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Back Forty Bock - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

440 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 21
Gots: 20 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The label does call this a "Wisconsin Bock," but the beer tastes a lot more like a dunkel lager than a bock. There's a smooth bread dark bread crust and light caramel malt character with a mild bready aroma to match. It's a very easy drinking beer, but lacks the earthiness and occasional fruit of a bock. Yeah, it's a nice dunkel, just don't pick this up looking for a traditional bock.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 02:12:26 | More by tempest
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Glarus pilsner glass.
No date or info.

A - Back 40 pours a murky pond-water brown color that still allows the visibility of carbonation trickling up to a solid two-finger, bone-colored head. The turbulent pour looked great but the head left with lower retention as awesome sheets of Swiss-cheese lace coat the glass, though.

S - Starting off with a great malty aroma, slight hints of rye bread lift up the biscuity toasted amber and Vienna malts. Subtle earthy hops keep the brew from being too sweet while adding crispness and complexity to the smell.

T - Back 40's maltiness resembles toasted wheat English muffin drizzled with stringy melted caramel and honey but lighter in flavor and body than, say, their Uff-da, which is a bit richer overall.

M - Crisp and fairly clean, Back 40's medium-light body has a smooth entry that seems to finish with light carbonation giving it a thinner feel that lingers with a light touch of sweetness.

O - While New Glarus' Back 40 is a drinkable bock to be sure, it just seems to be lacking something; its somewhat transparent flavor and thin feel don't stand up to their Uff-da bock, a crown jewel for the style which begs the question, "why" for Back 40.

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A- Clear medium brown-amber body with a medium thickness off white head. Good retention. Thin, milky lacing.

S- malty toffee, grainy with a solid noble hop presence. Not complicated but nice enough to smell.

F- caramel, bread, a bit of tapioca and grainy sweetness that is complemented by a mild earthy bitterness.

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Smell: Toffee and amber malt jumps out right away. Medium bodied fruits are quite bright on the body with a definite sweetness running throughout. There is a touch of hay and prairie grass on the back end.

Taste: Molasses and toffee make a grand entrance. Semi-sweet grains with medium to dark fruits open up on the body. The back end is a revival of the molasses and toffee on the front with slowly waning grains and fruit. Slight nuttiness sticks to the palate.

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Back Forty Bock from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.