Vlad The Imp Aler
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #177
Ranked #1,849
4.26 | pDev: 9.39%
Oct 19, 2022
Dec 09, 2008
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Notes: This Northwest style sour is a blend of spiced Quads, Triples and Blondes aged in Bourbon and wine barrels for over 18 months with orange peel and coriander. Vlad offers a fresh acidity and mild sweetness with flavors of citrus, spice and rich oak. Winner of the Silver Medal at the 2008 GABF. ABV 12.3%

First Release: 9.5% ABV
Second Release (Sept 2010): 10.6% ABV
Third Release: 2011 - 10.91%
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Rated: 2.23 by Avitra from California

Oct 19, 2022
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Red to orange color. Crystal clear. Decent starting head which settles quickly to mostly rim bubbles. Good streaks for lace.

Lots of alcohol and other barley wine smells—treacle and berry.

More sour, which wasn’t present in the smell, than anything else. The sweetness is gone. Decent body with a diminished carbonation level. The tartness is nondescript, simply acidic without a specific flavor. Longer (sour, of course) aftertaste.
Oct 16, 2022
Rated: 4.12 by Mikexw from New York

Oct 07, 2022
Rated: 4.12 by GClarkage from California

May 07, 2022
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Reviewed by BubbleBobble from New York

3.24/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
2011 vintage here. Nice pop and good visible carbonation on the pour; no head formation; color is an opaque bourbon orange. Nose has lots of sweet whiskey notes, some deeper boozy wheat notes, light oak, a hint of mild citrus. Spice notes have likely faded, but barrel presence is still there after ten years. Taste has a few fruity, vinous notes up front, but quickly the barrel character takes over in a not entirely pleasant way - a good amount of oak and char, a bit of caramel, some age-related papery notes. Mouthfeel is thin but not unpleasant, and impressive carbonation after all this time. Overall, past its prime, and given how barrel-forward it is, comes across as unbalanced.
Aug 22, 2021
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Rating an older bottle, but by any measure this is an unattractive beer: completely flat, with tons of thick floaties in a murky body.

Wonderful nose, a bit sour from the wine, bourbon, and I suspect even the quad. Rich and smooth aroma.

Similar on the palate; the sharpness from the wine dominates (I’m assuming, perhaps incorrectly, that this is not an intentionally soured ale). Nice bourbon presence, although it’s definitely second fiddle here. Lots of oak. Caramel, dark wheat, vinegar, dark fruit.
Jul 04, 2021
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Amber color with minimal head. I had the 2017 vintage. An unusually high octane (11.6 ABV) sour. Tastes ALIVE--chippered up by the blonde/quad blend, plus zesty citrus orange peel. Bourbon and wine barreling is a subtle part of the flavor profile. The main takeaway is bright and refreshing--from first sip to last.
Jul 01, 2021
Rated: 3.99 by minterro from California

May 09, 2021
Rated: 4.02 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri

Apr 17, 2021
Rated: 4.21 by morrowd3 from Vermont

Jan 02, 2021
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Reviewed by mbunje from California

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Cascade Barrel House. Really unique beer. Not too sour. Well rounded. Smell the Belgian yeast and the vanilla. Light in the bourbon. Don’t notice the orange peel.
Flavor is fantastic. Lots of layers going on with a slight tart/sour finish. I feel like every sip is revealing new flavors. Overall this is a must if you visit the brewery or the Portland area. This reminds me of something the Bruery would make or even Russian River. Great beer.
Oct 25, 2020
Rated: 4.45 by sarpedon52 from Georgia

Sep 27, 2020
Rated: 4.28 by dubnation from Kansas

Sep 11, 2020
Rated: 4.02 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Sep 01, 2020
Rated: 4.45 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Jul 15, 2020
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Reviewed by falloutsnow from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
2017 vintage, 11.6% ABV.
Good, but not much more than a very mildly spiced (with orange peel and coriander, the coriander is not able to be tasted, the orange is only a vague sort of citrus character) sour blonde ale of imperial strength that's been aged in barrels (quad and blonde ales aged in bourbon and wine barrels). The alcohol becomes increasingly detracting as the beer warms. Overpriced, would not get again.
Pours a few large, white bubbles, but bottle is still, so no foam or retention. No lacing. Body is a dark golden orange color, with light bringing out (SRM 6-7). Transparent, but plenty of yeast at bottom of bottle.
Aroma is smoothly tart balanced with sweetness, a very pleasant smooth, creamy, sour citrus character (something of a Cascade trademark, you also noticed this aroma in the Citrus Noyaux) mixed with what seems like a hint of cinnamon, some light vinegary notes, and a touch of oak becoming apparent as the beer warms.
Flavor is fairly heavy sourness, fairly strong on acetic acid (apple cider vinegar), but also some tart lactic acid lemon/green apple sourness. Front: tart green apple mixed with an equal amount of apple cider vinegar, light nail polish remover flavor, faintly creamy lemon-citrus notes, slight oak, mild alcohol. Mid: fairly strong acetic acid (apple cider vinegar), moderate lemon and green apple notes from lactic acid, moderate nail polish remover, and moderate alcohol. Back: vaguely defined, though assertive smooth citrus mixed with both lactic (gentle citrus, tart apple) and acetic (cider vinegar) acidity, moderate to strong alcohol flavor, subtle oak. After: lingering lactic acid tartness (lemon/green apple) with acetic acid (apple cider vinegar) close behind, mild dry oak, and medium-low alcohol.
Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body; still, so no carbonation and mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth with no foaming. Alcohol felt fairly easily in the nose and throat, not surprising for an 11% ABV beer, but still not incredible. Closes very dry, with heavy stickiness on the lips and palate.
(D, B, B-, C+, B-/C+)
May 27, 2020
Rated: 4.14 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Feb 22, 2020
Rated: 4.32 by metter98 from New York

Feb 19, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Feb 19, 2020
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Reviewed by BerryKumquat from California

4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
L: Pours out as a light blonde ale and has a reddish orange hue as it fulls the glass. Neat effect
S: Very strong nose of corriander and orange.
T: A slow dry rush of fizz into a blast of orange and coriander finish into a simple orange aftertaste. Very unique and worth drinking.
F: Light orange beer.
O: An odd unique and memorable beer. While it isn't the strong in any one category, it has a very unique flavor profile that can be enjoyed anytime.
Feb 02, 2020
Rated: 4.47 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Jan 03, 2020
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
500ml corked caged 2017 bottle

Clear Amber, no head. Smells tart, peachy, a little buttery Chardonnay. Taste is stonefruit and oak, really nice. Mouthfeel is thick, sticky. Overall, very good.
Dec 25, 2019
Rated: 4.44 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Oct 19, 2019
Rated: 4.36 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Aug 15, 2019
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Reviewed by ECShepherd from Texas

4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Looks like apple juice with an amber color, clear enough to read through. Thick head clears quickly, leaving a white lacing around the rim lasts several minutes. Smells sweet with a light acidity. Taste starts out with a citrus bite with a smooth fruity finish. Leaves a slight and enjoyable dryness behind that doesn't make you fear the next sip. Overall an excellent experience.
Dec 05, 2018
Rated: 4.35 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania

Nov 23, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Nov 19, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by mwvman from Indiana

Oct 30, 2018
Rated: 4.49 by BeerBucks from New York

Jul 29, 2018
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Reviewed by Roustabout from District of Columbia

4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Hell of a lot going on here, but it works. Like drinking four good beers at the same time through a dimensional portal (which makes sense, as it's a heavy blend. Not too unruly for an over-12-er. Far out.
May 25, 2018
Rated: 4.94 by mojuyt from Massachusetts

Apr 21, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Mar 12, 2018
Rated: 4.83 by themayorkoch from Ohio

Mar 01, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by ivyman from Massachusetts

Feb 27, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Feb 20, 2018
Rated: 3.76 by BarryMFBurton from Indiana

Feb 05, 2018
Rated: 4.42 by stephenlee from England

Feb 02, 2018
Rated: 4.84 by ScubaLeon from New York

Feb 02, 2018
Rated: 4.65 by JeffSK from Wisconsin

Jan 27, 2018
Rated: 4.31 by Erikshegda1994 from Pennsylvania

Jan 26, 2018
Vlad The Imp Aler from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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