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Back Forty Bock - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Back Forty BockBack Forty Bock

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BA SCORE
85
very good

444 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 444
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 20
Gots: 21 | 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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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joe1510

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle
$7.99 6-Pack
Roy's Market - New Glarus

Back Forty glows chestnut brown with every facet of the mug adding a new different intensities of light. The head is dirty white, nearing beige, and white a bubbly look like soapy water. Carbonation bubbles attach themselves the the bottom of the glass and the foam leaves soft lace clinging behind. She looks mouthwatering.

The nose is toasty off the bat with a pretty robust caramel sweetness. Dark bready notes waft through the caramel here and there. The more I sniff the more the caramel seems to become the dominant aspect. A leafy hoppiness lingers on the periphery. Smells a little on the sweeter side.

Caramel is better integrated into the flavor profile than I expected. Bready notes are still dark and actually bring a touch of spiciness that counteracts the sweetness I came across in the nose. Big, but smooth, toasty notes run throughout. A little leafy green hoppiness cleans it all up. The flavor really steps it up. It's much spicier and less sweet than I initially expected.

The carbonation is surprisingly snappy, moving the moderately weighted body through at a fairly quick clip. The finish dries up quickly and crisply leaving behind a very soft bitterness which drives the drinkability sky high.

Back Forty is an all around well made bock. It's easy drinking, shows a touch of spice with bread galore and a dry finish. I could see myself picking this up again in the future and I suggest you give it a try as well if you're into the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2014 01:08:01 | More by joe1510
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HopsingKangabrew

Illinois

3.09/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A very dark brown pour, with a very small to non existent soda like head. Not too much on the nose, nothing distinguishable (may be my slight cold, though). It's smooth, medium bodied. It's sweet, with a lot of toasted breadiness and a caramel/slight toffee like finish. It's drinkable, but the trade off here is a bock that isn't indicative of the type of beer it is. Slightly watered down is somewhat accurate. Mouthfeel reminds me of slightly soda.

All around, not a bad beer. I picked it up in a variety pack. I'm not sure I would go out of my way to find this one, though.

Serving type: bottle

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2.79/5  rDev -25.6%
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A watered down, citrusy "bock" (so they say) with the classic New Glarus ultra-sweet blandness. The hops are almost nonexistent and the flavor leans towards that of a flat soda.

It pours beautifully, with a full head, but that's where it ends for me. A bock should be full and strong, and this is weak and mild, and very sweet. A lot of what New Glarus does, to me, is just Spotted Cow with a twist. And I am not a fan of Spotted Cow.

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Back Forty Bock from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.