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Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale - Russian River Brewing Company

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313 Ratings
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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 6.79%
Wants: 361
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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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into HF stemmed glass and split 3 ways. Served lightly chilled. Thanks to standardcherry for this one.

A- Pours a fairly dark purplish red that is mostly opaque and has just over a 1-finger fizzy white head that recedes fairly fast to leave just a thin white layer and some clingy lacing. Decent carbonation.

S- Vinous muscat grapes, merlot, currants, dried plums, hints of vanilla and oak and a very faint chocolate from the porter. Nice vinegar/brett sourness. Nicely balanced, complex, and fairly aromatic. The currants definitely stand out and provide a fairly reminiscient aroma of Consecration that's a little bit more sour.

T- Vinous muscat grapes, currants, a little bit of merlot wine similar to other RRs, finishes fairly sour with a little bit of vinegar, nice lingering sour aftertaste of currants.

M- Medium bodied, fairly carbonated but dies down, very easy drinking, hard to distinguish abv.

O- This was another great sour from Russian River. It definitely had a nice flavor of currants and wine characteristics trademark of RR that balanced well with the level of sourness in the beer. The currants definitely reminded me of Consecration except T25 was more sour and complex. Overall a great use of blending and barrel-aging provided a nice tasting and fairly complex sour. I definitely recommend this beer although it is fairly sour and probably isn't for everyone.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 16:19:30 | More by jaasen64
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Ynot2

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

12-12-2012 05:44:16 | More by Ynot2
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FosterJM

California

4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 18:12:16 | More by FosterJM
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ZX6Chris

California

5/5  rDev +13.1%

12-10-2012 20:56:33 | More by ZX6Chris
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

12-06-2012 22:37:02 | More by JAHMUR
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sludgegnome

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

12-04-2012 00:31:18 | More by sludgegnome
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

12-03-2012 18:12:15 | More by rowingbrewer
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DovaliHops

California

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost-clear, reddish-amber color with a large off-white head that goes down quickly. Scent is very oaky with just the right amount of funk for this particular beer. Some cherry and currant in the nose, along with red berry aromas. Vinous with more oak and tartness. Taste is very enjoyable. At first, the berries come through very aggressively, then I get a mellow oak flavor that has a hint of sweet vanilla to it. The berry flavor turns to bitter currants. A bit of red-wine vinegar with a pleasant oaky finish. Very sour, and quite complex IMO...but that's too be expected from a beer that is made up of 6 barrel aged beers. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, and puckering. Drinkability is high, as I can't believe this beer is almost 9%. Overall, this is a fantastic beer. I had this on tap at the release, and I wasn't as impressed as I am by the bottled version.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 08:59:24 | More by DovaliHops
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

11-29-2012 03:37:10 | More by eawolff99
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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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Gobzilla

California

4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a copperish brown in color with golden yellow highlights and a half finger of head with good retention which left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: definitely was able to detect a variety of berries such as strawberries, cherries, blueberries, and cranberries with good oakiness, some wine barrel vinous character, acidic notes, a little brett funk, citrus and a little orange rind.

T: lots going on in the taste but like the nose suggest, I was able to get lots of berry character mostly cherries and strawberries, good acidic citrus coming through, nice oaky accents, a hint of vanilla, vinous wine barrel character, great inviting brett funkiness with a touch of horse blanket and mild mango fruit; whoa.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of bubbly carbonation which had a fruity, oaky, vinous, acidic, sour and slightly dry finish.

O: very glad my boy beezler opened this sucker up. This one definitely lives up to the hype IMO. Solid american wild all around with an exceptional taste. Mmmm.. I want more, someone hook me up. Ha!!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 21:08:13 | More by Gobzilla
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mikecharley

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

11-13-2012 20:05:31 | More by mikecharley
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boatshoes

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -9.5%

11-12-2012 05:34:52 | More by boatshoes
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slvrmon82

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

11-11-2012 11:36:21 | More by slvrmon82
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cocoapuph

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

11-09-2012 04:56:31 | More by cocoapuph
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Prospero

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

11-05-2012 18:02:57 | More by Prospero
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Mister_Joshy

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

11-04-2012 16:28:52 | More by Mister_Joshy
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4/5  rDev -9.5%

11-03-2012 02:55:31 | More by tbone1384
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LaChupacabra

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

10-28-2012 02:55:03 | More by LaChupacabra
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JebediahScooter

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

10-27-2012 20:09:02 | More by JebediahScooter
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cosmicevan

New York

4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 20:02:39 | More by cosmicevan
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Blixa

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

10-25-2012 00:46:12 | More by Blixa
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

10-22-2012 17:08:11 | More by AleWatcher
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CoryR

Oregon

4/5  rDev -9.5%

10-22-2012 03:59:25 | More by CoryR
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Jarpo

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

10-21-2012 16:30:50 | More by Jarpo
Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale from Russian River Brewing Company
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