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


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RATINGS: 392   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13625) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Bottle. Black hue with small rocky light brown head that diminished quickly. Aroma was heavy of sweet and roasted coffee with a smoke tone. Flavor and body were full and complex with a creamy smooth finish. Good brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (13444) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2006
500 ml bottle poured a clear dark mahogany with a small dissapating brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, light coffee, hints of plum and vanilla. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, toffee, plum, light smoke and hints of tobbaco with a smooth lingering bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (13418) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2012
Bottle, 500ml from Patrick, cheers. Black with ruby hue, cream head. Sweet start, but this fades into a fruity, blackberry, blueberry then chocolatey mix, becoming quite full on the palate. Wine like hints, full Bordeaux, maybe there is some syrupy notes towards the end. Why this is so hard to get hold of here I don’t know. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2005
(500ml bottle) Clear dark brown/garnet with fairly small tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, tobacco, plum, caramel, light chocolate. Taste is sweet, chocolate, caramel, some raisin, orange, light tobacco. Medium body, lightly carbonated. A very easy-drinking beer, although a wee bit cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (12958) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2009
Black with a big and lasting light brown head. Chocolate and prunes and caramel aroma. Sweetish chocolate flavour with notes of dried fruits

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12766) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, and rich dark chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (12721) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle from Brewery webshop. It pours darkest brown/nr black with a small tan head. The nose is vinous, dark fruits, berry, fruit compote, light roast, treacle, some acidity and candy. The taste is rich, smooth, jammy berry, dark fruit, roasted malt, light spice, earth, cocoa, vinous, boiled sweets, candy cane, some bitterness, earth, wood and astringency with a lingering dry finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Great depth of flavour. All comes together rather well. Impressive stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2007
16.9oz bottle-pours a light brown head with bubbles and dark brown color. Aroma is caramel/toffee/molasses-dark/medium malt, some earthy. Taste is caramel/toffee/molasses/dark fruit/licorice-dark/medium malt, some earthy/bitter hops. Medium/full body. Good cold weather beer. OK carbonation. Thanks jwc215 for sharing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with a large, frothy, tan head, mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, molasses, roasted grain), average hops (herbs), average yeast (earth) with notes of smoke and peat. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation. Long duration, light sweetness and acidity, moderate bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12136) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2008
Bottle, bought @ Vinens Verden, Odense.
Deep brown with an impressive, creamy, light-beige head. Stunning duration with a steady creamy top. Mild, smooth aroma, good chocolate, some light nuttiness and light coffee. Medium carbonation, fine mouthfeel. Flavour is nice and sweet, good milky chocolate and hazel nuts. A long, liquorice, lingering finish.

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