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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Ratings: 176 |  Reviews: 111
Photo of Malt_Man
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of Foley67
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tillmac62
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of drperm
5/5  rDev +25.6%

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.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

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Photo of Robrawr
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DrJay
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of hAle2theWort
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Torontoblue
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of KG710
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of TheRealNick
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of zenithberwyn
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of DuffDaddy
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of thecheapies
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of Phishagonia
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of vinicole
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ImperatorScab
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Manchester Star Ale from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
3.98 out of 5 based on 176 ratings.
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