Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale - Russian River Brewing Company

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Toronado 25th Anniversary AleToronado 25th Anniversary Ale

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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 6.77%
Wants: 365
Gots: 85 | FT: 11
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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Photo of Arbitrator
3.2/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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).

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 AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

7.5/10

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 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 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 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 birchstick
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a rustic orange without much of a head on it

S - nose consists of vinous oak bubblegum. Not exactly what I was expecting, but it smells good.

T - starts off super sour and locks up the jaw (can't say many sours I have tried have actually done this to me). Some noir wine flavors mixed in with sour lemon citrus flavors are up next. Ends with funk, straw, sour notes, and a little fruity. Very nice!

M - full and well carbonated

D - nice American wild ale here. Beautiful blend of a beer here...the most sour American wild I have tried to date...

Photo of corby112
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy, dark amber color with ruby red edges and a one finger frothy  white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lace left behind.

Earthy aroma with lots of oak and musty barnyard funk.  Subtle acetic character with prominent barrel notes and similar qualities of an oude brune.  Slight sulfuric presence with cheesy funk, berries and other vinous dark fruit notes.  Really musty with lots of barrel, barnyard and funky bugs.  A bit too much acetic vinegar but it doesn't overpower the other notes.

Tart and puckering with strong sourness that isn't overly harsh or acidic.  That sulfuric elements comes through but not as strong as in nose. Strong barrel preence with lots of dry oak which is nicely complimented by musty brett notes. Lactic presence in the finish adding more funk.  Berries, currant and other vinous dark fruit also come through in the finish.  Sour, dry and funky but not harsh.  Acetic element isn't as prominent as expected.  Could use some more sweetness but it's still a really solid wild ale.

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 litheum94
4.09/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Russian River.

Bright, copper body. Scant brown tinged head. Good retention and nice lacing.

Acetic smelling, with vinegar aromas and some lemon sourness. Oak and grass. Green apples.

Big tartness, green apple at first, then tending towards a lemon tartness. Some cut grass in the back ground. Berry fruit flavors, with a hint of caramel. Dry, with lively carbonation.

A very nice sour. Not the best example from Russian River, but a very good one. I really like the bold tartness. Love to see how this ages.

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 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 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.

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

On tap at the Toronado anniversary party. Pours a dark amber with a small white head that has decent retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is quite fruity with raisin, grape, quite a bit of oak, a hint of apple, and some mustiness. The initial taste has a light sweetness with raisin and a bunch of oak and a decent tartness. There is also some grape and mustiness. The finish is dry and funky. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Quite enjoyable. It certainly reminded me a bit of Consecration. I would say this is on par with the regular Russian River lineup. Not better. Not worse.

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 Jwale73
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jedwards for breaking this out. 750ml corked and caged bottle served in a taster. Pours an amber/honey hue with a slightly hazy clarity. Nose expresses notes of vinegar, sour cherries and a trace of funkiness. Taste is tart and vinegary with some acetic acid and no real fruit presence. Mouthfeel is light and lively with an acidity that stimulates the salivary glands and continues to linger between quaffs. Finish is pleasant and semi-dry, but not puckeringly so. Overall, a very good American Wild Ale. I'm not sure how this beer will age over time (I suspect the fruit character in the nose will diminish); however, it's drinking quite well right now.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rado for sharing this one at Wowcoolman’s tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some fruit, vinegar, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and very drinkable.

Photo of tewaris
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Frank for sending this! Shared with a few BAs.

As instructed, drank at ~60 degrees.

Clear, dark amber-brown with plenty of effervescence. Smells pretty gueuze like but with its own personality --- Fruit jam and acid. Tastes sour, oaky, tannic, rind-y and lactic. Effervescent but not harsh on the palate with a pretty light feel. I had no idea that this was 8+ % ABV. Very nice.

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 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 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.

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Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale from Russian River Brewing Company
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