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

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RATINGS: 545   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
D (577) - Gdynia, POLAND - OCT 23, 2006
Golden colour, medium creamy head. Very dry finish, some herbal notes, well balanced. Very pleasant one, refreshing.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 28, 2006
[Bottle from Sainsbury’s] Caramel notes, grassy hope, a little alcohol. body is thin for the abv. dry finish with some alcohol showing again. Not great.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2006
Fresh, leafy hops aroma, some malt also, dark amber, pours a small cream head. Nice hoppy flavour, with a decent amount of hops.Light bodied, balanced, easy drinking. Pretty good.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dj (538) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2006
Bottle, 500ml. A deep golden colour with a small head. Fruity aroma of orange, banana, hops and yeast. Some pasteurised notes. Taste is sweet with roasted malt, citrus and alcohol. A sweet finish with citrus and strong bitterness. Moderate carbonation. Quite good, but could be better.

1.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2006 shared with mate: aroma of oxidized hops and some malts. Why do English brewers use these clear bottles. appearence is dark copper color. medium body. Don’t buy, not worth it.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
spporras (259) - FINLAND - SEP 10, 2006
(Bottle BB 10/09/07) Slightly toffee-like and slightly malty aroma. Golden colour, clear, slightly sparkling and small to average, white, more or less fully diminishing head with a hint of lacing. Fruity (citrus), malty, moderately bitter and very slightly toffee-like flavour. Light to medium-bodied and lively carbonated palate with a hint of metalness. 01/09/06

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2006
Bottle. Copper-amber body with a small bready white head. The aroma is bready with fresh leafy hops, and cookies. The flavour is rather bitter, astringent, and fairly refreshing. Abundant bread in an essentially solid ESB.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6691) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 28, 2006
Bottle. Pours amber with bright amber white head. Refreshing, slightly mineral aroma, gentle hop nose. Medium bodied with clean hoppy character. Neat refreshing session bitter.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 27, 2006
Orange colored, little white head. Dry, bitter, fruity and slightly alcoholic aroma. Indeed, dryness comes up nicely. Medium bodied. Flavor is also slightly one-dimensional: dry, fruity. slightly caramelly and hoppy. Aftertaste has also some citrus tones.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (8428) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2006
Bottle picked up at Morrisons, Aylesbury, Tues 8th August. Thought that I’d already rated this but evidently not. Light amber coloured, very clear quite malty little bit toffee and chewy didn’t really strike me as a 5.7%er not at all, touch on the sweet side with some hop presence, this was fine enough but I’ve had a lot better.


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