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

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RATINGS: 369   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerdedone (2877) - 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.

3.6
   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.

3.7
   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.

3.4
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5328) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12109) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (2994) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2006
From a 500 ml. narrow neck brown bottle with a blurb on the back label, no bottled/freshness date, sampled at cellar temperature. Made a good appearance, poured a blackish brown with a foamy light tan head that settled into a thin lacing, good porter carbonation. Had a tasty porter nose, chocolate, plums and sour cherries, a nice roastiness with whiffs of smoke and alcohol. A crisp, slick and creamy smooth full bodied mouthfeel, good porter drinkability. Delicious tasting, a crisp roasted maltiness with a little burnt bitterness, chocolate, nutty, plums and oranges and a dry port wine-like finish with a little woodiness. One of the better porters I’ve had, quite tasty and balanced, from a world class brewery.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6426) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a dark ruby-brown, almost black, with a spare diminishing foamy off-white head. Aroma is roasty, earthy and fruity with some smoke, cola and leather -- quite interesting. Very nice flavour of roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, wood and alcohol. Medium bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel. This was quite the surprise at our tasting, we had no idea it would be this good -- this is a fantastic Porter!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Never would have thought this was a porter- more of an english strong ale or something similar. Yes it does pour very dark- almost black with ruby-red highlihgts, and no head, low carbonation. Aroma really doesnt have much chocolate malt like you would expect in a porter, but rather it is dominated by a strong fruity ester profile- plums dates and raisins. Since this has been aged for over a year now, it shows some signs of oxidation including a bit of wet paper and cardboard in the aroma which mix well with the fruits. Falvor is fruity as well, with some thick caramel malts anda slight nutty, smokey and even some medicinal characteristics. Body is medium, but seems a bit weak as it warms but finishes relatively smooth. Pretty good I guess for a "strong porter" yet not anywhere near a baltic porter for sure. English strong ale!


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