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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 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

masonjer's rating

   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 19/20
ctipping (530) - Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2015
375 mL bottle. 2011 bottle. Blood red. Stains the glass. Smells of currants. Really intense. There’s a sharp acidity too. Taste has a lot more of the honey. And cherry. Sweet cherry. Rich currants. Heavy and rich body. Outstanding in every way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
50belair (3083) - Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2015
Bottle #43. Huge tip of the cap to Randall for sharing this bad boy. Literally looks like a snifter of blood. Honey aromas. Wow, so sweet with the most intense farmhouse berry and cherry highlights. Takes me back to my childhood when we would pick the blackberries off the bush. Loads of melon and honey notes. Soooo dangerous. Very good mouthfeel and body. Exceptional.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tchaos (367) - New York, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Part of an insane HoD vertical. Pours an inky purple red. Aroma and taste is wave after wave of exquisite dark fruit and honey. Medium-full mouthfeel. Unparalleled melomel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rutager (2) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2015 does not count
Just a ton of currants and fruit. Really delicious stuff. Cheers, David!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (6608) - 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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
48FanInCali (827) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hamilton23 (619) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
timfoolery (1125) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (4213) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (4898) - 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.

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