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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: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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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 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 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TURDFERGUSON (4004) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2013 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 (6157) - 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 (13032) - 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 (6576) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Shared bottle at Kickbacks for RBWG. Omfg aroma. So much going on. This is silly. Cherry, booze, tart. Perfectly balanced. This is damn amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dfonorow (1676) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2013
2009 Vintage. Bottle #80. Pour is deep, blood red. Aroma is of sweet cherries, dark currants, black cherries, and just a slight hint of booze. Taste is of slight booze at the front and transitions into a fantastic sweet dark cherry body and finish. Alcohol is masked very well. This is by far the best mead Iíve ever had, the blend of fruits is perfect.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Dunt (297) - Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle #69, whatís up? 2011 vintage purchased from the meadery. Pours an absolutely still deep red/purple in color. Nose is a bouquet of goodness. Dark berries in the form of cherry, blackberry, black currant, and some booze. Itís so inviting, I donít want to finish my glass because I want to keep smelling it. The flavor doesnít disappoint either, it starts out sweet, but isnít in the least bit cloying. It starts off with cherry and cinnamon and finishes more with blackberry and currant. Moderate mouthfeel, smooth, no carbonation, lightly syrupy, boozy, and a long finish. This is one of the most perfect drinks I have ever had. The nose and taste are just unreal. Such a pleasure to have, I opened this for a friends bday, and regret not having more around to drink every weekend. Fucking great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcwattsrugger (11317) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2012
-#74/140 bottle-shared by jtclockwork-still-dk red. A-med fruit-cherry, some spice. T-spice, med fruit-cheery/black cherry.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
VivasBeer (2) - Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2012 does not count
A: The smell of booze, and wonderful fruit. Iíve had a 1 oz shot of this at a B. Nektar event before, this time my mouth began salivating the minute we popped the cork. A: No head when poured, pretty sure itís not supposed to have any carb. Dark red, vampire blood, light still shines through a bit making beautiful ruby red color. Lacing on the glass is amazing, legs run high. T: By far the best thing Iíve ever drank in my life. The taste of all the fruits meld together perfectly, super pumped to be splitting this bottle with only one other person. A bit boozy but that was expected, but the sweet, and sour fruits just explode on the tongue. I am actually salivating now remembering this. P: Perfect mouth feel. Just perfect O: Again this is the most profound tasting experience my taste buds have every had. Not sure if the $100 price tag is playing into that, but damn its so so soooooo gooooooood.

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