Trooper Red 'n' Black Porter | Robinsons Family Brewers

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Trooper Red 'n' Black PorterTrooper Red 'n' Black Porter

Brewed by:
Robinsons Family Brewers
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 which was first brewed in the 1850’s; a time when porter style beer was becoming increasingly popular in Britain.

Bruce 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.”

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

Added by jhartley on 05-17-2016

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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tomb_ride
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Luckydog91
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WDJersey
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dewsby
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L) A fairly translucent coffee brown with a slightly beige head. Minimal lacing.

S) The nose is malt forward, with notes of caramel and toffee, and a backbone of bread to round it out.

T) Some of the toffee in the nose is in the taste, but not much. Truly just a bready easy-drinker.

F) Medium-High carbonation. A bit thin.

O) Eh, it's fine for an english porter, and I do like Maiden.

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Photo of j0hnc2468
2.28/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Yuch sweet iced tea yuch.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2017. Acquired a little while ago from a webshop. A porter resulting from a collaboration between Iron Maiden and Robinsons - brewed with caramel and chocolate malts for the red 'n' black....

A: Poured into a tulip. A deep ruby-brown hue with good clarity and moderate carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy light-brown foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of rich, fruity malt with hints of caramel, brown sugar, subtle molasses, ale yeast esters, faint roasted grain, a touch of dried fruit and a whisper of stewed hops. Not exactly hitting the porter profile but rather nice.

T: Tastes of sweet, fruity malt with notes of caramel, barley sugar, light roasted grain, faint molasses, ale yeast, stewed hops and subtle dried fruit. A twinge of booze in the background, followed by a restrained bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly with soft carbonation and a yeasty palate. Good body. Aftertaste of fruity malt, caramel, yeast esters and bitter stewed leaves.

O: A pretty good brew (with more personality than the original Trooper). Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are a decent blend of ale yeast, sweet malt and subtle hops. Nice body. The character is a bit odd for a porter; it comes across as more of a strong ale and I sense the distinct influence of Old Tom in the background. That said, it goes down just fine. Worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of Isarnan
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$ 5.71 (Including discount and tax)/16.9 oz bottle ($ 0.338/oz) from Oppermann’s, Saginaw, MI.
Bottle marked L6217 stored at 42 degrees. Served at 50 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – sweet, caramel.
Head average (Maximum 3.4 cm, aggressive pour), creamy, high density, above average retention, diminishing to an irregular two to nine mm scalloped ring and a thin layer with a rocky island.
Lacing – excellent. Wide complete rings of extremely tiny bubbles.
Body – dark reddish brown, nearly opaque.
Flavor – Starts slightly sweet but quickly loses the sweetness. The caramel from the nose is barely noticeable. Malt bitterness comes through and predominately contributes to the aftertaste. Overall, the flavor is not complex – allowing it to warm in my mouth fails to bring out any other flavors other than the caramel. No hops found, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – light but approaching medium, slightly more creamy than watery, soft carbonation.

Overall, an acceptable brown porter with nothing to really separate it from the herd. I’d like to try this on cask, but until then, one and done.

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear light black color porter with a medium light brown foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of chocolate malt with residual sugar no9tes and light roasted malt notes. Taste is quite smooth with some light chocolate notes, residual sugar notes and light roasted malt notes. Body is quite thin for style with good carbonation. Too sweet and too thin for style but sweeter side to this porter makes it refreshing.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled Aug 5 2016 and served just below cellar temperature.

Pours a deep, clear chestnut brown colour with brilliant ruby-red highlights, and one finger of soapy, light beige-coloured head that is swiftly reduced to a thin film surrounded by a thick collar of foam. Lacing is a bit scant; love the colour, but otherwise this looks kinda pedestrian. Brown sugar and treacle are noticeable on the nose, as are those leafy, floral, English hops (also noted in both their Trooper and 666). Light suggestions of roasted malt, cocoa, herbal licorice and maybe some fig.

A respectable, traditional, no-frills sort of porter - the roasted malts carry the day, though the hops come through nicely towards the finish. Treacle and butterscotch sweetness, along with cocoa and indistinct dark fruit flavours, characterize the front end of the sip, with leafy, earthy, herbal hops surging on the back. Finishes earthy, with a slight touch of licorice root and a mildly bitter, roasty aftertaste that lingers. Perhaps a hint of alcohol. Medium-light in body, with weak carbonation that results in a soft, smooth texture that feels a little flat (but that's ok for this type of beer). Quite drinkable at nearly 7%.

Final Grade: 3.74, a B grade. Trooper Red 'N' Black is a pretty good porter, but I wouldn't call it a great one. There is significant flavour overlap - particularly in terms of the hop profile - with the other 'Trooper' beers, which makes this one feel like more of a tweaked recipe experiment, rather than an entirely new experience. The chocolate malts and roasty character help differentiate it somewhat, but ultimately this is a fairly ho-hum porter that doesn't do much to stand out from the crowd. I guess that's what the label art is for? Musings aside, I didn't mind this beer, but the odds of me buying another bottle are kinda low.

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Photo of RochefortChris
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fubudu187
2.82/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of pstam87
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cdwil
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BYOFB
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Duffman79
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metalspice
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sebas
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Electros
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oberon
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours more of a deep russet color with a ruby tinge,a thin quick to fade light khaki colored head atop.Caramel/butter with a bit of molasses in the nose,faint earthiness in there as well.The feel leaves a little to be desires,thinner and 'fizzy' in my opinion.Flavors are woody with a light nutty note up front,some caramel sweetness midway,than some earth in the back end.Eh glad I had the third of the Maiden beers but this is pretty best.

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

Photo of Brew_Darrymore
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Trooper Red 'n' Black Porter from Robinsons Family Brewers
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