Back Forty Bock - New Glarus Brewing Company
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3.61/5 rDev -4%
12 oz bottle poured into a New Glarus pilsner glass.
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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.
07-15-2014 01:29:52 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.76/5 rDev 0%
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.
M- medium body, just the right amount of flavour for the body. Good carbonation, a bit fizzy. Noble hops finish it out.
O- Solid, well executed example of a bock. No surprise here, are you surprised?
07-09-2014 19:16:52 | More by Stevedore
4.09/5 rDev +8.8%
Appearance: pours with a dark brown color. Half a finger of head on the pour which settled a touch but was present while drinking. Low active carbonation but fitting for the style.
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.
Mouthfeel: Awesomely drinkable. Carbonation is on the lighter side which is a big player in the easy drinkability.
Overall: Just more awesomely executed beer from New Glarus. I feel like a broken record saying this but they do all their styles so well. This one is a touch single dimensional on the sweetness side but that's getting nitpicky. No doubt worth a try.
07-09-2014 02:05:50 | More by KFBR392
Back Forty Bock from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.