IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson made a special appearance Thursday night (October 20) at Fuel Rock Club in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom to launch Trooper Red ‘N’ Black, the third beer in the Trooper range following on from the stunning success of Trooper and last year’s limited-edition Trooper 666.
The beer, designed once again by Dickinson together with Robinsons‘ head brewer Martyn Weeks, is a modern take on a recipe that dates back to the 1850s; a time when porter style beer was becoming increasingly popular in Britain.
At 6.8% in bottle or 5.8% ABV in cask, Trooper Red ‘N’ Black Porter is the first dark beer in the Trooper ranks and the strongest beer in the range to date.
The Fuel Rock Club owner Rob Toogood told Wales Online: “We never know exactly if Bruce is going to come, but when I bumped into him backstage at a show in Barcelona, he told me to let him know when I had the new beer in and he promised to pull a few pints for us.
“His son Griff was playing across the road with his band SHVPES, so we guessed he might be about.
“He stayed most of the night just mingling, chatting, and posing for pics.”
Trooper Red ‘N’ Black is available now to purchase at selected Morrisons stores in the U.K. and online for the U.K. and select countries.
To find where to buy the beer in your country, visit ironmaidenbeer.com/buy-beer.
Dickinson explains: “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.”
Taking 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”, 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.
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.”