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Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale - Russian River Brewing Company

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334 Ratings
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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 6.77%
Wants: 366
Gots: 86 | 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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Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
"Ale Aged in Oak Barrels with Currants Added"

Poured in celebration of my 1100th review and me obtaining my Professional Engineering license.

Pours a nice deep deep copper color with some garnet and ruby hues. There is some very slight haze to the brew and some active bubbles can be seen rushing from the bottom of the glass. There is a nice half inch head that forms that is of medium density. The head is off white and a nice thin mat sticks around for a while leaving some slight lacing.

Aroma is as always extremely complex. Musty notes of wood start things off mixed in with the balsamic vinegar tartness in the nose. Some notes of green apple skin as well as more vinous tartness and notes. There are some deeper dark fruit notes in the background that can be perceived faintly. Notes of wet tobacco are present as well as those traditional dry leathery aromas. Nice funky notes throughout the middle of the brew.

The flavor starts off with some acidic and vinegary tartness. Vinous mix of sweetness and tartness with some slight dark fruit sweetness in the background that is faint but helps balance the brew. Very funky and musty wood notes follow the initial mouth puckering sourness. As the brew warms the tartness isn't as acidic and seems more fruity (apples and cherries) and melds more with the slight currant flavors. There is some good earthy notes of tobacco mixed in with the wood and very dry leathery notes. The brew is light and of a light-medium body. Very complex but also very sour and acidic. Overall this is a good brew. One that should definitely be shared.

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Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.