Toronado 20th Anniversary Ale | Russian River Brewing Company

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Toronado 20th Anniversary AleToronado 20th Anniversary Ale

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.43%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Toronado 20th Anniversary Ale is a blend of five different beers:

Belgian style Quadruple aged in Firestone Walker (used) Double Barrel Ale barrels
Belgian style Strong Dark Ale – batch A in red wine barrels
Belgian style Strong Dark Ale – batch B in red wine barrels
Belgian style Pale Ale aged in wine barrels with Brett
Sonambic 100% spontaneously fermented ale – (Used to add acidity to the beer)

Added by MiScusi on 08-10-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 156 |  Reviews: 93
Photo of hoppymcgee
3.93/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikey711 for sharing this at an epic tasting on 5/29/10. Poured approx. 4oz. from a 750ml bottle into a small snifter.

A: Brown-red-orange blend, not much head but this beer does not stop fizzing.

S: Cherry forward, not medicinal but candy-like and sweet. A little booze still comes through.

T: Tart and funky, leathery, a little raspberry in the backbone. Not as complex as I hoped.

M: Overly carbonated, prickly, dry finish.

D: With so much carbonation and such a high ABV for a sour, this one is not all that drinkable.

Overall, I see a little conundrum with this beer - it's apparent that it can handle age in the carbonation and ABV department, but not country of origin department. American sours just do not hold up like European sours. In my opinion, they almost all taste the same after enough time.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Never thought I'd get to try this one... but alas... Opened at a tasting 5/29/10. 4oz. pour from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 1/2 finger semi-coarse off-white head with great retention. Beer is a cloudy reddish-clay. Lacing is patchy and supple and with great cling.

S: Nose is cherry, wood, funk, peat, and a slight ethanol in the background. There's not that much going on here which surprises me, but the flavors that do come through are very clean and crisp even after all that time.

T: Great balance here. Cherries, raspberries, and other red fruits with a slight woody overtone. Tartness throughout with a building spiciness from the carbonation at the end. Yeasty bitterness accents the finish along with a tiny bit of booziness.

M: Light to medium bodied, superbly carbonated, and incredibly lively. Its like a party in my mouth! Beer is slightly dry and finishes clean. Aftertaste is near non-existant. At 10.43% this beer doesn't drink anywhere near as boozy as its abv. Instead, it's light and carbonated enough so that the nuances of all the flavors are still relatively easy to detect.

D: Again, I'm thankful to have had a chance to try this. Having said that though, even though the beer is very solid with great flavor, spot-on feel, and a thoroughly pleasant nose... it was a bit of a disappointment. A joy to have for sure and I'd no doubt jump at the chance to try it again, but at the end of the day, not worth the trouble. Try it if you get to but don't be too disappointed if you dont.

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Photo of mikey711
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened today at a tasting. Thanks to brianbrick for hooking me up with this bottle.

A: Very nice clarity and slightly ruby in color, looks a little like apple cider. Very nice carbonation on it with a nice lingering ring at the.

S: Tart notes of cherry to start. Very mellow funkiness and some wood as well. There is also a bit of heat going on in the nose

T: Acidic up front then tending into some ripened cherries and raspberries. Some citric tartness. Some great wood notes, a touch of vanilla. Some wine notes

M: Prickly carbonation feel. definitely a fusal alcohol note but for the most part it is mellow.

D: Very happy to have tried this beer as i may never have the opportunity to do so again. The sourness is very mellow at this point and im sure if i could handle more of this.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draught at Toronado for RR -tion night. They were sadly not out of the small glasses when I ordered so I got the 6oz pour, though they were out of tulips so they poured me a pint of Deviation at the same time ;-). Darker red-brown color with a small head due to the pour. Malty aroma with tons of oaky vanilla, sour cherry, dried fruit (with a touch of oxidation) and some sour funk to round it out. The flavor is malty with some alcohol still present, some vanilla, lots of dried fruits, and a milder sourness in the finish. Starts on the sweeter side but finishes dry from the acidity and alcohol. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Great aroma, and very complex. The alcohol lets you know that you are drinking a strong ale, but the flavors all come together pretty well. I'm a little surprised at how much vanilla the oak gives this.

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Photo of popery
4.82/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft, Toronado. Second beer at Toronado -tion night. They were out of little glasses when I was served this beer, so, happily, I got most of a 16 oz shaker glassful of this wonderful beer for $4 (Toronado is awesome). This is a strong sour with a wonderful flavor, one of my favorites so far. There's a strong oak flavor, enjoyable and drying. The aroma is fruity and sour, raisins, peaches, vinegar, funk, the works. The flavor has a calm alcohol burn, perhaps once too hot but now just right. The notes are even punchier on the tongue. There's a significant amount of fruity malt flavor. The tartness is upfront and relatively bracing. There's some good funk floating around. It's a great, big sour with a ton of flavor.

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Photo of Lothore
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4 dollars a pour tonight at toronado SF

A- Pours a foggy orangey red hue with a thin head that fades fairly quickly.

S- Cherries, hints of sour apple, deep dark maltiness, bready.

T- Hints of berry, light fruit, strong tart/sourness on the back end. very bready.

M- Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.

D- This was definitely a good brew and one to seek out. At 4 bucks a pour it seems like a steal even in a champagne flute.

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Photo of mothman
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had a bottle of this at Toronado is SD.

Poured into 2 philosophers glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of off white head. Great retention with splattered lace. Color is a clear ruby hued caramel.

Aroma: Sour cherries, oak, barnyard funk, some leather. A dark sour. Very fine and mouthwatering. Nice and funky.

Taste: Sour cherries and oak right off the top. Nice aging done to this beer. A lot of funky bugs here. I am so impressed with this beer. Slight leather and vinegar flavor, but I really everything I could ask for in a sour. Reminds me a lot of consecration.

Mouthfeel: Sour, tart, and refreshingly smooth. MEdium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean which is nice for a sour. Pretty much perfect.

Overall, one of the best sours I have had. It reminded me a lot of consecration, but better. Simply stunning. I could have easily drank the entire bottle by myself. I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.77/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1

1st bottle: David Keene was kind enough to sell our party a bottle at the Toronado 22nd anniversary. $100 split 4 ways wasn't pretty, but at least I got to try it.

3.5 / 4.5 / 4.0 / 5.0 / 1.0 [$100 WTF?]


2nd bottle: shared by colonelforbin at ipa247's recent sour tasting. Thanks, Mike!

A: Poured a dark crimson body with substantial off-white head and great retention.

S: Lightly tart cherry, lacto, some vinegar, wood, barnyard funk, tobacco, and leather. I also detected a vinous quality that reminded me of cabernet. A great aroma.

T: A fair amount of sweet [red] vinous presence. Nuanced and balanced flavor like the aroma: lightly tart cherries supported by lactic sourness. Vinegar, brett mustiness and barnyard, leather, tobacco. Neither over-the-top sour nor funky. I was surprised to find a considerable amount of brown sugar in a sweet undercurrent to the beer. Being able to sit down and appreciate this outside of the T-party made me appreciate it much more.

M: Surprisingly clean for a high ABV beer. Just impressed by the engineering, really.

D: It's not worth paying $100 for (in my opinion), but this is one of those beers that made me expand my price point comfort zone, just as Consecration did with its $25 tag. Just the same, this is the poster child for rising prices in beer, and I can't in good faith recommend it for what the prices are for this thing. If you are lucky enough to have a bottle already, though, you are sitting pretty. A great beer.

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Photo of corby112
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Mike for busting this out at our epic sour tasting.

Pours a dark hazy caramel brown color with chestnut hazelnut hues and completely opaque with a 1.5 finger yellowish beige
head with great retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Streaks ofsoapy lacing left behind.

Slightly musty aroma with some nice dry brett character and a very prominet vinous oak presence. The red wine notes really come through with lots of dark grape, dark tart Cheryl and berries. Subtle oak and vanilla which is a nice counter to the Funky brett character. It kind of smells and tastes like Supplication with less cherry.

Nice tart puckering medium body that is pretty sour up front with a lot of dry brett character that lingers throughout over a subtle malt backbone and a very prominent vinous red wine presence. Nice oaky tannis and red wine presence with a goos amount of dark berry, sour cherry and grape.

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

Special thanks to GrassrootsVT for sharing this one with me.

Pours beautifully into a large wine glass a clear dark orange color - almost bourbon colored - with a full 2-finger head that settles into a solid toffee colored cap that stays the whole drink. Spotty lacing up the edges of the glass.

The aroma is very funky up front, followed by tart peach, mossy must, dried tart cherry, cognac, and leather. It all blends together into an earthy wine-like quality. Really enticing, bold and intoxicating. Delicious aromas.

The taste starts slightly sweet and moves to the tart side with sour notes in the middle, dried druit and soft bittering at the finish. A backflow of bitterness aggravates the tongue and the whole beer finishes with a citric tartness and light pangs of sweet. Very nice and drinkable but I pick up a subtle diacetyl note that gives a slightly "off" awkward flavor.

Mouthfeel is super soft, dry with excellent carbonation. Round, smooth and balanced. Super nice. This beer excites, invites and performs throughout the whole drinking experience. Would certainly come back to this again...if that was possible.

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Photo of gford217
4.82/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #1200. Massive thanks to a generous BA for sharing this gem, side-by-side with Cable Car.

Pours a deep, clear reddish amber with a huge off-white head that shows excellent retention and lacing. Gorgeous looking beer.

Aroma is massive - tart, sweet and funky all in one. It got plenty of the barnyard funk and red wine vinegar but it's much deeper and sweeter than the Cable Car, with some brown sugar and sweeter malts behind the funk. On top of all this is a dry spicy oak character. Stunning nose.

Taste has an initial dark fruit sweetness with a subtle funkiness, maybe some dark cherries in there. There is also a bit of candi sugar in the background. Chocolate covered cherries even. Finish is funky but with some oaky tannins underneath. So, so good.

The mouthfeel is fairly full bodied with lots of carbonation and somewhere between Belgian dark and American wild.

Spectacular beer, the clear winner for me over Cable Car and Deviation. It might not be a fair comparison as this is a slightly different beer, and bigger, but it is one of the best beers I've ever tasted.

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Photo of younger35
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew many moons ago in a hugely giant trade with a very generous BA. It was a joint effort between BeerTruth and myself as we pulled out the big boys to get this beer (amongst many others). The night of the epic beers begins. Drank from a small snifter.

Batch 001

Appearance- Pours a dark crimson brownish with a decently fizzy one finger cream white head that slowly fizzes away. A small cap and thin collar remain amongst the Champaign like carbonation and a fair amount of spotty lacing.
Smell- The first thing that pops out at me is the intensity of the oak. It's fairly tannic and almost rich smelling with a vinous acidic quality. Currants, raisins and dark cherries are somewhat noticeable but I don't think I'd classify the nose as fruity at all. Some malt vinegar and tobacco give a sort of dark earthiness that combined with the wood, really makes up the nose. A pinch of vanilla and surprising enough, even with the age, some alcohol is detectable. I honestly wouldn't really describe the nose as 'funky' or 'dirty' at all. It's just lactic and woody as hell.
Taste- Starts with a big kick of amped up red wine vinegar or subtle malt vinegar. It's very lactic and nice with some acidic green apple and tart red cherries. Maybe a slight bit of funk, unlike the nose, with a soft mushroom or leather like earthiness. Nothing too strong though, just hints here and there. The wood seems muted compared to the nose but maybe I was just expecting more. Light bits of vanilla and maybe even a touch of caramel really round out the flavors. The alcohol is noticeable but it's ever so slight.
Mouthfeel- Medium to light feel with a dry quenching finish and nice aggressive carbonation. Could use maybe a hair more body for otherwise spot on.
Drinkability- Obviously this is a damn good beer. Is it lights out a thousand times better than most other good sours? Probably not. But it is a better than most beers and a real treat for us beer nerds to consume. Honestly I enjoyed every damn drop of it and couldn't be happier. Thanks for sharing Adam!

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from the cellar.

Pours clear amber with a copper hue. A two inch head of dense beige settled slowly revealing a quarter inch surface coating and loads of sheeted lacework. A real beaut throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with plenty of pungent funk, tannic fruit, and oaky earthiness.
Dried cherries in a baryard stall with wet boards. Pineapple skin rubbed on cedar. Socks from the attic in an old wooden box. Hints of juniper, cinnamon, cheeserind, and forest floor. Just straight up loads of Brett with plenty of stone fruit under.

On the light side of medium bodied with a crisp, drying, puckering mouthfeel. Ultra-quenching.

Dried red fruits, citrus pith, pineapple skin, and oaky resins start the palate. Malt on the lighter side and super dry. Heavy on earthy tannins, woody undertones, and barnyard funk. Nicely tart, but far short of sour and the tartness never really builds to jowel-watering levels.

Finishes with lingering cherry pits, rung out dirty socks, cheesy funk, light malt, and warming alcohol. A bone-dry farewell with fading fruit.

Very heavy on the Brett all around, and plenty of cherries to add lots of vineous character. Certainly very complex but I find Consecration to have a greater depth of flavor. I think that T20 may have been a little juicer when fresh, but now the Brett is probably more pronounced.
Reminds me of of a bigger Supplication, but more brett. Maybe Sanctification made it into the blend.

Side by side with Consecration, I find myself prefering the Consecration. The T20 is drier, sharper, and funkier, but the juicy, vineous, dark fruit notes of Consecration wins out in my book. My marks would also be higher for the Consecration than the T20 if it wasn't for a lackluster head.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to receive a bottle of this from ughsmash, thank you so much! i saved it to take to a tasting in CA and while it was quite rare it was surprisingly not as amazing as I had hoped. it was red in color but not as dark as Consecration. It smelled a little sour and fruity but nothing too amazing. The flavor was a little complex, cherries, fruit but not much sourness. The alcohol was quite evident. It did remind me slightly of Consecration but I wish I could have had this two years ago when it was first released.

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Photo of nickd717
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into flute (glass, not the instrument) at Toronado for Belgian-Inspired beer dinner.

A - Nice cloudy reddish-brown color with an off-white head.

S - Brett, tart, funk, figs, and wood.

T - Very complex. Dark fruit, figs and berries, red wine, lots of oak and some vanilla. Very good, but not as intense and flavorful as the Consecration Batch 1 I had next to this. More complexity than Consecration though.

M - Medium body with a smooth finish despite the tartness. Mild sour bite.

D - Pretty drinkable for a sour ale. This is a shame because it's gone quickly and from what I hear, bottles are now being priced in the triple digits (cough, ripoff, cough!).

Overall, nice and complex, but not quite as much of a standout as I was expecting.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened last weekend. I was slicing away at the triple coating of ebony wax that adorned the bottle for 5 minutes before I spotted the cage and cork hidden beneath. I untwined the cage as I told a thoroughly engrossing story. I was halfway through a hilarious joke (seriously, one of the best), and midway through untwining the cage, when the cork exploded into the air with an ungodly amount of force. It literally dented the ceiling and startled everyone around me. If I hadn't acted out the story in such a marvelous fashion, my head would have been tilted forward just a little more and I would have lost an eye, or my forehead for that matter. I fumbled around for a glass before I realized the bottle was not going to gush. How strange.

Pours dark crimson with an orange tinge. The head is huge, creamy, and off-white. The beer appears effervescent, the bubbles traveling northward with fervent ferocity, in mimicry of their fallen cork brother.

The aroma opens up with dark cherries, currants, plums, and lots of tannins. I get musty Brett with some lactic character and a moderate amount of acetic acid. The nose is slightly tart with some sweetness. Oak and vanilla are present. The alcohol is noticeable in the nose.

The flavor also opens up with dark fruits: cherries, currants, plums, maybe some ripe grapes. This quickly segues into prominent tannins, oak, and vinegar. There's a lot more vinegar than I got in the nose. The flavor has a low-moderate level of tartness, and alcohol is again noticeable. The finish is dry with a higher level of tartness. Despite what I heard about a recent keg tapped in San Diego, this bottle shows no signs of oxidation.

The beer is medium bodied with a high level of carbonation and a dry, tannic mouthfeel. A truly excellent beer.

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

Murky brown/amber pour with a thin white head. Aroma was heavy oak, caramel, toffee. Flavor was caramel, toffee, wine tannins, vanilla, oak, rum, limes, flower, butter, booze, maple syrup, lemons. I'm serious. Sour, dry finish. This was oddly complex with a ton of things jumping out at me and throughout the experience. Very complex but somehow pulls itself together just enough. Very good!

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Photo of paytoplay
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Warmed up the nose was awesome. Rich, complex and could of sat with it for hours. Interested to read the 5 different beers that make up the blend to better understand what I was tasting. The quad elements are at the forfront and should carry this beer for several more years. Touch of sourness, a bit like Dissadent where it was funkdafied. Very easy to drink and very enjoyable. A rare treat that was great to try once, don't feel to need to trade away the farm for more.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of several highlights at an epic tasting held last weekend. Poured from a 750ml caged/corked bottle - Batch 001; I captured 2-3 ounces into a small snifter. Huge thanks to Todd for sharing.

A: Milky chestnut brown-colored, a few carbonation streams trickling toward a modest 1/2 finger of khaki head. Pretty strong retention and good lace holding in droopy flecks.

S: Notable bourbon/oak aroma: sweet, mildly tart fruit, earthy musk, caramel candy. Sourness in the nose is limited, intermingling with the woody aroma and barely tickling the nostrils. It's an enticing aroma, I'll say that.

T: Upfront woody tartness, definite barrel-aged residue swirling around amidst the husky grains, the smoke, the leather, and the mixed bag of over-ripe, souring fruit. Like the aroma, the flavor is not so overblown on the musty funkiness; it deftly blends a fine oaken booziness with rich pit fruits and still-sugary grains. Nice!

M: Mild carbonated crispness and a lingering tang lasting well into the finish, but only vague notions of the massive ABV (nearing 10.5%). For a murky looking beer, the feel wasn't dominated by grain and sediment; it was pretty clean. Big body, to be expected I guess...

D: The taste was small but the impression was big. Wonderful balance and captivating flavors; due to its size, having at least a couple others to share a bottle is a requisite. I'm honored to have been amongst such a generous group and certainly glad to have tried the elusive T20th.

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

Wow - I never thought I'd be writing this review after striking out so many times with the ISOs. Huge thanks to Alan (Beerloco) for bringing this to the epic sour tasting at Flossmoor. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Two fingers of tan foam with good retention and great lacing. Semi-transparent glowing dark brown-reddish color with tiny bubbles racing to the top. Great looking for such a high ABV brew!

S - Unusual mix of sour and Belgian dark ale! Barnyard funk, caramel, leather, tobacco, vanilla, dark fruits, and plenty of wood. I don't think I've quite encountered a brew like this one - Orval is the only relative (albeit it a distance third cousin or something) that comes to mind.

T - Tons of oakiness and lacto-sour notes, with not quite as much caramel and toffee as in the smell. Absolutely no trace of the alcohol at all. The other notes from the smell are still present in the taste, with minimal drop-off in complexity and richness.

M - It's a little thinner than I expected from a brew over 10%, but there's no hint of alcohol warmth at all so it's not really a problem. Otherwise it's an incredibly soft and smooth brew with mild carbonation.

D - The oakiness gets a little bit fatiguing, although in retrospect it might be because this was the last of the big three sours that we tasted. Even with the incredibly well hidden ABV, it's still a little too strong to be hugely quaff-able. While I would certainly be greedy and drink an entire bottle, I have a feeling that near the end I wouldn't enjoy it to quite as much.

I can tell from the leaner notes on this one that my palate was fading at this point in the evening. I'd love to get another crack at this one to ponder the more intricate subtleties - hopefully I'm make it out west for the Toronado anniversary this year.

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Photo of Bankhead
4.92/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

my first review might as well be this

originally written as a penthouse forum letter to supermanjace

i never thought it would happen to me but

i bought the first bottle at rr tion night straight from dave and after the pour it foamed out of the bottletop for about twenty minutes (i remedied this by pouring a taste in quite a few glasses to share the wealth)

extremely dark and dry, tart but none of those pesky medicinal cherry flavours, instead it had lots of oak, red wine tannins, brown sugar and cola with light funk

a picture was taken of me as i prepared to take a second sip:

the bottle is behind my right arm

i savored it for a few hours, no alcohol to be found

i think heavily blended american wilds are my favorite, and toro 20th was right up there with deviation and isabelle

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Photo of abfraser
4.92/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this had Toronado's Russian River night on 2/10. This one is about as perfect a sour as I've ever had.

A: Beautiful brownish red with a nice thin white head.

S: Amazing. Clean sour aromas, no sweaty socks here. A little aged lambic style aromas too. Dark fruits also very prominent, including cherries and currants. I could sniff this stuff all night...

T/M: And drink it all night too. This is an awesome beer. Extremely well-balanced, with sour fruit and nice acidity. I'm really impressed by how clean the flavors are here.

D: Unbelievably drinkable. I can't tell where the alcohol is. The $50 price tag was exorbitant, but I'm selfishly happy that they didn't allow bottles out the door as it gave me the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of waltonc
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this at the Russian River drink-a-thon at Toronado tonight. Pours orange/brown color with quite a bit of carbonation. The bottle gushed upon opening. Smells tart, but not disgustingly armpit-like. Tastes tart, refreshing, dry, and has a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body and high carbonation. Perfect complement to the taste and smell. In spite of the high ABV, I found this highly highly drinkable. Really awesome stuff. Too bad it was an outrageous $50 per bottle.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz bottle shared by the very generous man that is Chris. Day one of our epic tasting.

A: Crystal clear ruddy brown with crimson highlights. Tan head with exceptional retention and lacework.

S: Oaky and tannic with cherry, currants, cabernet sauvignon barrels (well- expressed). Similar to Consecration but with more oak. Sour but mildly so, mild acidity, mild fruity sweetness. Exceptional

T: Opens up mildly sour with a bit of acidity. Very clean funk with no barnyard/sweaty socks - just clean, sour and acidic. Fruity with sour cherries, currants, red wine character. Some leather. Mild sweetness before an oaky, tannic finish, more so than Consecration. Mildly warming as it goes down

M: Light in body with great carbonation and a great, drying, tannic finish. Probably as tannic as I can handle while thoroughly enjoying myself but hot damn, this is awesome stuff

D: Incredibly drinkable, I could not bring myself to finish this.

**Edit 01 July 2012**
I never thought I'd revisit this. Thanks, Chris D.

The nose is surprisingly Consecration like. Fruity, vinous, sharp and mildly acetic, this bottle seems to have held up well. A touch of oxidation and some alcohol are also noticeable. The palate is simpler, with a tart vinous character, along the lines of a Bon Chien (06 or 07 vintage). Sourness is mostly lactic with a touch of lemony pith bitterness, a rather simple profile IMO. Fruity, vinous and surprisingly potent. Leathery tannins are noticeable. Well-structured, but a little out of balance, particularly with the sourness that's a little too sharp for my liking.

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

750ml Bottle

Pours a very nice light brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, sour. The taste is also malty/yeasty, sour. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an awesome brew, very tasty.

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Toronado 20th Anniversary Ale from Russian River Brewing Company
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