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:
64
Ratings:
383
pDev:
6.77%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 383 |  Reviews: 64
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.

7.5/10

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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 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 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 aasher
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 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%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of beernads
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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 eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stevedore
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Thanks Craig! Poured into a mini-snifter 8/9/2014.

A- Dark ruby-copper body, with a half finger white head with fair retention. Nothing special looking... but luckily that's the least of it. [3.75]

S- Goodness gracious, this is what Consecration smells like, but even better. Tart currants, cherries, dark fruits, raisins with a lovely lactic tartness, red vinous character and some oak. One of the most complex American wild ales I've ever smelled. [4.75]

F- Similar to the nose; lots of dark fruits, cherries, currants, lacto and vinegar along with a nice oak and grape must. I'm not surprised Vinnie and Toronado would come up with something like this. Excellent. [4.5]

M- Medium in body, smooth and rich yet with a nice peppy carbonation. Excellent stuff. Finish is currants and cherries galore. [4.25]

O- Fantastic stuff. I'm amazed I got to try this one; I would never have otherwise. Again, this is a work of art by Vinnie and co; comes highly recommended. [4.5]

Final score: 4.55

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Photo of enelson
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of sweemzander
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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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Photo of kscaldef
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

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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Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 383 ratings
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