Trooper Day of the Dead is a special edition version of the 2013 beer Trooper which was worked on by Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson, so one would hope this beer would well and truly rock. Robinsons are a near 200 year old Cheshire brewery so they've been around even longer than Iron Maiden. Despite this Trooper is very much the only Robinsons beer I've ever heard of, and that's mainly because it's served in rock bars up and down the country. The question we have to ask today is will this special edition beer fulfil our Wildest Dreams or will it make us Run to the Hills? Yea if you don't know any Iron Maiden tracks that will have been lost on you.
Trooper Day of the Dead comes in a 500ml bottle with exactly the Iron Maiden/rock vibe one would expect from a beer inspired by one of the great metal bands. It's a good eye catching bottle. There's a less heavy metal 4.7% alcohol content, but that's not too low to stop it been fun. The beer pours a mahogany brown, with a rather disappointingly small head. Really Trooper Day of the Dead has all the looks of a fairly flat English bitter, which after a couple of weeks drinking almost nothing except IPA's and EPA's isn't a bad thing, but I was hoping it'd look a bit more lively.
The aroma very much matches the look. There's a bit of citrus fruit hidden away in there, but mainly it's just a fairly light, moderate, malty aroma which doesn't really indicate there's going to be a huge amount going on inside. There's nothing in the smell or look of Day of the Dead to make me think I'm going to be bowled over by this beer, but as always the real test is what it tastes like. There's a surprisingly light texture to the beer, almost as if it's watered down, which makes it feel more refreshing than your average bitter, so that's nice.
The actual taste is pretty standard though, it's very much a malty bitter with a few citrus hops thrown in to give it a little more life. Really Robinsons have created a pretty mild English bitter and put it in a bottle that looks like it should be so much more. In fairness it's a beer that tastes nice, and I think most people would enjoy, but I wanted something loud and exciting given the heavy metal background. I'm going to give Trooper Day of the Dead from Robinsons 7 out of 10. There's no doubt it's a good beer, but it's not a beer that's really worthy of the Iron Maiden name.