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.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

547 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 547
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 465
Gots: 186 | FT: 14
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:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 547 | Reviews: 146 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ThatsThatDude
ThatsThatDude

New York

4.75/5  rDev +11%

01-06-2014 15:17:51 | More by ThatsThatDude
Photo of Hanzo
Hanzo

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

01-05-2014 22:06:47 | More by Hanzo
Photo of zestar
zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

01-05-2014 06:06:02 | More by zestar
Photo of rlee1390
rlee1390

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy yellow orange, one finger head with some lacing.

S-Grapes, wine, oak, slight bourbon, mild funk, grass and dirt.

T-Starts with some grapes, good deal of wine and oak. Mild bourbon, grass with some funk.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, crisp dry finish.

O-Not one of their best, worthy they try, but for the price it is a tough buy.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 18:53:47 | More by rlee1390
Photo of DWolf
DWolf

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-03-2014 19:38:06 | More by DWolf
Photo of nharres
nharres

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

12-31-2013 14:56:04 | More by nharres
Photo of KevinmusPrime
KevinmusPrime

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -6.5%

12-31-2013 14:53:26 | More by KevinmusPrime
Photo of ADTaber
ADTaber

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

12-31-2013 02:13:54 | More by ADTaber
Photo of IrishColonial
IrishColonial

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

12-28-2013 23:01:48 | More by IrishColonial
Photo of VelvetExtract
VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"2011 Project"

A-Pours a slightly hazy, orangey amber color. Head is a slightly yellow, foamy, bubbly mass. Head manages to retain some of its size. Slick, bubbly lacing.

S-Funky and vinous with bourbon character. Almost reminds me of bourbon spiked egg nog. Spicy and a bit peppery. Vinegar. Tart fruits. Some malty base. Vanilla.

T-Funky and highly influenced by both types of barrel. The spiciness and broad oakiness of the bourbon barrel really blends well with the tannic, vinous wine barrel. It remains fairly sweet, not surprising because this beer has some Quad in there. Belgian spiciness and loads of funk. Vanilla cream with underripe apricot and peach. Vinegar sourness. Sweet and sour combo with a long, lingering barrel finish.

M-Alcohol hidden well. Sweet at first but finishes dry and tannic. Pleasant carbonation. Flavor lingers forever.

O/D-A really interesting Wild brew. I love the barrel influence and find that the funkiness plays very will with the bourbon notes. It's a pricey bottle that isn't easy to come by but one time is well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 17:39:16 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of Shmeal
Shmeal

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

12-20-2013 23:05:57 | More by Shmeal
Photo of StonedTrippin
StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev -3%
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
Photo of MarkyMOD
MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

12-17-2013 17:03:04 | More by MarkyMOD
Photo of Soneast
Soneast

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -6.5%

12-15-2013 01:32:05 | More by Soneast
Photo of XmnwildX12
XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.5%

12-14-2013 23:59:19 | More by XmnwildX12
Photo of TaborTime
TaborTime

Oregon

4/5  rDev -6.5%

12-14-2013 21:32:30 | More by TaborTime
Photo of MJsGhost
MJsGhost

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

12-13-2013 14:03:24 | More by MJsGhost
Photo of tbeq00
tbeq00

California

4.75/5  rDev +11%

12-11-2013 02:16:03 | More by tbeq00
Photo of notchucknorris
notchucknorris

California

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a slightly hazed amber color with a fizzy, thin off-white head. Leaves just a small white ring behind.

S: Sweet white wine and bourbon notes with some tart and heavy fruit notes. Red cherry and white grape are dominant in here. I get some oak as well, but it's pretty nicely restrained.

T: A nice hit of sourness right away, then a rich and fruit laced heavy sweetness. Meaty red cherry, spicy tripel notes, white grape, raisin skins and some candi sugar. Finish brings just a trace of bourbon with some red cherry skin tartness and a pleasant dryness from the alcohol. Not my favorite from Cascade, but it's pretty delicious. Really glad I finally got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 04:40:32 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of BeerTrader57
BeerTrader57

New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

12-06-2013 02:21:34 | More by BeerTrader57
Photo of tsauce2
tsauce2

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

12-02-2013 04:55:16 | More by tsauce2
Photo of flipdog0
flipdog0

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

11-27-2013 05:19:26 | More by flipdog0
Photo of jackmax
jackmax

Washington

5/5  rDev +16.8%

11-07-2013 18:08:41 | More by jackmax
Photo of MacQ32
MacQ32

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-29-2013 03:21:22 | More by MacQ32
Photo of jarrgal
jarrgal

North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

10-28-2013 23:10:07 | More by jarrgal
Cascade Vlad The Imp Aler from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.