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


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RATINGS: 384   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 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SSSteve (4007) - - DEC 10, 2006
black with a large brown head. lightly roasty aroma. very sugary with the consistency of maple syrup. dark caramel and roast flavors. creamy velvety mouthfeel. low carbonation. sweet and thick(like all j.w. lees beers). what a great brewery!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Strong malty aroma, filled also with molasses and very sweet. The mouthfeel is great - chewy and thick, meaty...Strong nuttiness in the flavor - maybe they added lots of sugar, because this is actually a very sweet porter. Heavy on the lactose. The somewhat higher alcohol content is very-well hidden. Weird finish, a bit metallic and too sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5512) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Dark brown, nearly opaque, with a small ring of tan lace - quite an interesting aroma, that starts out heavily vinous, with a nearly tannic tartness, followed by mildly sweet malts and a hint of smoke - the flavor begins with a semi-dry, red wine/port-like character that is more consistent with certain barleywines than with porters - I’m liking that...a lot - some caramel and chocolate sweetness swell up from beneath that, along with some mild roasted/smoked malts - slight acidity, and a bit of coffee and tobacco near the lingering, semi-sweet finish - a bloody brilliant beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2006
500 ml bottle. Very dark brown beer with a thin off-white head. Aroma of heavily toasted malt, dark chocolate, and molasses. Great dark malt complexity. Brown sugar along with a hint of lactic tartness. Flavour also shows heavy toast, dark malt, caramel, chocolate and a heavy earthiness throughout. Warming also brings up a subtle smokiness that I’m really digging. Slightly leathery and tobaccoish as well. Beautiful brew with all the dark malts, dark fruit, dark smoke, and just a touch of tartness to balance it all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Bottle: Dark brown pour with a small off white head. Aroma of brown sugar, chocolate, and some dark fruits. Flavor, chocolate, fruits and some spice. Very smooth mouthfeel. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Manchester Star Ale - I added this picture here on RB… I don’t know that it is the right beer… I’m putting the rating under the Porter anyhow.

Thanks to some fellow RateBeerian for sending this beer my way, many moons ago!

Beer pours a dark shade brown, nearly black, with edges of crimson. The aroma is massively juicy! Dark pit fruits radiate from the depth; plums, fig, dates, plums, apple and pears. There is an enormous chewing tobacco like fruity /spiciness that are blended into a chocolaty experience. This is a very unique experience. I haven’t had much like it… the beer reminds me of an English Barley Wine or English strong Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2006
Bottle from Bello Vino, Ann Arbor. Pours a very nice dark ruby-brown with a small tan head. Great aroma, sweet and roasty, with hints of fruit and smoke. Soft, silky mouthfeel. Wonderfully complex flavour - notes of chocolate, coffee, sour cherry, tobacco, licorice and smoky malt. Amazing stuff!

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