Toronado 20th Anniversary Ale | Russian River Brewing Company

BA SCORE
95
world-class
155 Ratings
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:
155
Reviews:
93
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
Wants:
478
Gots:
17
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 155 |  Reviews: 93
Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to get to try this one at the DC Lost Abbey Tasting. Poured into a 5.5 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a very thin ring of off white carbonation.

Smell: Like a flanders red or an oude bruin. Vinegar and tart berries with a touch of sweetness.

Taste: Quite tart with red berry sourness and some oaky wine notes. There is a sweetness from the malt along with a mild vinegar note. There is a funk in the finish and it gets more sour as you progress through the sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very aggressive tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very complex sour. It seems to have held up well, but I've never had it before. Consensus was this one reminded us of consecration.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Chris for sharing this one. Kicking off this ridiculous sour tasting with a bang!

Pours a hazy reddish brown with a thin white head. Smells like a fruitier version of an oud bruin with hints of vinegar, oak and red wine. Smells rather sour - a lot like Consecration. Oak and red wine are very prominent in the flavor as well as dark dried fruit (dates maybe?). It's sour and quite tasty, but not mindblowingly unbelievable - the oak really stands out in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this beer is actually more similar to Consecration than I expected - big red wine notes and oak are most prominent. It's damn good, but when I consider what it takes to get one, you might be better off just having a Consecration and saving some cash.

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

Kickin' DC Lost Abbey tasting...with Russian River. Courtesy of Chris D. Thanks man! Served in a mini snifter.

A - Murky brown color with nice carbonation still. Recedes to the side of the glass.

S - Tart lemons, super funky. Lots of lactic presence as well.

T - Way more darker fruit presence up front. Lighter tartness then I would have imagined. Really smooth drinking with a good amount of sour aftertaste. Reminds me a bit of the 2006 Bon Chien I just had, oddly enough.

M - Super light and earthy for such a high alcohol sour. Slight fizzyness and effervescense.

O - Such a great beer. Has held up and is above average even for Russian River. The bar was so high and this one delivered.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by ygtbsm94. One of my most highly coveted wants. I can't thank you enough Brad!

Served in my Cantillon gueuze tumbler - I can't believe I don't have a Russian River glass...

The beer appears a light amber hue, appearing mostly clear. The head is approx. 1/2" and fades to a thin collar within a few moments, leaving a generous amount of lacing in its wake.

The aroma is wonderfully complex, offering red wine, white wine, oak, tart fruits, acidity, dark fruits, vanilla...wow.

The flavor is equally as complex. A heavy and biting acidity confronts the palate immediately. I find this to be more sour than tart. Very tannic, with prominent wine and barrel flavors. Dark fruits soaked in alcohol add warmth in the finish.

Overall, I am so grateful to have tried this. An interesting and intriguing beer. It wasn't among my favorites of the night, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Brad for sharing this rarity. Beer is amber and hazy with a thin white head, lazy, no lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and acetic with a nice level of lactic and citric acid, nice citrus as well, a little oak.

Beer is light and good, it is sour and tart with a dry finish, a good beer very enjoyable and I'd have it again (yeah right).

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Photo of mdfb79
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 04/14/12 notes. Huge thanks to Brad for sharing this one, one I never thought I'd get to try.

a - Pours a clear dark amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cherries, oak, sour dark fruits, some light funk, toasted malts, bread, fruity malts. Nice and sour and some nice wood to it. Big fan of the nose.

t - Tastes of tart cherries, sour dark fruits, oak, sherry, vanilla, toasted malts, and light funk. Not quite as funky or sour as the nose but still really nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy.

o - Overall a very good sour from Russian River. I love sour cherries and dark fruits, and this one still has a ton of it. Light funk in the nose which is very nice and easy to drink.A very good beer, can't wait to see the 25th Anniversary Ale coming out.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting on April 14, 2012. Served in a Russian River TION goblet. Big thanks to Brad for bringing out this long-time want of mine.

Pours a clear amber-red with a small off-white head with pretty good retention. Average lacing on the way down as it makes its way to a collar.

The nose carries some really nice cherry and earth notes with a touch of port and vinous red-wine character in the background. A touch of woodiness to it as well.

The flavor continues down that path with a nice mix of earth, cherry, black currant, and light plum, resulting in something that's reminiscent of some red wines.

Long duration with moderately-heavy acidity and light-to-moderate funk. Medium body with a slight chewiness to it. Carbonation is average. Finish is dry.

Really an excellent beer and its complexity has withstood the test of time. After having this, I'm all the more motivated to seek out T25 this summer. Vinnie can really do some great things with wild ales.

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Photo of jerz
4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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

Russian River Toronado 20th Anniversary Ale

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

This is a treat for me for my 800th Review. I’ve had this beer before and it was amazing.

A nice loud pop starts things off with the cork flying off the bottle and hitting the ceiling. The head starts to rise in the bottle so I quickly pour into the tulip glass. The beer pours a gorgeous hazy dark copper color with some nice amber edges and some murky muddy-ness to it. A nice off white fluffy head forms and leaves some gorgeous sticky lacing. The bubbles are not quite that dense its nice and foamy. The head retention is great and the foam sticks around the sides of the glasses as it goes down. (5.0)

Aroma starts off with some leather notes and some nice woody oak. Slight sour apple notes are very present mixed in with some slight fruit sweetness. There are some nice delicious vinous and some nice cherry notes. Aroma is near perfection. Nice vinegar mixed in with the cherry notes and apple. This is perfection in the nose. It’s not too intense in acidity but just enough to merit a couple of sniffs. (5.0)

Flavors are perfection. There is some smooth tartness with some slight vinegar, vinous character and some intense cherry sweetness and tartness. Perfection. I can’t stress this enough. There is a nice funky finish to the beer mixed in with the oaky woodnotes. There is some leather in the taste that is balanced out with some of the intense cherry notes. Some nice slightly sweet apple notes and some mild sour apple as wel. The mouthfeel is fluffy and delicious with nice crispness and a nice dry finish. There is some slight hop notes almost citrusy on the back end. This is the most balanced sour beer I’ve ever had. Perfect combination of tart and fruit and woody notes. As this brew warms the cherry and woodnotes really begin to shine. The ABV in the beer is hardly noticeable. It adds some slight heat to it that melds very well with the tartness. This brew is glorious. Best sour I’ve ever had. (5.0)(5.0)

This brew is perfection in a glass for me. I’m lucky to have had two of these. This brew is delicious. Balanced and well crafted. Cherry notes that are tart and sweet at the same time with some nice wood notes and slight funk. Nice apple notes mixed in with some leathery hints and awesome oak. Some nice vinegar notes and sour fruit notes. Awesome and PERFECT. (5.0)

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Photo of mrbubbler
4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of MrFootstones
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Reviewed in August 2008. Bottle shared by eclectic at BCTC. Thanks so, so, so, much Kevin! This was probably my most wanted beer on the site and boy did it live up to my expectations. Pours dark reddish brown with a small off-white head. Nose is heavily funked and oaked, with some nice dark fruits, layered malt, and just so complex I can’t do it justice. Flavor is delicious funk blended with mild quad-like flavors so perfectly. This is probably the best russian river beer I have had and that’s saying a lot as I rate them all pretty darn high. Don’t know if I’ll ever find a bottle of this stuff, so I can’t thank Kevin enough for being so generous to share it with me. An awesome final beer of a great Belgium Comes to Cooperstown experience. Is this the perfect beer? For me, at this time and place, it was and is.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber, swirling head, musty aroma. Rich fruit rinds, significant carbonation even after after several years. A mix of oak and red wine oak notes. Some astringency and bitterness. I've had this various times, including at the Toronado 20th anniversary on tap. I think it was truly amazing, especially at first, but some age is showing with a slight breakdown. Nevertheless, absolutely wonderful the first three years on tap or in bottle...cool label and glass design...unfortunately my glass got broken :(

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Toronado 20th Anniversary Ale from Russian River Brewing Company
4.42 out of 5 based on 155 ratings.
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