Diageo unveiled Guinness Black Lager Beer in 2011

Diageo unveiled Guinness Black Lager Beer in 2011

Diageo has extended the launch of its Guinness Black Lager to Canada, 19 months after it was unveiled in the US.

The 4.5% abv lager, which Diageo branded its “big play” of 2011, is on sale across Canada and will be supported by a TV, radio and online marketing push, Diageo said this week. It is available in 33cl bottles and priced “comparable to other premium import lagers”, Diageo said.

"Guinness Black Lager will appeal to people who are looking for more flavour from their lager beers,” Guinness Canada marketing director Geoff Kosar said. It uses the same roasted barley flavour as Guinness Draught “with a crisp new approach”, Kosar added.

Guinness Black Lager was launched in September 2011. At the time, Guinness global brand director Oliver Loomes told just-drinks it could significantly increase the brand's US business. “If we can crack it, the numbers will be big," Loomes said.

A Diageo spokesperson told just-drinks today the company does not give performance breakdowns for brand variants. However, in first-half results, released in January, Diageo highlighted a "disappointing rate of sale of the innovation". It said new advertising had been developed "to better communicate the brand’s product proposition".