Iron Maiden and Robinsons Brewery -- based in Stockport, Cheshire, England -- have introduced a new limited edition beer, Trooper Red 'N' Black. It will be available globally in September of this year.
Trooper Red 'N' Black was created once again by Iron Maiden frontman and beer connoisseur Bruce Dickinson with the help of Robinsons' head brewer. Martyn Weeks. It drew inspiration from an old classic Robinsons recipe that was first brewed in the 1850s, porter-style beer became a big hit in Britain.
"I like tasting outside the box," states Dickinson. "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."
Fans with a keen sense of taste for beer that packs a punch will be happy to know that Trooper Red 'N' Black boasts 6.8% alcohol in a bottle or 5.8% ABV in cask, making it the strongest beer in its range yet.
Listing its name from both the beer's color (which glows red when held up against the light) and the track The Red and the Black -- taken from Iron Maiden's latest album The Book of Souls, Trooper Red 'N' Black is a mix of chocolate and crystal malts which give the brew a "roasted malt and caramel backbone." In addition, Robinsons yeast -- the same "strain" that has been used in the Stockport brewer's beers since 1942 -- adds hints of liquorice and honey for a "delicious warming brew."
"With millions of pints sold in 55 countries worldwide it's safe to say that Trooper remains a phenomenal success," adds John Robinson, brands manager at Robinsons Brewery. "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 also say that they are currently taking pre-orders for Trooper Red 'N' Black in an effort to make sure that limited edition bottles will be available locally in as many countries as possible by September.