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Smokehead Touts its new Scotch Finished in Stout Casks as ‘The Twisted Lovechild of Whisky and Beer’


The latest Smokehead release, Twisted Stout, was finished in stout casks.

Heavy beers such as stouts aged in whiskey barrels are all the rage. You may even have had a scotch-barrel-aged beer (This writer has. It had an ABV of more than 16% and packed quite a punch). But have you had a … beer-barrel-aged scotch?

If not, Ian MacLeod’s Smokehead brand is giving you a chance to taste just that with its new Twisted Stout, which Smokehead is calling “the twisted lovechild of whisky and beer.”

The Twisted Stout is an Islay single malt scotch. Part of the batch was finished in stout casks, done to imbue the whisky with “unfamiliar notes of rich chocolate and treacle toffee, vanilla ice cream, roasted nuts, and toasted biscuits,” according to Smokehead.

The Twisted Stout is available to be ordered order on for £49.99.

Tasting notes:

  • Nose: The usual island intensity of Smokehead comes cloaked in sweet aromas of cholcolate and treacle toffee. Maritime air meets a decent pint on the shore. Unexpected. Unusual. And unsettling for the senese.
  • Taste: Hot and soothing at the same time. Salty smoke weaves its way around dry roasted nuts, toasted marshmallow, vanilla ice-cream and…is that someone putting a pot of fresh coffee on?
  • Finish: New flavours unlocked. Old favourites reunited, wood smoke and spices. Malty, toasted biscuits. Zingy citrus. Dark and delicious. A fitting sign off from the twisted lovechild of whisky and beer.

Last month, Smokehead announced the first single-malt-scotch-based cocktail in a can.

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David Morrow is the managing editor of Whiskey Raiders and has been with the company since September 2021. David has worked in journalism since 2015 and has had bylines at Sports Illustrated, Def Pen, the Des Moines Register and the Quad City Times. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Saint Louis University and a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. When he’s not tasting the newest exciting whiskey releases, David enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, watching sports and traveling.