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

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RATINGS: 395   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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2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zer0 (1226) - The Hague, - JUL 12, 2013
Pours almost Black. Aroma is chocolate, weak coffee and some lemon. Medium body with light carbonation. Not so good.


3.4
weihenweizen (4127) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2017
Refrigerated 0.5 L brown bottle poured into a English pint glass. Black with medium beige head. Aroma is caramel, medium body, lower carbonation, and good small-bubble lacing. Taste is caramel, chocolate, and a little subtle fruit (mostly plumb).

4.2
GingerBeerbird (1) - Bradford, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2017 does not count
Love this Beer. The Brooklyn Choc Stout is surprisingly a little too sweet and sickly for me so this is a perfect Girl Brew :)

3.7
Jabic (702) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - AUG 11, 2017
Ar: Fig, burnt sugar; ash and red wine grape. caramelized pineapple. Ap: Deep true brown, almost opaque; very small light mocha head, leaves a ring of thin, medium bubbles. T: Clean alcohol and lots of ripe pineapple and burnt sugar; sherry and nougat notes; coffee and slight fruit leathers; bitterness is medium-low; peppery booze on the finish; very peppery. P: Very firm body despite extremely low carbonation; finish is medium-dry. O: A really unique strong English ale; lots of pineapple and burnt sugar notes; rich and powerful, with a clean booze backbone.

3.4
Grumbo (3978) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2017
Bottle from Sainsbury at Machester Piccadilly railway station. Poured dark brown with an average sized off-white to beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, light coffee, dark fruits and alcohol. Toward heavy sweetness, medium bitterness. Medium body, oily texture, average carbonation.

3.2
Davros IX (494) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2017
An old ale with sweet stout flavours. Forward alcohol and a nice colour and head. However it really wasn’t my thing.

3.9
CH-303 (2362) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JAN 3, 2017
Appearance: Very dark brown, almost black. Some light tan head.
Aroma: Dark fruit, prunes, dark malt. Roasted.
Taste: Dark malt, dark fruit, smooth.
Bought: Sainsbury’s, 500 ml, GBP ?.??
Info: 1/1-2017, BB: 8/6-2018

3.2
hatzer (199) - Nuneaton, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2016
Nice dark ale although a little overpowering its a good example of this genre ok

4.4
Grzesiek79 (4435) - Radom, POLAND - OCT 24, 2016
Superowe piwo. W starym dobrym stylu. Ciemna brazowa barwa niemal czarne prawie nie ma przeswitu. Bardzo niewielkie refleksy czerwieni. Piana o atramentowym odcieniu, puszysta i gruba, sredniej wielkosci ale bardzo trwala. Zapach likierowego alkoholu i goracej czekolady. W smaku na poczatku likierowa slodycz, cos jakby porto i polewa czekoladowo-krowkowa na ciescie w ktorym jest mnostwo borowek i jagod. A wiec spora mieszanka ciemnych granatowych owocow, deserowa czekolada i uderzenie alkoholu szlachetnego. Po chwili po przelknieciu posmak slodyczy powoli ustepuje a alkohol blyskawicznie ustepuje tworzac rozgrzewajaca koncowke z lekka nute chmielowosci i palonego slodu. Bardzo zlozone i ciekawe piwo.

4.2
LazyPyro (1597) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2016 500ml bottle from Sainsbury’s. Pours black with a three-finger beige head. Aroma: chocolate and fruity malt. Taste: chocolate, ripe dark fruits, malt, slight warming spice/alcohol. Rich and complex. Oily/creamy texture, soft carbonation, medium body. Lovely stuff.

3.6
jasonbenali (242) - Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2016
Pours dark red to black with medium carbonation, good lacing and an off-white head. Aroma is strong. Plums, burnt caramel, apricot, prunes and orange. Taste is sweet with bitterness in a long, if thin, finish. Proper English strong ale.


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