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

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RATINGS: 359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2009
Poured to a deep black-brown with a tan head that immediately shrank to nothing and left no head or lacing. Aroma was a sweet, chocolate-toffee-malt and the mouthfeel was thick and syrupy. Taste was more of the malt chocolate, infused with some licorice and a hint of smoky wood. Finish was thick and unpleasant. Not a fan of this one.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 24, 2007
Had this while hanging out with Wendy and some friends in Springfield last night. Nose of dried fruit & flowers, some berries & alcohol, toffee & caramel. Pours black with garnet highlights. The average lasting creamy beige head leaves light lace. The front is roasted but sweet, the middle is warm complimented with moderate acidity, the finish is roasted chocolate & caramel with hint of anise. The medium to full creamy body is soft and the finish feels dry.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrewFace (846) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Clear dark brown pour. Faint aroma, some dark fruit and sweetness. Malty chewy dark fruit caramel and more chewy.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2005
pours a deep dark brown, , coffee colored head sitting on top. aroma is lots of chocolate, some coffee, and some citrusy hops. flavor is very complex, lots of chocolate, lip smacking vanilla, a bit of cappuccino and a grassy undertone. a very sweet finish. there is a bit of smokiness at the very end, but the sweetness coats your tounge and lips and makes for a great aftertaste. the body is a little thin, but it doesnt take anything away from this excellent flavored beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tampierre (827) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martin243 (794) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2012
500 ml bottle served cool. Black with a fading beige head. Plummy licquorice aroma, delicious dark fruit, licquorice shiraz and leather flavours. Slightly stick mouthfeel, delicious porter that is creeping towards being an Old Ale, but is none the worse for it.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Wine/port nose with chocolate and dark fruit hints; sweet, malty chocolate and cola flavor; plummy/prune fruitiness, soy-sauce, cola and nut notes; mild roasty dryness in the finish, smooth palate and fairly viscous, slightly acidic; well hidden alcohol. A bit sweet, but I really like this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 24, 2013
Both sweet and smoky. This is a bit of shock, some coffee and chocolate going on with this. Dates and prunes fruity and then you get this herbal/vegetable fennel kick. I was not expecting much from this but it was great. 2013.08.03

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUL 21, 2007
pint bottle - very dark ruby red color with smallish quickly dissapearing light tan head. Aroma is nutty and vinous, with significant notes of red grapes, dates, burnt caramel, dust, soil, wet stone, sour cherries, blackberry, charred oak and vanilla. Flavor has chewy malts, fair amount of toasted caramel and oak, faint touch of honey. Finish is mildly sweet. I liked this a lot, the aroma is a bit musty, which makes it fall short of truly stellar, but stil very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2006
Dark brown coffee color. Diminishing head, little bit of lace. Nose of chocolate, citrusy hops, wine, caramel, earth, dark breads, toffee and maybe hint of brown sugar, licorice and others. Medium-full body, fairly creamy feel, low carb level. Very soft in mouth, a bit of chalkiness but thats nitpicking. Lots of sweet, mild chocolate winey notes. Really digging in, you find smokey notes, plummy/other dark fruit flavors and more. Understated bitterness at the end takes an edge off the sweetness. Alcohol never tasted only felt:) This is a gorgeous brew, subtle, full of depth and class. I will revisit this many times over I am sure. Reminds me of a less vinous sammy smith taddy. Excellent.


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