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


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RATINGS: 391   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SanfordBrewer (1505) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2013
opaque mahogany with a thin beige head. soft medium-full body with medium carbonation.

aroma: dark fruit, soy sauce, mushrooms, leafy hops, sweet pale malt, char, and tobacco.

taste: sweet roasted malt, carob, licorice, cola, biscuits, subtle apple/pear esters, and a touch of diacetyl.

luscious and flavorful with a perfectly delicate balance, everything comes through but nothing has prominence. quite simple, yet wonderfully complex and deep. the yeast strain seems to contribute greatly to the mouthfeel and the complexity and the balance.

this beer on cask, or very lightly carbonated and pushed through a stout faucet would be outstanding, maybe even with a bit of licorice root tossed in the cask.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LagerLove (65) - Clinton, Missouri, USA - SEP 30, 2006
A very tasty brew, hints of cola and raisin with a very very licorice finish, a nice sweetness and pleasing bite accompany each swallow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nearbeer (4919) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 3, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2009 0.5 L. Opaque black, with a large and lasting creamy cap. Aromas of spicy prunes, molasses, chocolate raisins and a hint of smoke. Tastes of earthy molasses; raisins sauteed in brown sugar and sesame soy; slight chicory and grassy herbs, some gunmetal and marshmallow. Smooooth and medium-heavy bodied, with some slight tingle on the end. Excellent porter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - JAN 29, 2010
The bottle doesn’t specify that this is a Porter, but the subsequent experience points right in that direction, from chocolaty aroma to more than a typical light English-ale palate. This palate here is rich and chewy with some quasi-Baltic-Porter rich chocolate flavor that doesn’t overpower despite the richness. A very satisfying drink all-around.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wlajwl (5831) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - OCT 7, 2011
In aroma, its fruity and has a complex malt profile with a hint of alcohol, almost like a barley wine. The flavor is heavily malty and fruity, a bit of dark fruit and possibly cherry in there. Excellent ale, among the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
achaja (10) - Lancaster, Lancashire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2013
So suprisingly good and awesome! I love Porters but this one was secretly pretending to be an ale. I want more!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
YorkshireG73 (55) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2014
Hidden Gem, this one. Old man’s Manc back street boozer frequented by Mark E Smith shares a pint with the Beastie Boys. JWL and Brooklyn Brewery collab. To paraphrase Alan Partridge, wipe the prejudice juice off your lips. Stick a Mikkeller label on it and you’d pay 4 times as much.Truly wonderful beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - MAR 7, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2006 Wow, really impressed with this one. Poured into a crown-viking imperial pint glass. An off-white head forms and settles to a velvety blanket that perches itself atop the beer for a short time... Enough with the poetry. I absolutley love this beer. I am usually a nut for porters and this is spot on. The dark-reddish hue that seems to entrance the imbiber. Winey notes of caramel apple and minerals spiral into a smoky english malt body. Just enough hops on to bitter and work with the judicious carbonation to give a snappy finish. Was the water Burtonized??? Who cares, the only thing that sucks is the price, but I think it’s well worth it. Rerating, couldn’t help myself, had to have another. Same as before, but after smelling my roomates pipe, I can definantly see the cavendish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2006
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, Harry’s bottle. Pitch black, small tan head. Molasses and smoke aroma - wow really complex - also earthy, leather, cola. And to top it off, some fresh almost wheat like malt at the end. Very sweet taste - lots of that complex aroma shows itself here too. Like a foreign stout, but lighter and more porter like. Chocolaty. Pipe tobacco aroma and taste is a decent way to describe it. No hint of alcohol. Quite simply one of the finest beers I have ever tried.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rubbishystuff (2334) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2015 Quite rich, complex and fruity. Much maltier and less roasted that I expected at first. I pronounce it yummy. Serving: Bottle

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