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Russian River Toronado 20th Anniversary

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RATINGS: 237   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 313   ABV: 10.43%
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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.


4.2
   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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (4956) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle sampled at Muckfest III. Pours a semi-hazy copper color with a medium tan head. Sour wine and fruit nose with notes of malt, caramel and oak. Malty and caramelly flavor with lots of oak before a sour and peppery finish. While very nice, it seems a bit muted. I would have loved to have tried this one fresh!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madvike (2759) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Bottle at Muckfest III - Pours clear brown with a thin tan head. Nose is light citrus, muddled maltiness, and not much else. I let this warm up, but the nose wasn’t pungent at all. Not off-putting--I just couldn’t get much aroma out of it. Taste was light funky, bready malt, light tartness, and a bit of citrus rind. Finishes with more bitter citrus. Real carbonated and fluffy in the mouth. Disappointed in this one, but I guess it’s got some real age on it so I shouldn’t have been surprised. I bet this was real vibrant in it’s day, but now it just seems limp and uninspired.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jredmond (5440) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2012
Bottle on vacation shared with Linh and billy. Pours a deep amber with fine carbonated white lacig that lasts throughout. Aroma is sour cherry, Belgian yeast, oak and Brett. Mouthfeel is active and well carbonated with notes of cherries, sour fruit, oak, light funk, light cheese, Brett, Belgian yeast, light bitter hop. A great sour overall, but not worth the current price tag.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Bottle shared at MuckFest 3 - Saturday Edition. Epic share. Rating #3400. Pours a richer deep brownish orange hue, firm haziness and frothy tannish head dies from a firm layer with thicker tannish ring, mellow lacing overall. Aromas are sour fruits, melon and touches of citrus mix with some gentle caramelized malts, touches of sticky dough, lactic yogurt, red fruit, berry, and funky dusty brett, cobwebs. Gentle oak picks up as it warms a bit more. A distinct tropical fruit moving quickly into firm grapefruit, kiss of fuzzy peach, vibrant white wine element. Kiss of red wine tannin, juicy fruit, grapeskins. Cobwebs, touches of really nice fruit even with this age. Touch of cherry. Initial is a bit tense up front, sharpness and tartness, touch metallic with gentle sour fruits, citrus and lemons, touches of wine tannins, a touch of sharpness, bretty funk, gentle soft cheese and some sour cherry kisses. Touches of sourness, deeper wine tannins and oak come through more further into the experience. Some melon, grapeskins, and touches of richer fruit. Touches of sweeter malts peek in towards the backend, carmelized, a touch doughy with a crisp dry and bretty finish, firm lingering lactic sourness, richer red wine tannins. Still loved the nose, flavors are still on but aren’t as vibrant as you’d expect (5 years later.. To be expected). I prefer Deviation, but this beer is quite nice. Aromatic, good barrel presence.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4748) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Sour tasting with a bunch of friends. Dudes, it gets better. Poured a cloudy orange-amber color with a small off-white head that quickly dissipated.

Aroma is very subtle, contains a touch of sour notes, with a mild, aged malt note.

Flavor has touch of tart notes - perhaps a touch of apple cider, raspberries, with a touch of sweetness. There were some oak notes with a touch of vanilla in the finish.

Perhaps would have been slightly better a few years ago - but well worth checking out.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dunt (288) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Brought this to Epic Tres. Pours a murky, dull brown in color with about a half fingers worth of off-white/light yellow colored head. Nose is pretty tannic, with a fair amount of maltiness from the Belgian base beers. There is also a touch of woodiness to it as well. Taste is heavy on the red wine character, especially on the black cherry, blackberry, and currant front. It is pretty dry. Light mouthfeel, light carbonation, very little acidity, and dry. Decent beer, was hoping it would be a lot better. I’m beginning to think dark sours aren’t really my thing. Wish more of the sonambic would’ve come through.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2012
30th September 2009
Bottle shared by cgarvieuk at Borefts I. Cheers Craig! Dirty amber beer. Frothy off white head. Sourish nose. Lightly sour beer, soft and semi dry. Fruity - cherries and some citrus fruits. Cognac and malty sweetness in the middle. Approachable sour!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (6082) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Bottle shared by Justin (I think) at the SeaBass going away tasting. Yeasty sour aroma with a hint of roasted malts. Sour malty flavor again with roasted malts and touches of sour acid and more. Nice, glad to have tried it!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2012
Bottle at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting on April 14, 2012. Served in a Russian River TION goblet. Big thanks to Brad for bringing out this long-time want of mine. Pours a clear amber-red with a small off-white head with pretty good retention. Average lacing on the way down as it makes its way to a collar. The nose carries some really nice cherry and earth notes with a touch of port and vinous red-wine character in the background. A touch of woodiness to it as well. The flavor continues down that path with a nice mix of earth, cherry, black currant, and light plum, resulting in something that’s reminiscent of some red wines. Long duration with moderately-heavy acidity and light-to-moderate funk. Medium body with a slight chewiness to it. Carbonation is average. Finish is dry. Really an excellent beer and its complexity has withstood the test of time. After having this, I’m all the more motivated to seek out T25 this summer. Vinnie can really do some great things with wild ales.


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