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RATINGS: 210   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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 14/20
changeup45 (1716) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Bottle from sherm1016 . The pour is a deep amber or dark brown color with a decent off-white head. A good foam settles on top that produces quite a bit of lacing. The aroma shows toasted grains, nuts, caramel, and light chocolate. A good intro. Some wheaty and light grassy notes enter the mix in the flavor. Lightly toasted caramel, grains, and some hops round out the taste. There’s a little chocolate as well but it’s an afterthought. Nothing too crazy here but something I’d definitely drink again and overall pretty solid stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3353) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Nice, brownish amber pour with off white head. Aroma is sweet bread, caramel, toffee. Flavor is full and rich, nice toffee and caramel notes, lots of bread. Some chocolate. Some light roast, nuts, biscuits. Pretty delicious. Full mouthfeel, good carbonation. Really delicious fall beer. This beer is like camping outdoors when I was a kid in boyscouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Pours a brown-amber color with a thin off-white head. Aroma light caramel, buttery-biscuit malts, and light hoppiness. Taste is much the same with a very smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable and balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (7998) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 Bottle at Bodega in La Crosse. Pours brown with amber highlights and a medium thick and fluffy off-white head that dissipates steadily. The aroma is chocolate and nuts. Medium body with flavors of roasted malt, chocolate and fruit. The finish is malty with sweet chocolate aftertaste. Above average overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (1977) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Bottle. Clear light brown pour, little bit of carbonation and a nice sweet malty and nutty aroma. Flavor is light malt, chestnuts, wheat bread and slightly brown sugar sweet on the finish. Great session beer, and very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Bottle. Pours a gorgeous chestnut color, glowing and robust with a sticky off-white colored head. Aroma has just a touch of roast and crunchy nuttiness, clean with just a hint of fermentation character and soft alcohol. Flavor follows, very dry, faint chocolate and roast, not a ton of depth, but very drinkable, like spicy hoppiness with just a touch of citrus. Light bodied with active fizzy carbonation, thin and drinkable but does have just a slight syrupiness left after. Another Dan Carey dance, getting the most out of the least.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Dark brown pour. Sweet malts on the nose. Flavor is very much the same, a mix of sweetness and malty goodness. A fine addition to the NG lineup.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Brown-orange, beige cover. Aroma is burnt caramel, toasty. Taste is burnt sugar, caramel, toasty, crisp finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (2712) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2010
Bottle - Dark rosy brown pour with a small foamy white head. Real nutty on the nose, with some bready malt, an herbal note, and--crazily--a whiff of buttered popcorn salt. Hmm. Taste is fairly subdued, bready malt with a touch of hops, light caramel, a whiff of milk chocolate. Man...I could drink a case of this. Soft and velvety in the mouth. Fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Juelze (1138) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2010
New Glarus hits this one out of the park. Pours a rich ruddish-brown color with medium-sized, light tan head. Aroma is of rich caramel, mild cocoa, roasted grain and earthy hops. I’m not a bock guy by any means, but this one definitely changed my mind. Everything is in perfect balance and the amount of hop profile, not leaning way or the other, keeps this usually malt-forward beer interesting for a hop head like me. Delicious!

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