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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

495 Ratings

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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 22
Gots: 33 | 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 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
Photo of stortore
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

stortore, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of Ryen
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
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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

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

Canada_Dan, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of SnarkyFinn
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

SnarkyFinn, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of ChefAndy555
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

ChefAndy555, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of SteveTheBrit
4/5  rDev +6.4%

SteveTheBrit, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Stoutlad
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Stoutlad, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of jwc215
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

jwc215, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Slarson7
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Slarson7, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Hairrrrrrrr, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of Big_Dave
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Big_Dave, Aug 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

tgates, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

ONovoMexicano, Aug 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Rick778, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

jjwisenheimer, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of stucat
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

stucat, Aug 01, 2014
Back Forty Bock from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.