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


on tap

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RATINGS: 97   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (3715) - 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 (1453) - 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 (1978) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jfb (4534) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (13524) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2010
Tap at Argyll Arms. Pours a clear, light copper with a white film head. Malty aroma with faint, grassy hops. Well balanced flavor with sweet bread and cake, then some mild bitterness. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Short finish, some bitters linger. Good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tommann (2980) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nickls (1938) - Washington, 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bullit (4122) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29992) - 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.

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