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: 481
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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Reviews: 157 | Hads: 651
Photo of CaptainTripps
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml 2009 bottle poured into a duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very golden-hazy amber. Very much looks like an IPA at pour. Poured gorgeous amount of cream colored head. Left tons of lacing up and down the glass. Very good looking beer.

S: When you dip your nose into the glass some funkyness instantly hits your nose. Also get waves of aromas such as white wine, grapes, oak (major oakyness present), floral notes, and small amounts of orange peel. Some vanilla and small bourbon notes present.

T: Hard one to put a finger on due to its complexness. Sourness really dominates up front and then finishes clean and sweet with vanilla and bourbon aftertones. Some belgian yeast and spicyness are there with a white grape twist to it all. Very rich with some alcohol bite as well. The sweetness of the slight grape aftertaste really balances out the funkyness upfront. Flavors really work in harmony produce a damn fine beer.

M: Has medium carbonation that is long lasting to the very last drop. Not a "pucker-power" sour, but just right on the mouth feel. Beer is smooth with a slight oily feel.

D: A very good beer that isn't a every day sipper, but a beer for special times. A very smooth beer that needs to be appreciated and not abused. Once you get a bottle, savior it and enjoy. (1,285 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed during a tasting with tlay10 and poured into a snifter.

The liquid is a slightly hazy rose-tinged tangerine. Gorgeous color. A one-finger head of ultra-light rosy tan fizzles out quickly, leaving behind a fat layer of film and a big sticky ring which hangs out for a while, leaving thick, jagged horizontal rings.

The nose exhibits nicely integrated oak, vanilla, apricot, white wine, grapes, a moderate brett character, some floral roses along with a bit of tripel character -- pears and white peppercorns. Tiny bit of ethanol. Very subtle bourbon.

The flavor displays the nice fruitiness of tripels: pear juice, apricot, Belgian yeast. There's also some heavy oak, white wine and very subtle vanilla bourbon. The sweetness balances with medium tart character, emerging more as the beer warms up. Dangerously smooth flavors.

Medium carbonation, lightly fizzy as it moves about. Tartness is slightly puckering, but never overpowering. Medium body with a nice creaminess.

A nicely balanced sour. I wouldn't rank it far above the other sours I've had, but there are some very nice flavors here. (1,110 characters)

Photo of jampics2
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle opened by yours truly during my yearly Christmas tasting. We had begun to dive into the wild ale side of things and I pulled this from the cellar. Served in a tasting snifter and split with guests after a quick chill-down.

The beer is slightly hazy but some general colors emerge from the depths. The primary shade is orange and some gold peeks out around the edges. A bit muddy looking with a tiny head that all but dissapears. Not the best looking beer that's been in my glass, but still something I want to take a sip of.

The nose is more alluring than the general look on this one. I get a solid smell of oranges, figs, lemon lactic sourness, a touch of barrel and bourbon. The're a general unity to the scent despite all the elements, and the expression is nice. However some of those intricate touches seem a touch washed out my the lactic sourness and vinegar tones.

Vlad The Imp Aler tastes interestind despite the other beers of the style I've had. Yes, I've had some amazing sours with just a hint of bourbon barrel peaking out from the onslaught of puckering flavors and I've had some wilds that have a heavier barrel character but less lactic. This seems to have found a nice compromise between the two. Initially, some sour cherry flesh and tart lemon skin dominate, then the barrel and bourbon become known with touches of oaky tannins and vanilla. Some vinegar acetic acid notes and dark fruit mingle. This has no sweet base at all and leans to the sour side for sure which unfortunately doesn't conceal all the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some easy carbonation that lets the beer's flavors do the expression without aid or distractions. Some lingering vinegar, sour fruit and booze end the ride and take a victory lap in lieu of slamming on the breaks. This is a nice wild ale and could be more drinkable if the flavor was packed into a less boozy bottle. Still something I would try again. (1,940 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Huge thanks to hopsbreath for this one!

(A)- Poured a hazy caramel color. Produced a good off-white head that dissipated quickly. Minimal lacing.

(S)- Some good funk in there. Plenty of white grape with lemon peel and hints at cider. The bourbon is noticeable, but subtle and adds a layer of richness to the smell. Near the finish, some acidic sourness too.

(T)- Definitely a richer take on the style. Some sweetness in a cider and bourbon aspect. Some tart lemon and white grape. Mildly dry and acidic finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. The sour aspect takes center stage, but is unique and supplemented by the sweet yet smooth bourbon notes. Gets a tad boozy as it warms.

(D)- I like this. It is certainly unique which I really appreciate for the style. A richer; sweeter representation with a good sour background. The bourbon barrel aging really adds a different level to its profile. Worth seeking out. (987 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a hazy amber color with a small thin white head. Nose is tart and funky, with a nice fruitiness.

Taste is really tart and fresh and a bit sweet. Mouthfeel is really lift and crisp. This hong is delicious! (263 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head. Light lacing hangs beautifully on the glass. Looks pretty good.

Light citrus, peach, oak and vanilla on the nose. Hint of grape backed by sweet malts and a nice lactic punch. Fruity with vanilla frosting and oak. Maybe a bit of apple/brett? I think Cascade is typically only lacto, but by nose detects a faint whiff of brett. Might be a similar aroma from something else.

Apples, pears and peach on the tongue. Lactic sourness up front, but the beer finishes fairly clean. Oaky with lots of vanilla. Fairly sweet, but the lactic notes help balance things out. The bourbon barrels come through more than the wine barrels, which was seemed to be the opposite case with Bourbonic. The beer could use a little more sourness, but is quite good as is.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slick with some nice warming alcohol at the end. No funk comes into play, but the lactic notes are nice. Could use a little more sourness.

Drinkability is good. This is definitely a sipper at 10.6% ABV (ABV on bottle), but quite enjoyable. Bourbonic seems pretty good now, but Vlad could maybe use a little age. Overall, I liked this one a bit more than Bourbonic. The heavy vanilla notes are what made it stand out for me. More sourness would be nice, but maybe that will come with more age. Cool stuff. (1,322 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 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 chumba526
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It appears clear orange with a smallish off-white head.

It smells acidic and vinegary there is a nice apple and grape smell as well. I get a bit of a peppery yeasty smells as well. There is also a slight oaky wine like smell going on as well.

It tastes initially vinegary and acidic. There is a nice citrusy lemon flavor and a bit of a grapy fruity flavor going on as well. I get mild earthy, leathery funky taste from the ale. There is some oaky characteristic to the beer. I get a very mild vanilla and bourbon like flavor to the beer as well. There is a slight yeasty peppery character as well. There are a lot of flavors going on but they all blend with each other nicely.

The carbonation is around medium.

The drinkability for this beer is pretty good though it is too acidic to drink a bunch of them.

Overall a very good complexly flavored ale that is worth seeking out. (883 characters)

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Warren (Lazerlobe) for opening his home for the Syracuse Area Tasting Appreciation Night (S.A.T.A.N.)!

Date: 18 December 2010
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX Snifter
Type: Vintage 2009, provided by Warren (Lazerlobe), 750ml corked and caged

Pours a frothy-soapy head, cloudy peach-orange. Aroma of funky bretts, lacto and maybe some pedio, as well as cabernet sauvignon, apple, apricots, white grapes, cherry, maybe slight bourbon. Drinks like a sweet riesling. Tons of funk on the tongue, huge cherry, raspberry, little bourbon, leaving a huge sting on the palate, but a brief one.

This beer is a freakin' sour fruit bowl. Need to remember to find a bottle for girlfriend! (684 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden-orange-copper pour with nice white head; cork was hard to get out

Smell: Lemon citrus, wheat, light fruits, lemongrass, light funk and peppery spices

Taste: light funk, green apples, pears, lemon citrus, wheat, apple cider vinegar, reminds me ever-so-slightly of a soft drink

Mouthfeel: Medium body; dry with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: Very easy drinking, was much better than bourbonic (416 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.44/5  rDev +7%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (688 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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 (287 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 Urbancaver
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Brad for cracking this one open with us at Jackie O's Saturday...

Golden orange appearance with just a bit of smooth head. Sour lacto but doesn't overpower the nose. Some Belgian fruitiness coming through. Tastes of lacto but well balances with fruits and floral flavours on a strong malt backbone. Light and sharp on the tongue making it very drinkable! Easily my favourite sour (390 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 ShadesOfGray
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml cork and caged bottle into my Cantillon snifter glass...shared with my friend. Pours a very light copper color, slight peach tinge. Very nice looking one finger fizzy off-white head forms, very little retention. Leaves a sticky, yet patchy fizzy lacing. So far...very excited! Great looking sour~interesting color.

Aroma is very nice, tart/sour, sweet, bourbon, wine like, crisp, slightly boozy...wow. Very complex, yet the tartness is making my mouth water. Some wood/oak too.

Flavor is awesome. Very, very different from your normal sour. Starts with a very quick sweetness, but taken over by a crisp/sharp tartness that immediately takes over. Then the bourbon hits, and finally finishes with a nice wine dryness! Very complex and delicious. Medium body, high carbonation, kind of boozy. Such a cool and different beer...definitely will be looking to get/trade for a few more bottles! (909 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a golden orange with pale pineapple yellow highlights with a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. Upfront on the aroma i was able to detect some funkiness from the brett with a little corky character slight vinegar acidic citrusy notes and barrel oak notes. the taste was sweet and sour consisting of citrus, brett, oak, slight vinegar, and pineapple accents to add some fruit dimension. It didi seem to have underlying apple and pear flavor as well. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a slight sweet but fruity, oaky, bretty funky, acidic, sour and slight dry finish. Drank amazing and was almost sucking the last drops from the bottle. (702 characters)

Photo of NoLiberty
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GrassrootsVT for the generous share.

Cork pulls tight but releases with a fresh pop. Nice frost that pours into a straw-to-tangerine colored beer with a white head. Head settles from two fingers into a sticky, spotty cap that lasts for the rest of the glass.

Aroma of wonderful brett, tart apples, and funky grass. Spicy aromatic fermented fruit flavors.

Flavor matches aroma exceptionally well. Nice tart, funky flavor with mild fermented fruit, wild...farmhouse-ness. Underlying cider qualities come through as it warms. Delicious, balanced and drinkable.

Soft, sparkling and sweet-tart. Super drinkable. (620 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split up and shared with friends.

A - Pours a fizzy golden yellow, white head, thin cap, and some decent lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - Light to medium sour, some oak, slight tartness, some sweet/spicy fruit notes. Not as sour as say, DDG, but still has a nice balance of sour/tart and oak, which I dig.

T - Light oak, sour/tart, some fruit, lactic hints. A good amount going on here and the sour notes are enough to keep me interested while the oak and slight sweetness change it up for something different. Slightly sour, slightly sweet finish.

M - Light, crisp, fizzy carbonation, dry finish.

D - I had a couple of pours and really enjoyed this one. I know they are different beers, but I preferred this over Bourbonic. (750 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I brought this and shared it at the Copper Mine Pub's 2nd Anniversary party.

Appearance: Pours a golden straw with a 1 finger white crown that shows moderate retention and decent lace.

Smell: Tart wheat, some tangerine notes, a hint of lemon....in a word YOUNG.

Taste: Same as the nose. The sourness is moderate for all of you sour aficionado's but the 2 sour virgins I shared this one with were taken quite off guard by the sourness so it's all relative.

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of light bodied with a fairly spritzy effervescent carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly sessionable for a sour.

I'm really curious to see what some cellaring will do for this one. (669 characters)

Photo of mrandypandy
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked bottle shipped from the brewery. For the record, the exorbant shipping fees have NO effect on my score.

A- Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a fizzy white head. Amber highlights. Good lacing.
S- Not as strong/sour/funky as I was expecting. Faint tart and fruity notes.
T- Wow. Lactic tartness, citrus and other fruity tones. I'm not good at describing flavors, but there is a lot going on here. Exceptional.
M- Medium body, light and crisp. Good carbonation. Acidic.
D- High. Very complex, lots of flavors going on, yet light and drinkable. ABV is well hidden.

Overall - I've tried a few beers from Cascade and have yet to be disappointed. Vlad does not disappoint. Flavorful, complex, but not over-the-top puckering (740 characters)

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