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.
Have you read The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer - A Rant in Nine Acts by Alan and Max yet? It's out on Kindle as well as Lulu.
Maureen Ogle said this about the book: "... immensely readable, sometimes slightly surreal rumination on beer in general and craft beer in particular. Funny, witty, but most important: Smart. The beer geeks will likely get all cranky about it, but Alan and Max are the masters of cranky..."
Ron Pattinson said: "I'm in a rather odd situation. Because I appear in the book. A fictional version of me. It's a weird feeling."