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


on tap

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RATINGS: 342   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (10779) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10349) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (10348) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Smooth roasted malt aroma with chocolate notes. Essentially black in color with ruby hilites at the edges. The tan head never really arrived, just came flat and ringed. Full bodied with mild smooth carbonation. Flavor is roasted malt, dry, with varying fruits. Something of tobacco is arguable. Chocolate goes back and forth. Finish is a very nice, smooth clean sensation. Not really bitter at all. Drinks a bit like a port, but the flavor and alcohol aren’t similar. More baltic porters should move this direction. It’s really a good drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 10, 2008
Botella. Black with a huge well lasting light brown creamish and bubbly head. Pleasant soft roasted maltiness, chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Quite good a mouthfeel. The flavour has roasted malt with dark fruits and chocolate along with bitter hops, some alcohol and smoke. Bit dry roasty chocolate smoked finish. A tasty brew indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10080) - 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Draft at Churchkey. Almost completely black. Aroma of coffee grounds. Taste is prunes, raisins, dark roasted malts. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (9963) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2008
EBF2008. It’s pitch black with a creamy head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, caramel and chocolate. The flavour has sweetness and notes of roasted malt, licorice, chocolate, raisin, plum and syrup. It’s a pleasant, smooth and nice baltic porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (9903) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2010
Bottle Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is licorice, alcohol, spices, ocoa. Flavour is roasted, malt, licorice, alcohol, spices, cocoa, dried fruits. Full bodied nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (9623) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9081) - Hanover, Maryland, 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.

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