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Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale - Russian River Brewing Company

Toronado 25th Anniversary AleToronado 25th Anniversary Ale

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BA SCORE
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288 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 6.79%


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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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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tewaris

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 08:36:25 | More by tewaris
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle had winter of 2012/13. Score from this tasting. So well integrated, bright juicy fruits, taste is more sour now. Nice wood notes in the nose and flavor. More malt in the nose, tons of bright berry in the flavor with dark red wine, rather dry, very strong carbonation, amazing body.

Had on tap with good friends at the party at Toronado 25th party at Russian River. Pour is dark copper with orange edges and a creamy tight slightly off white head. Nose is red grape, Cabernet barrel, nice oak presence, dark fruits, sour and light lactic. Taste is well integrated, red grapes and cab barrels, nice sourness an lactic notes, great mouthfeel, strong clean carb and easy drinking, dry finish, superbly integrated.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2012 16:54:31 | More by cpetrone84
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 13:16:34 | More by jmarsh123
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champ103

Texas

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 00:26:14 | More by champ103
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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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AgentZero

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2012 20:38:05 | More by AgentZero
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
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???

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 14:59:18 | More by thagr81us
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RuckusDu

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 23:23:19 | More by RuckusDu
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birchstick

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 02:38:54 | More by birchstick
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MaltaIndia

Maryland

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 15:32:52 | More by MaltaIndia
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elNopalero

Texas

4.98/5  rDev +12.7%
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!)

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 08:29:43 | More by elNopalero
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 01:01:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 06:25:03 | More by HuskyinPDX
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 18:44:22 | More by DavoleBomb
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brystmar

Texas

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Mike!

Ruby red grapefruit hues in the body scare off the white head. Freshly blended fruit aroma gets a shot in the arm from tart brett and Belgian yeast. Smells really nice.

As others have mentioned, this tastes like Consecration & Supplication spent a messy night together. The best qualities of each shine through with a freshly fruity tang. Should age nicely in the near term, but honestly this is drinking great right now.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 22:05:27 | More by brystmar
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RodneyX

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours with a rusty brown color that has a small tan head on it. Some wisps left on the sides, it's a little heavy looking for a wild, but it's an attractive beer. Some sour and richer tart notes. The taste reminds me of T20, but fruitier, and should get better with a little bit of time. There's a lot going on here, it's pretty complex, and you can tell the tasters put in a good bit of time with the blending. The complexity, starts deep and big, and finishes lighter and fruity, is the real winner here. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 14:35:17 | More by RodneyX
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SubpoenaDeuces

California

4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served into a Diasy Cutter glass

A: This pours a turbid brown akin to consecration but with less sheeting and legs, nice carbonation and wispy foam, very pretty.

S: There's notes of currants, funk, cherries, black cherries, and light lactic notes.

T: Wow, light consecration meets supplication is a perfect rendition of this balanced beast. This needs no time and is a juicy beast from the outset. The funk is a nice vertebrae to the affair and the dryness from the oak rounds out the finish.

M: This is dry but the fruit aspects counterbalances it well

D: This is too tart for lengthy drinking sessions but the taste is so good that you will. I can drink this more than beatification and i feel that as it warms, it offers even more complexity. highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 20:44:36 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
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animortician

California

4.9/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this several times at the bar and got a few bottles to age.

A: Deep Rusty Red in color, Good clarity. Maintains a pretty decent head depending on the pour, we saw some really nice heads and some not so good ones. Lacing was as expected not as sticky as Pliny but still appealing.

S: Not as sour or pungent as I was expecting and marking the only thing in this beer that I feel could be improved upon. Subtle citrus, spicy, some Bretts and other Belgian yeast notes.

T: WOW. So complex. Really cool to drink a few glasses over an hour or two and pick out the brews that make up this amazing beer. Consecration being right up front but you get hint of Beatification as well as oaky damnation. So many flavors, combined so well. This beer is worth pursuing and worth aging, i can't wait to see how the flavor develops! Dunno this doesn't have a better review so far but I think over time it will climb.

M: Amazing, light on the alcohol well hidden, Carbonated perfectly.

O: Vinne has done it again, another World class beer that knocks your socks off!!!!

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2012 16:02:29 | More by animortician
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illidurit

California

4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at Sante Adairius Rustic Ales. Pours a nice glimmering chestnut color with a thin tan head. Aroma is lactic sour watermelon and cherry, with that trademark RR funky acidity. Flavor is similarly fruity with a nice tart malty middle. Another fantastic RR sour.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 03:32:53 | More by illidurit
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drgarage

California

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

Enjoyed on draft at Toronado 3 or 4 times over the course of more than a week.

A: Pours a deep reddish-brown, with a bit of glow to it. One-finger head quickly dissolving to an off-white ring of bubbles around the edge. Minimal lacing.

S: Pungent sour and funk. Some red fruit and a little oak, though less than I would have assumed.

T: Basically sour, currants, astringency, and a hint of something dark. This is much more sour at release than T20 was. Really intriguing flavor but challenging also. I could not drink this all day (as opposed to, say, Beatification), but I do finish my glass wanting to drink more, in part because I feel I haven't fully grasped its flavors yet. Lots of elements, not all working together.

M: Perfect for a blended sour. Layered, a little slick, and beautifully carbonated. Russian River never falls short here.

O: A very good effort, but not as excellent as I hoped. I think it will continue to improve in the bottle, and some of the harsher flavors will mellow. If this integrates with age, I think it can become something special.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2012 17:00:53 | More by drgarage
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kayalla

California

4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This review is for the draft offering only, I have not drank out of the bottle yet. Poured into a small tulip glass dark amber with a purple glow. I had a couple glasses and really let the second one sit a while. When it warms aroma is bright lime acidity, red currants, some red berries and a mild yet refined barrel presense. The flavor was huge and bursting with fresh limes, lemons, meshed in neatly with currants and wine barrel. Lots of wild yeast but so well weaved into the beer. This is way better than T20 in my opinion. Warming and letting this open do wonders as the bright acidity starts to shine and the fruits just wash over the mouth. Mouthfeel is perfect, quite fizzy but nails it like most RR sours.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2012 02:17:48 | More by kayalla
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jethrodium

California

4.2/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2012 22:00:33 | More by jethrodium
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abecall98

California

4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank you homeboys for picking me up some of this.

A - pours a bright brown, clear. At least it did before I decided to pour the sediment in my beer, on purpose. Rating the appearance before the sediment. It looked great for te style, only missing some slight head that I wanted when compared to some great Cantillons.

S - smells like good. Sweet currants, some nice almost apple aromas. Slight hint of lemon, and some yeasty notes. Just wonderful and complex, very different as it warms, the sour notes hit a little more. Damn!

T - oh boy, this beer is really good. A really sting acetic sourness just hits you. As the sourness drops, some sweet fruits follow suit. Some Unripen lemons mixed with dark berries come to mind. Some slight woodiness finishes, with no traces of alcohol. Wonderful.

M - perfectly carbonated per style. It starts off foamy, allowing the flavors to burst in your mout, just an explosion of flavor. The beer finishes sticky and slightly sweet. Man!

O - honestly better than I thought it would be. I really loved T20, and it's nice to get to try a beer like it (blend of a bunch stuff), fresh. The beer has a lot of flavors, and I just feel like it will change overtime into something different, yet just as good.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 05:23:00 | More by abecall98
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Sean9689

Illinois

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

On-tap at RR & Toronado...a bunch of them...while celebrating T25 all weekend long.

Pours a ruby reddish color, off-white head, thin collar. Smells like dark sour cherries, light acidity, dark fruit, oak..."Consecration Light". Tastes likes Consecration, but perhaps a little "easier" to enjoy. Dark fruit, oak, stone fruit, light cherry, some funk, and nice acidity.

I like this beer better then Consecration but not T20 (when fresh). I was able to enjoy some pours at RR and the Monday following Toronado to really think about this one. I think it will improve with age and lose some of oak, but we shall see, I guess.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2012 04:56:10 | More by Sean9689
Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.