Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale - Russian River Brewing Company
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3.18/5 rDev -28.2%
Had on tap at the T25 anniversary party. Admittedly not the best circumstances -- it was loud, a bit crazy, and I was wearing a wig. But before I got drunk, I had the chance to sample this, think it over, and give it a score.
A: This is well-carbonated off the tap; I ordered a Cable Car Kriek at the same time and the latter arrived almost flat (lol), but T25 held its carbonation for a good 20 minutes. Hazy maroon body capped with off-white foam.
S: The baby Consecration is evident in the aroma; it contributes a dominant currant tartness and currant skin tannins. The aroma hints at clean, lactic sourness. Lemon, oak, and a touch of acetone are noted.
T: As the nose suggested, the baby Consecration component is the most dominant. There is a dark fruit presence with mild roast that suggested that a stout went into this; I later found out it was a baltic porter. Lemon juice, oak, and currant skins bring the beer out to a dry close. Unfortunately, it's a bit simple in flavor, which becomes more evident next to beers like Cable Car and especially against true blended gueuze later on (when someone opened an Armand 4' Lente). There are no flaws, but there are no standouts, either; it's a satisfactory wild ale.
M: Good mouthfeel; the carbonation works with the dry body and tart, puckering flavor to create a very drinkable beer. The acetone touch in the finish is off-putting, but I imagine that will vanish with time.
O: I'm a big Russian River fan, but I've felt that their sours (especially Consecration) have started to go downhill, and I'm disappointed to say that the trend holds here. This probably would have been better back when there were fewer wild ales to choose from, but RR's own lineup bests this one. It's also not very impressive considering the bottle price point ($30).
08-12-2012 02:57:05 | More by Arbitrator
3.7/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
07-29-2013 18:15:05 | More by Anonymous1
3.75/5 rDev -15.3%
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.
08-22-2012 18:44:22 | More by DavoleBomb
3.75/5 rDev -15.3%
Opened at TN whales tasting 3/16/2013. Thanks to CurtisMcArthur for sharing.
Pours a reddish amber color, decent head. Not a standout appearance but looks nice.
Smells pretty tart, bit of ketchup, some brett, maybe some cardboard.
Taste is nice and sour, some ambiguous vinous fruit, but I get a bit of woody cardboard--could this be a little oxidized already or is it just confused from the blend? Tastes good, great sourness, but the flavor is unfocused and hard to describe in detail.
Nice fizzy mouthfeel, pretty drinkable despite the acidity.
03-18-2013 16:48:14 | More by AlexFields
3.9/5 rDev -12%
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.
08-12-2012 22:55:07 | More by nataku00
3.9/5 rDev -12%
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.
10-01-2012 13:16:34 | More by jmarsh123
3.96/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
01-13-2013 16:39:40 | More by SpeedwayJim
Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale from Russian River Brewing Company
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