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J.W. Lees Manchester Star Ale

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


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RATINGS: 391   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LazyPyro (595) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2016 500ml bottle from Sainsbury’s. Pours black with a three-finger beige head. Aroma: chocolate and fruity malt. Taste: chocolate, ripe dark fruits, malt, slight warming spice/alcohol. Rich and complex. Oily/creamy texture, soft carbonation, medium body. Lovely stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonbenali (137) - Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2016
Pours dark red to black with medium carbonation, good lacing and an off-white head. Aroma is strong. Plums, burnt caramel, apricot, prunes and orange. Taste is sweet with bitterness in a long, if thin, finish. Proper English strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewtalita (243) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 13, 2016
Very dark brown, long lasting high beige head. Aroma chocolate, dried plums, raisins, butterscotch. Palate medium to low, higher carbonation. Taste prune jam, cloves, dry and sour finish. Not ahint of chocolate despite the aroma, but that of coffee instead. Quite nice, original beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimpgibbon (533) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2016
Bottle. Thinnish dark ruby with lovely creamy head and lacing. Stone fruit and malt aroma. Chocolate and sweet malts, hoppy medium bitterness and some warming spice coming through. Really not boozy at all. Lovely if a touch thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2761) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2016
This is the kind of perfectly good British beer that helps you remember why you ever liked British beer in the first place, and that a beer doesn’t always have to be hop forward to be flavorful and tasty. Also, this is pro level stuff. I mean by that: it starts with a sweet dark malt front, but its more of a molasses type sugariness (where molasses itself isn’t actually very sweet). There are virtually no hop flavors or aromas, but there is a mild spicy bitterness to balance out the finish, but mostly the balance achieved by the fact that the beer is fermented out to a semi-dryness, so its never cloying and thus it doesn’t actually need a hop wallop to tame it. Amazingly light and drinkable for the relatively higher ABV. Only complaint is cosmetic, it was dark, cola-like, with minimal head - though the lower carbonation did wonders for the maltier body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
greenmanalishi (519) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2016

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nocturne (1833) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2016
500ml bottle. Colour is near black. Short head atop. Aroma has smoky, plummy, blackberry fruity character. Taste is those same elements. Nice fruitiness throughout. A little old-world in its execution. Would make a nice fireside sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ForlornHope (417) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2015
Bottle from Sainsbury’s supermarket. Pours a deep brown colour, lovely red hints and a slight tan head. Interesting aroma: slightly earthy, malty and sweet lactic, buttery hints. Slightly sweet to taste with a firm bitterness to follow. Superbly balanced, peppery hop, firmly malty and slightly metallic (iodine?) with a good dry finish. Complex, rich and rewarding.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcinG (480) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2015
Ciemno brazowe w barwie z srednia palona piana. W zapachu czuc alkohol (7.3 procenta) i owoce z czekolada. Smak wszystko wynagradza. Osobiscie sadze ze przypomina Amber Kozlaka ale to moja opina. Zatem: Slodowy posmak z owocami czekolada rodzynkami troche chlebowy- wszystko dobrane bardzo harmonijnie. Dla mnie jedno z lepszych...i nie zapomnijmy o slowach Bergmana na kapslu

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamestulloch (3494) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 7, 2015
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. Dark brown body with a medium beige head. Good lacing. Aroma of tea, earth, wood and raisin. Flavour of filter coffee, milk chocolate and plum. Medium body with a creamy texture. Soft fizz. Subtle and luxurious - tastes lighter than 7.3% ABV.

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