Trooper Fear of the Dark

Review Date 5/2/2022 By John Staradumsky


Boy, have I got my work cut out for me. Way back in 2015 (where does the time go?) I tasted my first Iron maiden beer from the Robinsonís brewery of Stockport, Cheshire, England: Trooper Premium British Beer. Iíll confess I am not really a fan of Iron Maiden, but I am a fan of beer, and Trooper Premium British Beer is a tasty brew indeed.

Fast forward to April of 2022, almost seven years later, and as I was browsing the virtual aisles of, I noticed Robinsonís Trooper Fear of the Dark, and I bought a bottle. I donít think I have ever seen these beers for sale in Georgia, and since I enjoyed the first one so much, I drank Fear the Dark shortly after it arrived.

Looking at the brewery website, I see there are a number of beers in this line besides the two I have already mentioned: Trooper IPA, Trooper Red ĎN Black Porter, Trooper Sun and Steel, and Trooper 666. Like I said. I have my work cut out for me.

Robinson's says:

IRON MAIDEN and Robinsons Brewery bring you the award-winning Trooper FEAR OF THE DARK - a 4.5% ABV English dark roasted chocolate stout that is full-bodied and rich in flavour.

Created by BRUCE DICKINSON and Robinsons' Head Brewer Martyn Weeks, FEAR OF THE DARK is the first stout in the TROOPER beer family and takes its name from IRON MAIDEN's iconic song and album of the same name.

Robinsonís Trooper Fear of the Dark has an alcohol content of 4.5% by volume and I paid $3.99 for my half liter bottle from Craftshack. Thatís less that the $6.99 a bottle Total Wine gets for it, though they do not have it in stock anywhere in Georgia.

Robinsonís Trooper Fear of the Dark pours to a dark black (but not opaque) color with a thick creamy tan head and a nose of chocolate pudding and roasted malt. A thick layer of Brussels Lace forms on the side of my glass and follows the liquid all the way to the bottom. Taking a sip, the beer is delightfully smooth and medium in body. Itís roasty and chocolaty (the pudding again comes to mind but also bittersweet chocolate). A note of caramel is present as well, with a subtle buttery note. Itís flinty and quite bitter at the last with grassy English hop aroma.

I very much enjoyed this beautiful English stout. I would love to find more of it, as well as the rest of the beers in the line. Speaking of which, I just placed another order with Craftshack, and I have a bottle of Trooper IPA on the way. Canít wait to see what that one is like.

Glad I tried it?  T

Would I rebuy it??


*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.

(B)=Bottled, Canned