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

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RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (14146) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2010
Bottle. It’s a clear, very dark brown beer, a beige finger-thick head sits on top. The aroma is really delicious, with cocoa, some licorice, notes of alcohol, and roasted malts. Full-bodied and warming, with flavors of roasted malts, dried fruits, cocoa and some licorice. Roasted, warming finish. A really pleasant and tasteful beer, the aroma even slightly more lovely. 091127

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (14128) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2012
500ml bottle from Sainsburys. Black beer, dark brown edges with thick beige head. Actually quite a good baltic porter style beer. Lots of milk chocolate. Some decent maltiness. Shame its filtered and pasteurised otherwise this could be a fantastic beer. Lots of plum fruit. Really very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14104) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2008
50cl bottle @ VinensVerden, Odense.Pours black with a small creamy brown head. Nose is roasted, liquorice & chocolate.Smooth wih a pleasant bitter roast & some dark fruits.. A very well made "strong" British porter! Nice!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13780) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2008
Bottle at a Housewarming. Black - big brown lasting head. Burned, berries, vinous, licorice, nutty, chocolate. Nice power.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (13304) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Draft at Churchkey. Almost completely black. Aroma of coffee grounds. Taste is prunes, raisins, dark roasted malts. Tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2005
Very dark brown. Chocolatey, citric aroma. Sweet and sour flavour is fruity, chocolatey, and complex. Sorry if I didn’t pick up the moist Cavendish tobacco...my bad...but it’s a nice rendition of old school porter, a style I almost always enjoy.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, and rich dark chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and citrus.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11637) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2005
(500ml bottle) Clear dark brown/garnet with fairly small tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, tobacco, plum, caramel, light chocolate. Taste is sweet, chocolate, caramel, some raisin, orange, light tobacco. Medium body, lightly carbonated. A very easy-drinking beer, although a wee bit cloying.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (11512) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Smooth roasted malt aroma with chocolate notes. Essentially black in color with ruby hilites at the edges. The tan head never really arrived, just came flat and ringed. Full bodied with mild smooth carbonation. Flavor is roasted malt, dry, with varying fruits. Something of tobacco is arguable. Chocolate goes back and forth. Finish is a very nice, smooth clean sensation. Not really bitter at all. Drinks a bit like a port, but the flavor and alcohol aren’t similar. More baltic porters should move this direction. It’s really a good drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11276) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2009
Black with a big and lasting light brown head. Chocolate and prunes and caramel aroma. Sweetish chocolate flavour with notes of dried fruits


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