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

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RATINGS: 519   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.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, - JUL 29, 2010
Orange-brown with thin off-white head. Spicy aroma with notes of soil, vanilla, fruit and nuts. Fruity flavour with notes of hops. Growing dry bitterness.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Towey1989 (408) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear pale amber colour with a fizzy white head. Aroma of floral hops, pale malt, subtle caramel, a little lemon and grass. Taste of pale malt, grain and herbal, grassy, floral hops. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation but a watery texture. A dry, floral bitterness in the finish. Very disappointing from the bottle, way better on cask. Not an IPA all. Lagerish taste and too watery.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
McSherman (284) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAY 11, 2015
Tolle Farbe: helles Bernstein. Der weiße Schaum ist wenig beständig. Das Bier wird geprägt durch seine Bitterkeit. Dazu etwas süße und Malz. Für ein IPA fehlen mir jedoch etwas ausgeprägtere Frucht- und Zitrus-Aromen.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mjp12 (688) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2015
Rather bland esb/ipa, for its abv I was expecting more depth of flavour, tastes like a cask bitter to me.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AWS9 (533) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2015
Sugary, malts and hop balance. Some bread. Gets a bit cloying with the sugariness as you get through it, but decent enough bitter/IPA.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Hippoman (37) - Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2015
Bottle from Tesco, Langley Moor, £1.99/500ml. Pours golden with medium white head and obvious carbonation driving a light, grassy aroma. Overhopped and overly bitter, Too dry in the mouth.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ianwelby (703) - 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 (239) - 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 (62) - 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 (288) - 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".


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