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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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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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
iammadeofjelly (192) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2006 Really hoppy fantastic beer, i could get it on tap at the rising sun in scholar green when they have it as a guest excellent beer. Hoppy aroma and hoppy taste, i love hoppy malty beers.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - AUG 17, 2006
Cask at GBBF 06’: fresh, juicy, very fruity, hoppy and refrashingly bitter, medium bodied, i really liked this one.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14290) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2009 <i>2008-11-03, cask conditioned at J.D. Wetherspoon - Shakespear’s Head, London, 6-4-8-4-16=38</i>
Amber color; medium-thin creamy head, persistent. Mild aroma of caramel and hops. Good body strength, with sweet caramel flavor; the hopping is a bit fruity, in the end there is some flavor of macadamia nuts, lightly buttery. The final is pleasant, with nice hops (between a 4 and a 5). Well balanced. Very good.

<i>2003-11-29, cask conditioned, 1st pint of the barrel, 6-4-8-5-15=38</i>
Hazy orange color. The aroma, malty, is still light, but the flavor is very interesting, sweet, bitter and fruity, much more harmonious than the American IPAs. Long strong final.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2005
Cask, the Cockney pub, Aarhus: Golden-amber with a nice off-white head. Very pleasent hoppy flavor; grapefruit and pine. Creamy and highly enjoyable. Much better than the bottled version imo.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20216) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 4, 2007
Cask@GBBF2007. Golden colour, mediumsized white head. Aroma is fruity hops along with some earthyness. Flavour is honey, wood, nectar and fruity hops. Very wellbalanced and smooth. Some slight alcohol in it also.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (8995) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 14, 2007
Cask. Vastly better than the bottle! Golden, thin head. Floral but also punchy, almost pungent, hoppy aroma. Taste continues that - carried on a sweet but strong malty body. Sweetness and floral nature head towards honey. Long sticky and drying hoppy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berkshirejohn (4376) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2008
Cask at the Exeter Arms, Derby. Amber with a creamy white head; citrus aroma; creamy in the mouth with buttery citrus flavours; a deeply bitter finish with undertones of warming alcohol. Excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2010 1. Cask Handpump at the Lion Tavern, Liverpool 18/03/2004 Golden amber coloured with some alcohol. Very hoppy full malt finish. 2. Cask Handpump at the Exeter Arms, Derby 22/11/2006 Hoppy aroma. Golden amber coloured and hoppy with some alcohol present. A little dryness and bitterness in a crisp lasting malt finish. 3. Cask Handpump at the Queen Victoria, Llandudno 07/05/2007 Hoppy aroma. Clear golden coloured strong hoppy and pale with a fruity orange flavour. Bitter finish. 4. Cask Handpump at the Exeter Arms, Derby 15/08/2007 Some carbonation. Hop aroma. Golden coloured strong in alcohol and hoppy with a little bitterness in a crisp and dry malt finish. 5. Cask Handpump at the Palladium, Llandudno 05/05/2008 Hop and some malt aromas. Small white head. Amber golden coloured strong in alcohol and hoppy with a crisp bitter and slightly dry malt finish. 6. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black JDW, Northwich 19/07/2008 Hop aroma. Golden coloured hoppy and slightly pale with a little dryness in a crisp and bitter malt finish. 7. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black JDW, Northwich 27/06/2010 Hoppy aroma. Small white head. Golden coloured strong in alcohol and hoppy with a hint of dryness in a bitter lasting malt finish. 8. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black JDW, Northwich 27/06/2010 (2nd session) Hoppy aroma. Small white head. Golden coloured strong in alcohol and hoppy with a hint of dryness in a bitter lasting malt finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2008
Cask, GBBF august 2003. Light amber color, traces of a head. Slight hop and vanilla aroma. Full bodied. Some hops and grapefruit, but especially a vanilla flavor. Some powdery sweetness. Long lasting hoppy aftertaste. Lovely beer, I could drink this any time.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10405) - 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


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