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

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RATINGS: 377   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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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, - 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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gary (1664) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2015 (500ml) this dark ale is like a metaphorical blowjob from a beautiful dark woman . she loves u ,but we will never marry . beautiful silky liasion.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
undercurrent25 (1601) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2015
Pours a black colour with a big head. Taste is candy like with some liqourice and roast malts. Good

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
uckelman (403) - Durham, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2015
Pours clear, very dark brown. Coffee-creamer colored head, fine bubbles. Not much aroma. Very light yet slightly oily body. I can definitely taste the chocolate malt in this one. Palette is outstanding.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sarauckelman (276) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2015
Dark opaque brown with small tan head of varying-sized bubbles. Not much aroma. Thick, rich, spicy, oily, molasses-y, a little bit bitter on the end. This is excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tinylightsrecs (361) - - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBlueSky93 (503) - 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 (398) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabuzzer (308) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mindwarp (131) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sinfull (1117) - 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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