JW Lees Manchester Star Ale (7.3%)

This so far is my favourite of this year’s Sainsbury’s Great British Beer Hunt.
Star ale is big and dark and juicy and such a different kind of beer from the rest of the range.
Pouring an impenetrable black with a nice tight foamy head, Star Ale smells like a chocolate liqueur, all sweet and fruity and boozy.
The malts are robust and heavy with digestive biscuits, rum and raisin and overripe plums inn syrup.
There’s a big sticky treacle here too, along with a dash of liquorice soaked in Bramley apple juice.
The hops are leafy green with a decent lemon astringency and the finish is good and dry without wiping out the soft chocolate that hangs around to remind you why you want another glass.
Very good indeed.

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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