Iron Maiden have announced a new limited edition beer from their award-winning Trooper range.
Available from September this year, Trooper Red N’ Black will be the third beer from the metal legends’ stable, following on from the success of the band’s original Trooper brew and last year’s limited edition Trooper 666.
The beer, once again designed by Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson and Robinsons’ head brewer Martyn Weeks, takes its inspiration from a very early Robinsons recipe from the 1850s, a time when porter style beer was becoming increasingly popular in Britain.
Says Dickinson: “I like tasting outside the box. Stouts and porters were virgin territory for me, so I just went by feel. Martyn and I hope we have created a new take on a classic beer and one which I hope will tickle the taste buds of ale fans in a pleasantly unexpected way.”
John Robinson, brands manager for Robinsons Brewery, adds: “With millions of pints sold in 55 countries worldwide, it’s safe to say that Trooper remains a phenomenal success. Last year, we released Trooper 666 at the request of the fans, and this year we are happy to be releasing another limited-edition beer that broadens the Trooper range in an ever evolving and vibrant beer market.”
Trooper Red ‘N’ Black uses a blend of chocolate and crystal malts which help give the beer a roasted malt and caramel backbone. Robinsons yeast, the same strain which has been used in the Stockport brewer’s beers since 1942, provides hints of both liquorice and honey to create a delicious warming brew.
At 6.8% in bottle or 5.8% ABV in cask, Trooper Red ‘N’ Black is the strongest beer in the range to date. The brew takes its name from both the color of the beer, which glows red when held up to light, and the song “The Red And The Black” from Iron Maiden’s critically acclaimed 2015 album The Book Of Souls.