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Russian River Toronado 20th Anniversary

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RATINGS: 240   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 313   ABV: 10.43%
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 Ė batch A in red wine barrels
3. Belgian style Strong Dark Ale Ė batch B in red wine barrels
4. Belgian style Pale Ale aged in wine barrels with Brett
5. Sonambic 100% spontaneously fermented ale Ė this was used to add acidity to the beer.

   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. Itís 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (8557) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Draft.Copper/bronze beer with an off-white head. Malty, tart, berry, cherry, fruit, oak aroma - itís good here. Berry/tart/malt/oak flavor with light aciditiy. medium body. Lingering tart/oak, berry, fruit. The 50/50 is much better and the fan boys are going to go crazy over this. Itís good, but itís not one of the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Tap. Pours with a brown color. Lots of sourness in th aroma, together with some caramel. Very tart actually sour finish, borderline for me. Hints of vinegar, maybe a bit of oak and caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - AUG 14, 2007
Draft@ Toronado. Murky brown/ copper color with an ivory head. Tons of green apples and brett in the nose with hints of oak. Woody and sour with more green apple flavors. The alcohol comes on pretty hard in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IrishBoy (4111) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 13, 2007
750ml from brewpub, they only had draft at the preparty Thursday night; Nose of apples, caramel, tart brettiness, woodiness with a hint of wine barrels, and vanilla and spice notes; Rusty copper color, with a light haze of yeast with a medium beige head; flavor shouts oak, caramel, tartness, and dark berries; mouthfeel is tingly bubbles with a light tart finish. Sour, but not too much with a great depth of flavor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Apricot-brown color. Sizable frothy head. Sweet woody aroma. Flavor is sour and very effervescent (tastes like a cider to me). Tingly and very good at masking the alcohol. Iím probably not qualified to judge this style; Iím a straight IPA/IIPA guy and I really struggled to rate this one as if I dig this stlye of brew. So while this one really isnít my thing, I can see why thereís so much excitement about it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
marcus (9222) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 12, 2007
On tap at Toronado 20th bíday party. This dark amber ale poured with a thin beige head. This is a delightfully sour brew with a tingly carbonated mouthfeel. The flavor is quite complex - caramel malt, brett, grass and a hint of cherry. I managed to snag a few bottles for future enjoyment.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 11, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2007 (a big thanks to irishboy for hooking this up)brown/orange body with a nice creamy light brown head.aroma is oak,vanilla,brett,caramel,brown sugar,and molasses.the flavor is a wonderful blend of the aroma,plus some hay,allspice,and belgian yeast.this is nice and complex,and really balanced.one of the best russian river brews i have ever had.

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