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Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 6.77%
Wants: 369
Gots: 84 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.75% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale started out as six individual brews, each with their own personality, and all incorporating Brettanomyces and or micro-organisms. Once the barrel aging was complete, Russian River’s Vinnie Cilurzo and Toronado’s David Keene got together to create the final blend. To create its fine carbonation, we re fermented the Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale in this bottle. Spent yeast cells from a thin layer of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Pour slowly, allowing the natural yeast sediment to remain in the bottle.

Blend:
4% Sonambic (barrel aged for 15 months)
16% Blonde Ale (barrel aged for 8 months)
36% Strong Pale Ale (barrel aged 12 months)
28% Ale Aged with Currants (barrel aged for 8 months)
12% Strong Dark Ale (barrel aged for 12 months)
4% Baltic Porter (barrel aged for 10 months)
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Ratings: 348 | Reviews: 61
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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.94/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Mike for this one. 4oz. pour into a Cantillon flute. Reviewed from notes 1/12/13.

Pours a thin, white head with little retention. Spotty lace with little stick and thin legs. Beer is a clear, pink-bronze. Pretty average. Nice color though.

Nose is vinegar, cherry and other fresh, red fruit and hay. Pretty mild with moderate funk.

Opens with fresh cherry tartness. Cinnamon spice, mild tartness in the middle with a slight hay and woodiness towards the end. Tart red fruit finish with a cherry pit and strawberry seed tart-bitter aftertaste. Nice.

Light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Dry and prickly in the mouth and dry going down. Clean finish with a sticky, slightly lingering aftertaste. Really lively and true to the style.

It was really nice to have this side-by-side with T20 and the difference is dramatic. A real solid beer all the way around that displays a great fruit bouquet and nice funkiness. T20 in comparison is a shell of this. Worth seeking out.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

pours a slightly ruby brown, fizzy head, crisp and bubbly. great retention and lacing, which tossed my rating to a 4.5.

bright fruit, currant and sour cherry. a hint of oak and lemon.

similar to nose, lots of bright sour fruit. mainly cherry and currant. a sour candy aspect going on. through out there is that signature RR sour and yeast. malt body seems to stick out a bit. light oak.

nice light body with a near perfect bite. carbonation is spot on. slight dryness in the finish. a little more dryness and i'd nail this a 5.0. lip puckering sour, curls the lips and tongue.

a fine beer, missed out on T20 so when this dropped, I laid down trades and would do so again. great beer.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Reddish golden. Small cream head. Islands of foam on the surface.

Smell - Acetic acid, musty, and fruity. A little bit of cherry, some tart cranberry, and oak.

Taste - Better. Strong sour, less acetic in nature than the aroma. Dark fruits, some red wine. Musty, dry, and oaky.

Mouthfeel - Very sour. Less complex than I expected. Well carbonated and very clean.

Overall - It's really good, but the difficulty in obtaining it doesn't make it worth it. Standing independently, any brewery would be proud to make this beer, but standing next to some of RRs standard sour offerings, it isn't as impressive.

Photo of thagr81us
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to funkydelic for sharing this one at our Labor Day tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a deep red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, frunk, sour, chocolate, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart, sour, funk, fruit, tart cherry, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. Really never expected to try this one based on what people are asking for these in trades. Luckily one found its way to me out of dumb luck. I have to say, I can see why it is trading so well as it is nothing short of excellent. All the flavors and aromas are very inviting and almost mocked me as I knew I would likely never get to try this one again. Very well balanced with a nice acidic touch to give you just a little bit of pucker on each sip. Definitely a well done brew that I would be more than happy to try again in the future if it presents itself. Thanks again for this one Cam! Now where can I get a T20???

Photo of claaark13
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light ruby with a hint of orange, creamy white head. Oaked and light tart cherries and currants. Notes of leather.

Tart red grapes with lemons and the combined acidity. Mild sweetness and malt in the middle. Finishes with dark fruit and lemons, malt and light oak. Belgian Pale seems to carry the the rest of the flavors well.

Overall is very good. There is a noticeable Consecration-like note that seems to be the most dominating flavor of the blend. The Beatification base shows as well in the acidity, although it is such a small component of the blend.

Photo of Rutager
3.88/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bro'in down at Apex. Pours a clear copper with a thin white head. Wine and oak, slight oxidation on the nose. Lots of oak, berries, quite sour, red wine. A good beer but didn't live up to expectations. But hey, bro'in down, bro!!

Photo of nataku00
3.88/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a goblet glass. Beer pours a dark brown/maroon color, with some darker reds at the edges with a half a finger of soft soapy off white head. Light lacing as I drank from the glass, with a few bubbles clinging to the edge of the glass.

Nose is fairly mild, and being described as a lighter Consecration is fitting. There is a light red berry and currant combined with fruit vinegar acetic acid tang. Some sweeter light brown sugar and dark caramel as the beer warms.

Taking a sip, an initial small acidic bite, then mild red berry and currants sweetness. A bit of barrel comes through mid tongue, light oak tannins, woody and almost orangey, along with sweeter brown sugar. Finishes dry with some light currant sweetness and lingering red wine vinegar.

Medium body with decent carbonation, enough to engage the tongue without being overly present. Pretty easy to drink, but the flavors weren't as bold as I thought it would be given the darker ale components and barrel aging. Had a bit of the current batch of Consecration side by side with this and the flavors from that were a bit more prominent, though this beer has some nice nuances and isn't as fatiguing on the tongue.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.95/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SubpoenaDeuces for the bottle!

Pours deep copper with a small white head leaving decent retention and lacing down the glass.

Lots going on in the aroma. Lots of cherry and oak. I can definitely smell the Consecration influence coming through on this. Some other generic berry along with tartness as well.

Again Consecration comes through in the taste. Lots of dark fruit up front with some vinous quality. Drying towards the middle as the oak comes out, but finishes slightly sweet. Good level of tartness, but not really digging the finish.

Medium bodied. Good carbonation.

A nice beer, but nowhere near the level of hype. Many of us agreed we'd rather just have a Supplication over this. Still glad I got the opporitunity to try it and wish I had another bottle as it does seem to have some good aging potential.

Photo of oline73
4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a small amount of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: There is a mild tartness with a nice vinegar note. A good amount of malt sweetness underneath.

Taste: More sourness here than there was in the smell. I'm getting some tart lemon and vinegar like notes. There is just a touch of funk to compliment the sour notes. There is just enough sweetness to balance the beer out. The finish is sour.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the syrupy side of medium with mild, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

OVerall: I thought this was a very nice sour. I'm not sure it stood out among Russian River's other offerings, but I enjoyed it. It has a nice tartness to it. I'd have more in the future.

Photo of Etan
4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a light caramel color with a nice white head.

S: Brett is doing good work in the nose. Pineapple, lightly gamey, old hay, mildly sweet maltiness and a good dose of dry sourness underneath.

T: The taste follows the nose with notes of tart grapefruit and pineapple, drying oak, subtle pale malt sweetness. It's not very sour, but the acidity is diverse. I can taste lactic acid along with a small amount of acetic acid, very much in balance.

M: Between light and medium-bodied with light and creamy carbonation. Very drinkable.

O: This is a brett beer, front and foremost, and works wonderfully in that regard. I'm missing the currants and the complexity of a 6-beer blend, but it's tasty enough to make up for that.

Photo of claspada
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light beige/maroon color with a thin, tan bubbly head that recedes at a decently fast pace leaving some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with dark cherry, dark red grape skins and a touch of oak. Some light acidic acid is also present but the fruity aromas are much more in the forefront.

The tastes pop so much more than the aroma let one. Tons of sour fruit, oak and yeast complexity. Dark cherry, apple skin, vinious red grape and currant flavors mix with some light oak and the funky, earthy Brett yeast. Slight acidic pedio yeast flavors as well in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is perfectly balanced between sour, sweet and dry.

Overall this is absolutely fantastic. Reminds me as if a Vintage Rodenbach was aged on some sort of dark fruit and rebottled with more Brett. I was worried I wouldn't enjoy this as much as I should because of the pain in the @$$ is was to acquire, but it was well worth it. I dont often seek out beers these days after I sample them, but this fits that bill.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.77/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About 3 oz. from a bottle.

3.5 A: Moderately hazed dark orange color. Just a small off-white head.

4.0 S: Currants, hay, oak, lactic tanginess, and tons of lemon.

3.5 T: Tons of lemon and lactic funk. This is one of the most lemony beers I've had. Currants, oak, peach.

4.0 M: Lighter body. Good spritzy carbonation. Light and bubby.

4.0 D: It's tasty, but it's a little too close to straight up lemon juice than I'd like. I'd love to give this a try with a fresh palate, but I doubt I'll be searching for a bottle.

Photo of Anonymous1
3.66/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright vibrant golden orange thin head, minimal lacing

S - Vinegar, white grape skins, hints of peach

T - I will forever refer to this as Peche 'n' Pool Water. Heartburn inducing nail polish remover. One note vinegar/acetic flavors with sweet-tart type peach notes and finishing off very dry and tannic.

M - Medium body, appropriately carbed

O - Unfortunately T25 lacks the complexity of beers of similar rarity, and coming from RR I'd rather have Consecration, Temptation, or Beatification any day. Mildly disappointing.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Geist for sharing this one. The pour is a light maroon with a thin, bubbly tan head that doesn't stick around for too long.

The nose is dark fruits, cherry, and moderate acidity. Some Consecration character in the background, along with a touch of oak as it warms up. The flavor is a bit more fruity with some additional oak. There's a general fruitiness alongside the acidity throughout, but to me there's nothing that really stands out about this one.

Honestly, I would prefer a bottle of Consecration to this one. I think the blend ended up with something that is tasty, but not all that memorable.

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served into a Diasy Cutter glass

A: This pours a turbid brown akin to consecration but with less sheeting and legs, nice carbonation and wispy foam, very pretty.

S: There's notes of currants, funk, cherries, black cherries, and light lactic notes.

T: Wow, light consecration meets supplication is a perfect rendition of this balanced beast. This needs no time and is a juicy beast from the outset. The funk is a nice vertebrae to the affair and the dryness from the oak rounds out the finish.

M: This is dry but the fruit aspects counterbalances it well

D: This is too tart for lengthy drinking sessions but the taste is so good that you will. I can drink this more than beatification and i feel that as it warms, it offers even more complexity. highly recommended.

Photo of AgentZero
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A deep, copper colored beer with a white head that rose up about a finger and left some sticky lace on the sides. Nice reddish hue to the beer when held up to the light.

S - There is a significant amount going on in the nose of this beer. It's a meatier sour, which does remind me a bit of T20, but there is a lighter, fruitier note on the end. Some Consecration influence, oak, vinous qualities, and tartness. Quite nice.

T - A bit puckering, has a good tartness to it. You can tell a lot of thought and trial went into this blend, as the taste is quite complex. Decent acidity, a bit of dark fruit that end tart, and some appropriate barrel. It tastes like it will age interestingly, and has a nice fruity/sweet finish that brightens it up a bit.

M - Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

O - A nicely complex beer. It doesn't blow your socks off initially, but it is quite good and gets better the more you drink. I can see this aging well. Seems a bit under appreciated at the moment.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared at the Peg's tasting on 3/8/13.

A- Pours a caramel/maroonish color, thin off-white head.

S- Tart aroma of dark fruits, cherry and red wine, some oak.

T- Similar to the aroma, tart flavor, nice lactic acidity with lots of fruit and vinous flavors. Has a nice musty funkiness to it with wet oak.

M- Medium-bodied, nice carbonation with a dry finish.

O- A damn nice beer, probably one of the better sours I've had from Russian River, really tasty stuff.

Photo of portia99
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle had at the Toronado in San Diego on a recent trip poured into a stemmed glass. I painfully had a bottle of this break in transit after securing one in a trade, so was very happy to finally be able to sample this one.

A - Pours a medium amber color, a bit dirty and a touch cloudy/yeasty/hazy with a touch of red. A thin white head forms briefly and fizzes away quickly to leave a small collar around the edge of the glass.

S - Funky and earthy...barnyard, wet hay, grass. Low tartness, lemony citrus, limes, wine-like aromas with a mix of tannic red and acidic white wine aromas.

T - Quite wine-like on first impression with some cherryish fruitiness, tannins, lots of woody and bitter oak...quite sour/lactic - far more than the aroma indicated. Grapey, citrusy with lemon and lime, funky, earthy and grassy. Lightly phenolic as it warms in the glass.

M - Sour and puckering...mouth watering with every sip. Lightish to medium in body, strongly fizzy carbonation...almost soda-like in feel. Lower level funkiness, acidic and citrusy. Wine and wine barrel character.

O - Very happy to finally try this. Fairly intense sour/wild ale, lower level funk, very acidic and citrusy with welcome wine contributions. Excellent wild ale...didn't totally blow me away, but it is hard to find faults here either. Would definitely recommend seeking this out and giving it a try...I personally would love to have another bottle of this to sample again.

Photo of FosterJM
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1651st Review on BA
Bottle to RR -ation glass
750 ML C/C

2012 Release
Thanks to my branch manager Jim Smith for this one

Split with GuruDel

App- This was a very nice glowing orange. A nice bit of a couple colors in the glass. A darker top with a light highlighted middle and the bottom was a bit of a yellow. The head was a bit small but quite fluffy. For a sour cant really complain. A nice bit of cling as this feel.

Smell- This like more barrel aged sours had a lot going on in the nose. For the most part retained a bit of the wine like characters that I associate with RR. A good bit of the currants came out and a bit of the malty thick and smoky porter notes were there. A little bit sweet and a bit grassy with the pale ale.

Taste- This is was a big sour. The ABV is well put in this one with all the barrels. The flavors really balance itself out and contribute a very unique beer. The porter adds a thick malt flavor and then all the pales really add a grassy flavor to it. The sour adds a bit of a funk/dryness to it as well.

Mouth- This was a very full medium bodied sour. The carbonation was a bit full as well. The residual flavors are of the currants and a thicker malt flavor. The pales add a nice grassy flavor to it as well.

Drink- A good sour. Kinda hard to get, but well worth it. Wish I would have a second to horde like a glutton and pop in 5 years with T30. Oh well.

Photo of champ103
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Dajtai007 for hooking me up with this.

A: Pours a murky reddish/orange color. Plenty of suspended yeast. A two finger white head forms, and recedes in a second to a ring. Some sticky lace is left.
S: Tart acidic cherries, vanilla, and light oak aromas. The sharp acidic quality is cut by a great bready/biscuit/cracker aroma. Love the nose, and it lingers on forever.
T: Tart and acidic up front as one would expect. The sharp acidic bite lasts throughout, but never becomes overbarring. Tart cherries and plums. Vanilla and oak flavors intermingle. Again, love it.
M/D: A medium body and very crisp carbonation. The effervescence tingles on the tongue, and a nice puckering going on. A great beer to sip on. The bottle is all mine, and I will savor it.

The acidic and tart punch asserts itself, and makes its presence know. Though that is never out of wack or unbalanced with anything else. A great blend.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 8.18.12.

A - Pours a dark fizzy brown with a one inch cream-colored bubbly head with good retention.

S - Tart barnyard, earthy. There is lots going on here. More layers keep coming as I smell.

T - Tart up front, then the barnyard funk, then some wine barrel, then a dry sweet finish.

D - Great carbonation with a medium body.

O - A nice RR brew. Different then their other stuff, but still very nice.

Photo of brystmar
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Mike!

Ruby red grapefruit hues in the body scare off the white head. Freshly blended fruit aroma gets a shot in the arm from tart brett and Belgian yeast. Smells really nice.

As others have mentioned, this tastes like Consecration & Supplication spent a messy night together. The best qualities of each shine through with a freshly fruity tang. Should age nicely in the near term, but honestly this is drinking great right now.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks, Chris.


Pouring a clear mahogany red with a thin but lingering off- white head with excellent retention and modest lacing, this beer looks pretty good. The nose is brightly fruity and sour with Red wine, grape skins, currants, as well as a little balsamic vinegar. There's a touch of a light fruity brightness that really brings to mind Temptation. Oak character is reserved. While reminiscent of Consecration, it doesn't have the deeper leathery and earthy notes. A touch of lime is present as well. The funky notes are a blend of barnyard, hay and maybe some pot pourri?


The palate opens bright and citrusy with lime and a modest lactic acid bite. Acetic character is minimal on the palate. Quite a bit of fruit is present, with cherries, currants , white grapes ( closer to verjus, really) red grapes and even some plums. The sourness is intense, probably more than it needs to be, but it is tastefully done in that it does complement the fruit notes, as well as the moderate sweetness, one that again brings to mind fruit, in an enjoyable way. The sweetness is a blend of cocoa and buckwheat honey, very enjoyable. Oak character is minimal , though the sourness does sensitize the palate to the mild level of tannins present. The sourness does whelm the funk notes that are present on the nose, which is unfortunate. The finish is long, juicy and moderately vinous, with a strong lactic sourness. Ultimately, this is an excellent addition to the Russian River pantheon of sours, really bringing to mind a blend of Consecration and Temptation with the unexpected sweetness that's at a modest level really working.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes taken from a bottleshare at the Phoenix Sun in NYC. Thanks kindly to Mike for sharing.

a - looks like an amber ale a bit.
s - nice brett like smell. some sour and funky currants.
t - tastes like supplication in a wine barrel. some funk, but not as much as the nose suggests. tastes better than it smells. good one.
m - fairly smooth, good carbonation. not fruity or too sour.
o - pretty good. doesn't blow my mind. tastes like a russian river sour. solidly made but nothing light years ahead of RR's regular lineup.

Photo of scottfrie
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewey on release day. Damn you TurdFurgison.

A: Cloudy deep current/iced tea color with a soft film of head. Great sheets of lacing left down the glass, great film retention.
S: Smells a bit like Consecration with a bit more fruit diversity. Tart smelling with good dry oak barrel quality. Stone fruits, maybe peach, and lots of dark fruits come through.
T: Definitely stone fruits mixed with dark fruits. I get a touch of lemon, currents, oak, acid, and a faint hint of acetone. The finish is fruity and dry.
M: Drying yet smooth mouthfeel. Tartness is clean, refreshing, and mild. Extremely drinkable. The tartness is acidicly citrus.
O: A very sold sour beer. It's no better than RR's year round sours but it's no worse, just different. I'd definitely buy this along with the other regular 375ml sours if this was available year-round.

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Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.