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

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RATINGS: 356   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrewFace (815) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Clear dark brown pour. Faint aroma, some dark fruit and sweetness. Malty chewy dark fruit caramel and more chewy.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (4321) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2014
Rom 606 Premier Inn Victoria, Manchester 24 Jan 13. Ultradyprød / svart. Lavt - litt farget skum. Søt plommearoma. Smaken er søt frukt & plommer. Blir raskt litt syrlig.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle - Very Dark Brown (almost Black) in colour with a Reddish tinge. Very Malty; roasty malts, dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, nuts, hint of tobacco. Fruity; ripe fruits and berries, raisins, plums, hint of oranges. Hoppy; understated bitterness. Lightly spiced. Smooth. Alcohol well hidden. Sweetish roast malty fruity throughout with a dry finish. More like a Baltic porter in strength. Liked this a lot. Lovely Porter!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 24, 2013
Both sweet and smoky. This is a bit of shock, some coffee and chocolate going on with this. Dates and prunes fruity and then you get this herbal/vegetable fennel kick. I was not expecting much from this but it was great. 2013.08.03

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philym (1004) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2013
Appearance: Dark ruby/brown with 3 finger tan head. Aroma: Bread, dried fruit, slightly vinous, chocolate, liquorice and grassy. Taste: Medium sweet and bitterness, low sourness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, light body, average carbonation, lingering, fairly dry bitter/sweet malty fruity finish which becomes more sour at the end. Comments: Tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scrapersnbeer (1490) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Aroma of a hot chocolate brownie, with almond, vanilla, and licorice. Very dark brown. Lots of dark sweet malt taste, chocolate aftertaste. Noticeably strong. Body is thinner than most porter, filling yet deceptively smooth. Tall dark and bloody English.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (15420) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2013
11th September 2013
Opaque dark brown beer with a good tan head. Smooth malt, a little cream. It’s run through with minerally carbonation. Whispers of marmite, toffee and a little spice. Finishes smooth. A superior malty beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
peter48er (180) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2013
Bottle. Poured a deep black colour with a short lived head. Alcohol is very prominent as you might expect from a 7.3% beer. I got caramel with a hint of bubblegum and roast coffee in the mouth. A lovely warming swallow makes this beer one to drink on a dark, windy autumn evening. How much the taste owes to the 1884 recipe or the involvement of Garret Oliver is an interesting question.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MalcolmTucker (748) - SCOTLAND - OCT 23, 2013
Bottle. Looks good. Lots of malty goodness - chocolate, liquorice, coffee, dark fruits, nuts. Warming alcohol on the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crazyvin (1967) - New York, USA - OCT 22, 2013
A nice medium brown body, slightly opaque with an off white head. Aroma was a mix of chocolate malts and some roasted malts. Mild hop presence. Initial flavor had a nice sweet flavor, which gave way to a nice and bitter flavor which came from the malts and a nice roasted flavor. It was clearly different from a stout, but it did have some familiar characteristics. Finish was slightly dry, but mostly smooth. Easy to drink.


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