Russian River Toronado 20th Anniversary

Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (3687) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Shared by ygtbsm94. One of my most highly coveted wants. I cant thank you enough Brad! Served in my Cantillon gueuze tumbler - I cant believe I dont have a Russian River glass... The beer appears a light amber hue, appearing mostly clear. The head is approx. 1/2" and fades to a thin collar within a few moments, leaving a generous amount of lacing in its wake. The aroma is wonderfully complex, offering red wine, white wine, oak, tart fruits, acidity, dark fruits, The flavor is equally as complex. A heavy and biting acidity confronts the palate immediately. I find this to be more sour than tart. Very tannic, with prominent wine and barrel flavors. Dark fruits soaked in alcohol add warmth in the finish. Overall, I am so grateful to have tried this. An interesting and intriguing beer. It wasnt among my favorites of the night, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-27-2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
deyholla (11016) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle shared by Ari, thanks! Pours a hazy deep amber with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of sour red fruit with musty funk and a hint of acid. Flavor is similar with musty funk and sour red fruit that grows in acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (6314) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 10, 2012
750 ml bottle at home. It pours a bright reddish amber color with a huge, fluffy orangy head. The aroma is tart fruity with grapes, currants, plums, hints of wood and vinegar. I had this next to a 25th, and this is not as tart on the nose with more heavy red fruit. The flavor has lots of wood with a sweeter malt background and a rough, bitter acidity in the finish. Oxidation is evident here, not surprising. It starts nice enough with a good balance of sweeter and tart fruit, but the finish is a bit off and unpleasant. I imagine this was better a few years ago.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - AUG 8, 2012
From 3L bottle at 25th anniversary dinner. Aroma of sour, dark fruit and oak. Flavor was much of the same with a bright take on the oak. The 25th was much smoother. They really had similar qualities though. The 20th may not have been as sour, but much brighter (possibly more acidic is the correct verbage). Anyway, great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (7656) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle sampled at Muckfest III. Pours a semi-hazy copper color with a medium tan head. Sour wine and fruit nose with notes of malt, caramel and oak. Malty and caramelly flavor with lots of oak before a sour and peppery finish. While very nice, it seems a bit muted. I would have loved to have tried this one fresh!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madvike (3230) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Bottle at Muckfest III - Pours clear brown with a thin tan head. Nose is light citrus, muddled maltiness, and not much else. I let this warm up, but the nose wasnt pungent at all. Not off-putting--I just couldnt get much aroma out of it. Taste was light funky, bready malt, light tartness, and a bit of citrus rind. Finishes with more bitter citrus. Real carbonated and fluffy in the mouth. Disappointed in this one, but I guess its got some real age on it so I shouldnt have been surprised. I bet this was real vibrant in its day, but now it just seems limp and uninspired.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jredmond (8049) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2012
Bottle on vacation shared with Linh and billy. Pours a deep amber with fine carbonated white lacig that lasts throughout. Aroma is sour cherry, Belgian yeast, oak and Brett. Mouthfeel is active and well carbonated with notes of cherries, sour fruit, oak, light funk, light cheese, Brett, Belgian yeast, light bitter hop. A great sour overall, but not worth the current price tag.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (7132) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Bottle shared at MuckFest 3 - Saturday Edition. Epic share. Rating #3400. Pours a richer deep brownish orange hue, firm haziness and frothy tannish head dies from a firm layer with thicker tannish ring, mellow lacing overall. Aromas are sour fruits, melon and touches of citrus mix with some gentle caramelized malts, touches of sticky dough, lactic yogurt, red fruit, berry, and funky dusty brett, cobwebs. Gentle oak picks up as it warms a bit more. A distinct tropical fruit moving quickly into firm grapefruit, kiss of fuzzy peach, vibrant white wine element. Kiss of red wine tannin, juicy fruit, grapeskins. Cobwebs, touches of really nice fruit even with this age. Touch of cherry. Initial is a bit tense up front, sharpness and tartness, touch metallic with gentle sour fruits, citrus and lemons, touches of wine tannins, a touch of sharpness, bretty funk, gentle soft cheese and some sour cherry kisses. Touches of sourness, deeper wine tannins and oak come through more further into the experience. Some melon, grapeskins, and touches of richer fruit. Touches of sweeter malts peek in towards the backend, carmelized, a touch doughy with a crisp dry and bretty finish, firm lingering lactic sourness, richer red wine tannins. Still loved the nose, flavors are still on but arent as vibrant as youd expect (5 years later.. To be expected). I prefer Deviation, but this beer is quite nice. Aromatic, good barrel presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (7844) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Sour tasting with a bunch of friends. Dudes, it gets better. Poured a cloudy orange-amber color with a small off-white head that quickly dissipated.

Aroma is very subtle, contains a touch of sour notes, with a mild, aged malt note.

Flavor has touch of tart notes - perhaps a touch of apple cider, raspberries, with a touch of sweetness. There were some oak notes with a touch of vanilla in the finish.

Perhaps would have been slightly better a few years ago - but well worth checking out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dunt (316) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Brought this to Epic Tres. Pours a murky, dull brown in color with about a half fingers worth of off-white/light yellow colored head. Nose is pretty tannic, with a fair amount of maltiness from the Belgian base beers. There is also a touch of woodiness to it as well. Taste is heavy on the red wine character, especially on the black cherry, blackberry, and currant front. It is pretty dry. Light mouthfeel, light carbonation, very little acidity, and dry. Decent beer, was hoping it would be a lot better. Im beginning to think dark sours arent really my thing. Wish more of the sonambic wouldve come through.

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