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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: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   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 Yates’ Sawmill Lake Apiaries. Virtually all of a season’s 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
Leighton (10512) - 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 (5980) - Valdosta, 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 (1346) - 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 I’ve ever had, the blend of fruits is perfect.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Dunt (283) - Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle #69, what’s 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. It’s so inviting, I don’t want to finish my glass because I want to keep smelling it. The flavor doesn’t disappoint either, it starts out sweet, but isn’t 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 (11076) - 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. I’ve 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 it’s 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 I’ve 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Steve_0 (2537) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
#800! Bottle at the Colorado Mead Tasting ’12. Pour is deep, purple, crimson with no head. Looks like a glass full of blood; beautiful. The aroma is euphoric with deep wood notes, black currants, red grapes, blackberries, sweet tarts, raspberries, and tart cherries. Taste is smooth from beginning to end; sweet dark fruits, cranberry juice, red grapes, blackberries, dark raisins, a hint of vanilla, cocoa, and wood. Syrupy mouthfeel with no carbonation. Not overly sweet, and the acid balances out the sweetness so beautifully, something I could drink all night long. Such an eloquently crafted spirit; every other mead I have ever tasted pales in comparison.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
TwoSipDip (8948) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
2012 Colorado Mead Tasting at Armin’s house. Huge thanks to Stephen to getting this bottle! Pours a deep red purple, red wine appearance with no head. Rich thick jammy, black currant, huge raspberry, seedy, spicy berry, thick fruity aroma. Delicious, full and fresh black raspberry, mild pear/apple, chocolate, juicy, juicy tart cherry, just a touch syrupy flavor that’s just bursting full of fruit. Absolutely delicious. I am a bit surprised about how overwhelmed I was by the flavor in this baby. Unbelievable how delicious the fruits are in this. The finest mead I’ve ever had for sure.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
notalush (4788) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Colorado mead tasting 2012 - viscous pour - dark reddish purple - the nose is unreal - bursting with currant and black cherry aromas - sweet, but with a lovely earthiness and tartness to balance - loads of fruit skin tannins - I could smell this all night - smooth, silky mouthfeel - wow - just wow - ineffably good - words will not do this justice - the fruit adds both depth of sweetness and a balancing acidity - cherry adds the sweetness while the currants add the tartness - tart and quite vinous through the middle - finish is all raspberry - just...dude - this is the mead to end all meads - the end.

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