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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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%


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11443) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Draft. Minimal white head atop crystal clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some brown sugar, light cinnamon. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, bread, light brown sugar. Low carbonation, medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10886) - 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

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (9866) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2010
A golden amber ale with a thin white head. A light whiskey malt aroma with light vanilla notes, creamy. In mouth, a sweetish malt with British hops, veering on Vienna style, sweet fruits and nutty notes, a bit boring. On tap at DBA Brooklyn, 1st Williamsburg Cask Ale Festival, Jan 10 2010.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (9057) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Draft... Clear, beautiful copper ale with a small, creamy, white head. The aroma provides toffee, caramel and light chocolate; beefy, musky hops and medium-roast malt. Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Sweet, toasted malt and candied fruits are highlights. Lingering, sweet finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8527) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2009
Cask at Blind Tiger and at The Pony. Deep amber pour with a tight, thin white head. The nose is loaded with softly sweet, crackery malt. A lot of light fruitiness with apple, pear and orange marmalade being the most prominet. Sweet and a little bit viscous, but never cloying, it’s got a good balance of malt and yeastiness. I think it could be a little bit hoppier, but there is a nice balance in here. A pretty solid interpretation of an English Strong Ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8214) - Free Union, Virginia, 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7732) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2009
On tap at the Blind Tiger’s VSK3 event. Pours a clear brownish orange. Malty, sweet, and smelling a bit like pumpkin cough syrup, if there were such a thing. Medium bodied, a bit tangy, and very sweet. I’ll have to revisit this since I’m sure it will hit taps near me, but overall, wasn’t super impressed.


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