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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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4.3
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2006
Almost black in color with just a little brown showing around the edges of the glass. Wonderful chocolate aroma with a sweet malty background. First thing I notice in the flavor is dark chocolate which is followed by a lovely tobacco taste which I’m really stoked about. I recently quit smoking and this beer has the taste that I get from smelling a freshly opened pack of Springwater cigarrettes. The kind of taste that you feel in the back of your throat. Wow I needed that. There’s a little bit of citrusy tang in the finish as well. Mouthfeel isn’t as undercarbonated as other JW Lees stuff that I’ve tried. Still smooth in the mouthfeel. This one sorta blew me away.

3.6
thebaldwizard (1365) - 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.

3.8
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - MAY 31, 2009
dark brown pour dissipating head. tobacco, Tabasco, dark chocolate, prune. really nice flavor, tobacco comes out, sweet and dark. As it warms the flavors become more pronounced. some really nice roast going one in the finish. good shit.

3.7
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2005
I did not notice this was from J.W.Lees. Not a huge fan of teres. Nose was chocolate, and dark fruits. The taste was chocolate and some surprise spices. I got hints of smokiness. Smooth finish and kind of watery for the ABV.

3.5
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Strong malty aroma, filled also with molasses and very sweet. The mouthfeel is great - chewy and thick, meaty...Strong nuttiness in the flavor - maybe they added lots of sugar, because this is actually a very sweet porter. Heavy on the lactose. The somewhat higher alcohol content is very-well hidden. Weird finish, a bit metallic and too sweet.

3.8
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Poured dark reddish brown/black, chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malts, little molasses, slight licorice.

3.2
heykevin (1287) - 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.

3.5
Scipio (1237) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Pours a very dark brown, almost black actually, with a good sized bubbly, beige head. Aroma is malty and I guess more roasted. There is a good amount of toffee, as well as nutty, dark licorice, and a little bit of chocolate. It is a more unusual aroma actually. I get a good deal of toffee and that licorice in the taste. This has a surprisingly fruity or citrus tartness in here. Kind of sweet as well. Medium in body and smooth in texture. Aftertaste is nutty toffee with that tartness mentioned above. This is pretty good and a little different. The more I sip, the more I seem to enjoy it.

3.7
Martin243 (1228) - 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.


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