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Leaf Raker - Mankato Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

17 Ratings
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Ratings: 17
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 18.23%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mankato Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: garymuchow on 11-03-2013)
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Reviews by sgttibbs:
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

sgttibbs, Mar 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

DaftPatrick, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Label says enjoy by 11/29/14.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber with a lot of rising bubbles. About one finger of beige head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A toasty, nutty, and earthy malt forward aroma with hints of caramel, chocolate, and biscuit. Upfront scent of toasted barley malt with hints of toasted bread, biscuit, caramel, toffee, chocolate, nuts, smoke, and yeast. Slight hints of brown sugar. Background hints of earthy hops with some grass. A pretty nice toasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely toasty, earthy, and nutty malty taste with notes of biscuit, caramel, and chocolate. Toasted malt with upfront bready notes of biscuit, toasted bread, caramel, chocolate, toffee, grains, nuts, yeast, and subtle smoke. Light sweet notes of brown sugar. Earthy background notes of hops with some subtle grass. A solid Brown taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, drying, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty nice take on a Brown Ale. Good toasty malt notes with a nice earthy dryness.

MattyG85, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of morimech
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown with a reddish tint color. Just one finger forms but is slow to settle. The eventually forms a thick cap. Massive amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Wonderful aroma of toasted malt, nuts, earth, with a slight grainery , musty quality.

One of the better brown ales I ever tasted. Toasted malt leads the way with hints of nuts and earth with a profound creaminess. It finishes with an ever so slight tartness. On the drier side. Quite a bit of complexity in a brown ale.

Feels a tad thin and over carbonated. But it does a suitable job of delivering the flavors. Nice smooth finish.

I thought Mankato Original was an outstanding beer, and now this is another great beer from them. People need to be paying more attention to this Minnesota brewery.

morimech, Nov 10, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

TooGood, Aug 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

cassieblake, Sep 07, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

kraticus41, Sep 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

koes0024, Jan 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

WallE89, Nov 19, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I like the color of the label and the artwork in general.
This is a nice brown ale and well done. Nice lighter softer roast in both the aroma and taste without harshness- apparent, but not too much. Hints of sweetness in the aroma take on more caramel flavor in the drink.
Good brown head with decent lacing caps a clear red/brown liquid. Attractive and appealing. Complex flavors and ample drying on the finish. Hints of tartness and sourness just add nicely. Fullness from a soft carbonation. May be a tad thin. But I don't want to forget the nuttiness, which is there, it's just more background than foreground. As I stated this is pretty darn complex.
This is a very solid English brown ale. Robust enough, but not to a porter. A good seasonal beer.
I'd prefer a 6 pack a buck or two more expensive than their typical products, instead of the 4-pack a buck or two less, but I quibble. They will do fine if they continue with this quality of products.

garymuchow, Nov 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

BRClemons, Dec 24, 2013
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4.49/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in a 4 pack at the Municipal Liquor Store in Worthington, MN. Poured into a plastic Holiday Inn Express glass (gotta take what you can get). Pours a nice brown color with some amber/deep red tones. Very little head most likely due to my inadequate glassware. Nice brown ale smell, very malty & nutty. Taste was exceptional, very malty upfront with a warm coffee, nut finish & aftertaste. Very creamy & goes down smooth, everything in this beer balanced out well. I picked up a few local beers while in town for a family Christmas party, and this one stood out from the others. One of the better brown ales I have had. Just wish I would have bought more to bring home with me, but I now look forward to trying more from this brewer in the summer.

CraftyHusker, Jan 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Whiskeydeez, Jan 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

heytomcat, Nov 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

yanosh, Dec 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

DaveMiller, May 03, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

XmnwildX12, Jul 30, 2014
Leaf Raker from Mankato Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.