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Manchester Star Ale - J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd

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Manchester Star AleManchester Star Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

154 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 14
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: yen157 on 03-17-2005

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Ratings: 154 | Reviews: 105
Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good head. Dark brown porter like colour.

The smell is sweet, with suggestions of raisins and booziness.

The taste is sweet with dark fruits, ash, booze and earthy bitterness combining nicely. Very much like a strong English Porter and reminded me a little of Fullers London Porter.

Overall a very enjoyable beer and a great winter warmer. Nice strong abv with rich but well balanced flavours.

87/100

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/27/2010. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big molasses, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, chocolate, raisin, plum, light cocoa, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big molasses, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, light nuttiness, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown bread, toffee, molasses, raisin, plum, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding English porter style. All around awesome balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. This held up very well for it’s age considering the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of DamnYankeeHeadHunter
3.19/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Malt_Man
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served at cellar temperature from 500ml bottle into straight pint glass.

A) Looks just like a glass of coke - slight reddish-black, no head, lots of small bubbles.

S) Sweet malts are the only smell.

T) At first you think it is too sweet in the foretaste, but it is soon rescued by a distinct but subtle hop bitterness shortly after. Interesting taste profile. High ABV is masked well in the mouth.

M) Quite fizzy, but with a substantial weight in the mouth. A subtle but nice warming aftertaste.

O) A beer of two halves, but they add up to something distinctive and enjoyable. Recommended.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.37/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Aroma malt, dark chocolate, hint smoke & fruit, molasses. Taste chewy leather, ash, malts, prunes, faint spice, licorice, & bitter finish.

Photo of Foley67
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tillmac62
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque dark brown similar to a stout, but not black. Well below average head, lacing and retention. Outstanding nose of dark fruit (plum, fig), sweet chocolate, slightly burnt molasses and just a hint of alcohol. The nose is similar to that of an Olde or Scott Ale, but lighter - as is the flavor profile. Light medium body with a hint of slickness. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish. The outstanding flavor profile is reasonably intense, very complex and masterfully balanced. The beginning to middle is a blend of flavors that slowly fade allowing subsequent identification. All flavors of the nose are present and basically cascade from burnt molasses to dark fruit and then into a light bitterness followed by a chocolate note and associated sweetness. The finish is a slow fade of malty sweetness with a hint of alcohol and a bit of hop and alcohol bite.

Photo of drperm
5/5  rDev +25.9%

A: dark dark brown, nearly black save for the caramel-russet hue that's evident when you hold it up to the light. Dissipating brown head that lingers as a thin layer.
Sm: Toffee, madeira, warm spices, caramel, Christmas pudding
T: Complex, smoky, toffee (again), raisins, with a nice English-hop backbone that keeps it from being sweeet. Excellent complex, bitter finish.
P:Lingers pleasantly on the palate, encouraging you to take another sip. At over 7%, it's a tiger lurking in the shadows, but a friendly, cuddly tiger.
O: The best beer I've had IN A WHILE. Original and classic at the same time. I'd put this up against a robust steak or venison dinner OR a dessert such as creme brulee.
There will be more of these in my future. It's f%^&ing righteous.

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

A: Almost completely black with a quickly dissipating light beige head.
S: Port-like fruit, soy sauce, and some smokiness? Not a particularly strong nose though.
T: Ooer. It’s port-like, smokey, silky smooth and yet snappy on the tongue. Nice and sweet for the strength. There’s even a hint of ginger beer in there, and some earthiness. Quite a bitter aftertaste. Gets sweeter as it warms, and less bitter, and the liquorice appears.
O: Old Peculier is the closest thing I’ve had to this, although this is slightly better. The interesting thing is that it's almost as flavourful when chilled as when it's warmed up.

Photo of Robrawr
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of DrJay
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of hAle2theWort
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Torontoblue
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of KG710
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of TheRealNick
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a somewhat unique brew (or at least the style is). Not sweet like an English Barleywine (such as the superb J.W. Lees Harvest Ale). Not bitter like an ESB. And nothing like an English porter or stout, although it looks like a stout. It starts just a little hoppy or sweet but grows in complexity and fruity and wine characteristics as it warms. In fact it gets better and better as it goes down. Another excellent offering from a superb brewery.

Photo of Sludgeman
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of thecheapies
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This beer is quite dark! Has a rich dark brown/black color with some thin purple light seeping through. Sepia foam gathers with some difficulty around the surface.

British maltiness with some scotch ale notes, roastiness, spicy hops, gooey toffee, chicory coffee, dark fruits, meaty nuttiness, and some soft chocolate. Subtle alcohol. A very good nose.

Toffee malts with a browned apple backing. The hops are very mild, very aged, but with a husky spiciness. Nuances of nutty coffee and chocolate and cognac. Hints of dried fruit and black strap. Not too sweet; very balanced. Yeast has a drier, powdery finish that really sops up leftover flavors.

The body could use sturdied up, a bit. It feels a little thin. The carbonation is definitively too weak. There's room for improvement.

One of the better English Strong Ales that I have had. Worth buying.

Photo of Phishagonia
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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Manchester Star Ale from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
89 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.