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Back Forty Bock - New Glarus Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Back Forty BockBack Forty Bock

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very good

507 Ratings

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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 21
Gots: 36 | FT: 2
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 -7.2%

ObeMaltKinobee, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
2.58/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a New Glarus glass on 8/7/12

Medium dark brown with rust and crimson highlights. A two finger beige-colored head dissipates slowly leaving a pock marked layer of foam and scattered strands of lace.

Bread has a strong showing in the nose with a toasty grain bent backing it up. From there, milder floral and ripe apple notes round it out. Dusty yeast on the peripheries.

The taste is a bit of a let down compared to the aroma. Bread notes are minimized and there is a generic hop twinge that comes across as metallic. Light fruit tones blended in around the edges. Hints of earth and nuts.

The feel is a disappointment. The body is light with a juicy penchant and falls prey to an overactive carbonation.

My overall impression of Back 40 improves over time; swirling out some of the carbonation makes the beer easier to drink and as the beer warms, some of the roughish aspects are lessened.

Ryan011235, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of ATXRyan
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

ATXRyan, Aug 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

DIPADude01, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Calculat0r
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Calculat0r, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of AceMaster
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

AceMaster, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of LoraxLager
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

LoraxLager, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of TPeterson
4/5  rDev +6.1%

TPeterson, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of TonyTalon
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

TonyTalon, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Gatordaddy, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of thebigredone
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

thebigredone, May 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

cardern, May 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Dohshow, May 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

CarolinaKev, May 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

danp14, May 11, 2012
Photo of MClow
4/5  rDev +6.1%

MClow, May 10, 2012
Photo of cagocubs
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Pint Glass.

A: Light brown that darkens as it masses to a darker mahogony with a nice 1.5 finger tan head that lingers and laces.

S: Malt, caramel/molasses sweetness, buttery bread.

T: Well balanced beer. Has the interesting sweet character mixed with malt toastiness. The aftertaste is somewhat buttery and bready.

M: I believe this is the perfect body for a bock. It is pretty much medium, but not too crisp and not too heavy. Good aftertaste and coating. By far the best part of this beer.

cagocubs, May 10, 2012
Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Kunstman, May 07, 2012
Photo of aasher
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was courtesy of a coworker.

This beer pours a light bodied deep mahogany with a one finger off white head. The nose is typical of a bock, slightly sweet malt with a slight nuttiness. The flavors are initially slightly sweet but finish dry and malty. It's on par for the style. It drinks light and somewhat dry. It's ok.

aasher, May 05, 2012
Photo of JimGlonke
4/5  rDev +6.1%

JimGlonke, May 01, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice looking dark brown color with a cream colored head on top. The smell of this beer was really quite nice, the aromas of dark malts and bready yeast with some dark fruits in there too. A unique nose on this beer for sure. The taste of the beer wasn't as impressive as I had hoped for. The flavors seemed a little on the muted side, nothing really popped, there were some lager yeast-like flavors in there and mostly a dull dark malt base. The mouthfeel was pretty good, it was medium bodied with decent amount of bubbles to it. Overall I felt that this beer just needed some additional malts or something to boost the sweetness of the beer just a bit. Other than that I thought it was pretty good.

Knapp85, Apr 26, 2012
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

antoines15, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is #34 on the "Top Beers - Bock" list on beeradvocate.com. Bottle shared by Thorpe at Easter, served in a snifter.

Beer is on the light side for a bock but that doesn't bother me, plenty of blonde bocks out there, mild haze, lazy white head of small bubbles, some lacing.

Aroma is sweet and a little prune-y.

Beer is fine, I like it, medium to light in body, sweet but not overly sweet, a decent finish on the whole thing, enjoyable but not overly sweet or dry on the finihs. I'd have it again.

drabmuh, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to BeerFMAndy for getting a nice box of New Glarus out to me. Served in a New Glarus tasting glass.

Pours a medium caramel color with a short white head and some nice lacing on the way down. The nose brings some very faint hops and a bit of bready plus a touch of caramel. Flavor is pretty similar. Body is medium with good carbonation and a semi-dry finish; just a touch of sweetness comes through. Not bad for an American Bock.

Thorpe429, Apr 10, 2012
Back Forty Bock from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.