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

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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 467
Gots: 186 | FT: 14
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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:
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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5/5  rDev +16.8%

01-06-2013 01:30:41 | More by olympuszymurgus
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-05-2013 03:35:53 | More by doughanson78
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CoryR

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +11%

12-20-2012 17:16:39 | More by CoryR
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California

4/5  rDev -6.5%

12-16-2012 22:41:47 | More by t0rin0
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Oregon

5/5  rDev +16.8%

12-16-2012 22:29:51 | More by AxesandAnchors
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teddyarrowhead

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +11%

12-16-2012 04:22:09 | More by teddyarrowhead
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Treb0R

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +11%

12-13-2012 16:04:09 | More by Treb0R
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Auracom

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cask serving straight out of the barrel at Cascade's barrel house. They had just put this up the morning before I arrived and damn, what a pleasant surprise. 2 oz. served in a taster tulip on November 29th, 2012.

A - Murky, medium golden coloring, light eggshell foam around the edges. Good lacing and quite apparent alcohol legs.

S - Barleywine meets sour? Tons of caramel corn, buttered bread, and pitted tart fruits.

T - Lesser toffee, raisins, lightly tart, peppercorn, plentiful oak barrel. I pull some sharp, sweet bourbon whiskey as it warms.

M - Medium body, low carbonation perfect to complement this palate, and a semi-dry finish. Fair amount of alcohol warming.

D - This is ridiculously interesting, and in a good way. The taste is nicely complex and shows you far more from the barrel than an average sour. Would trade for and drink again, no doubt.

Serving type: cask

12-05-2012 23:12:19 | More by Auracom
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

11-04-2012 03:36:21 | More by acurtis
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JMRSN

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-23-2012 18:01:01 | More by JMRSN
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gpawned

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

10-21-2012 17:10:25 | More by gpawned
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pvequalsnrt

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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AshleyMiller

Vermont

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brystmar

Texas

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle.

Amber-orange body yields produces white head and sticky lace. Oak, sour fruits, yeast, bourbon, more soured fruits fill my senses.

Taste follows suit, bringing everything from the aroma along for the ride. Surprisingly prevalent yeasty bitterness in the middle, doesn't linger though. Leans towards the sweet side. Complex and delicious.

Love Cascade, love Vlad.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 22:46:56 | More by brystmar
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CooperEllis

New York

4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml into wine glass. 2009 vintage. Thanks to Chris for this one.

This is routinely one of my favorite brews. Had it a bunch, always want more. Everything is good, but for me certainly better than the sum of the parts.

Dark amber pour, thin maple syrup with a narrow tracing of bubbles at the edges of my glass.

The aroma on this one is muddled a touch, fig, date, wine and citrus.

So good once it hits your lips. Robust sour, full flavored with a nice bite up front, plenty of dark fruit, lemon zest and pepper. Still, a very delicate flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Everytime. Smooth, crisp, sour, carbed.

For me, a perfect combination. Don't know if there are other vintages, but the '09 has held up very well and carries a sour punch without any lingering off-flavors.

(187th)

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 01:44:23 | More by CooperEllis
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Rempo

Indiana

5/5  rDev +16.8%

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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
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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mltobin

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle shared with a few friends.

Appearance is a copper color with a short white had. Vlad has a nose which contains wood, cloves, grape and a tartness is certainly present. I tip back a small snifter and taste cherry, bourbon and more of that wood. This a a sour that really hits me an alcohol presence. But, I still really enjoy it, it balances out a bit with the other aspects of the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, along with a tartness to it, which lingers in the finish. Overall, a tasty sour beer, that is perfect for taking your time with.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 21:55:25 | More by mltobin
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

07-02-2012 23:07:05 | More by kscaldef
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Romulux

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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ms11781

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

06-30-2012 02:30:49 | More by ms11781
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into tulip - 2009 vintage

Pours a mostly clear golden color with a few copper hues. Fluff of white head dissolves into a coating of white film, leaving some patchy and spotty film on the glass.

Plenty of fruit and funk in the nose with touches of apple and pear. White grapes and wine with oaky tannins, vanilla and warming booze. Yeasty notes with sourness and light sweetness followed by more heat.

Nice round sourness up front with pear and green apple. Touches of grape skin and tartness with a yeasty funk underneath. Bourbon notes with vanilla and soft sweetness, coupled by oaky tannins. Warming sensation on the back end with continuing sour tones. Finishes with a mellowed gasp of booze and dryness.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and dry on the tongue. This drank incredibly well, and the extra time aging really softened the >10% ABV...Probably the best beer I've had from Cascade yet.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 23:28:16 | More by xnicknj
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leschkie

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

06-24-2012 23:36:43 | More by leschkie
Cascade Vlad The Imp Aler from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.