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Schrammís The Heart of Darkness



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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (4921) - 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 (4980) - 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 (3610) - 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 (3553) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tchaos (231) - Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2015 Batch 2 -- which is important, because I feel it is measurably better than batch one. Pours a deep red with some minimal tearing. Aroma is waves of fruit, punctuated by cherries. Taste is fruit explosion...insane. I look forward to every release of this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpongeRuiner (865) - Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2014
A glass from the brewery. This beauty pours a really nice dark red color. A hinted purple almost in the light. Not a very strong aroma small berry nose. A wonderful tart and fruity flavor. Very smooth and dry. The flavor last forever. Very good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (2404) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Rating #2000! Batch #1 cellared for about a year. Pours a deep red, almost purple. Still. Great legs on the glass. Aroma is dark cherry skins and black currants mostly. Very rich. Donít get any raspberry. Tastes surprisingly more like wine than mead. Not nearly as sweet as I expected. It is deep and rich though. Just like the aroma, I get more cherry skin and black currant than raspberry. Slightly tart. Slightly dry. Great mouthfeel. Smooth and just the right amount of syrupy. Overall, a great mead but there are a few meadís from Ken that I enjoy more and cost a quarter of the price. I doubt Iíll ever purchase it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pailhead (5348) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists moderate cherries, raspberries, vinous, and a touch of alcohol. Itís a very dark deep red with no head. The flavor starts with an amazing blend of cherries and raspberries. There is some light honey in the middle. The finish light tart apples with a touch of vinous notes. Itís medium-full bodied with no carbonation and an oily mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WillRunForBeer (1088) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2014
A couple ounces to taste, huge thanks to umich03jm! Pours deep red purple. Still, as it should be. Leaves plenty of legs on the glass as I swirl. Aroma is tart cherries, first the meat, then the skins, slight raspberry as well. Flavor is perfectly balanced natural cherry with black currant and cherry skin bitterness at the finish. A superb melomel!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
deyholla (7474) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear very deep dark purple with no head whatsoever. Aroma has lots of sweet dark fruit that combines nicely with the honey and has a bit of acid and dryness towards the finish. Flavor full of rich dark fruits with a growing sweetness but a hint of underlying acid adds a bit of bite to round it off perfectly.

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