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


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RATINGS: 379   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
olsvammel (4356) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle from Millets Farm Store. Chocolate on the nose. Taste of chocolate, fruits and meat brooth. Lean mouthfeel but also dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (3161) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
Bottle from sainsburys. Tasting with Richthevillan. Black beer with small tan head. Aroma of chocolate and fruity. Taste is dark fruits, chocolate and some earth. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (4835) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
Bottle from Sainsburys via SarkyNorthener; dark chestnut brown pour with a quickly disappearing tan head, caramel sweet aroma, taste has chocolate, dark berries, roast malts, caramel, smooth tasting, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (7225) - Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Bottle at home from notes. Pours dark brown in color with a large beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, a hint of smoke, molasses and a touch of earth. This one surprised me a bit. Just a bitthin at the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackafholmes (752) - - MAY 30, 2014
Bottle from sainsburys. Dark reddish brown ale with a sturdy tan head. Sweet dark malts and nutty aroma. Sweet and strong alcohol taste. Good smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
YorkshireG73 (54) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2014
Hidden Gem, this one. Old man’s Manc back street boozer frequented by Mark E Smith shares a pint with the Beastie Boys. JWL and Brooklyn Brewery collab. To paraphrase Alan Partridge, wipe the prejudice juice off your lips. Stick a Mikkeller label on it and you’d pay 4 times as much.Truly wonderful beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle at home. Dark almost black brown with a medium grey / pale tan head. Aroma of tobacco, fruit, dash of licorice. Flavour is a little fruity, medium sweetness, nice lick of alcohol strength which I usually like and did. I like it. It’s nice. A pleasant surprise, not all JW Lees beers appeal to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swamp_Thing (45) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Fruity nose with a lighter body than expected. Sweet chocolate, earthy, coffee. Strong Ale maybe mislead me a little, like a porter but more ephemeral. Flavor fades pretty quick, but leaves a sticky residue on the lips. Very nice beer. I will buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2014
500 ml bottle poured into tulip-style English pint. Near black color with a fleeting light tan head that quickly melts away to a thin film. Strong toffee and molasses aroma. Flavor follows suit, with a smooth drinkability. This tastes quintessentially English to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Bottle. Deep brown body is capped by a small, loose beige head that is gone quickly. Nose has licorice, roast, and bittersweet chocolate. Moderately sweet and bitter. . Flavor is much like the nose with some sweeter malt. Medium body and a bit thin. Finishes with both light roast and sweetness. Nice.

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