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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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unknown

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common

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RATINGS: 91   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 Marstonís 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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beese (1526) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4071) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jjsint (646) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, 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. Itís like drinking beer with a bad cold: you get the essence of beer but not the minutae. Shame that Marstonís beers have become so pedestrian. What is to blame? The ífast caskí 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?

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
s_hartshorne (1069) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
Cask inns of court wakefield. Good white head and lacing. Colour is golden amber. Aroma is light citrus malts. Taste is ctrus with ggod hops and malt balance. A nice beer.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pizd (432) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2013
(Cask): Dark golden colour, white head. Aroma of caramel, malt and fruity hops. Similar notes in flavour. Overall very bland.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
elbernays (407) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 18, 2013
Ruby red. Watery sweetness with slight bitterness. This is not an ipa Iíd be used to. More normal epa or esb. It hasnít got the flavour nor look of an ipa. Boring and disappointing.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jonb5 (341) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2013
A pale amber, clear, small head decent retention and lacing. S slight cranberry, molasses, malt thought of Heller bock T sweet, brown sugar, toffee, finish bitter with some burn. M smooth low carb, thick chewy. O hard to figure out, very sweet for IPA more like strong maerzen or light bock combination of sweetness and bitterness didnít balance themselves out.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Desverger (1700) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2013
cask@Charlies bar, Copenhagen - Dark golden pour colour with a good white head. Caramel malts, with boozy hoppy notes mixed in, some yeast, grass, woody nuances. Kind of a weird mouthfeel/texture to this, not a massive fan of this overall. Average.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichTheVillan (2456) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2013
Cask at JDW Bishop Vesey; clear copper pour with thin white head, caramel and fruit aroma, very sweet tasting loads of caramel some fruit only the feintest of hop bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (10580) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2013
Cask @ the Wharf, Aalborg. Clear dark golden with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and fruity. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and light bitter finish. 090313


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