Iron Maiden will release a stronger version of their Trooper beer – to mark the original brew selling 10 million pints.
The limited-edition beverage was once again created by frontman Bruce Dickinson, in association with the UK’s Robinsons Brewery.
And while Trooper, launched in 2013, sells at 4.7% ABV, the 666 version is 6.6% ABV.
Dickinson says: “Our fans have been asking for a stronger brew, and it seemed only right to do this at 6.6%.”
But he continues: “Despite the links with our song The Number Of The Beast, the name has come about as a result of some research by historian Terry Brighton. He’s shown there were 666 soldiers who 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.”
Brewery boss John Robinson says: “Trooper 666 is the same award-winning recipe, but brewed to a higher gravity. The result is another wonderfully authentic beer that’s packed with malt, but slightly sweeter than the original.”
Dickinson adds: “I think it tastes tremendous – and I personally prefer this straight from the fridge.”
Trooper 666 will be launched in many locations across the world on October 1. Orders will be taken via www.ironmaidenbeer.com from that date.