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Marstons Old Empire (Cask)

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


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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Cask: Occasional .
With its pale appearance, strong hoppy taste and higher alcoholic strength Marston’s Old Empire comprises all the genuine characteristics of a true India Pale Ale, which were necessary to last the 3 month long journey from Burton to Bombay.
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tdtm82 (1010) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2015
Cask, Wetherspoons, Chelmsford, 26th May 2015. Golden appeaeance. Bright. Good lacing. Moderate leafy hop aroma. Taste is moderate bitterness, marmalade jam, fruity esters, clove. Pretty clean malt profile. Just not that exciting

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Towey1989 (399) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2015
Cask at The Mulberry Leaves, Leek (Marstons) A clear pale amber colour with a medium white head. Aroma of sweet grain, some caramel and floral, grassy hops. Taste of caramel, fruity malt, grain, floral hops and subtle lemon. Light bodied and a smooth texture. A dry, floral, herbal bitterness in the finish. Better than bottle, but only just. Nice and smooth, also sessionable for its strength. Above average though

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerViking (2992) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2015
Cask at the Kings Tun, deep amber-brown with a medium foam and a malty, lightly tart-fruity nose. Body is dry-sweet, bitter and warming, yet somehow also a bit thin and woody. Wishing I’d only ordered a half - the bottled version is rather better.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
ManVsBeer (5476) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2015
Cask @ Beckett’s Bank, Leeds. Clear golden with a thick creamy head. Quite smooth tasting without much flavour to it - has more of a washy bitterness with malts in its nose. Fairly strong tasting, most notable in its aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SarkyNorthener (2803) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2015
Cask@the billiard hall, west brom. Hazy amber beer with small head and patchy lacing. Aroma is malty. Taste is malts, some fruity stewed hops and a little caramel. Ok beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Vladivostok (311) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2014
This is actually one of the best looking beers I’ve ever seen, a shimmering pale amber vision of an English heaven... But appearances can be deceptive. Aroma has a little bit of hop but not a huge amount, the flavour is unpleasantly syrupy-oily and the finish just doesn’t. As another reviewer has mentioned, Marston’s beers are slowly going down the tubes. Perhaps the brewers aren’t as good as they once were, perhaps the accountants are spending too much time tut-tutting over the mash tun, perhaps a bit of both. Who knows. 20 years ago, the old Marston’s would have made this into a world beater but now, not a hope in hell. Sad. Sad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zimbo (740) - SCOTLAND - OCT 6, 2014
Golden and tightly highly filtered, this had that creamy sparkler white head and a mild nose. In the mouth it was a bit cabbagy with an old world sort of off bitter taste. Some fizz. not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2014
Cask at the Moon Under Water (JDW), Watford. Poured a clear, dark golden colour, with a white head and excellent lacing. Aroma of caramel, grassy and floral hops. Tinned fruit flavours, some biting hop bitterness and pine needles. Finish became somewhat unbalanced and metallic, with some bread dough maltiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (5613) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAR 10, 2014
Cask at the White Swan, Solihull. Poured a clear light amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is malt light hop. The flavour is medium bitter with a smooth chewy malt hop liqourice bitter palate and a long bitter finish. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Totally different to the bottled version. There is so much more body to the cask derivative. Nightly drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jjsint (1253) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
Gold, mostly clear with a little head. Aroma surprisingly faint, slight tropical fruit but little else. Taste is an uninspiring bitter. It’s like drinking beer with a bad cold: you get the essence of beer but not the minutae. Shame that Marston’s beers have become so pedestrian. What is to blame? The ’fast cask’ conditioning, my jaded palette, or just the inevitable outcome for a macro?  Oh fallen queen of Burton on the Trent; Your glory gone: I wonder where it went?

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