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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 476   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
edsspoon (307) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2014
Pours light amber with fluffy slightly off white head which gradually fades to a ring. Aroma of orange and spice, grassy and earthy hops. Taste is citrusy with hops and a mild bitterness. Mild sweetness and spiciness. Medium body and light carbonation.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
campbega (68) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2014
500ml bottle from Waitrose. Pours amber with a medium head. Floral, fruit and malt aroma. Light and mildly bitter finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
s_hartshorne (1030) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2014
Bottle. Amber colour slight head. Malty fruity aroma. Taster is same slight hops light bitterness. Medium body. Ok stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GBZ59 (1063) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - APR 18, 2014
UPDATED: APR 20, 2014 Botella transparente de 500ml. Copa de Vino. Color ámbar dorado y apariencia algo velada. La espuma marfil crea una tupida y fina capa con bastante buena retención. Aromas y sabores de ligero sulfuro, moderado tostado, terroso y leve afrutado. Cuerpo medio y carbonatación media/alta. Textura que tiende a aguarse. Amargor limpio que aun siendo bajo muestra una clara tendencia al lúpulo sobre una agradable base de galleta. En el refrescante final amargo afloran notas minerales. Una buena cerveza para “ir de cañas”. 500ml transparent bottle. Wine glass. Golden amber color, chill haze appearance. Off-white froth creates a close & thin crown. Fairly good retention. Slight sulfur, mild toasted, earthy & light fruity both in flavors & aromas. Medium body. Moderate to high carbonation. Oily to watery texture. Low but clean tendency to hoppiness over a kind biscuit bed. Mineral notes are shown in a refreshing bitter finish. Nice session beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rok1024 (1031) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - APR 14, 2014
Clear golden appearance, medium head. Hoppy, floral, fruity and malty aroma, bitter but still balanced. Not a typical IPA, but decent and refreshing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (2294) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2014
Brown bottle again - hurrah! Nice light brown to amber pour, with a lasting white head. Piney and lightly spicy nose with a faint hint of peach, good firm bitterness over dry and juicy malt, a little grassiness and some toasted orange.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
Armadill0 (255) - FINLAND - MAR 27, 2014
Bottle. A bit foggy, yellow. Small white head. Aroma has grain and pine. Taste has fruit, grain, citrus. Body is a bit thin, mouthfeel is watery. Turns bitter on the aftertaste, finishes well with pine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HammerTroll (318) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 21, 2014
Clear light orange color, just a little bit of haziness. Small white head. Metallic nose and aroma. Lack of hops. Kind of bitter finish. IPA? I don’t think so. (Svijet piva 0,5l bottle)

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
veceo (318) - CROATIA - MAR 18, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2014 Clear orange color, big white head. Light to medium body, average carbonation. Texture is watery. Aroma is very light and weak. Traces of floral and citrusy hops. Some distant maltiness too. Light bitter taste and the rest is mostly water. Very disappointing actually. IPA? It looks like false advertising to me.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Rossbear (17) - Wendover, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2014
Oh how I do love a good Marstons beer, and now Old Empire shows me that I am right in this. Features include a super malty backbone and subtle hop bittering, a very 'true' IPA but the dry hopping with Cascade adds just a touch of the new world. Interesting that this is now in a brown bottle, they must be paying attention in Wolverhampton, good stuff. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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