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Marstons Old Empire (Cask)

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

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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hippoman (520) - Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2016
Cask at The Water House (JDW), Durham, £2.09/pint. Clear copper beer with a thin, off-white head. The nose is really quite muted but does hint at sweetish tropical fruit amidst sulphurous character. Indeed sweet tropical fruit flavours can be found in the taste, alongside skunky, earthy notes. The flavours are a little crude and heavy but the fruitiness is pleasant and I enjoyed it more than from a bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GenkiGonzo (814) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 7, 2016
Cask at The Linen Weaver. Clear amber with a thick white head. Sweet, citrus aroma. Flavour starts with boozy malts with an okay hoppy finish.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
niquillis (2307) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2015
Cask at Marquis of Granby, Penkhull. Pours golden with a white froth. Very, very sweet with a harsh boozy kick. Hard work.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (5387) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2015
30th Sep 2015: hand-pulled cask pint in my local Wetherspoons. Light amber/orange body, full head that gave lacing as the beer level fell. Different beast to it’s bottled brother, this has a bigger hop profile in my opinion and is less malty throughout. Having said that hop heads might find it less hoppy than they would expect for an old style IPA.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (4854) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2015
Cask at the Wibbas Down, Wimbledon. 5.7%. Catching up on rating some classics - even decided to have an entire pint of this one. Clear amber orange, still, foamy off-white head. Aroma is very light musty toffee malts, toast, floral background. Body is medium, oily, smooth, no carbonation. Taste is card, yeast, bread, tangy resinous hops, soil, rocket and pepper. Plenty of earthy hops. Very traditional character.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mr_h (4195) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUN 13, 2015
Cask, hand-pulled, Crystal Palace, grassy hop aroma, clear golden amber, thin white head, negligible lacing, some caramel, marmalade, grain, oily, moderately bitter

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
MissPxx (937) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2015
Slight amber colour. Quite clean and smooth with a slight aftertaste. Slightly caramel tasting on the palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rob_D_UK (1325) - Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2015
Pours a clear copper with a white head. Weak grassy hop aroma. Bland bitterness, tad watery.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tdtm82 (1519) - 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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Towey1989 (1165) - 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


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