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Back Forty Bock - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

425 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 20
Gots: 18 | 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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rocklibster

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -20%

01-16-2012 15:18:25 | More by rocklibster
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

01-15-2012 02:07:16 | More by acurtis
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Florida9

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown in color, but still fairly translucent. Forms a small off-white head that sits starkly against the darker beer below. Leaves some patchy lacing on the way down.

S: The aroma is fairly muted, but what is there is dominated by the smell of brown bread, molasses, and malty fruits.

T: The taste is incredibly smooth and malty. Lightly sweet, a little toast, some dark brown sugar, a bit of caramel. Finishes with a mild nutty sweetness. Even a slight hint of chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with softer carbonation. Very smooth, almost voluptuous.

O: A very nice beer. Very well balanced and smooth beyond belief, making this one a dangerously easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 02:32:58 | More by Florida9
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CWhite

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-10-2012 17:09:39 | More by CWhite
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 01-07-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Seidel
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown color, like a dark cola. Big rocky head is 4+ fingers high and features excellent retention and very good lacing.

Smell: Malty, with caramel notes. Also some yeast smell, but overall not a lot of aroma.

Taste: A strong and rich malt character with a clean lager feel. Sweet, but not cloying, with a touch of hops but no bitterness. Very impressive taste.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and crisp, with a medium body. The finish is malty and slightly sweet.

Overall: Very refreshing and easy drinking. My mug was empty quickly and I would love to have had more!

Thanks to Crass3000 for this one!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 04:05:42 | More by sommersb
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was given a bottle of the Back 40 from my boss in a trade of beers. The beer poured a brownish clear amber with thin slightly off white head that left a nice lace on my glass. The smell included rich sweet malt. The taste was a nice malt start with good sweet tones that turned slightly bitter towards then end from the hops. The mouthfeel is a nice medium body beer with good carbonation. Overall this is another great creation by New Glarus.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 01:49:16 | More by WoodBrew
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MadTownDrinker

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-05-2012 19:05:48 | More by MadTownDrinker
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Mrpickles

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

01-02-2012 23:57:42 | More by Mrpickles
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sweetpaulie73

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-01-2012 03:56:31 | More by sweetpaulie73
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Grebdioz

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +20%

12-29-2011 11:05:00 | More by Grebdioz
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ponbon63

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-22-2011 21:44:37 | More by ponbon63
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ericwilson54

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +20%

12-21-2011 15:25:18 | More by ericwilson54
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Profane

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-21-2011 12:09:14 | More by Profane
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scottfrie

California

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint. Thanks again, Chris.

A: Pours a nutty dark brown with a greasy, billowing, dark tan head that took its time to fade into a dense, thick long lasting film that left a ton of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Sweet malts and bready grains. Clean and crisp smelling. I get a touch of sweet fruits as well.
T: Follows the nose. One-dimensional malt sweetness dominates alongside sweet flavors of apples and berries. The finish is bready and the aftertaste has flavors of spicy, earthy hops.
M: Very fluffy carbonation, medium body with a very smooth and chewy mouthfeel. This goes down very easy.
O: A great drinking beer that went down exceptionally smooth. Not my favorite style but I would gladly drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 01:03:48 | More by scottfrie
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Wisconsuds

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-17-2011 03:45:12 | More by Wisconsuds
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tyleeis

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-16-2011 00:29:48 | More by tyleeis
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trevorjk

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-15-2011 06:38:14 | More by trevorjk
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CummingsK21

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-15-2011 01:30:32 | More by CummingsK21
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Brunite

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

12-09-2011 17:36:44 | More by Brunite
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steveh

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've never been a big fan of NG's Uff-da bock. While it's a good, drinkable beer, it always came off as a Porter to my palate -- far too much roasted malt in the grain bill.

However, when I heard about Back 40 I definitely wanted to give it a try just because I know NG makes quality beer, so here goes.

A -- Clear, deep chestnut brown with a dense and foamy, light tan head.

S -- Mild toasted and roasted malts, some sweetness and spicy hops coming through.

T -- Light, bready malts up front, some light roasted character back, mildly spicy hops in balance.

M -- Sort of spritzy with a crisp mouthfeel and medium light body.

O -- This is truly a traditional Bock -- more so than Uff-da, but it also seems just a little lackluster overall. I'm trying to harken back to my early days of hunting down Rhinelander Bock each spring to see if this reminds me of that sort of beer, but it's just not as exciting. Overall, this is a good drinker and goes down easy, but it just seems a bit lacking. I might have to revisit on another day.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 22:28:40 | More by steveh
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xmasboy

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-06-2011 05:57:10 | More by xmasboy
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augustgarage

California

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my 12oz nonik. Served lightly chilled.

Clear dark amber body with a soft finger of beige up top. Active yet with good retention and gravy-like lacing.

Nutty and toasty malt aroma with a touch of brown butter and dandelion greens as well.

Clean dark lager flavors offer some tartness without becoming metallic. Gentle melanoidins and faint lemon zest and elderberry emerge as well into the mild malty finish. Faint hops and alcohol contribute very low bitterness and heat but are present none the less. Perhaps a touch of grain in the aftertaste.

Light-bodied, soft, and not quite creamy mouthfeel.

A nice simple domestic rendition of the style...

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 01:50:50 | More by augustgarage
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wiscokid920

Maryland

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-03-2011 20:17:20 | More by wiscokid920
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gio540

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-02-2011 09:07:31 | More by gio540
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urbancamper

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-02-2011 00:40:37 | More by urbancamper
Back Forty Bock from New Glarus Brewing Company
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