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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%
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.

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PhillyBeer2112 (2861) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2016
This is the kind of perfectly good British beer that helps you remember why you ever liked British beer in the first place, and that a beer doesn’t always have to be hop forward to be flavorful and tasty. Also, this is pro level stuff. I mean by that: it starts with a sweet dark malt front, but its more of a molasses type sugariness (where molasses itself isn’t actually very sweet). There are virtually no hop flavors or aromas, but there is a mild spicy bitterness to balance out the finish, but mostly the balance achieved by the fact that the beer is fermented out to a semi-dryness, so its never cloying and thus it doesn’t actually need a hop wallop to tame it. Amazingly light and drinkable for the relatively higher ABV. Only complaint is cosmetic, it was dark, cola-like, with minimal head - though the lower carbonation did wonders for the maltier body.

2.9
greenmanalishi (551) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2016
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Nocturne (1992) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2016
500ml bottle. Colour is near black. Short head atop. Aroma has smoky, plummy, blackberry fruity character. Taste is those same elements. Nice fruitiness throughout. A little old-world in its execution. Would make a nice fireside sipper.

3.9
ForlornHope (530) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2015
Bottle from Sainsbury’s 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.

3.8
MarcinG (901) - 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

3.8
jamestulloch (4150) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 7, 2015
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. 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.

3.9
dutchbeerpages (2439) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2015
Beautiful beer, lightly roasted, chocolate, beautiful head. Palate is creamy and lovely. Really nice beer. gift from uckelman

4.1
jamesie1857 (1959) - 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.

4.2
jjsint (3202) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2015
Bottle from Sainsbury’s, 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.

3.9
nickd717 (4701) - San Francisco, California, USA - 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 grampy’s pipe (don’t read too much into that). Bitter on the finish. Medium full body with soft carbonation. An elegant, unique, and enjoyable brewski on the whole.


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