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

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RATINGS: 569   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.


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gaffney (22) - St Andrews, SCOTLAND - MAY 26, 2007
A moderately-hoppy aroma with a hint of plum on the nose. Not much head to rave about but I found it surprisingly flavoursome and increasingly complex, especially the finish. It starts with a dry, bitter, even salty, tang and moves towards a sweet, kiwi-fruit, muscat with hints of bubblegum. A drinkable compliment with food. Easily the best Marston Iíve had.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scanovajr (663) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - MAY 19, 2007
Bottled. Orange color with a small white head. Aroma is grassy and hops. Taste is malt and sweet. Bitterness and alcohol in the end.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2008 Boiled-down watery hops in the snout. Creamy palate. Slightly biscuity maltiness with a hint of wood. Abruptly bitter finish, but not of the hoppy kind. Golden amber with a snowy slick of suds. Some faintly whiskeyish malt. But all in all like drinking cardboard. (Re-rate, upgraded from 2.7) Looks and smells like Corona initially (clear bottle?). Rabbit hutch and grapefruit aroma, fusty English hop, menthol, ganja, hint of Pickled Onion Monster Munch. Thatís got to be a 7. Some surprisingly zesty/earthy hop flavours have survived the boil. Biscuity/oaty malt late on, melding into almondy booze. Nearly enough hop zest and bitterness to qualify as an IPA.Quite a decent, hop-driven pasteurised ale.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2007
Aroma: very english, slightly musty, alot of hops, vaguely sourish, sweetly malty, acrid.
Appearance: golden copper orange, clear body. Nice, fairly thick, orangetinted, pale head.
Flavour: malty sweet, stale, applelike, hopbitterness, weak, peanutlike. Not good.
Palate: thin, slimy, almost stale feeling, watery juice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2007
Bottle. Amber colour with an off-white head. Malty aroma with hops & citrus fruits. A bit spicy flavour with citrus tasting hops.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
cgarvieuk (20238) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 8, 2007
Pale golden colour, with a sweet floral hoppy nose, lemon hoppyness bit drying bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - APR 2, 2007
Bottle at home. Pours a dark golden with a thin, white head. Aroma is heavy on the hops, with some hint of apricot. Good hoppy flavour with some citrus and a sting of alcohol. Very bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beervis (243) - Taylorís Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2007
Sharp and citric hop aroma and flavours, rich smooth malt, good colour, discernable alcohol. Moreish - carbonation fine for my taste, but agree heartily with HarryFlashman that this is a great beer to go with a curry. Recommended.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2007
What a beauty! A deliciously strong IPA. Fruity, hoppy and sweet in a good way. I liked this little baby a lot. Lacked some carbonation to make it a true great, but pretty deuced good and compliments spicy food like curry preferctly.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (13850) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 27, 2007
Bottle. Golden brown colour with an off-white head. Aroma is hop, fruit, malt, caramel. Flavour is hop, fruit, malt, caramel.Light bitter finish. Ok beer.


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