6.6%, the number of the yeast? That’s what’s happening for a limited time with Iron Maiden’s Trooper beer. Since being introduced two years ago, the English ale, created by Bruce Dickinson in collaboration with Robinsons Brewery, has taken off. In fact, it’s sold over 10 million pints since then, and the brewery is celebrating with Trooper 666. What’s Trooper 666, you might ask? It’s a higher alcohol version of the popular brew, up from 4.7% to 6.6%, hence the 666. Here’s what Bruce Dickinson says about the new brew:
“Our fans have been asking for a stronger brew and it seemed only right to do this at 6.6% ABV! Despite the links with our song ‘The Number Of The Beast’, the name Trooper 666 has actually come about as a result of some detailed research by historian Terry Brighton, who has shown that there were in fact 666 soldiers that rode in The Charge of the Light Brigade during the Battle of Balaclava in 1854, and not just the 600 of Tennyson’s famous poem.”
Right, and also maybe the song. Here’s what John Robinson, Trooper’s Bran Manager says about the limited edition beer:
“Trooper 666 is the same award-winning trooper recipe but brewed to a higher gravity. The result is another wonderfully authentic beer that is packed with malt but slightly sweeter than the original. It has a dry finish and is remarkably moreish.”
You’ll be able to order the beer directly via its website, and it will be sent from the UK from October 1 onwards.