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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%
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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 3, 2007
500(?)ml brown bottle from Florian’s in Auburn. Completely opaque black body with only a thin film of light tan head. Smells of burnt and caramel malts with hints of black licorice. Burnt malt, caramel malt, coffee and chocolate flavors dominate with just a hint of black licorice on the finish (along with coffee flavor). Full bodied, almost to the point of chewiness. Bears some similarity to Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout IMO, though lighter in body and alcohol slightly, and a bit more complex. Fantastic. The great mouthfeel and complex array of flavors make this beer a clear winner. I’ll be getting it again - a new favorite porter!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (5732) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2007
The aroma has raspberry and red wine. Flavor is sour and the carbonation is almost nil. Sweet and malty, after the initial sourness. i didn’t get the complexity promised by the description, but it is much more complex and interesting than most porters. Draught at Town Hall, 1/26/2007.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2007
On tap at the Town Hall. Pours a nice dark brown with a medium tannish brown head. The aroma is that of sweet toffee bourbon characteristics. The flavor is malty sweet, but carries a little bit of tart citric acidity. I am not sure if the line was infected or if this is how it is supposed to taste(soured), but I love it.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (5898) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a light black color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of black chocolate is very enticing with some nice English malt also noticeable. Taste of lightly sweet chocolate malt is very good and dominated the taste spectrum. Body was slightly watery with some medium carbonation. This was a very good beer but it is lacking a little something to be truly great.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (4045) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 Bottle from Whole Foods in Chapel Hill. Pour is darkness with 3/4 inch tan head. Big aroma: dark fruits, leather, chocolate, molasses, tobacco, sweet roasted malt. Creamy mouthfeel with lots of sweet malts and dark fruit flavors. Much sweeter than any of the porters I have tried. Kind of lighter body than I am used to as well. The sweetness kind of overpowers the roastiness which is a little bit of a turnoff for me. Must drink a different porter now for comparison. Strange, but drinkable brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9835) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2007
Bottle, I believe courtesy of HogTownHarry. Black body with a small tan head that fades. Aroma of mild roast, dark fruits, raisins, figs (?) and muted cocoa or hot chocolate notes. Flavour of dark fruit with a dry toasty malt in the finish that occassionally flashes glimpses of cold coffee like bitterness. Average palate could stand to be more full for the style. Alcohol is seemingly non-existent. Interesting, bit heavy on the tastebuds but very interesting.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Braudog (6341) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Pitch black with a thin tan head. Sweet malty aroma. Bready and caramelly, a bit on the thinner side. Bit of chocolatey swirl ... nice little porter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 26, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 Thick tan head fades very quickly. Very dark brown, opaque body. Aroma is strange: molasses, marshmallow, caramel nougat, must, graham cracker. Taste: baking chocolate, grass, pickles, sour malts. Also quite nutty with a sweet tobacco dipped in Tennessee whisky. Very heavy on the palate, full bodied. Sweet finish, long finish, pleasant and different.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
masedawg (156) - Statesville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2006
Dark black with little head. Very roasty, choclate taste. Leaves a good impression on the palate. Solid beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
500ml bottle. Aroma: lots of dark fruit with a prominent grapiness which also carries a light sourness, chocolate, toasted nuts, strong malt sweetness with some molasses, cream, and a light spiciness. Appearance: Dark brown in color. Light tan head was full and creamy with good retention. Nice lacing. Flavor: Dark fruits come through strong again (grapes, raisins, plums), Chocolate, toasted nuts, a sweet spiceiness, cream. Finishes sweet but not cloying. Alcohol is noticeable, but helps pull everything together. Palate: Medium-full bodied and creamy. Moderate-low carbonation. Some light alcohol warming in rear of mouth. Overall: A great porter in the english tradtion, albeit with a bit more alcohol. Good flavors and a great mouthfeel really make this one nice to drink.


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