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

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Ratings: 635
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 482
Gots: 190 | FT: 17
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:
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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Ratings: 635 | Reviews: 159
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3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this beer on tap at Raccoon Lodge.

Nice golden orange color with small white head that didn't last long.

Aroma of sweet bourbon, vanilla and tropical fruits and spices, with slight sourness.

At first sip, big bourbon without being too boozy, followed by an almost sweet and sour fruitiness. As the beer warms the bourbon and the sweetness from the alcohol become more apparent, as well as the sourness.

The carbonation was a bit low, I thought, but it wasn't too distracting.

At 10.6% abv. this is one that needs to be enjoyed carefully.

Overall, I really enjoyed the beer, but may have enjoyed it more at 8% abv.

Photo of Retail1LO
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Rutager
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Raccoon Lodge.

Appearance. A murky gold-amber liquid in the cascade globe with a thin white head.

Smell. Sweet and fruity with some woody bourbon and vanilla. Tons of lactic sour and some light, fruity belgian yeast.

Taste. Fruity belgian yeast and some woody bourbon with that nice Cascade lactic sourness. Not a sour as their fruited beers but that may be due to the big belgian base that lets some sweet caramel malt and a bit of booze come through.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium+ lively carbonation.

Overall. A nice sour with some great belgian qualities. Enjoyed it and looking forward to the vintage bottle at home some day soon.

Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to DaveHack (the effin' man) for opening this one last night. This poured out as a clear looking copper color with a nice white head on top. The retention and lacing were minimal. The smell of the beer is obviously sour but also has this subtle sweetness in there too. I kept picking up elements of either the bourbon or honey on the nose. The taste of the beer is tart but it doesn't melt your face off. There is a nice balance of tart and sweet mixing together on this beer. Really interesting stuff! The mouthfeel was well carbonated and light bodied. Overall it's a great beer, and thats coming from someone who isn't the biggest fan of sours. Really quite enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Auracom
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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