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Russian River Toronado 20th Anniversary

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RATINGS: 236   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 313   ABV: 10.43%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
airforce1 (61) - Atascosa, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2008
Simply put....a perfect five. Sherry amber in clour, applesauce, champagne, slight funk thats barley noticeable. This is the greatest "blended beer", I’ve ever had!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TURDFERGUSON (3928) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Bottle shared by eclectic at BCTC. Thanks so, so, so, much Kevin! This was probably my most wanted beer on the site and boy did it live up to my expectations. Pours dark reddish brown with a small off-white head. Nose is heavily funked and oaked, with some nice dark fruits, layered malt, and just so complex I can’t do it justice. Flavor is delicious funk blended with mild quad-like flavors so perfectly. This is probably the best russian river beer I have had and that’s saying a lot as I rate them all pretty darn high. Don’t know if I’ll ever find a bottle of this stuff, so I can’t thank Kevin enough for being so generous to share it with me. An awesome final beer of a great Belgium Comes to Cooperstown experience. Is this the perfect beer? For me, at this time and place, it was and is.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2008
Thanks to Odeed for getting this one at Toronado at RBSG. This beer just rocked it, and I had just had Cable Car right before, so it had some big shoes to fill. This turned out to be the beer of RBSG for me, just brilliant. Tart cherry nose, woody and acidic. Funky and delicious from start to finish. Hints of cheese, plum, bretts, and grape, blended with wine barrel. Really outstanding and one of the best beers I can remember having.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 25, 2008
bottle from Toronado SD at $60! Cloudy medium brown with a fluffy white head. Sour apple, oak, and Brett. aroma. Tangy palate. Sour caramel apple, vanilla, red wine, and oak with a dry finish. A damn fine beer.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ggaughan (100) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle shared with friends and family at a tasting party we had. The beer poured a nice amber color, clear, with a solid head that gave way to a solid ring on the edge. The nose had some funky notes, refreshing. The taste was an excellent mix of sour, tart but also a strong Belgian strong ale presence. After this beer warmed up a bit, more complex tastes came out and just added to the pleasure of drinking this fine beer. Out of all of the RR beers I love, this one is right at the top and if I had a few more bottles, it would probably be on top.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Bottle shared by my boy LeopoldStoch back in the day. Blood red pour with minimal head. The aroma is sublime with lots of sourness, some oak, and hints of berries. Perfect smooth body with the exact amount of carbonation needed. The flavor is sour--but not puckering. Solidly tart flavor with lots of sweet cherry notes, oak, lemon, and a bit of raisin. Incredible brew.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Funk and sour and fruit in this lovely orangy small headed beer. The flavour is really wonderful with a bunch of fruit and sour and funk and everything else. Chewy palate full of flavour, nicely complex. I’m not doing this justice but trust me, it is good.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Sampled at toro SD 1st anny, then again yesterday at 5.0 by a very generous guy. tap this was a solid beer, this bottle, assuming kept pristine, was outstanding and I sould prob give this 5.0 but i only got to sample a little. I not "get it" with this beer. Super complex, rich texture and persistant finish that lingers. Fires off all the right taste buds. Outstanding beer I really hope to enjoy again if possible

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fro2218 (470) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2007
A fantastic oak aroma and flavor on this one. A lot of "wine country" influence in this beer. Vanilla, sherry like, woody, cherries, prunes, and just the right amount of tartness. Some earty musk in there too. Yum, Yum, Yum!!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2008
Many, many thanks to bgramer for meeting up and sharing this with me while he was in Houston. Pours a hazy ruby color with an eggshell head that never faded away completely and left some awesome lacing. Aroma had big funk at forefront, some pepper and oak; slight berries, tart grapes, cherries, green apple; as it warmed there was a slight buttery/creamy note, some brown sugar and some grape juice. Flavor was bleu cheese and sharp oaky tannins at first; cherry, blueberry, peppery; as it warmed strawberry and sherry became present for me. The aftertaste seemed like a bit of candied brown sugar with butter. Full bodied carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Mineral like water qualities and a slight bit of alcohol as it warms. Overall this was an amazing experience of a beer.


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