phaleslu (11068) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2018
750 ml bottle via trade. This has been a massive want for a while and I finally got one. It's about 2 years old now, so my expectations were tempered. It pours a cloudy brown with a bit of a red wine hue woven in and virtually no head, just some bubbles that vanish quickly. It smells like a fruity quad, and one with a bit of age. So again, it seemed like it was going to be in line with my expectations. But then after the first sip, this raised my eyebrows. The quad is there, candi sugar and esters and big sweet malts, and so is the barrel with some oak and vanilla and caramel, but then damn, the Heart of Darkness influence comes through. So fruity and jammy, with the cherries and raspberries and currants and wine barrels really taking over. Medium-plus bodied, with low carbonation and a fruity, jammy, sweet, tangy mouthfeel. This is in line with the best Schramm's meads I've had. Complex and delicious. b3shine (9412) - Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2017
750 ml bottle to snifter. Looks good; a lightly translucent brownish cola with thin beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells and tastes good too; dark chocolate, oak, and funk alongside a nice raspberry and cherry presence. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and pleasantly tart. Delicious. koleminer20 (4374) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2017
From notes. Enjoyed at a bottle share at Sean’s on December 29. 750 mL bottle. First, I would like to share HonusWagner’s sentiment with who the hell does a collaboration with themselves. That’s hilarious. The pour is a dark garnet or ruby tinted brown color with a thin ting of beige head that fades quickly, leaving nothing behind. The aroma is great. There is a heavy raspberry and cherry right up front with a lovely jamminess and a subtle tart black currant poking through on the finish. There is a sweetness to the malts and a light barrel addition that I love. The flavoe is much of the same. This is like the beer equivalent of Heart of Darkness. The fruitiness is excellent and deep. The light tartness balances the barrel and makes this just so deep and lovely. The mouth feel is a little thicker and more softly carbonated than you’d like to see. There is a great fruitiness and a hint of barrel with absolutely no alcohol on the back end. This is phenomenal. rxeight (3344) - Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2016
750ml. Thanks Adam. Dark brown, slight purple hue. Aroma is super sweet dark berries. Taste is very sweet. Dark berries. Black currants, purple grape juice. Slightly sour. Very sweet finish. It’s like black Agnes with a touch of Oude du Ble. Sarlacc83 (2514) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2016
Bottle. Thanks John!
A: Mahogany bordering on black, cappuccino head.
N: Raisin, concord grape juice, currant, oak, grapefruit rind, cocoa, leather, tobacco, sweet-tart. Oak, caramel, and wine grape.
T: Very tart and quite sweet.
M: Medium heavy body, surprising lack of alcohol.
O: I really would not have expected this to work. Yet somehow it does. Worth it if you can get it.
douglas88 (9893) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2016
Bottle thanks to John. Pours a clear dark brown color with a small beige head. A big pinot fruity nose. The flavor is big grape juice, sugary purple drink, berries. No heat. Awesome. Insane. neepsntatties (2095) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2016
Bottle shared by "vyvvy" at the abode of "hannont". Colour...dark garnet brown with no head. Nose...big, sweet fruit with cherry, plum, Concord grapes and currants. Palate... sweet, tart, and loaded with grapey fruits and boiled sweets. The mid palate is slightly tannic and very tart. The finish is very long and fruity with grape skins, plum compote and cherry filled doughnuts. HonusWagner (2250) - Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2016
Basic motherfuckers will probably be intimidated by this tick’s complexity but it’s fruity and sweet enough that their palates will probably be satiated. Also who the fuck collaborates with themselves. vtafro (7453) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2016
Bottle. Dark pour with some head. Toffee, sweet, tart cherries, raspberries and fruit aromas. Sweet toffee, candy and tart fruits, cherries, raspberries and cranberry sour tones. jtclockwork (17914) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2016 Bottle - NEED LABEL - pours dark brown- nose and taste of cherries, raspberry, black currant, bourbon, oak, toffee - full body