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


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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Stuu666 (12725) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 14, 2017
Cask at the standing order. Pours golden orange, nose is floral, toffee, taste is sweet, floral, toffee, harsh

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
john44 (3034) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2017
Cask Pint at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in Oct 2009 - Amber in colour. Fruity; citrus fruit, oranges. Malty; caramel. Hoppy; grassy hops. Mildly bitter citrus fruity throughout. Nothing like the bottled version. (2009-10)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PhilosophyGuy (589) - Łódź, POLAND - FEB 4, 2017
Dosyć puste w aromacie - odrobina chmielu, a oprócz tego przyjemnie słodowe w smaku. Goryczka występuje, jest wyraźna - dobrze wkomponowuje się w nuty słodowe. Średnio wysycone. Dosyć wytrawne.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeardedAvenger (663) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2016
Cask at The Railway Inn, Winchester. 16/12/16. Vague hay/loft aroma. Light amber. Decent, if frothy, head. A tad bitter, develops in strength but never gets going. Not quite what I expected. Light bodied, with a soft finish. Hides its strength but bland as.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Letshaveatry (12) - Menai Bridge, WALES - NOV 22, 2016
Cask at Bridge Inn. smooth pint, with white head lasting throughout. slightly cloudy appearance that stayed, no clearing, leading to smooth finish. the ’high’ alcohol could be tasted, causing slight bitterness/acidity to end notes. went down easier after second/third pint!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2016
Cask at The Water House (JDW), Durham, £2.09/pint. Clear copper beer with a thin, off-white head. The nose is really quite muted but does hint at sweetish tropical fruit amidst sulphurous character. Indeed sweet tropical fruit flavours can be found in the taste, alongside skunky, earthy notes. The flavours are a little crude and heavy but the fruitiness is pleasant and I enjoyed it more than from a bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GenkiGonzo (1091) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 7, 2016
Cask at The Linen Weaver. Clear amber with a thick white head. Sweet, citrus aroma. Flavour starts with boozy malts with an okay hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
niquillis (2602) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2015
Cask at Marquis of Granby, Penkhull. Pours golden with a white froth. Very, very sweet with a harsh boozy kick. Hard work.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (7092) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2015
30th Sep 2015: hand-pulled cask pint in my local Wetherspoons. Light amber/orange body, full head that gave lacing as the beer level fell. Different beast to it’s bottled brother, this has a bigger hop profile in my opinion and is less malty throughout. Having said that hop heads might find it less hoppy than they would expect for an old style IPA.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (7812) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2015
Cask at the Wibbas Down, Wimbledon. 5.7%. Catching up on rating some classics - even decided to have an entire pint of this one. Clear amber orange, still, foamy off-white head. Aroma is very light musty toffee malts, toast, floral background. Body is medium, oily, smooth, no carbonation. Taste is card, yeast, bread, tangy resinous hops, soil, rocket and pepper. Plenty of earthy hops. Very traditional character.

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