Cascade Vlad The Imp Aler - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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District of Columbia
4.05/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Another BIF beer drank with the DC group.
The beer is a nice orange color, clear ish with a fizzy headthat dis to nothing at all with no lacing. The beer smells great with plenty of nice wild ale yeast and tartness, really nice tame fruit notes with some great other sweet potato casserole bourbon notes as well in the nose, also with some red wine too. also some peach or nectarine in the nose.
The taste is not nearly as tart as I hoped, but it is nicely balanced with notes of vanilla, sweeter fruity berries, some oaky (but not overly bourbon) flavors, sugary berries, and just a bit of tartness. It's overall a pretty decent showing with a complexity of sweeter fruity flavors with a touch of tart, would be amazing with more tartness. Has plenty of cherry and plenty of red wine as well. The feel is not great, just a little thinner and sweeter than I like in wild ales.
Serving type: bottle
11-27-2011 20:58:31 | More by Dreadnaught33
4.18/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Reviewed from notes.
shared by crushedvol.
Smells bright and sweet with some funky tartness.
(takes a sip) Wow. This is quite nice.
The sweet, somewhat citrus notes, with some lacto-tasrtness to it work wonderfully. This has all the characteristics of a beer that I think will age very well-- If I could land a bottle of this, I'd let it sit around for 2 or 3 years and then give it a try!
This is really enjoyable as it it is though-- certainly worthy of comparison with benchmark beers (at least in terms of sour blondes) by the likes of Russian River.
This isn't the most sour beer, but I could imagine it growing a bit in that category and really rocking my world then!
The finish has an acidic white-grape tannin note that works pretty well.
The beer itself is a murky hazy gold color with small head. The feel needs just a bit more in terms of carbonation to really kick it up a notch.
Serving type: bottle
11-27-2011 04:22:06 | More by AleWatcher
Cascade Vlad The Imp Aler from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.