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


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RATINGS: 394   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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zer0 (1219) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebaldwizard (1206) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redders1974 (1198) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2015
Quality ale from j w lees bottle at home pours dark brown messy tan head tastes date and plum with a warm alcoholic glow smells of rich booze lovely mouth feel a real winner some port note would go well with cheese love this beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Manchester Star Ale - I added this picture here on RB I dont know that it is the right beer Im 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 havent had much like it the beer reminds me of an English Barley Wine or English strong Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
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. Its not heavy though, and carries the alcohol well into a long finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Bish (1123) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle from Dom. Many thanks buddy. Manchester. So much to answer for. I think I know where to get hold of Ola Dubh 40 year for not too much. Sounds good to me. Better than a Fruet? OI! Wheres my 10% discount???

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 22, 2007
17 oz bottle via August 2007 Secret Santa (thanks!). Pours a near black with a large tan head. Nose is chocolate, almonds, and fruity esters. Taste is chocolate, plums, nuts, earthy hops, roasted grains. Body is medium, carbonation just right. This is not bad at all, and sort of seems like a baltic porter except with ale yeast.

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