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


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RATINGS: 389   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3216) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2014
500ml bottle from Sainsburys. Deep dark colour with tan head. Aroma has sweet malts the taste has this too, with roasted malts a touch of chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (11537) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle from Brewery webshop. It pours darkest brown/nr black with a small tan head. The nose is vinous, dark fruits, berry, fruit compote, light roast, treacle, some acidity and candy. The taste is rich, smooth, jammy berry, dark fruit, roasted malt, light spice, earth, cocoa, vinous, boiled sweets, candy cane, some bitterness, earth, wood and astringency with a lingering dry finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Great depth of flavour. All comes together rather well. Impressive stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gegwilson (2791) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2014
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. Pours mahogany with a thin tan head. The taste is toffee, liquorice coffee and a fair bit of spice. Really good traditional English beer. Full of flavour and really drinkable. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Derevcel (2) - Derry, IRELAND - OCT 26, 2014 does not count
Mocha and licorice on first sniff with coffee and chicory, dark chocolate, prunes on the second go. Lovely smooth mouth feel and strong coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit on the palate. Dry bittersweet aftertaste. Doesn’t really drink like a 7.3. A sweeter interpretation of the porter style? Like it very much and I’m a real hop head!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NeilMcL (7) - - SEP 10, 2014 does not count
500ml bottle from Sainsbury’s, poured into tulip glass, sampled at room temperature. Very dark with red tinge, fairly tight head, estery aromas with tinned prunes and roast barley. Big mouthfeel, with lots of fruity, caramelly malts and Christmas pud, balanced by an almost stout-like bitterness, giving a long, satisfying finish: a mighty brew that deserves wider recognition.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (2201) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2014
500ml bottle. Dark brown colour with reddish tinge, foamy tan head leaving lacing and aroma of malt, chocolate, dried fruit. Taste is sweet malty, with brown sugar, chocolate, raisins, some spice & bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, lingering chocolate and light bitter at the finish. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorgeLee (1639) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Deep brown colour, quite high carbonation. Initial taste is quite sweet, I guess I was expecting a more upfront hop bitterness from the old recipe. Actually settles down to be reasonably well balanced. Malty, some tobacco, molasses, fruity. Just enough hop to keep it drinkable, spicy, maybe more Goldings would have been a winner here. Drinks very easily for the abv. Overall, pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MichaelAwesome (6297) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle shared with McTapps. Pouring in really dark with medium head. Chocolate nose with a touch oft coffee and sugar. Mild and warming taste with lots of chocolate, some sugar and plums. Delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McTapps (6350) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle bought at Sainsburys in Folkestone. Pours out in a deep dark brown colour with low head and smooth body. Aroma of plums, straw and barley. Taste of chocolate, mild milky coffee, mild barley, cake, butter, fudge, rum and wine. Wonderful complex taste with a warming finish. Enjoyed it a lot.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrTipple (2983) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2014
Aroma: intense bread malts, caramel, chocolate, dark ripe fruits, prunes. Appearance: dark brown, medium creamy beige head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: sweets intensify quickly, massive malts, delicious bread, caramel, chocolate, toasted flavours, very light bitters appearing in the background. Overall: this is an amazing English Strong Ale, delicious and very complex aroma and flavours - get it for 2 pounds at Sainsbury’s!. Bottle from Sainsbury’s, Pimlico.

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