The Story of Guinness® Over The Moon Milk Stout
After 200-plus years of making the world’s most popular dry stouts, we decided it was high time to brew a sweeter style. So, our American brewing team developed a milk stout, meaning a stout brewed with lactose (aka milk sugar), which imparts a sweet creaminess to the beer.
“Over the Moon Milk Stout 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 think makes this beer approachable and exciting.”
Over several experimental rounds, we refined a recipe using a bevy of specialty malts (Carmel 120, BlackPrinz and our own Guinness Roasted Barley) along with Mount Hood hops. The result is a creamy, sweet stout with mocha-like notes and earthy, woody tones. We named it Over The Moon based on the whimsical image of an unhappy moon coveting a pint of stout resting upon a happy earth. The picture is the work of John Gilroy, the artist behind the classic Guinness campaigns of the 1930s and 50s.