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

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Ratings: 626
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 480
Gots: 189 | FT: 15
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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Photo of KeefD
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of GrandCruDrew
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Photo of AgentZero
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of harrymel
3.74/5  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.

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of FosterJM
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy BA SMason..Thanks!

Pours hazy gold with a copper hue and a quarter inch head of white. A partial skim coat with tattered lacing througout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with apricot pits, oak, bourbon, pineapple skins, and a tannic sour note. Hints of honey, vanilla, citric acid, and dusty boards follow through.

Medium bodied with a crisp, sharp mouthfeel. A bit creamy and lush with a bracing edge.

Soured stone fruit, boozy bourbon, tannic oak, and some juicy residuals start the palate. There is an interplay of sweet and sour, though neither is extreme. The bourbon is subtle and adds a nice complexity. More than tart but not even close to jowel-watering. Fairly dry with plenty of tropical fruit pits and clovey phenols.

Finishes with lingering oak-soaked apricots, bourbon, and citric acid.

At first taste I was disapointed with the lower-level of sourness, but the fruit character is outstanding and the bourbon is nicely supportive.
This beer really grows on you.

Nice blend.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed medium orange color. Two fingers of off-white creamy/frothy head with average retention and good amount of lacing.

3.5 S: The aroma is much more reserved than the Plague, but the barrel aging works much better. The bourbon is very light and barely noticeable. However, the wine contributes much more strength, lending a pleasant vinous character to the beer. Musky funkiness with a moderate lactic component. Not as fruity as I'd expect given the blend, but there is some peach and apple aroma. Just a touch of spiciness with clove and black pepper.

3.5 T: Just like the Plague, the bourbon and wine components don't mesh well. Take note: leathery and vinous flavors cannot coexist in harmony. Moderately sour with a healthy tangy lactic acid component. Lots more fruitiness than in the nose. Foremost, cherries are detected, followed by lemon, green apple, red apple, and peach. Leathery bourbon contributes a touch of melon. Moderate tannic astringency, oak, and vanilla. Super complex and fairly tasty, but would be much better without the bourbon barrel contributions.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation, which is nice considering the Plague gushed on me. Could be creamier, but it feels appropriate for what it is. Lightly astringent aftertaste.

4.0 D: Pretty good, though trying to do too much worked against this beer. I don't think bourbon barrels should have anything to do with sours (though sour Abyss wasn't too bad). Anyway, decent taste that gets better as you progress through the bottle.

Photo of pwoods
3.57/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged brown bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours an orangish light copper with good clarity. Decent head on the pour with a thin skim of retention. Some lacing.

S: Tart and sour notes of tangerines and apricots. Some if the spices pole through as well as some of the alcohol and very light bourbon. Not much funk.

T/M: More tart and sour fruits. Spices are still there. Not very dry and crisp with a bit fuller mouthfeel and only mild to medium carbonation. There's also something slightly off... Maybe burnt plastic? It's almost undetectable.

D: Not a bad American wild but not cascade's best, either. I wouldn't mind trying this vintage again in a couple years but I don't think I want to trade what it takes to land one of these.

Photo of Gtreid
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pale orangish color. A good 2 finger head appears then fades to a thin rim.

A: Sour and tart. Hefty amount of wood, small bourbon, lemons, with a minimal hop scent.

T: Nicely sour and tart. Oak is strong, bourbon is minimal. The sourness is pretty much spot on for my tastes, it's not overpowering. Finishes dry and of course tart.

M: Light to medium body, good carbonation. Good for the style.

O: I thought this was a soild sour, just not in the upper eshelon of the style. I thought the bourbon worked better with the darker bourbonic plague. But soild nonetheless. Skal.

Photo of rye726
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really happy to try a bottle of this. Cascade really does some fantastic stuff. Thanks G!

Pours an orangish cedar with a nice cream head. Nose is perfect. Sour and funky yeast, wood, vanilla, bourbon, wine, tart citrus fruits, sweet candy malts and more fresh fruits. Taste reminds me of a fladers bruin. Lots of malts and fruits with a well balanced sourness along with whiskey, vanilla, oak and wine. Full body is very well carbonated and has a dynamic, lasting finish. Really a superb beer.

Photo of UA8
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite an impressive beer

Pours a orange/ caramel color with light tan head that leaves heavy chunks of lacing down the side of the glass.

Big floral notes along with, tart apricots and pears.

Sour apricots and green pears, a hints of vanilla oak, and a touch of tart green grapes.

Mouthfeel is actually a touch syrupy and juicy very nice with a carbonation that carries the flavors across the palate well.

The complexity of this beer is fantastic. It's truly takes the sour genre in a unique direction. Very nicely done cascade.

Photo of fear025
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma:Huge overpowering sour aroma. Some grapes in there.

Appearance:Cloudy and golden in color.

Taste:Great clean sour flavor. Some wine notes. Not as sour as the smell might suggest though.

Mouthfeel:There is some harsh astringency that I've grown to expect from sours.

Drinkability:A very drinkable sour beer.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to sweemzander for busting out another big sour from his endless stash. Poured into a tulip.

A: Dark rusty orange, small amount of off white head, tiny lace ring.

S: Fairly tart lactic sour starts things off. Solid amount of funk. Mild bourbon along with some musty wet wood. Pretty stock.

T: Very nice balance of sweet and sour in the flavor. Neither overpowers the other. Mild lactic punch with more bourbon than the nose for sure. However it's not too strong. Hardly any heat.

M: Medium body. Mild carbonation. Lightly dry.

D: Easy to drink yet forgettable. Nothing really wows me. Pretty much falls into the middle with many other wilds.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle from the late 2010 release, this is the 2009 vintage and clocks in at 10.6%. Thanks for picking up my bottles from the brewery, John!

A mostly clear orange amber with a dense, off-white head with good retention and lacing, this is an impressive wild ale. The nose has a nice, lip-smacking lactic sourness along with a rather noticeable vinous character. I can't say I get much bourbon, at least up front, though there is some leather and tannins present. A little vanilla is present as well. In terms of malt, there's some honey, some candy and a little sugar. Now, I know Cascade swear they don't use Brett, but as it warms up, there are so many reasons to believe otherwise. First, the leather, one that's not really malt-derived. Next, there's the mild plastic and clove character. And finally, there's just a whisper of funk. Solid stuff.

The palate opens with a rather pronounced sourness, definitely acetic and lactic in nature, and surprisingly huge in strength. It's immediately followed by a prominent, fruity sweetness with honey, citrus, stone fruit (particularly ripe yellow clingstone peaches), white grapes and a little sugar. All of this is probably from the base tripel. I can't really say I taste much of the quad in here, this mostly tastes like a blend of blondes and tripels. In some way, the sweetness does also have a mild Splenda-like component. Very vinous, this does really make me think of a sweeter white wine. The bourbon character isn't particularly noticeable here, all I do get is a little vanilla. Tart with a clean,lactic sourness and moderate tannins on the finish, there's also some sweetness, rather sugary, that lingers. Still, this is ultimately a very fruity and surprisingly sour beer. Medium-light in body with medium-high carbonation,this does feel quite good on the palate, apart from the sweet fruitiness that's present. Alcohol is reasonably well-hidden, though it does make its presence known by the effect it is having on my sobriety. A very good beer, though I have to say the asking price is a little bit too high.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split and poured into a tulip. 10.6% ABV, Serve at 45°-50°, 2009.

Thanks to "King of Wilds" sweemzander for yet another; #3

A - Somewhat hazy and lightly bronzed amber in color, it's topped by a nice two-finger head that rises up then drops to a foamy pile. Good lace left in it's wake.

S - Awesome Brett funk aroma with amber and caramel malts, lots of classic barnyard craziness going on. Very great wild aroma. Not specifically unique to the style, but awesome regardless. A hint of warm alcohol comes through the finish.

T - Notes of quad fruitiness and smooth yeast with a sharp Brett funk and mild barrel alcohol give the flavor a unique approach when the aroma didn't have one. Amber and caramel malt sweetness balance it out nicely.

M - Smooth entry to a sharp carbonation and bitter sour finish. Good balance and lightly warming alcohol keeps it level.

D - Good drinkability for how high the alcohol is in this wild, nice got a stable balance throughout that's a little more mild than wild. On a side note, it took Sweem about 10 minutes to get the damn cork out.

Photo of Swimsum
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Newest vintage (2010 I believe) poured into Bruery tulip.

Pours out a hazy golden color that also settles the same color into the glass. A white head emerges from the liquid that is foamy with some tiny bubbles making it up. Head quickly recedes to a thin layer on top of the liquid that drags some lacing down the glass.

Very sour/tart smelling upon first few whiffs. There is also a ton of white wine barrel in this one. Some oak notes also come out as this warms along with some white wine grapes, fruit and some alcohol. No bourbon presents itself however, little disappointing. Still pretty complex smell.

This is pretty interesting and complex. There is a lot going on here. Much like the smell there is a lot of white wine characteristics along with oak and tartness. The base Belgian beers are also pretty pounced here. There is also a sour alcohol taste that comes though on the aftertaste every now and then.

Medium bodied with a generous helping of carbonation. This isn't thin at all but the carbonation is very apparent. Goes down pretty smooth but the alcohol heat is apparent for me. Bourbonic Plague hid its alcohol better even though it's about 2.5% higher.

I enjoyed this but I think it might get much better as time goes on in the bottle. I have another bottle that I'm going to sit on for awhile. I'd suggest trying this one out if you enjoy sours. Another good from Cascade.

Photo of CaptainTripps
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml 2009 bottle poured into a duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very golden-hazy amber. Very much looks like an IPA at pour. Poured gorgeous amount of cream colored head. Left tons of lacing up and down the glass. Very good looking beer.

S: When you dip your nose into the glass some funkyness instantly hits your nose. Also get waves of aromas such as white wine, grapes, oak (major oakyness present), floral notes, and small amounts of orange peel. Some vanilla and small bourbon notes present.

T: Hard one to put a finger on due to its complexness. Sourness really dominates up front and then finishes clean and sweet with vanilla and bourbon aftertones. Some belgian yeast and spicyness are there with a white grape twist to it all. Very rich with some alcohol bite as well. The sweetness of the slight grape aftertaste really balances out the funkyness upfront. Flavors really work in harmony produce a damn fine beer.

M: Has medium carbonation that is long lasting to the very last drop. Not a "pucker-power" sour, but just right on the mouth feel. Beer is smooth with a slight oily feel.

D: A very good beer that isn't a every day sipper, but a beer for special times. A very smooth beer that needs to be appreciated and not abused. Once you get a bottle, savior it and enjoy.

Photo of Phelps
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed during a tasting with tlay10 and poured into a snifter.

The liquid is a slightly hazy rose-tinged tangerine. Gorgeous color. A one-finger head of ultra-light rosy tan fizzles out quickly, leaving behind a fat layer of film and a big sticky ring which hangs out for a while, leaving thick, jagged horizontal rings.

The nose exhibits nicely integrated oak, vanilla, apricot, white wine, grapes, a moderate brett character, some floral roses along with a bit of tripel character -- pears and white peppercorns. Tiny bit of ethanol. Very subtle bourbon.

The flavor displays the nice fruitiness of tripels: pear juice, apricot, Belgian yeast. There's also some heavy oak, white wine and very subtle vanilla bourbon. The sweetness balances with medium tart character, emerging more as the beer warms up. Dangerously smooth flavors.

Medium carbonation, lightly fizzy as it moves about. Tartness is slightly puckering, but never overpowering. Medium body with a nice creaminess.

A nicely balanced sour. I wouldn't rank it far above the other sours I've had, but there are some very nice flavors here.

Photo of jampics2
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle opened by yours truly during my yearly Christmas tasting. We had begun to dive into the wild ale side of things and I pulled this from the cellar. Served in a tasting snifter and split with guests after a quick chill-down.

The beer is slightly hazy but some general colors emerge from the depths. The primary shade is orange and some gold peeks out around the edges. A bit muddy looking with a tiny head that all but dissapears. Not the best looking beer that's been in my glass, but still something I want to take a sip of.

The nose is more alluring than the general look on this one. I get a solid smell of oranges, figs, lemon lactic sourness, a touch of barrel and bourbon. The're a general unity to the scent despite all the elements, and the expression is nice. However some of those intricate touches seem a touch washed out my the lactic sourness and vinegar tones.

Vlad The Imp Aler tastes interestind despite the other beers of the style I've had. Yes, I've had some amazing sours with just a hint of bourbon barrel peaking out from the onslaught of puckering flavors and I've had some wilds that have a heavier barrel character but less lactic. This seems to have found a nice compromise between the two. Initially, some sour cherry flesh and tart lemon skin dominate, then the barrel and bourbon become known with touches of oaky tannins and vanilla. Some vinegar acetic acid notes and dark fruit mingle. This has no sweet base at all and leans to the sour side for sure which unfortunately doesn't conceal all the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some easy carbonation that lets the beer's flavors do the expression without aid or distractions. Some lingering vinegar, sour fruit and booze end the ride and take a victory lap in lieu of slamming on the breaks. This is a nice wild ale and could be more drinkable if the flavor was packed into a less boozy bottle. Still something I would try again.

Photo of sweemzander
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Huge thanks to hopsbreath for this one!

(A)- Poured a hazy caramel color. Produced a good off-white head that dissipated quickly. Minimal lacing.

(S)- Some good funk in there. Plenty of white grape with lemon peel and hints at cider. The bourbon is noticeable, but subtle and adds a layer of richness to the smell. Near the finish, some acidic sourness too.

(T)- Definitely a richer take on the style. Some sweetness in a cider and bourbon aspect. Some tart lemon and white grape. Mildly dry and acidic finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. The sour aspect takes center stage, but is unique and supplemented by the sweet yet smooth bourbon notes. Gets a tad boozy as it warms.

(D)- I like this. It is certainly unique which I really appreciate for the style. A richer; sweeter representation with a good sour background. The bourbon barrel aging really adds a different level to its profile. Worth seeking out.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a hazy amber color with a small thin white head. Nose is tart and funky, with a nice fruitiness.

Taste is really tart and fresh and a bit sweet. Mouthfeel is really lift and crisp. This hong is delicious!

Photo of sisuspeed
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head. Light lacing hangs beautifully on the glass. Looks pretty good.

Light citrus, peach, oak and vanilla on the nose. Hint of grape backed by sweet malts and a nice lactic punch. Fruity with vanilla frosting and oak. Maybe a bit of apple/brett? I think Cascade is typically only lacto, but by nose detects a faint whiff of brett. Might be a similar aroma from something else.

Apples, pears and peach on the tongue. Lactic sourness up front, but the beer finishes fairly clean. Oaky with lots of vanilla. Fairly sweet, but the lactic notes help balance things out. The bourbon barrels come through more than the wine barrels, which was seemed to be the opposite case with Bourbonic. The beer could use a little more sourness, but is quite good as is.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slick with some nice warming alcohol at the end. No funk comes into play, but the lactic notes are nice. Could use a little more sourness.

Drinkability is good. This is definitely a sipper at 10.6% ABV (ABV on bottle), but quite enjoyable. Bourbonic seems pretty good now, but Vlad could maybe use a little age. Overall, I liked this one a bit more than Bourbonic. The heavy vanilla notes are what made it stand out for me. More sourness would be nice, but maybe that will come with more age. Cool stuff.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to schen9303 for sharing this one. 2009 vintage. Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Duchess oversize wine glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger fine white head with decent retention that dissipates into a thin white wisp with a thick white border. Beer is a clear orange-peach. Lacing is stringy and patterned and with good stick.

S: Nose immediately signal to me that this ain't no traditional American wild ale. Belgian yeast, clove, coriander, and orange peel in the base beer are very apparent. Wine barrels lend a grape aroma and bourbon barrel's blanket the entire experience with a sharp booziness. There's some Brett cobweb funk somewhere in there but the big barrel overtones hide it well.

T: Opens just like a Belgian tripel. Belgian yeast spiciness with overly sweet cane sugar. Purple grapes come in towards the middle, adding a subtle tartness. Big malt backbone for an American wild ale. End is dominated by the bourbon barrle as tartness and fruit fades out and Brett funkiness and cobweb flavor take over. Boozy too. As this one warms though, the dynamics change a little and the barrel's integrate better. Grape and other dark fruit start to meld into the bourbon barrels. Finish is sweet and boozy with a sweet grape aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and well carbonated. Lively in the mouth but the carbonation doesn't push through the big body like it usually would in an American Wild Ale. Oily and filmy going down with a touch of abrasivness. Boozy on the finish with a slightly lingering, sugary aftertaste.

D: Considering this from a traditional American Wild Ale perspective, I'm a little dissapointed in this beer. However, I think you kind of have to take this one for what it is. The Belgian base works wonders with the wine and bourbon barrels and even though its not incredibly tart or fruity, there's very good complexity here. Not your typical offering but definitely worth a try.

Cascade Vlad The Imp Aler from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 626 ratings.