Guinness Releases New Stout For US Market

By Neat Pour Staff |

Guinness is about as Irish as it gets—except when it’s not. In August 2018, the Dublin brewery opened their first American facility, the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore. This weekend, the 260-year-old Guinness introduced a new beer just for Yanks: Guinness Over The Moon.

Keeping on brand, the new brew is a stout touting a 5.3% ABV. The flavor profile features lots of chocolate, hops, and coffee. The beer is pretty smooth and the finish delivers a nice yin-yang dynamic of sweet and bitter.

In the official description, Hollie Stephenson, Head Brewer at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery said, “The beer has notes of caramel, chocolate, and a light roastiness that might remind some people of our historic stouts, however it finishes with a sweetness characteristic of milk stouts, which we believe makes this beer very approachable and appealing to a wider audience.”

So far, the the notoriously judgmental online beer community is reacting relatively well to the stout. OTM is averaging a 3.7 (out of 5) on Untappd.

The packaging is designed to pay homage to those classic John Gilroy animals-with-Guinness ads from the 1930’s. Sadly, the product looks a little more like the love child of Shock Top and Blue Moon.

12 ounce cans of the stout have been permanently added to the range in the Baltimore, Boston, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia metro areas. In November, Guinness parent, Diageo, plans to release Over The Moon nationally—but only a limited time.

The MSRP on a six pack is $10.99.

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