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Schramm’s Black Agnes



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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 4.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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Named after one boisterous Scottish wench who successfully defended the Scottish Castle of Dunbar during a five-month siege by William Montague, the Earl of Salisbury. Grown in the British Isles for over five hundred years and used by herbalists since the middle ages, the black currants in this dessert mead pay tribute to Black Agnes, our kind of girl.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (8116) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle at Chateau Jackl, thanks to our host with the most, 13/08/14. Rich Ribena berry red with moderate off white edgeing. Nose is big on blackcurrants, big dollop o’honey, menthol notes, jammy berries, sugar. Taste comprises sweet berry fruit, rich blakcurrant jam, honey, sweet licks. Full bodied, viscous feel, sweet tones and warming alcohol in the close. Good mead action.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1394) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2014
From bottle at Schramm’s. Pour is deep purple with bubbles that fade quickly. Aroma and flavor of overly sweet honey, black currant juice, raisins, and port wine. Sweetest finish I’ve ever had in a mead, completely masks the alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10698) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle shared in London - huge thanks to Jack. Pours deep purple, engaging. The nose has heavy honey with berry accents, some toasted honey, black currant. Massively sweet flavor with thick honey, tart blueberry, further currants, sticky toasted sugars. Full bodied, oily and chewy. Sticky sweet finish with lots of jammy fruits, nice tart berries. Extremely decadent. I love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4560) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle thanks to Johnnie Nepal! Deep reddish purple pour with no head. Wonderfully vibrant blackberry and blackcurrant jam. Nice smokey character. Taste of rich sweet honey. Light tart character Really nice tart/sweet balance. Menthol and a bit of dirt. Super rich and oily. Wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (6661) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle big thanks to Jack to the L. It pours deep, deep purple... The nose is sweet, woody, rich, jammy, blackcurrant, honey, vanilla and earth. The taste is slick, fruity, tangy fruits, blackcurrant, honey, jam, mild acidity, wood, warming alcohol, oily and even more jam with a dry, fruity finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Rich and fruity. Very nice. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikem409 (1480) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Notes. pours very dark almost purple in color. aroma is dark fruit and some honey and booze. taste is sweet dark cherry up front with just a slight sweet and tangy finsh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (6156) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Pour at the meadery, dark reddish brown pour with no head, aroma is big spice, cinnamon, dark fruit, lots of currant, hints of oak, nice dark reddish fruits, honey in there. Taste is a mix of dark fruit, earth, nice cinnamon, spice, yeast, nice honey and vanilla finishing very sweet. Wow, this is world class, so much black currant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
udubdawg (16) - Kansas, USA - JUL 13, 2014
very pretty, deep, near black purple, bright reddish showing through the thinner areas. very thick legs left behind; I feel like if I kept swirling eventually the entire drink would be stuck to the side; ha! prominent grapey berry everywhere. rich, some alcohol but nothing solvent, very inviting. Floral honey is everpresent though well behind the strength of the fruit. The flavor is nearly the equal of the nose in depth and richness. Incredibly sweet, but a decent amount of alcohol and of course ample berry tannin help out a bit. remains balanced towards sweetness no matter what I serve it at. chilling helped drinkability a bit, and soothed some of the more hotter alcohol notes, but muted the incredibly rich nose. Took me about 30 minutes to drink a few ounces before going back for a couple more. I’ll have to revisit this one in the cold of winter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BiiruBierBeer (104) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 10, 2014
I don’t see how anyone can drink this magical drink and NOT give it a 5.0 rating. AWESOME boysenberry syrup and Welch’s grape juice smell. Incredible deep purple pour. Taste is insanely delicious fruit berry syrup. Thick and incredibly rich with sweet flavor. If you like your berry meads tart, go for Heart Of Darkness, but if you like them sweet like I do, then Black Agnes is definitely the one for you!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (6835) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Big thanks to dak for sharing this and a gentleman’s nod to MeadMe for . . . well, being awesome and being MeadMe. Cheers Greg! The tall thin glass bottle pours with a deep purple body that has red to rosy red hues and exhibits thick glass staining legginess. The aroma is thick and stiff with sugars and then big ’ole juicy berry goodness followed by thin berry skin like tartness near the end of the draw. The taste unleashes smooth rich juicy dark grape concentrate with a depth that runs deep underground. At the edges of the berry nectar goodness are thin berry skin like tart tannin notes that give this hints of balance amid the taste of rich sweetness. At times it feels nectar sweet and earthy fruit that has a plushness to it. Lovely.

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