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


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RATINGS: 352   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9585) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (9258) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 15, 2008
500ml bottle - - Pikkulintu, Helsinki.
Bottle 1, end of bottle, warm and flat - Huge sweet raisiny and slightly marmitey aroma. Very full and complex palate. Massive oaky wood component, but moist tobacco and some flowery hops are subtly in there too. Very rich and woody. Stunning english porter.
Bottle 2, same night - Malt loaf in aroma, way woodier taste, some butter too. Softer but thinner palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9042) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9037) - 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. Whatís 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8627) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2013 Bottled 24/12/12. A black beer with an off-white head. A chocolately light roast aroma. Slick and smooth chocolatey flavours. A bit of boozy. Clean and tasty and very drinkable. Score 3.7
Subsequent ratings scored 3.5 and 3.6. Average becomes 3.6

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8520) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (8357) - 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 Iím 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (8076) - The íSham, Surrey, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8019) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2013
bottle. mostly clear cola colored body with a short tan head. the roast provides a powdery chocolate aroma with only a slight roasted-husk resemblance. lightly dusty / earthy and mossy English ale yeast. plum esters and nutty and toasty pale malt. sweet, toasty, a tad chalky / husky, medium-low bitterness, moderate acidity. early on itís a bit watery and fizzy for itís size, but as it warms it really starts to come together - rich cookie crumb toasty malt with a quietly lush and full malt mouthfeel.

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