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


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RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackafholmes (208) - - MAY 30, 2014
Bottle from sainsburys. Dark reddish brown ale with a sturdy tan head. Sweet dark malts and nutty aroma. Sweet and strong alcohol taste. Good smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
YorkshireG73 (24) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2014
Hidden Gem, this one. Old manís Manc back street boozer frequented by Mark E Smith shares a pint with the Beastie Boys. JWL and Brooklyn Brewery collab. To paraphrase Alan Partridge, wipe the prejudice juice off your lips. Stick a Mikkeller label on it and youíd pay 4 times as much.Truly wonderful beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle at home. Dark almost black brown with a medium grey / pale tan head. Aroma of tobacco, fruit, dash of licorice. Flavour is a little fruity, medium sweetness, nice lick of alcohol strength which I usually like and did. I like it. Itís nice. A pleasant surprise, not all JW Lees beers appeal to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swamp_Thing (35) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brewdork (228) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tripelthreat (190) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (3817) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2014
Bought cheap from Sainsburys. Didnít expect much of this, but itís really good. Super smooth and packed with flavour: leather, ashtray, mulled fruit, malty dark choc. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beese (1784) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (1889) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrewFace (783) - 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.

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