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


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RATINGS: 392   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (5382) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 6, 2015
Bottle from Crafty Pint in Darlington. Appearance - black olive in colour and general shininess. Big fawn head. Nose - treacle sponge with light burnt orange note. Taste - marmalade then liquorice. Slightly nutty too. Palate - medium bodied with a big dry and tangy texture and a dry finish. Actually it does slightly fall off a cliff at the end. Overall - yeah good beer which drinks easily for the big ABV.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tillmac62 (685) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Pours an opaque dark brown similar to a stout, but not black. Well below average head, lacing and retention. Outstanding nose of dark fruit (plum, fig), sweet chocolate, slightly burnt molasses and just a hint of alcohol. The nose is similar to that of an Olde or Scott Ale, but lighter - as is the flavor profile. Light medium body with a hint of slickness. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish. The outstanding flavor profile is reasonably intense, very complex and masterfully balanced. The beginning to middle is a blend of flavors that slowly fade allowing subsequent identification. All flavors of the nose are present and basically cascade from burnt molasses to dark fruit and then into a light bitterness followed by a chocolate note and associated sweetness. The finish is a slow fade of malty sweetness with a hint of alcohol and a bit of hop and alcohol bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wekker84 (2200) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2014
bottle a black colored beer with a white head aroma malts caramel citrus fruits coffee and hops flavor malts citrus spicy coffee chocolate and hops

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3909) - 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 (12711) - 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 (3284) - 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 (2604) - 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 (1798) - 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.

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