Robinsons and Iron Maiden brew up new ale

Bruce Dickinson launches the original Trooper
Bruce Dickinson launches the original Trooper

Robinsons Brewery and Iron Maiden have teamed up again, to produce Trooper Red ‘N’ Black Porter.

Red ‘N’ Black is the third beer in the Trooper range following on from the stunning success of the original Trooper and Trooper 666 and will be available from September.

The beer, designed once again by Iron Maiden vocalist and ale aficionado Bruce Dickinson along with Robinsons’ head brewer Martyn Weeks, takes its inspiration from a very early Robinsons recipe first brewed in the 1850s, a time when porter-style beer was becoming increasingly popular in Britain.

Bruce said: “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.”

Trooper Red ‘N’ Black Porter
Trooper Red ‘N’ Black Porter

At 6.8% in bottle or 5.8% ABV in cask, Trooper Red ‘N’ Black is the strongest beer in the range to date.

Taking its name from both the colour 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, Trooper Red ‘N’ Black uses a blend of chocolate and crystal malts which help give the beer a roasted malt and caramel backbone.

John Robinson, Brands Manager for Robinsons Brewery, said: “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.”

Robinsons have been taking global trade pre-orders from the beginning of March, to try and ensure that the limited edition bottles will be available simultaneously in local outlets in as many countries as possible around the world by autumn.