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


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RATINGS: 378   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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 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 (3012) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LagerLove (65) - Clinton, Missouri, USA - SEP 30, 2006
A very tasty brew, hints of cola and raisin with a very very licorice finish, a nice sweetness and pleasing bite accompany each swallow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
walleye (1082) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2006
from the bottle. poured black with mahogany tint to it with a tan head. aroma a slight sourness comes out, than roasted malts, bitter chocolate, brown sugar as it warms the alcohol pops out along with some dark fruits. flavor, plums, and orange, molasses, some smoke, port wine. chocolate, nutty. a nice dry finish enjoyed this one

   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 (3003) - 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.

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