Cascade Vlad The Imp Aler - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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Reviews by Swimsum:
3.95/5 rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Newest vintage (2010 I believe) poured into Bruery tulip.
Pours out a hazy golden color that also settles the same color into the glass. A white head emerges from the liquid that is foamy with some tiny bubbles making it up. Head quickly recedes to a thin layer on top of the liquid that drags some lacing down the glass.
Very sour/tart smelling upon first few whiffs. There is also a ton of white wine barrel in this one. Some oak notes also come out as this warms along with some white wine grapes, fruit and some alcohol. No bourbon presents itself however, little disappointing. Still pretty complex smell.
This is pretty interesting and complex. There is a lot going on here. Much like the smell there is a lot of white wine characteristics along with oak and tartness. The base Belgian beers are also pretty pounced here. There is also a sour alcohol taste that comes though on the aftertaste every now and then.
Medium bodied with a generous helping of carbonation. This isn't thin at all but the carbonation is very apparent. Goes down pretty smooth but the alcohol heat is apparent for me. Bourbonic Plague hid its alcohol better even though it's about 2.5% higher.
I enjoyed this but I think it might get much better as time goes on in the bottle. I have another bottle that I'm going to sit on for awhile. I'd suggest trying this one out if you enjoy sours. Another good from Cascade.
Serving type: bottle
02-02-2011 05:53:15 | More by Swimsum
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4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
2011 Project. Cork was probably one of the most difficult ones to remove...EVER. Pours a murky, golden color with a hint of amber. Small-medium, white head that takes a little time to go down. Good-looking brew. Scent is very inviting... green apples, bourbon, citrus fruit, barnyard funk, pepper, grass...damn, this beer is all over the place. Smells complex. Taste is just as complex! Initial sip is lightly tart with sour apple flavor and lemon peel. Sour lemon flavors with a balance of sweet bourbon. Lovely spiciness that I can't put my finger on...other than being delicious. A bit boozy, especially as it warms. Mouthfeel is a little cloying, but with a dry finish. Seems perfect with this offering. Drinkability is high...especially for such large ABV. Overall, like the other Cascade brews I've had, this one is very complex and delicious. The sweet booziness is definitely present, but the tart fruit, light acidity, and mellow funk make this to be a world-class beer. Have 1 more bottle, definitely going to buy more.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2014 07:43:39 | More by DovaliHops
Cascade Vlad The Imp Aler from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.