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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Courtesy mgumby10. This beer pours a glorious mahogony color, some glints of ochre. The head seems to hold on for a while. Gorgeous. Aroma is funky and sour, but in an atypical way. There is a hint of lemon curd intermingling with a touch of alcohol, but ever so slightly. The flavor is balanced and rich. The tartness is there, but is well integrated and full. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Courtesy irishboy. Thanks Richard!! Pours a cloudy brownish maroon color with a medium, foamy, light tan head. Mahogany comes to mind as well in the color. Beautiful blend of tart fruits, tannins, and brett. Not too explosive, but enough to make you really want to start sipping. Wow, unexpected huge tart sourness attacks my cheeks and makes me pucker. You could tell the brett was quite alive and kicking. after a few sips, my palate got used to the sourness and it started to become quite easy to drink and refreshing. Thealcohol was slightly present in the finish, but masked somewhat by the tannins and tartness. Really enjoyed this as it surprised alot. Thanks again Richard!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2008 Tasted 2 bottles with pals @ Belgian Beer Shindig numero dos. Man o Man I’ve been excited about this killer sour. Pours cloudy brown with a creamy off white head. The nose is incredible, sour, sweet and tart. The taste was incredible very sour, bretty and full of umph. The alc % is well hidden. Glad to share this with some great folks. Thanks for the bottles guys.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4631) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 11, 2007
Bottle shared at CapFlu’s tasting after GCBF. Big head. Cloudy reddish brown. Sour nose. Sour drinkable and malty. Sinks into the teeth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Brown/Amber with a thin tan head. Aroma is caramel with a light sourness, cherries. Taste has a nice dose of Brett, cherries, caramel, and oak. Pretty Good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2007
This beer pours from the 750ml bottle with a wispy, ring of a head that sits atop a hazy, amber-brown colored beer. The aroma is a mix of sour aromatics, and major oak. The oak character is quite encompassing and quite complex as far as oak goes; aromas of spicy wood, hot almost whisky like notes, soft buttery wood and touches of vanillin are all quite evident. This aroma would really appeal to those who really love oak. For me though, the aroma is way too one dimensional; I really prefer oak character to serve as a backbone for the malt, hop and fermentation character.

The beer tastes sour up front and thankfully the oak notes are much more in check in the flavor department. Fruit notes of tart plums and fleshy tamarind notes are in evidence and they intermingle with and are wrapped up in the sour character of this beer. This has a really nice level of funk and sourness to it. There is lots of complexity to this brew with additional flavors of cherries (is there some supplication in this blend), tannic woodiness, spicy oak, touches of butterscotch and a hint of vanillin. This has a fullness to the body, that carries the flavors quite well; part of the fullness seems to be from the barrel character (tannins and such providing additional body).

I am much relieved that the oak notes where only part of the overall mix in the flavor of this beer. I really like how this is a nice mix of fruit flavors, oak derived notes and tart funk. In fact the flavor is really well integrated and all the flavors are delivered cleanly to my palate without any muddied / muddled quality.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 6, 2007
Bottle: It pours a dark, hazy amber with a tightly bubbled creamy yellowish head. It’s tangy, sour, apple-cider-ish that finishes with juiciness. A great beer to have with food.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2007
On tap at the Toronado. Very woody aroma, some syrupy malts. Moderately fruity, acidic twang, medicinal. Flavor is moderately sour, more oakiness, some esters. Lightly bitter, appealing finish. I will say that this hides the alcohol very well. Nicely balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2007
750 ml bottle. Flavor is mostly sour apple thats been left on the barn floor to ferment. The prickly carbonation and spiciness combined with a beautiful eggshell white head make it a nice looking and tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2007
From a 750mL Bottle. Shared by Dr. Bill. Slightly hazy, pale ruddy amber pour with a thin layer of wispy off-white head. Aromas of mildly tart apple skins and oaky vanilla greets the nose up front. Deeper contemplation reveals notes of earthy herbal moss and floral lavender petals. Light acidity and mild funk; alcohol noticeable as well, but restrained. Medium bodied, mildly carbonated mouthfeel. Could use a bit more carbonation to help highlight the acidic brightness of the beer. Then again, that might be an inevitable difficulty with a beer this big. A wave of moderately acidic chardonnay grapes on the front of the palate, followed by red cherry pits, oaky dryness, and a hint of cheese rind. A touch of black pepper spice and herbal dandelion stems round out the finish. It’s tasty, but could use a livelier carbonation, more acidity, and less herbal bitterness. It will be interesting to see what happens to this one over time. Thanks for sharing, Dr. Bill!

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