Why Stout-Finished Whiskeys Should Be on Your Radar & the Ones to Try

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American whiskey culture is in a golden age of experimentation. In the last decade, we’ve seen (and drank) whiskeys aged in rare woods, and in barrels that formerly held everything from wine to tequila. But whiskey may have found its next great trend: stout cask finishing.

Distilleries are always looking for new things to try. Even the most spartan brands have launched experimental releases in recent years. But while some experiments haven’t been so successful, stout casks have caught the attention of a number of master distillers.

Stout casking is a fairly simple process. Distillers lend used whiskey barrels to breweries, many of whom use those whiskey barrels to age beers like imperial stouts. “Brewers are always looking for whiskey barrels,” says Westward master distiller Miles Munroe, “so we’d passed some along in the past, never…

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