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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MeadMe (1610) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Pours a rich brilliant ruby red. Holy hell I have died and gone to heaven. Aromas of a fresh blend of berry juice. Light alcohol as well. The flavor I still think about it. So rich and deep. Tons of raspberry, blueberry, black cherry, and currants. Sweet and fruity with a nice dash of earthy honey. I can not begin to explain how beautifully awesome this beverage is. Every bottle I see from this day forward I will purchase. It’s pricy but a true drinking experience. Perfect 5!

   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. I’ve 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 it’s 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 I’ve 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 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Shared bottle at Kickbacks for RBWG. Omfg aroma. So much going on. This is silly. Cherry, booze, tart. Perfectly balanced. This is damn amazing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2015 2009 Bottle 108/110 at RBWG. Thanks to the ten of you who went in on purchasing this ahead of time from the kickbacks bottle list. Reddish brown with little bits of legs. Nose is super potent deliciousness. Lots of deep black cherry sweet tartness. Chocolate covered cherries, light roast, rich honey and a light apple like mineral sweetness. Tastes just as good as it smells--or better!! Damn this is one amazing mead. Maybe the best thing I’ve tried tonight. I need to find a bottle of this. This stuff would be worth the hefty cost.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeardBeerGuy (21) - stoughton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2011 This is a mead of fantastic quality. The price and limited production makes it very rare. I opened bottle #82 of 110. Retails for ($110) for 375ml. the depth of fruit is amazing. The cherry, raspberry black currant blend is truly a treat. The cherry tastes phenominally fresh with wonderful notes of raspberry cutting through. The currants provide great acidity. I truly thank Ken Schramm for using his own fruit. Propably on of the freshest products I have ever tasted. The honey truly capture the essence of the fruit. If you are ever lucky enough to try the mead will clearly explain it’s self. Definitive mead.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
biggsbowler (602) - 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 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Skyview (5696) - 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 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 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.

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