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B. Nektar Ken Schramm Signature Series - The Heart of Darkness

Formerly brewed at B. Nektar Meadery
Style: Mead
Ferndale, Michigan USA


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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.42/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
Meadmaker Ken Schramm crafted the Heart of Darkness exclusively from his home grown fruit. This mead represents a true labor of love. Hand-picked and hand-pitted morello cherries were fermented with black currants, red raspberries and Michigan honey from Larry Yatesí Sawmill Lake Apiaries. Virtually all of a seasonís fruit production was used in this inaugural batch, limiting its production to a small number of individually signed and numbered bottles. The Heart of Darkness was free run, unfined and unfiltered, yielding a deep, intense character. It pairs beautifully with grilled meats, bleu cheese, and dark chocolate.
2009 vintage - 110 bottles
2011 vintage - 140 bottles

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (5188) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2013
Bottle generously shared by a kind soul at RBWG Welcome Dinner. Pours a still dark brown-copper. Nose is big dark honey, some honeycomb, black cherries, and all manner of dark flavors. Flavor is similar with big dark honey, honeycomb, cherries, and berries. An outstanding mead, albeit somewhat pricey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2013
slim bottle- batch 1 bottle #108/110 .. . this stuff was amazing, truly a treat and something on another level .. . intense cherry, black berry, currants.. all that stuff .. . . i didnít know that horse was a diabetic!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
kruz805 (2) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2013 does not count
Was lucky to have Ken share this with my homebrew club. Very intense cherry and current aroma with a hint of honey. Since so much fruit is used, the taste is of intense cherry, current and berries (red and black). Appearance is of a deep garnet color. Palate wants to think is a thick syrup but, itís med- heavy body with a medium sweetness. Overall, this is the commercial meads I have. Canít wait until Ken opens his place this year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (7027) - Utah, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle from Kickbacks during RBWG welcome dinner, thanks to Daniel for sharing this
Appearance: Clear mahogany, no head or lacing
Aroma is sugar, tart, woody and sweet fruit
Very nice, easy drinking and great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
375mL red wax 2009 batch 1 bottle #108/110 at RBWG JAX. Pours a clear, inky deep ruby. Huge legs. What a monster color for mead. Nose is so intense on the black cherry and black currant that it seems silly the amount of times Iíve thought a beer smelled or tasted like "black cherry". This is black cherry incarnate. Holy cow. Amaretto, dark rum in the background. Taste is again a massive $@$# ton of black cherry explosion, vanilla, blueberry. So easy to drink with thick vanilla and amaretto. There is no hype here, this is just straight up boss.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
El_Jefe (62) - - FEB 21, 2013
This was awesome! The aroma is strong deep honey and currant. Color is gold. Taste is deep and complex currant and cherry with sweet honey ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TURDFERGUSON (4047) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2015 2009 Bottle 108/110 at RBWG. Thanks to the ten of you who went in on purchasing this ahead of time from the kickbacks bottle list. Reddish brown with little bits of legs. Nose is super potent deliciousness. Lots of deep black cherry sweet tartness. Chocolate covered cherries, light roast, rich honey and a light apple like mineral sweetness. Tastes just as good as it smells--or better!! Damn this is one amazing mead. Maybe the best thing Iíve tried tonight. I need to find a bottle of this. This stuff would be worth the hefty cost.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
b3shine (8133) - Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Bottle to taster (HUGE thanks to drowland and everyone else for this monster tick!). Looks good; a still, fairly transparent cherry. Smells good too; an outstanding balance of cherry, chocolate, and honey. Good on palate too. Fucken a bro!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (18529) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2013
Bottle 108/110 at RBWG. Pours clear ruby. Nose holds a hefty dose of dry cherries and herbs. Big sweet flavor, lots of tart cherries, rich sugars, dry honey, touches of wood. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Fairly dry to finish while still, warming and sweet, further lightly tangy cherries. Not at all cloying and impressively dry for a mead. Even has some bitter cherry pits. Delicious stuff. Glad I got to try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2013
2/21/13. 375mL (batch 1) split by RBWGians at the Welcome Dinner! Rich aroma of cherry, sweetness, definite alcohol, a hint of wax, and plenty of honey. Loads of cherry in the flavor with good honey character, some alcohol, and lingering berry fruitness. Awesome.

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