Russian River Toronado 20th Anniversary

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RATINGS: 238   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zug4abby (288) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Very tart with a beautiful golden color. No head retention at all. Aroma has vinnie/ russian river written all over it! Flavor is tart and smooth with slight horseblanket notes. Just want the doctor ordered for toronado’s 20th! Thanks to mikkel and henrik for the beer (bottle at toronado)!

davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 13, 2016
Sipping beer. Peach, apple aromas; also nuts, and bread. Very long flavours.

jtclockwork (17343) - , 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 (9088) - 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 (1022) - 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 (13729) - 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 (647) - 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.

kbutler1 (1382) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours a cloudy amber orange color with a light white head. Grape, oak, fruit, a little orange rind, and some floral notes. Medium mouthfeel. Nice carbonation. Tart but not overly sour, orange fruit, oak with some bitterness. The Brett comes out nicely. All in all this ones together nicely! Really doesn’t taste exactly like consecration at all but a completely different beast. Nice depth.

tkrjukoff (4334) - SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small off white head. Aroma is sour fruity appricots acidy. Flavor sour fruity appricots astringent funky good balance, maybe a bit flat. Nice pungent acidy and fruity finish.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2013
In short: A monster farmhouse, vinous and tannic copper ale of great complexity.

How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed with some age on it (around 5 years I guess). Bottle sent to me by Bobby91w, thanks a lot Bobby

The look: Cloudy copper body topped by a large beige head medium retention.

In long: Nose is intensely farmhouse, horse blanket, old barrels, stinky feet and all... Body is full and with a very lively carbonation. Taste has sour fruits, plenty of oak, strong vinous character, a whole lot of tannins, lactic acid, milky notes, grape skin, cookies, caramel, some cheesy notes. Medium sourness level and very astringent. Strong barrel presence to say the least. Finish is very dry with a sawdust-woody sensation. This is the type of beer you need to drink with a pint of water on the side, very mouth drying. Alcohol is a no-show in this 10%+ brew, I drank a full 750ml way too easily. A bit of cardboard but overall not a lot of oxidation despite the age, but with a beer this age each bottle will be different depending on how it was stored. My trader assured me the bottle was kept in cellar condition so my bottle was probably as good as it gets for this particular beer. I could feel the beer is past its prime yet I thought it was excellent, this beer must have been mind blowing a few years ago. Any bottles left should be consumed asap, I don’t want to sound too alarming but beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep.

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