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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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325 Ratings
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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 6.77%
Wants: 366
Gots: 85 | FT: 7
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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Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev -9.7%

animal69, Sep 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

standardcherry, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of ASUBeer
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

ASUBeer, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of jisom123
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

jisom123, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

GRG1313, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -9.7%

acurtis, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

djrn2, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of texasclimber
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

texasclimber, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of jammalamma
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

jammalamma, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Leftofthedial
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%

Leftofthedial, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of champ103
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

champ103, Sep 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

daysinthewake, Sep 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

popery, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

RblWthACoz, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

AgentZero, Sep 04, 2012
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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???

thagr81us, Sep 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

drjman, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of RuckusDu
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice half finger of off white and yellow head. Body is clear and a gorgeous brown and amber color. Some light lacing.

S - Very well balanced between tart, sweet, and funk. Raspberry, green raspberry, brett, and great red wine. Excellent.

T - Tons of green tartness of unripe fruits and earthiness. Slight white wine, green raspberry. As it warms, more brett comes out and the taste becomes more funky. Still well balanced. More red wine as well with warmth.

M - The greenness of the beer makes the acidity really stick to your tongue. Lighter carbonation and medium body. Slight drying.

O - Like eating a green raspberry. Super tart yet still very pleasant. The smoothness and how it all comes together is amazing. It is unlike anything I've had and I can't believe 6 beers came together like this.

RuckusDu, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of birchstick
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
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...

birchstick, Sep 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

dtx00, Aug 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

bsuedekum, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of MaltaIndia
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got to drink this on tap at the Russian River when I visited.

The beer is brown with some red around the edges and a tan head that rises up about a quarter of an inch.

I smell something like wine with vinegar notes and a bit of malt and smoke. There is some tartness and fruity sourness as well that opens up to something sweeter on the end.

The taste is nice, it has a some sourness and some malt character. There is wine influence but it's nice and fruity at the end. It changes a lot throughout drinking it and gets better as it warms up. It isn't the lightest beer I've ever had but it has a good feel to it for how big the taste is.

I think it's a great beer and had two glasses, wine drinkers might like this quite a bit and it's sweet as well which keeps it from being too overpowering.

MaltaIndia, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of elNopalero
4.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was absolutely fantastic.

Pours a ruddy reddish hue with nice foaming.

I enjoyed the challenge of figured out the aroma. I got a lot of immediate sour, tartness, with dark ruby red grapefruit and some cherry essence. Mouthpuckering flavor—intensely so—with some sour tart cherry essence and some oaky tannins.

Wonderfully rounded flavor. I get some dried stone fruits—raspberries, blackberries, a touch of honey and a hint of vanilla. This warms wonderfully. In fact, it just becomes amazing as it warms, with a rounded sweetness that emerges. Great effervescence and surprisingly sweet on the finish.

Incredible. Can I have another?
(Review #650!)

elNopalero, Aug 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

BillHilly, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 28, 2012
Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.