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Schramm’s Black Agnes



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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DuffMan (9498) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 19, 2016
RBSG 2016 shared at the Grand Tasting after-party in the hotel lobby. Bottle, produced by turdferguson at around 4:00am, just the thing to keep the part going!! Deepest indigo, high viscosity. Sticky sweet intense black currant, blackberry aroma and flavour-- the very essence of what this fruit can be. Perfectly balanced acidity. On a completely different level compared to its peers. Wow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
weihenweizen (3083) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2016
Refrigerated 375 ml bottle from FlandersNed. Dark opaque violet, medium body, and sweet cassis aroma. Taste is rich cassis and slightly herbal honey. Thanks FlandersNed!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yourilevesque (1286) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2016
A huge thanks to Justin for this bomb! Bonne fête Alex! Liquide d’un rouge rubis, sans bulles, sirupeux et collant au verre comme il est peut-être interdit de le faire dans certains états américains. Ce nez, mais quel nez! Une explosion fruitée de sirop de cassis, d’arbre en fleurs, d’écorce d’arbre, de branche verte, de cassis encore. D’une complexité déroutante! Jamais au grand jamais je n’avais respiré de pareils parfums! Le manège se poursuit en bouche alors que le fruit enrobe ma langue de sa douceur pourpre en un profond baiser. Du cassis, des fleurs de cassis, des arbres de cassis, du pollen de cassis, de la confiture de cassis... Bien sirupeux, outrageusement généreux, la complexité de ce liquide va bien au-delà des mots.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (7402) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2016
Bottle thanks to Mikem; shared with Linh, Paul, Brendan, Erica and Andrew. Pours a deep glowing purple body with viscidity and thick legs. Nose is dark red wine, alcohol and plastics. Mouthfeel is great - silky, rich and textured with perfectly nuanced acidity; notes of melted grape juice, rich sweet berry character, assertive fruit sugars and melted jam. Not a huge fan of the aroma, but a great berry-forward flavor profile.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Huhzubendah (3443) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 24, 2016
Blood red, deep burgundy body. Aromas of red wine, honey, jam. Phenomenal flavor. Wow. Hooray mead. World class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JHeath99 (1676) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2016 Bottle shared by Brian. Super interesting Mead. Pours a dark reddish. Taste and aroma of dark fruit, smooth alcohol. Very amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2016
[ bottle ][ 1.5oz ][ @Tasting ][ $? ][ Schnapps snifter ][ 03.25.16 ]
murky plum grapefruit juice, thin cream ring. Sugary nose, boozy honey-berry dominance. Honey obliterates front palate, light booze and medicine mid tempered by sugar, heavy mid-finish. Plenty of fruit and sugar throughout, decent fruit character but sweetness definitely mutes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 8, 2016
Bottle at Woodshop 10. Still deep purple pour. Big legs. Mild alcohol aroma, earthy beets, fresh berry blend. Taste brings an excellent interplay of sweet and sour. There is also a tannic, vinous qualiry with some wooliness and firm balance. Body is dense and rich. Moderate spicy alcohol. Really excellent. I’d say, wow, those black currants really shine through. But Americans are rarely exposed to this fruit, so I have no idea what a currant tastes like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thirdeye11 (6043) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2016
(375ml bottle) deep blood red color, lacing for days. Nose of black currant, touch funky, honey, complex earthy notes. Taste is sweet, black currant, tart fruit, earthy, complex, medium thick body, nice mead.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (5593) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2016
Bottle shared with some friends, Pours purple plum with no head. Welches grape jelly and juice, tons of black currant. Orange blossom grape honey. Medium to fuller body. This is insanely drinkable. Not overly complex compared to other shramms but banging. Rich and luxurious.

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