Hello My Name Is Vladimir - BrewDog
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United Kingdom (England)
3.8/5 rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A 330ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2015. Acquired recently from the Brewdog webshop; a political protest in alcoholic form. The label states that this brew contains limonnik berries (also known as five-flavour berries in China).
Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep orange-amber hue with visible floating sediment and medium carbonation. The sediment resembles coagulated proteins. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a patchy surface layer. Aroma of intensely fruity hops and berries, with notes of white grape, peach, citrus, mild tropical fruit, grass/hay and an earthy berry quality that is hard to place. Underpinned by subtle caramel malt, mild yeast and a twinge of diacetyl. A touch of booze lurks in the background. Firing on all cylinders.
Tastes of overwhelmingly fruity hops with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of white grape, melon, tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus, earthy berries, faint lingonberry, mild caramel malt, earthy yeast, a hint of cardboard and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a strident, spicy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with decent carbonation and an acceptable body for the style. Hop oils tantalise the palate. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of fruity aromatic hops, spicy bitterness, subtle berry hints and yeast.
An interesting effort - the berry character comes through more strongly in this brew than in some of the other 'Hello My Name Is' variants. It looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are very fruity and hoppy with other characteristics taking a back seat. Body is OK; could be a shade more spritzy. A hop-head's dream. Unfortunately I don't know what limonnik berries taste like in their natural state, so it's hard to judge the extent to which they contribute to the beer. However, the earthy, cardboard hints that they provide aren't entirely agreable. Worth sampling for the curious.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 02:15:13 | More by jazzyjeff13
4.33/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: clear, amber colour with a nice 2 finger white head that drops quickly. Average to poor lacing.
Aroma: best one from all beers from the Hello My Name is series, with a great hoppy kick, so it has that citrus aroma but also, finally you can smell those berries they used. That was not the case in previous beers from the series.
Taste: medium to high bitterness, sweet, citrusy and you can taste the berries finally.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation.
Overall: a good Imperial IPA, but I rather have the regular Hardcore IPA.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 19:43:04 | More by beholder_pl
3.44/5 rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
The colour is red-orange, the liquid clear. The off-white head sinks down to a thick lid, levaing some lacing.
The smell is quite light. Some red berries and a light bitterness. Citric fruity flavours in the background, caramel malts and a hint of lactose.
There are distinct notes of red berries in this one, they are more explicit than in the other “Hello my name is...” beers I have had. It is sweet, reminiding more of an English strong ane than a DIPA. Growing tart notes, the bitterness is very light for the style (it would have been light even for an AIPA). Medium to full body. The aftertaste is somewhat harsh with notes of lingonberries and cranberries. The finish is long lasting with clean bitterness and cranberry juice.
The carbonation is light to medium strong, the bubbles long-lasting; the liquid is medium smooth.
More berries than in the other beers in this series. However, Brewdog seems to still have issues with the bitterness in their hoppy ales.
Serving type: on-tap
02-23-2014 11:20:39 | More by bark
Hello My Name Is Vladimir from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.