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

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RATINGS: 479   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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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.


2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2004
Dark golden, small dissapearing white head. Metallic (skunky) hop aroma with some grassy notes. Notes of toffee and oranges in flavour before a strong hop bitterness takes ove. Bitter but not very refreshing finish. A little metallic.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (10254) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2004
Orange/copper color. Mild hoppy aroma. The hops then gets stronger in the flavor. Long hoppy, bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonMoore (1851) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2004
Bottle (clear). Copper coloured with reasonable sized, off-white head. Hoppy aroma. Hoppy taste with underlying malts. Dry and bitter. Moderately carbonated with a medium mouthfeel, perhaps a bit watery at the end. Long bitter aftertaste

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
presario (4608) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 26, 2004
Oh oh, clear bottle hand delivered from England. Orange-amber. Very thin head, bubbles congregate around the edge of the glass. First scent is almost of skunk cabbage. Additional sniffs are more of the hops. Hops are very much present in the flavour and the long finish and the malt is low. I wished this had been brough across the ocean in the oak cask!

1.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 26, 2004
Transported from England, didn’t survive worst for wear. Corona-like skunk aroma permeates the entire room. Pours a nice copper brown, thin pale head. Flavour wise fairly blah. Some hops there in the finish. It’s their fault for putting it in a clear bottle.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2004
White head which develops into a thin foam. Quite a dry, bitter beer. Not bad coming from Marston’s, as others have said it is a bit on the thin side but overall not a bad effort.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 13, 2004
Bottled. Copper colour and thin fast dying head. Aroma of malts and iron, nice dose of hops, but still malty, metallic and a bit watery.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2004 Bottle. This one wasn't bad. Fairly hoppy, by the standards of UK bitters, but not as hoppy as you would expect in an IPA. A bit thin, but fairly refreshing.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JUL 7, 2004
(on bottle)I must admit that ut was the mere shape of the bottle, that got me into drinking this brew; Marstons is yet to give me a good experience. A copperish brew and not much of a nose at all. No head and a very fresh mouth; wich actually was quite full. But the acidity of the aftertaster either calls out for seriuos pub-grub or just alot of these in a row amd I´m not going there.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hansen (6569) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2004
Not as thin as many IPA’s from UK, but still thin. Clear and golden. Low head. Bitter and not much flower.


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