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

BA SCORE
88
very good
176 Ratings
Manchester Star AleManchester Star Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
England, United Kingdom
jwlees.co.uk

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by yen157 on 03-17-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
176
Reviews:
111
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: deep dark brown with ruby highlights lightly covered by a thin layer of foam.

S: nuts, bananas and fruit seasoned with toffee, fruit, malts and grain.

T: The flavorful palate begins with nuts, fruit, banana, spice, a hint of toffee, traces of chocolate and a suggestion of cola. It starts slightly sweet but dries on the finish to medium dry with a medium low hop bitterness and a trace of horehound. The malt flavors are medium to medium high, the fermentation flavors are medium to medium high and the hop flavors are low. The beer is about 14 months old and it shows a slight hint of sherry oxidation but it works very well.

F: It has a medium body and medium low carbonation. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

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Photo of Euroglot
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of risenz
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of skaboom420
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Solid black body, minimal to no head.

Smell: Booze soaked dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, and a note of coffee.

Taste: Caramel, Brown sugar, earthy/nutty which might be hops, and a note of coffee. The dark fruits are much less pronounced.

Feel: Low carbonation, medium body. Creamy with a balanced finish.

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Photo of KAF
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cymro15
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spike
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up as im a manchester native....this is a great beer.looks very dark, stout like but smells of christmas pudding, sherry and dark fruits....tastes just like it smells with great mouthfeel. excellent. "Oh Manchester! Is Wonderful! Its full of tits, fanny and United,oh Manchester is wonderful!"

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Photo of fx20736
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I don't remember when I bought this, probably late 2014/ early 2015. Served at cellar temp in a Duvel tulip.

Look: very dark,, almost black, thick mocha head.

Smell: very prune like with licorice also,

Taste: prunes and a light charred roast.

Feel: soft, supple, smooth

overall: a delicious, tasty sipper. So easy to drink

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Photo of shelby415
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jaisell
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sporklift87
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DypsoBubble
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a stout in the glass. Starts off with a good light brown head which breaks down into a lumpy head and then just a slender layer of bubbles leaving sparse lacing on the glass.

Aroma of burnt sugar, dandelion and burdock pop (British soft drink), pipe tobacco, Marmite and a hint of bacon(!).

Hits the mouth with a burst of sweetness decaying to a lingering caramel taste. A hint of hops combined with the burnt sugar with dandelion and burdock. A touch of fresh grass and some port like smoothness counteracted by a sharpness on swallowing.

A very balanced and pleasant ale which is all too easy to drink for what is a strong ale. More suited to winter. I can almost feel the Christmas spirit percolating through.

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Photo of barczar
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage.

Deeply caramelized malt, a hint of sherry, and dark fruit notes of dates and fig are accented by light chocolate notes in the aroma.

Flavor is similar, with more toffee presence and deeply toasted breadcrust. There's a touch of sourness and bitterness at the finish that prevent the sweetness from overwhelming. This would've aged well for several more years. Becomes much more complex as it warms, with notes of roast malt, leather, and tobacco adding depth.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bubseymour
4.51/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional English beer. Flavor profile is strong and sweet.

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Photo of interzen
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of steverx8
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenlee
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
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

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of DamnYankeeHeadHunter
3.19/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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