MANCHESTER STAR ALE
26th October 2016 – Review by Rob
First brewed in 1884 and is brewed to an original recipe dating back to 1884, where JW Lees brewery was already 56 years old. In 2001, Giles Dennis the head brewer at the time, visited Garrett Oliver at the Brooklyn Brewery New York and resurrected this long forgotten Ale. This mahogany ale has fruity, chocolate flavours and is brewed with Grist Goldings, Styrian and Hallertau hops and chocolate malt.
Any company that it names its own beer ‘Star’ is a little presumptuous – like Skoda calling their car a Superb, I’ll be the judge of that & no it’s not a Skoda Superb, more like a Skoda Average. Will this beer be a star or an average?
Initial looks – this is as black as a stout or a porter, smell is fruity to the point of a distinct lack of chocolate that was promised on the label. Taste is very smooth and refined, fruity with a hint of chocolate, reining in the chocolate is a good thing in my opinion, I want my beer to taste of beer, not Cadbury’s. Where the hell have they hidden the 7.3% alcohol in this beer?
This is verging on the Belgian/German beer strength certainly not a session beer and unfortunately for my kidneys this is a great beer, the flavour belies it’s colour which belies its strength, a great BeerClub beer and one to go and find – just make sure the wife is driving home that day.