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

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RATINGS: 368   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11475) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11423) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11319) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11314) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (11131) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2012
Bottle at home - 13/10/12 from Stevenage JS. Pours mid black with a thin tan head that soon forms a pond and clears to the edge. Roast malt nose, licqourice, dark fruit and a touch soapy. Taste is dark fruits, figs, dates, plum, hint of spice, molasses. Fuller end of medium bodied with a bit of bollocks. Soft carbonation leading to a dry fruity finish. This beer improved as it warmed and the flavours developed a little more.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (10986) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 05/22/2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

dark brown, thin tan head, rich sweet malt aroma, good body, rich malt flavor, big sweetness, nice dark malt character, touch of chocolate,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Score: **+/4
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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (10554) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10447) - San Diego, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2008
Black with huge beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, mild coffee and chocolate notes. Sweet flavour with roasted malt, caramel and chocolate notes. Ends sweet with warming alcohol.


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