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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Making malt has always been hard work. The barley needs to be soaked, sprouted to exactly the right point, and then gently dried, capturing the enzymes that will convert grain starches into malt sugars. For hundreds of years this was done on a “malting floor”, where workers would control the sprouting of the malt by constant raking, adjusting temperature and preventing the rootlets of the malt from weaving together into an inseparable mat. But it was backbreaking work. Men dragged 75 lb wrought iron rakes through the malt beds and then smoothed it all over by hand with specialized shovels and ploughs. Eventually maltsters created mechanized malting methods. It was much easier, but the malts weren’t quite the same, their flavors not as rich. So some maltsters retained their traditional malting floors and still use them today.

In August brewmaster Garrett Oliver traveled to the Crisp Maltings in rural Great Ryburgh, England to make malt on their 150 yr old malting floor. After five days of raking, ploughing, shoveling and kilning 19 tons of malt, he gained a new appreciation for the flavors of traditional floor malts. And he took the malt back to Brooklyn. Now we bring you BackBreaker, a robust honey-colored ale bursting with the juicy flavors of our heirloom Maris Otter malt and aromatized with earthy English Fuggle hops. It’s a beer that pairs wonderfully with all your autumn and winter dishes. We hope you enjoy it, and hey – don’t ever say we never did nothin’ for ya.

Malt: “Brewmaster’s” Floor-malted Maris Otter Pale Malt, Great Ryburgh, England, English Crystal malt.
Barley grower: Teddy Maufe
Hops: English Fuggle
OG: 17.0° Plato
ABV: 7.0%

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BiddleBrau (1168) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2015
Tap at Shep 12/17/09. Amber orange with thin head. Minimal nose, hint of malt. Dry fuggle hop flavor, heavy malt palate, smokey malt. Interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Imaena (2231) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - AUG 17, 2013
Draught: This is a solid english strong and if you happen to see it on draught its worth a go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Pours amber with a bit of brightness. White head and a bit of lacing. Nose is sweet malt with a bit of fruit, toffee, and caramel. Taste is lightly sweet wihout much else. Medium body wig a bit of alcohol. Great concept, but fairly plain overall. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 10-19-2010

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Butters (4047) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2010
On draft with joe and graham at CAH. Pours a near clear amber with tan head. Sweet, grainy, malty, sticky. Lingering malt bite, some faint hops, and way too expensive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 03/05/2010. Slightly hazy amber body with a small creamy off-white head. Sweet caramel and earthy hop aroma. Sweet caramel, toast, malt, earthy hop flavor. Medium full body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Gorgeous ambers, garnets, rubies, and mahoganies shimmer amidst their glasses confines while a khaki head lingers long through our slow session together. Her nose is ripe plums of all varieties while pears and red apples keep them company. Almonds, pecans, pecan praline, maple, and black strap molasses are solid performers. Subtly sublime, her nose exudes flavors galore with classic finesse. I immediately wonder what Backbreaker would taste like cask-conditioned? Let’s just say my mouth waters just thinking about it… Smooth, creamy, and silky sweet, plums, maple, and sun-soaked yellow raisins glide across my tastebuds and down my throat with nary a whisper of protest. Clean and crisp, she moves with purpose, painting succulent pictures of pears and apples, hold the skin please, while nuts of all varieties delight. Almonds and pecans make sweet love to maple and black strap molasses for an amazing interplay of fresh nutty goodness and pecan praline divinity. The top of my tongue dries after each quaff, keeping my burgeoning thirst up-front and center. As we grow ever more intimate, wood and sawdust flitter in and out of her dry finish while pistachio and cashews join their nutty brethren. Her maple caramelizes for more crunchy sweetness while apricots join her fruity cousins for one last hoo-rah before my glass empties.

Shazam! Pull up a stool, grab a pint, and wile the night away. I may have been at Vine & Barley in St. Lucie West, Florida, but for those 30 minutes or so of my life, I was in merry ol’ England buying a round for my peeps before last call came to pass. So good, so tasty, so English, and so sessionable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (5799) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2010
This bottled brew from a beer festival poured a small sized head of foamy fine to medium sized white colored bubbles that were and left behind a softly carbonated transparent light orange brown colored body. The mild aroma was rye and malty. The vinous mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start mediumly tingly at the finish. The flavor contained notes of vinous rye and malt. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DerWeg (1595) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2010
Caramel and pale fruit, Mild but still mellow and round with a medium-fiull feel that sticks. Grass and lemon hop, good refined flavors and balance. Ultimately successful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2010
On Draught at Cole’s. Clear but deep bright refractive slightly reddish-amber with a smallish creamy off-white head. Smells great - roasty, lush with resiny "C" hops - mmmm - some alcohol, not too sweet, which is nice - really appealing (8-). Taste is interesting, the hops in the aroma are hardly present in the flavour at all - it’s mostly solid roasty malt - sweet, with background herbal/resiny dry bitterness - definitely alcohol, and a hint of carbonization; "black IPA"? - solid, regardless - I’d like a BIT more flavour hopping. Average body, solid carbonation - has a nice, restrained, slightly dry bitter finish with just a hint of booziness. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 15, 2010
Draft @ Coles, Buffalo. NY. Orange honey color. Aromas of sweet malts, hay, honey. Sweet malt driven flavor, hints of spice, light juicy fruit gum. Medium mouthfeel. Good solid beer

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