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%
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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thewolf (12757) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2008
Bottle, bought @ Vinens Verden, Odense.
Deep brown with an impressive, creamy, light-beige head. Stunning duration with a steady creamy top. Mild, smooth aroma, good chocolate, some light nuttiness and light coffee. Medium carbonation, fine mouthfeel. Flavour is nice and sweet, good milky chocolate and hazel nuts. A long, liquorice, lingering finish.

Sammy (12623) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2009
Pours black with off-whit generous head. Licorice and malty aroma. Above average mouthfeel. Good representation of English porter, most drinkable black licorice mostly, some chocolate malts. Not very sweet.

jcwattsrugger (12518) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2007
16.9oz bottle-pours a light brown head with bubbles and dark brown color. Aroma is caramel/toffee/molasses-dark/medium malt, some earthy. Taste is caramel/toffee/molasses/dark fruit/licorice-dark/medium malt, some earthy/bitter hops. Medium/full body. Good cold weather beer. OK carbonation. Thanks jwc215 for sharing.

hopscotch (11182) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Bottle... Right after pouring this beer in my office and heading downstairs to watch the tip-off of the WVU vs Louisville game in the NCAA 2005 Elite Eight, I slipped on the top step of the landing and my butt pounded all twelve steps on the way down to the foyer. Lucky to be alive, but 3/4 of this porter ended up on the stairwell and wall. Biggest mess I have ever seen. Wish it had been water or a Coors light as cleanup will last for hours. My butt will be bruised for weeks. Ended up with glass in hand and held totally upright... thank God! Watching the beer drip down the wall, I can tell that this is an extemely dark porter. What’s left in my glass has a mid-sized, frothy, beige head. Good retention. The nose is of dark chocolate, cola, vanilla and light licorice. Big, malty, chocolatey flavor with a lesser note of molasses. Full-bodied and oily with pillow-soft carbonation. Malty, roasty finish, but remarkably dry at the wee end. Great stuff. I wish I could have enjoyed the entire bottle!

faroeviking (11119) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 10, 2008
Botella. Black with a huge well lasting light brown creamish and bubbly head. Pleasant soft roasted maltiness, chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Quite good a mouthfeel. The flavour has roasted malt with dark fruits and chocolate along with bitter hops, some alcohol and smoke. Bit dry roasty chocolate smoked finish. A tasty brew indeed.

daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2009
mmm mmm good! bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando. Pours a very dark brown with a big beige head. chocolate, roast, prunes, molasses and maybe a touch of smoke. Flavor folows suit with a great mouthfeel and loads of toffee, malt, light chocolate, and some molasses. Quality beer. Very nice. Borat likes.

allmyvinyl (10933) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 1, 2013
500ml bottle shared - cheers Steven! Pours dark brown with thin white head. Smells of stone fruit and sugar. Tastes a bit too sweet to me. No discernible hops at all. Bit disappointing.

ManVsBeer (10928) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2013
Very dark porter with no head. Has a mild roasted aroma, some of which is in its flavour too. Mild and smooth in the palate with a bit of a fizz.

kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 05/22/2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

dark brown, thin tan head, rich sweet malt aroma, good body, rich malt flavor, big sweetness, nice dark malt character, touch of chocolate,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Score: **+/4
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jercraigs (10731) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2007
Bottle, I believe courtesy of HogTownHarry. Black body with a small tan head that fades. Aroma of mild roast, dark fruits, raisins, figs (?) and muted cocoa or hot chocolate notes. Flavour of dark fruit with a dry toasty malt in the finish that occassionally flashes glimpses of cold coffee like bitterness. Average palate could stand to be more full for the style. Alcohol is seemingly non-existent. Interesting, bit heavy on the tastebuds but very interesting.

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