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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: 481   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.


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1.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
CalumScotland (141) - Hamilton, - JAN 13, 2012
Best thing bout this beer is the label I ain’t a Big fan of ipa so wouldent drink again


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danev76 (508) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2014
Citrus fruit aroma. Hazy amber brown colour with poor head. Big malt flavours throughout with slightly bitter but smooth finish. Medium body with low carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Straling (363) - Hoensbroek, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2014
Pours a clear orange colour with nice carbonation. Fruity fresh sweet aroma, some bitter notes there. Bitter, slightly fruity flavour, some grassy/dry notes there. Goes down smooth, thin bodied.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hohops (285) - Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2014
Appearance is clear and amber, lots of fizz, solid white foamy head which lasts. Aroma- hoppy, lemony, lime hints, floral, a bit meadowy, hint of caramel. Taste- fruity, bitter hops, floral notes, hint of creamy malt, bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (3674) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle from The Beer Bay at Central Pier 3, HK. Deep copper color with a cloudiness aand head that does not clear up. Very tradtitional malty nose, however this one’s dominated by toffee. The flavor has citrus notes and a dry bitterness but these are overshadowee by the malty character. I good beer for the bay.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rob_D_UK (783) - Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2014
Pours a clear gold with an off white head. Malty nose. Strong malt backbone with a soft hop finish.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wekker84 (1470) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle a dark golden yellow colored beer with a white head aroma malts some fruits some citrus and hops flavor malts some fruits spicy and some hops

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sad24 (103) - GREAT YARMOUTH, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2014
Perfectly drinkable but very mainstream. No distinctive hoppy, citrusy or fruity taste. Fine but middle of the road

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Imaena (1837) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle. This is a tidy little ESB with a nice hppy edge to it. One of the better Marstons offerings.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tedvard (26) - - JUN 25, 2014
See: Dark gold, copper. 1 finger white head which dissipates quickly. Smell: Grassy, floral hop notes with an underlying bright fruity sweetness. Taste: Well balanced. Aroma is definitely sharper than the taste. Definite malt sweetness at first before the sharp tang of the hops come through. Sharpness is citrusy. Pallet: Light bodied, slightly oily mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Pleasant IPA style, sharp bitterness is underlined by a recurring sweetness in each mouthful. Would probably only have one or two in a session.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heavy (2133) - Split, CROATIA - JUN 5, 2014
Dec. ’13. A 0.5 l bottle at Dva Tona Bar, Split. Poured hazy golden body with quite small head. Weak but fine fruity aroma, tropical mostly, with some biscuit malt. Flavor was very lightly sweet, fine fruity, although a bit weird blend of mentioned fruit malt with kinda lemon juice. Some stale notes present as well, I guess from storing in clear bottles. Medium bodied with shorter biscuity finish. Different than others but definitely a fine bitter.


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