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


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RATINGS: 353   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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tampierre (778) - 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 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrewFace (776) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martin243 (762) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MalcolmTucker (733) - SCOTLAND - OCT 23, 2013
Bottle. Looks good. Lots of malty goodness - chocolate, liquorice, coffee, dark fruits, nuts. Warming alcohol on the finish.

   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scipio (690) - 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 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!

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