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


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RATINGS: 362   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philym (1003) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scrapersnbeer (1492) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (16335) - , 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MalcolmTucker (760) - SCOTLAND - OCT 23, 2013
Bottle. Looks good. Lots of malty goodness - chocolate, liquorice, coffee, dark fruits, nuts. Warming alcohol on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crazyvin (2008) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minutemat (1886) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2013
500ml bottle drunk on the train gazing out at sheep, and a few cows. Some horses too I think. But mostly sheep. For some reason I always thought beer in 1884 tasted like bitter mud. If this is anything to go by I’ve been a bit mislead. No wonder they drank so much of the stuff back then. Dark fruits, mild bitterness and a fruitness that bubbles to the front while chocolate malt embers burn quietly at the back. Quite an alcohol kick as well at 7.3%. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
foxo82 (729) - Bromsgrove (via Leicester), Worcestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle from Sainsbury’s via Joneso. Dark reddish black with a sweet fruitcake aroma. Taste is sweet - but not too sweet - grassy malt with licorice. Drinkable for the ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (2398) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Pours a rich deep caramel color with a finger or two of eggshell foam. The nose is round with soft toffee, taffy, caramel and a trace of grass and cocoa dust. Palate is full and rich and follows the nose nicely with a great fuzzy carbonation that dries out nicely on the back end with a bit of bitterness to keep it clean and enjoyable !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (3110) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Deep brown body, medium sized light tan head, spotty lacing. Caramel, toffee, chocolate, light nuttiness, and tobacco. Medium bodied, lively carbonation, light bitterness, earthy, light bitterness.

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