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Schrammís The Heart of Darkness



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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (14930) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2016
Bottle - pours purple - nose/taste of cherry, vanilla, honey and black currant - full body. Well balanced and amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
vtafro (6666) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2016
Bottle. Ruby purple pour with white head. Sweet fruit, sugars, desserts aromas. Flavors of honey, fruit, light tart and candied tones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (1350) - - JUN 19, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2016 Amazing mead. Red pour, lower carb, huge berry aroma and taste, currant, honey sweetness. Worth hunting down

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11175) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2016
Amazing mead, thanks Alex. Medicinal but works. Great cherry, raspberry, black currant. Out of this world.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JStax (5214) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2016
Sample at the source into a brandy snifter. Still. The mead is an intense dark purple with a nice clarity when you hold it up to the light. The aroma has a great berry and cherry character. Itís like you are drinking the fruit. It has dry acidity, fruity sweetness, and a nice level of funk that complements it all. Thick mouthfeel. This mead is an awesome experience and one I hope to have again some day. So good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
koleminer20 (2439) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Pour from a mystical 750 mL bottle that "doesnít really exist unless your name is Schramm." Batch 4. Never thought Iíd ever get to try this. The pour is a deep, rich blood color. Straight from the femoral. It looks like a liquid ruby. Syrupy and heavy. Damn. The aroma is like intercourse. There is the presence from the cherries, the raspberry is present and subtle, but presents a light sweetness with the honey. The currants are exceptionally deep and complex throughout this. There is a hint of booze on the back end. But it belongs. The balance and complexity of this is unbelievable. The flavor is well... Fuck me running. The cherry really pops right into your mouth. The raspberry is there for solid backup and a little sweetness to get it going. The currant offers a whole different level of complexity. This thing is constantly changing and morphing from the moment it touches your lips. There is a light booziness that wanders in and out of the spotlight, and just ties this all together. The mouth feel is thick and heavy with a glorious complex sweet, fruity, booziness on the back end. This is just liquid sex. Son of a bitch.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ebone1988 (1371) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2016 Dear lord. 1oz sample at Schramm?s. Batch 4. Aroma is sweet cherries, currants, raspberry, no real booze presence, wow. Appearance is purple, dark red, wow. Taste is cherries, raspberries, currants, tart but sweet, honey, booze, super complex. Mouthfeel is syrup, wonderful cherry skins aftertaste, currants, booze, man. Overall, an easy 5. I don?t think you could top this mead.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
shadbow (84) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2016
deep dark ruby/garnet color and clear. Aroma is lots of berry notes and some nuttiness with honey. Taste is a complex blend of lots of berries and some nuttiness not overly sweet. a nice tartness to it. such an amazing mead to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hackobock (3486) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2016
February 13, 2016. Bottle, batch #3, bottle 213/215, shared by linusb, thanks!
Clear deep purple, no head. Aroma is lots of berries with sweet and tart black currants, cherries, raspberries, sweet floral honey note, slight nutty. Taste is sweet, tart and fruity. Finish is sweet honey, some floral notes, tart berries, black currant, tart raspberries, some slight astringent berry seeds and just a touch of warming alcohol notes. Medium to full bodied, oily texture.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jokestereo (305) - SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2016
UPDATED: APR 8, 2016 Pours in a dark amarone red wine color with no head. Aroma; Honey, black currant , cherries, black berry and some butter. Flavours, Black currant, honey through the taste palette, cherries, black berries and a touch of rasberry.

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