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


on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 481   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Share this beer with friends!
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.

Dacrza's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dacrza (519) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Date tasted: July 7, 2013... Glassware: Wychwood Hopbgoblin tumbler... Occasion: celebrating a lazy Sunday’s end....Appearance: nice pale copper body that is clear and softly bubbling; cloudy white head that laces and quickly dissipates... Aroma: bready malts assert dominance--such an English treat--with some buttery notes... Palate: medium-bodied, smooth and buttery; some heat on the exhale,, despite the modest ABV.. Taste: extremely soft hints of toffee and hops; powerful display of malt high on the tongue; formidable... Overall: a curiosity purchase, using a gift card for a slew of brews including this one; I know Marston is renown for its bitter, and thought the IPA would carry the flag; malty , yes, and a quality sipper with a slightly smoked, buttery, definitively scotch finish....still, tough to place among the more formidable IPAs from either side of the pond....

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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

   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

   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.

   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.

   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.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 » 49

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50