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Toronado 20th Anniversary Ale - Russian River Brewing Company

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Toronado 20th Anniversary AleToronado 20th Anniversary Ale

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151 Ratings

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 475
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:
Beer added by: MiScusi on 08-10-2007

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)
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.52/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle in snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a deep iced tea amber with a pretty substantial light-tan head that faded into a good long-lasting collar.
S: Still a pretty sweet nose, lightly funky but overall very mellow. Picking up some fruit.
T: Apple and cranberry juice dominate with some sour grapefruit in the finish. Muted tasting overall, not bad, just old. Light sourness, green fruit tartness, with hints of apricots and other stone fruits.
M: Very frothy carbonation but a bit of a watery mouthfeel and thin body.
O: Old yes, muted yes, but still a delicious beer. I’d drink this again, but it’s definitely past its prime.

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to get to try this one at the DC Lost Abbey Tasting. Poured into a 5.5 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a very thin ring of off white carbonation.

Smell: Like a flanders red or an oude bruin. Vinegar and tart berries with a touch of sweetness.

Taste: Quite tart with red berry sourness and some oaky wine notes. There is a sweetness from the malt along with a mild vinegar note. There is a funk in the finish and it gets more sour as you progress through the sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very aggressive tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very complex sour. It seems to have held up well, but I've never had it before. Consensus was this one reminded us of consecration.

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4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Chris for sharing this one. Kicking off this ridiculous sour tasting with a bang!

Pours a hazy reddish brown with a thin white head. Smells like a fruitier version of an oud bruin with hints of vinegar, oak and red wine. Smells rather sour - a lot like Consecration. Oak and red wine are very prominent in the flavor as well as dark dried fruit (dates maybe?). It's sour and quite tasty, but not mindblowingly unbelievable - the oak really stands out in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this beer is actually more similar to Consecration than I expected - big red wine notes and oak are most prominent. It's damn good, but when I consider what it takes to get one, you might be better off just having a Consecration and saving some cash.

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4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Kickin' DC Lost Abbey tasting...with Russian River. Courtesy of Chris D. Thanks man! Served in a mini snifter.

A - Murky brown color with nice carbonation still. Recedes to the side of the glass.

S - Tart lemons, super funky. Lots of lactic presence as well.

T - Way more darker fruit presence up front. Lighter tartness then I would have imagined. Really smooth drinking with a good amount of sour aftertaste. Reminds me a bit of the 2006 Bon Chien I just had, oddly enough.

M - Super light and earthy for such a high alcohol sour. Slight fizzyness and effervescense.

O - Such a great beer. Has held up and is above average even for Russian River. The bar was so high and this one delivered.

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Toronado 20th Anniversary Ale from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.