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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 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.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tommann (2663) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2010
Cask at the Bridge, Kingswinford. Pours a hazy amber with a small head. The aroma was of earthy hops and some pine coming through after. Sweet start on the taste with some malt, with a low bitter finish. Had a slightly medicinal and cloying aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nickls (1822) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - MAY 5, 2010
(Old BA rate - cask) Poured with a finger of a thick, capped white head. Golden yellow in color. Biscuity yeastiness and some maltiness. Had a hard time picking out any hops. Hops came though in the taste and were more earthy and tea-like in the flavor. Sour dough breadiness with a touch of malt sweetness. Medium MF, coating and a bit oily from the hops. Muted carbonation (cask) Solid drinking, but I wouldn’t say overwhelmingly drinkable. Basic stuff, but not the best example but decent take on the traditional English version of the style

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bullit (4002) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAR 27, 2010
Cask @ The Society Room. Clear golden colour, dense white head. Aroma is malty and slightly hoppy. Hint of caramel. Flavour is malty, quite bitter and dry.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29207) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2010
Cask - no wonder. An amber beer with a thin bubbly head. The aroma has notes of malt and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, minerals, straw, and spicy hops, leading to a quite bitter finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (14669) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2010
6th November 2008. Clear gold beer. Medium carbonation. Dry lightly hopped beer. Inoffensive but standard stuff.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Flanfl (81) - USA - NOV 14, 2009
Amber colour, really small white head. Aroma of citrus, flavour of malt, bitter finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Geokkjer (5719) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 3, 2009
Cask @ The Warf, Aalborg. Pours amber with a thin head.Malty and citrusy hops in the nose.Flavor is bread and grains,estery fruitiness with a nice bitter finish.Medium body and soft carbonation.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thewolf (11148) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2009
Cask @ Charlies, Cph.
Pours clear amber with no head. Sweet caramel aroma, light maltiness, but generally rather weak. Low carbonation, fine oily mouthfeel. Flavour is heavy sweet, lots of caramel, light sugar. The finish just about saves it with quite dry hoppiness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (8019) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2009
Cask, Hinckley Fest 09. Amber with a thin head. Aromas are toffee malts with some Autumn fruit. Woody and floral with some light medicinal qualities. Flavours are sweet malts with dry woody notes. Slightly "chewy" with a dry hoppy finish. Decent.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4237) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2009
Cask@2nd Hinckley Beer Festival, 2009. Bronze beer with a mildly toffee aroma and a lightly hopped flavour. Overall a nicely malty and gently hopped beer.


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