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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: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.41   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 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Steve_0 (3486) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
#800! Bottle at the Colorado Mead Tasting í12. 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
adnielsen (10159) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
2012 Colorado Mead Tasting at Arminís 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 thatís 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 Iíve ever had for sure.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
notalush (5451) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (8754) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Pour out of 375 mL bottle, big thanks to Stephen for the pour! Dark reddish purple pour with no head, aroma is big notes of sweet raspberry, blackberry, cherry, some hints of rhubarb, a nice slight dry note from the rhubarb, hints of a vanilla in there. Taste is awesome, mix of blackberry, raspberry, slight cocoa almost with a nice honey, red fruit, oak, hints of vanilla, finishing very sweet but very palatable. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle #32/140.

Pours a darkish brown/black...looks like a port. Nose is berries, vinous character, and light chocolate sweetness. Taste is similar, just has a richer sweetness to it...the berries are just amazing. Rich, smooth alcohol, delish.

Yeah, this bottle is $$$ but damn itís so good. Wow, gonna be hard to stay away from my bottle.

---Rated via Iím awesome and youíre not.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Sample at B Nektar Meadery from bottle #103 from the 2011 batch. Clear very dark reddish/purple with no head. Aroma is very fruity with cherries, raspberries and blackberries and honey underneath. Taste is very fruity and sweet with a bit of warmth. Honey, berries, alcohol and mild tannins. Iím glad I was able to try a sample at the meadery.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtclockwork (11250) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle number 74 of 140 thanks to FlandersNed. Pours deep mahogany/purple. Nose/taste of very rich black currants, raspberries, honey, cherry and port wine. Medium body. Stunningly complex and flavorful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (4270) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2012
2011 bottle split with Allen and Joe. This one was pricey as shit but WOW, what a treat. Deep and full ruby purple pour with bright purple bubbled light head, not much lacing. Aromas of welsch grape juice, currants, finest pinot noir around, raspberries, cherries, dark grape skins, and light wood. Taste is loaded with berries upon berries. Tons of insanely tart morello cherries, and raspberry puree.This mead never got old, luscious and delicate flavors and scents working in perfect harmony. Had a good bit of raspberry tart quality from NG to it but way more compex with a touch of floral honey and a boost from the cherries. Medium to full bodied mead. I would say that the price was a little high, but split three ways it was well worth it. Cheers Ken.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sarro (130) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Sampled at B Nektar during Mead Fest 2012. Sample thanks to jale! Pours a still, dark ruby red. Nose is full of berry patch and floral honey. The taste is incredibly fruit forward with lingering notes of sweet blackberries, raspberries, cherries & a bit of blueberry. It has a long, sweet finish and somewhat syrupy, but perfect for dessert. Super decadent and full of rich honey soaked berry notes. A very special mead without a doubt, but a bottle could easily be shared amongst a large group of friends.

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