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Schrammís The Heart of Darkness



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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aniela (3088) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2015
Bottle at Sweet & Sour, Sštila, 2014-08-30. Clear deep rubyred colored, no head. Fruity, berry honey smooth aroma.Fantastic flavour from all the berries and vanilla, honey and almond. So damned good :-)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adnielsen (10028) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Bottle @ Steve_0 during my 10k tick fest. Thanks Armin! Pours a deep purple/black appearance with no head. Bright black cherry, raspberry, Belgian dark chocolate, vanilla, honey, apple aroma. Gooey and super thick. Super fucken awesome. All chocolate, black raspberries, black cherries, rich apples. Oh myyyy. This is fucken Jesus Juice. Thereís a chance this is ounce for ounce the best booze per ounce every produced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Steve_0 (3270) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Armin. Thanks man! Pour is deep red wine colored with no head. Big dark fruits, grapey, blueberry, floral, honey, tannic, raspberry skin, and tannic aroma. Taste is rich dark fruits, grapes, blueberries, raspberries, flower petals, oak, cherry peels, vanilla, and wood. Slick mouthfeel with no carbonation. Easily one of the best meads I have ever had, if not the best.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tom10101 (3704) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2015
2Ĺ oz pour from bottle 43/215 (b3). Thanks to Matt, Tony and Shaun who all sent me a bottle of this! I think this specific one if from Shaun.

Appearance: Beautiful deep vibrant ruby red that leaves nice legs on the glass.

Aroma: Burst of currants and black cherries alongside honey, floral/tea presence, light cinnamon / nutmeg, jammy fruits and port character.

Taste: Sweet, but perfectly balanced by the moderate acidity. Burst of cherries and currants alongside deep honey presence, floral notes, light nutmeg, a touch of alcohol and port notes.

Palate: Full body. Thick. Mouth coating. Syrupy. Warming finish. Lingering fruity sweetness. Fruity finish and aftertaste. Perfect!

Overall: One of the tastiest beverage I have ever had. So rich! The fruit presence is massive, but also really well balanced by a perfectly dosed acidity and a wonderful honey depth. We had it just after KBBS and HoD completely blew away the Toppling Goliath stout. Simply amazing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Luk_ (224) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2015
2 oz pour from bottle. Pours a beautiful opaque burgundy. Aroma is huge cherry, currants and other fieldberries. There is also an intriguing spiciness and chamomile from the honey. Taste is quite tart, certainly more than I expect. It also has a nice sweetness from the fruits (cassis and dark cherries) and a light bitterness (peel, cherry pit). Very complex and well balanced. The lingering fieldberry taste makes you wanting more. Awesome mead.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JulienHuxley (4034) - Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2015
2oz pour from Bottle. Deep vibrant Clear purple red pour. Aroma is so rich, same intensity as statement reserve but so much currants, fresh currant preserves homemade jam, fruit skins, so jammy, tons of fruit, lots of raspberry as well, chamomile, orange, nutmeg. Taste is rich fruity, nice fruity bite, so rich, sweet fruitiness but actually well attenuated, very bright currant, cherry flavor. Palate is relatively dry, really incredibly easy to drink, nice warmth on the finish. Amazing stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (5416) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle thanks to Colin! Pours a clear ruby with no head. The aroma is currants, honey, booze. Thick mouth, jammy rasperries, black cherry, light honey, hides alcohol well, really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerman6686 (5191) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2015
This poured a dark red. Still. Aroma was of tons of dark berries, cherry selins, soft honey, earthy and light port character. Flavor similar, sweetness subdued, very complex mix of fruits, honey lying underneath and hardly showing any booze at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DiarmaidBHK (3682) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Pour at brewpub. Rich, robust cherry notes on the nose. If you hold it to the light itís just the most glorious ruby red. Big cherry notes on the tongue which pairs nicely with nicely bitter local chocolate they just gave me. Finishes clean. Itís pretty great but I actually think the statement is slightly more awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rumproasts (3774) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Sample at meadery of batch #2. $10 for a 1oz pour, and totally worth it. I donít think Iíve ever had something so wonderfully flavorful.

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