A pleasant rich, oaky flavor in the finish gives the brett and cherry/currant flavors a subtle sweetness. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (7030) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2009
Bottle at Craig’s bit tasting, Edinburgh, 21-03-09 thanks to Craig for hosting and for getting hold of some great beers. Pours a murky brown colour with very little or indeed maybe no head at all. The aroma is a little woody with some aged port in there, dark fruits and even a bit of dusty old furniture from your grans. There is a lovely funky sourness in the mouth little cherrylike at times, but quite sharp. Underpinning the sharpness there is some dark sweet mollasses and even a salty dash of soy sauce and balsamic or a dark salad dressing. Its a lovely and intriguing beer I’m not sure that my description is really selling it, but lets just say its one of favourite of the evening thus far, next.. A9 A3 F9 P4 OV16

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Draught at the brewpub. Brown color with a red tint and white head. Darkly vinous, tart, and oaky aroma. The flavor is quite sour with lots of oak and sour fruit. Malty underneath, with a less alcohol that I was expecting. Richly smooth and medium-full body. High-gravity sours are new to me, and I sort of miss the light, refreshing quality that you get in a lighter option, but this is really great stuff regardless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Wooden brown-burgundy hue. Red apple, currant, pear aroma. Some vanilla. Sawdust. Big and tangy, for the most part, hugely jammy and sweet, with mild funky qualities. Sometimes the sweetness is very earthy and almost like an autumn root vegetable.

Fulsome malts and bold acids in the flavor. Sometimes it seems simple. Like a temporanillo spritzer. Other times it’s enormously complex; malt layers of brown sugars and molasses packed together with the brightness of currants. Super tight.

Clean and acidic palate; full, dry, drinkable. Extraordinary balance; extremely pleasant to drink. Thanks Tyler!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Bottle courtesy if iowaherkeye – thanks Joey! Pours very dark amber with a small tan head. The nose is red wine vinegar, currants, vanilla and brown sugar. The taste is white grapes, black currants, light balsamic vinegar, caramel, and light funk but the sweeter flavors overpowers it. Medium prickly mouthfeel. This is my favorite so far of the RR regular release sours. I really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Has a nice murky brown/red colour. A b it of acetic acid on the nose. Flavour is filled with a lot of fruit flavours. Semi sweet with a bit of an over riding cherry. A hint of sour in there, but its not very tart, and it doesn’t linger. Does this need more time to develop? Everything in here is pretty subdued and balanced. It’s good but it’s not quite what I had hoped it would be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Bottle from a trade. Pours dark brown with a fizzy tan head. Aroma of cherries and some funky sourness. The flavor was mainly sour cherries. It is a really smooth beer. It actually wasn’t as sour as I thought it would be. Finishes dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coyotehunter (667) - , Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Strong nose of cherries and apples. Pours a deep coppery brown with an extreme amount of fizz. Good notes of cherries and brown sugar with maybe some caramel and wood in there as well. Finish is dry and crisp. Well worth the money spent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBunn (2384) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Bottle with kudos to coyotehunter for sharing. Looks and pours like a shaken up Coke... just a little lighter in color, but with a massive and ephemeral head. Aromas are heavy with tart cherries, sweaty funk and brown sugar. Flavor is thick with sour cherries, green apples and a soda like fizziness on the palate. Yum!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JAXSON (524) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Bottle, batch 001x4. Pours a clear cola color with a fizzy lil’ head. Oak, brett, sweat, and some nice red fruits in the nose. Beautiful explosion of flavors going on here. This one REALLY needs to sits at room temp for a bit before it really blooms, it should not be served cold. Sour cherry, grapes, some really pleasant woody vinegar, dry vinous flavors. Really really nice. One of the best from Russian River.

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