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Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery

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510 Reviews
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Reviews: 510
Hads: 1,045
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 27.32%
Wants: 156
Gots: 271 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  18.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2005

An ale brewed with a ridiculous amount of pureed raspberries (over a ton of 'em!). Fort has a Belgian-style base, then we follow a similar fermentation process to the one we use on our other super-high ABV beers, 120 Minute IPA and World Wide Stout.

49 IBU
ABV varies from 15-18%.
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Photo of maxifunk777
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BIG BOLD BRASH and such a great sipper yes the ABV is there but hidden very well.
Taste is sweet but far from over-barring I would buy this beer again.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly rusty copper, fizzy head does form and a ring retains.

Nose is huge on raspberries but not much else aside from a bit of alcohol.

Flavor is exactly as expected - a solid touchpoint for me is Blushing Monk. This comes across like a 120 minute Blushing Monk in flavor mostly. The extra booze gives it a bit of a medicinal flavor which I'm hoping will dissipate with some time.

Feel is a bit brash, drying and more alcoholic than sweet. It's a nice beer, but I think some time will do it well.

Comparing it to a Blushing Monk (from memory) it has almost the exact same flavor, but the higher ABV really does bring the medicinal quality I'm not a big fan of. It doesn't have the glorious color or that incredibly mouthfeel either - it's possible the latter will come with time but probably no such luck with the former. It's nice, glad I have more, but one fresh was enough for now I think.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a dull amber to bright and slightly earthy orange. a finger or so of an off white head. weak retention but leaves behind a slight lacing and some alcohol legs as it swirls. strong clarity and strong brightness.

Smell: strong and intense berries. comes of a bit artificial but still juicy and nice. some pale and bready malts. strong booze.

Taste: opens up with raspberry juice. has a bit of sweetness to it. little to no tartness. malts come through pale and a bit on the bready side. booze shoots through to balance out any sweetness and add some vanilla-y notes.

Mouthfeel: medium to full feel. nice balance. strong booze and warmth. fairly clean besides the warmth.

Overall: most fruit beers are either tart or overly sweet, but this one finds a nice balance for the sweetness with the booze. another great high abv brew from dogfish head, although this one may taste the booziest of the bunch.

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Photo of gr0g
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle from 2015. Color is orangey-amber, while there's little head formation to speak of. Smells strong and potent. Aroma is of ripe raspberries first and foremost with plenty of caramelized/brown sugar backing it up. Alcohol notes are surprisingly light.

Flavor is very sweet and very strong, as expected. There's more to it than that, though, unlike, say, Higher Math. Bit of alcohol burn on the finish, but not overpowering. Raspberries lend their flavor in a more subtle way than they contribute to the aroma -- it's not like a fruit liqueur, though the mouthfeel is a bit syrupy. It's also a bit harsh and fizzy. Strong, fruity, tasty. The very definition of a sipper. Enjoy with good company.

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Photo of DovGibor
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/23/15; poured into a snifter. Deep orange color veering slightly towards light red. Minimal head that quickly settled away.

Aroma is sweet berries with maybe a hint of malt. Giving the glass a swirl liberates some light alcohol notes that blend with the berries. Mouthfeel is rich, though noticeably light on the carbonation.

Taste is fruity with a light tartness that balances and makes the beer enjoyable. It's much closer to a mild lambic than the much boozier tasting 120 minute, World Wide Stout or Olde School. There is a touch of sweetness, but not at all cloying or medicinal.

Overall this is much lighter than I expected; more in the nose than the palate. Not to say it's a flavorless beer, just less robust than I expected from a Dogfish 'big' beer. It's enjoyable, though I think there are some light lambics that match its quality and are easier to find than this occasional rarity.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly, for a Belgian style it didn't overflow with an uninformed hard pour. It leaves a decent amount of lacing on the Dogfish Head snifter. It has a reddish hugh. Mainly clear.

Smells yeasty with sweet fruit.

Raspberry up front, but a lot stronget in the aftertaste for me. A nice Belgian base. Slightly spicey, with some sour, musty yeast. Seems to be a decent amount of hops. I notice some bitterness in the middle. There is also some alcohol at the end, but not too bad.

Excellent feel. Creamy, with a slight crisp bite.

While this is very sweet, the raspberry flavor does not overpower the beer at all. It does drink quite a bit like a wine. I had no idea it was 18% until I looked at the listing. It does not drink like it at all. Very enjoyable

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Photo of devilfluff
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 bottle. Poured into a small tulip.

Less pink than I expected. smells of raspberries, but not the overwhelming flavor I expected. Hugely booze, big alcohol burn.

I think a couple of years will mellow this nicely.

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Photo of barczar
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More subtle aroma than expected, though there are definitely raspberry notes and booze.

Flavor is sweet, but the alcohol heat counters, providing a dry finish. Raspberry is noted and pleasant, but doesn't lend any tartness. Almost medicinal, wIth an alcohol burn.

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Photo of themind
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Well the 17% is hidden, I will give it that. Anything else, not so great. Is it drinkable?, yes but its kinda flat. It's flavor is not bad, its just a bit dull. The raspberry is there but it has a syrup consistency to it.

Bottom Line: In the glass, looks good. After that...not sure. Would revisit.

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Photo of Hops3
4.77/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I tried this beer for the first time on a release night at a local Dogfish Ale House. Fantastic. I only had one but it was wonderful. This is a sipping beer with sweet mellow raspberry taste. Don't expect strong raspberry however. The strong 18% ABV mellows the fruitiness. A little taste of hops but not over powering. This stuff is truth serum so be careful who you drink it with.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a bomb! The bottle did not have an alcohol content, at least I could not find one, but it hits one pretty hard. The beeer had a very nice color and a good head. The taste was very complex but the raspberry flavor came through strongly. Very good beer.

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Photo of Jpottersls081
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent beer, starts out smooth just the right amount of raspberries, will keep you warm on a chilly November night, raspberries from start to finish, not overbearing on the alcohol or raspberries for an absolutely knock your socks off ABV of 15-18. I have two bottles I will cellar for a few years, my guess is it will mellow and strengthen, can't wait to see. I shall review again.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

2015 bottle. I was expecting this to be more fruity. Earthy, not too sweet and subtle raspberry. Kind of tastes like cough syrup. The body is not too thick and the carb makes it drink light, but this doesn't taste good.

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Photo of buckeye1275
4.77/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 edition. 12 oz bottle. It's been a few years since I've had this beer. I picked up two 4-packs for $34.99 each. Expensive , yes but considering it's 15-18% I'm only drinking one over a 2 hour span.

Nice reddish, deep color with a fruity aroma. The taste is very complex. Tons of fruit notes from the raspberries but a nice, thick mouthfeel as well. You can't taste the alcohol at all. There is a sweetness to the finish that I really like. I'm gonna drink 4 fresh and cellar the other 4.

Great beer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Bottle

A - Pours a nice, clear, raspberry red color with a pronounced creamy lacing, no head.

S - Straight up raspberries and booze, even after four years!

T - Up front raspberries, no malt presence at all on the palate, and finishes with raspberries and booziness.

M - Heavy medium body, lip smacking sticky, noticeable warming on the way down, wet finish with the ABV evaporating off the top and leaving the sides on the tongue watering for more.

O - IMO, this beer scores way lower than what it deserves.

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Photo of Boto
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: This one pours a red tinged clear amber color. There was about no head or lacing to it. The aroma is nice. Some raspberries with a little tartness to them. The taste is quite good. Tart raspberries with a nice ale backing them up. You don’t even notice the alcohol until its too late!

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Photo of Pegasus
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep claret in color, with a small head, which soon fades away. Modest carbonation drifts lazily to the surface. The lacing is faint.

Aroma: Intense notes of raspberries and vinous alcohol

Taste: Begins with over-the-top raspberries and vinous alcohol. The alcohol is quite warming and by no means subtle. The raspberries, tart and juicy, play off against the strong and spicy alcohol, with neither dominating. Both the raspberries and alcohol intensify as the taste progresses. The alcohol brings the taste to a graceful close.

Mouthfeel: Very soft, full, velvety, with a texture similar to that of port wine.

Drinkability/notes: Stunning and elegant, for me, comparisons to port wine are inescapable. Its a pity that Fort is no longer made, I cannot think of a more elegant accompaniment to a holiday dinner than this. This was 2008 vintage.

Presentation: Packaged in a one liter Belgian-style brown glass bomber, sealed with a pry-off cap, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice, though a champagne flute might have been equally appropriate.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.56/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared last night by Barry. '08 vintage. Holy crap.

This pours a dark, deep inviting red color, with a very small head, and basically no lacing.

Smells really, really, raspberry forward, even 7 years later. It's incredible. Just rich raspberry, tart and sweet at the same time, with some raspberry seed flavor, along with some slight booziness, but nowhere near the aroma I'd expect from a beer of this ABV.

Tasting this, I can hardly believe it's 18% ABV. The booze has basically subsided, only leaving a slightly spicy warming feeling at the end of each sip. Otherwise, there's just a genuinely wonderful raspberry flavor, I can't believe how much raspberry is here even all these years later- there's clearly a deft brewing hand here. Say all you want about Dogfish Head- this is an insane, killer beer. I can't say it's exactly complex- if you're looking for nuanced flavors, or really any flavors other than raspberry, you'll be looking for a while. However, the raspberry flavor they managed to capture here is just outstanding, and that's impressive enough for me.

This is fairly thick bodied, with a juicy, crisp mouthfeel, almost pulpy in a way. There's a lower level of carbonation. It's really drinkable, and honestly doesn't even need to be a sipper. At this age, it's so easy to put down. You gotta be careful though- if you drink too much of it, you'll be knocked right on your ass.

This is one of the best DFH beers I've ever had. It's coming back out again soon, I'll have to put down for 6-7 years before trying it again.

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Photo of kamikazeokami
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If you like raspberry juice smacking you in the face and giving you Type 2 Diabetes...this is the beer for you. Not in the same sweetness league as Serendipity, but it has less depth, not terrible...not the best.

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Photo of Jonada
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. 2011 release. Poured into a DFH signature glass

Appearance: Pours a dark amber orange color with less than a finger of an off white head, that dissipates to a thick collar and wispy foam coating. Body is relatively clear with a good amount of visible carbonation

Smell: Tart raspberries, booze, sherry, vanilla, sweet malt and a light Belgian yeast quality.

Taste: Follows the aroma pretty closely with sweet, tart raspberries being the most prominent. Following that are notes of dark fruit, booze, red apple and a caramel like malt. There’s a mild Belgian yeast undertone as well (almost like a Belgian blonde turned WAY up) but is overshadowed by the more assertive flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a thick, sticky, syrupy mouthfeel and medium levels of soft carbonation. Sweet, but not cloying, with a light raspberry tartness in the finish to balance it out. Not sure of the ABV for this batch, but for an 18-ish % beer, this is dangerously drinkable (but obviously still a sipper).

Overall: This has been a strange, random want of mine for quite a while, so it was nice to finally be able to tick this. With that said, the beer itself was a pleasant surprise as the reviews on this seem to be quite mixed. While it’s not a beer that’s super complex, it is a (REALLY) big ass raspberry beer with big flavors, that accomplishes what it’s going for and (most perhaps most impressively) does it without being a boozy mess.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%

Tried a while ago but recently had an aged version. The appearance is a yellow with a ruby tint with a lot of haze. The smell is full of raspberries to the point of being more of a lambic than anything else. The taste was similar although had some interesting notes with a cleaner finish than I would have guessed. The mouthfeel was a bit thick for me but overall I thought this was a well made beer for something so odd.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter glass at a Dogfish Head dinner at Rapture. From notes. Reviewed 16 January 2012.

A: Almost a finger of nice head fades quickly. The beer is reddish, translucent/cloudy, and pretty.

S: Whoah! Balsamic vinegar and fruity, cherry cough syrup. Sticky.

T: Uh...It's quite sweet. And still reminiscent of cough syrup. But in the taste a tartness -- raspberry -- prevails. Utterly sweet with no bittering balance, but at 16% what did you expect?

M: Strong and dry, but with a decent carbonation amidst the cloyingness.

O: Too sweet (and strong) for my blood, but perhaps worth the experience.

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Photo of Resuin
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an enlarged snifter. This was bottled in 2011.

Appearance: Pours a deep, raspberry red/maroon and gives an off-white head that fades almost immediately to nothing. Pretty opaque and raspberry colored.

Smell: Big, sweet raspberry syrup, molasses, malts, bourbon, vanilla, hint of alcohol. Big smell, but not overwhelming. Pleasant.

Taste: Sweet raspberry syrup, molasses, caramel, malts, a bit of spike, hint of tart raspberry. Like big candied raspberry malts. Big flavor. Alcohol is masked well - this is very drinkable, maybe the 3 years since bottling has something to do with that.

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carbonation with a medium syrupy body. Finishes with just a bit of booze.

Overall: Like sweet raspberry syrup this is quite sweet, but enjoyable. The alcohol is masked well, yet gives it some character. I drank the whole bottle and enjoyed it. Lots of flavor though, with a nice variety of influences.

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Photo of PaulBorn
4.34/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Year old bottle poured into a snifter glass

A: Deep orange-brown amber color. Two finger head pour, small head lingers around the rim. Less raspberry color than expected for such a very berry-based ale.

S: Booze and raspberry, but mostly booze. Alcohol content is obviously very strong, but does not create a terrible imbalance. Sweetness and berry flavor nicely compliment the high abv profile

T:Warming abv with tons of raspberry and sweetness, but in a way that keeps true to Dogfish head style. This is not your convenience-store-mainstream microbrew-raspberry ale. Very satisfying, lingering after taste.

M: Nice slick mouth coating of sweet, but boozy raspberry. To repeat myself, balance is surprising for such a strong berry flavor and alcohol content.

O: Better than I expected. 87/100 on the BA scale in my opinion. After aging this for a year I let me expectations fall to an over fruity thick wine as opposed to a raspberry ale. I would certainly buy this again if Dogfish head brewed it. America Strong ale with a nice berry profile (albeit from a man with plenty of berries in his diet).

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Photo of DersOne
4.74/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2005 vintage bottle poured into a DFH tulip glass and served at roughly 50°F

A-Pink grapefruit/ruby deep color, medium sized bubbles in head with minimal lacing, small effervescent bubbles from bottom of glass.

S-Sweet heavy malt and molasses, fading to sweet fruit, a bit of dark fruit on top of the main raspberry notes.

T-First impression is a raspberry hard candy with a bit of resiny molasses. Light booze given the ABV, slightly tart, small, enjoyable alcohol burn that fades slowly.

M-"Wet" mouthfeel, good effervescence with lingering tingle, coats the mouth well to let the flavors sink in, lasting character.

O-4.75/5 because this one was a bit carboardy due to its age and may have been just slightly past its prime. Maybe the 2006-2007 would have scored a 5, will seek out more for future sampling. An exemplary fruit beer.

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Fort from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 510 ratings.