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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 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2012
2011 bottle #5/140 from dak at nick’s bachelor party 6/7/12. pours the color of concentrated zinfandel or a vintage ruby port....and thick. fruit is everywhere leaving the honey as a secondary characteristic...cherries, berries red grape juice, vanilla and an incredible balancing acidity. long lasting finish and lingering aftertaste. amazing stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10320) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2012
Good lord what a beverage. Wow and WOW. Deep rich garnet red pour. Aroma is just bursting with fruit, cherries, raspberries, raisins, port wine. Flavor is so rich and full. Sweet and a hint of tart. So damn concentrated with amazing fruit. Wow. Its worth the price tag. It really is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOLTZ7555 (2979) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Generously shared by Dak @ nbutler11’s bachelor party. World-class! Garnet, ruby, scarlet, and even a hint of amethyst shows in the body. Red ripe raspberry, deep dark cherries, plum, prune, raisin, and grape. Extremely refined and potent Welch’s characteristics. Assertive, complex, distinguished. Burst of flavor upon every sip. Amazing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Bottle shared by Dak. Pours a dark ruby color-almost wine-like. Aromas has raspberry, cherry and honey. Taste is sweet honey with loads of ripe, dark fruit. Sweet and viscous. This reminded me a bit of the the juice from a melted snow cone, in a good way. Superb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Tried a sample at B. Nektar. Glad I did. Poured a blood red, as mentioned in previous ratings. Really dark and foreboding. Looked quite thick in the glass, and like a serious drink. Aroma is huge, Super ripe cherry hits me first, maybe one of the best cherry aromas I have ever smelled, I pictured dark black cherries, you definitely get currants and berries as well and some sweet dark honey. Taste delivers on the aroma huge cherry again, quite a bit of tartness as well from the berries, like a raspberry tartness, tons and tons of red fruit, there is just so much fruit in this thing, on the back end you remember that this is a mead, as the big dark sweet honey kicks in to balance some of the fruit tartness, long finish and a residual sweetness in the back of you mouth, as the tart berries settles on your tongue. At some point you forget exactly what you are drinking and that there is alcohol involved, as the drink is so interesting and fun. Serious stuff, is it worth $100, who knows, but it feels like no expense was spared when you drink it. Really glad to have tried it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (7511) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2012
Big thanks to my sister, ratebeer’s 15_2_Kuhnhenn. This nectar pours rug staining deep bright red, maybe like reduced plum juice, and leaving behind a good bit of legginess. The aroma is full and rich with pungent earthy berry smelling dark currants as well as well nearly bright levels of crushed up fruit skin tartness and rich sweet ripe to mildly tart cherry meat. Wow! The taste is rich and vibrant with cherry meat nuanced earthy currant sweet nectar like goodness. Wow. I frikin’ love currant used in this way. Behind those rich succulent notes are cherry to currant tartness as well as firm currant earthiness pulling this all together. It ends dry and all the flavor withers away effortlessly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopscotch (10123) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Bottle (#133)… This mead rocks!… Clear, deep, maroon mead. The bouquet is a wealth of fruity, earthy, tannic black currants mingled with sweet raspberries, cherries and rich, dark honey. Full-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel. The flavor is very smooth, quite fruity, medium sweet and moderately tart, offering substantial essences of cherry and raspberry. Finishes tangy and fruity with a bold kiss of black currant tannins. Big-time thanks to biggsbowler for sharing this decadent rarity!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
biggsbowler (544) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2012 Bottle - Thanks Dave - This is an amazing mead. First off, it is blood red in color and pours like blood coming from your hand into a glass. It really has that look and feel of blood. Taste was on another level. You can taste raspberries and cherries, but the black currants were the strongest flavor. Im not sure if it was the honey or something else, but I got a little bit of cinnamon in the mouth. Truly a great mead and I’ll say it was worth the price. B. Nektar and Ken Schramm, Thanks for making awesome meads.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Skyview (5310) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Received full glass pour at the B. Nektar meadery in Ferndale, MI. Pours an opaque dark "stop sign" red, clean disk top and plenty of viscosity tears. Aroma of dark cherries, raspberry and a hint of currants. Flavor is almost syrupy, loaded with cherries and raspberries with sweet light flower honey. Finish is dessert-like sweet as I feel blood-rush sensation above my cheeks. More cherry flavor in the 2011 vintage as the 2009 vintage had more black currant. By far one of the best dessert meads I’ve encountered.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikem409 (1858) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2011
wow had at bnektar meadery very sweet aroma and pours a dark blood red. the taste is almost un explainable so sweet sweet sweet almost like red sweet tarts that sat in sugar water for a year very neat!

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