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Russian River Toronado 20th Anniversary

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RATINGS: 235   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (2453) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrallen34 (3478) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cpetrone84 (1201) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jethrodium (357) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (9921) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
A: The pour is amber, maybe copper, in color with a short lived off-white head. S: Quite a lot going on in the nose here. Grass and oak are prominent up front, but a wine note starts to kick in. Lots of dark fruits and a slight vinegar aroma. A surprising malt and vanilla note to this which creeps in as the beer warms. T: There is a very big red wine flavor that is one of the parts about this beer that I quite enjoy. Some mild cherries and lemon along with a touch of vinegar providing the tartness. A bit oak character and a mild leathery funk. As I take more sips, more sweet malt such as caramel comes through. Very surprising. M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation. D: The elusive T20 has been tried and I must say that I was a bit let down by it. Of the big Russian River rarities, I much prefer Deviation. This is a very complex beer, so perhaps I just don’t "get it".

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
piscator34 (1888) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 24, 2011
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Apricot in colour with medium spritzy carbonation. Aromas are of peaches, funk, lacto, almonds, lemon peel, earth, red wine barrel, and egg cream. Unusual sweet pink grapefruit, lactic funk, and grass mix upfront in the mouth before moving back into musty red wine territory. Definitely sour, quite smooth and not overly acidic. No alcohol burn and loads of complexity.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Tasted at the big “SeaBass has got to go” tasting courtesy of jdubFL. Pours murky amber with tan head. The aroma is tart and berry-like with thin slices of sweetness here and there moving into caramel covered cotton and mild funk. The taste is smooth soft and inviting offering up sweet berry notes mixing with a bit of tart crushed aspirin. It stays moderately tart as well as sour rimmed in a thin layer of funk. It ends tart and dry. Overall smooth and only moderately tart for my non crushed aspirin palate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4306) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Huge thanks to jdubfl for sharing this one at the So Long Sea Bass Tasting. Pours an opaque orange amber with a white head. Nose is some sour quality with hints of malt, vinegar, red wine, and slight brett. Flavor is malty vinegar and sour with subtle sweetness. If this is the mother of all sours, then it is going slightly downhill. If it is mildly sour ,then it’s very good. Interesting, but not all that I have heard it is.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonusWagner (1222) - Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Huge huge huge thanks to Justin for sharing this at Sea Bass tasting. I’d pretty much given up on seeing this beer again when I found out that Justin was bringing it to Greg’s, so naturally I was very excited just to try the legendary blend. Sadly, I feel that it is probably well past its vaunted prime. Pours a murky brownish red. Nose is lightly tart, not much detectable funk. Taste is amber ale malt component with slight flemish red tartness. Toffeelike sweetness, palate is modestly sweet in the finish. I could definitely drink this, but it’s not a particularly rewarding experience. I still remain humbled by Justin’s generosity and eternally grateful.


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