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

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Ratings: 494
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.9%

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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4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour courtesy of JealousChalice at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

2009 vintage.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and somewhat funky with some grain and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic quality on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a solid flavor but I like the way it smells better.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 01:33:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was decent enough with a clear, dark grape juice looking liquid with only the slightest bit of carbonation sticking to the inside of the glass. The aroma is sour, tart notes, hints of a woody or oak like touch with a vanilla touch to it. Small notes of cherry or some light fruit notes. As I take a taste the feel really throuws me off. Nice tart flavors and a really nice well blended profile. much different then anything i have run into before. The bite of tart apples is lightly offset with a touch of vanilla and oak in the finish, nothing too bad at all, Just a nice one to put down, the tartness was not strong enough and the subtle hints of oak, too light to make a difference.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 00:23:09 | More by mikesgroove
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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stone Sour Fest

A: The pour is a dark orange color with a nice (but small) white head on it.

S: The aroma is fairly citrus heavy and fruity. Notes of grapefruit, apples, and green grapes. Quite a decent "funk" considering that Cascade doesn't use any brett. Leather, earth, and wine round things out.

T: A nice sourness is present right up front. Lactic (lemon) notes along with some pungent grapefruit and a tannic/dry oak quality to the beer. A touch of vinegar, a touch of sweetness...fairly complex, I must say.

M: The body is medium with a fair amount of carbonation and a dry finish to it.

D: This is a much needed redemption after my taste of Bourbonic Plague. Another good wild ale from the guys up at Cascade.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2010 03:01:33 | More by womencantsail
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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter.

Pours an amber-brown color with a single-finger head that dies down somewhat quickly but leaves a bit of lacing behind and has a nice collar throughout. The nose brings a decent amount of lactic character plus some citrus and a fairly-strong amount of green apple skin. The flavor is sour with a bit of funk as well as some oak and a light amount of acetic acid. Mouthfeel is a bit light with a good sour character. Fair amount of carbonation plus a really nice level of drinkability. Nothing really stands out about this brew, though in the end I simply want more.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 23:56:04 | More by Thorpe429
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4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sarcastro for supplying this to the recent tasting. I initially tried to trade for this exact same bottle, so it's strangely karmic that it showed up where I could try it. Served in a tasting snifter.

A - A finger of yellow-tinged foam that dissipates to a thin ring. Dark, murky, orange color, and tons of chunkies floating about. I heard this was filled straight from the barrel, but it's still not very attractive.

T - Lactic sourness, spicy bourbon, pepper, caramel malt, wood and charred barrel, tart apples, grape skins, under-ripe raspberries, stone fruits, and amazingly well-hidden alcohol.

T - The taste is a little less complex with more tannins and spice, and less balancing sweetness. Very acetic, with notes of apple cider vinegar. Pretty delicious.

M - Dry, medium body that is big enough for 9.5%. Tannic finish with a touch of stickiness. It integrates feel elements of all the base beers quite convincingly.

D - This is shockingly drinkable for the ABV - we plowed through this faster than any of the barleywines that we had beforehand. A fantastic experiment that should be a big hit when it's bottled in larger quantities.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 20:12:49 | More by MasterSki
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe, thanks.

Beer is brown and hazy with a head that just never quite forms all the way. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma is lactic and acetic with a mixture of various citric forms from different fruits...apples and figs mostly.

Beer is light in body and moderately carbonated on the palate. Beer is very tart and quite sour. The acetic character makes the palate brighter bringing forward more tannic and oaky characters that may have been lost in the beer otherwise. The lactic is also very forward...overall this was a great great sour. I would definitely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 22:17:23 | More by drabmuh
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to DaveHack (the effin' man) for opening this one last night. This poured out as a clear looking copper color with a nice white head on top. The retention and lacing were minimal. The smell of the beer is obviously sour but also has this subtle sweetness in there too. I kept picking up elements of either the bourbon or honey on the nose. The taste of the beer is tart but it doesn't melt your face off. There is a nice balance of tart and sweet mixing together on this beer. Really interesting stuff! The mouthfeel was well carbonated and light bodied. Overall it's a great beer, and thats coming from someone who isn't the biggest fan of sours. Really quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 16:40:07 | More by Knapp85
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3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a clear amber to orange with a minimal white head, some lace.

S: Wood for sure, musty apples, slight hint of ethanol. Esetery.

T: Apple and pear cider with some pronounced spice character. More directly Belgian in its sensibilites that wild. Still the sour undercurrent is there and adds complexity.

M: Medium to full-bodied, smooth, with a light prickly carbonation.

O: A very solid beer, the ABV is clearly well hidden. Something I'd like to have again to delve deeper.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2011 22:26:53 | More by Halcyondays
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a golden orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Lemons, barnyard, fruits, oak, sourness

T:Cherris, bourbon, oak, acidic,vinegar, barnyard funk, hay

M: Light booze sting on end, mouthfeel is nice, lighter to medium body

D: Easy to drink, not overly sour

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 04:32:10 | More by barleywinefiend
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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is one heck of a beer, and about the most complex one ive had in the blonde color. thanks to my brother for bringing this one to the table. its a sour blonde quad blended with a couple of other sour golden beers, barrel aged. hazy pale yellow in color with quite a bit of bubbles. the nose does not give its alcohol strength away at all, and it smells of sweet musty wood, souring bacteria, spiced rum, Belgian yeast, honey, and wheat malt. extremely complex layers of flavors, just like aromas, to this west coast gem. it starts quite sweet, with a honey and spice combination, and its immediately followed by a woodiness before sour kicks it into high gear. the combination of sour and sweet in the finish is a little odd, not dry at all, but its certainly enjoyable. the blonde quad is an interesting base beer for something like this, it holds up well to the other ingredients and blends, but also serves to let the barrel shine through in a unique way. some wine vibes on the finish as well. well enough carbonated and rather light in body for what it is. an extremely impressive beer from cascade, who seems to be doing so pretty special stuff. this one will be in my memory for awhile.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 16:38:50 | More by StonedTrippin
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 12/12/10 notes. Had at a local tasting thanks to Thorpe429; thanks Mike, really wanted to try this one!

a - Pours a nice amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour apples, funk, sour cherries and fruit, oak, vinegar, and light bourbon. Smells pretty amazing.

t - Tastes of sour apples, sour fruit, barnyard funk, vinegar, oak/wood, and bourbon. Again, very enjoyable.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth body.

d - I thought this was a great beer that smelled absolutely amazing. It had a nice combination of sour fruit and oak, which I thought worked really well together. Would love to get another bottle of this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 00:10:08 | More by mdfb79
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4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks a bunch as always to John for bringing this across the country for me!
I took this to share at a recent tasting.

Gushed a bit out of the bottle, but was quickly under control. Poured into a Night Shift mini feku, a darker amber colored liquid, more hazy as it got closer to the bottom of the bottle; very heady, capped with an inch or more of off-white foam, nice retention and lacing. Aroma was sour/tart, apple cider and stone fruits, hints of Belgian yeast and spice, funk. Sourness was quite tame on the palate, taste was otherwise quite complex: apple, cherry, apricot, lemon, grassy funk, peppery yeast, light acetic acid, white wine, wood, leather, and I almost detected a touch of cinnamon bark in there. Medium body, crisp and moderately puckering mouthfeel, very drinkable overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 15:02:04 | More by Rifugium
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4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Mihir for bringing this to our tasting.

Pours a dark caramel toffee color with golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger off white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal streak of spotty lacing.

Slightly musty aroma with some sweet estery Belgian yeast notes. Slight light fruit presence, especially apple. Cedary oak character and somewhat vinous. Very subtle dry brett in the nose that is barely noticeable.

Tartness up front with a slightly puckering mouthfeel. Sweet and vinous with some nice estery light fruit, especially apple and grape. The oak presence is subtle but there is a good bit of bourbon heat and warmth in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 21:55:04 | More by corby112
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3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jconrick1 for the trade on this one! Shared with CaptinRedBeard on 3/24/11.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a clear orange color with yellow hints around the edges. A white frothy head appears more than a finger strong and leaves a webbing of lace work all over the glass. A light swirl revives the back to a finger of creamy head.

The aroma is mineral filled with funk and souring notes. A light touch of vinegar mixed with a sweet smelling fruitiness like orange peel and other tropical fruits. The backend reveals some sulfur and a scent that is a little poopy. Quite a wild mix of enjoyable aromas going on, it would have been more enjoyable without the sulfur and minerals though.

The taste is sharp and acidic, cheesy, funky, fruity with bitter rinds like orange and some pear. There is a fruity warming finish to this brew. Oak flavors mingle with the fruitiness as it warms and evolves into something only minorly reminiscent of Belgian phenols underneath the funky sourness of this offering.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is lightly acidic and souring. Quite easy drinking with a nice warming quality to it as expected for 10+% abv. A nice salivation factor about this brew makes me want to continue drinking it with ease but it just seemed like it was missing something. Perhaps this one would have developed more in the bottle. As is, it's amazing how wild yeast can alter the blend of base brew's.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 13:50:38 | More by stakem
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brouwers during their Big Wood festival.

The beer pours an apple cider amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impresssively complex, with apple cider, apple vinegar and a touch of sour funk. The sour funk is actually fairly subtle in this beer, and in combiantion with the other aromas, gives this beer something of a lemon lime soda aroma. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, with the sour dialed down to the point I could drink and enjoy this beer (increasingly I find this to be the case with Cascade wild ales). The flavor profile is really pretty intriguing, with a combination of fresca soda and light sour funk making for a very unusual combination. Mouthfeel is very light and easy going, with just the right amount of carbonation for the style (restrained carbonation). Drinkability is pretty good, and I feel as if I really need to say something about Cascade's ability to hide the high abv. in their wild ales. If I had to guess, I would have thought the abv. in this beer to be no more then 6 or 6.5%; I had it side by side with the NB Bottleworks 10 and both beers tasted as if they had a very similar abv. I have no idea how Cascade manages to do this, but to say the least, I was impressed.

Glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2009 21:32:48 | More by johnmichaelsen
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4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out a yellow, orange and light brown mix. Very little head ring around it, too small to determine its color or find any degree of retention or lacing possible. Left a big clump of brown sediment in the bottle after the pour.

Aroma was citrus and bourbon. Different.

Taste, a weird mix of soured blond ale, but also the oak and bourbon notes giving it a boozy mouthfeel that is far from a bad thing, it was like a big time juxtaposition of those flavors, but as it went on, it became more enjoyable. Vanilla, charred oak, bourbon, citric rind, citric tarness, booze, toffee, musty dark fruit. Drinks relatively easy though given the high abv.

Drank at a camping trip up around Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe. This one closed out Saturday night for us.

Now that they are charging $30 a bottle for this beer, plus shipping, its just not that good to cough up that kind of money. I'll take two bottles of their apricot instead of the one bottle of this that I can get for the same price. Cool beer, enjoyable, but unless you are just rolling in cash, I don't see stocking up on these. To try once? Sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 17:33:24 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Corey – much obliged!

Pours a hazy orange color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts with large amounts of moderately tart light citrus – lemon and orange rinds. Also present are slight hints of oak and lighter hints of vinegar.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as complex. Medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by light citrus flavors that are equally tart and sweet. Midway through the sip hints of funk come into play and dissipate the slight sweetness. Very light hints of vinegar make an appearance near the end of the sip before fading out into a crisp and mildly tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I wasn’t blown away by this beer, but it’s another solid beer from Cascade. Well worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 18:52:00 | More by glid02
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District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

A: Hazy and orange in color with an eighth inch of head that leaves some good lacing on the glass.

S: Sour, funk, citrus, apples, fruit, alcohol.

T: Really tasty. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. The flavor is tannic, with a nice oak barrel presence. The beer is pleasantly sour, which thrills me, and has a nice fruit component. The bourbon aspect is there, but not overwhelming. Overall, a seriously delicious brew.

M: Very smooth feel with moderately low carbonation.

D: An overall awesome beer. I definitely want some more of this.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 22:12:21 | More by Huhzubendah
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a ton to Ron for busting this bottle out when I visited the brewery. I'd read about this and never thought I'd get the chance to try it. My notes are a little fuzzy as this was the last beer at the end of a 3 hour tasting, but I believe this is a blend of 2 spiced quads, 2 old triples, and a spiced strong blonde. If that's completely inaccurate you have my permission to execute me.

The beer pours amber with a one inch beige head. Retention and lacing are both great.

The aroma is a complex thing. Notes of candied and brown sugar evident, as well as overripe apples, yeastiness, and sweet bready malt. I detect a faint spiciness as well as, orange peel, oak, and lactic notes. A nice tartness is present. I know that sounds like a crude conglomeration, but my description doesn't do the nose justice as the different aromas do combine nicely.

The flavor is tart, with lots of bready malt, some caramel, and sugar. There's a faint lactic sourness in the flavor, and those interesting overripe apples are back. I get less oak than the nose suggested, but it's still noticeable. The flavor strikes a nice balance between tart and sugary sweet. I notice notes of citrus and dried fruits. The finish is sweet with some acidity and a finishing, lingering tartness. Highly recommended.

2nd bottle opened by jshufelt at our Cascade tasting on 12/11/2009. Thanks Jonathan! The only thing I'd like to add to my previous review is that the beer is a good deal spicier than I remembered it being. Spices are strong in both aroma and flavor, but a bit more so in aroma.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 06:23:33 | More by HopHead84
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 01:08:43 | More by mothman
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draught at the brewpub, enjoyed while chatting with the ever generous and friendly Ron, Curtis, and Art from Raccoon. Vlad the Imp Aler is a dark golden light orange with a small white collar that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is slight caramel and whiskey, a nice spiciness, semi-sweet, with light fusels.

Taste is great, a big BSPA fruitiness countered by a nice tartness, with more of the whiskey and spice notes providing added depth. Sometime the lacto dominates so much that they base beers don't shine though, but that surely isn't the case here, at least not yet! Wow, very yummy, these guys have been killing it in the sour beer world lately.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a hint of oily slickness and not as dry as their other sours.

Drinkability is dangerously high for 10.3% beer, although mainly because it's so tasty, as you can certainly taste the heat. Factor in the reasonable price and you've got another home run from Cascade.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2009 23:13:47 | More by ccrida
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4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on-tap at the barrel house and then subsequently at the sixgill

Like any Cascade beer, Vlad is layered and complex with a bit of a punch. There is just so much going on here between the base belgian ales, the barrels, yeast and bugs and so on. It's hard to say it isn't good but it's hard to say it's great too - it's just too much. Sweet, boozy, vinous white notes, very trace bourbon, vanilla, pineapple. Interesting - would not buy another $30 bottle of this, but would go after it again on tap

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2013 00:28:20 | More by dirtylou
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4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Corked and Caged 2011 Project bottle, bought online from Cascade...$30, 10.91% abv on the label.

A- nice pop when I pulled the cork out, it pours a hazy orange, 1" head of foam, nice lacing ensues.

S- lots of vinegar sourness up front, pretty much all that I get aroma wise.. maybe a bit of spice but I'm not sure about that.

T- change the vinegar sourness to a wine sourness when it comes to the taste. I get a bit of the Bourbon but it is more in the background than in your face. Some vanilla seems to peek in at times. Good fruity sourness throughout and that pleases me.

M- medium bodied with some lively carbonation. Nice.

O- A nice brew and fairly easy to drink considering the abv. I like this a lot but I prefer others from Cascade...worth a try if you have no problem spending the bucks.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 23:22:26 | More by Bitterbill
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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another rare Cascade bottle generously shared by Arbitrator. Thanks!

Amber in color with a slight yeasty haze. No head forms from a gentle pour, just a thin white ring circling the rim of the glass, but there's plenty of visible carbonation. The aroma is bold and complex, ranging from musty wood and damp basement to cherries and plums to white pepper and sweet bourbon. Acetic and lactic acid are present in equal quantities, stinging the nostrils slightly. The taste is equally complex, opening with sour cherries, plums and stonefruit, with a touch of caramel-like bourbon flavor buried beneath the fruit. Lactic and acetic acid are at a moderate level, sharp and biting without overwhelming the subtle complexities of the beer. Carbonation is at a high level, helping to offset the full body. The finish is lightly bitter and dry, leaving flavors of pepper and orange peel lingering on the tongue. This is good stuff, but it becomes a bit overwhelming after a few ounces.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 19:37:36 | More by largadeer
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split and poured into a tulip. 10.6% ABV, Serve at 45°-50°, 2009.

Thanks to "King of Wilds" sweemzander for yet another; #3

A - Somewhat hazy and lightly bronzed amber in color, it's topped by a nice two-finger head that rises up then drops to a foamy pile. Good lace left in it's wake.

S - Awesome Brett funk aroma with amber and caramel malts, lots of classic barnyard craziness going on. Very great wild aroma. Not specifically unique to the style, but awesome regardless. A hint of warm alcohol comes through the finish.

T - Notes of quad fruitiness and smooth yeast with a sharp Brett funk and mild barrel alcohol give the flavor a unique approach when the aroma didn't have one. Amber and caramel malt sweetness balance it out nicely.

M - Smooth entry to a sharp carbonation and bitter sour finish. Good balance and lightly warming alcohol keeps it level.

D - Good drinkability for how high the alcohol is in this wild, nice got a stable balance throughout that's a little more mild than wild. On a side note, it took Sweem about 10 minutes to get the damn cork out.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 00:50:29 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Cascade Vlad The Imp Aler from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.