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%
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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zimbo (960) - SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2015
Struggling old school breweries could learn an awful from Lees and Manchester Star Ale. Instead of being all trendy hipster geeky going back to old recipes and have produced this absolute beauty. Dark to black with reddish highlights the nose is old school but its the long complex flavour is just divine. Dark chocolate, plum, spice and dark fruit wrapped in a suave silky classy glove. Devine, and everything which Old Peculier should be but isn’t. Love it.

superspak (5504) - Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2015
500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/27/2010. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big molasses, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, chocolate, raisin, plum, light cocoa, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big molasses, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, light nuttiness, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown bread, toffee, molasses, raisin, plum, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding English porter style. All around awesome balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. This held up very well for it’s age considering the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

StueyD (1582) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2015
A dark red tinged brown coloured beer with a latte coloured head. A dark malt aroma, treacle, dark chocolate, nutty, woody and vanilla spice. Dry mouthfeel. A bittersweet taste, smooth malty flavours, treacle, chocolate, woody vanilla spice, then a mild bitterness in the background that comes from a fruity hop flavour. The finish is dry, but smooth and chocolatey.

PapaSkeetSkeet (1010) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Mahogany brown with 5mm of medium-coarse yellowish tan head. Moderate rate of decay. Aroma is light caramel, roasted blackberry, lightly salted dough. Body is oily, slightly watery/gritty. Very light carbonation, soft. Flavor is light light caramel, salted and mild dough, bread. Very clean. light pear. Great English strong ale, I love how clean it is and the doughy breadiness. Yum!!

AshtonMcCobb (6499) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 6, 2015
Bottle from Crafty Pint in Darlington. Appearance - black olive in colour and general shininess. Big fawn head. Nose - treacle sponge with light burnt orange note. Taste - marmalade then liquorice. Slightly nutty too. Palate - medium bodied with a big dry and tangy texture and a dry finish. Actually it does slightly fall off a cliff at the end. Overall - yeah good beer which drinks easily for the big ABV.

tillmac62 (727) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Pours an opaque dark brown similar to a stout, but not black. Well below average head, lacing and retention. Outstanding nose of dark fruit (plum, fig), sweet chocolate, slightly burnt molasses and just a hint of alcohol. The nose is similar to that of an Olde or Scott Ale, but lighter - as is the flavor profile. Light medium body with a hint of slickness. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish. The outstanding flavor profile is reasonably intense, very complex and masterfully balanced. The beginning to middle is a blend of flavors that slowly fade allowing subsequent identification. All flavors of the nose are present and basically cascade from burnt molasses to dark fruit and then into a light bitterness followed by a chocolate note and associated sweetness. The finish is a slow fade of malty sweetness with a hint of alcohol and a bit of hop and alcohol bite.

wekker84 (2360) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2014
bottle a black colored beer with a white head aroma malts caramel citrus fruits coffee and hops flavor malts citrus spicy coffee chocolate and hops

Mr_Pink_152 (4879) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2014
500ml bottle from Sainsburys. Deep dark colour with tan head. Aroma has sweet malts the taste has this too, with roasted malts a touch of chocolate.

Scopey (14505) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle from Brewery webshop. It pours darkest brown/nr black with a small tan head. The nose is vinous, dark fruits, berry, fruit compote, light roast, treacle, some acidity and candy. The taste is rich, smooth, jammy berry, dark fruit, roasted malt, light spice, earth, cocoa, vinous, boiled sweets, candy cane, some bitterness, earth, wood and astringency with a lingering dry finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Great depth of flavour. All comes together rather well. Impressive stuff.

gegwilson (3674) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2014
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. Pours mahogany with a thin tan head. The taste is toffee, liquorice coffee and a fair bit of spice. Really good traditional English beer. Full of flavour and really drinkable. Excellent.

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