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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: 49   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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (15383) - 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 (11810) - , 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 (11670) - 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 (10350) - 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 (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Bottle (#133)Ö This mead rocks!Ö 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 (10199) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GT2 (9412) - 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 Iíve 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (8856) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (8124) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 23, 2011
bottle # 24/110 Perfect fit for rating # 3000. A very special bottle indeed. First because it was offered to me as a present for my graduation by Greg, Askofficerfriendly and his wife. Second, a celebration of my bday and return to Belgium, and third, probably the first B.Nektar mead to make it to Europe and one of my favorite US meadery. This one goes out to you Greg/Bridget and the good folks at B.Nektar! Pours a deep burgundy with an outstanding clear syrupy filament/coating on the glass. The aroma brings this mead to another level by the depth of the fruits being used. One can easily pick a medley of currants, raspberries and cherries where one scent leaves room to another never to overtake the experience. Perfect bouquet of honey follows adding this ever enjoyable organic natural fragrance. The mouthfeel is similar to the aroma and a bouquet of orchard brings fantastic dimensions to the mead. Great blend between the fruits leaving room for each cherry, raspberries and currants to be noticed. The honey adds a great balance to the acidity of the fruits that although not overpowering was enough to give me a nice heartburn quickly following the first glass (a first with all B.Nektar) and that was the low point of the whole experience. The honey also leaves a mild sweet syrupy sticky finish on the lips that is very enjoyable. Overall a great mead that I thoroughly enjoyed in good company of family.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2012
Big thanks to my sister, ratebeerís 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 frikiní 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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