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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States
cascadebrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

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%

Added by hopdog on 12-09-2008

BEER STATS
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164
Ratings:
690
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
19.57%
 
 
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Photo of rye726
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of UA8
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of fear025
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.73/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Swimsum
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of CaptainTripps
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of jampics2
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Sean...Pours a murky light orange, clear. An off white head that is gone fast, not much see here...Aroma is very lactic with notes of vinegar, wood, spicy, apples...The taste is ok nothing special, very acidic more vinegar present. Not enough sweetness to balance this out.

Better than the Burbonic but nothing special

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Photo of chumba526
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It appears clear orange with a smallish off-white head.

It smells acidic and vinegary there is a nice apple and grape smell as well. I get a bit of a peppery yeasty smells as well. There is also a slight oaky wine like smell going on as well.

It tastes initially vinegary and acidic. There is a nice citrusy lemon flavor and a bit of a grapy fruity flavor going on as well. I get mild earthy, leathery funky taste from the ale. There is some oaky characteristic to the beer. I get a very mild vanilla and bourbon like flavor to the beer as well. There is a slight yeasty peppery character as well. There are a lot of flavors going on but they all blend with each other nicely.

The carbonation is around medium.

The drinkability for this beer is pretty good though it is too acidic to drink a bunch of them.

Overall a very good complexly flavored ale that is worth seeking out.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Warren (Lazerlobe) for opening his home for the Syracuse Area Tasting Appreciation Night (S.A.T.A.N.)!

Date: 18 December 2010
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX Snifter
Type: Vintage 2009, provided by Warren (Lazerlobe), 750ml corked and caged

Pours a frothy-soapy head, cloudy peach-orange. Aroma of funky bretts, lacto and maybe some pedio, as well as cabernet sauvignon, apple, apricots, white grapes, cherry, maybe slight bourbon. Drinks like a sweet riesling. Tons of funk on the tongue, huge cherry, raspberry, little bourbon, leaving a huge sting on the palate, but a brief one.

This beer is a freakin' sour fruit bowl. Need to remember to find a bottle for girlfriend!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

A: Hazy and orange in color with an eighth inch of head that leaves some good lacing on the glass.

S: Sour, funk, citrus, apples, fruit, alcohol.

T: Really tasty. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. The flavor is tannic, with a nice oak barrel presence. The beer is pleasantly sour, which thrills me, and has a nice fruit component. The bourbon aspect is there, but not overwhelming. Overall, a seriously delicious brew.

M: Very smooth feel with moderately low carbonation.

D: An overall awesome beer. I definitely want some more of this.

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Photo of craytonic
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden-orange-copper pour with nice white head; cork was hard to get out

Smell: Lemon citrus, wheat, light fruits, lemongrass, light funk and peppery spices

Taste: light funk, green apples, pears, lemon citrus, wheat, apple cider vinegar, reminds me ever-so-slightly of a soft drink

Mouthfeel: Medium body; dry with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: Very easy drinking, was much better than bourbonic

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter.

Pours an amber-brown color with a single-finger head that dies down somewhat quickly but leaves a bit of lacing behind and has a nice collar throughout. The nose brings a decent amount of lactic character plus some citrus and a fairly-strong amount of green apple skin. The flavor is sour with a bit of funk as well as some oak and a light amount of acetic acid. Mouthfeel is a bit light with a good sour character. Fair amount of carbonation plus a really nice level of drinkability. Nothing really stands out about this brew, though in the end I simply want more.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe, thanks.

Beer is brown and hazy with a head that just never quite forms all the way. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma is lactic and acetic with a mixture of various citric forms from different fruits...apples and figs mostly.

Beer is light in body and moderately carbonated on the palate. Beer is very tart and quite sour. The acetic character makes the palate brighter bringing forward more tannic and oaky characters that may have been lost in the beer otherwise. The lactic is also very forward...overall this was a great great sour. I would definitely have it again.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 12/12/10 notes. Had at a local tasting thanks to Thorpe429; thanks Mike, really wanted to try this one!

a - Pours a nice amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour apples, funk, sour cherries and fruit, oak, vinegar, and light bourbon. Smells pretty amazing.

t - Tastes of sour apples, sour fruit, barnyard funk, vinegar, oak/wood, and bourbon. Again, very enjoyable.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth body.

d - I thought this was a great beer that smelled absolutely amazing. It had a nice combination of sour fruit and oak, which I thought worked really well together. Would love to get another bottle of this one.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a golden orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Lemons, barnyard, fruits, oak, sourness

T:Cherris, bourbon, oak, acidic,vinegar, barnyard funk, hay

M: Light booze sting on end, mouthfeel is nice, lighter to medium body

D: Easy to drink, not overly sour

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Re-review off a bottle from the wide 2010 batch. Bottle courtesy of ramnuts. Thanks, Frank!

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper-orange body in the glass. It's capped with a beige head that retains moderately and leaves some tendrils of lace down the sides. Unlike Bourbonic Plague, this one is not a slow gusher. I'm thankful.

S: The signature Cascade aroma of cherries, tannins, and lactic sourness. They are supplemented by caramelly bourbon, and vanilla. I liked last year's competition entry a lot more; this one seems to need more time to let the aroma develop.

T: Hmm, like the nose: a letdown against the previous bottle. The previous one surely had some unintentional brett sneak in, but this one has a mild, clean lactic sourness with cherries, or what I've come to associate as the signature Cascade flavor. It contains some nice sweetness, partly from bourbon and vanilla, and some from what tastes like candi sugar. Nice elements of green apple and orange rind. The finish is either drying or lightly vinegary. I can't quite tell the difference. It has a small burn in the back of the throat.

M: Good mouthfeel. There is enough residual sugar in here to complement the beer's harsher elements (tannic cherry skins, drying or vinegary finish). Carbonation is low-moderate and smooth. It doesn't have the booziness of Bourbonic. An overall better beer than its brother in this department.

D: A bit of a letdown. It reminds me of a better version of the R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek from New Glarus, which wasn't particularly wild or well-developed, either. Not outright bad, just not upper-tier.

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Original review from January 2010, off a bottle obtained from Curtis at Cascade. 4.5 / 5.0 / 4.5 / 5.0 / 4.5 (overall A+ / 4.65)

Shared at Jeff's (ipa247) recent sour tasting. I only got this thanks to the generosity of Curtis at Cascade. Thanks, Curtis.

A: Pours a lightly hazy, but ultimately clear, ruddy copper body in the glass. It develops a short-lived beige head from the pour, but it vanishes almost instantly into a thin collar with some effervescence up the glass.

S: Cherry, bourbon, brown sugar. Lactic sourness and oak. Green apple, apricot, light lemon rind. Caramel. Some funk in the aroma, with mild horse blanket. When I pour the dregs, the yeast contributes an orange scent.

T: The aromas translate to the taste very well. It's bourbony up front, but in a good way; it leaches out the buttery caramel vanilla goodness without bringing any of the heat along. The mid-taste is very estery, combining apricot, green apple, and lemon rind, with light lactic sourness. The dregs add orange pulp to this part when I pour them. The finish lets the wildness take over, with a surprising melange of horse blanket (I thought Cascade didn't bottle with brett), spice (white pepper?), a small vinegar burn, and hints of tannins.

M: Light-medium bodied. Low carbonation; it's pretty velvety overall. No heat at all. I can't see this category getting any better. Very smoothly integrated flavors.

D: This was one of my personal favorites from the tasting. It is unique, and genuinely good (not just sideshow interest at work here). A very creative effort. I can't wait until this is officially released.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Brad for cracking this one open with us at Jackie O's Saturday...

Golden orange appearance with just a bit of smooth head. Sour lacto but doesn't overpower the nose. Some Belgian fruitiness coming through. Tastes of lacto but well balances with fruits and floral flavours on a strong malt backbone. Light and sharp on the tongue making it very drinkable! Easily my favourite sour

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Cascade Vlad The Imp Aler from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.19 out of 5 based on 690 ratings.
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