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

bottling
unknown

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (13912) - 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

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dynamiteninja (1679) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dogbomb (1053) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorgeLee (1430) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stouby (4067) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (3952) - 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.

3.4
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tombyars (1486) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markas101 (2005) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jfb (4560) - Freising, GERMANY - JUL 13, 2011
(draught) pours a clear golden colour with a frothy white head. aroma of bread dough, lemons and herbal hops, with hints of caramel, tangerines and straciatella. flavour is mostly herbal hops and light summer fruits, with a honey-tinged pale malt base and a fresh gingery bitter finish. medium-bodied with soft carbonation.


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