Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Robinsons Iron Maiden Trooper

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1094) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2014
I poured a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint glass. It was bottled on 11/11/13 and cost $5.99 ($0.35 per ounce).

Appearance: Beautiful chestnut hue over a crystal clear body. Slow carbonation occasionally visible. Pours to a 2-finger, bright white, frothy head which retains and laces extremely well.

Smell: Mild nose, but typical British pub style ale with light malt notes.

Taste: Robinsons Iron Maiden Trooper is something of a novelty considering its name and label, though the base brew is quite traditional. The “Extra Special Bitter” is one of my favorite of the authentic British styles, though this seems to be held back a little at only 4.7% ABV. There is flavor here for sure, but given the light weight and the fact the bottle is about six months old leads me to believe that this good beer could be great.

If you’re familiar with the ESB style, then you already know what to expect here. Light toasted malts with mild nutty character and gentle bitterness on the backend (are you noticing a trend, here?). It tastes good, yes, though I do get a slight tangy or vegetal character on the finish. I’m not sure if this is DMS or just the flavor fading (probably the latter). Otherwise, the palette is satisfying, but not quite amazing. I like it, though.

Drinkability: I was surprised when I saw the bottle bearing an ABV of only 4.7% ABV. I was even more surprised to see the bottle was still plenty flavorful all these months later considering it’s not bottle-conditioned. Drinking Robinsons Iron Maiden Trooper is a pleasant experience as the mouthfeel is on the lighter side with only slight crispness, but most definitely not watery. There’s flavor, but it’s reserved, making it drinker-friendly to pretty much everyone. I could definitely session this if it weren’t so expensive. 
Grade: 7/10

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