Trooper 666 | Robinsons Family Brewers

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Robinsons Family Brewers
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by OldManMetal:
Photo of OldManMetal
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Maiden-branded ESB is a crystal-clear, sparkling deep amber beer with a thin, creamy off-white head that quickly recedes to a collar; lacing is good, consisting of complex lacy bands. The aroma is moderate in intensity, leading with toasty malt and nice boozy overtones against a backdrop of caramel, green grapes and apple. Up front, the palate is boozy, caramelly malt with slight vinous notes; mid-palate, some toasty notes assert themselves and a mildly bitter herbal hoppiness emerges to balance the maltiness. The finish is well balanced and quite clean, followed by a mild herbal bitterness that lingers for a few minutes. The mouthfeel is commensurate with the medium body, and the texture is moderately creamy and pleasantly peppery from the optimally-expressed carbonation. Well done, lads. (16.9 oz bottle, 58 days after pkg)

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into an imperial nonic a clear rich brass color with a thinner but lacey white head atop.A light amount of toast and lightly sweet biscuit in the nose,hops are minimal.with the added maltiness this is more fuller in feel and flavor than the "standard" trooper,bready with mild caramel tones with a drying herbal quality in the back end.Now this is a quality British ESB.

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Photo of talbotjf99
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle, B and M stores, Pours clear amber with a medium white frothy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - Malty, light orchard fruits,. Taste - light fruity hops with a long bitter aftertaste. Little metallic and alcohol feel in the background. Fine but nothing special.

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Photo of innominat
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a finger of off white head which settles into a thin patch. Lots of lacing.

Smell: A toasty and bready malt forward aroma with a scent of biscuit and caramel. Toasted barley malts with hints of biscuit, caramel, grains, cracker, yeast, and a little tea. Subtle citrus hop hints of orange. A decent aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty and bready malt driven taste with notes of biscuit, caramel, and subtle citrus. Toasted barley malt with notes of biscuit, cracker, caramel, grains, tea, and yeast. Light citrus notes of orange and lemon. Some hop bitterness in the finish. A solid English Bitter taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A solid take on an English Bitter. Nice biscuit and subtle citrus hop flavor.

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Photo of PatrickG
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle - apparently the '666' of the title is not in reference to the Number of the Beast, but instead the count of British soldiers who participated in the Charge of the Light Brigade. At any rate, Iron Maiden is playing my town tonight, and since I've seen them 3 times here already, I'm content to stay home with the offering in front of me.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some splendidly spooky old growth forest lace around the glass as things quickly get a move on.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, kind of tart apple and pear fruity notes, a twinge of wayward son peppery yeast, and some prominent leafy, herbal, and certainly floral hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a touch of biscuity caramel, muddled light orchard fruit, aerosolized white and black pepper spice, some herbal and floral hoppiness, and a sort of metallic hovering booziness.

The carbonation is damned near non-existent in its very low-fi frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a wee factory-friendly alcohol measure spoiling the party, as such. It finishes off-dry, the wan fruitiness holding up that side of the scale, while the lingering noble hops and simmering boozy-booze do their part.

Overall, not much of an honest to God, big and brassy, biscuity malt and grassy hops up the, um, irons, sort of ESB, is it? Way too floral, yeasty, and yeah, overly alcoholic-seeming to be deemed so. Like the supposed misinterpretation of orders from the English command, something similar must have occurred here, brewing-wise.

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Photo of Skabiski
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerbaron1967
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had The Trooper beer a few times a liked it a lot. Saw the 666 at the LCBO and had to try.
Very pale colour-poured great. No foam!!!
Nice aroma-pleasant. Taste was a surprise---very little carbonation. Not very hoppy.
Overall a very good beer.

I had the 500ml bottle-under 5 bucks Canadian--

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Photo of russpowell
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber/honey color with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & okay head retention

S: Plums, apricot, and toffee, all fade as it warms

T: Dryness, apricot and leafy hops as well. Pear, woody hops and little toffee as this warms, plus dryness. Finishes fruity, dry with toffee

MF: Light/medium body with subdued carbonation

Drinks alright, certainly better than the Trooper, but a pimple on the arse of all the great beers I had over there. Mouthfeel could be so much better

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Photo of mmorris15
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trishhart
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up the one pint bottle. Clear in color. Aroma is similar to Trooper Ale. Light carbonation and medium head. Taste caramel with light fruity flavor and slight strong hope butter after taste. Pretty good but I would choose Trooper ale.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of macwalton
4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Loved this beer. Mellow, aroma, kinda standard English ale aroma. Excellent balance on the palate - malty, slightly sweet, slightly bitter, and full body. If you can get over the slightly childish branding (or can successfully hide it from anyone you serve it to), highly recommended.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- This pours a copper color and only shows some modest chill hazing after a couple of minutes. The head isn't overly impressive, as it starts out only as a film over the brew ad settles into a wispy looking ring around the rim. Carbonation looks to be lumbering as it rises to the top and lacing doesn't do much for me either with only an oily film being left behind on the glass. It reminds me overall of a sparkling apple juice or dark ginger ale......average at best!

S- Initial aromas of caramel, strong malt, citrus hops and this warms, the overall smell weakens. Perhaps some yeasty biscuit character and a hint of booze....

T- Flavors follow the aromas closely, and this has quite a pleasant taste overall! Heavy in the malt character, with some fleshy fruit that resembles slight banana and apricot. There is a creamy and nutty in nature as well, I find this to be a malty, sweet beer on my palate.....the finish is just slightly of citrus hop bitterness that helps cleanse the palate!

M/O- Creamy texture and smooth carbonation provide a pleasant experience and I find this to be very typical of the style....nothing extraordinary but it doesn't disappoint! The alcohol is actually well hidden and it does well on its own, but is quite nice with some cheddar and sausage! Quite drinkable!

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Photo of TruePerception
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Robinson's Trooper 666. 6.6% ABV.

A: Very slightly hazy burnt sienna. Cream soda yellow in the dimple. Just a slim line of head. Sparse lacing; good sheeting.

S: Herbal hop, with a creamy backing. Nutty. Not very impressive.

T/MF: Tastes like a low end, slightly hoppy lager. No real character shining through. Not bad, but thoroughly unimpressive.

Poured from a 330mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodoubleb
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of doppel
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, coded bottling information. Acquired a bottle of this stuff from the local Binny's and shared with a friend. 6.60% abv listed. My first beer review from Robinsons Brewery.

Poured to clear tulip-ish stemware.

A - A brassy / coppery orange pour, about one finger of frothy off-white head that doesn't stay long, leaves some ok spotty lacing. Appears adequately carbonated.

S - Aroma of toasty malts & brown bread with a fruity floral hop note. An earthy / mixed berryish hop presence. Subtle alcohol note.

T - Taste is the same: bready malts, minor fruity / herbal hops, subtle alcohol note. Fruity in a sense - notes of peach, apricot, tangerine. A bit imbalanced, a slightly astringent floral alcohol note, and overripe fruit.

M - Crisp, bready, clean. Minor lingering hop note. Not piney or resinous. Bready / malty.

Overall, it was okay. A very average offering, would be interested to try other beers from this brewery. Not the ideal ESB, but okay.

Robinsons Brewery Trooper 666 -----3.5/5

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Photo of ikidunot
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Juice14
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vic_Darrell
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Trooper 666 from Robinsons Family Brewers
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 75 ratings