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Marston’s Old Empire (Bottle)

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

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RATINGS: 574   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svarun (107) - - AUG 18, 2016
Clear golden, small white head. Aroma of floral hops. Medium body with some bitterness. Dry finish. Good.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 4/20
docrty (1) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2016 does not count
Lost my sense of smell in my 20’s after cauterisation procedures so aroma is not on my radar. Tastes pretty good though so palate over nose for me. Very drinkable - my current goto. My preferences have always been bitter and strong. This fits the bill. Consistent. I also believe in the glass bottle as a safe storage mechanism for humans.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Smyles (5) - - JUN 29, 2016 does not count
Nothing special but good aftertaste and overall drinkabilty particularly considering the high alcoholic content

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gehbe (175) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - JUN 17, 2016
Weak offwhite head, clear. Hardly any aroma, some fruits, some malt. Tastes a bit better - mildly bitter, some caramel and malt. Mild bitter finish. Nice on the palate - medium body, fairly drinkable. Sort of a "best bitter" with weak aroma, not an IPA. Drinkable, but I was expecting an IPA.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
canddw (98) - - 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..

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2.5
   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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ndburns (146) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phfyysik (648) - 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!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
artyom (970) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (4747) - 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.


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