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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 (3013) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (9141) - 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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Draft at Novare Res in Portland, ME. Pours a cloudy rusty color with a small white head. nose is heavy doughy notes with some light grassy and straw hop notes. Palate is medium, with a light fizziness and a clean finish. FLavor is more of the heavy, bready malt notes with toast and grassy hop notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Sampled at Churchkey DC. Pours a transparent orange amber with a frothy, lacing white head. Aroma is mostly malts, crackers, biscuit, some honey. Flavor is more of the same, crisp malts, some sweetness, dry, grainy. Finish is crisp with no hint of 7% alc. This was nice, sessionable too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tgncc (3100) - 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 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2009
On tap at Dilly Deli in Cincinnati. Pours a light reddish brown with a small almost non existent white froth. Aroma is typical english ale, dark fruity and malty, and lots of it. Fairly fresh and aromatic. Flavor starts fruity and sweet, ah more malt, richly doughy and nicely grainy. Those flavors continues through the finish which is lightly bitter and rich. Medium body and a fizzy carbonation. Nice english style beer, easy drinking and no alcohol present but a little boring and flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (5723) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zdk (1871) - 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.

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