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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slipstream (2464) - USA - JAN 25, 2010
This was a good day for unusual beers. I like the story behinds this one. A lightly fruity and sweet ale. Low on hops, and with a bit of citrus. It is definitely unusual and hard to categorize. The empasis seems to be on the fruity tones (altho there is no fruit added), and there is a touch of skank. On tap at RnH.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2010
On draft. Pale-ish gold pour. Frizzy lemon-and-sugar cookie aroma. Medium bodied, fairly yeasty, spicy, British flavor. Distinct but not memorable. Needs more earthy hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2010
On tap at Tyler’s, Durham. Still looking amber pour, but almost merits a 4 for simply being so bright. The nose is sweet fruit and juniper to begin with, some soft malt emerging just a tad. Body is a bit thin, and the beer is certainly flavorful enough. But the Fuggles get a bit lost in a beer that doesn’t seem quite to know what direction it’s headed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zdk (1870) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2010
tap at Rattle n Hum - Pours orange/red toffee and caramel malts. Boozy vineous arouma. Finishes oddy tannic with some back sweetness. An odd brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Draft @ the Comet. Pours a clear amber copper color with a small whitish head. The aroma is sweet toasted malt, caramel, honey, fruity esters, and some resiny hops. The flavor has a base of toasted bready malt, caramel, honey, light fruity notes, slight hoppy bitterness, with a dry smooth finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Sampled on draft at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear amber color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel with a faint floral hop note. Taste is toasted malts, caramel and a bitter leafy hop finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2667) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2010
Tap. Moderate bready and caramel malt aroma, light flowers and dough for the hops and yeast, with dried fruit and cane syrup in the background. Head is small, creamy, slightly off-white with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear light copper. Flavor starts moderately sweet and a bit tart, then finishes lightly to moderately sweet and acidic and lightly bitter. Palate is medium, oily, with a soft carbonation and a chewy finish. A nicely balanced English Strong Ale, and very easy to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
vtafro (6679) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Cask @ Blind Tiger. Brune pour with a off white head. Very light on carbonation. Really didn’t enjoy this. malt and slight hop presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (5652) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Draft: Woody juniper nose. Hazy copper, thin yellow head. Malt flavor that is a touch moldy, but in a pleasing way. Finishes with a salty ocean breeze. Unique and moderately enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2010 Cask at BT. Pours a mostly clear coppery brown with a foamy airy cask head- fades a bit. Aroma is caramel and toffee malt,s earthy leather, spiced, fruity esters, yeasty a bit sherry oxidation even though it was a fresh cask- on further tasting from tap at Barcade there is a lot of Butter- blech.. Flavor is sherry plum esters, sharp caramel, toasted malts, Butter solvent-like clove and pepper, earthy and stale malt finish and lightly bitter. Strange beer.

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