Jameson Caskmates – Stout Edition

March 8, 2020


Jameson Caskmates: Stout Edition is the first attempt by Jameson to beer barrel whiskeys.  It only makes sense since whiskey and stout are pretty much Irish alcohol.  Jameson sent some of their barrels to the brewer, the brewer aged the stout, and sent the barrels, then Jameson used those barrels to age their whiskey.  Bam, we’ve got Jameson Caskmates: Stout Edition. Let’s get into the whiskey.

When I poured my glass, I noticed right away that it was a beautiful gold color, and slightly darker than the original Jameson.  I guess that the slightly darker shade comes from the stout that was in the barrel.

The nose of this Jameson is very bold right upfront, it’s not something I expected from Jameson, but it mellowed out very quickly.  If I dumped sugar, oak, and hay in a cast iron pot and cooked it all over a campfire, that would pretty describe the overall nose of the whiskey.  It smelled sweet and smokey with a hint of oak and toffee.

Right upfront on the tongue, I picked up a lot of caramel and butterscotch.    All of that sweetness is tied together with the smokey campfire taste with a touch of vanilla.  It finishes with a hoppy, spicy burn.  Jameson Caskmates: Stout Edition is smooth, a lot smoother than I had anticipated.   The beer barrel aging brings out the richness in the whiskey.  It’s got a beautiful silky and smooth tongue finish on it and a lovely array of flavors.  I think it would mix wonderfully with an Irish Coffee.  Overall, I am pleased with the Jameson Caskmates: Stout Edition.