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

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RATINGS: 373   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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.


3.8
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10284) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10280) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2009
mmm mmm good! bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando. Pours a very dark brown with a big beige head. chocolate, roast, prunes, molasses and maybe a touch of smoke. Flavor folows suit with a great mouthfeel and loads of toffee, malt, light chocolate, and some molasses. Quality beer. Very nice. Borat likes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10191) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Bottle... Right after pouring this beer in my office and heading downstairs to watch the tip-off of the WVU vs Louisville game in the NCAA 2005 Elite Eight, I slipped on the top step of the landing and my butt pounded all twelve steps on the way down to the foyer. Lucky to be alive, but 3/4 of this porter ended up on the stairwell and wall. Biggest mess I have ever seen. Wish it had been water or a Coors light as cleanup will last for hours. My butt will be bruised for weeks. Ended up with glass in hand and held totally upright... thank God! Watching the beer drip down the wall, I can tell that this is an extemely dark porter. What’s left in my glass has a mid-sized, frothy, beige head. Good retention. The nose is of dark chocolate, cola, vanilla and light licorice. Big, malty, chocolatey flavor with a lesser note of molasses. Full-bodied and oily with pillow-soft carbonation. Malty, roasty finish, but remarkably dry at the wee end. Great stuff. I wish I could have enjoyed the entire bottle!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9541) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2009
Pours black with off-whit generous head. Licorice and malty aroma. Above average mouthfeel. Good representation of English porter, most drinkable black licorice mostly, some chocolate malts. Not very sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (9355) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2008
My drink no.13 at European Beer Festival, Copenhagen 08. This one was provided by the Danish Beerhouse stand/bar. Mahogany appearance with a tiny, beige head. Caramelised malty aroma. Rich in taste with decent amounts of chocolate, nuts and plums. Bittersweet ending. Quite dry, almost woody, in the mouth (12.09.2008).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (9033) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2006
500 ml bottle. Very dark brown beer with a thin off-white head. Aroma of heavily toasted malt, dark chocolate, and molasses. Great dark malt complexity. Brown sugar along with a hint of lactic tartness. Flavour also shows heavy toast, dark malt, caramel, chocolate and a heavy earthiness throughout. Warming also brings up a subtle smokiness that I’m really digging. Slightly leathery and tobaccoish as well. Beautiful brew with all the dark malts, dark fruit, dark smoke, and just a touch of tartness to balance it all.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8837) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2012
Bottle. Near black with a beige foam. Aromas are earthy coffee with dark berries and chocolate. Liquorice and marzipan with floral notes and a good deal of woody and nutty notes Xmas pudding with some smokiness. Flavours are sweet raisins and cola with roast coffee and spices. Plummy and peppery with dark chocolate bitterness. Earthy and dry on the finish with herbal aspects. Very good.


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