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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

139 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 11
Gots: 2 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: yen157 on 03-17-2005)
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geexploitation

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours quite still, with a minimal head that dissipates very fast. The color is a coffee brown coming out of the bottle, but in the glass very little light escapes this beer. Some reddish highlights show up when this beer is held up to a direct light. The nose is quite big, especially for a porter with no head to speak of. The biggest note is burnt chocolate along with treacle. The taste is huge and sweet right off the bat, with some phenols rearing up and then ending with just a bit of roasted malt bitterness. The mouthfeel is still and silky but with a bit of a bite from some slight carbonation. High drinkability with this one, in spite of the relatively high alcohol.

I imagine this would be an excellent dessert beer. Quite sweet and sumptuous.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 05:02:14 | More by geexploitation
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

English porter kicked up a notch.

Excellent deep, abyss-like ruby colour with a very thin off white head. Smell is roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, but slightly on the sweet side. Reminds me more of a Baltic porter in scent. This may be due in part to the higher than average alcohol content.

Lovely, smooth roasted malt and chocolate taste. No alcohol detectable. A sweeter, smother version of Fuller's London Porter. Smooth, low carbonation mouthfeel. Drinkable, but be careful of the ABV...English porters are generally not in this range for ABV and this can hit you all of a sudden.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2006 09:12:52 | More by BDTyre
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nickfl

Florida

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of light tan foam on top of an opaque, dark brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves light rings of lace.

S - Roasty brown malt with hints of molasses, licorice, and caramel.

T - Dark, sweet malt up front with some caramel. Molasses and red apple in the middle with some spicy notes of clove and plum towards the finish and a lingering roast and licorice character.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - This is a really unusually thick and dark British ale with spicy character that is reminiscent of a winter ale. Like the other J.W. Lees beers I have had it stands out as better than most examples of the style and it has a rich complexity that would probably do well with extended aging.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 01:23:04 | More by nickfl
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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown nearly black with some ruby tint when held up to the light a thinner mocha colored head atop.Deeply roasted malt,molasses and bitter chocolate aromas dominate,somewhat drier porter here starts out very roasty with some raisin quality along with a touch of brown sugar but finishing very earthy with notes of unsweetened chocolate.Just a solid beer thru out nice balance of sweet to earthiness.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 02:12:31 | More by oberon
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

A beer of resurrection. Big, brown, heady start ... such a dark, inviting brew. Tart plums to spiced molasses cake to caramel make for a showy aroma. Hefty body and a deep smoothness. A little burnt, with more of a burnt sugar flavor in the end. Maltiness is all over the place with bread, caramel, brown bread and unsweetened dark choco- late flavors to sort out. Some modest hopping is helped along by the fruity alcohol, keeping it on an even keel. Caramelized pineapple. Fading burnt grain finish with a long lingering of ripe fruit. Super tasty, this one is--a keeper, a sipper and an absolute delight.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 18:20:10 | More by BeerAdvocate
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mick_cooper

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-22-2013 18:45:03 | More by mick_cooper
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zillo043068

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-07-2011 22:50:11 | More by zillo043068
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vinicole

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

02-14-2014 20:35:37 | More by vinicole
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-01-2013 15:11:01 | More by EmperorBevis
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KG710

Georgia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-18-2014 05:39:52 | More by KG710
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. No date on bottle. I bought this at Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, CO for ~$6.

This beer produces a soft-looking and compact finger of tan head (looks the color of latte foam) over a pure black body that shows very slight ruby highlights when held to strong light. Tiny streams of very small bubbles can be seen rising around the edges of the beer.

Smells of soft roasted malts and small helpings of dark fruit. A whiff of hops rises with a swirl, but otherwise the above aromas make up the nose. Smells very English and very pleasing.

The flavor is well rounded and feels soft from the overall low level of bitterness. As in the nose, non-acrid roasted malts, a touch of hops, and dark fruit take center stage. I find this quite like a Baltic porter, expect the hop levels are far lower, and there are no notes of coffee or smoke in this flavor. Not quite like anything I have had before, and tasty.

The mouthfeel is medium with lower residual sugar, but not thin or weak. It seems that there is something slightly lacking, but maybe this is part of what the style is meant to feel like (not being a stout).

Conclusion: This is an excellent English porter, and I believe it is the strongest example of the style I have tasted to date. I like it is actually different from conventional porters and stouts, and tastes like the original style is described.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 17:15:38 | More by allforbetterbeer
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-30-2011 22:15:07 | More by brandoman63
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Bix

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-27-2013 15:07:41 | More by Bix
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avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a half inch of creamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A decent aroma of malt, caramel and some fruit.

T: Tasted mainly of malt, with hints of caramel, plums, figs, and other dark fruits with it. A nice, warm generally well-balanced flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solid, but not spectacular English Porter. Very drinkable, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 13:14:23 | More by avalon07
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-24-2013 21:35:21 | More by RedneckBeerz
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%

09-24-2012 01:15:11 | More by thebouch01
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dprophet

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-22-2012 09:59:36 | More by dprophet
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-07-2013 18:27:36 | More by BillRoth
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-16-2011 17:14:23 | More by JAHMUR
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +0.5%

06-18-2013 23:09:43 | More by mrfrancis
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TheRealNick

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

06-26-2014 10:06:18 | More by TheRealNick
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walleye

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the bottle. poured black with mahogany tint to it with a tan head. aroma a slight sourness comes out, than roasted malts, bitter chocolate, brown sugar as it warms the alcohol pops out along with some dark fruits. flavor, plums, and orange, molasses, some smoke, port wine. chocolate, nutty. a nice dry finish enjoyed this one

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2006 00:06:56 | More by walleye
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kellyst

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black and opaque. Surprisingly just a little tan head.

S: Roasted grain and coffee aromas.

T: Not very nuanced, but lots of stuff going on. Dark roasted coffee, chocolate, grainy. Nice hop balance. Medium bodied. Very flavorful.

D: Pretty high for a porter. I could definately have a couple in a session.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 20:24:10 | More by kellyst
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sneaks2210

New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-10-2013 02:34:56 | More by sneaks2210
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cmannes

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-29-2012 23:19:08 | More by cmannes
Manchester Star Ale from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
89 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.