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


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RATINGS: 384   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 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tampierre (1093) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
walleye (1082) - 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 (1059) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with a frothy mocha head. Incredible aroma of roasted malts, raisins and plums, must and tobacco. Smokey, roasted malt flavor. Dark fruits and a bit musty. Somewhat thin for the big flavors. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lonick (1029) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown body, minimal head, sweet nose. Very sweet, malty, with Lees house character, portish, cloying, no hop character to speak of.

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