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


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RATINGS: 372   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 25, 2006
25.09.06 50ml bottle. Deep and slightly hazed cola brown, almost black, with small but lasting dark tan head. Aroma is rich and savory with good amounts of mineral, some peat, leather, brine, and plum. Chocolate presents only moderately in the nose. The flavor is almost exactly as described on the label, which is most unusual. Strong notes of tobacco, prune, richly booze soaked raisins. The alchohol is definitely a pleasant component of this beer, a quality witch the folks at JW Lees seem to have down pat. Long finish brings the emergence of some floral and fruity hops to balance out the earthy notes of the mid-section. Medium-full bodied throughout. Much less sweetness than expected. Very pleasant beer, but tough to deal with the five dollar price tag.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2006
Dark brown coffee color. Diminishing head, little bit of lace. Nose of chocolate, citrusy hops, wine, caramel, earth, dark breads, toffee and maybe hint of brown sugar, licorice and others. Medium-full body, fairly creamy feel, low carb level. Very soft in mouth, a bit of chalkiness but thats nitpicking. Lots of sweet, mild chocolate winey notes. Really digging in, you find smokey notes, plummy/other dark fruit flavors and more. Understated bitterness at the end takes an edge off the sweetness. Alcohol never tasted only felt:) This is a gorgeous brew, subtle, full of depth and class. I will revisit this many times over I am sure. Reminds me of a less vinous sammy smith taddy. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2006
Pint bottle pours black with a nice tan creamy head that stays well and laces the sides of the glass. Aromas of dark fruit, raisins, molasses, and mild roast. Flavor is good roasted and malty upfront with definite prune and raisin flavors finding their way behind that. Also a good amount of molasses in this one and a bit of tobacco as well. I didn’t notice the alcohol at all medium bodied and easy to drink for a 7.3% porter. Light bitters on the dry finish. Pretty strong porter here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerdedone (2956) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2006
Bottle sampled with stegosaurus. pours dark with a tan head. aroma of roast, fruit, and caramel. The flavor is caramel, roast, and bitter. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
michidan07 (22) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2006
Great nose of ripe fruit, mostly raisins. Smooth, full mouthfeel. Differs from other strong porters I’ve had. It is more restrained in malts than I’ve come to expect - this I like. Finish is this beer’s weekness - it’s all booze. Alcohol overwhelms the other flavors by far. I’d have this again, maybe colder to see if that takes care of the boozey finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2006
J.W. Lees Manchester Star Ale English Pint bottle Unknown bottling, savoured 08/06. Medium pour in an English pint. Poured black with a slight dark brown rim, with a mostly lasting fizzy 1 inch mocha head. Smelt of roasted grain and molasses, a hint of fruit. Taste was smokey and raisiny upfront, with a sweet and sour and bitter body, like a slightly creamy dark coffee roast. Finish was above average length, with the bitterness holding on tight, a hint of fruit and tobacco, and the alcohol showing through. Mouthfeel was creamy and lively. Overall, a great sweet porter that is bold and complex, whose only flaw may be that the different flavors that are thrown at the drinker are unbalanced and haphazard. Notes: This could be cellared for a 1/2 year to a year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours dark with a small tan head. Aroma of roast, citrus, fruit, caramel, and molaases. The flavor is sweet, roast, caramel, molasses, citrus, fruit, and a good hoppy bitterness. Good body, good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2006
500 ml bottle, via ross. Pours a clear dark mahogany with a very fizzy and quick disappearing chocolate brown head. Aroma is of chocolate malt and caramel primarily with lesser notes of dark fruits, roast, and alcohol. Flavor is loaded with caramel and a syrupy sweetness up front. Some chocolate and fruitiness also. Finish is sweet with caramel and toffee. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little cloying due to all of the caramel. Carbonation is fizzy and foams in the mouth. Overall, just too sweet for me. Almost crosses the line into a Baltic Porter with all the caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, and rich dark chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and citrus.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2006
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, Harry’s bottle. Pitch black, small tan head. Molasses and smoke aroma - wow really complex - also earthy, leather, cola. And to top it off, some fresh almost wheat like malt at the end. Very sweet taste - lots of that complex aroma shows itself here too. Like a foreign stout, but lighter and more porter like. Chocolaty. Pipe tobacco aroma and taste is a decent way to describe it. No hint of alcohol. Quite simply one of the finest beers I have ever tried.

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