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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 4.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dfonorow (1419) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2014
From bottle at Schrammís. Pour is very deep red with slight bubbling that fades quickly. Aroma and flavor are a great mix of tart and sweet fruit - sour cherries, blackcurrants, raspberries, honey, slight alcohol. Finish is slightly tart and acidic. Great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikem409 (1482) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Notes. Pours a beautiful still red. aroma is massive amounts of red berries and slight sweet honey. taste is very sweet lots of cherry, raspberry, and honey.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
arminjewell (6158) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Pour at the meadery, clear dark reddish black pour with no head, aroma is big black cherry, rich raspberry, tart fruit notes into some earth, oaky tones almost some blueberry in there as well. Taste is a mix of big raspberry, sour cherry, big honey, earth, vanilla, nice dry finish almost but plenty of residual sugars. Holy hell, this is way too good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BiiruBierBeer (104) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Berry and perfume smell. Concentrated verrrrrrry tart berry taste with tannin notes. You can taste the raspberries, cherries, and currants individually. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (6849) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Big thanks to dak for sharing this and a gentlemanís nod to Meadme for . . . well, being awesome and being Meadme. Cheers Greg! The tall glass bottle pours with a deep purple body that has rosy red edges and leaves behind slightly staining swirls and decent legginess. The aroma offers up thick berry notes before it heads into some dark currant goodness and a dash of honey wax. The taste smoothly flows into rich dark currant juiciness, berry richness and then a bit of tannin like tartness. The tartness seems to try and break up the rich deep berry goodness but is unable to. This starts to pick up currant berry earthiness toward the finish but the tannic tartness snuffs it out. This was surprisingly different than the batches from the B. Necktar version.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamJackson (2542) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 15, 2014
Super blood red. No head. Nose is huge. A ton of fruit. Like crap loads. Taste is incredible. Just a crap load of strawberry, cranberry, raspberry and cherry. Just stupid crazy good. Whoa This was batch 2 w/ the schrammís label not b.nektar. This is an incredible mead!!! try this if you can.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AirForceHops (3118) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Big thanks to Adam Jackson for this bottle share. Dark ruby color, that looks like a red wine color. Aroma is lots of fruit. Black cherry, raspberry, perhaps a blueberry with hints of currents.

Flavor is massively sweet with again, huge amounts of berry. No amount of alcohol even at this level of ABV, damn! The berry concoction of berries is crazy with a very light hint of honey in the finish. I know the price point is really high but after tasting this I understand why. Really crazy, smooth, yet sticky texture. Yeah, that doesnít make sense. However this is really tasty and canít imagine any other mead this flavorful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9053) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Dark purple color. Aroma of perfume, berries, honey. Flavor is sweet, tart, tannins, light vinous, drier than I remember the original HoD. Good but the B Nektar version is hands down better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoprider (105) - DENMARK - MAY 18, 2014
Deep, dense purpleish blue pour. The nose is port like but with more cherries and black currant. Really nice. Texture is light to medium with no carbonation... Suits the rich, sour, fruity, pungent profile. The aftertaste is really lovely but its more of the same. A pleassure to have tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5343) - Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Taster at Schrammís. Looks good; a semi-transparent still reddish purple. Smells good too; sweet cherry and honey with some other berry presence as well. Tastes like it smells with a pleasant mouthfeel. Great mead; overpriced though. Iíd take Black Heart over this all day long for 40% of the price.

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