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B. Nektar Ken Schramm Signature Series - The Heart of Darkness

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Formerly brewed at B. Nektar Meadery
Style: Mead
Ferndale, Michigan USA

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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Another home run. Pours the color of a vintage port, and is equally as viscous. Aroma is a full on fruit assault, with no one variety dominating. Flavor is redolent of dark fruits and honey. Stuff isnít cheap, but it is damn good.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
48FanInCali (730) - California, USA - AUG 16, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2014 Thanks for sharing this treat Hamilton. 2011 vintage. Lots of berries and honey coming through. Sweet but not cloying. Slight vanilla and grapes. Just so incredibly smooth. Awesome, Awesome stuff if you are a mead fan. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hamilton23 (610) - Alpine, California, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Holy cow. This was everything people have said it is. Poured from bottle 31 of 140 of the 2011 vintage. Pours a dark ruby red. Smells of cherries, raspberries and other dried fruits. Taste is sweet as hell with just a slight bit of tartness from the fruit. What a perfect blend of flavors. Nice work Ken.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle from Kyle, drank at Bunny's. Aroma and flavors of cherry, raspberry and current, in that order. There is a definite aspect of honey, but the berries take a front fucking seat. This one is amazing. Not too sweet and great mouthfeel, just thick enough not to be heavy. Excellent mead!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (4091) - SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle shared with Greg, huge thanks. Pours beautiful deep dark lilac with no head. Aroma is so intense cherries black currents sweet honey a bit vinous acudity. Flavor is fullbodied berry sweet sweet a bit acetone which pairs perfectly with the black currants. Fantastic drink.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (4501) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2013
Bottle generously shared by a kind soul at RBWG Welcome Dinner. Pours a still dark brown-copper. Nose is big dark honey, some honeycomb, black cherries, and all manner of dark flavors. Flavor is similar with big dark honey, honeycomb, cherries, and berries. An outstanding mead, albeit somewhat pricey.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (5894) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2013
slim bottle- batch 1 bottle #108/110 .. . this stuff was amazing, truly a treat and something on another level .. . intense cherry, black berry, currants.. all that stuff .. . . i didnít know that horse was a diabetic!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
kruz805 (2) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2013 does not count
Was lucky to have Ken share this with my homebrew club. Very intense cherry and current aroma with a hint of honey. Since so much fruit is used, the taste is of intense cherry, current and berries (red and black). Appearance is of a deep garnet color. Palate wants to think is a thick syrup but, itís med- heavy body with a medium sweetness. Overall, this is the commercial meads I have. Canít wait until Ken opens his place this year.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (4938) - Utah, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle from Kickbacks during RBWG welcome dinner, thanks to Daniel for sharing this
Appearance: Clear mahogany, no head or lacing
Aroma is sugar, tart, woody and sweet fruit
Very nice, easy drinking and great.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GT2 (8533) - San Diego County, 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
El_Jefe (62) - - FEB 21, 2013
This was awesome! The aroma is strong deep honey and currant. Color is gold. Taste is deep and complex currant and cherry with sweet honey ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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