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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 4.27/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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The Heart of Darkness is our capstone mead. It is made from homegrown, hand-harvested fruit from Schrammís orchard and berry patch. The cherries are of the Schraammbeek variety, an intensely flavorful, European morello type, the raspberries are Heritage and Latham, and the black currants are Crandall and Consort. Production is extremely limited, as the amount of care and labor which go into each batch is substantial. Much of the fruit is netted to prevent birds from eating what should be your mead.

This is a hand-crafted mead, if ever there was one. The mead is deep purple in color, has a dense fruitiness and a mid-palate with considerable tartness, and a long, lingering, balanced finish. Your empty glass will be very redolent of the honey component. The Heart pairs well with spicy grilled red meats, high quality dark chocolate, and bleu cheeses. Please drop a line with your pairing suggestions.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LearninBeer (347) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2014
The aroma is fruit - blackberry/currents. Pours a dark purple /red. The taste is sweet/bitter. The body is thin/medium, the carbonation soft and the finish long. Geez you have to go a long way to beat this - Best drink Iíve ever had so far.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tkrjukoff (3898) - SWEDEN - APR 12, 2014
Bottle at Gregís bbq. Pours beautiful dark red lilac. Aroma is intense cherries black currants honey sweet alcohol. Flavor so fullbodied, like the aroma, fruity rich, truly enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HisBoyElroy (107) - Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Very good. Perfect balance of sweet and tart. Great red color. Wish I could bathe in this stuff. Bit pricey at 9 bucks for a 1oz pour.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jackl (3864) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle @ The HUGE Tasting. Acquired by trade. The pourís deep blood red. Lush and thick. No head. The nose is huge rich cherry and blackberry meat. Vibrant, simple, strong berry aromas. The taste is dense blackberry and cherry. Acidic fruit skin. Just a touch of honey. The flavors are wonderfully pronounced. Full body, rich and silky. Hardly a touch of heat. Overall, a fantastic experience. Well played.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (7004) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle shared at the B I G tasting, big thanks to Jacky L and his hic ways, 03/01/14. Pours a solid claret with no head. Nose is cherry drops, rich fruit, sweet cherry Bakewell. Taste comprises a big cherry hit, light booze, stewed cherries, sugars, all about the cherries! Full bodied, fine carbonation, sweet closure. Decent mead.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drake (7948) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Huge thanks to jackl for the chance to try this! Pours a dark purple color, strong legs. Aroma of intense fruit, currants, cherries, blackberries, strong honey, clove and cinnamon in the finish. The taste is intense dark fruits, grapes, cherries, honey, mild spice. Lingering tartness, medium bodied, low heat. Very nice mead.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (5543) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle at the BIG Friday tasting, big thanks to Jack for this mead-whale. It pours deep, oily purple. The nose nose is intense berry....bramble, cherry, black, Ribena and a touch of sherbet. The taste is rich cherry, blackcurrant, bramble liqueur, some warming alcohol, light wood, and light tartness to balance it out with a dryish, bitter-sweet finish. Medium-full body, low carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Not a whole lot of complexity, but very well balanced and rather drinkable. Tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (2787) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2014
Big thanks to Jack for my first go at Mead. Blood red pour to this one. Nose is so fuckin tarty - black cherries come to mind. M<assive berry focus. Taste is a tarty bitch. Black cherries, blueberries, blackberries, some chocolate. Almost stewed tones to it. Very much like a chocolate cake with the cherry on top. Nice stuff

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (9855) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle shared at the jackl Tasting in London. Big, big thanks to Jack for sharing this one. Pours clear, deep purple. The nose has lots of rich, ripe berries in the nose, blueberries, blackberries, black currants. Medium sweet flavor with lots of dried berries, mild tannic notes, blueberries, subtle honey, a bit of tart berry tang. Medium bodied with no carbonation. Lightly warming to finish, fairly sticky, loads of juicy, ripe and subtly tart berries. Lip-smacklingly good finish, mild blueberry skins, juicy blackberry. Exquisite. Absolutely delicious.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MeadMe (1245) - Riverview, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Pours like red wine. Aromas of currant, berry, and pure awesomeness. Flavor is stupid. Bold currant and tart cherry. Black berry and honey. Tart with a perfect amount of fruit sweetness to provide balance. Such a wonderful mead. Still Epic!


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