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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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jwerner23

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-07-2014 01:02:23 | More by jwerner23
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Kramerwtmf

California

4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-06-2014 00:24:43 | More by Kramerwtmf
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a dark brown color with copper edges and is mostly clear with a tight off white head. Nose is toasted grain, sweet malt, and brown sugar. Taste has less grain and a hint musky, a bit sweet, brown sugar, stronger carb, flavors get a hint muted.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2014 22:09:57 | More by cpetrone84
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-31-2014 23:31:44 | More by TastyIsBeer
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beersdmf17

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev 0%

05-30-2014 23:46:02 | More by beersdmf17
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Ourchestra

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev 0%

05-27-2014 17:10:42 | More by Ourchestra
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Kyrojack

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +20%

05-26-2014 11:03:25 | More by Kyrojack
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robear

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +20%

05-24-2014 19:52:12 | More by robear
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Akrueg7272

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +20%

05-23-2014 23:03:44 | More by Akrueg7272
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neckbracesub

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev 0%

05-23-2014 00:40:45 | More by neckbracesub
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deereless

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-18-2014 20:16:51 | More by deereless
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Alex_Weinard

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-16-2014 03:55:45 | More by Alex_Weinard
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pirmannt1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.7%

05-12-2014 18:16:24 | More by pirmannt1
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aubzachsyd

Iowa

4/5  rDev +6.7%

05-10-2014 20:44:05 | More by aubzachsyd
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NooseJustice

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-10-2014 01:58:45 | More by NooseJustice
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Nick-K

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

05-10-2014 00:13:30 | More by Nick-K
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mscudder

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-09-2014 01:43:23 | More by mscudder
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fenlop54

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -20%

05-06-2014 17:35:23 | More by fenlop54
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Woodman70

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev 0%

04-30-2014 18:29:05 | More by Woodman70
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threedaggers

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev 0%

04-30-2014 02:57:50 | More by threedaggers
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OnWisconsin

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

04-29-2014 01:20:19 | More by OnWisconsin
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RavyneChyylde

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.7%

04-27-2014 14:41:05 | More by RavyneChyylde
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A brewery that would beat by no other's drum- the classic Bock that reaches from its fermenters leans to German northern German heritage as those dark and malty tastes beckon.

Looking the part, the dark lager is mostly brown but is also reddish, amber and golden when held at the perfect light. Despite the malty prism below, what plays out on top is a frothy stained ivory color that floats the beer with a sheet of foam and spotty retention. Nice looking, the beer is a shade off of those authentic versions.

Its grainy-sweet aromas catch a glimpse of cola nut, mild molasses, light brown sugar and a slightly more prominent toasted bread character. Fermented spices of cinnamon link with light vinous sherry-like fruit for a grapey and plummy aroma. While floral apple blossom and honeysuckle rise, its hop influence is floral and lightly rosy.

To taste, the grainy-sweet flavor tilts malty with a bready, toasty and crusted taste. Its woven sweetness links up with those floral tones to produce a fruity middle with orange, apple, grape and plum. Shy of raisin, the ale sinks into a toasted bitterness with spicy hops and savory echoes of smoky chocolate, peppery fennel and tobacco.

Medium in body, the beer's reluctant transition to dryness allows a fuller impression to be held. But as the beer trails, it does so with a trail of sticky sweetness, growing pepper bite, light warmth, and a nutty memory.

Even as I like the malty-rich character of Back 40, I find its one-dimensional sweetness unable to balance with any melanoidin character within the beer. Unable to finish drier, and unable to deliver more complex malt taste both limit the beer's more favorable finishes.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2014 06:32:03 | More by BEERchitect
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JerUrbans

Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear burnt amber, bubbly off - white head.

Smell of toasted malt is nice.

Taste is malty and some caramel sweetness. Very good flavor.

Mouth - feel is crisp and very clean, slightly sweet after taste.

Overall, if you like Bock beer you'll love this. It's a great, easy drinking beer, would be great with some barbecued ribs.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2014 02:52:51 | More by JerUrbans
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JeffSK

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev 0%

04-19-2014 23:19:16 | More by JeffSK
Back Forty Bock from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.