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J.W. Lees Manchester Star Ale

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Brewed by J.W. Lees
Style: English Strong Ale
Middleton, England

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Filtered.
Launched 2001 in a collaboration between Giles Dennis, J.W. Less head brewer, and Garret Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery, New York.
Ingredients: Ale malt, Chocolate malt; Grist Goldings, Styrian, Hallertau hops; Yeast.
Manchester Star was a brew discovered in an old recipe book (from about one hundred years ago). Manchester Star is a 7.3% abv, dark ale, with chocolate, malty overtones and a warming finish made from 100% British ale malt, chocolate malt and Goldings hops.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swamp_Thing (27) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Fruity nose with a lighter body than expected. Sweet chocolate, earthy, coffee. Strong Ale maybe mislead me a little, like a porter but more ephemeral. Flavor fades pretty quick, but leaves a sticky residue on the lips. Very nice beer. I will buy again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brewdork (204) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2014
500 ml bottle poured into tulip-style English pint. Near black color with a fleeting light tan head that quickly melts away to a thin film. Strong toffee and molasses aroma. Flavor follows suit, with a smooth drinkability. This tastes quintessentially English to me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tripelthreat (185) - Soquel, California, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Bottle. Deep brown body is capped by a small, loose beige head that is gone quickly. Nose has licorice, roast, and bittersweet chocolate. Moderately sweet and bitter. . Flavor is much like the nose with some sweeter malt. Medium body and a bit thin. Finishes with both light roast and sweetness. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (3625) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2014
Bought cheap from Sainsburys. Didn’t expect much of this, but it’s really good. Super smooth and packed with flavour: leather, ashtray, mulled fruit, malty dark choc. Excellent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beese (1099) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2014
Bottle. Poured a deep ruby colour with a dense beige head. Aroma of molasses, dark malts and some tobacco. Smooth dark fruit sweetness, some prunes and dates mixed with light roasted bitterness. Finish faded out slightly, some residual black treacle sweetness mixed with light coffee bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (971) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle. Raisin aroma with some sugary notes. Minimal head. Brown color. Initial taste is a bit chewy but that seems to fade quicky and dry out moderately thin. Kind of plain. Solid for beer but just underwhelming when I think of English string ales.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrewFace (467) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Clear dark brown pour. Faint aroma, some dark fruit and sweetness. Malty chewy dark fruit caramel and more chewy.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (3759) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2014
Rom 606 Premier Inn Victoria, Manchester 24 Jan 13. Ultradyprød / svart. Lavt - litt farget skum. Søt plommearoma. Smaken er søt frukt & plommer. Blir raskt litt syrlig.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle - Very Dark Brown (almost Black) in colour with a Reddish tinge. Very Malty; roasty malts, dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, nuts, hint of tobacco. Fruity; ripe fruits and berries, raisins, plums, hint of oranges. Hoppy; understated bitterness. Lightly spiced. Smooth. Alcohol well hidden. Sweetish roast malty fruity throughout with a dry finish. More like a Baltic porter in strength. Liked this a lot. Lovely Porter!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 24, 2013
Both sweet and smoky. This is a bit of shock, some coffee and chocolate going on with this. Dates and prunes fruity and then you get this herbal/vegetable fennel kick. I was not expecting much from this but it was great. 2013.08.03


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