Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale | Russian River Brewing Company

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Toronado 25th Anniversary AleToronado 25th Anniversary Ale
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Toronado 25th Anniversary AleToronado 25th Anniversary Ale

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

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.

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.

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Ratings: 386 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of drewone
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Reddish golden. Small cream head. Islands of foam on the surface.

Smell - Acetic acid, musty, and fruity. A little bit of cherry, some tart cranberry, and oak.

Taste - Better. Strong sour, less acetic in nature than the aroma. Dark fruits, some red wine. Musty, dry, and oaky.

Mouthfeel - Very sour. Less complex than I expected. Well carbonated and very clean.

Overall - It's really good, but the difficulty in obtaining it doesn't make it worth it. Standing independently, any brewery would be proud to make this beer, but standing next to some of RRs standard sour offerings, it isn't as impressive.

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Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer is hazy murky orange with a small head. The aroma brings oak, citrus, currants, funk, berries, yeast. The flavor offers citrus, funk, yeast. A touch of lactic and acetic character. Good stuff. Perhaps not above the regular Russian River lineup.

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

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stakem
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Orangesol for the share on this one. 750ml cork and caged bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear light copper color with a white finger of froth. Some spotty strings of patchy lace hang on the glass. A swirl revives about a finger back to the surface.

The aroma is fruity with notes of mildly funky/footy cheese. A nice contrast of citrus fruit is also present with a mild amount of medicinal character. As it warms up, it displays a little bit of tropical quality blending to vinous with a hint of oak.

The taste is tart and fruity with some herbal qualities and mild raw oak. There is a bit more bitterness than I was expecting that comes across rindy like grapefruit juice with an addition of something more vinous. The aftertaste brings in a bit of funk like cheese which was more prevalent in the aroma.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is overall pretty darn easy drinking and deeply complex/enjoyable. The comment was made during the tasting of this that it carries quite a bit of consecration quality. I can sort of buy into that idea. It certainly carries some familiarity about it with regards to the batches of consecration that are "on" and not harsh around the edges. I look forward to enjoying this one again with some age.

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Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BMart
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Opened at TN whales tasting 3/16/2013. Thanks to CurtisMcArthur for sharing.

Pours a reddish amber color, decent head. Not a standout appearance but looks nice.

Smells pretty tart, bit of ketchup, some brett, maybe some cardboard.

Taste is nice and sour, some ambiguous vinous fruit, but I get a bit of woody cardboard--could this be a little oxidized already or is it just confused from the blend? Tastes good, great sourness, but the flavor is unfocused and hard to describe in detail.

Nice fizzy mouthfeel, pretty drinkable despite the acidity.


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Photo of aasher
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of IrishColonial
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

The nose on this beer is like super gueuze. Flavor profile is sour to the extreme. And I know that isn't saying much considering the brewery, but this goes all the way. (Possibly, a bit too much really.) Hard to get any subtle nuances at all. But hey, as a sour, I can dig it. I mean, who can create a wild ale like this? Not many people. I would certainly like some more nuance to this, but I will take it how it is. Because it's still good. Happy birthday Toronado.

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Photo of stevoj
4.01/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle at share. Medium to dark amber, small ring of head. Aroma is fruity, grapes, some fo the tartness comes through in the nose. Taste too has mellowed nicely, smooth and pleasurable. Really nice.

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

Photo of Duff27
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Lare453
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Dicers
4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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

Photo of Gobzilla
4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a copperish brown in color with golden yellow highlights and a half finger of head with good retention which left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: definitely was able to detect a variety of berries such as strawberries, cherries, blueberries, and cranberries with good oakiness, some wine barrel vinous character, acidic notes, a little brett funk, citrus and a little orange rind.

T: lots going on in the taste but like the nose suggest, I was able to get lots of berry character mostly cherries and strawberries, good acidic citrus coming through, nice oaky accents, a hint of vanilla, vinous wine barrel character, great inviting brett funkiness with a touch of horse blanket and mild mango fruit; whoa.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of bubbly carbonation which had a fruity, oaky, vinous, acidic, sour and slightly dry finish.

O: very glad my boy beezler opened this sucker up. This one definitely lives up to the hype IMO. Solid american wild all around with an exceptional taste. Mmmm.. I want more, someone hook me up. Ha!!

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -9.7%

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