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RATINGS: 1105   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MeadMe (1284) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Huge thanks goes out to Gillard for coming through with this gem. A: Pours a brillant amber hue that is flat in color and appearence. No head at all with zero lace. Good for the style. S: The aromas are bold and big on wine. Tons of sour red fruit with hints of sweet tarts, funk, and cherry juice. Inviting. T: The sweet tarts come thru as does a bit of crushed aspirin. Beneath that is a wonderful mix of red fruit that is heavy on the cherries. Winey sourness pushes thru along with bits of wood, and vineous qualities. Yummy. M: Medium in body, a bit sharp on the tongue with a dry finish. D: I had several glasses

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5253) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2009
[Draft @ Capones] Poured a murky purple brown color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of raspberries, currants, vanilla, oak, leather, and wild yeast. Taste of sour cherry pit, more currants, some vanilla, sour fruits, dry, woody oak, and wild yeast, with a lengthy sour finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dmac (3892) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Draft at Capones. Wow is this lip puckering tart. Aroma of sour cherries, oak, vinegar, slight underlying honey notes. One of the tartest most sour tasting beers I have ever had...loads of sour cherry married with oak. Simply awesome if you like sours.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (1944) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Bottle. Dark brown/black pour, tons of carbonation. Aroma was very very good tart sour cherry aroma (would be happy smelling this all night!) Flavor was sour apple, cherries a little woody and finished with a sweet tart aftertaste. An very good beer? Absolutely. Although I don’t quite understand all the hype around it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2010 750 ml bottle popped in honor of having 4 more for cellaring. Sweeeeet! Shared with my girlfriend’s family who took me to Russian River Brewery when there for a wedding in October. Pours a very hazy murky brownish red pour, moderate tannish head that dissipates to a film and clings to the sides of the glass. Aromas are wonderful sourness and funk, mixed with some oaky dryness and vanilla. Fruit is powerful, pears, cherries, grapefruit, and currants dominate. Initial displays a wonderful body, darker malts with a touch of chocolate are humped into submission by a wonderful sourness and funkiness from the brett. Oak, cabernet, woody dryness rear their heads in moderate amounts. Potent, leaving a quality sourness and funk on the palate. Fruits are good, but sourness balances, crisp and enjoyable with currant, cherries, grapefruit, and red wine making up the fruit. Finish is sour, funk, and red wine. Not my favorite of the RR sours, but a formidible brew nonetheless and near my top. I thought this beer was a lot of hype... Before I actually cracked it

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Bottle. Nice brew. Late sourness. Like it, but I wish rr would make a nonsour brew other than an ipa. Good, but like all their other brews, except with brown food coloring.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2009
Courtesy hopscotch. I was really excited to try this one when Eric brought the bottle up to redlight. This one pours a deep red color with some brown tint and a foamy, cream colored head that shows good retention. The aroma shows hints of dark fruits, sour cherries, currants, wood, and some soft oaky vanilla. The flavor follows with more dark fruits, cherries, figs, and the currants to go with the lactic vanilla, and oak tannins. The bretty hasn’t completely dried things out so the sourness is more subtle than I thought. Medium bodied and slightly dry with just the right amount of carbonation which helps this drink real easy. The flavors are perfectly blended with not one thing overpowering anything else. Really nice beer right now, but I think some more time in the bottle would do a lot of good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Guerde (1161) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2009
(bottle shared by tytoanderso) Pours a brownish-red with an off-white head. Aroma is strong of currants, beets, light tartness, and substantial oak along with a bit of alcohol. The flavor is superbly balanced with just a great blend between the sweet, sour, and oak flavors. There is a substantial currant presence, tannins, oak, light sweetness, with just the right amount of tartness and a hint of minerals coupled with some earthiness. Finishes fairly dry with plenty of oak. The mouthfeel is medium and the alcohol present in the aroma doesn’t appear in the flavor. Thanks Tyler!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChainGangGuy (4347) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Appearance: Pours a hazed, dark mahogany body with a thinnish, beige-colored head. Smell: Rich, expressive aroma smelling of macerated fruit, oak wood, red wine vinegar, lactic acid, tobacco, and even vanilla. Hubba-hubba! Taste: Malts mingled with gooey black cherry fruit preserves and some prominent, vinous red wine qualities all with a bundle of lactic sourness to coat the tongue. Small pinch of vanilla sugar and fine aromatic tobacco. Non-obtrusive tannic oak component. Long finish with some lingering tart, earthy hints and final pops of acidity. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high, lively carbonation. Drinkability: It’s hard not to gulp this one down like a madman. All in all, this is one excellent beer layered with rich complexities and one that I cheerfully recommend.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Bottle at the Otown Throwdown. Really cloudy brown color. Caramel chocolatey smells. Dark fruitiness. Sour vinegary flavors. Sour fruits and wine flavors. WOW really like this.


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