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


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RATINGS: 394   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ForlornHope (473) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2015
Bottle from Sainsburys supermarket. Pours a deep brown colour, lovely red hints and a slight tan head. Interesting aroma: slightly earthy, malty and sweet lactic, buttery hints. Slightly sweet to taste with a firm bitterness to follow. Superbly balanced, peppery hop, firmly malty and slightly metallic (iodine?) with a good dry finish. Complex, rich and rewarding.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcinG (722) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2015
Ciemno brazowe w barwie z srednia palona piana. W zapachu czuc alkohol (7.3 procenta) i owoce z czekolada. Smak wszystko wynagradza. Osobiscie sadze ze przypomina Amber Kozlaka ale to moja opina. Zatem: Slodowy posmak z owocami czekolada rodzynkami troche chlebowy- wszystko dobrane bardzo harmonijnie. Dla mnie jedno z lepszych...i nie zapomnijmy o slowach Bergmana na kapslu

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamestulloch (3863) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 7, 2015
Bottle from Sainsburys. Dark brown body with a medium beige head. Good lacing. Aroma of tea, earth, wood and raisin. Flavour of filter coffee, milk chocolate and plum. Medium body with a creamy texture. Soft fizz. Subtle and luxurious - tastes lighter than 7.3% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
dutchbeerpages (2384) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2015
Beautiful beer, lightly roasted, chocolate, beautiful head. Palate is creamy and lovely. Really nice beer. gift from uckelman

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamesie1857 (2016) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2015
500ml bottle from Beers of Europe - Near black body with a beige top. Entertainingly complex nose picks out coffee, chocolate, liquorice, with dark berries and some floral notes and a good deal of smokiness. Flavours are led by liquorice, sweet raisins and cola with roast coffee and spices. Nice syrupy body made it a well rounded and balanced Christmas Pudding of a beer! Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjsint (2757) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2015
Bottle from Sainsburys, drunk at home. Black, smoky and impenetrable. Wisps of khaki head. Woodsmoke, plum pudding, caramel. Sweet smoky taste with a surprising saltiness. Salted caramel, taffy, biltong, and stone fruit aftertaste. Full palate, slightly over-carbonated but I can live with that. This is truly exemplary and the best beer you are likely to find in a supermarket.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (4521) - Sofia, BULGARIA - OCT 2, 2015
500ml bottle. Nearly black in color with a fading tan head leaving a ring. Big roasty chocolate molasses toffee aroma. The flavor is great, dry and restrained with hidden chocolate sweetness. Ashy as if you were sucking on your old grampys pipe (dont read too much into that). Bitter on the finish. Medium full body with soft carbonation. An elegant, unique, and enjoyable brewski on the whole.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gary (1955) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2015 (500ml) this dark ale is like a metaphorical blowjob from a beautiful dark woman . she loves u ,but we will never marry . beautiful silky liasion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
undercurrent25 (2077) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2015
Pours a black colour with a big head. Taste is candy like with some liqourice and roast malts. Good

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
uckelman (741) - Durham, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2015
Pours clear, very dark brown. Coffee-creamer colored head, fine bubbles. Not much aroma. Very light yet slightly oily body. I can definitely taste the chocolate malt in this one. Palette is outstanding.

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