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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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3.2
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2005
Lightly sourish winey aroma. Dark malts, hints of earthy (goldingish) and resiny (challengerish) hops. Tobacco as well. Salty, rather dry. Some astringent brown malts. Bits of coffee and chocolate. Dry winey/tobacco finish. Clark nails it when he says ’salty woodsmoke’ not overly smoky, but just a hint. While this is certainly fine, there’s much better out there. Historical accuracy be damned!

3.8
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Pours a dark brown body and tan head. Aromas and flavors of maple, smoke and malt.

2.8
Zer0 (1224) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2013
Pours almost Black. Aroma is chocolate, weak coffee and some lemon. Medium body with light carbonation. Not so good.

4.1
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2005
Bottle.Poured a very dark brown color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is what gets the attention here. The combination between the pale and roasted malts is quite amazing. No caramel malts are used but I swear I can smell them, along with dark fruits and chocolate. Very little hops present at first, but they do help with the dry finish. Flavor is everythig I just mentioned and then some. Starts off sweet and smooth with bits of dark fruit and coffee, then finished rather dry. An excellent beer.

3.6
thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2007
Not a strong aroma, some raisins. Black body with a thin head. Full palate. Lightly sweet raisins in the taste, with some roasted malt. Good porter.

3.7
Martin243 (1143) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2012
500 ml bottle served cool. Black with a fading beige head. Plummy licquorice aroma, delicious dark fruit, licquorice shiraz and leather flavours. Slightly stick mouthfeel, delicious porter that is creeping towards being an Old Ale, but is none the worse for it.

3.8
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Manchester Star Ale - I added this picture here on RB… I don’t know that it is the right beer… I’m putting the rating under the Porter anyhow.

Thanks to some fellow RateBeerian for sending this beer my way, many moons ago!

Beer pours a dark shade brown, nearly black, with edges of crimson. The aroma is massively juicy! Dark pit fruits radiate from the depth; plums, fig, dates, plums, apple and pears. There is an enormous chewing tobacco like fruity /spiciness that are blended into a chocolaty experience. This is a very unique experience. I haven’t had much like it… the beer reminds me of an English Barley Wine or English strong Ale.

3.7
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Nice black body and a tan head on top. Aroma is a light malt scent and not much else. Flavor is a good warm roasted malt taste, with a good sweetness. Palate is smooth, very smooth for a porter. The alcohol is well hidden in this brew.

3.1
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2012
Interesting nose with some plummy notes and sweet malt and a bit of brussels sprouts. Taste is vineous and dark with slight chocolatey notes but more bitter burnt molasses. It’s not heavy though, and carries the alcohol well into a long finish.

3.1
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Dark wheat bread maltiness, some sweet dark fruits, and a little bit of dark chocolate and a hint of smokiness. Loads of caramel malt, pretty well balanced, but overall pretty tame to me.


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