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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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (43533) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2016

Bottle 375ml. clear glass.

[ As B. Nektar Ken Schramm Signature Series - The Heart of Darkness ].
[ Courtesy of kermis ]. [ Bottle #59/204 ]. Clear dark red - purple color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white red head. Aroma is moderate to heavy honey, raspberry, blackcurrant, cheery. Wow go intensse.... Flavor is light heavy sweet and light light acidic with a long duration, berries, blackcurrant, raspberry, cherry, honey, so rich and intensse. Body is medium to full, texture is creamy - syrupy, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. Wow .. that is good ;D [20150927]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (18222) - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtclockwork (14717) - , 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcwattsrugger (12141) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10848) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopscotch (10563) - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
adnielsen (10475) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
375mL red wax 2009 batch 1 bottle #108/110 at RBWG JAX. Pours a clear, inky deep ruby. Huge legs. What a monster color for mead. Nose is so intense on the black cherry and black currant that it seems silly the amount of times I’ve thought a beer smelled or tasted like "black cherry". This is black cherry incarnate. Holy cow. Amaretto, dark rum in the background. Taste is again a massive $@$# ton of black cherry explosion, vanilla, blueberry. So easy to drink with thick vanilla and amaretto. There is no hype here, this is just straight up boss.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (9748) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle shared at Kickbacks during RBWG. Pours a clear ruby with no head. The aroma is currants, raspberry, grape. Thin mouthfeel, strong berry, currants, oak tannins, cherries, lingering tartness, simply amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (9237) - 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.

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