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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: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   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


Dunt's rating

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Dunt (283) - Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle #69, whatís up? 2011 vintage purchased from the meadery. Pours an absolutely still deep red/purple in color. Nose is a bouquet of goodness. Dark berries in the form of cherry, blackberry, black currant, and some booze. Itís so inviting, I donít want to finish my glass because I want to keep smelling it. The flavor doesnít disappoint either, it starts out sweet, but isnít in the least bit cloying. It starts off with cherry and cinnamon and finishes more with blackberry and currant. Moderate mouthfeel, smooth, no carbonation, lightly syrupy, boozy, and a long finish. This is one of the most perfect drinks I have ever had. The nose and taste are just unreal. Such a pleasure to have, I opened this for a friends bday, and regret not having more around to drink every weekend. Fucking great.


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 (4020) - 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 (4427) - 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 (5792) - .....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 (4298) - 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 (8270) - 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

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TURDFERGUSON (3945) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2013 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 Iíve tried tonight. I need to find a bottle of this. This stuff would be worth the hefty cost.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
b3shine (5191) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Bottle to taster (HUGE thanks to drowland and everyone else for this monster tick!). Looks good; a still, fairly transparent cherry. Smells good too; an outstanding balance of cherry, chocolate, and honey. Good on palate too. Fucken a bro!


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