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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Clear amber with a medium off-white head and mild lacing. Aroma of burnt malt, German hops and light toffee. Taste is very bland with pale malt, light caramel and noble hops. Dry finish and just not very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AmEricanbrew (6608) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Courtesy of blutt59. Clear light brown color/ tan head. Toasted hawaiian bread, yeasty fruity aromas. medium bodied. Weak, stale dark bread, caramel, dark fruit flavors--

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2307) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2011
12 oz bottle courtesy of guyinchicago. Thanks Chuck. Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a small off-white head that has good retention. The aroma is mild with sweet roasted malts, brown sugar and molasses. The flavor is sweet with red fruits, brown sugar, cookie dough and mild nutty hops. The palate is light but effective with soft carbonation. Finishes medium in duration and semi-sweet. Overall: .A well balanced bock that I thoroughly enjoyed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (9210) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Pours hazy reddish brown, with thin off white head. Aroma has notes of cherry, caramel, nuts, some oat, and a touch of toffee. Taste is nutty, caramel, some weird metallic middle, finishing rather nondescript and slightly bitter. Starts well, ends bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sthlm (1270) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2011
[Bottle] Pours deep red with a small, lingering beige head. Aroma is a little weak, but pretty good. A slightly fruity sweetness--reminds me of banana, but a little different--caramel, notes of vanilla, and something that has me thinking of garden plants, but I can’t place which one. Taste is big on toasted malt, good bitterness to balance it out, some caramel, notes of apple skin, a faint metallic/mineral character that I can’t describe very well, and nuttiness (hazelnut and lots of brazil nut). Medium mouthfeel, creamy, smooth. Long finish. Overall, a little difficult for me to place everything in this, but enjoyable, and would make for a nice session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (6053) - 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 (8021) - 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 (2106) - 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 (3475) - Chagrin Falls, 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 (6503) - 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.

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