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Schramm’s The Heart of Darkness



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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 4.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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 Schramm’s 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ferris (4208) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle - Rich dark plum, fig, cocoa, tobacco and some spice. Deep black purple. Deep dark fruit, sweet dark berries, chocolate and leather. Sublime and complex. Painfully rare, but worth the wait.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (6509) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2014
375 ml bottle shared by Chris - thanks again! Pours a deep, clear violet-ruby color with no head. Aroma of cherry, honey, black currant, raspberry, plum, raisin. Flavor of cherry, raspberry, black currant, honey, wood, and booze. Medium-bodied with low carbonation and a sweet, fruity, boozy mouthfeel. Very satisfying. Fruit meads don’t really get any better than this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gnoff (7844) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle 375 ml at Sweet & Sour, Sätila, 2014-08-30. Thanks to tkrjukoff!
Marked 178/204.
Clear very dark ruby red color, rather say no head when poured. Sweet, cherry, sirup scent, some alcohol. Sweet, tart, berry taste. Tart berry aftertaste. Smooth full mouthfeel, very low to no bitterness.
Fantastic mead!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
_angst_ (2782) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle courtesy of tkrjukoff. Pours incredibly deep reddish bluish purple with no head and some subtle legs. Smell is sweet, rich and very complex with honey, black currants, sour cherries, bilberries, soil, hay, lime juice and hints of alcohol and lemon zest. Taste is sweet, fruity and rich with honey, black currants, sour cherries, raspberries, red currants, soil, hay, lime juice and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is viscous, slightly sticky sweet, fruity tart, tiny boozy and near full bodied. Finish is slightly sweet, slightly sour and fruity with honey, black currants, sour cherries, lime juice, hay, almonds and lemon zest. Rich, complex and very very tasty!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (10534) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle at Sweet & Sour, Sätila, 2014-08-30. Clear deep ruby color, no head. Fruity honey aroma, raspberries, cheery, honey, caramel, cheery seeds, black currant, almonds, nuts, biscuits, cream notes. Lovely flavor from all the berries, cherries, raspberries, black currant, vanilla, almonds, honey. Sweet, with alcohol well hidden. Absolutely magic!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dfonorow (1440) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2014
From bottle at Schramm’s. 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 (1486) - 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 (6175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 (135) - 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 (6890) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 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 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.

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