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


on tap

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RATINGS: 574   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen2 (2778) - 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 (1359) - 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 (2213) - 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 (583) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lloydy (100) - Worcestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2016
500ml bottle. Malty bitter with a tang to the aftertaste. Ok, but nothing special.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ManVsBeer (8496) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2016
Bottle from Tesco, Brighouse. Golden with a thinnish head. Lightly hopped but never too flavoursome, nor does its strength impact too much. Has a dryish texture, some bitterness with its pale ale character most evident in its aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PLN_Beatz (256) - POLAND - FEB 6, 2016
Beer with not strong malty aroma, hops aren’t there. Dry in taste with nice bitterness in palate. Clear Amber colour body with weak white foamy. Overall nothing special :/

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beeebon (403) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2016
Pours gold from bottle with white foamy head. Aroma is caramel malt, hay, grassy, floral and slight citrus. Flavour is sweet and nicely balanced savoury bitter. Decent bottled beer!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LazyPyro (528) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2016
500ml bottle. Clear golden colour with a small frothy white head. Aroma is lightly sweet, malts and some hops. Taste is hoppy, lightly bitter citric grapefruit finish, light malty flavours. Nothing stands out with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nurmis (349) - Oulu, FINLAND - JAN 16, 2016
500ml bottle from alko. Slightly hazy orage, lots of thick white head. Aroma has caramel and hops. Light sweetness, medium bitterness. Pretty simple beer, but one that can be savoured and really good for what it is.

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