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

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RATINGS: 373   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (7000) - The Hague, - 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBlueSky93 (500) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2015
Bottle from Cellar Door, Four Oaks. Pours dark brown, black in colour with a 2 finger just off white head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, toffee, touches of molasses. Taste of initial chocolate, then fruits, dark fruits, plums, raisins, cherries, winter beer really. Following the fruits you get some creaminess, more chocolate, a touch of coffee, some sugary sweetness too. A nice warming finish to it too. Very good brew!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redders1974 (345) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2015
Quality ale from j w lees bottle at home pours dark brown messy tan head tastes date and plum with a warm alcoholic glow smells of rich booze lovely mouth feel a real winner some port note would go well with cheese love this beer

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mindwarp (129) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2015
Pours a porter/stout color with not much head. Very weak dark fruit aroma, sweet. Taste is sweet malts and dark fruit. Overall a really drinkable beer that I enjoyed. Lower rating is mostly due to lack of aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
prawlie (1283) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2015
500 mL bottle bought at Sainsbury. Very dark with a decent foamy head. Lots of malt, in the aroma, I like! Nice deep malty flavour with great body, overall a well rounded beer. Good stuff that could make you think it was a doppelbock if you were served it in Germany. Didn’t think we made beers like this in England but I’m glad we do.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabuzzer (295) - SCOTLAND - MAY 8, 2015
500ml bottle. Pours black with a foamy tan head. Not much aroma, some malt and a little metallic. Taste is great, malt, coffee, chocolate and a hint of liquorice

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (3412) - Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2015
500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/27/2010. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big molasses, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, chocolate, raisin, plum, light cocoa, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big molasses, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, light nuttiness, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown bread, toffee, molasses, raisin, plum, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding English porter style. All around awesome balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. This held up very well for it’s age considering the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StueyD (1440) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2015
A dark red tinged brown coloured beer with a latte coloured head. A dark malt aroma, treacle, dark chocolate, nutty, woody and vanilla spice. Dry mouthfeel. A bittersweet taste, smooth malty flavours, treacle, chocolate, woody vanilla spice, then a mild bitterness in the background that comes from a fruity hop flavour. The finish is dry, but smooth and chocolatey.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tinylightsrecs (354) - - AUG 1, 2015
Bottle received as a gift. Pours a lovely deep brown/black colour with a creamy head. Luxurious flavours of roasted nuts - a surprisingly easy drinker for a 7.3% beer. Beautiful.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zimbo (754) - SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2015
Struggling old school breweries could learn an awful from Lees and Manchester Star Ale. Instead of being all trendy hipster geeky going back to old recipes and have produced this absolute beauty. Dark to black with reddish highlights the nose is old school but its the long complex flavour is just divine. Dark chocolate, plum, spice and dark fruit wrapped in a suave silky classy glove. Devine, and everything which Old Peculier should be but isn’t. Love it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sinfull (1085) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2015
Almost black in color , medium-sized off-white head. Aroma of caramel , chocolate , berries , some vanilla. Rich taste of raisins , chocolate , caramel, toffee , fruits. Smooth , warming aftertaste. I didn't expect such a good beer!


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