1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Cascade Vlad The Imp AlerCascade Vlad The Imp Aler

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

559 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 559
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 466
Gots: 185 | FT: 15
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 559 | Reviews: 146 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of steenkampa


2.4/5  rDev -43.9%

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).


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.

08-08-2013 21:33:16 | More by steenkampa
Photo of dmsohyea


2.85/5  rDev -33.4%

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.

09-22-2011 00:13:38 | More by dmsohyea
Photo of bennetj17


3/5  rDev -29.9%

04-29-2014 18:35:23 | More by bennetj17
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.05/5  rDev -28.7%

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.

03-15-2012 03:07:39 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of emmasdad


3.05/5  rDev -28.7%

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.

10-07-2010 03:09:39 | More by emmasdad
Photo of alcstradamus


3.13/5  rDev -26.9%

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.

12-08-2010 02:51:34 | More by alcstradamus
Photo of Bicyclette

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

03-27-2014 00:42:04 | More by Bicyclette
Photo of Soonami


3.48/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

09-24-2011 14:33:19 | More by Soonami
Photo of cpetrone84


3.48/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

04-10-2012 14:05:41 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of kbutler1


3.48/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

10-28-2010 01:12:01 | More by kbutler1
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

11-04-2012 03:36:21 | More by acurtis
Photo of DerekQXQX


3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

04-27-2014 13:07:03 | More by DerekQXQX
Photo of emilylee


3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

01-23-2013 21:59:59 | More by emilylee
Photo of innuendobrewskiman63

New York

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

02-03-2014 12:26:17 | More by innuendobrewskiman63
Photo of jegross2


3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

07-07-2013 23:33:03 | More by jegross2
Photo of aasher


3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

02-19-2012 07:58:21 | More by aasher
Photo of jarrgal

North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

10-28-2013 23:10:07 | More by jarrgal
Photo of Rand_ale_Thor


3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

07-11-2013 16:05:29 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
Photo of ygtbsm94


3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

01-16-2012 07:10:28 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of Mikeluzzjr


3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

03-30-2014 18:13:14 | More by Mikeluzzjr
Photo of Spider889


3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

01-06-2012 11:17:10 | More by Spider889
Photo of FullObs


3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

04-30-2013 15:23:47 | More by FullObs
Photo of DoubleJ


3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

01-08-2014 04:10:51 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of jwinship83


3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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?

06-14-2011 04:52:57 | More by jwinship83
Photo of bobv


3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

07-16-2013 18:52:50 | More by bobv
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Cascade Vlad The Imp Aler from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 559 ratings.