Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale | Russian River Brewing Company

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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:
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Reviews:
66
Ratings:
386
pDev:
6.77%
Bros Score:
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks, Chris.


Pouring a clear mahogany red with a thin but lingering off- white head with excellent retention and modest lacing, this beer looks pretty good. The nose is brightly fruity and sour with Red wine, grape skins, currants, as well as a little balsamic vinegar. There's a touch of a light fruity brightness that really brings to mind Temptation. Oak character is reserved. While reminiscent of Consecration, it doesn't have the deeper leathery and earthy notes. A touch of lime is present as well. The funky notes are a blend of barnyard, hay and maybe some pot pourri?


The palate opens bright and citrusy with lime and a modest lactic acid bite. Acetic character is minimal on the palate. Quite a bit of fruit is present, with cherries, currants , white grapes ( closer to verjus, really) red grapes and even some plums. The sourness is intense, probably more than it needs to be, but it is tastefully done in that it does complement the fruit notes, as well as the moderate sweetness, one that again brings to mind fruit, in an enjoyable way. The sweetness is a blend of cocoa and buckwheat honey, very enjoyable. Oak character is minimal , though the sourness does sensitize the palate to the mild level of tannins present. The sourness does whelm the funk notes that are present on the nose, which is unfortunate. The finish is long, juicy and moderately vinous, with a strong lactic sourness. Ultimately, this is an excellent addition to the Russian River pantheon of sours, really bringing to mind a blend of Consecration and Temptation with the unexpected sweetness that's at a modest level really working.

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Photo of corby112
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy, dark amber color with ruby red edges and a one finger frothy  white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lace left behind.

Earthy aroma with lots of oak and musty barnyard funk.  Subtle acetic character with prominent barrel notes and similar qualities of an oude brune.  Slight sulfuric presence with cheesy funk, berries and other vinous dark fruit notes.  Really musty with lots of barrel, barnyard and funky bugs.  A bit too much acetic vinegar but it doesn't overpower the other notes.

Tart and puckering with strong sourness that isn't overly harsh or acidic.  That sulfuric elements comes through but not as strong as in nose. Strong barrel preence with lots of dry oak which is nicely complimented by musty brett notes. Lactic presence in the finish adding more funk.  Berries, currant and other vinous dark fruit also come through in the finish.  Sour, dry and funky but not harsh.  Acetic element isn't as prominent as expected.  Could use some more sweetness but it's still a really solid wild ale.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Axnjxn
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a teku.

dark ruby red color with a great foamy head. smell of currants , cherries. taste starts out with a big amount tartness...cherry flavor is prominent right after and the finish is very wet and has a lingering fruity taste that coats your mouth. quite complex and you can tell its a blend. body is medium and carbonation is medium as well.

overall blows consecration out of the water, which is what its reminiscent of. excellent.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks Sonny! Been wanting to try this for ages.

A- Cloudy deep amber body from the hype 750ml to my snifter. A foamy off white head ascends to a half finger before slowly dying to a small ring. Spotty lacing.

S- DAMN. An experience at this point with a smattering of fruits and acids. Dark rich fruits like cherry and currants open up with plenty of sour flora and lactic bacteria depth.

T- Again.... DAMN. The Russian River flora and the currants seem simple but they provide so much depth. A plethora of yeast and bacterial ferments with tart currant, tart cherry pie, lemony raisin dark fruits, intense sours, vinous tart grapes, cellar funk, underripe stone fruit, sour applely grapes and melted dark fruit popsicles.

MF- Fluffy and foamy medium body with a slick and huge sour finish. Moderate level of carbonation.

The base sour and the currants are just phenomenal together. The Russian River bugs are once again legendary and really provide a good sourness and complexity.

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4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jedwards for breaking this out. 750ml corked and caged bottle served in a taster. Pours an amber/honey hue with a slightly hazy clarity. Nose expresses notes of vinegar, sour cherries and a trace of funkiness. Taste is tart and vinegary with some acetic acid and no real fruit presence. Mouthfeel is light and lively with an acidity that stimulates the salivary glands and continues to linger between quaffs. Finish is pleasant and semi-dry, but not puckeringly so. Overall, a very good American Wild Ale. I'm not sure how this beer will age over time (I suspect the fruit character in the nose will diminish); however, it's drinking quite well right now.

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4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes taken from a bottleshare at the Phoenix Sun in NYC. Thanks kindly to Mike for sharing.

a - looks like an amber ale a bit.
s - nice brett like smell. some sour and funky currants.
t - tastes like supplication in a wine barrel. some funk, but not as much as the nose suggests. tastes better than it smells. good one.
m - fairly smooth, good carbonation. not fruity or too sour.
o - pretty good. doesn't blow my mind. tastes like a russian river sour. solidly made but nothing light years ahead of RR's regular lineup.

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4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Dajtai007 for hooking me up with this.

A: Pours a murky reddish/orange color. Plenty of suspended yeast. A two finger white head forms, and recedes in a second to a ring. Some sticky lace is left.
S: Tart acidic cherries, vanilla, and light oak aromas. The sharp acidic quality is cut by a great bready/biscuit/cracker aroma. Love the nose, and it lingers on forever.
T: Tart and acidic up front as one would expect. The sharp acidic bite lasts throughout, but never becomes overbarring. Tart cherries and plums. Vanilla and oak flavors intermingle. Again, love it.
M/D: A medium body and very crisp carbonation. The effervescence tingles on the tongue, and a nice puckering going on. A great beer to sip on. The bottle is all mine, and I will savor it.

The acidic and tart punch asserts itself, and makes its presence know. Though that is never out of wack or unbalanced with anything else. A great blend.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.84/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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