Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale | Russian River Brewing Company

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Toronado 25th Anniversary AleToronado 25th Anniversary Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.75%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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)

Added by MasterSki on 08-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
386
pDev:
6.77%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Zbeetleman
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of jaasen64
4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into HF stemmed glass and split 3 ways. Served lightly chilled. Thanks to standardcherry for this one.

A- Pours a fairly dark purplish red that is mostly opaque and has just over a 1-finger fizzy white head that recedes fairly fast to leave just a thin white layer and some clingy lacing. Decent carbonation.

S- Vinous muscat grapes, merlot, currants, dried plums, hints of vanilla and oak and a very faint chocolate from the porter. Nice vinegar/brett sourness. Nicely balanced, complex, and fairly aromatic. The currants definitely stand out and provide a fairly reminiscient aroma of Consecration that's a little bit more sour.

T- Vinous muscat grapes, currants, a little bit of merlot wine similar to other RRs, finishes fairly sour with a little bit of vinegar, nice lingering sour aftertaste of currants.

M- Medium bodied, fairly carbonated but dies down, very easy drinking, hard to distinguish abv.

O- This was another great sour from Russian River. It definitely had a nice flavor of currants and wine characteristics trademark of RR that balanced well with the level of sourness in the beer. The currants definitely reminded me of Consecration except T25 was more sour and complex. Overall a great use of blending and barrel-aging provided a nice tasting and fairly complex sour. I definitely recommend this beer although it is fairly sour and probably isn't for everyone.

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Photo of MinorThreat
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of jacewg
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of rbrefbeerman
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Shawner
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bmwats
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Nuggetz
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of Rado
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of AleWatcher
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Hugonaut13
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of WillCarrera
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared at the Peg's tasting on 3/8/13.

A- Pours a caramel/maroonish color, thin off-white head.

S- Tart aroma of dark fruits, cherry and red wine, some oak.

T- Similar to the aroma, tart flavor, nice lactic acidity with lots of fruit and vinous flavors. Has a nice musty funkiness to it with wet oak.

M- Medium-bodied, nice carbonation with a dry finish.

O- A damn nice beer, probably one of the better sours I've had from Russian River, really tasty stuff.

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Photo of BeerHunter76
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of millelacsmark
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Kirk
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of jmarsh123
3.95/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of bbadger
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of codynevels
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of brystmar
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.

A: Dark fruits, cherries and light currants with a moderate sourness that has a light vinous presence.

A: copper color with some deeper highlights, clear, with with a moderate white head that leaves light lacing.

T: Dark fruits, cherries and light currants, coupled with a complex moderately sharp and lingering sourness that has a bit of vinous character, and a dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer has a moderately light, but pleasing acidity.

O: Delicious; when this beer was fresh the currants really popped, but with time the fruit aroma and flavor has mellowed and the funky vinous flavors have become a bit more prominent. Surprisingly, there's still a lot of carbonation.

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Photo of scotv
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Thishops4u
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Boston_Steve
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 386 ratings