Russian River Toronado 20th Anniversary

RATINGS: 241   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.

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ClarkVV (10889) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 21, 2022
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2022 750mL bottle drunk 8/21/22. Clear cherry-amber, large, beige-butter head is impressive at 15 years old. Oxidation, but not ruinous, shows paper pulp, vanilla, light cardboard, though its not as bad as that sounds. Cherry, oak tannin, vanilla and moderate lactic acidity. Not gonna win any awards in this condition, but its absolutely drinkable and the oxidation only adds strong vanilla, not any papery cardboard. Cherry, honey, caramel, vanilla. Just a study in Flemish sours, or at least barrel blended American red wild ales. But it seems pretty close. It's soft, it's malty, it's tempered in its sourness and it's well-balanced. Definitely about 7 years too late on this one, but glad I at least opened it now, rather than waiting for it to really go downhill.

ineedbeer (3572) - California, USA - FEB 22, 2020
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2020 Poured from a 750 ml bottle that I purchased at Toronado many years ago. Aroma is a balanced blend of malt, oxidation and Brett notes. Lots of honey and wet cardboard with some light cherry pie, sherry, berry and raisin. Faint oak notes and light malt character. Pours an amber brown color with a medium large, thick, fluffy, tan head head that recedes to a small film that lingers. No lacing and small legs. Flavor is somewhat sweet with light malt notes of caramel and honey. Moderate acidity and light alcohol spice and barrel notes. Some raisin, cassis, cherry pie and sherry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, better than expected considering the age. Lots of oxidation with honey and sherry but less wet cardboard notes.

PhillyCraft (12471) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2019
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2019 Had this bottle with Bill, Frank, and Jeremy in 2012 the first time we hung out together outside of Philly bars. We slayed some insane whales this day including Jean Chris Nomad, 1996 Cantillon Classic, 3 Font 50th Anny, and more. Pours a hazy orange gold with a medium to bigger white head. Notes were minerals, stone fruit, brett, oak, lemons, white cherry, and other salivating tart funk. Really nice but everything was overshadowed by the 96 loon and 50th anniversary Drie Font

davidm (2148) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 13, 2016
Sipping beer. Peach, apple aromas; also nuts, and bread. Very long flavours.

jtclockwork (21125) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours reddish amber white head. Nose/taste of red wine, oak, caramel, red grape, cherry and sour funk. Medium body. Well balanced.

kraddel (10779) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2015
pours unclear amber . small white head . smell is sour, barrels . Taste is sour, dry , very woody , bit fruity aspects . Malty sourness in the back . Another damn fine beer . Very intense .

orangesol (986) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2014
I brought this one to Pre-Ffej to share with everyone, hope everyone enjoyed it.

A - Pours murky brown with a nice one finger tall off white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film and eventually a ring around the edge, leaving small streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of dark fruits, toffee, caramel, oak, wine grapes, leather, a bit of musty barnyard funk, cherrie skins and some lactic sourness. There is definitely some oxidation there but not as much as I was expecting there to be.

T - Starts off with the cherrie skins and dark fruits quickly being joined by the woody oak, wet leather, toffee and caramel sweetness, wine grapes, light must and funk and some light oxidation. Finish is quite dry, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sweet feel initially goes quite dry at the end of each sip. Booze only really creeps in once it fully warms up.

O - After hearing how much this had fallen off I was expecting a lot worse so this was a pleasant surprise. Yes it was definitely showing its age but it is hardly as bad as many people make it seem. I wouldn’t age it any further if you have one, drink it before it really does go off the cliff.

bierkoning (19347) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2014
Corked bottle. Amber color. Vinous aroma with lemon lime, grapefruit and plums. New oak. Oaky vinous flavor. Lemon. Leather. Very bretty. Full bodied. Alcoholic. Amazing complexity.

Lothore (650) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4 dollars a pour tonight at toronado SF A- Pours a foggy orangey red hue with a thin head that fades fairly quickly. S- Cherries, hints of sour apple, deep dark maltiness, bready. T- Hints of berry, light fruit, strong tart/sourness on the back end. very bready. M- Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation. D- This was definitely a good brew and one to seek out. At 4 bucks a pour it seems like a steal even in a champagne flute.

tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle: thanks, Mike! Murky copper color, some slight orange hints with a khaki tinted head that fizzles away to a collar pretty quickly. Aroma has notes of cherry skins, mild vinegar, sharp acidity, lightly vinous oak, & an undercurrent of cotton & hay-like funk notes, seemingly like Brett. Taste has a quick hit of tart acidity & sweettarts up front with notes of apple skins, cherries, & vinegar. There’s a mild perfume essence to the beer, as well. The tartness quickly fades into a subtle sweetness, finishing with some oak & vinous grape-like flavors. Overall, a very nice beer, though I do not believe it lives up to the hype it has been given. Perhaps it has "fallen off" a bit? Not nearly as sour as expected.

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