This is a special release by Allagash from October 2006, weighing in at a hefty 10.3%. It pours a deep rich mahogany under thick lacing cream froth. Lots of big dark aromas coming out of the glass - sort of like a brown sugared baseball glove that was on fire but put out with a good soaking of Belgian ale. Kinda. It is a bit difficult to describe the taste as there is so much going on. My notes include "cola with birthday cake icing" and "Bamburg meets Newfoundland". What the heck is that supposed to mean? Molasses malt, fig, heat, smoked vanilla, clove, nutmeg and beer broth. Date square. Turfy yet buttery. That makes more sense. The wood does not round this one.