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Back Forty Bock - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Back Forty BockBack Forty Bock

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very good

484 Ratings

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Ratings: 484
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 20
Gots: 28 | FT: 3
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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Photo of joeseppy
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%

Looks like I'm pouring cola. Basically brown with clarity. Modest head that will recede to the rim.

Aroma of lightly toasted bread and mild yeast. Malt and mixed nuts. Hints of coffee.

Malty lager. Extremely mild hop if any. Toasted nuts.

Lighter bodied with sustained carbonation throughout. Drinks smooth and fast if you don't catch yourself. Just enough sweetness to make this delicious.

It seems overall Bocks receive no due. By general standards of a Bock, this brew is finely crafted. I don't partake in many Bocks but on this 56*F day in Chicago this fits well. But might I add that this is quenchable enough to session on a summer night.

joeseppy, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of mstanczak
5/5  rDev +33%

mstanczak, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4/5  rDev +6.4%

DeanMoriarty, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of TTripp725
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

TTripp725, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of Elicoleman
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Elicoleman, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

atlbravsrno1, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

sgttibbs, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of condorsim
3.76/5  rDev 0%

condorsim, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of gingergirltammy
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%

gingergirltammy, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of BeerNW
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

BeerNW, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of bwood06
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

bwood06, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of phishfoolme
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

phishfoolme, Aug 28, 2014
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)

Zach136, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of bpkrippner
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

bpkrippner, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of hoosier222002
4/5  rDev +6.4%

hoosier222002, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Tanger112
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Tanger112, Aug 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

stortore, Aug 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Ryen, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of beinerso
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

beinerso, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of mncoinman
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.

mncoinman, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of ng1013
4/5  rDev +6.4%

ng1013, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of Lucular
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Lucular, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of MadScientist
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%

MadScientist, Aug 17, 2014
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Back Forty Bock from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.