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

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Reviews: 157
Hads: 651
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 4.34%
Wants: 482
Gots: 190 | FT: 15
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Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hopdog on 12-09-2008

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%
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Photo of steenkampa
2.46/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I bought this bottle and held onto it for a year or so... brought it to a tasting with a few friends (the highlight of the night was a 2011 Chocolate Rain).

Anyway.

This was overpriced, significantly so. I had gotten it for $40, and to be perfectly honest if it had been $20 my review would be much different.

However, it was not.

For a $40 very rare offering from Cascade, it was pretty lacking in flavor. Too light, not too much fruit or actual sour going on,...it was just boring. I had a few of the Almanac Farmer's Reserve sours later on, and one of them (the 3 I think? maybe it was the 4?) tasted nearly identical, but was about 1/4 the price (smaller bottle, but still...1/2 price if you got two).

I'm not cheap, I'm usually completely down for a $40 beer if it is truly something interesting...but I was deeply disappointed by this one. (850 characters)

Photo of dmsohyea
2.83/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle at Churchills sour fest. 4oz for $9.

Light orange gold with small 1 finger bubbly head. Looks pretty thick. No lace but some retention around the edge.

Nose is mostly brett and funk and some table sugar.

At first sip I wasn't ready for the massive amount of funk. Thick and chewy bready malt but very low sweetness. Sourness is strong but mostly funky.

Overall not a huge fan of this one, a bit too chewy and over bearing. I won't seek this out again. (465 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.06/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Black Raven pint. Pours a bright orange amber with a two finger off-white head and lots of lacing. Aroma of sour citrus, slight brett and wood. Tastes sour and acetic with a light brett component. Sour citrus fruits and green apple, some darker fruit. Not as sour as some other wild ales. Not my style. I was able to finish this, but will not revisit. Obviously well made, but there just isn't enough interesting here to overcome the sour/wild aspects. (466 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.08/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured a nice medium amber color, with a medium bodied ivory head. The bourbon barrel tripel component that was blended into this one was what intrigued me, and I am glad I got to try it (along with the bourbonic plague, which I loved), but this one was way too sour for my palate. Lots of funk, lactic acid, lemonheads, sour cherries and vinegar. For me at least, this one was nearly undrinkable. (397 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
3.17/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper color with two fingers of head and great lacing.

The aroma is tart white grape and apple up front. A healthy amount of dry oakiness and a bit of band aid. Pie crust, raisin, and green tea.

The aroma is very promising but the taste doesn't quite live up to the potential. The dry oakiness and raisin-like sweetness are there and provide a nice flavor. There is an odd plastic flavor in the background which brings it down a little. Some white grape and apple skin. Tart but not really sour.

The body is medium and fairly full for the style. Carbonation is stinging.

Overall I just wasn't overly impressed with this beer. No real noteworthy characteristics. Quite average. (689 characters)

Photo of Soonami
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bartrash (Pete) for sharing a pour of this from the Weyerbacher Rapture release.

This beer smells like a dirty diaper, it is just all kinds of funky. It didn't taste bad, but it just weird drinking something that tasted like a sour leathery funky beer that also smelled like digested food. (300 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

the pour is a copper transparent color with tight white head. The nose is lightly vegital and medicinal with a strong fruit and barrel component. The flavor is the same with a light bitterness. The body is light and the carbonation is very aggressive. (251 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. 2010 version. Bottle opens up with a slight pop. Pours a pretty heady slightly murky orange amber color. The head is a tall 2-3 finger fluffy off white head. Good lace as the head subsides. The aroma to me first and foremost is tart sour cherries. Some minimal funky notes as well. Light mouthfeel. The warming alcohol in the back end is the first thing that I notice. My second sip yields a more fruitful tone up front with that of cherries but not too overly sweet. The carbonation really bites at the tongue ever so slightly more than I expected. Lemon acidic like as well in the back end mixed with the boozy. It's definitely an odd brew the likes I haven't had before. There's is an odd bitterness/funkiness right in the middle that throws me off a little. Some floral Brett notes in the end linger on. Different but not overly amazing. (849 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks canjeeps, for this bottle and the easy trade. Cascade has quickly climbs the ladder of favorite breweries of mine, so I'm really excited for this one.

Appearance
Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip. I didn't quite know what to expect from the appearance here. The description suggested that this was going to be a golden sour, and that's partially correct. It ended up being a little darker than I had expected, probably a product of the barrel aging. Its a fully clouded orange-tan. The head is large, but not as large and fluffy as heads found on many other Cascade beers. A few solid rings of lace are left, fueled by lots of visible effervescence.

Aroma
Again, I don't know what I expected from this beer, but I don't think I expected this. I'm getting much more of a wine barrel character than bourbon barrel notes. Plenty of musty, damp wood. Swirling can bring out minor, hidden notes that I associate with bourbon barreling; soft vanilla and toffee. The whole thing is a little vinegary and spiced. Notions of coriander, cinnamon and perhaps some rosemary. There is a LOT going on here; every once in a while I swirl up something delicious, but then it recedes back into the dense complexities of this beer.

Taste
The tastes works in many of the same ways the aroma does. Ever changing nuances and insane juxtapositions of flavors. Wine barrels and their vinegary tartness kick things off. The beer quickly mellows out as the vanilla, fig and baked apple notes of bourbon barrels comes out. Frankly, though, the two sides of this beer nearly clash with each other. There is a lot of under ripe fruit at the front with over ripe fruits trailing behind. Alcohol makes no attempt to hide. The finish is bourbony hot with a spiced alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, this is a big wild ale. Carbonation is gritty, but gives up fairly quickly. The finish is heavy, warming and coating.

Overall
What a strange brew. The alcohol is too much here, and the beer stands divided between the funk and tartness of wine barrels and the heat and smoothness of bourbon barrels. A nice, create try though. (2,111 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged bottle traded to me by hawks10 in person. thanks steve! drank from my russian river "tion" glass.

A- this one pours out a color that can best be described as slightly darker than apple juice with a small and quickly vanishing bright white head on top. little spots of lacing are left behind on the sides of my glass.

S- the nose starts out with sweet caramel malts before quickly moving onto green apple skin, dates, tart cherries, and raisins. decently lactic/acetic smelling. balsamic vinegar. bourbon and hints of oaken barrel. alcohol sneaks through at some points.

T- the taste starts out with some caramel malt sweetness with a little bit of toffee. the comes a variety of fruits, including green apple skin, tart cherries, raisins, figs, dates, and maybe a little plum. not as sour/puckering as the nose indicated. bourbon and wood. the alcohol comes through stronger in the taste that the nose.

M- the body is a solid medium. the carbonation was pretty low for the style. not as dry as i would have expected.

O- i dont think i liked this as much as other members of the wild ale family. something about it seemed to lack for me. glad i tried it. this is one i didnt think id have the chance to. maybe its the classic barnyard smells and flavors that are missing from this that make it something i dont love? (1,347 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip.

Pours 1 finger of creamy white head. Good head retention. Color is a brightly hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Sour cherries, vinegar, and medicinal bretty funk up front. It has oak, vanilla and spices. It is a bit acidic with some lemon citrus. Decent. Fairly fruity, but pretty funky as well.

Taste: A bit sour funk bomb. A lot of brett and dry spices. Some vanilla. Oak and medicinal flavors are big. It has cherries, lemons, and other tropical fruits blended in. It ends with a wave of booze, kind of like taking a shot of vodka. I also get some dried plums in there with some bready and caramel malts. It does show notes of the tripel with some dry spices and the alcohol. It does have some grape flavors mixed in.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, tart, and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean, but a bit dry.

Overall, I think it is good, but I am not overly impressed. It is somewhat drinkable, but it does show the abv. I think this one is a bit hyped up. (1,001 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml brown glass bottle with unbranded hood-and-wire cap over a cork with appealing label art served into a Guinness goblet. Courtesy of Schlimenhaumer.

2011 project. Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. 10.91% ABV.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide head. Thin. White colour. Not real creamy or full. Retention is nice - about 4-5 minutes. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Translucent golden-copper of good vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Not unique or special looking, but good for a sour.

AROMA: The lactobacillus sourness disappears beneath the competing bourbon and white wine barrel tones. Belgian blonde malts. Sourness is maybe a 4/10 in intensity.

It's a pleasant appealing aroma of moderate strength, but fails to provide enough sourness, tartness, and general wild character.

No alcohol, off-notes, or overt hop character comes through.

TASTE: The white wine barrel is nice, bringing dampened oak. Bourbon is much lighter and more reticent; I get a kiss of vanilla but no real toastiness. Maybe some white oak. Belgian blonde, golden, and pale malts provide the backbone. Sourness is disappointingly mild; maybe a 4-5/10 in intensity. It's tart, but not quite to the extent I'd like. I don't get much spice apart from some mild clove and general Belgian yeast spice.

For the most part, it's well balanced. But it leaves a lot to be desired: more sourness, more intensity, more complexity, more subtlety, more rich oak. Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

I do like it. No alcohol, overt hop notes, or off-notes come through.

TEXTURE: Acidic, luscious, medium-bodied, soft, smooth, and wet. Aptly carbonated. Goes well with the fruit skin notes. Good presence on the palate.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, scratchy, or rough.

This texture complements the taste nicely, but doesn't elevate the beer and doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to it.

OVERALL: Quite drinkable - incredibly so for its 10.91% ABV. I'll enjoy downing this glass, and would happily age a bottle if not for its pesky high price. It's another tasty sour from Cascade and disguises its ABV shockingly well. I'd definitely recommend fans of the style who can afford it try it once. I do think the bourbon intrudes on the sour/oak/acetic feel far too much, which is bad for the balance.

Low B (2,564 characters)

Photo of pwoods
3.57/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged brown bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours an orangish light copper with good clarity. Decent head on the pour with a thin skim of retention. Some lacing.

S: Tart and sour notes of tangerines and apricots. Some if the spices pole through as well as some of the alcohol and very light bourbon. Not much funk.

T/M: More tart and sour fruits. Spices are still there. Not very dry and crisp with a bit fuller mouthfeel and only mild to medium carbonation. There's also something slightly off... Maybe burnt plastic? It's almost undetectable.

D: Not a bad American wild but not cascade's best, either. I wouldn't mind trying this vintage again in a couple years but I don't think I want to trade what it takes to land one of these. (753 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip snifter.
2nd release.

Pours a clear golden orange with a thin, foamy off white head.

Tart and vinous upfront, with light hints of oak and vanilla.

The taste is mostly of more tart and vinous oak, as in the nose. The bourbon comes through a bit in the end with some vanilla oak notes. Standard tart Cascade flavor-profile.

Medium-full body with lightly prickly, but soft carbonation. No evidence of the high ABV.

A good sour blonde ale. Fairly simple flavor notes overall, but still quite enjoyable. (527 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rad unlabeled bottle, 09 vintage, courtesy Sam. Dark orange color with an orangish creamy head. Citrusy and grainy aroma, also some bruised apple going on here. Boozy, warming flavor, lots of candied lemon and tart fruit salad notes. Kind of a sour tripel character. A little bit of unwelcome solvent but overall pretty interesting. (332 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange marmalade color with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Curtains of lace is left down the glass.

Smells tart. Mostly vinous aromas. Sour grapes. Not getting any funk or bourbon. Expecting more complexity from this beer.

Very much on the sweet side with moderate tartness. A sour tripel. Probably the least funky of the Cascade sours that I have tried. I also do not get any bourbon but just a slight hint of vanilla. Reminds me of a Sweet-Tart.

Body is deceptively full. The carbonation is perfect for a sour beer and adds a lot of life to the body.

I was really looking forward to this beer and feel a little letdown. It is still a good beer, but did come through for me. Some funk would of helped this beer a lot. (767 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed medium orange color. Two fingers of off-white creamy/frothy head with average retention and good amount of lacing.

3.5 S: The aroma is much more reserved than the Plague, but the barrel aging works much better. The bourbon is very light and barely noticeable. However, the wine contributes much more strength, lending a pleasant vinous character to the beer. Musky funkiness with a moderate lactic component. Not as fruity as I'd expect given the blend, but there is some peach and apple aroma. Just a touch of spiciness with clove and black pepper.

3.5 T: Just like the Plague, the bourbon and wine components don't mesh well. Take note: leathery and vinous flavors cannot coexist in harmony. Moderately sour with a healthy tangy lactic acid component. Lots more fruitiness than in the nose. Foremost, cherries are detected, followed by lemon, green apple, red apple, and peach. Leathery bourbon contributes a touch of melon. Moderate tannic astringency, oak, and vanilla. Super complex and fairly tasty, but would be much better without the bourbon barrel contributions.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation, which is nice considering the Plague gushed on me. Could be creamier, but it feels appropriate for what it is. Lightly astringent aftertaste.

4.0 D: Pretty good, though trying to do too much worked against this beer. I don't think bourbon barrels should have anything to do with sours (though sour Abyss wasn't too bad). Anyway, decent taste that gets better as you progress through the bottle. (1,563 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Re-review off a bottle from the wide 2010 batch. Bottle courtesy of ramnuts. Thanks, Frank!

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper-orange body in the glass. It's capped with a beige head that retains moderately and leaves some tendrils of lace down the sides. Unlike Bourbonic Plague, this one is not a slow gusher. I'm thankful.

S: The signature Cascade aroma of cherries, tannins, and lactic sourness. They are supplemented by caramelly bourbon, and vanilla. I liked last year's competition entry a lot more; this one seems to need more time to let the aroma develop.

T: Hmm, like the nose: a letdown against the previous bottle. The previous one surely had some unintentional brett sneak in, but this one has a mild, clean lactic sourness with cherries, or what I've come to associate as the signature Cascade flavor. It contains some nice sweetness, partly from bourbon and vanilla, and some from what tastes like candi sugar. Nice elements of green apple and orange rind. The finish is either drying or lightly vinegary. I can't quite tell the difference. It has a small burn in the back of the throat.

M: Good mouthfeel. There is enough residual sugar in here to complement the beer's harsher elements (tannic cherry skins, drying or vinegary finish). Carbonation is low-moderate and smooth. It doesn't have the booziness of Bourbonic. An overall better beer than its brother in this department.

D: A bit of a letdown. It reminds me of a better version of the R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek from New Glarus, which wasn't particularly wild or well-developed, either. Not outright bad, just not upper-tier.

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Original review from January 2010, off a bottle obtained from Curtis at Cascade. 4.5 / 5.0 / 4.5 / 5.0 / 4.5 (overall A+ / 4.65)

Shared at Jeff's (ipa247) recent sour tasting. I only got this thanks to the generosity of Curtis at Cascade. Thanks, Curtis.

A: Pours a lightly hazy, but ultimately clear, ruddy copper body in the glass. It develops a short-lived beige head from the pour, but it vanishes almost instantly into a thin collar with some effervescence up the glass.

S: Cherry, bourbon, brown sugar. Lactic sourness and oak. Green apple, apricot, light lemon rind. Caramel. Some funk in the aroma, with mild horse blanket. When I pour the dregs, the yeast contributes an orange scent.

T: The aromas translate to the taste very well. It's bourbony up front, but in a good way; it leaches out the buttery caramel vanilla goodness without bringing any of the heat along. The mid-taste is very estery, combining apricot, green apple, and lemon rind, with light lactic sourness. The dregs add orange pulp to this part when I pour them. The finish lets the wildness take over, with a surprising melange of horse blanket (I thought Cascade didn't bottle with brett), spice (white pepper?), a small vinegar burn, and hints of tannins.

M: Light-medium bodied. Low carbonation; it's pretty velvety overall. No heat at all. I can't see this category getting any better. Very smoothly integrated flavors.

D: This was one of my personal favorites from the tasting. It is unique, and genuinely good (not just sideshow interest at work here). A very creative effort. I can't wait until this is officially released. (3,233 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Sean...Pours a murky light orange, clear. An off white head that is gone fast, not much see here...Aroma is very lactic with notes of vinegar, wood, spicy, apples...The taste is ok nothing special, very acidic more vinegar present. Not enough sweetness to balance this out.

Better than the Burbonic but nothing special (336 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to schen9303 for sharing this one. 2009 vintage. Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Duchess oversize wine glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger fine white head with decent retention that dissipates into a thin white wisp with a thick white border. Beer is a clear orange-peach. Lacing is stringy and patterned and with good stick.

S: Nose immediately signal to me that this ain't no traditional American wild ale. Belgian yeast, clove, coriander, and orange peel in the base beer are very apparent. Wine barrels lend a grape aroma and bourbon barrel's blanket the entire experience with a sharp booziness. There's some Brett cobweb funk somewhere in there but the big barrel overtones hide it well.

T: Opens just like a Belgian tripel. Belgian yeast spiciness with overly sweet cane sugar. Purple grapes come in towards the middle, adding a subtle tartness. Big malt backbone for an American wild ale. End is dominated by the bourbon barrle as tartness and fruit fades out and Brett funkiness and cobweb flavor take over. Boozy too. As this one warms though, the dynamics change a little and the barrel's integrate better. Grape and other dark fruit start to meld into the bourbon barrels. Finish is sweet and boozy with a sweet grape aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and well carbonated. Lively in the mouth but the carbonation doesn't push through the big body like it usually would in an American Wild Ale. Oily and filmy going down with a touch of abrasivness. Boozy on the finish with a slightly lingering, sugary aftertaste.

D: Considering this from a traditional American Wild Ale perspective, I'm a little dissapointed in this beer. However, I think you kind of have to take this one for what it is. The Belgian base works wonders with the wine and bourbon barrels and even though its not incredibly tart or fruity, there's very good complexity here. Not your typical offering but definitely worth a try. (1,967 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. 2011 project.

Appearance - Clear orange. Small white head. Some wisps. Thin collar.

Smell - Lots of vanilla. Fruity. Light citrus. Malty. Slight acidity.

Taste - Sweet up front. Sharp sourness follows. Fruity flavors parallel the sourness. Peachy, almost. Bright citrus flavor. Malty in the back, but all pale malts.

Mouthfeel - Heavy for a sour, as always from Cascade. Medium carbonation. Not a lot og sourness.

Overall - This is close to great, but it ends up being just good. I feel like it could be so much more. (537 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle from the late 2010 release, this is the 2009 vintage and clocks in at 10.6%. Thanks for picking up my bottles from the brewery, John!

A mostly clear orange amber with a dense, off-white head with good retention and lacing, this is an impressive wild ale. The nose has a nice, lip-smacking lactic sourness along with a rather noticeable vinous character. I can't say I get much bourbon, at least up front, though there is some leather and tannins present. A little vanilla is present as well. In terms of malt, there's some honey, some candy and a little sugar. Now, I know Cascade swear they don't use Brett, but as it warms up, there are so many reasons to believe otherwise. First, the leather, one that's not really malt-derived. Next, there's the mild plastic and clove character. And finally, there's just a whisper of funk. Solid stuff.

The palate opens with a rather pronounced sourness, definitely acetic and lactic in nature, and surprisingly huge in strength. It's immediately followed by a prominent, fruity sweetness with honey, citrus, stone fruit (particularly ripe yellow clingstone peaches), white grapes and a little sugar. All of this is probably from the base tripel. I can't really say I taste much of the quad in here, this mostly tastes like a blend of blondes and tripels. In some way, the sweetness does also have a mild Splenda-like component. Very vinous, this does really make me think of a sweeter white wine. The bourbon character isn't particularly noticeable here, all I do get is a little vanilla. Tart with a clean,lactic sourness and moderate tannins on the finish, there's also some sweetness, rather sugary, that lingers. Still, this is ultimately a very fruity and surprisingly sour beer. Medium-light in body with medium-high carbonation,this does feel quite good on the palate, apart from the sweet fruitiness that's present. Alcohol is reasonably well-hidden, though it does make its presence known by the effect it is having on my sobriety. A very good beer, though I have to say the asking price is a little bit too high. (2,078 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vintage '09

A: Pours a dark apricot ale with excellent clarity. Single finger of loosely packed off-white head falls quickly to a thin, broken sheet of the same. Little lacing.

S: Crisp apples, berries. The bourbon is quite evident on this one. Much more so than I had anticipate. Sour vinegar on the nose. Really nice.

T: Like sour cola, bourbon. Woody. The beer is very complex.

M: Medium to light body with low carbonation.

O: Very good beer. I enjoyed this very much and plan to open another soon. (508 characters)

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Oranges, lemon peel, biscuit, oak, canned pineapple. Medium acidity. Taste is more of the preserved tropical fruit, but also barrel influence with brown sugar and vanilla. Alcohol comes through in bitter finish. Overall, great aroma but a tad hot on the palate. (261 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Barrel House

A - Served a cloudy orange with a brown tint and only a few white bubbles on the glass.

S - Tart oaky and bourbon.

T - Sweeter and has the hints of a Brlgian quad/triple. Lots more bourbon in the finish.

D - Medium body with low carbonation.

O - Sweet Belgian with lots of oak and bourbon throughout. (336 characters)

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Cascade Vlad The Imp Aler from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.