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

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RATINGS: 396   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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3.4
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass, very dark with a thick tan head. The aroma was strong and sweet with notes of malt and fruit. I tried this one pretty warm so a lot of flavors came out. As promised there were notes of roasted malt, chocolate and dark fruit with a creamy mouthfeel. I definitely picked up on the tobacco taste and unfortunately that is not a flavor I enjoy. Definitely a complex and well made porter, just not to my taste.

3.4
mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2007
[172-20061231] 1pt0.9floz. Aroma reminds me of glazed ham, raisins and figs and Christmas Eve dinner. Dense, dark brown body with a medium-lasting light brown creamy head. Roasted fruity raisin figs continue in flavour plus some roasted bandaid. Medium-full body. Interesting blending but doesn’t make me think of beer -- would like to re-rate later.

4
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2007 Re-rate....Aroma is fruity, with spicy hops. Oh and there is definitely tobacco making an appearance. Very nice. Big chocolate on the first sip. Low carbonation. Beautiful oily texture with a bitter finish. The funky tobacco and leatherey flavors work well with the chocolate and hint of smoke. After taste settles in with hints of fruit. This a beautiful porter.

3.3
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Pours an oily black with a light tan head. A little smokey, dark malts, light chocolate. Kind of sweet, smoky, a little bacon, and roasted malts. What is this? Kind of tastes like a mix of a dopplebock and a lighter stout. Wierd porter. Pretty interesting. Not bad. Not great.

3.6
CapFlu (5126) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2007
(500ml bottle) Pours a medium, white foamy head with an opaque body. Nose of medicine, plums, chocolate extract and cherry port. Flavour of salty Finnish licorice, port and deep roasted malt. Unbelievably well done. Gotta love the collaboration Giles Dennis and Garrett Oliver. Many thanks to Blankboy for sending this my way.

4.2
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 3, 2007
500(?)ml brown bottle from Florian’s in Auburn. Completely opaque black body with only a thin film of light tan head. Smells of burnt and caramel malts with hints of black licorice. Burnt malt, caramel malt, coffee and chocolate flavors dominate with just a hint of black licorice on the finish (along with coffee flavor). Full bodied, almost to the point of chewiness. Bears some similarity to Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout IMO, though lighter in body and alcohol slightly, and a bit more complex. Fantastic. The great mouthfeel and complex array of flavors make this beer a clear winner. I’ll be getting it again - a new favorite porter!

4.1
JK (6094) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2007
The aroma has raspberry and red wine. Flavor is sour and the carbonation is almost nil. Sweet and malty, after the initial sourness. i didn’t get the complexity promised by the description, but it is much more complex and interesting than most porters. Draught at Town Hall, 1/26/2007.

3.9
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2007
On tap at the Town Hall. Pours a nice dark brown with a medium tannish brown head. The aroma is that of sweet toffee bourbon characteristics. The flavor is malty sweet, but carries a little bit of tart citric acidity. I am not sure if the line was infected or if this is how it is supposed to taste(soured), but I love it.

3.6
Boutip (6321) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a light black color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of black chocolate is very enticing with some nice English malt also noticeable. Taste of lightly sweet chocolate malt is very good and dominated the taste spectrum. Body was slightly watery with some medium carbonation. This was a very good beer but it is lacking a little something to be truly great.

3.4
TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 Bottle from Whole Foods in Chapel Hill. Pour is darkness with 3/4 inch tan head. Big aroma: dark fruits, leather, chocolate, molasses, tobacco, sweet roasted malt. Creamy mouthfeel with lots of sweet malts and dark fruit flavors. Much sweeter than any of the porters I have tried. Kind of lighter body than I am used to as well. The sweetness kind of overpowers the roastiness which is a little bit of a turnoff for me. Must drink a different porter now for comparison. Strange, but drinkable brew.


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