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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 – 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
darkguardian (730) - Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Big thanks to Matt for sharing this amazing and rare beer with me. Pours a cloudy mahogany with a strong tan head. Nose is lightly sour and moderately funky with some light vinegar notes and some cherry and wine grape character. Flavor is full bodied and lightly roasty on the backend with a balanced sour and fruit component. Fairly noticable cherry/currant flavor. Finishes lightly sour with very light vinegar. Extremely well done beer, not their best, but still a damn fine beer worthy of its lofty reputation. Again, huge thanks to 50belair.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (6743) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Bottle thanks Briank. Brown pour with tan head. Beer is missing Russian river patented finish, sour flavor has mellowed and alcohol has little to do with the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pastradul (43) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2011
WOW! bottle shared at toronado san diego thanks Dak! poured into a wine glass tulip. pours a murky reddih brown with a ton of off white bubbles. the nose is funk, mild dark fruit notes and leather. the taste is way more mellow and delicate then I expected. very refreshing while having a tone of flavors flying around the mouth. up front you get barnyard and fruit. in the middle you get tabaccoa, leather and tannins on the tongue. in the back you finish with some extension of the leather and tannin feel. what an amazing brew. so glad to have ticked it!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2012 Dark chestnut, frothy cream head with heavy lacing. Light lactic lime nose, very reminiscent of framboise for a cure in the mineral aspects, bit of vinous berry and grape. More grape and cherry in flavor, unmistakable body and wonderful light bubbles, hints of vanilla and oak, somewhat standard flavor profile, standard RR greatness in body, but here the carbonation strikes a contrast with the thinner flavor profile, reducing it to a "foamy" experience. This bottle was over the hill and not nearly as expressive as the last time I tried this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2011
One of my all-time wants has now been realized. I walked into O’Brien’s and it happened to be bartender Tyson’s birthday. Sitting at the end of the bar was this bottle. Pour was a hazy amber with ruby glow. Lots of cloudiness from the sediments. Warm leathery funk, high vinegar tart, and a deep pungency lingering. Big full mouth of flavor. Lovely beer that I doubt I’ll ever get to sample again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (6155) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2011
Another one of the 750ml bottled white whales Thanks to JohnGalt1 and ditmier collaborative works on landing this one. Pours out a cloudy amber/brown topped with a sand head. Aroma was funk, light vinegar, light Brett, sweet malts, oak, pit fruit, and some of the red wine barrel notes. Taste was much as the nose with lots going on but nothing that was over the top. I would have to sadly say that this one has also moved past its prime. But with that said I was so very happy to finally tried this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Thanks to madorb for bringing this 750ml bottle to our tasting...Pours an ugly light brown with ruby highlihts and tons of yeast floaties. A light tan head that is decenly carbonated provides some nice stuff to look at...The aroma is pretty light, most just tart with some oak mixed in, dark fruits on the back...The taste shows off mostly as sour oakiness, its pretty good, amazing that its a blend of five beers, not so much of a wild ale, like an oud bruin in many ways...The feel is nice and easy to drink. This is a very good beer, but not a top notch wild ale. Gets a lot of pub because of the story and rarity and its good, just not world class. Worth trying IF you can.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2011
A-pours a dark ruby red with notes of pink and a violent carbonation rising to the top with huge white billowy head that lingers and coats the glass. S-the nose is juicy with hints of barrel and lots of red wine. a slightly leather brettcomes in with juicy red grapes and very bright nose with hints of sourness and acidity with a slight note of citrusy orange peel in the back. T-light dry oak with a good juicy red wine presence and well integrated notes of brett. hints of leather, peppery, and juicy red grapes. a random raspberry that is somewhat sour and a subtle acidity in the back. M-lighter in body and very drinkable with lively carbonation, crisp and rather dry, soft and subtle on the palate. D-extremely well balanced with awesome flavors of juicy grapes and raspberries with nice brett additions. good acidity and light sourness. everything is balanced nicely and nothing is too pronounced as the juicy flavors and dry finish do this for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2693) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Bronzed gold. Buoyant, fine-bubbled ivory head. Pleasant nose of Band-Aid, iron, straw, peach, pineapple and coconut. Firm in body with soft, expansive effervescence. Well-rounded tartness yields to a gently coarse brush of vanillin oak. Graceful emergence of springy strawlike malt cradles the complex assortment of fruity esters (peach, plum, unripe strawberry). Brisk irony tartness deepens the center as it merges with the pineapple acidity. Oak remains crisp throughout, augmenting the dryness. Slightly tacky and cheesy at times, which hinders drinkability, though a plethora of snappy brett-derived phenolics compensates adequately. Finish displays a proportionate fusion of straw, oak and iron adorned with tongue-puckering plum-skin acid. Rather straightforward and not particularly characterful, but, as always from Russian River, a very respectable Sour Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
On draft at Russian River night at Toronado. Pours a very dark amber with a small white head that has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is funk with some raisin, plum, other dark fruits, and a bit of red wine. Also a bit of yeast and some light alcohol. The initial taste is tart with a bit of raisin and some light vinegar. A bit or red wine and fig also comes through. The finish is tart with some alcohol and a little yeast. Probably the most full bodied sour that I’ve had so far. Medium carbonation. Very good beer. I’m glad to have tried it, but I would say many of the of the shelf Russian River sours are better. This was my first time having it, but I would guess it is slightly past its prime

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