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

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RATINGS: 574   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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
khytre (73) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2007
500 ml bottle. hight white head. deep yellow colour. very hoppy aroma, some bitterness in taste, but very careful. an mild english bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2007
[Sampled in 2004.] As I wrote: A ordinary fruity welltasting IPA, but now I see it is an ESB, which I didnít see 3 years ago. Fruits, vanilla, flowers, light grapes. A summer IPA, maybe.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
McDreamy (24) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 11, 2007
Bottled. Light amber color with a white disappearing head. Aroma is citric and hops. Flavour is complex with sting of hops. Lasting aftertaste lures you to take an other sip. Nice one.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (13611) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 10, 2007
500ml Bottle. Flat and orange, no real head, but fizzy in the mouth. Not much aroma either However, very bitter taste, some malt, and some cabbage, but mostly bitter which lasts for ever. Dries the mouth, and will leave you thirsty, presumably for something else.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 5, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2007 Bottle, pours a clear and golden amber with a large foamy off-white head. A strong hoppy aroma, slightly dusty but with a touch of citrus. A strong sour and sharp hoppy palate, dominating the biscuity and woody malt flavours. Some sweetness left in the finish. OK this.

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 (674) - 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 (8012) - 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.


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