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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: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (5194) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (4235) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mr_h (4029) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
MissPxx (911) - - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rob_D_UK (1295) - Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2015
Pours a clear copper with a white head. Weak grassy hop aroma. Bland bitterness, tad watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tdtm82 (1404) - 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 (962) - 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 (3477) - 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 (6461) - 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 (3347) - 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.

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