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Back Forty Bock - New Glarus Brewing Company

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very good

473 Ratings

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Ratings: 473
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 20
Gots: 23 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The “Back Forty” is property commonly found on the outskirts of the Wisconsin family farm. Here uncultivated acres wait prime for adventure- forts, tree houses, rope swings and first kisses! A place to run away, to camp, to climb, to build, to play. Not actually home but not too far away. That’s the Back Forty. The beer you hold is similar both dark and adventurous still smooth and familiar. Here’s a beer you can enjoy without pretense or explanation. Every mind requires some acres of possibility, space for dreams, the great escape, everyone needs a Back Forty.

(Beer added by: Soneast on 10-16-2010)
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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

A - Creamy, 2 finger head, khaki in color. Beer is very deep amber in color and clear. Seems to be light carbonation. Very slim layer of creamy head remains after head dissipation. 4/5

S - The main notes that I am getting are caramel, raisins, dates, and a bit of yeast and toasted bread. There seems to be a hint of hops that are grassy and earthy, but very malt forward here. 4/5

T - Toasted bread and caramel are the two flavors I get right off the bat. This transitions into a bit of yeast. There is some bitterness but it's a balanced bitterness. Grassy note as well as an herbal note from the hops at the end. There is a graininess throughout the flavor profile. 3.75/5

M - Light carbonation. Medium bodied. Somewhat chewy. Finishes a hair dry. 3.75/5

O - Not as sweet as the nose suggested to me, but overall a very good beer from New Glarus. Taste is very straightforward. This would be a beer that I could drink on a mid-range temperature day with ease. 3.75/5

08-28-2014 18:49:21 | More by bwood06
Photo of phishfoolme


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

08-28-2014 00:46:32 | More by phishfoolme
Photo of Zach136


4.1/5  rDev +9%

Appearance: Deep brown with great clarity. Thin, off white head with great lacing. (4.15)

Aroma: Malt forward, toffee and toast mostly. No hop, yeast discernible. (4.25)

Flavor: Moderate malt character, toasty and nutty. Well attenuated and not much caramelization (4.00)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate-high carbonation. No alcohol, dissipating finish. (4.00)

08-24-2014 20:36:01 | More by Zach136
Photo of bpkrippner


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

08-24-2014 00:53:20 | More by bpkrippner
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-23-2014 21:23:15 | More by hoosier222002
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

Appearance: Three full fingers of ecru foam cap the clear mahogany colored liquid; exquisite lacing patterns all over the glass

Smell: Fresh-baked bread, glazed doughnuts and grain

Taste: Brown sugar and toasted bread with just a hint of stone fruit, in the middle; the back end features a grainy character though the sweetness from the malts dominate

Overall: A bit too one dimensional in the sweetness department and nowhere near as good as its big brother Uff-da, sad to say; still, decent enough and well-brewed, like all of the New Glarus beers

Thanks, WI-Beer-Man, for the opportunity

08-23-2014 20:26:14 | More by brentk56
Photo of Tanger112


4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-23-2014 12:47:22 | More by Tanger112
Photo of stortore


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

08-21-2014 03:06:44 | More by stortore
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-21-2014 02:47:18 | More by Ryen
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

08-20-2014 03:25:28 | More by beinerso
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Initial opening not much "bock" aroma. Pours a nice medium brown with a perfect foamy head.
Slightly astringent on first taste. Seems low on caramel malts...missing that "bock" taste. Feel is
a mild carbonation but really lacking in a rich bock taste. Failed to meet my expectations.

08-19-2014 00:34:07 | More by mncoinman
Photo of ng1013

4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-19-2014 00:19:03 | More by ng1013
Photo of Lucular


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

08-17-2014 13:31:26 | More by Lucular
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New York

3.92/5  rDev +4.3%

08-17-2014 00:06:31 | More by MadScientist
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3.92/5  rDev +4.3%

08-16-2014 03:42:15 | More by Canada_Dan
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

08-15-2014 23:31:41 | More by SnarkyFinn
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3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

08-15-2014 03:49:30 | More by ChefAndy555
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-14-2014 20:16:39 | More by SteveTheBrit
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-11-2014 21:19:46 | More by Stoutlad
Photo of jwc215


4.16/5  rDev +10.6%

Pours reddish brown with a foamy lasting head.

The smell is of caramel/toffee, light toast (dark bread). A hint of cocoa comes through as it progresses. An earthy hop touch in the crisp finish balances the sweetness.

It is very smooth and crisp. Excellent carbonation level.

A very well-made bock. A smooth, well-balanced, tasty lager!

08-10-2014 21:46:12 | More by jwc215
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-09-2014 04:51:12 | More by Slarson7
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-08-2014 18:01:46 | More by Hairrrrrrrr
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

08-04-2014 19:55:58 | More by Big_Dave
Photo of tgates


4.25/5  rDev +13%

08-04-2014 03:13:25 | More by tgates
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New Mexico

3.69/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Seidel.

A- Brown body with light blonde hues and abundant carbonation. Huge foamy head with a thick, marshmallow-like appearance. Lace streaks all about the glass. There is some transparency to the beer, despite the dark body.

S- Lightly hopped and earthy in aroma, lots of bread, faint caramel, faint smoke.

T- Nice flavor here. Sweet caramel, vanilla, doughy flavor. I get a hint of earthy hop flavor at the finish. There's a pleasant baker's chocolate flavor that lingers after each sip.

M- On the lighter side, with little carbonation apparent, and a slightly watery feel. There's some creaminess to counter this.

O- Not quite in the outstanding territory, but it's a good beer with some enjoyable qualities. It'd be easy to kill a sixer of these.

08-03-2014 19:52:43 | More by ONovoMexicano
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Back Forty Bock from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 473 ratings.