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Toronado 20th Anniversary Ale - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 477
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.43% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Toronado 20th Anniversary Ale is a blend of five different beers:

Belgian style Quadruple aged in Firestone Walker (used) Double Barrel Ale barrels
Belgian style Strong Dark Ale – batch A in red wine barrels
Belgian style Strong Dark Ale – batch B in red wine barrels
Belgian style Pale Ale aged in wine barrels with Brett
Sonambic 100% spontaneously fermented ale – (Used to add acidity to the beer)

(Beer added by: MiScusi on 08-10-2007)
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Russian River Toronado 20th Anniversary Ale

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

This is a treat for me for my 800th Review. I’ve had this beer before and it was amazing.

A nice loud pop starts things off with the cork flying off the bottle and hitting the ceiling. The head starts to rise in the bottle so I quickly pour into the tulip glass. The beer pours a gorgeous hazy dark copper color with some nice amber edges and some murky muddy-ness to it. A nice off white fluffy head forms and leaves some gorgeous sticky lacing. The bubbles are not quite that dense its nice and foamy. The head retention is great and the foam sticks around the sides of the glasses as it goes down. (5.0)

Aroma starts off with some leather notes and some nice woody oak. Slight sour apple notes are very present mixed in with some slight fruit sweetness. There are some nice delicious vinous and some nice cherry notes. Aroma is near perfection. Nice vinegar mixed in with the cherry notes and apple. This is perfection in the nose. It’s not too intense in acidity but just enough to merit a couple of sniffs. (5.0)

Flavors are perfection. There is some smooth tartness with some slight vinegar, vinous character and some intense cherry sweetness and tartness. Perfection. I can’t stress this enough. There is a nice funky finish to the beer mixed in with the oaky woodnotes. There is some leather in the taste that is balanced out with some of the intense cherry notes. Some nice slightly sweet apple notes and some mild sour apple as wel. The mouthfeel is fluffy and delicious with nice crispness and a nice dry finish. There is some slight hop notes almost citrusy on the back end. This is the most balanced sour beer I’ve ever had. Perfect combination of tart and fruit and woody notes. As this brew warms the cherry and woodnotes really begin to shine. The ABV in the beer is hardly noticeable. It adds some slight heat to it that melds very well with the tartness. This brew is glorious. Best sour I’ve ever had. (5.0)(5.0)

This brew is perfection in a glass for me. I’m lucky to have had two of these. This brew is delicious. Balanced and well crafted. Cherry notes that are tart and sweet at the same time with some nice wood notes and slight funk. Nice apple notes mixed in with some leathery hints and awesome oak. Some nice vinegar notes and sour fruit notes. Awesome and PERFECT. (5.0)

JoEBoBpr, Feb 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml, corked and caged bottle acquired in a trade a few months ago with georgiabeer, thank you so much for giving me a chance to try such a rare beer

Had to drink something special tonight to celebrate a new position I got today, this was the most special beer I had left in my closet, will probably never get to drink one of these again

Also, tonight was the season finale of my favorite television show, Heroes, had to drink something great while watching that since I will be deprived of the show until sometime in 2008

I have never been to Toronado but I have been wanting to go for over a year now, maybe I will visit my friend in San Francisco soon, still wanted to try this beer really bad since Russian River is one of my favorite breweries

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass with a light reddish brown color, when held up to the light, it looked as if it were light orange with a red tint, the head was about a half inch and was creamy, did not settle for a few minutes, also left some sticky lacing on the glass during the two plus hours I drank it

Smell was full of Brettanomyces, lots of tartness and sour features in the aroma, lots of different fruits, smelled like mostly dark ones but predominantly cherries, also got hints of grapferuit and sour apple

Taste was simply amazing, I do not know what the five blends of beer consisted of to make this but I think Supplication and Temptation made up the majority, lots of sour cherries right off thebat that turns into a nice berry sweetness in the finish, can literally taste the oak from the barrels that this had been aging in, I can only imagine how good this tasted on tap at the pub the night of their 20th Anniversary, as it warmed the fruit flavor became more complex and I started to taste tangerine and a tarty orange flavor, by the end it tasted like sour candy and was extremely smooth, a somewhat vinegar texture at some points but nothing like other sours I have had in the past, all the other Russian Rivers will probably be a letdown after this one, overall lots and lots of dark cherries

This had tons of carbonation and that would usually be a bad thing but that is not the case with this sour ale, allowed me to fully take in the aroma, it had a nice sparkling wine representation but much better, the body was full for this type of beer as well

Could drink this for twelve hours straight, so smooth and goes down too easy, the alcohol percentage is very high but hidden well, easier to drink than a soda in a sense, not filling at all and relatively mellow for how big of a beer it is

Supplication was probably my second or third favorite beer ever and this one topped it, even though I think its base was that actually, the extra oak taste really set this one off

I have seen this beer going for tons of money in online auctions recently and I am helpful I did not have to trade too much to get the opportunity to try it, this was actually my first trade while being a member of this site

This beer is right up there with Pliny the Elder from the same brewer as the best beer I have ever had, its complexity blew me away, as soon as I got my first smell when I popped the cork I knew it was a real winner, its taste kept lingering for up to five minutes at some point, one of the best aftertastes I am sure I will ever have, looking forward to when Lost Abbey do something similar to this when they blend five or six different wild ales in the upcoming months, at least that is what I saw and heard the last time I was their brewery, this was my first real blending of beers but I cannot really see anything outdoing this, Supplication probably would not even stand a chance if drank side by side with this one, Toronado is an amazing beer that will never be brewed again sadly, I cannot recommend it enough even if it means forking over some dough, truly a masterpeice, Russian River has even outdone themselves this time around

Floydster, Dec 04, 2007
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5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Draught at toronado, served in a wine glass. Dark red to moderate brown with a smal off white tan head of foam that is easily revived if the glass is swirled. Aromas of oak, sour cherry,a nd wild ale aromas. Very barnyard very sour, very fruity. Like carbonated merlot in the mouth with an astringent sourness on the swallow and in the back of the throat. Smooth and drinks like a six percent beer. Pretty much a flawless blend. This is just as good if not better in the bottle as well.

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4.97/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

ggaughan, Feb 24, 2008
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4.97/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed in August 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.

PhunkLover, Sep 26, 2011
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4.97/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought this bottle at Toronado just after their anniversary party. The arrival of spring seemed a good enough reason to break it out. Pours slightly hazy, but with a head that just won't fade and leaves some nice lacing as well. The beer itself is a reddish orange, and a bit on the dark side. As soon as I opened the bottle, my kitchen was perfumed with the scent of this beer. Wonderful scents of bright fruit, brett sour funkiness, vanilla, cherry, apricot, and minerals. The taste, if anything, is even more complex and delicious. Sour brett flavors and fruit up front, followed by a creamy minerality, sharp citrus and apricot flavors, then cherry and vanilla and cream on the finish as well as a woodiness from the oak. Utterly delicious. Mouthfeel is also great- very creamy, but some minerality and quasi-firm tannins from the oak add interest. Unbelievably drinkable. I can't believe that this is roughly 10.5% abv. Truly an exceptional beer. I bought two bottles and should have bought more. This beer is yet another confirmation of why Russian River is my favorite brewery in the country.

Georgiabeer, Apr 03, 2008
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4.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this had Toronado's Russian River night on 2/10. This one is about as perfect a sour as I've ever had.

A: Beautiful brownish red with a nice thin white head.

S: Amazing. Clean sour aromas, no sweaty socks here. A little aged lambic style aromas too. Dark fruits also very prominent, including cherries and currants. I could sniff this stuff all night...

T/M: And drink it all night too. This is an awesome beer. Extremely well-balanced, with sour fruit and nice acidity. I'm really impressed by how clean the flavors are here.

D: Unbelievably drinkable. I can't tell where the alcohol is. The $50 price tag was exorbitant, but I'm selfishly happy that they didn't allow bottles out the door as it gave me the opportunity to try it.

abfraser, Feb 11, 2009
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4.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

At the RR pub.. At $20 a bottle it is a bit more than most beers, but the same as an nice wine, which is what this is almost like.

Just like all RR beers, I have to at least try it, and it was worth it. I don't know the blend and the bar tender didn't either, but I would love to know.

The bottle says about 10.5% ABV

After a 2nd and 3rd taste, I edited my review. Everyone must try at least once...

calir1, Aug 12, 2007
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4.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

my first review might as well be this

originally written as a penthouse forum letter to supermanjace

i never thought it would happen to me but

i bought the first bottle at rr tion night straight from dave and after the pour it foamed out of the bottletop for about twenty minutes (i remedied this by pouring a taste in quite a few glasses to share the wealth)

extremely dark and dry, tart but none of those pesky medicinal cherry flavours, instead it had lots of oak, red wine tannins, brown sugar and cola with light funk

a picture was taken of me as i prepared to take a second sip:

the bottle is behind my right arm

i savored it for a few hours, no alcohol to be found

i think heavily blended american wilds are my favorite, and toro 20th was right up there with deviation and isabelle

Bankhead, Mar 07, 2009
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4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at O'Brien's Pub 14th Anniversary Barrel-Aged beer night 1/15.
A- Pours a red orange hue, thin off-white head dissipates, moderate lacing
S- Tart fruits, hints of cherries, wild yeast, grass/earth tones, a range of other fruits and wood
T- Initial taste is full of sour and tart fruits, followed by grass, oak, and wild yeast funk, finishes dry and sour
M- Medium-bodied, smooth watery texture, high carbonation
D- This is a very tart wild ale with great balance and flavor, easily my favorite BA beer of the night, I could drink this all night long and would love to get some more in trade. . .

Stoneman78, Jan 26, 2008
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4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy rust color with a huge ecru head that stuck exceptionally well while leaving sheets and clumps of lace

Smell: The vanilla from the oak jumps right out at you, with all kinds of complexities underneath, led by the Brett horse blanket, sour cherry, green apple, overripe banana and hints of fig and golden raisins

Taste: At the outset, the beer betrays a hint of the sour melange to follow, with initial fruit flavors of apricot, pear, nectarine and green apple on the front end; by mid-palate, the sour cherry and horse blanket sour flavors have taken over, but underneath, if you really look for it, is a sweet, caramel spice cake element along with the vanilla and oak flavors; after the swallow, the flavors harmonize incredibly well, but the sour and apricot elements persist well after everything else has faded

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, exceptionally creamy, with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: A masterpiece for those who like sour beers with lots of complexity; sets a standard for other beers of this genre to be measured against

brentk56, Sep 06, 2008
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4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First beer of the day to kick of the Pittsburgh Tasting of the Ages. As we got the mash tun started, we figured we would start the tasting off with something big. I've held onto this beer for almost two years from when I received it from a kind Cali BA and was waiting for a big tasting to break it out. Split between four tasters and into tulip style glasses.

A: Pours a magnificent brick red with some mahogany hues and a very nice spritzy body. The carbonation was so sutle as it trickled up the glass to keep the eggshell white head from lasting the entire glass. The head was particularly remarkable for a 10.43% wild ale. It was thick, creamy, and lasted pretty much the entire time.

S: Some awesome lemon rinds, dry red wine, red and white grapes, chocolate, and alcohol esters. The alcoho. esters show through first, but they are not unwelcomed at all. They blend nicely and are not overpowering when compared to the lemon, wine, raisins, figs, cherry, and slight oak tannins.

T: Very similar to the smell, there is a lot of sour lemon rinds, dry red wine and white grapes, raisins, some chocolate and oak tannins. Really reminds me of a nice Geueze in some ways with the amount of funk and perfection this has.

M/D: For a 10.43% beer, this is very nice and creamy yet has the usual dry, crisp wild mouthfeel.

Undeniably one of the best sours I have ever had. Second best American sour behind Deviation.

treyrab, Oct 03, 2010
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4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a bottle of this at Toronado is SD.

Poured into 2 philosophers glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of off white head. Great retention with splattered lace. Color is a clear ruby hued caramel.

Aroma: Sour cherries, oak, barnyard funk, some leather. A dark sour. Very fine and mouthwatering. Nice and funky.

Taste: Sour cherries and oak right off the top. Nice aging done to this beer. A lot of funky bugs here. I am so impressed with this beer. Slight leather and vinegar flavor, but I really everything I could ask for in a sour. Reminds me a lot of consecration.

Mouthfeel: Sour, tart, and refreshingly smooth. MEdium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean which is nice for a sour. Pretty much perfect.

Overall, one of the best sours I have had. It reminded me a lot of consecration, but better. Simply stunning. I could have easily drank the entire bottle by myself. I highly recommend this one.

mothman, Jan 30, 2010
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4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz bottle shared by the very generous man that is Chris. Day one of our epic tasting.

A: Crystal clear ruddy brown with crimson highlights. Tan head with exceptional retention and lacework.

S: Oaky and tannic with cherry, currants, cabernet sauvignon barrels (well- expressed). Similar to Consecration but with more oak. Sour but mildly so, mild acidity, mild fruity sweetness. Exceptional

T: Opens up mildly sour with a bit of acidity. Very clean funk with no barnyard/sweaty socks - just clean, sour and acidic. Fruity with sour cherries, currants, red wine character. Some leather. Mild sweetness before an oaky, tannic finish, more so than Consecration. Mildly warming as it goes down

M: Light in body with great carbonation and a great, drying, tannic finish. Probably as tannic as I can handle while thoroughly enjoying myself but hot damn, this is awesome stuff

D: Incredibly drinkable, I could not bring myself to finish this.

**Edit 01 July 2012**
I never thought I'd revisit this. Thanks, Chris D.

The nose is surprisingly Consecration like. Fruity, vinous, sharp and mildly acetic, this bottle seems to have held up well. A touch of oxidation and some alcohol are also noticeable. The palate is simpler, with a tart vinous character, along the lines of a Bon Chien (06 or 07 vintage). Sourness is mostly lactic with a touch of lemony pith bitterness, a rather simple profile IMO. Fruity, vinous and surprisingly potent. Leathery tannins are noticeable. Well-structured, but a little out of balance, particularly with the sourness that's a little too sharp for my liking.

DefenCorps, Jan 02, 2009
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4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #1200. Massive thanks to a generous BA for sharing this gem, side-by-side with Cable Car.

Pours a deep, clear reddish amber with a huge off-white head that shows excellent retention and lacing. Gorgeous looking beer.

Aroma is massive - tart, sweet and funky all in one. It got plenty of the barnyard funk and red wine vinegar but it's much deeper and sweeter than the Cable Car, with some brown sugar and sweeter malts behind the funk. On top of all this is a dry spicy oak character. Stunning nose.

Taste has an initial dark fruit sweetness with a subtle funkiness, maybe some dark cherries in there. There is also a bit of candi sugar in the background. Chocolate covered cherries even. Finish is funky but with some oaky tannins underneath. So, so good.

The mouthfeel is fairly full bodied with lots of carbonation and somewhere between Belgian dark and American wild.

Spectacular beer, the clear winner for me over Cable Car and Deviation. It might not be a fair comparison as this is a slightly different beer, and bigger, but it is one of the best beers I've ever tasted.

gford217, Dec 31, 2009
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4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft, Toronado. Second beer at Toronado -tion night. They were out of little glasses when I was served this beer, so, happily, I got most of a 16 oz shaker glassful of this wonderful beer for $4 (Toronado is awesome). This is a strong sour with a wonderful flavor, one of my favorites so far. There's a strong oak flavor, enjoyable and drying. The aroma is fruity and sour, raisins, peaches, vinegar, funk, the works. The flavor has a calm alcohol burn, perhaps once too hot but now just right. The notes are even punchier on the tongue. There's a significant amount of fruity malt flavor. The tartness is upfront and relatively bracing. There's some good funk floating around. It's a great, big sour with a ton of flavor.

popery, Feb 10, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My only bottle of this, drank with the girlfriend at midnight of our one year anniversary. No better time to finally open this one. Poured into my Russian River glass.

Beautiful dark golden color, ruby highlights. Positively glows in the light under the proper angle. A small off-white head forms and persists for a couple minutes, but eventually dissipates. Outstanding clarity. This is a great looking beer.

Sweet cherries, oak, brett, a bit of barnyard, and a touch of vanilla in the nose. Nice.

The taste is much like the smell, only amplified. This beer explodes on the palate. A blast of sweet and sour cherries, vanilla, oak, other dried fruit (prunes?). Though sour, not nearly as sour as other Russian River beers I've had (i.e., Beatification). This beer actually has a sweetness mid-palate. I usually like my wild ales to be bracingly sour; this beer is not quite there, and yet I'm not disappointed in the least.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Slick, medium-bodied, with a lingering sticky finish.

Drinkability is just too much. This is way, way too easy to drink. My glass is almost gone and it's been way too quick. Over 10% abv? Ha, I almost cannot believe that.

This beer is awesome. It's exceptionally well done. Perhaps the only Russian River sour I've enjoyed more was a batch 3 Temptation. Consecration reminds me of this beer, but only when it's at its best. Highly recommended, if you can possibly get your hands on it.

davod23, Aug 23, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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Toronado 20th Anniversary Ale from Russian River Brewing Company
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