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


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RATINGS: 342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sic1314 (2553) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 13, 2013
Poured a medium to dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roast malt, dark chocolate. some coffee. Medium body, flavour as the aroma, quite bitter but a bit watery on the throughput.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (4256) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle shared at Dean’s sticky table tasting. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate and fruit. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (3563) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2013
Bottle at the Deanso’s monthly RB tasting, July 2013. Poured a dark mahogany with a frothy tan head and some broken lace. The aroma is weak dry malt leading to a medium bitter, malty, weak, mild like watery flavour. A decent beer, but I can’t understand the high rating.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zer0 (1125) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2013
Pours almost Black. Aroma is chocolate, weak coffee and some lemon. Medium body with light carbonation. Not so good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tampierre (678) - Pilsen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 23, 2013
Bottled ; Devon ; UK ; Malt,chocolate,roasted and fruity aroma ; Very dark brown color with smaller lasting head ; Sweeter taste with long bitter finish ; Medium body ; Nicely balanced ; Superb porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BritAlesRule (211) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Leading off with almost no head, I catch the aroma of biscuit, raisin, hard water, more dark fruits and leather. Taste is astringent, deep dark fruits, chocolate, and some leathery tobacco and bread foundation that is awesome. A little plum and cordial alcohol on the finish. Smooth medium mouthfeel. Great Porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3175) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2013
16.9 oz bottle. Dark brown with a tan head that leaves a few spots. Nose is peanut and coffee with hints of caramel and smoke. Milky medium body with a tang. Taste is French roast, chicory, carob and Dr. Pepper. Finishes dry and bitter with black licorice. It’s got that iconic feel but pales to the newer brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hugh (153) - Zillebeke, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2013
A beery beacon of light shone out bank of cardboard beers, and lo! T’was the kind of beer you’d expect to pay a fiver for from some up and coming craft brewer, not two quid in Sainsburys.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (2159) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 1, 2013
500ml bottle shared - cheers Steven! Pours dark brown with thin white head. Smells of stone fruit and sugar. Tastes a bit too sweet to me. No discernible hops at all. Bit disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joe19612 (1743) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours a black colour with a beige head, rich malty aroma, the taste is soft and has a light bitter taste with fruit with a dry finish.

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