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

Cascade Vlad The Imp AlerCascade Vlad The Imp Aler
BA SCORE
92.7%
Liked This Beer
4.26 w/ 702 ratings
Cascade Vlad The Imp AlerCascade Vlad The Imp Aler
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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%

Added by hopdog on 12-09-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#825
Reviews:
165
Ratings:
702
Liked:
651
Avg:
4.26/5
pDev:
9.15%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
465
Gots:
192
Trade:
15
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 702 |  Reviews: 165
Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PassMeAZima
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kamikazeokami
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ristaccia
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gehille
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rudzud
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared with JLindros. 2011 project

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear honey amber hue with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps and a light halo.

S - Aromas of tart funk, acid, almost an acetone nose. Tart blonde, malts, light bourbon, light almost quad like.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice acidity and tartness, good light barrel notes, bourbon sweetness and vanilla. There is nice balanced acidity, good blonde notes with faint malt sweetness. Very balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, alcohol hidden well. Bit thin though.

O - Overall this beer was solid, albeit relatively mediocre for Cascade.

Serving type: bottle

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

Thanks to rudzud, impossible to remove cork.

Very little head, very little lacing, semi hazy strawberry pinkish red color.

Nose big sour brown, tart funk, straight up sour and bit fruity, brown sugar candy and tart candied fruit, lactic acid and little funk, toasty brown malts little sweet like, faint barrel notes and some vinegar almost acetic.

Taste brings sweet and sour again, sweet candy, toffee brown malts, little syrupy, etc. Big sour brown, lactic acid and little acetic, vinegar as well, sour funk and little earthy ash. Very acidic, sticky malt and brown sugar, candied fruit thing, little barrel and whisky like notes, creamy lactic toffee. Little cherry like thing and other generic fruits. Finish tart flemmy sticky and quite acidic, little fruit, candy fruit.

Mouth is med bod syrupy, very acidic, light carb.

Overall interesting but not incredible.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into tulip. “2011 Project” on the label. 10.91%.

A: Pours a clear light iced-tea color with a very active couple fingers of off-white head that quickly fizzed away into a fuzzy and self-rejuvenating film. Wispy streaks of lace were left down the glass.
S: Musty notes of apple juice mixed with spicy oak and peppery spice. I get a hint of vinous wine and just a touch of buttery and caramely bourbon. Musty and lightly tart smelling.
T: Soft palate of flavors blend very well together with no one aspect standing out. I get a blend of apple cider, buttery oak, peppery spice, green apple, slight stone fruit, creamy yeast, a light earthy funk, and just a touch of caramely bourbon, oxidization, and brown sugar. Flavors are well integrated and smooth.
M: The alcohol is completely hidden and I couldn’t tell this from a beer with half the alcohol. The tartness is low as well, with just a subtle kick of clean sourness. Low acidity. The mouthfeel is very smooth and buttery from the oak. Medium-full body, touch of oxidization.
O: Masterfully crafted and perfectly integrated. Flavors are delicate, complex, and exceptionally smooth. I could sip this all day. Very well done.

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Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

You get a weird mixture of brown, orange and amber on this one. Not really attractive pour, almost no head on it, lots of debris falls to the bottom of the pour.

Aroma was cool, bourbon first, some dark citrus bitters after that, a little bit of oak. Complex.
Taste was all over the place but coherent. Bourbon is big and boozy, sourness is plenty perceptible. More of that citric tartness and bitters, musty at times. Great and unique mouthfeel.

Good beer, but pricey ($30).

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Photo of Kevlee722
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MadeInOregon
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Beerbuddy21
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmsmith
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bennyman12
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 bottle.

Appearance is amazingly clear. Big bubbles that dissipate but still pop up somewhat.
Smell--I get grape skin and peaches. Potent.
Taste--so well balanced between the sour and sweet with more of that peach and grape skin and oak. Not overly pucker. Booze blends in well. Really sophisticated.
Mouthfeel is thick for the style--carb just lively enough.

Having brewed a slew of sours myself, I know how temperamental the lacto and pedio are around higher amounts of alcohol. There's a mind-numbing amount of bug-consciousness going on at cascade, and this is the purest evidence of their talent I've yet encountered. Cheers!

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Photo of jrob21
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kiki3drt292
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeilFlaiz
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MickeyHops
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mportnoy
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Satchboogie
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cascade Vlad The Imp Aler from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 92.7% out of 100 with 702 ratings
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