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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tombyars (1702) - Saltcoats, - JAN 8, 2013
500ml bottle poured into chalice glass on Christmas day 2012. Mahogany black in colour with dark ruby highlights and a thick creamy tan head. Strong aroma of black treacle and warm yeasty dough lingers on the nose. Superb creamy mouthfeel and good lacing throughout. Dark malt complex gives a moist maltloaf base with strong sweet notes of old fashioned treacle toffee, bournville chocolate, black coffee and syrupy dates. There is a faint hop prickle which gives a dry earthy note mixed with tobacco smoke. Finish is so so smooth, malty with black molasses and pontefract cake very much in evidence. This is a cracking new! porter and thank you J.W. Lees for keeping the gravity high - bucking the current trend there. If you like your ales strong, dark and malty and you like what you read on the label, then your in for a treat - I can understand the high ratings.

Jabic (609) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - AUG 11, 2017
Ar: Fig, burnt sugar; ash and red wine grape. caramelized pineapple. Ap: Deep true brown, almost opaque; very small light mocha head, leaves a ring of thin, medium bubbles. T: Clean alcohol and lots of ripe pineapple and burnt sugar; sherry and nougat notes; coffee and slight fruit leathers; bitterness is medium-low; peppery booze on the finish; very peppery. P: Very firm body despite extremely low carbonation; finish is medium-dry. O: A really unique strong English ale; lots of pineapple and burnt sugar notes; rich and powerful, with a clean booze backbone.

Grumbo (3086) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2017
Bottle from Sainsbury at Machester Piccadilly railway station. Poured dark brown with an average sized off-white to beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, light coffee, dark fruits and alcohol. Toward heavy sweetness, medium bitterness. Medium body, oily texture, average carbonation.

Davros IX (381) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2017
An old ale with sweet stout flavours. Forward alcohol and a nice colour and head. However it really wasn’t my thing.

CH-303 (2264) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JAN 3, 2017
Appearance: Very dark brown, almost black. Some light tan head.
Aroma: Dark fruit, prunes, dark malt. Roasted.
Taste: Dark malt, dark fruit, smooth.
Bought: Sainsbury’s, 500 ml, GBP ?.??
Info: 1/1-2017, BB: 8/6-2018

hatzer (199) - Nuneaton, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2016
Nice dark ale although a little overpowering its a good example of this genre ok

Grzesiek79 (4314) - Radom, POLAND - OCT 24, 2016
Superowe piwo. W starym dobrym stylu. Ciemna brazowa barwa niemal czarne prawie nie ma przeswitu. Bardzo niewielkie refleksy czerwieni. Piana o atramentowym odcieniu, puszysta i gruba, sredniej wielkosci ale bardzo trwala. Zapach likierowego alkoholu i goracej czekolady. W smaku na poczatku likierowa slodycz, cos jakby porto i polewa czekoladowo-krowkowa na ciescie w ktorym jest mnostwo borowek i jagod. A wiec spora mieszanka ciemnych granatowych owocow, deserowa czekolada i uderzenie alkoholu szlachetnego. Po chwili po przelknieciu posmak slodyczy powoli ustepuje a alkohol blyskawicznie ustepuje tworzac rozgrzewajaca koncowke z lekka nute chmielowosci i palonego slodu. Bardzo zlozone i ciekawe piwo.

LazyPyro (1277) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2016 500ml bottle from Sainsbury’s. Pours black with a three-finger beige head. Aroma: chocolate and fruity malt. Taste: chocolate, ripe dark fruits, malt, slight warming spice/alcohol. Rich and complex. Oily/creamy texture, soft carbonation, medium body. Lovely stuff.

jasonbenali (206) - Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2016
Pours dark red to black with medium carbonation, good lacing and an off-white head. Aroma is strong. Plums, burnt caramel, apricot, prunes and orange. Taste is sweet with bitterness in a long, if thin, finish. Proper English strong ale.

brewtalita (331) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 13, 2016
Very dark brown, long lasting high beige head. Aroma chocolate, dried plums, raisins, butterscotch. Palate medium to low, higher carbonation. Taste prune jam, cloves, dry and sour finish. Not ahint of chocolate despite the aroma, but that of coffee instead. Quite nice, original beer.

chimpgibbon (555) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2016
Bottle. Thinnish dark ruby with lovely creamy head and lacing. Stone fruit and malt aroma. Chocolate and sweet malts, hoppy medium bitterness and some warming spice coming through. Really not boozy at all. Lovely if a touch thin.

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