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

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RATINGS: 369   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2013
Appearance: Dark ruby/brown with 3 finger tan head. Aroma: Bread, dried fruit, slightly vinous, chocolate, liquorice and grassy. Taste: Medium sweet and bitterness, low sourness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, light body, average carbonation, lingering, fairly dry bitter/sweet malty fruity finish which becomes more sour at the end. Comments: Tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (997) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Mahogany brown with 5mm of medium-coarse yellowish tan head. Moderate rate of decay. Aroma is light caramel, roasted blackberry, lightly salted dough. Body is oily, slightly watery/gritty. Very light carbonation, soft. Flavor is light light caramel, salted and mild dough, bread. Very clean. light pear. Great English strong ale, I love how clean it is and the doughy breadiness. Yum!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sinfull (991) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2015
Almost black in color , medium-sized off-white head. Aroma of caramel , chocolate , berries , some vanilla. Rich taste of raisins , chocolate , caramel, toffee , fruits. Smooth , warming aftertaste. I didn't expect such a good beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tampierre (950) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Deep, dark black color with ruby highlights and a small, soapy off-white head. The aroma was quite good...old leather (maybe tobacco), roastiness, plum, other sweet fruits. The flavor was not as interesting...way too sweet...sugary...with a slightly roasty background. The feel was thin and watery with a semi-wet finish. Thanks BBB63 for this!

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrewFace (939) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Poured from a 500ml bottle and served in an English pint glass. This porter poured a slick black with a few mahogany highlights and a thin, lasting tan head. Not much lace. The aroma of the beer was made up of chocolate, caramelized sugar, plums, and licorice. The flavor included baker’s chocolate, burnt sugar, dried citrus, and plums. A lasting note of pipe tobacco was present at the finish. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with light carbonation. Surprisingly, this shared some similar sugary dark fruit flavors found in their Harvest Ale barley wine. Different, but pretty tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2007
10/29/2007: Bottle.
Opaque black body with a deep almond colored head. Strong aroma of alcohol and fruit. Rich fruit flavors (raisin, plum) in addition to alcohol, chocolate malt and candy sugar.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
annunz123 (918) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Coffee, pipe tobacco, malt, caramel, and some fruit in the aroma. Flavor starts slightly sweet with some chocolate and fruit. Chocolate/coffee bitterness and a little alcohol in the finish. Really good.

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.


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