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


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RATINGS: 389   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Nice black body and a tan head on top. Aroma is a light malt scent and not much else. Flavor is a good warm roasted malt taste, with a good sweetness. Palate is smooth, very smooth for a porter. The alcohol is well hidden in this brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2012
Interesting nose with some plummy notes and sweet malt and a bit of brussels sprouts. Taste is vineous and dark with slight chocolatey notes but more bitter burnt molasses. It’s not heavy though, and carries the alcohol well into a long finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Dark wheat bread maltiness, some sweet dark fruits, and a little bit of dark chocolate and a hint of smokiness. Loads of caramel malt, pretty well balanced, but overall pretty tame to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Bish (1123) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle from Dom. Many thanks buddy. Manchester. So much to answer for. I think I know where to get hold of Ola Dubh 40 year for not too much. Sounds good to me. Better than a Fruet? OI! Where’s my 10% discount???

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 22, 2007
17 oz bottle via August 2007 Secret Santa (thanks!). Pours a near black with a large tan head. Nose is chocolate, almonds, and fruity esters. Taste is chocolate, plums, nuts, earthy hops, roasted grains. Body is medium, carbonation just right. This is not bad at all, and sort of seems like a baltic porter except with ale yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cobra (1100) - - JUL 21, 2005
500 ml big brown bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a deep espresso brown, with red highlights around the edges. Thin, fast fading tan colored head. Left a small ring of bubbles around the rim of the glass.Aromas are of sweet pipe tobacco, cigars even.Slight rum notes along with earthy hops in the background. Slightly rustic. Flavors are of roasted malts, some sweet coffee notes, and a fast fading hoppy bite. Well rounded, thin on the body for such a high ABV beer. Finished slightly sweet, but not cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 26, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 Thick tan head fades very quickly. Very dark brown, opaque body. Aroma is strange: molasses, marshmallow, caramel nougat, must, graham cracker. Taste: baking chocolate, grass, pickles, sour malts. Also quite nutty with a sweet tobacco dipped in Tennessee whisky. Very heavy on the palate, full bodied. Sweet finish, long finish, pleasant and different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
walleye (1091) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2006
from the bottle. poured black with mahogany tint to it with a tan head. aroma a slight sourness comes out, than roasted malts, bitter chocolate, brown sugar as it warms the alcohol pops out along with some dark fruits. flavor, plums, and orange, molasses, some smoke, port wine. chocolate, nutty. a nice dry finish enjoyed this one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubelknv3 (1076) - Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Dark brown with lite head. Blackberry and roast aroma notes. Mild blackberry, sweet malts, mild roasted hops flavour. Smooth entry with mild bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Black in color. Smells like light malt. Smooth understated delicate nose for a porter. Roast comes out more as the beer warms up. Good typical porter. Don’t love it, but there’s nothing to really dislike either.

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