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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Theydon_Bois (21480) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2012
Bottle at home - 13/10/12 from Stevenage JS. Pours mid black with a thin tan head that soon forms a pond and clears to the edge. Roast malt nose, licqourice, dark fruit and a touch soapy. Taste is dark fruits, figs, dates, plum, hint of spice, molasses. Fuller end of medium bodied with a bit of bollocks. Soft carbonation leading to a dry fruity finish. This beer improved as it warmed and the flavours developed a little more.

saxo (19569) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2009
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, plums, nuts, licorice and notes of chocolate.

harrisoni (19536) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2012
500ml bottle from Sainsburys. Black beer, dark brown edges with thick beige head. Actually quite a good baltic porter style beer. Lots of milk chocolate. Some decent maltiness. Shame its filtered and pasteurised otherwise this could be a fantastic beer. Lots of plum fruit. Really very good.

Oakes (19426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2005
Very dark brown. Chocolatey, citric aroma. Sweet and sour flavour is fruity, chocolatey, and complex. Sorry if I didn’t pick up the moist Cavendish tobacco...my bad...but it’s a nice rendition of old school porter, a style I almost always enjoy.

FatPhil (17334) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 15, 2008
500ml bottle - - Pikkulintu, Helsinki.
Bottle 1, end of bottle, warm and flat - Huge sweet raisiny and slightly marmitey aroma. Very full and complex palate. Massive oaky wood component, but moist tobacco and some flowery hops are subtly in there too. Very rich and woody. Stunning english porter.
Bottle 2, same night - Malt loaf in aroma, way woodier taste, some butter too. Softer but thinner palate.

yngwie (17284) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2010
Bottle. It’s a clear, very dark brown beer, a beige finger-thick head sits on top. The aroma is really delicious, with cocoa, some licorice, notes of alcohol, and roasted malts. Full-bodied and warming, with flavors of roasted malts, dried fruits, cocoa and some licorice. Roasted, warming finish. A really pleasant and tasteful beer, the aroma even slightly more lovely. 091127

Dedollewaitor (16544) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2008
50cl bottle @ VinensVerden, Odense.Pours black with a small creamy brown head. Nose is roasted, liquorice & chocolate.Smooth wih a pleasant bitter roast & some dark fruits.. A very well made "strong" British porter! Nice!

Scopey (16266) - 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.

bhensonb (15969) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Smooth roasted malt aroma with chocolate notes. Essentially black in color with ruby hilites at the edges. The tan head never really arrived, just came flat and ringed. Full bodied with mild smooth carbonation. Flavor is roasted malt, dry, with varying fruits. Something of tobacco is arguable. Chocolate goes back and forth. Finish is a very nice, smooth clean sensation. Not really bitter at all. Drinks a bit like a port, but the flavor and alcohol aren’t similar. More baltic porters should move this direction. It’s really a good drink.

Ratman197 (15620) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2006
500 ml bottle poured a clear dark mahogany with a small dissapating brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, light coffee, hints of plum and vanilla. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, toffee, plum, light smoke and hints of tobbaco with a smooth lingering bittersweet finish.

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