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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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
esjaygee (3904) - 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. I’m 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 (14999) - , 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 (5902) - 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 (134) - 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.

   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 (10883) - 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 (3014) - 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 (8207) - 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.

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