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Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale - Russian River Brewing Company

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Toronado 25th Anniversary AleToronado 25th Anniversary Ale

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314 Ratings
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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 6.79%
Wants: 366
Gots: 88 | FT: 8
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:
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)

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-06-2012)
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The nose on this beer is like super gueuze. Flavor profile is sour to the extreme. And I know that isn't saying much considering the brewery, but this goes all the way. (Possibly, a bit too much really.) Hard to get any subtle nuances at all. But hey, as a sour, I can dig it. I mean, who can create a wild ale like this? Not many people. I would certainly like some more nuance to this, but I will take it how it is. Because it's still good. Happy birthday Toronado.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 21:23:55 | More by RblWthACoz
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drabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev -9.5%

01-16-2013 18:57:30 | More by drabmuh
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SocalKicks

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

06-05-2013 06:13:49 | More by SocalKicks
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oline73

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 03:39:02 | More by oline73
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

08-11-2013 23:00:51 | More by Rochefort10nh
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

12-11-2013 03:38:10 | More by XmnwildX12
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

02-20-2013 14:27:42 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

05-18-2013 06:43:36 | More by beernads
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 02:27:08 | More by corby112
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

01-18-2013 01:38:30 | More by yourefragile
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -9.5%

03-06-2013 06:48:25 | More by zestar
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

02-12-2014 05:34:19 | More by orangesol
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Orangesol for the share on this one. 750ml cork and caged bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear light copper color with a white finger of froth. Some spotty strings of patchy lace hang on the glass. A swirl revives about a finger back to the surface.

The aroma is fruity with notes of mildly funky/footy cheese. A nice contrast of citrus fruit is also present with a mild amount of medicinal character. As it warms up, it displays a little bit of tropical quality blending to vinous with a hint of oak.

The taste is tart and fruity with some herbal qualities and mild raw oak. There is a bit more bitterness than I was expecting that comes across rindy like grapefruit juice with an addition of something more vinous. The aftertaste brings in a bit of funk like cheese which was more prevalent in the aroma.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is overall pretty darn easy drinking and deeply complex/enjoyable. The comment was made during the tasting of this that it carries quite a bit of consecration quality. I can sort of buy into that idea. It certainly carries some familiarity about it with regards to the batches of consecration that are "on" and not harsh around the edges. I look forward to enjoying this one again with some age.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 16:33:00 | More by stakem
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

11-27-2012 19:41:59 | More by InspectorBob
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev -9.5%

11-09-2013 00:36:47 | More by mothman
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

02-20-2013 04:59:31 | More by duceswild
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.5%

03-24-2013 03:24:58 | More by BARFLYB
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer is hazy murky orange with a small head. The aroma brings oak, citrus, currants, funk, berries, yeast. The flavor offers citrus, funk, yeast. A touch of lactic and acetic character. Good stuff. Perhaps not above the regular Russian River lineup.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 01:04:03 | More by Huhzubendah
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drewone

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

08-26-2012 00:12:29 | More by drewone
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

09-14-2013 18:37:45 | More by Gonzoillini
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

01-30-2014 01:41:59 | More by mdaschaf
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THECPJ

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

10-13-2012 13:21:16 | More by THECPJ
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub, $6.50 per glass. Deep copper color, clear with thin legs of lace. Complex is an understatement, lots going on in the aroma. I didn't get a chance to try the component beers but it seems evident that they contrast well. Definitely a darker smelling sour, more like Consecration than Temptation...

Assertive bite in the flavor, nothing too agressive but it gives a slight pucker which I appreciate. I get dark fruits like plums, possibly some lighter apricot as well. Not so much acetone.

This drinks very well, I had to pace myself. Very happy to try it, and I drank many glasses of it over a 3 day period, but many of RR's standard sours are equally good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2012 19:23:58 | More by TurdFurgison
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

08-10-2012 18:36:10 | More by drummermattie02
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into taster - thanks goon

Pours a hazed amber, copper color with darker hues. Coating of off-white head slowly fades into cloudy film and some spots of lacing dotting the glass.

Smells similar to a combination of RR beers - red wine, oak, bretty funk, lactic sourness, currants. Light warmth, slightly earthy, touches of grapes and dark fruit.

Acidic sourness with oaked red wine notes, grape skins and dark fruit. Hints of currants, cherry and raisin with a bretty, yeasty funk. Soft leather and earthy backbone. Finishes aggressively sour and dry on the tongue.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, dry and lingering on the tongue. I expected a world class wild ale and that's exactly what I experienced - I might have to seek out another bottle of this for down the road. We all agreed this reminded us of Consecration/Supplication, but with more components.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 16:12:18 | More by xnicknj
Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.