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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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4.2
Ratman197 (14818) - 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.

3.8
Scopey (14699) - 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.

3.8
imdownthepub (14546) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2012
Bottle, 500ml from Patrick, cheers. Black with ruby hue, cream head. Sweet start, but this fades into a fruity, blackberry, blueberry then chocolatey mix, becoming quite full on the palate. Wine like hints, full Bordeaux, maybe there is some syrupy notes towards the end. Why this is so hard to get hold of here I don’t know. Decent.

3.4
Tmoney99 (14455) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Bottle. Black hue with small rocky light brown head that diminished quickly. Aroma was heavy of sweet and roasted coffee with a smoke tone. Flavor and body were full and complex with a creamy smooth finish. Good brew.

3.7
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2005
(500ml bottle) Clear dark brown/garnet with fairly small tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, tobacco, plum, caramel, light chocolate. Taste is sweet, chocolate, caramel, some raisin, orange, light tobacco. Medium body, lightly carbonated. A very easy-drinking beer, although a wee bit cloying.

3.6
Christian (13633) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2009
Black with a big and lasting light brown head. Chocolate and prunes and caramel aroma. Sweetish chocolate flavour with notes of dried fruits

3.8
BeerandBlues2 (13303) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with a large, frothy, tan head, mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, molasses, roasted grain), average hops (herbs), average yeast (earth) with notes of smoke and peat. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation. Long duration, light sweetness and acidity, moderate bitterness.

3.4
kermis (13189) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle shared at Dean’s sticky table tasting. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate and fruit. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.6
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, and rich dark chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and citrus.

3.8
Rune (12722) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2008
My drink no.13 at European Beer Festival, Copenhagen 08. This one was provided by the Danish Beerhouse stand/bar. Mahogany appearance with a tiny, beige head. Caramelised malty aroma. Rich in taste with decent amounts of chocolate, nuts and plums. Bittersweet ending. Quite dry, almost woody, in the mouth (12.09.2008).


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