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


on tap

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RATINGS: 514   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorqui (2125) - Brescia, ITALY - NOV 17, 2005
Compact and brittle foam, enough fading. Shining red color, a much dark orange. Very bubbly and racy, good persistence. Elegant English aspect. Balanced scent of lightly smoked wood and sweet malty. Overbearing bitter, light alcoholc perception. Prickly and lightly dry taste on the end. Clear straw and malty notes, a lot balanced with a powerful and long-lasting bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tsp (113) - DENMARK - NOV 16, 2005
(Bottle) Pours yellow/golden with small fluffy head. Quite a boring IPA, not very hoppish and the bitterness in the beer is rather discrete. Vague notes of fruits (banana/apple).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
NosirIwont (2055) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2005
Bottle. Pours a nice golden with a white head. Aroma is sweetish and hoppy with faint notes of vinegar. Flavour is sweetish with a decent hoppy bitterness, although it could be more outspoken. Slight apple notes in the finish. Okay, but nothing special. 08-11-05.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CEZ (403) - Milano, ITALY - NOV 5, 2005
Clear amber color, nice medium white head. Hazelnut and biscuits in the aroma. Mildly dry and hoppy, smooth and drinkable. Light to medium body. Obviously not the most extreme example of the style, more similar to a bitter ale, nice but not particularly interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2005
True to the IPA style (initially malty ending in a dry bitter finish), but not very exciting. The bottle is nicely shaped and all but clear (why?). The beer is listed as a "premium bitter/ESB" - maybe the IBU isn’t high enough?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (9162) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - SEP 22, 2005
Big fluffy head, dark golden to light amber coloured, clear; big floral hoppiness in the nose, traces of sulphur, malt and honey; initial slight malty sweetness gives way to a moderate bitter-aromatic flavour, ending in a dry, long lasting bitter-fruity finish; a quite fine IPA, quite pleasant, very smooth, refreshing........

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (21811) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2006 Bottled. Golden colour, mediumsized white head. Hoppy nose with fruity hints. Strong hopped flavour with some sweetishbitter fruity hints. Wellbalanced, and hops grows in the long aftertaste. Mouthdrying. Aroma reminds of a bitter, while flavour is very IPAish. 5 2 7 3 10

. Bottled (re-rate Dec 2006). Copperish golden colour, mediumsized white foamy head, lacing. Fruity and flowery hops in aroma along with some grass and caramel. Flavour is flowery hops, caramel and nice bitterish grass in aftertaste. Refreshing. 6 3 7 4 13.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (14605) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2005
Bottle from Morrisons. Orangecopper colour. Extremely hoppywithbiscuitymalts. Reallygood hoppy finish one of the best IPAs I’ve had recently from the UK. Tangy dry hoppy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2005
Oooh i amell and taste hopps Ooihhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Welcome to beeer fellows......ehh fuck off.....................................

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
Light amber in appearance with a number of largish bubbles clinging desperately to the side of the glass. A grain-forward aroma, plus layers of bitter hop, pleasant skunk and banana peel. The fairly dry palate carries a medium-strength bitterness and average length for an IPA. Refreshing and palate-cleansing, but could use a little more pop and complexity.

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