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


on tap

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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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichTheVillan (5220) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (14826) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dynamiteninja (1694) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2013
Cask at the Ralph Fitz Randal (JDW), Richmond. Golden amber body. Thin white head. Tangerine, wheat, spice, oranges, some raw alcohol. Tangy. Creamy mouthfeel. Dry finish. Watery palate. Some oiliness. Good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dogbomb (1117) - ENGLAND - APR 5, 2013
Cask. Quite light haze gold. Light lemon bathed in malt on the nose. Dry grass. Quite malt heavy in he mouth, with a lot of dry grassy flavours. Straw. Some bitter dried fruit. Tangerine. Orange. Lemon. Decent, but doesn't hit as fresh as I'd like.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorgeLee (1522) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2012
Cask in the Lamplighter, Jersey. A flat looking orangey coloured beer with no head. Quite strongly alcoholic, sweet boozy malt, some hop but perhaps not enough to really cut through the 5.7%. Not unpleasant, a bit of reminder of old school English IPA styles before the Americans showed that actually you really can never put too any hops in this style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stouby (4152) - Holbæk, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2012
Cask at Birmingham Airport. Clear yellow with a white head, nice lacings. Aroma medium malty (caramel) and hoppy (flowery, hay, straw, notes of citrus). Flavor medium sweet and bitter. Medium body, quite flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (4409) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUN 17, 2012
Cask at bridge house, belfast Dark amber with fluffy white head, spicy hop nose, bitter with robust malt bill. Great long drying finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 17, 2012
On cask at The Standing Order. Pours a dark golden colour with a fair white head. Aroma of alcohol, lemon, grass, caramel and yeast. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Mildly bitter with a long alcohol hum. OK.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tombyars (1511) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 10, 2012
Tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival in April 2005. Cask, gravity dispense. Clear amber in colour with a thin white head. Strong sulphrous aroma present. Thin resiny mouthfeel and poor lacing. Robust pale malt base gives a strong digestive biscuit base with sweet golden syrup and caramel notes. Strong hop resins give a dry spruce note to the dusty intense aftertaste and jars obviously with the malt. Finish is robust and malty with a warming mead like afterglow in the throat, along with dry oak cask notes. A decent ESB and well recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markas101 (2088) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Cask, The Francis Newton, Sheffield. Gold verging on amber. Then even head. Citrus and honey aroma. Sweet with caramel and fruit, faint spice lurking. Finishes with more honey.

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