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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

484 Ratings

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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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

northcoastwolf, Jul 19, 2014
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Eman17, Jul 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Stillyman11, Jul 15, 2014
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3.61/5  rDev -4%

12 oz bottle poured into a New Glarus pilsner glass.
No date or info.

A - Back 40 pours a murky pond-water brown color that still allows the visibility of carbonation trickling up to a solid two-finger, bone-colored head. The turbulent pour looked great but the head left with lower retention as awesome sheets of Swiss-cheese lace coat the glass, though.

S - Starting off with a great malty aroma, slight hints of rye bread lift up the biscuity toasted amber and Vienna malts. Subtle earthy hops keep the brew from being too sweet while adding crispness and complexity to the smell.

T - Back 40's maltiness resembles toasted wheat English muffin drizzled with stringy melted caramel and honey but lighter in flavor and body than, say, their Uff-da, which is a bit richer overall.

M - Crisp and fairly clean, Back 40's medium-light body has a smooth entry that seems to finish with light carbonation giving it a thinner feel that lingers with a light touch of sweetness.

O - While New Glarus' Back 40 is a drinkable bock to be sure, it just seems to be lacking something; its somewhat transparent flavor and thin feel don't stand up to their Uff-da bock, a crown jewel for the style which begs the question, "why" for Back 40.

BeerFMAndy, Jul 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

tdmccarthy, Jul 14, 2014
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Drucifer, Jul 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

TimErickson, Jul 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Purp1eOne, Jul 12, 2014
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2/5  rDev -46.8%

kscaldef, Jul 11, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev 0%

A- Clear medium brown-amber body with a medium thickness off white head. Good retention. Thin, milky lacing.

S- malty toffee, grainy with a solid noble hop presence. Not complicated but nice enough to smell.

F- caramel, bread, a bit of tapioca and grainy sweetness that is complemented by a mild earthy bitterness.

M- medium body, just the right amount of flavour for the body. Good carbonation, a bit fizzy. Noble hops finish it out.

O- Solid, well executed example of a bock. No surprise here, are you surprised?

Stevedore, Jul 09, 2014
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4.09/5  rDev +8.8%

Appearance: pours with a dark brown color. Half a finger of head on the pour which settled a touch but was present while drinking. Low active carbonation but fitting for the style.

Smell: Toffee and amber malt jumps out right away. Medium bodied fruits are quite bright on the body with a definite sweetness running throughout. There is a touch of hay and prairie grass on the back end.

Taste: Molasses and toffee make a grand entrance. Semi-sweet grains with medium to dark fruits open up on the body. The back end is a revival of the molasses and toffee on the front with slowly waning grains and fruit. Slight nuttiness sticks to the palate.

Mouthfeel: Awesomely drinkable. Carbonation is on the lighter side which is a big player in the easy drinkability.

Overall: Just more awesomely executed beer from New Glarus. I feel like a broken record saying this but they do all their styles so well. This one is a touch single dimensional on the sweetness side but that's getting nitpicky. No doubt worth a try.

KFBR392, Jul 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

derryd, Jul 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

lucasj82, Jun 30, 2014
Back Forty Bock from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.