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

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RATINGS: 342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hanoi (299) - - AUG 29, 2013
Nose is slight hop, toast, slight smoke, a slightly displeasing metallic note. Taste is sweet, light chocolate, blackcurrant, licorice, cola a touch of lemon leading to a suprisingly delicate sweet malt finish with a slight undercut. Taste is a little thin. Mouthfeel is not thick enough for me. A reasonable beer which does not do much for me in the bottle. I would like to try it draft.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5123) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2013
500ml brown bottle from Sainsbury’s. Absolutely love it. This is my kind of beer. I’m going back for some more. Good malt flavours, with a touch of Port. Soft, creamy mouthfeel. Pleasant rough edge from the hops. Not assertive - just added for interest and balance. The main game is the malt.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (1056) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle. bb 29 july 2014. pours a dark brown, pretty dense. treacly dark toffee aroma. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Very sweet, treacly, choc, touch of coffee, rich sweet malt loaf, booze. Bit of citrusy stuff at the finish. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Westchesterco (790) - mclean, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Poured from a bottle it is a dark brown with a slight tan head the aroma is malty and the taste is of coffee and chocolate and lingers on the palate

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (2697) - McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2013
From a 50 cl bottle shared at home. Pours black with a tan head. Caramel and dark fruit nose. Flavors of dark cherries, plums and toffee. Very full bodied. A bit of a lingering alcohol finish. Tasty.

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
achaja (10) - Lancaster, Lancashire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2013
So suprisingly good and awesome! I love Porters but this one was secretly pretending to be an ale. I want more!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (3201) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2013
Chilled 500ml bottle with three days to go before it’s BBD: poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard at home on 1st Aug 2013. Looked great: lovely dark body with a huge tanned head of large bubbles, smooth foaming top to the head. Dry but malty nose and taste: bitterness comes through from the start. Mild burnt feel to the flavour, but not overpowering. Dark chocolate and young Port came to mind mid-tasting, very nice! Really impressed: full of interesting flavours and although my palate is on the sweet side this beer still hit the spot for me. It is warm and sunny outside as I drink and write this: even though this is a coal fire and winter brew in my eyes, it can also be taken during the summer months.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SanfordBrewer (1382) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2013
opaque mahogany with a thin beige head. soft medium-full body with medium carbonation.

aroma: dark fruit, soy sauce, mushrooms, leafy hops, sweet pale malt, char, and tobacco.

taste: sweet roasted malt, carob, licorice, cola, biscuits, subtle apple/pear esters, and a touch of diacetyl.

luscious and flavorful with a perfectly delicate balance, everything comes through but nothing has prominence. quite simple, yet wonderfully complex and deep. the yeast strain seems to contribute greatly to the mouthfeel and the complexity and the balance.

this beer on cask, or very lightly carbonated and pushed through a stout faucet would be outstanding, maybe even with a bit of licorice root tossed in the cask.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (5054) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2013
16.9oz bottle, shared by Dan H. Very dark brown, but clear color. Little khaki head. Few loose dots of lace. Good dark chocolatey, roasty nose. Little licorice, good earthy herbal floral hop. Moderate sweet taste, lightly spicy. Medium-plus body. Smooth, crisp, lighter carbonation. Lightly dry in the finish, just a light hint of spicy bite. Good stuff. Unique and interesting. Kind of stout-like and hoppy. [Couldn’t pinpoint what style this was supposed to be at the time. If it’s a porter, it’s a very unusual porter!]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (5961) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2013
7/14/13. 500mL bottle from Beach’s in Destin. Deep brown pour, almost black, with a small khaki head that fades. Boozy dark fruits on the aroma, English ale yeast, plus, plenty of caramel and nuts. Rich burnt caramel on the flavor with dark fruits and nuttiness. Rich but smooth with a dry, bitter finish. Tasty.


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