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


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RATINGS: 348   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MalcolmTucker (711) - SCOTLAND - OCT 23, 2013
Bottle. Looks good. Lots of malty goodness - chocolate, liquorice, coffee, dark fruits, nuts. Warming alcohol on the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrewFace (701) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dommod2011 (698) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2012
Definitely more like a Baltic porter, the bitterness and dry finish are rather splendid. Definitely all down to the gravity. Definitely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 3, 2007
500(?)ml brown bottle from Florian’s in Auburn. Completely opaque black body with only a thin film of light tan head. Smells of burnt and caramel malts with hints of black licorice. Burnt malt, caramel malt, coffee and chocolate flavors dominate with just a hint of black licorice on the finish (along with coffee flavor). Full bodied, almost to the point of chewiness. Bears some similarity to Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout IMO, though lighter in body and alcohol slightly, and a bit more complex. Fantastic. The great mouthfeel and complex array of flavors make this beer a clear winner. I’ll be getting it again - a new favorite porter!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scipio (677) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Pours a very dark brown, almost black actually, with a good sized bubbly, beige head. Aroma is malty and I guess more roasted. There is a good amount of toffee, as well as nutty, dark licorice, and a little bit of chocolate. It is a more unusual aroma actually. I get a good deal of toffee and that licorice in the taste. This has a surprisingly fruity or citrus tartness in here. Kind of sweet as well. Medium in body and smooth in texture. Aftertaste is nutty toffee with that tartness mentioned above. This is pretty good and a little different. The more I sip, the more I seem to enjoy it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
foxo82 (673) - Tamworth (via Leicester), Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle from Sainsbury’s via Joneso. Dark reddish black with a sweet fruitcake aroma. Taste is sweet - but not too sweet - grassy malt with licorice. Drinkable for the ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Pours dark reddish brown with a tan head. Flavors are dry, roasted malt with a slight hop finish. The aroma is musty and malty. Surprising light on the tongue but very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - JAN 29, 2010
The bottle doesn’t specify that this is a Porter, but the subsequent experience points right in that direction, from chocolaty aroma to more than a typical light English-ale palate. This palate here is rich and chewy with some quasi-Baltic-Porter rich chocolate flavor that doesn’t overpower despite the richness. A very satisfying drink all-around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
500ml bottle. Aroma: lots of dark fruit with a prominent grapiness which also carries a light sourness, chocolate, toasted nuts, strong malt sweetness with some molasses, cream, and a light spiciness. Appearance: Dark brown in color. Light tan head was full and creamy with good retention. Nice lacing. Flavor: Dark fruits come through strong again (grapes, raisins, plums), Chocolate, toasted nuts, a sweet spiceiness, cream. Finishes sweet but not cloying. Alcohol is noticeable, but helps pull everything together. Palate: Medium-full bodied and creamy. Moderate-low carbonation. Some light alcohol warming in rear of mouth. Overall: A great porter in the english tradtion, albeit with a bit more alcohol. Good flavors and a great mouthfeel really make this one nice to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalhead (627) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Dark brown pour.Tan head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Tasted of chocolate , toffee, and hints of tobacco with a somewhat roasty finish. Mouth feel was on the thin side for claims "like a Baltic porter" Decent enough brew but pricey at $7 500ml.Worth a shot.

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