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Back Forty Bock - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Back Forty BockBack Forty Bock

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BA SCORE
85
very good

484 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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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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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

OldhouseRecs, Jan 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

BRD14, Jan 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

dachp, Jan 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

hilgart1, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of DubbelTrubbel
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into New Glarus Signature Glass

A- Dark brown, off-white foamy head

S- Fresh bread and yeast- friutiness also evident. Appetizing

T- Rich, smooth, clean, slight oiliness. Finish has dark malt taste. Just really good.

M- Full and smooth, moderate carbonation

O- Very drinkable, balanced, and a little complexity. Similar to what it says on their six pack carriers, NG has a way of being "true to style", as well.

DubbelTrubbel, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber brown with a frothy one inch cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving foamy lacing.

Nutty, toasted caramel malt and a hint of butter form the aroma. Lightly roasted breadcrust emerges.

Flavor favors a lightly roasted malt character, with walnuts, a hint of fruitiness, and a lightly bitter finish rounding things out. Hops are minimal, and floral in nature.

Body is on the full side, with moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable beer, but lacks the caramelization of most bocks.

barczar, Jan 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

ThePundsack88, Jan 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Spartacus303, Jan 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

DooshBagalow, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid three finger off white head that slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bready and toasty malt driven aroma. Toasted malts and wheat grains with hints of baked biscuit, cereal grains, toasted bread, caramel, toffee, hay, and nuts. Subtle fruity hints of apple and lemon. Also a little sugar. Hop presence is very light with a slight earthy scent. Decent bock aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints, a bready malt taste with subtle fruit notes. Toasted malts with a taste of bready biscuit, toasted bread, cereal grains, hay, caramel, toffee, and some nuts. Subtle fruit undertones of apple and citrus lemon. A little brown sugar adds a sweet kick. Light earthy taste of hops towards the finish. A pretty decent taste that you expect from the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid bock. Has the toasted malty flavor expected for the style.

MattyG85, Jan 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a solo bottle at Woodmans in Wisconsin. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours light/medium brown, some light gets through. Good fluffy white foam. Retains well. Smell is all malt. Maybe a slight cola taste. Otherwise, taste is thin - notes of cola, malt, chocolate. Very low carbonation, like a flat soda would be. Almost a sour finish.

I don't love the bock style but this beer sure does do it well.

KTCamm, Jan 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

cheviac72, Dec 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Loogs, Dec 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

OregonGrown7, Dec 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

TheMcTwaten, Dec 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Kubrickx, Dec 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

dna1964dna, Dec 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

hinemk76, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Piggly Wiggly in Prairie du Chen, WI.

Time stamp:
2562
15:44

Pours a big fluffy head with a homogenous protein matrix. I poured in 15 minutes ago and the head is still 1/4 inch and the lacing is very strong. The color is a dark brown with a clear transparency with no cloudiness.

Smell is slightly sour lager flavors mixed with sweet appetizing malty base with a nutty backbone.

Taste is sweet and malty with some sour lager flavors that are hidden by the sweet, smokey, and a little burnt malts in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, just like the head indicates with a little body to keep the flavors on your tongue and makes you want to take another sip. It's a little acidic on the tongue, but the aftertaste with suttle sweetness covers that up.

Overall it's very flavorful without being overpowering. It is scrumptious.

Erdinger2003, Dec 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

RobinLee, Dec 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

kanno, Dec 23, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Kasie, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of BeerNinja007
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A friend of a friend who's a Wisonsin native turned me on to New Glarus a couple years ago, so I try to get my hands on this stuff whenever/ however I can. This 6-pack of Back 40 was hand delivered by my little brother who is currently working out that way. 12oz bottle, cold, poured into a standard pint glass. Code 2562 15:22, whatever that means.

New Glarus has snubbed convention by not having any goat iconagraphy on the label. It's some kind of sunset/ sunrise over a rolling wooded hill. No goats for whatever that's worth.

A: Mostly clear brown brew, like a really dark reddish amber color. A moderate pour yields a thin 1/4" of light tan head that fades pretty quickly to a single layer of small bubbles on the surface of the brew. Slight/ minimal lacing on the glass.

S: Mild grainy sweetness from complex sugars, complete with the vegetal kind of undertones I often get from a bock. Smells clean, no hop aroma. Definitely bock-ish, true to style, but on the lighter side. Not much bready fullness or complexity.

T: Very clean and subtle. Small notes of brown sugar and molasses, semi-grainy/ starchy, a hint of smoky roasted malt. Finishes with some lingering sweetness, baking soda, and a little green/ grass/ herb/ vegetal aftertaste.

M: Moderately thin and kinda watery with a bit too much carbonation.

O: It becomes a bit less bock-like the further it goes. Appearance is right, smell is nearly right, taste is a little thin, then the mouthfeel is really too thin. Lacks the kind of malty bready fullness I'd expect to get from a good bock. That being said, it's not necessary bad. Just lacking a bit. Pleasant enough to drink, just falls a little flat when compared to others of the style. Seems that they skimped on the malt. This is like Bock Lite.

I had one at room temperature the other night and it was much better that way. Try it unchilled.

BeerNinja007, Dec 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

mothman, Dec 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

EdTheEdge, Dec 16, 2012
Back Forty Bock from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.