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The 10th Beer of Xmas


For my 10th beer of Xmas my true love sent to me…

Ilkley ‘Speyside Siberia’ Oak Aged Saison (8.8% ABV / 330ml)

Yesterday’s recap…

Day 10. I’m beginning to feel the effects a little now too. I don’t think I’ve ever drunk this many days in a row, and right now the Dryathlon is looking positively exciting. I have a constant headache, I’m always thirsty and I’m not getting full nights’ worth of sleep. I’m not just drinking the one beer a day as there are warm up beers and cool down beers plus there have been guests. Oh so many guests. But I’m nearly there and I’ll be damned if I’m giving up now.

day 10Today’s beer is one that I had the pleasure of enjoying the original version in the summer and this 700 limited edition bottle run really excited me. The same beer but aged in Speyside Whisky barrels, so it’s going to be awesome right? Wrong.

On cracking the bottle I was instantly hit by the sugary, yeasty aromas that I’ve come to expect from a saison. The pour was thick and resulted in an orange beer in my glass but something was missing. Ah yes, carbonation. There was none of it. No fizz, no head, no nothing. In fact the finished product was more reminiscent of Beavertown’s ‘Uncle Joe’ kvass than anything else.

On first taste I was hit by the big boozy flavours from the whisky, which continues to warm after the initial swig but there was just nothing else.

Where were the rhubarb and custard sweets that I so enjoyed in the flavour of the original?

Where was the fizz? Where was the crisp hit that I’ve come to except from a saison?

There was just, well, nothing. A little sugary sweetness, a bit of a tart finish and then nothing. And all too quickly it was over.

A very disappointing night on the #12BeersofXmas.

Only two days to go now – NYE is the big one and before we get to that there is tomorrow. Yes, tomorrow. The Shnoodlepip. A beer that I think scares me a little. Only time will tell.

#12BeersOfXmas – leave a review of your beer for today below (or a link to your blog) and your Twitter name so we can give you a shout out. Merry Beermas!


  1. Are me and you the only ones still going? Here’s my day 10 – Hop Savant by Crooked Stave. It’s a 100% brettanomyces fermented pale ale.

  2. steve

    December 29, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    We’re the only ones still going on here – there are plenty of other blogs still being posted around the community! 🙂

  3. Day 10 – Innis & Gunn Rum Finish

    I tend to approach the Innis & Gunn repertoire with caution, for no other reason that they’re all quite potent. For a change I’m starting the evening with this one (sipping slowly). It gives nothing away on the nose as it pours into the glass, but the serious red brown colour is indication enough that I’m in for a treat.
    There’s plenty of breweries who’ve jumped on the “oak aged” bandwagon, but I’ve yet to find one who pulls it off as well as I&G. The balance of flavours is superb – clean on the pallet, a classic nut brown taste is immediately followed by a warming “rum finish” (it does what it says on the tin), which stays with you as you go in for seconds! Only now can you really appreciate the aroma of oak mixed with rum and raisin, permeating through all of your senses.
    A fine beer, if not an everyday drink.

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