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 werent 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. Its a beer that pairs wonderfully with all your autumn and winter dishes. We hope you enjoy it, and hey dont ever say we never did nothin for ya.

Malt: Brewmasters 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%

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2571) - Doylestown, PA, USA - JAN 9, 2010
On draft at Capones. Pours a clear copper with s medium sized off white head. Aroma of light fruit, toffee and almond biscoti. Taste is lightly fruitywith hints of toffee and almond biscoti. Bready aftertaste and a bit watery.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
italianjohn (3069) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Clear copper pour off white head not much aroma little bit of sweet malt .... taste of honey sweet malt and lots of it .... little roasted taste other than that kind of sweet bubblegum taste alcohol hidden well on this one .... kinda flat on the palate ..... not bad for an english strong however I wish the back breaking work turned out a better brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2009
On tap at Track 84. Aroma is a soft, gingerbread malt, with a bit of biscuit and a touch of apple. Mild. Pours a clearish pale orange copper, with a rim in white. Wet field malt character. Plain brown sugar, a bit of figgy pudding and some cream. Some eggnog, almond dough, and a good leafy hop note add needed complexity. A little light on the chewier, darker sugars, but otherwise very nice. Good flourish of flavor at the finish and nice balance.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alobar (3710) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Clear orange amber color with a slight aroma of toffee, caramel and bread. Flavor was more like Yuengling lager. Caramel malts, yeast and not much else. Disappointing.

   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Draught at Capones: Aroma of malts, light caramel, and slight toffee. Poured orange in color with a large, creamy, dense, off-white head that greatly diminished but still lasted throughout. Hazy. Not sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of malts, light bread crust, water, and hints of cocoa and almond. Medium body. Lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Dry, malt and slight cocoa finish. Disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (11014) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2009
draft @ redlight redlight. Bready malts with spicy, grassy fuggles on the nose. Pours amber with a thick white head. Malty caramelly with low carbonation, hints of spicy hops in the background definitely malt forward. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2009
@ Blind Tiger: Hazy deep rusty copper pour with a fading off white head. Grainy aroma- some off esters and solventy notes (hot fermentation?) Slick body. Solventy and metallic flavors with some restrained grains. One dimensional and filled with off flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - 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, its 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.

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