Toronado 20th Anniversary Ale | Russian River Brewing Company

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Toronado 20th Anniversary AleToronado 20th Anniversary Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
156
Reviews:
93
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
Wants:
478
Gots:
17
For Trade:
3
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Photo of egajdzis
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Draft @ Monk's] Poured a hazy, red amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of funky brett, vanilla, oak, cherries, chardonnay grapes, toffee, and yeasty, fresh-baked, bread. Taste of tart grapes, cherry skins, some tart, green apple, with almonds, some toffee malts, vanilla oak, and a yeasty, tart finish. None of the 10.4 was noticed here. Thanks for the Bendo heads up!

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

22oz bottle (tasted at a gathering and a bottle acquired in a trade).

Poured a dark and muddy amberish / brownish color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of yeast, funk, brett, wood, citrus, and vanilla. Tastes of vanilla, oaky woodiness, yeast, vanilla, nutty, and some grapes.

Notes from and tasted on 12/16/07

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Photo of thickerfreakness
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many, many thanks to bgramer for meeting up and sharing this with me while he was in Houston. Pours a hazy ruby color with an eggshell head that never faded away completely and left some awesome lacing. Aroma had big funk at forefront, some pepper and oak; slight berries, tart grapes, cherries, green apple; as it warmed there was a slight buttery/creamy note, some brown sugar and some grape juice. Flavor was bleu cheese and sharp oaky tannins at first; cherry, blueberry, peppery; as it warmed strawberry and sherry became present for me. The aftertaste seemed like a bit of candied brown sugar with butter. Full bodied carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Mineral like water qualities and a slight bit of alcohol as it warms. Overall this was an amazing experience of a beer.

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

750 ml (barely) corked and caged bottle. A treat for our last night in California - a trip which had us at both Toronados - donated by the generous man they call Grub!

A russet coloured beer that is equal parts potato peel and cherry skin. The complexion is severely convoluted. I wasn't initially sold on appearance alone but its tapioca coloured head would leave thick graceful strides of lace as it sunk. Lovely.

The aroma drops hints of all things to come: seething soured fruit, nutty toasted malts and lightly charred, highly tannic oak. I noted a small dose of roast butterscotch, which must be diacetyl; so minor, however, it would be overlooked and completely forgotten. Like all Russian River beers to date, this is one smell I wish would reside in my nostrils for days after.

The Toronado 20th was the blend of five Russian River beers and although the label did not specify which, Supplication is a sure bet. I wouldn't be surprised to hear this, too, was aged in pinot noir barrels with cherries. If there is any one dominant taste it must surely be a combination of tannins, oak, and sour cherry.

Of course I wouldn't describe the flavour as being that cut and dry (pun intended, really, it is quite dry and cutting!) A delicious taste of rustic sourdough bread with cranberries and molasses baked in. Even within the cherries themselves it seems there's a few different types. The cherry pits also seem to lend flavour in the resemblance to pecans and almonds.

Despite its categorization as an "American Wild Ale" this blend certainly fell closer to the realm of the Belgian brewing tradition, Flemish conventions in particular. At least part of whatever went in to this blend was barrel aged and contained some combination of Brettanomyces, Pediococcus, and/or Lactobacillus cultures. Their influence imparts an uncanny similarity to the Flemish Red.

The Brettanomyces (which I believe inoculated all five beers in the blend) turn most everything sour and act as a dry, sharp coating to all flavours. This mild acidity is by no means palate numbing but certainly obstructs some taste. Whatever it withdraws from flavour, however, it more than doubles in mouthfeel.

My sample was disappearing at lightning speed and so, it should be no surprise, the 10.4% would hit my head before I even realized the kind of numbers I was dealing with. Even after reading the label with my own eyes it seemed a stretch - this beer hid its strength like a Vegas illusionist.

This is one example where I didn't feel the sum is greater than its parts (even though I don't know exactly what they were). I enjoyed this tremendously but perhaps not as much as I have other Russian River sours (some I believe to be in the blend). I can say confidently, however, that it contains every bit of quality, craftsmanship, and imagination as anything else ever offered by Mr. Cilurzo.

The rarity of Toronado 20th Anniversary Ale has earned it quite a cult appeal in the world of craft beer geeks. Obtaining a bottle was no easy feat and again I must thank Grub for sharing!

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to drseamus for bringing this.

A:Super deep brown. Tannish white head. A decent amount of lacing especially considering the style.

S: Tart nose. So much going on here it is hard to pin down. Funk, sour, some fruit, bread and must.

T: Tart up front. Hints of plums. Sweetness really sticks to your lips. Some more dark fruit as it warmed up. Subtle funk. Not nearly as much as I thought there would be. Really complex beer.

M: Luscious mouthfeel. Just felt really nice. Carbonation was good.

D: Awesome beer. So much going on it really is hard to pin everything down. Probably the kind of beer you could have 5 times and get fixated on something different time.

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Photo of brentk56
4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy rust color with a huge ecru head that stuck exceptionally well while leaving sheets and clumps of lace

Smell: The vanilla from the oak jumps right out at you, with all kinds of complexities underneath, led by the Brett horse blanket, sour cherry, green apple, overripe banana and hints of fig and golden raisins

Taste: At the outset, the beer betrays a hint of the sour melange to follow, with initial fruit flavors of apricot, pear, nectarine and green apple on the front end; by mid-palate, the sour cherry and horse blanket sour flavors have taken over, but underneath, if you really look for it, is a sweet, caramel spice cake element along with the vanilla and oak flavors; after the swallow, the flavors harmonize incredibly well, but the sour and apricot elements persist well after everything else has faded

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, exceptionally creamy, with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: A masterpiece for those who like sour beers with lots of complexity; sets a standard for other beers of this genre to be measured against

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Photo of grub
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

jgaston deserves huge thanks for helping me to aquire this one. thanks andy!

750ml bottle, (barely) corked and caged. sampled sept 1/08.

the plan with this bottle was to bring it home and share it with several people at a tasting this fall. however, when i got it i found that the cage had slipped up over the main lip of the bottle and the cork was already more than half out. as a result, we really didn't think this would stand up to a plane ride home and had to drink it in california. a good thing too - as soon as i gave the cage a single twist the wire snapped and the cork popped right out. andy also said that mine was in better shape than the bottle he purchased for himself. be careful if you have one of these in the cellar...you might want to check how it's holding up.

pours hazy red-brown with a big bubbly tan head. the head drops fairly slow and leaves tons of lace behind.

aroma is great. bit of butter. big malt vinegar and a bit of lemon. leather. green tobacco leaves. bread and cracker. sour cherry. dried cranberry. touch of date. bit of vanilla. bit of toasty character too.

taste is great. solid bready malt base. bit of cracker. malt vinegar and lemon, but restrained so the other elements can still come through. nice mix of fruity character too - sour cherry, date, bit of fig, dried cranberry. bit of horse blanket. leather. touch of light citrus. hint of alcohol.

mouthfeel is great. medium-high fairly well integrated carbonation. medium body with a dry finish.

drinkability is excellent. excellent brown ale/sour balance. the alcohol is very well hidden for such a big beer. great stuff that i wish i had more of!

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Photo of Viggo
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

HUGE thanks to my boy grub for swinging a trade for this one. Idea was to bring it back home but the cork was looking sketchy and we didn't think it would survive the plane trip. Enjoyed this one on our last night in Cali.

Pours a cloudy reddish orange, rusty coloured, thick off white head rises up, drops an insane amount of lace on its way down to a thick ring, this one looks real nice. Smell is insane, very sour and funky, lots of fruit, oak, lemony acidity, bit of brown sugar covered toast, cherries, light berries, more sour fruit, super complex. Taste is great as well, lots of wood and cherries, acidic middle, oak, honey sweetness through the middle, then it starts to get really crazy in the end, very acidic, sour finish, tart and dry on the palate, great balance, where at almost 11% WTF? Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation, nicely balanced in the mouth and superbly drinkable for such a big sour. Too bad this stuff is so hard to get, its pretty awesome stuff. Thanks again Russ!

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

Appearance: Clear reddish-brown with two fingers of head that lasted the entire hour I sipped on this.

Smell: Tart and very oaky with a backbone of funk. There's a ton of barrel character here; vanilla, toffee and a hint of red wine. Incredible complexity.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sour up-front but not overly so. While it's on the dry side, there's a hint of caramel and vanilla sweetness from the oak along with a strong tannic presence. Fruity flavors (cherry, plum) mix nicely with the oak and funk, making for a beer of incredible depth and balance.

Notes: Enjoyed this one at Toronado's 21st anniversary party. Among all the amazing beers I tried that day this stood out as the best.

Jan 2011 update: While still good, this beer has fallen off quite a bit.

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Photo of illidurit
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to whoever shared this bottle at the RBSG 08 Grand Tasting. Sample size pour into my La Chouffe goblet. Hazy golden brown with a tan head that leaves fine sheets of lacing. Sour apple aroma, banana, spices. Sharp acidity with a bit of booze, lemon juice, dark fruits, clove, and a bitter woody brett finish. Mind-boggling complexity.

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

A 750 mL corked and caged bottle shared with Spacecoyote, BankerJoe and others in the parking lot at Weyerbacher Brewing.

A: The ale is a dark red-brown ale, opaque due to the color and some sediment throughout. A finger of head emerged on the pour.

S: The aroma is quite tart, sour with a black cherry undertone that had some vanilla throughout. Thar tartness is much stronger here than in Cable Car.

T: The brett is not afraid to dominate the taste, jabbing at the tastebuds with an intense funk that causes a partial pucker. Dark fruits run rampant, black cherries and raisins, with a surprising amount of lighter fruits, including apricots and touches of grapefruit (from the tartness, not the hops). Green grapes and apples also pop up throughout. The tartness is the lasting memory of this beer.

M: Delicious! The funk and fruitiness are palate-appeasing.

D: Even at an abv over 10%, this beer is a great drink. The tartness doesn't overwhelm the tastebuds but is strong enough to please you. A million thanks to Spacecoyote.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought this bottle at Toronado just after their anniversary party. The arrival of spring seemed a good enough reason to break it out. Pours slightly hazy, but with a head that just won't fade and leaves some nice lacing as well. The beer itself is a reddish orange, and a bit on the dark side. As soon as I opened the bottle, my kitchen was perfumed with the scent of this beer. Wonderful scents of bright fruit, brett sour funkiness, vanilla, cherry, apricot, and minerals. The taste, if anything, is even more complex and delicious. Sour brett flavors and fruit up front, followed by a creamy minerality, sharp citrus and apricot flavors, then cherry and vanilla and cream on the finish as well as a woodiness from the oak. Utterly delicious. Mouthfeel is also great- very creamy, but some minerality and quasi-firm tannins from the oak add interest. Unbelievably drinkable. I can't believe that this is roughly 10.5% abv. Truly an exceptional beer. I bought two bottles and should have bought more. This beer is yet another confirmation of why Russian River is my favorite brewery in the country.

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Photo of francisweizen
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Draught at toronado, served in a wine glass. Dark red to moderate brown with a smal off white tan head of foam that is easily revived if the glass is swirled. Aromas of oak, sour cherry,a nd wild ale aromas. Very barnyard very sour, very fruity. Like carbonated merlot in the mouth with an astringent sourness on the swallow and in the back of the throat. Smooth and drinks like a six percent beer. Pretty much a flawless blend. This is just as good if not better in the bottle as well.

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

On tap at Toronado and most recently, Liars' Club.

Poured a ruby brown dense off-white head.

The aroma of the beer was full of the wonderful brett goodness. Tart fruits and barnyard funk mixed with dark dried fruits and spicy phenolics.

The flavor of the beer was amoderately tart and crisp. The floral hops came through nicely in the finish. The maltiness had notes of dark dried fruits and biscuits. Some spicy phenolics and clove notes were present. Some oak was present in the background and finish.

The carbonation was dialed in just right. The mouthfeel was light and slightly creamy.

This beer was masterfully brewed and blended. The barrel character of this beer was very clean and sublte. The sour characteristics were dialed into perfect levels. Truly a unique beer that is simply decadent.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared with friends and family at a tasting party we had. The beer poured a nice amber color, clear, with a solid head that gave way to a solid ring on the edge. The nose had some funky notes, refreshing. The taste was an excellent mix of sour, tart but also a strong Belgian strong ale presence. After this beer warmed up a bit, more complex tastes came out and just added to the pleasure of drinking this fine beer. Out of all of the RR beers I love, this one is right at the top and if I had a few more bottles, it would probably be on top.

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Photo of jwolfie70
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle of this with some friends. Poured an amber reddish brown, with a good size white head. The beer had a fair amount of carbonation, but was not too carbonated. The smell and taste were both exceedingly complex, with a funky spoiled fruit aroma/taste mixing with a sour cherry/citrus. Probably my favorite wild ale to date, and a must try if you ever have an opportunity.

It hides the alcohol very well, and was surprised to learn how strong it actually was.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.89/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at O'Brien's Pub 14th Anniversary Barrel-Aged beer night 1/15.
A- Pours a red orange hue, thin off-white head dissipates, moderate lacing
S- Tart fruits, hints of cherries, wild yeast, grass/earth tones, a range of other fruits and wood
T- Initial taste is full of sour and tart fruits, followed by grass, oak, and wild yeast funk, finishes dry and sour
M- Medium-bodied, smooth watery texture, high carbonation
D- This is a very tart wild ale with great balance and flavor, easily my favorite BA beer of the night, I could drink this all night long and would love to get some more in trade. . .

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Photo of kleffman
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally got to try this, even though I thought I never would. Leave it to Tom Nickel of O'Briens pub to bring in such a beer. Served in a St. Bernardus glass out of his jockey box so he could tap extra beers on his "barrel aged night."

Pours dark ruby red and brown with a nice light fluffy head with good retention.

Aroma is explosive. I immediately get sour cherries, light oak and vanilla character. Maybe some other overripe dark fruits in there.

Taste is quite similar to the aroma with a dominating sour cherry character and a definite vanilla from the barrels. It's sour for sure, but in such a clean way that vinnie has figured out. None of that overpowering vinegar that some sours have, more of a lactic acid. Plum, apple, and a little toast all present. Very balanced and how is this thing 10.5% almost?? The alcohol is very hidden, and it's extremely complex.

Mouthfeel is nice, carbonation and body are both moderate. Nice coating feeling in the mouth.

Even the bartender at O'Briens said this was by far her favorite of the night. Since it was the most rare I helped myself to a 14 oz pour and I really wish I could have another couple glasses. Vinnie should make something similar in the very near future but who knows if we'll ever get this again, especially in SD.

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

On tap at O'Brien's 14th Anniversary Barrel-Aged beer night 1/15.

It is a dark ruby color with a half inch of foam. Very good retention.

Aroma of tart cherries, vinegar, strawberries, orange, peach, and fruit juice. There's also a few hints of caramel and red apples.

Taste of cherries, lots of tart cherreis upfront with some vinegar and some toasty malt in the background. A tart fruit salad; acidic pineapple and nectarine.

Very well carbonated and a little prickly on the tongue.

Sure was a delight to drink and I'm glad I was able to try this.

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Photo of BrewBakerE
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap @ o briens. pours light red, nose of apricots and soury (new word) goodness. fruit notes start to pop as the beer warms up. not much flavor on the front of my pallate but heavy fruit aromas in the middle and a slight bitterness on the finish. slight head disipates quickly with a light lacing left on of top. for such a high abv and sour beer it is very drinkable. i plan on drinking quite a few of these tnite. cheers!

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Photo of AlexJ
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seductive murky apricot pour with hints of rust and a lively wheat colored head that has wonderful Belgian lace and retention.

Aroma reached out from the goblet to my nostrils with mouth-watering aromas of over-ripe dark fruit, decaying red apples, cherries, and a toasty oak and vanilla spice character that adds warmth and depth. Literally mouthwatering aroma and my mouth is watering just describing it.

Flavor transcends all bounderies. An incredible marriage of five distinctive beers has yielded something truly great. There is a whole fruit salad of flavors ranging from black plum, cherry, and currant, to necterine and green apple. The berry and cherry note seems to dominate with a wonderfully dry undertone of grape skins, oak, vanilla, and earthy leather. The Brett(and friends?) flavor contributions are evident throughout the entire tasting. The Belgian influence is strong, but this is it's own wild animal. Sweet, dry, sour, ntricate, balanced, and very complex. A genuine thouroughbred.

Body is robust but silky. It has vigorous carbonation at first, but quickly settles to a gentle pinpoint. The mouth is full and slippery, each sip coating the palate with a rainbow of flavors. Drinkable as hell but not likely I will ever have the priveledge again!

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Photo of wvbelgique
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted at the Russian River brewpub bar on Aug. 9, 2007 at the Toronado party.
Draught in a tulip glass.

A. Medium brown and cloudy, opaque

S. Sharp sour nose. A hint of apple.

T. Nice toasted malt tones underneath sourness, and definitely some wood. Pomme fruits dominate. A little lemon sweetness on finish. Could taste the alcohol (maybe 11%)

M. Full and nice

D. Pretty powerful profile. Complex.

O. A sipping beer. Its sourness reminded me a little of a Belgian old Flemish brown ale. If you like the regular RRB sour beers, then you would find this one very good as well.

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Photo of Floydster
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml, corked and caged bottle acquired in a trade a few months ago with georgiabeer, thank you so much for giving me a chance to try such a rare beer

Had to drink something special tonight to celebrate a new position I got today, this was the most special beer I had left in my closet, will probably never get to drink one of these again

Also, tonight was the season finale of my favorite television show, Heroes, had to drink something great while watching that since I will be deprived of the show until sometime in 2008

I have never been to Toronado but I have been wanting to go for over a year now, maybe I will visit my friend in San Francisco soon, still wanted to try this beer really bad since Russian River is one of my favorite breweries

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass with a light reddish brown color, when held up to the light, it looked as if it were light orange with a red tint, the head was about a half inch and was creamy, did not settle for a few minutes, also left some sticky lacing on the glass during the two plus hours I drank it

Smell was full of Brettanomyces, lots of tartness and sour features in the aroma, lots of different fruits, smelled like mostly dark ones but predominantly cherries, also got hints of grapferuit and sour apple

Taste was simply amazing, I do not know what the five blends of beer consisted of to make this but I think Supplication and Temptation made up the majority, lots of sour cherries right off thebat that turns into a nice berry sweetness in the finish, can literally taste the oak from the barrels that this had been aging in, I can only imagine how good this tasted on tap at the pub the night of their 20th Anniversary, as it warmed the fruit flavor became more complex and I started to taste tangerine and a tarty orange flavor, by the end it tasted like sour candy and was extremely smooth, a somewhat vinegar texture at some points but nothing like other sours I have had in the past, all the other Russian Rivers will probably be a letdown after this one, overall lots and lots of dark cherries

This had tons of carbonation and that would usually be a bad thing but that is not the case with this sour ale, allowed me to fully take in the aroma, it had a nice sparkling wine representation but much better, the body was full for this type of beer as well

Could drink this for twelve hours straight, so smooth and goes down too easy, the alcohol percentage is very high but hidden well, easier to drink than a soda in a sense, not filling at all and relatively mellow for how big of a beer it is

Supplication was probably my second or third favorite beer ever and this one topped it, even though I think its base was that actually, the extra oak taste really set this one off

I have seen this beer going for tons of money in online auctions recently and I am helpful I did not have to trade too much to get the opportunity to try it, this was actually my first trade while being a member of this site

This beer is right up there with Pliny the Elder from the same brewer as the best beer I have ever had, its complexity blew me away, as soon as I got my first smell when I popped the cork I knew it was a real winner, its taste kept lingering for up to five minutes at some point, one of the best aftertastes I am sure I will ever have, looking forward to when Lost Abbey do something similar to this when they blend five or six different wild ales in the upcoming months, at least that is what I saw and heard the last time I was their brewery, this was my first real blending of beers but I cannot really see anything outdoing this, Supplication probably would not even stand a chance if drank side by side with this one, Toronado is an amazing beer that will never be brewed again sadly, I cannot recommend it enough even if it means forking over some dough, truly a masterpeice, Russian River has even outdone themselves this time around

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, amber-colored body with a fizzy, full off-white head.

Smell: Gracious, here's an aroma overflowing with sour Brett notes. Beyond that there's mild caramel malts, oak barrels, cherries, and vanilla.

Taste: Light caramel maltiness along with flavors of vanilla, dried cherries, and maybe even a spritz of lemon juice. Nice mild oaken character to it. Earthy yeastiness. There's definitely plenty of sourness crammed into this beer. The alcohol is very temperate and only provides a little heat to the sour, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite nice! Russian River really did a bang-up job of blending.

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Photo of paddywagon
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Monk's, poured into a flute
A: Pours dark red, translucent
S: Smells of Oak, very intense, along with a bit of fruit?
T: Absolutely amazing, pineapple with tart cherry with smooth oakiness rounds out the taste.
M: Medium body, doesn't taste as strong as it really is. Has a complimentary tannic quality. It really reminds me of a nice med/full body wine.
D: Have one or two, slowly, with a nice rich dinner. This is an amazing beer from an amazing brewery..

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Toronado 20th Anniversary Ale from Russian River Brewing Company
4.42 out of 5 based on 156 ratings.
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