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

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95
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562 Ratings
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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 472
Gots: 186 | FT: 16
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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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Ryan011235, Jan 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

MrHirschybar, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

stevefinny, Dec 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

whartontallboy, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

mantissa, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

alano, Dec 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

PhineasGage, Dec 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

black13, Dec 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

morimoto76, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

nathanjohnson, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

starrdogg, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

jophish17, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Amdy, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

mgbickel, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of oline73
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the bottle share during the Jackie O's bottle release. Poured into a tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish amber with a layer of white head. The head fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Sweet malt, more sweetness than I expected. Some funk and citrus tartness with an herbal note too.

Taste: This is awesome! Sweet malt with some white wine like tartness. Much sweeter than most sours I have had. The finish is malty but acidic. Really good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is really different, but really good. Sweet and sour, great balance. I would love to have more given the chance.

oline73, Dec 05, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

nmann08, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

jwelsh, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

VAbdoyan, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

pdxkarl, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

djrn2, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

FreshmanPour77, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
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.

Overall good.

Dreadnaught33, Nov 27, 2011
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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.

AleWatcher, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

GRG1313, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

deapokid, Nov 25, 2011
Cascade Vlad The Imp Aler from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.