Cascade Brewing Vlad the Imp Aler Sour Ale, one of the few sour ales made by Cascade Brewing available in a bottle, poured a mostly clear, dark orange hue with a slightly brown tinge to the edge of the glass and a small white head. The nose was a mélange of green apples, wood, vanilla, and very light notes of vinegar.
Cascade Brewing Vlad the Imp Aler opened with strong, sweet caramel and vanilla malts competing with fruity tartness of cherries, lemon, and grapefruit. Lactic sourness and the oak came through as the tartness settled down, followed by slight funk as the ale faded.
Cascade Brewing Vlad the Imp Aler is a bold, complex beer that is supremely drinkable and never hints at the 10% ABV. Although I would have preferred it a bit more sour, that’s a tiny complaint next to such a well designed, brewed, and aged ale.