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


on tap

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RATINGS: 494   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.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 10, 2005
The bottle is beautiful! And the color is a nice, clear amber. Everything else about this beer is below average. Aroma is best described as stench. And the flavor is sour and reminds me of dirty socks. Bitter in a bad way with no roundness. The first beer I couldnít finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - APR 7, 2005
Light golden very clear with little head. Roasted malt nose with faint hops in the background. Rich mouthfeel with an overall dryness. Richnuttiness in the malt with a light hop bite but overall more of a floral fragrant hop quality. On the finish the hops do show much stronger. Not bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
haf (528) - Gijon, SPAIN - APR 6, 2005
no es una buena cerveza, pero bueno tampoco lo intenta, asi que una cerveza rubia que es recomendable beber muy fria y muy rapido

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scotty (1060) - SCOTLAND - MAR 25, 2005
Bottled. This looks great! gold in colour, head is firm and white and lasts well. Nose is clean and fresh, bursts with immense hoppy aromas. WOW!!! thatís some mouthful, big and full flavoured, refreshing & satisfying, finish cuts a bit short, but hey! thatís not a big fault is it? Fantastic stuff, V.W. Kelso £1.79/4 for £6...may not last thoí knowing that company..PS. canít understand the low overall percentile score, try it anyway.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TBone (13002) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 24, 2005
Copper brown, steady creamy head. Aromas has hops - and grassy, dishwater aroma - not very IPA-like (like bottle claims style to be). Medium-bodied. Grassy, fruity hoppy flavor. Not bitter enough for IPA and quite average for ESB. Mild bitter aftertaste. Quite uninteresting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garrat (1303) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2011 From a Bottle.Dark orange in colour,little head,aroma of hops and fruit,quite dry,strong hops,malt wood,long dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ingevara (816) - SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2004
Golden crisp. No head at all. The flavor is heavily dominated by large quantities of hops. In its very dry environment it makes the beer rather one-dimensional, but still enjoyable. Itís bitter for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsniclas (5746) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2004
Bottled. Golden. Rather lively to be an ale. Some hop in the flavour. Too little of everthing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2007 This is described as an IPA on the bottle. Therefore it falls down simply because I dont feel the IBUs are there to support this contention. It looks good and presents well in the glass but there are some aspects of it that just fail to deliver. The flavour is muted such that the potential for a good malty/hoppy brew is not realised. Perhaps an EB because it isnít special.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SilkTork (5279) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2004
UPDATED: APR 28, 2012 Dec, 2003: A quite pleasant, dryly hopped bitter. Nothing special, but drinkable. Blandly attractive amber colour. Pleasant nose. Pleasant taste. A little tang in the finish. Yes, pleasant, but nothing exciting. [2.8}
Sept, 2004: The Big Face Off. Aroma is rusty malt, orange and metal volatiles carried on co2. Flavour is doughy pale malt with biscuit and metal notes over a medium woody bitterness. Creamy marmalade with a touch of vanilla leading into ash. [3.1]
May, 2006 Blind tasting: Pasteurised. Smells like a burnt rubber tyre. Hoppy finish - quite dusty and English. Initially the alcohol is noticeable, but then fades. Strength 5.7%. English. A premium bitter.
Drinking it after the tasting I am looking for the flaws I associate with Marstons, and with the pasteurising process - but I find this beer uncomfortably close to White Shield - more hoppy and less sweet, but essentially the same area and the same sort of quality. [2.6]
July, 2007 Barley sugar is the big nose and big flavour. Clean and indifferent, yet touching on honey and chemicals. Hoppy awareness throughout - and quite a decent hoppy flavour. It doesnít burn like hop pellets, but is not fragrant like whole leaf. Itís there, and itís OK. The main thing with this beer is that it is "all right". It has flaws, but thereís nothing really disgusting about it. Difficult to get much pleasure about such a run of the mill beer which is so clearly pasteurised, but it is sweet enough to be drinkable, and with enough hops to provide interest. [2.6]
Dec, 2009 Vanilla aroma - like fresh cut American oak. Then co2. Then barley sugar. Carbonation and integrated hop bitterness - little hop fragrance. The hop bitterness is quickly upfront, dominating (but not aggressively) the soft biscuit malt. Deep lingering hop bitterness in the finish. Scratchy swallow. Polished copper appearance - quite attractive. This seems more hoppy than previous versions Iíve had. Drinkable, though unexciting. There are as many faults as there are good points - though, on the whole, perhaps this is a tad above average. [2.9]
April, 2012 Clean oak, vanilla, and an association with pasteurisation. Well integrated hops and malt. malt is soft, pale, biscuit like. Hops are edging into fragrance and flowers, but rooted in twiggy bitterness. Iím not impressed with the pale colour. Iím not impressed with the clean, characterless feel. The hop configuration is not my style, and the malt flavour is non-existent. But itís drinkable. [2.9]

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