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


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RATINGS: 390   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamesie1857 (1941) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2015
500ml bottle from Beers of Europe - Near black body with a beige top. Entertainingly complex nose picks out coffee, chocolate, liquorice, with dark berries and some floral notes and a good deal of smokiness. Flavours are led by liquorice, sweet raisins and cola with roast coffee and spices. Nice syrupy body made it a well rounded and balanced Christmas Pudding of a beer! Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjsint (2252) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2015
Bottle from Sainsbury’s, drunk at home. Black, smoky and impenetrable. Wisps of khaki head. Woodsmoke, plum pudding, caramel. Sweet smoky taste with a surprising saltiness. Salted caramel, taffy, biltong, and stone fruit aftertaste. Full palate, slightly over-carbonated but I can live with that. This is truly exemplary and the best beer you are likely to find in a supermarket.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (4113) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 2, 2015
500ml bottle. Nearly black in color with a fading tan head leaving a ring. Big roasty chocolate molasses toffee aroma. The flavor is great, dry and restrained with hidden chocolate sweetness. Ashy as if you were sucking on your old grampy’s pipe (don’t read too much into that). Bitter on the finish. Medium full body with soft carbonation. An elegant, unique, and enjoyable brewski on the whole.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gary (1839) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2015 (500ml) this dark ale is like a metaphorical blowjob from a beautiful dark woman . she loves u ,but we will never marry . beautiful silky liasion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
undercurrent25 (1927) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2015
Pours a black colour with a big head. Taste is candy like with some liqourice and roast malts. Good

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
uckelman (586) - Durham, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2015
Pours clear, very dark brown. Coffee-creamer colored head, fine bubbles. Not much aroma. Very light yet slightly oily body. I can definitely taste the chocolate malt in this one. Palette is outstanding.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sarauckelman (382) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2015
Dark opaque brown with small tan head of varying-sized bubbles. Not much aroma. Thick, rich, spicy, oily, molasses-y, a little bit bitter on the end. This is excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tinylightsrecs (437) - - AUG 1, 2015
Bottle received as a gift. Pours a lovely deep brown/black colour with a creamy head. Luxurious flavours of roasted nuts - a surprisingly easy drinker for a 7.3% beer. Beautiful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBlueSky93 (524) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2015
Bottle from Cellar Door, Four Oaks. Pours dark brown, black in colour with a 2 finger just off white head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, toffee, touches of molasses. Taste of initial chocolate, then fruits, dark fruits, plums, raisins, cherries, winter beer really. Following the fruits you get some creaminess, more chocolate, a touch of coffee, some sugary sweetness too. A nice warming finish to it too. Very good brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redders1974 (893) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2015
Quality ale from j w lees bottle at home pours dark brown messy tan head tastes date and plum with a warm alcoholic glow smells of rich booze lovely mouth feel a real winner some port note would go well with cheese love this beer

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