RateBeer
Home >

Russian River Toronado 20th Anniversary

 (RETIRED)
overall
100
99
style
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottling
unknown

on tap
unknown

distribution
unknown

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 236   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 313   ABV: 10.43%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Toronado blend was 5 different beers blended together disproportionately:

1. Belgian style Quadruple aged in Firestone Walker (used) Double Barrel Ale barrels
2. Belgian style Strong Dark Ale – batch A in red wine barrels
3. Belgian style Strong Dark Ale – batch B in red wine barrels
4. Belgian style Pale Ale aged in wine barrels with Brett
5. Sonambic 100% spontaneously fermented ale – this was used to add acidity to the beer.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2014
Corked bottle. Amber color. Vinous aroma with lemon lime, grapefruit and plums. New oak. Oaky vinous flavor. Lemon. Leather. Very bretty. Full bodied. Alcoholic. Amazing complexity.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lothore (542) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4 dollars a pour tonight at toronado SF A- Pours a foggy orangey red hue with a thin head that fades fairly quickly. S- Cherries, hints of sour apple, deep dark maltiness, bready. T- Hints of berry, light fruit, strong tart/sourness on the back end. very bready. M- Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation. D- This was definitely a good brew and one to seek out. At 4 bucks a pour it seems like a steal even in a champagne flute.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (1448) - Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle: thanks, Mike! Murky copper color, some slight orange hints with a khaki tinted head that fizzles away to a collar pretty quickly. Aroma has notes of cherry skins, mild vinegar, sharp acidity, lightly vinous oak, & an undercurrent of cotton & hay-like funk notes, seemingly like Brett. Taste has a quick hit of tart acidity & sweettarts up front with notes of apple skins, cherries, & vinegar. There’s a mild perfume essence to the beer, as well. The tartness quickly fades into a subtle sweetness, finishing with some oak & vinous grape-like flavors. Overall, a very nice beer, though I do not believe it lives up to the hype it has been given. Perhaps it has "fallen off" a bit? Not nearly as sour as expected.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours a cloudy amber orange color with a light white head. Grape, oak, fruit, a little orange rind, and some floral notes. Medium mouthfeel. Nice carbonation. Tart but not overly sour, orange fruit, oak with some bitterness. The Brett comes out nicely. All in all this ones together nicely! Really doesn’t taste exactly like consecration at all but a completely different beast. Nice depth.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4020) - SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small off white head. Aroma is sour fruity appricots acidy. Flavor sour fruity appricots astringent funky good balance, maybe a bit flat. Nice pungent acidy and fruity finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2013
In short: A monster farmhouse, vinous and tannic copper ale of great complexity.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed with some age on it (around 5 years I guess). Bottle sent to me by Bobby91w, thanks a lot Bobby
The look: Cloudy copper body topped by a large beige head medium retention.
In long: Nose is intensely farmhouse, horse blanket, old barrels, stinky feet and all... Body is full and with a very lively carbonation. Taste has sour fruits, plenty of oak, strong vinous character, a whole lot of tannins, lactic acid, milky notes, grape skin, cookies, caramel, some cheesy notes. Medium sourness level and very astringent. Strong barrel presence to say the least. Finish is very dry with a sawdust-woody sensation. This is the type of beer you need to drink with a pint of water on the side, very mouth drying. Alcohol is a no-show in this 10%+ brew, I drank a full 750ml way too easily. A bit of cardboard but overall not a lot of oxidation despite the age, but with a beer this age each bottle will be different depending on how it was stored. My trader assured me the bottle was kept in cellar condition so my bottle was probably as good as it gets for this particular beer. I could feel the beer is past its prime yet I thought it was excellent, this beer must have been mind blowing a few years ago. Any bottles left should be consumed asap, I don’t want to sound too alarming but beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2408) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Shared by ygtbsm94. One of my most highly coveted wants. I can’t thank you enough Brad! Served in my Cantillon gueuze tumbler - I can’t believe I don’t have a Russian River glass... The beer appears a light amber hue, appearing mostly clear. The head is approx. 1/2" and fades to a thin collar within a few moments, leaving a generous amount of lacing in its wake. The aroma is wonderfully complex, offering red wine, white wine, oak, tart fruits, acidity, dark fruits, vanilla...wow. The flavor is equally as complex. A heavy and biting acidity confronts the palate immediately. I find this to be more sour than tart. Very tannic, with prominent wine and barrel flavors. Dark fruits soaked in alcohol add warmth in the finish. Overall, I am so grateful to have tried this. An interesting and intriguing beer. It wasn’t among my favorites of the night, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-27-2012

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
deyholla (6490) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle shared by Ari, thanks! Pours a hazy deep amber with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of sour red fruit with musty funk and a hint of acid. Flavor is similar with musty funk and sour red fruit that grows in acidity.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (3108) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 10, 2012
750 ml bottle at home. It pours a bright reddish amber color with a huge, fluffy orangy head. The aroma is tart fruity with grapes, currants, plums, hints of wood and vinegar. I had this next to a 25th, and this is not as tart on the nose with more heavy red fruit. The flavor has lots of wood with a sweeter malt background and a rough, bitter acidity in the finish. Oxidation is evident here, not surprising. It starts nice enough with a good balance of sweeter and tart fruit, but the finish is a bit off and unpleasant. I imagine this was better a few years ago.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - AUG 8, 2012
From 3L bottle at 25th anniversary dinner. Aroma of sour, dark fruit and oak. Flavor was much of the same with a bright take on the oak. The 25th was much smoother. They really had similar qualities though. The 20th may not have been as sour, but much brighter (possibly more acidic is the correct verbage). Anyway, great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page    1  2 3 4 » 24


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50