Trooper 666 – The Number of Heroes

The next edition of the already famous Trooper. Not only Iron Maiden fans have been waiting for this beer with impatient. Today my guest is Trooper 666.


So we have the second part of the story of the Battle of Balaklava.
Again we move to 1854, when 600 British cavalry division courageously faced the Russian artillery, which however led to loss of human lives. I wrote about it more in the post for Trooper.

In another, 161 anniversary of this battle Robinsons Brewery directed to sell a strengthened version of Trooper.
Trooper has become a real hit of the brewery sold 10 million pints of this beer in two years. Will the new Trooper 666 repeat this success? Time will tell.

The question that immediately arises concerns three sixes in the name of beer.
I would like to reassure you it’s not about the number of the Beast, but this is a reference to the number of British cavalry division the famous Light Brigade fighting at Balaklava.

These events have been framed in poem published just six weeks after the battle. Its author is an English poet Alfred Lord Tennyson, the poem called “The Charge of the Light Brigade.
Let me quote the beginning of the poem:

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.
“Forward, the Light Brigade!
“Charge for the guns!” he said:
Into the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.

“Forward, the Light Brigade!”
Was there a man dismay’d?
Not tho’ the soldier knew
    Someone had blunder’d:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.


And precisely this poem for a long time defined the quantity of the Light Brigade spoke of 600 soldiers.
Recent studies increase this number, very closer to this three sixes, and even downright prove that the exact number of soldiers of the Light Brigade took part in the Battle of Balaklava was 666.

More information about this can be read on home page of beer Trooper, in a post titled: “666 and the valley of death” in which the author details the numbers of Brigade.


Whatever it may, we must admit that the beer label with the image of Eddie and three sixes, catches the eye and arouses interest.

In addition, the new beer using the same recipe from which brewed Trooper, strengthened now and has an alcohol content in it, neither more nor less just exactly 6.6% (I bet you can guess what would be the second digit after the decimal).

here is information on the bottle (330ml) that Trooper 666 is a limited edition. The size of limit will likely depend on the dynamics of sales of beer.
And sales to some extent should be determined by its taste (though it’s not so sure). Let’s see how this beer tastes.


Name: TROOPER 666 (English Strong Ale, 6,6% ABV)
Brewery: Robinsons Brewery, Stockport, Greater Manchester, England

Expiration date: 09/2016

Trooper 666 from Robinsons Brewery
Trooper 666 labels & cap


test-look-small The amber colour.
Light-beige head, fine-bubble, quite stable
test-sniff-small The aroma is mainly malt, caramel, a little honey.
Fruity notes
test-drink-small In taste we have malt, caramel, biscuit, a little sweetness.
Perceptible alcohol.
Bitterness is moderate (in combination with sweetness gives a mild taste effect
Light fruity notes.
As warm up more and more clearer DMS
(although not so clear as in the case tested earlier Trooper


Trooper 666 XX is a beer brewed according to the same recipe as Trooper and it tastes the same.
Therefore, there is a strong version, aromas and flavours are more intense, but it is not too rich range



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