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

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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.


Meilby's rating

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Meilby (8651) - Kristiansand, - MAY 5, 2012
Bottle 500ml @ KICK Malt & Mat, Kristiansand
Pours clear golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel and grassy hops. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Body is light to medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ianwelby (637) - SCOTLAND - APR 17, 2015
Clear amber pint with a thin bubbly head and a sour, malty aroma. Flavour is likewise. There’s actually a quite unpleasant sour, bitter, chemical or metallic taste to it. Not enough to completely overwhelm the fruit and hop and render it undrinkable but enough that it’d deter me from going back to it by choice. Which is a shame because I think there’s a nice, refreshing beer lurking in there somewhere.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
princepurple (22) - wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2015
This Has to be my fall back Ultimate experience, of the dozen’s upon dozen’s Iv’e tried, this is the holy grail of Ale. With a classy Eye Catching Bottle design, I always leave it 2 days in the Fridge, on the nose a light, fresh, honey aroma, highly citrus and ripe, pours a divine, Honey Amber, looking like a good scotch, with a fine head. Initial taste is admittedly mild, and rather mediocre, but it’s complex yet elegant mouthfeel, quickly it’s deception unfold’s into a sublime elixir of Malt, Toffee, lemon’s and Faint apple, exceedingly Ripe, crisp yet boldly graceful, post swallow an after taste reminiscent of spice and biscuit, and a long, satisfying refreshing lingering, that leaves you begging for more. Almost not a beer, but a masterpiece of art, craft and perfection, a very rare 5 for this special number.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
birraiolo (237) - ITALY - APR 3, 2015
Bottiglia da 50 cl. Color ambrato leggero con schiuma media di media tenute, profumi di cereali, caramello e un fine agrumato che si ripresentano al palato con un leggera carbonazione e un amaro appena accennato.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
branko (56) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 2, 2015
0,5 Bottle. Gold amber color with thin white head tha disappears. Little fruity (citrus) aroma that disappears quickly. Nice Hoppy bitter kick witch is the main character of this beer. Nice carbonization. Leaves mouth dry.

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Lambister (276) - FINLAND - MAR 26, 2015
50 cl bottle from our monopoly. First of all it was bitter disappointment to notice that this has nothing to do with IPA. Nose is grainy and alcohol. Palate lager like but more alcohol and taste, which is not that good. Really bad for a "special brew".

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nihtila (1357) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015
31.5.2014. Malty, floral aroma with hints of bitter. Easy to drink, mild carbonation, caramel malts, some citrus, some biscuits, slightly bitter finish. Not IPA as it says on the bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mt_hall (147) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2015
Bottled. Clear amber colour with a good sized, foamy head that disappeared quickly. English hop aromas, with straw, some apple, and malt too. A sweet start and a drier, malty middle and end. Good body.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tinylightsrecs (308) - - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle from Sainsburys Team Valley. Pours dark orange colour. Not much life to the appearance. Metallic tinge to the flavour which is a little overpowering

2.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
SangreSani (146) - Głowienka, POLAND - FEB 28, 2015
I found it as "Marston’s Old Empire True India Pale Ale". 100% clear golden beer with fair white head. Quick retention. Very pale aroma. Paper hints. Some bubble gum. Medium to high bitterness and maltiness. Bitter finish. Maybe a bit of hops Sticky texture, full body, moderate carbonation. Well, it’s not IPA for sure and I have no idea why they wrote IPA on the label.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fajry (951) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 25, 2015
Fľaša. Zlatá farba, bez peny. Vôňa ako cukríky, umelá, sladká. V chuti sladkosť, železitosť, slabá dochuť.


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