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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (3010) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Tap at Redlight. Nice amber pour. Fresh grain and a touch of fruit in the nose. Smooth malty taste, slightly sweet, some roast and a touch of bitterness. I found this to be a decent session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Draft at redlight redlight. Pours amber. Bright but warm nose. Almost a little herbal. Also notes of honey, grain and cereal. The flavor is missing something. I realize hops aren’t the focus here but I would like to see a little more of them. The malt aspect is interesting but it needs some other element to round it out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2009

Date: December 09, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: The Porter, Atlanta
Appearance: hazy amber, frothy beige head, heavy lace
Aroma: sweet spicy aroma, light caramel sweetness, fresh bready, hint of chocolate
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich caramel flavor, nice sweetness, light spicyness, bready, touch of chocolate, light balancing bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (2984) - New York, USA - DEC 14, 2009
I had no clue what this was supposed to be. I guess the hops and malts made it vaguely English. Some interesting tastes but ultimately it didn’t work in the end for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CUJO (383) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2009
RnH: tap: I read through the story first... now I’m going to feel bad about my review! There really wasn’t much to this beer at all: medium amber color, no head to speak of, no lacing... aroma was mild, malts and sugars... a slight hint of bitters but not much else.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Growler filled at Bellport Cold Beer & Soda and consumed within two hours of filling. Pours a clear amber with a moderate linen white head that lasts through the first two sips and leaves a few scattered patches of lace. Mild aroma of caramel, malt and just a bit of brown sugar. The flavor is caramel, malt, and brown sugar followed by some mildly spicy hops. Lightly sweet. Moderate bitterness at the finish. The story behind the beer is interesting, the beer itself, not so much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tgncc (3095) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Aroma is caramel, bread, fruit, brown sugar. The appearance is a clear chestnut color, off-white head. The flavor is brown sugar, malty, spicy and resiny hops. The finish is purely a spicy/resin hop bittering. The mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium. I love the idea of a brewer doing a bold experiment like this, but I am underwhelmed by the results. Still, a good, solid session ale all the same.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2009
On tap at Church Key DC: Pours a clear deep amber copper with a small ring of off-white head. Aroma of sweet toasted caramely malts and some piny English hops. Starts with pretty good fullness and rich caramel maltiness with some light fruity complexity, golden raisins and a decent hop balance before a smooth bittersweet finish. Very true to style and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9836) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2009
2009-12-05. Dark amber brown body with a small off white head. 3+ Flavour is sweet and fruity with interesting character. Banana? Caramel? Light bitterness. 7+ Aroma is similar, fruity, not quite banana, yeasty malt melange. Average palate is fairly carbonated. Decent, pleasant. Not what I expected. On tap at Goodbar, Buffalo

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11176) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2009
On tap at Mr. Goodbar, this place getting some great beers in. Strong aromas - what is it? malt, maybe some yeast and spice. Easy mouthfeel, still feels yeasty. Golden with white bubbly head. Orange taste, with hops. Off the wall.

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