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RATINGS: 215   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (4419) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2011
This poured a somewhat murky black color with a beige head. Aroma was of light nutz, light roast and some grassy hops. Flavor was lightly roasted, some caramel, and light older hops. A very nice beer for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6122) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 28, 2011
12 ounce bottle thanks to Nate. Pours a mahogany hue with some red, a large beige head- looks good, but the New Belgium Globe glass always makes beer look awesome. A sweet toasted malt nose, some caramel. A nice easygoing flavor of caramel, toasted malts, some light smoke. A cool description- I miss having a Back 40.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2011
12 oz. Brown red with a thin head. Malty bread aroma with some spice maybe from rye. Malty flavors a nice balance of bread and dough. Dry malt finish. Drinkable and decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3010) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2011
12 oz bottle
Another winner from New Glarus this bock was solid and balanced. I have another bottle that I have to crack open soon. I don’t know what the shelf life on this but if it comes out again in the next year or two trade for a bottle. Beers like this I could drink all day - who needs huge high gravity beers in the winter when you can have a couple of these.

Aroma / Appearance - Carbonated and coppery bronze the body is bright. Fluid and vibrant it invites additional attention. Iced tea, brown sugar, and hazels on almonds it is sweet and smooth. Light on the senses it gives more reason to stick around.

Flavor / Palate - Fluid rye bread fills the mouth and throat with liquid pleasure. Nutella and almonds follow like a breakfast procession. The light bitter finish leaves a subtle mark on the palate that is worth savoring. Hanging in the throat like the shavings on the floor of a woodshop it is a nice beer for a cold winter night. Hopefully the 2011 schedule is just as excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4956) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle around Christmas time. Clear red/copper pour with a huge beige head. Caramel malt aroma with some chocolate and roast. Flavor also starts with caramel malt, giving way to subtle cherry and a roasty almond finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guerde (1175) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2011
(bottle) Pours a dark reddish-brown with a thin off-white head and sparse lacing. Aroma is quite toasty and full of cereal grains, and is reminiscent to the smell of Cocoa Puffs. There is a light scent of cherry here which reminds me of Uff-Da, and that is accompanied by a significant scent of musty lager yeast. Notes of cola. Taste is simple, but well-executed, with some cola, caramel, chocolate, and faint roasted malt. Finish begins roasty, but ends crisply with a mineral taste. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is a bit lively. Overall this is ok, but I find the Uff-Da and Cabin Fever to be far superior.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2011
12oz bottle part of a sampler from a co-worker. Deep amber/brown clear pour with a thick, sticky off-white head. Aroma is soft roasted nuts, toffee, and bready malt. Flavor starts off with a shot of toffee and light-roasted malt, fades through a sweet (almost caramel) stage, then finishes with crisp flowery hops and a shot of carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Bottle: Pours a clear deep copper amber with a clingy-lacing froth of off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty caramel malty nose with some light noble hoppiness. Starts with a mild dark caramel sweetness with a good authentic hop bitterness and a smooth light chocolatey finish. Pretty true to style, but could use a little more body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hair6a11 (1366) - Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Bottle; Pour is hazy brown with amber highlights. Off white head - mild retention. Aromas are grassy hops, light bready malts and the feintest hint of dark fruit. The grassy hop bitterness is present initially; bready, almost nutty malts with that hint of toffee. Slightly sweet, ends bitter - and.....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mora2000 (5780) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a light brown color with a white head. The aroma is toffee, grass and some molasses. It smells about like a bock should. The flavor is toffee, grass and chocolate. The beer is also very dry, not sweet like a lot of bocks are. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, but I expect more from New Glarus.

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