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

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Ratings: 494
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.9%

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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Photo of jethrodium


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle generously shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. Pours a hazy light copper with a small white head that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma is big oak oak, some light bourbon, vanilla, a lactic sourness, some funk, grape, and a bit of cinnamon. The taste is oak, cinnamon, some funk, light boubon, some vanilla, and a sharp lactic sourness. The finish has some light alcohol as well as a light astringency. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. This beer was quite enjoyable. There are a lot of flavors going on that work well together.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 22:37:17 | More by jethrodium
Photo of jsanford


3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a hazy reddish-amber with a thin white head that settles to a slight ring and swirl of haze.
S - Wonderfully complex aromas of lemon juice, green apple, and "funk", with a touch of caramel and vanilla from the Bourbon barrels and some grape and tannin from the Wine barrels. You can really make out each individual component of this beer, and the sum is even greater then the parts!
T - Taste starts with a smooth caramel and malt flavor, then moves to tart lemon and wine tannins before finishing with a very dry, oak-barrel finish. Lots of wine, lots of oak, not quite as sour as I'd expected but a very unique, complex brew.
M - Very crisp, with a medium body and sharp, "scrubbing" carbonation. Again, VERY dry, tannic finish.
O - Whiel not as "epic" as I hoped, this is a very complex beer that requires some serious time to dissect. In the end I just don't think the parts equal a whole that wows me like I hoped it would.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 17:41:29 | More by jsanford
Photo of Soonami


3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bartrash (Pete) for sharing a pour of this from the Weyerbacher Rapture release.

This beer smells like a dirty diaper, it is just all kinds of funky. It didn't taste bad, but it just weird drinking something that tasted like a sour leathery funky beer that also smelled like digested food.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 14:33:19 | More by Soonami
Photo of dmsohyea


2.85/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle at Churchills sour fest. 4oz for $9.

Light orange gold with small 1 finger bubbly head. Looks pretty thick. No lace but some retention around the edge.

Nose is mostly brett and funk and some table sugar.

At first sip I wasn't ready for the massive amount of funk. Thick and chewy bready malt but very low sweetness. Sourness is strong but mostly funky.

Overall not a huge fan of this one, a bit too chewy and over bearing. I won't seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 00:13:38 | More by dmsohyea
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle thanks to hoppymcgee in our most recent trade; the guy is the epitome of generous and a gentlemen. I am quite fortunate I can call him a friend. Label says 2009 but 10.6%ABV so I am not sure the exact age.

Pours a nice dark orange color with a small, soapy, bubbly white head that dissipates rapidly leaving minimal, spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with a huge champagne smell. Pears, green apple skins, kiwi and some papaya. As it warms you get some more light vinegar, funky, sour Bretty barnyard yeast notes.

The tastes begin with a light sweet vanilla maltiness, but then soon after you get the chardonnay pear, white grape, tart apple skin flavors. As it warms you get more of the oak and some more of the light vinegar, lactic, earthiness. As you continue to sample, you get a nice light peppery yeast taste which is only now apparent in the aftertaste. You can also begin to pick out the individual aspects of the base beers as well, which is nice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to medium carbonation. Quite good for the style. Some oaked aged beers are flat and some sours are way too carbonated but this hits the mark in the middle. The finish is dry and clean thanks to the oak aging.

Overall this is a really great beer; really complex and shows how amazing a single beer can be when you blend 3 separate beers together to form 1 synergistic masterpiece. This is not the sourest or oakiest or anything-est beer I have ever had, but it is just darn freakin' good. Cascade/Raccoon really has this oak aging, sour brewing and blending thing down pat. I look forward to sampling their other blended/barrel-aged sours in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 23:13:21 | More by claspada
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New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a Duvel Tulip - Thanks BuckeyeOne!

Looks like yellow-orange apple cider. Very cloudy. Minimalist head. Nice lacing though.

Smells sour. Reminiscent of RR sours. Fruity, dry, and inviting. Granny Smith apples and lemons.

Whew!! Sour, sour, sour and yet odd at the same time... but I'm intrigued. The oak wine barrels and sour grapes are evident right up front. More green apples and lemons as well. I also taste minimal bourbon notes, which is good. Any more and the flavor would have been way off base. Some honey sweetness lingers at very subtle pace in the background. Dry and sharp!

Mouthfeel is thinner than I expected because of the high, tingly carbonation, but it works. Still creamy and supports the flavor well.

Overall, I'm impressed by Cascade. They think outside the box and present beers that others are afraid of attempting, or even thinking up. I love the creativity and uniqueness without being cocky and pretentious. For these reasons, I feel the overall beer is quite exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 23:08:08 | More by aficionado
Photo of joefuzz

New York

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into snifter sent in a trade from dyan.

Pours a brilliant golden yellow with a tiny white head. Smells amazingly of peaches and some slight oak. Taste is mind blowing , a great peach taste upfront with some green apple and wine oaky hints. Mouthfeel and carbonation are what I have come to expect from a great sour. Overall one of the best sours I have ever had the chance to try...thanks dyan.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 05:28:26 | More by joefuzz
Photo of alpinebryant


4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a massive white head leaving spotty lacing. Light orange to yellow in color with a slightly hazy body.

Smell of overripened granny smith apples, oak , some muskiness, lactose and just a tiny hint of vinegar.

Taste is amazing. There are so many things going on inside that it is hard to start in any particular area. For starters the base is a tripel, bringing plum flavors, caramelized sugars, sweetness all around and a slight booze presence. On top of that, there is a nice bourbon flavor coming from barrel aging which goes nicely and I always love to drink together in a barrel aged beer. At the end of the taste I get a light spice flavor of cinnamon. The label says it is also aged in wine barrels which might be bringing a little bit of green apple flavor but for the most part, the bourbon dominates along with the quad and tripel blend.

Mouthfeel is thick for a wild ale with a hefty dose of carbonation at first that soon gets more forgiving after a few minutes in a glass.

Overall this is a great beer. I would love to have a bigger cellar to throw a number of these into.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 23:16:12 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of Halcyondays


3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a clear amber to orange with a minimal white head, some lace.

S: Wood for sure, musty apples, slight hint of ethanol. Esetery.

T: Apple and pear cider with some pronounced spice character. More directly Belgian in its sensibilites that wild. Still the sour undercurrent is there and adds complexity.

M: Medium to full-bodied, smooth, with a light prickly carbonation.

O: A very solid beer, the ABV is clearly well hidden. Something I'd like to have again to delve deeper.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2011 22:26:53 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of julian


4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The cork was a BITCH to get off. Some channel lock pliers and a cork screw later and it was finally off.

A: Hazy straw orange in color. Lots of bubbles escaping to the top. Some off white head from an aggressive pour that sticks and provides a nice layer on the surface. Sticky lacing all around the sides. 4.5

S: Some brett like tarntess, vinous woody aromas (likely from the wine barrels), some residual honey like sweetness in the background. 4

T&M: Mouthfeel is exception. Smooth, creamy and rolls off your tongue. Almost like liquid carbonated toffee. The taste is dominated by the flavors imparted from the wine barrels. Vinous yet tart, but with every taste, it feels sweeter and sweeter. There is a definite honey sweetness to this. 4/4.5

O: An exceptional beer, and kind of a confusing, odd blend. One on hand it’s tart, and vinous and yet in the same sip it’s very sweet, and caramely. Lots going on here, super complex. 4

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 16:21:21 | More by julian
Photo of unitmonster


4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a 750 ml bottle into a couple tulips.

A - Yellow, almost geuze like color. Some yeast at the bottle of the bottle in clumps.

S - Especially funky. Lots of brett / barnyard funk.

T - Super tart, lots of sour apple taste. Bourbon finish rounds things off nicely.

M - Dry and carbonated. This is a great beer.

O - I liked this beer and I am going to try to get more. ABV is a little big for being a sour, but its delicious regardless.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 00:53:06 | More by unitmonster
Photo of MbpBugeye


3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks canjeeps, for this bottle and the easy trade. Cascade has quickly climbs the ladder of favorite breweries of mine, so I'm really excited for this one.

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip. I didn't quite know what to expect from the appearance here. The description suggested that this was going to be a golden sour, and that's partially correct. It ended up being a little darker than I had expected, probably a product of the barrel aging. Its a fully clouded orange-tan. The head is large, but not as large and fluffy as heads found on many other Cascade beers. A few solid rings of lace are left, fueled by lots of visible effervescence.

Again, I don't know what I expected from this beer, but I don't think I expected this. I'm getting much more of a wine barrel character than bourbon barrel notes. Plenty of musty, damp wood. Swirling can bring out minor, hidden notes that I associate with bourbon barreling; soft vanilla and toffee. The whole thing is a little vinegary and spiced. Notions of coriander, cinnamon and perhaps some rosemary. There is a LOT going on here; every once in a while I swirl up something delicious, but then it recedes back into the dense complexities of this beer.

The tastes works in many of the same ways the aroma does. Ever changing nuances and insane juxtapositions of flavors. Wine barrels and their vinegary tartness kick things off. The beer quickly mellows out as the vanilla, fig and baked apple notes of bourbon barrels comes out. Frankly, though, the two sides of this beer nearly clash with each other. There is a lot of under ripe fruit at the front with over ripe fruits trailing behind. Alcohol makes no attempt to hide. The finish is bourbony hot with a spiced alcohol flavor.

Full bodied, this is a big wild ale. Carbonation is gritty, but gives up fairly quickly. The finish is heavy, warming and coating.

What a strange brew. The alcohol is too much here, and the beer stands divided between the funk and tartness of wine barrels and the heat and smoothness of bourbon barrels. A nice, create try though.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 22:59:10 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was decent enough with a clear, dark grape juice looking liquid with only the slightest bit of carbonation sticking to the inside of the glass. The aroma is sour, tart notes, hints of a woody or oak like touch with a vanilla touch to it. Small notes of cherry or some light fruit notes. As I take a taste the feel really throuws me off. Nice tart flavors and a really nice well blended profile. much different then anything i have run into before. The bite of tart apples is lightly offset with a touch of vanilla and oak in the finish, nothing too bad at all, Just a nice one to put down, the tartness was not strong enough and the subtle hints of oak, too light to make a difference.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 00:23:09 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

Vlad the Imp Aler – pours a sour colored grape murky, very murky, no head, little carbonation and bubbly. Bring it to life with a glass swirl. Smell is sweet tart, but not in your face. Pretty well balanced, not over the top, sour in the right places. Mouth is smooth. This is a really solid brew across the board. Very solid mouthfeel with even and perfect carbonation. Solid start to finish

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 04:05:00 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of jwinship83


3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged bottle traded to me by hawks10 in person. thanks steve! drank from my russian river "tion" glass.

A- this one pours out a color that can best be described as slightly darker than apple juice with a small and quickly vanishing bright white head on top. little spots of lacing are left behind on the sides of my glass.

S- the nose starts out with sweet caramel malts before quickly moving onto green apple skin, dates, tart cherries, and raisins. decently lactic/acetic smelling. balsamic vinegar. bourbon and hints of oaken barrel. alcohol sneaks through at some points.

T- the taste starts out with some caramel malt sweetness with a little bit of toffee. the comes a variety of fruits, including green apple skin, tart cherries, raisins, figs, dates, and maybe a little plum. not as sour/puckering as the nose indicated. bourbon and wood. the alcohol comes through stronger in the taste that the nose.

M- the body is a solid medium. the carbonation was pretty low for the style. not as dry as i would have expected.

O- i dont think i liked this as much as other members of the wild ale family. something about it seemed to lack for me. glad i tried it. this is one i didnt think id have the chance to. maybe its the classic barnyard smells and flavors that are missing from this that make it something i dont love?

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 04:52:57 | More by jwinship83
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I have had this beer a number of times as of late, and it has not failed to impress me each time. Thanks to various people for the share, and let's have a round of applause for Blaine for sharing it here at the Willard's sour mini-tasting.

A - It pours a golden-apricot hue and is capped with a respectably pillowy head of white froth; some lace ensues.

S - The nose immediately suggests notes of apple skin, lemon wood, and vanilla. Though pertly tart in a lactic and citric sense, the aroma also offers vaguely sweeter impressions of tropical fruit, maybe some pineapple, to balance it out.

T - Bourbon barrel notes of oaken vanilla fuse with impressions of lime, green oranges, fresh-cut grass and an intensifying citric bitter-sour finish. Very complex and intricately nuanced.

M - The feel is a bit too straightforward-beery for me; I'd like to see a softer carbonation and a lighter mouth feel, perhaps. Still it is not bad by any stretch.

O - I may enjoy this one the most out of all the Cascades.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 19:30:19 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Vintage: 2009

A - Pours a glorious and gorgeous strong golden color with some mild copper hues and some nice yellow edges. There is a nice thin white head that forms with some stickiness and some nice dense bubbles. Extremely attractive beer.

S - Aroma of tart fruits. Some nice lemon as well as some apple. There is some nice spice notes to the nose as well. Some honey and slight caramel sweetness hidden between the sour notes. There is some nice dry oaky wood finishes as well.

T & M - Taste starts off with some nice Granny Smith apple sourness with some pear cider notes and some slight Champagne. There is some nice white grape and white wine notes mixed in with some mild vinegar. The sourness to this beer is quite delicious and not too overwhelming at all. Very well balanced slight honey and caramel sweetness with the sourness. There is some good spice notes that are quite refreshing. Good funk character at the beginning of the beer. The finish is dry and complex but also has some nice lasting tartness. Mouthfeel is medium and with nice complex flavors and a nice crisp and refreshing carbonation. Awesome brew.

O - Very delicious beer that I would love to have around more often. Very well crafted sour that isn't pretentious but has great flavors and a nice rich body.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 22:51:03 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of glid02


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Corey – much obliged!

Pours a hazy orange color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts with large amounts of moderately tart light citrus – lemon and orange rinds. Also present are slight hints of oak and lighter hints of vinegar.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as complex. Medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by light citrus flavors that are equally tart and sweet. Midway through the sip hints of funk come into play and dissipate the slight sweetness. Very light hints of vinegar make an appearance near the end of the sip before fading out into a crisp and mildly tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I wasn’t blown away by this beer, but it’s another solid beer from Cascade. Well worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 18:52:00 | More by glid02
Photo of KeefD


3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer graciously sent by my East Coast connection, Knifestyles. Thanks Chris! Enjoying this with a plate of Dutch Gouda and crackers. Pours a dull orange color with a large eggshell white head that fell slowly to a nice cap and left some surprisingly nice lacing considering the style. Aroma has a nice citric/acidic punch, followed by some musty basement, bandaid, a bit of hay/herbs, and as touch of sweetness. Taste starts off slightly acidic, tart, with flavors of cherry, grain, lots of apple cider vinegar, some of that bandaid/medicinal-like flavor that I got into the nose, light leather, maybe just a small hint of apricot/peach, mild sweetness, and totally dries out on the semi-sour finish. Not a lot of bourbon from the barrels, but it might be there in light amounts... I have had this one other time, and thought there was more of the lemon/leather/basement flavor associated with Brett, but this go 'round seems to be more on the balanced side with lemon only making a fleeting appearance, and the blonde quad characteristics are coming out much more, which probably gives it that underlying cherry and apple cider flavor. Body is nice, carbonation is good, not too spritzy. Overall, a nice brew. I could definitely go for more citrus/lemon characters from the sourness/Brett, but it's good overall, and and definitely pairs well the Gouda.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 21:31:03 | More by KeefD
Photo of GrandCruDrew


4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in my NB Goblet, 750mL bottle.

A- Pours a solid 2 inches of white pillowing head. A orange hazy body with little head retention and some lacing.

S- Amazing nose of soured oranges, other citrus fruits, slightly sour and funkiness, brett, some oak.

T- Sour, but candied apticots, tropical fruits such as guava, brett, oak, funkiness, some of that fun stripes bubble gum from my childhood and very well-balanced!

M- Slightly tart with a bit of sweetness. Very soft and well balanced with the acidity and fruit.

Overall- Loving this beer! Very pleasantly suprised. I love the acidity and fruitiness mixed with the oak. The drinkability for me on this is very great!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 23:51:32 | More by GrandCruDrew
Photo of AgentZero


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Orangish yellow beer with a small head that left some random spots on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells very tart, funky, and acetic. Lots of sweet fruits in there, oranges, apricots, pineapples. Aroma is quite inviting, and smells like a solid American sour.

T - Bit of oak and vanilla, tart fruits, and a little bit of bourbon. I find it all to be a very good meld of flavors, and easy to get down.

M - Lively carbonation, medium bodied, dry finish.

O - Very good beer, liked it enough to go acquire some more bottles. Not at the top of the line as far as American Wilds go, but an easy drinker that's worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 21:14:19 | More by AgentZero
Photo of harrymel


3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vintage '09

A: Pours a dark apricot ale with excellent clarity. Single finger of loosely packed off-white head falls quickly to a thin, broken sheet of the same. Little lacing.

S: Crisp apples, berries. The bourbon is quite evident on this one. Much more so than I had anticipate. Sour vinegar on the nose. Really nice.

T: Like sour cola, bourbon. Woody. The beer is very complex.

M: Medium to light body with low carbonation.

O: Very good beer. I enjoyed this very much and plan to open another soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 07:55:46 | More by harrymel
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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade I think with drez77, thanks man. I was a little worried after the bourbonic plague was so bad but this turned out to be solid. Orange color with a decent head but then it disappears. Nice smell of light citrus, sourness and a hint of barrel. The flavor had a very subtle barrel influence and was sour with hints of bourbon. I liked this but I should have split it with someone.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 19:20:18 | More by ArrogantB
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

394th review on BA
Bottle to plastic cup
C/C 750

Shared at Marron Acidifie release

App- This was a mix of orange and yellow with a one finger head to it. A little cling was present but not much.

Smell- Big soured notes of orange and pineapple. Smelled like a Dole Orange/Pineapple drink with sour added. It was a bit sweet and aciditic.

Taste- I picked up the playful notes between the sour and tart. Escaping me was the oak and the bourbon. The sour notes are really all that I am getting from this, tasty beer but wanted more.

Mouth- Lighter medium bodies with a matched and well done carbonation. Left me with sour and tart residual flavors.

Drink- For me the hype was more than the beer. Still SOLID, but with just having Marron on tap I can say I wasnt blown away as I wanted to be, of course I will have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 04:49:46 | More by FosterJM
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3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jconrick1 for the trade on this one! Shared with CaptinRedBeard on 3/24/11.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a clear orange color with yellow hints around the edges. A white frothy head appears more than a finger strong and leaves a webbing of lace work all over the glass. A light swirl revives the back to a finger of creamy head.

The aroma is mineral filled with funk and souring notes. A light touch of vinegar mixed with a sweet smelling fruitiness like orange peel and other tropical fruits. The backend reveals some sulfur and a scent that is a little poopy. Quite a wild mix of enjoyable aromas going on, it would have been more enjoyable without the sulfur and minerals though.

The taste is sharp and acidic, cheesy, funky, fruity with bitter rinds like orange and some pear. There is a fruity warming finish to this brew. Oak flavors mingle with the fruitiness as it warms and evolves into something only minorly reminiscent of Belgian phenols underneath the funky sourness of this offering.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is lightly acidic and souring. Quite easy drinking with a nice warming quality to it as expected for 10+% abv. A nice salivation factor about this brew makes me want to continue drinking it with ease but it just seemed like it was missing something. Perhaps this one would have developed more in the bottle. As is, it's amazing how wild yeast can alter the blend of base brew's.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 13:50:38 | More by stakem
Cascade Vlad The Imp Aler from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.