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Cascade Vlad The Imp Aler - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Cascade Vlad The Imp AlerCascade Vlad The Imp Aler

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497 Ratings
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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.67%


Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A blend of oak barrel-aged 23- and 25-degree Plato sour blonde quadrupel with sour bourbon barrel tripel and sour strong spiced blonde. Wild yeast was added during the barrel aging.

First Release: 9.5% ABV
Second Release (Sept 2010): 10.6% ABV
Third Release: 2011 - 10.91%

(Beer added by: hopdog on 12-09-2008)
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Reviews by Swimsum:
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Swimsum

Oregon

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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2011 project into a snifter

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Cascade Vlad The Imp Aler from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.