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Marstons Old Empire (Bottle)

Brewed by Marstons
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Burton-on-Trent, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 570   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Bottle: Pasteurised.
Old Empire is brewed using Optic malt, a subtle and paler grain that will allow other flavours to come through on the palate. Goldings and Fuggles hops are added to this brew, which is then late hopped with the American Cascade variety for extra hop strength.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
canddw (90) - - MAY 28, 2016
Light amber clear beer, quite high carbonation and frothy head. Light, fairly generic hoppy nose with a hint of lemon. Uninspired taste, light, hints of biscuit, caramel, grass, some bitterness in the finish. Inoffensive..

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Desaparecida (6) - Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAY 25, 2016 does not count
Doesn’t really taste like an IPA, although on the new bottles those letters are printed all over the label. Maybe I’ve never tried an IPA with english hops before... The citrus notes are totally missing and it tastes very malty and sweet like bread and caramel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ndburns (72) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2016
500ml bottle from Asda. Pours a clear and pale amber with a small white head. Aroma is malt, hops, cut grass. Taste is similar, a little sweet, a little bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phfyysik (450) - Tartu, ESTONIA - APR 30, 2016
Pours golden with light head. Aroma is old grass, silage, some fruits, old boots, leaves. Taste is light sour-bitter, grass, dry bitterness, light grapefruit and citrus. After taste is quite grapefruit, some resin and hops, quite dry. Normal beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
artyom (887) - Osijek, CROATIA - APR 24, 2016
0.5l bottle. Copper colore with white head. Aroma is earthy, fruity with caramel notes. Taste is medium bitter with earthy notes with some toasted malt. Overall it’s nice and balanced beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (4519) - Stavanger, NORWAY - APR 18, 2016
Flaske fra helsekosten på Kvaddå, delt med Ovesen etter vellykket tapping: dyp gylden med fint skum som varer. Nydelig, klassisk esb-aroma og smak (mer enn en ipa, som etiketten sier) med lys appelsinmarmelade, løvetann og rødkløver. Lekker, lett bitterhet i avslutningen, som sammen med den godt kalibrerte maltkroppen gjør det til en fornøyelse å helle innpå. MÅ prøves fra cask neste gang jeg er i London.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen2 (2645) - NORWAY - APR 18, 2016
Bottle shared with JMD at HNB 18.04.16. Clear orange. Off-white head and lacing. Wonderful aroma of Sevilla marmalade, yellow apples, white grapes dandelions and pale malt. Similar taste, but with pronounced pale malt and bitterness. Sublime aftertaste and excellent drinkability!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corkyrory66 (1265) - BELGIUM - APR 4, 2016
Une ipa en version original export, et donc « true ipa brewed for export to India » … voilà qui est explicite !! Brassée à Burton upon Trent en plus, voilà donc deux légendes ensemble … Niveau abv de 5,7 %, format 50 cl. Mon exemplaire était à 7 mois avant sa date limite. Couleur caramel tendre, à la clarté nette, pure (bière non refermentée). Bulles fines, partout, vives. Mousse blanc cassé, stable à 3 mm. Arômes de malt grillé, fruits blancs, amande, noisette, croûte de pain. 1ère bouche très souple et très pale ale dans le sens classique, avec malt grillé et houblon un rien piquant. Arrière-bouche assez large, mais très typée pale ale ordinaire, et pas du tout comme le faisait espérer le Cascade en late hopping. 2ème à l’assemblage très modeste malt/houblon. Arrière-bouche équilibrée et agréable. 3ème avec un bon malt grillé, et un houblon plus en phase. Arrière-bouche d’une jolie pale ale. Longueur et finale correcte. Jambes groupées mais à larges flocons. Alcool un peu court sur la longueur, surtout au vu des 50 cl … CONCLUSION : démonstration brillante qu’une ipa était avant toute chose une « pale ale » ordinaire, avant d’être impériale !!! Donc si on cote cette bière sur le critère d’une pale ale ordinaire, c’est très valable, mais au regard d’une ipa « moderne » ou nouvelle tendance actuelle, on est loin du compte … Un peu comme Burton est loin de l’Inde … I’m joking … Mais blague à part, précisément, je trouve qu’elle est largement sous-cotée sur ratebeer ...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fatehunter (2066) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2016
Pours a finger of head on a hazy straw body. The aroma is honey, pine and dry grains. The taste is malty sweet, then dry lemon bitterness and earthy too. The texture is softer with nice fizz. It’s a fine mellow brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
huineman (547) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 12, 2016
33 cl bottle, just slightly fresh, almost tepid. Pours golden with copperish notes. White head is minimal, rapidly vanishing. Aroma is low: anise, grass, pie, cookie dough. Low carb. Good acidity, nice softness, quite bitter long finish. I like it.

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