Trooper Red 'n' Black Porter
Robinsons Family Brewers

Trooper Red 'n' Black PorterTrooper Red 'n' Black Porter
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English Porter
Ranked #211
Ranked #35,630
3.69 | pDev: 11.65%
Robinsons Family Brewers
England, United Kingdom
Trooper Red 'n' Black PorterTrooper Red 'n' Black Porter
Notes: 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.
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Reviews by vinicole:
Photo of vinicole
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark chestnut colour. Thick and frothy tan head.
Chocolate malt discerned. Hops apparent but only just.
Nutty and roasted flavour. Some caramel and a hint of liquorice.
Thinner than expected but remember that this is not a stout.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle in a snifter. This nice little porter pours a deep red tinged
mahogany, muddled in the middle, with a decent head of white foam that
rests to a thick ring and thin layer with nice lacing. Nose of toffee, cocoa,
dark fruit notes of cherries, and a nice English yeast note. Flavors follow the
nose with toffee and subtle cherry notes mingling nicely with biscuit and
dark malts making for the English flavor I seek from a solid English brewer.
Nice mouth feel, smooth as it should be, lightly dry, with a nice biscuit
flavor mingling with English yeast notes. Overall very nice.

Cheers Bruce, and I know a certain professor of aviation
psychology who would enjoy this as well whom you met a few
years ago.

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

Photo of oberon
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
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 Suds
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I enjoyed the other 'Trooper; beer, but this one is off the mark. I wouldn't call it a porter. It pours a mostly clear, reddish-sandy brown color. The smell is of caramel, malt, a bit of roasted notes and toast crust. Earthy, almost meaty...maybe overly musty and wet-earth. Interesting, but not great.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours reddish black with small short lasting head of foam. Smells kinda roasty and sweet. caramel malt and what I would describe as toffee, fruity and bordering on the outer edge of Sherry. All the aromas I mentioned show up in the taste. With some alcohol. Medium body and carbonation. .This is very drinkable and a treat.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -18.7%
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 woodychandler
4.53/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not the metalhead that I was as an early teenager, but I still enjoy a wide range of genres, including heavy metal. I have previously reviewed Trooper in a CAN, so when this arrived at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop, I was really excited to review it.

From the bottle: "'The colour? It's not just black ... it's red too. The Red & The Black! Or Red 'n' Black as I would say!' [-] Bruce Dickinson, Tasting Session, Dec '15"; "Trooper Red 'n' Black Porter is the first dark beer in the Trooper ranks and a modern take on a recipe dating back centuries. The red and black colour comes from the blend of chocolate and crystal malt which gives this full bodied beer a roasted malt and caramel backbone. The Robinsons' yeast provides hints of both liquorice and honey character to create a delicious warming brew."; "Designed yet again by IRON MAIDEN vocalist and ale aficionado Bruce Dickinson and the Head Brewer at Robinsons’ Brewery, RED 'N' BLACK takes its inspiration from an original Robinsons' recipe from the 1850’s; a time when porter style beer was becoming increasingly popular in Britain."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a fairly aggro pour as befits the music of Iron Maiden. This netted me two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with great retention. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose had a roasty, burnt caramel scent with some treacle mixed in for good measure. Hmmm. Mouthfeel was big for a porter, not quite creamy, but much fuller than a lot of porters that I have reviewed. Man, whoever writes the copy for Robinsons' was spot-on in terms of the taste! Honey, liquorice, treacle, dark chocolate, caramel and a light smokiness all commingled to produce a really rich porter. I usually like porters since a lot of people do not and I like to be a contrarian, but where some may like this one, I really loved it! Porters are often a weaker version of a stout and thus lend themselves to adjuncts, especially fruits, but this was a rockin' beer without any outside additives. Finish was semi-dry, mostly thanks to the liquorice & treacle flavors offsetting the sweetness of the malts. I am saddened that this is a Limited Edition, but I hope that they will put it in CANs like previous offerings.

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Photo of russpowell
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a chestnut tinged mahogany with one finger of tan head. Stellar lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Dark fruit, roasty grain,

T: Follows nose, a little licorice, & carob up front. Leafy hops sneak in as this warms, carob & red Currants along ever so faint roasted grain, traces of Anise . Finishes with dark fruit & faint roasted grains

MF: Thin bodied, fairly assertive carbonation

Love me some Iron Maiden, but this is another clunker in the series

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle, no dating that I noticed on it. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with about an inch and a half tan head that stuck around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like toffee, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some nuts and bready/grainy malt noticeable. Bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and smooth with a good amount of carbonation. I thought it was a good, enjoyable porter. Definitely worth a try! $4.99 a bottle.

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Photo of zeff80
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of neenerzig
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 16.9 oz. bottle of this recently. This beer appears to be at least partially named after one of my favorite if not my favorite song from Iron Maiden's latest album that came out back in September of 2015. Poured into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a clear, deep, dark amber/copper color with some bright ruby highlights when held up to the light. Certainly one of if not the lightest color porter I have ever seen, at least in quite a while. Has a slightly off-white head that's about 1/2 of an inch thick when first poured that settles to a medium sized to thick ring ling the inside of the glass along with some small cluster swirls of foam on the beer's surface. Not much lacing here. Aromas of roasted caramel and chocolate malt sweetness along with hints of coffee and vanilla and certainly a bit of licorice. The taste is pretty much the same, with somewhat roasted caramel and chocolate malt sweetness that gives way to a hint of coffee along with some vanilla and licorice that's rounded out with a bit of nut brown goodness. Good mix of the different flavors. Has a fairly crisp, yet smooth , medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish with a slightly dry after taste. A very enjoyable beer overall here. Worth a try indeed.


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Photo of thehyperduck
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rangerred
2.8/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Electros
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear, almost opaque very dark brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate crimson red highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy dark beige head that reduces to a couple of medium sized patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of lightly roasted + toasted + caramel malts with a hint of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of lightly roasted + toasted + caramel malts with minimal amounts of sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of earthy hops which contribute a light amount of lingering bitterness (when combined with the hint of roasty bitterness).

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Decent, easy to drink and a good example of the style. Enjoyable and worth grabbing.

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Photo of jera1350
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: deep roasted chocolate malt, coffee beans, licorice, smooth, gentle mouth-feel, dry finish. Same for the nose.
Reddish black/brown in color, semi clear, Tan foamy head, some lace. medium body. Old 19th Century recipe of an English Porter.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of justintcoons
2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

16.9 oz bottle poured into a Trooper pint glass.

Mahogany brown with ruby highlights. Excellent clarity with lively carbonation. Short tan head dissipates quickly.

Raisin, prune, semi-sweet chocolate, brown sugar, earth, and caramel.

Very light flavor profile. Brown sugar, caramel, and a dusting of cocoa. Suggestions of raisin and prune. Touches of earth and charcoal.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, oily, and off-dry. Perhaps too much carbonation.

It's tough to get past the bland watery flavor. Whatever promise that the nose carries is quickly lost.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

0.33l bottle. Hard-pour into english pint.
Clear reddish-brown with 1-finger beige head, mediocre retention.
Smell - caramel, hazelnut, toasted.
Flavour - toasted, caramel, metallic notes.
Medium body, soft carbonation.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/5/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted brown bread, nuttiness, raisin, plum, and apple; with lighter notes of cocoa, coffee, herbal, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted brown bread, nuttiness, raisin, plum, and apple; with lighter notes of cocoa, coffee, herbal, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted brown bread, nuttiness, dark fruit, cocoa, herbal, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 6.8%. Overall this is a very good English brown porter style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Trooper Red 'n' Black Porter from Robinsons Family Brewers
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 85 ratings