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Back Forty Bock - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

423 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 20
Gots: 16 | 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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DennisHanley

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-28-2011 02:55:47 | More by DennisHanley
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bootsdomino

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-26-2011 23:31:21 | More by bootsdomino
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smogfood

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

11-26-2011 20:15:43 | More by smogfood
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-25-2011 20:35:31 | More by Exiled
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MammothBrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-25-2011 04:36:22 | More by MammothBrew
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wallrock

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-23-2011 16:19:59 | More by wallrock
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bob727

Florida

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-22-2011 05:11:30 | More by bob727
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schomber

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-19-2011 22:27:55 | More by schomber
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Rempo

Indiana

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-19-2011 16:52:26 | More by Rempo
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stbo101

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

11-19-2011 14:00:11 | More by stbo101
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I2uss

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-18-2011 18:18:43 | More by I2uss
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mykd

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +33.3%

11-16-2011 14:40:37 | More by mykd
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savagepanda

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-15-2011 05:14:45 | More by savagepanda
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seeswo

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

11-15-2011 01:48:41 | More by seeswo
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redgreen

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -20%

11-14-2011 23:50:54 | More by redgreen
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hu5om

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-14-2011 15:16:26 | More by hu5om
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of 12 oz bottle into tulip style pint glass.

A) Dark brown with red hue. The red really comes out, held up to light. A finger of head that was basically gone 3-4 minutes after the pour. No lacing.

S) Heavy malt aroma, roasted malt and grains, slight sweetness, earthy, woody, quite fresh.

T) Malt sweetness that hints a bit at caramel. It has a touch of booze and a tart apple cider finish.

M) Medium body, well carbonated. Fairly silky on the palate, with a somewhat dry finish.

O) This was a nice late fall selection. Decent transition brew to your winter warmers. A little lighter fair than NG's Uff Da, but just as enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 01:46:36 | More by RoamingGnome
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russwbeck

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy brown pour with a nicely sized white head. The lacing is really nice.

S: Molasses, malts, caramel, spices, and perhaps a hint of fruit.

T: The malts and caramel come up big on the taste, only a hint of the molasses. Pretty basic taste, nothing to wow you, but good. A bit bitter on the backend.

MF: Light to medium body, carbonated well. Dry finish.

O: Very drinkable. Great for a tailgate, which was the original purpose of this guy.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 18:35:54 | More by russwbeck
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crewfan16

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. have yet to find a bad brew from new glarus, so here goes with this one.

a- pours a dark deep ruby brown color. doesnt keep all the light out, but not real transparent either. slightly off white head rises about a finger worth and falls pretty quickly

s- lots of sweet molasses and roasted malt. a little spiciness there and some slight fruit sweetness

t- molasses and brown sugar sweetness. lots of roasted malts there. some slight cocoa on the finish. nice flavor, but it seems a bit watered down. for some reason I expected more heavy flavors

m- i feel like its a bit thin for the style. makes it highly drinkable, but lacks the impact I would expect. decent carbonation makes it highly sessionable.

overall, not my favorite bock from new glarus. I think this one really pales in comparison to the uff-da. a nice easy drinking bock, but nothing in the way of complexity or depth

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 22:58:00 | More by crewfan16
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a single up at Riley's in Madison. Pours into my glass a nice deep brown with striking ruby highlights throughout and a quarter inch of foam atop the brew. Aromas of rich malts that are somewhat toasted with a light spicy undertone. Reminiscent of baked bread a bit...really nice!

First sip brings smooth maltiness upfront with some toasty accents again and bready undertones. Flows down with a slightly spicy kick. Just enough sweetness to wrap everything together.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with quite a punchy carbonation. Almost a bit too bubbly for me but it still goes down nicely. Overall, just a solid bock from New Glarus and I'm not surprised as they've brewed plenty of great bock's in the past!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 01:34:51 | More by orbitalr0x
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Badbobx

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I forgot I had this beer. I was in Wisconsin in May and brought back several beers. This stayed in the closet a while. It was worth the wait.
A 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass produced a beautiful dark semi-translucent pour. The foam was modest with a bit of lacing.
The aroma is a dark lager, very distinctive and pleasant.
The taste is a sweet malt with a bit of chocolate. There seems to be a sight mineral flavor that complements the sweetness.
The mouthfeel is appropriate for the style not too thick.
Overall, I enjoyed this brew and can only hope to sample more from this brewer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 23:23:11 | More by Badbobx
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip; second in a back-to-back-to-back tasting of New Glarus Bocks (the others being Cabin Fever and Uff-Da).

A: A fairly rough pour fills the tulip entirely, half with dark, nearly black red-brown liquid and half with thick, creamy, rocky tan head. Very dark, very rich, very beautiful.

S: Highly nutty, spicy, malty aroma, backed up with some chocolate and minerality. Very crisp lager yeast presence, with a nice balance of rich malts and piquant hops. This is a classic aroma for the style.

T: Starts out a little subdued, with dry nutty malt and chalky yeast dominating. The back end, though, expands dynamically with chocolate, coffee, and spicy hops. Long, clean, coffee-tinged finish. Quite refreshing for being such a rich lager.

M: A bit overcarbonated, as it just explodes into roiling effervescence as soon as it hits my tongue. All this after a rough pour...

O: Aside from the extraneous carbonation, this was a truly spectacular bock, delivering a tremendous balance of richness and drinkability. I would love to drink a liter or two of this on a crisp fall day. By far the winner of the three-beer contest.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 20:25:12 | More by woosterbill
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a pilsner glass. The color is caramel to medium brown. Three fingers of lightly tanned head dissipated slowly, leaving trails along the glass and a foamy and spotted lacing.

Smell: Notes of toasted malts, sweet caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, cocoa, and apple.

Taste: The initial sensation is sweetness from the sweet caramel, brown sugar, and apple; but it is immediately balanced by toasted malts, cocoa, molasses, and nutmeg (or maybe walnut; I don’t know much nuts too well (and do not take that the wrong way)).

Drinkability: I definitely need to get a six-pack of this the next time it is in season. Very good stuff. If it is this good on an 85º summer night, I bet it is excellent when there is a nice chill in the air.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 05:37:19 | More by TheQuietMan22
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep russet brown, very clear with lots of carbonation, really quite nice and a classic look for a bock. Thin off white head formed on the top, but quickly faded to just a thin film that stayed throughout the session, but offered no side glass contribution.

The aroma was your classic malty bock. Nice sweet caramel and nutty aromas mixed in with a good earthy tone. The flavor followed through very closely with a nice bitter malty flavor and a good amount of sweetness in it as well. Carbonation that is more then decent never let it go flat and kept you entertained throughout the session. Easily a sessionable beer, as I could have thrown down more then one.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 00:36:06 | More by mikesgroove
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CaptainIPA

Wisconsin

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

12 oz. bottle purchased @ Mrs. Sippy's and poured on-premise into a pint glass.

Pours a hazed chestnut brown with a thick khaki-colored head with decent retention and patched lacing.

Aromas of green apple, grass and dark bread. A hint of brown sugar. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel introduces a sharp cider crispness. Subtle sweet maltiness follows with suggestions of brown sugar and biscuit. Mild hopping balances out the taste profile. Bright effervescence throughout the session. Dry finish with a puckering tartness. Overall, Back Forty is a highly sessionable Bock with a robust malt character that's worth exploring.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 22:45:17 | More by CaptainIPA
Back Forty Bock from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.