Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by NolateM:
4.55/5 rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Very fresh bottle, only about a month old.
Poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale goblet. Fairly cloudy amber color. Dissipated head, but nice ring and lacing.
Lots of alcohol in the aroma, but fresh fruit comes through as well.
I had this beer last spring and thought it was good, but getting it fresh this time truly made all the difference, as the fresh bottle REALLY has all the raspberry flavor still intact. Some suggestions of apple and pear come through, as were also apparent when I had it last spring. It has a nice hint of champagne-like tartness (tastes as though it may have been brewed with champagne yeast or something).
Mouthfeel is good for what this beer is... obviously there's a generous amount of alcohol heat (which keeps getting more prevalent as the beer warms), but that goes without saying. Nice spritzy carbonation too.
Buy this as fresh as you possibly can, and serve it at fridge temperature. It really is worth it. What a fantastic, warming, strong, flavorful brew this is. Have it at the end of the night, or with dessert - I paired it with home-made tiramisu, and it was truly exceptional. It makes a delicious (and less expensive) substitute for port wine. It's PORT BEER! I should copyright that name.
About $16 for a 750 mL
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2006 20:22:30 | More by NolateM
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3.14/5 rDev -14.7%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
07-04-2014 22:49:20 | More by AgentMunky
4.23/5 rDev +14.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2014 21:55:06 | More by Resuin
4.34/5 rDev +17.9%
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).
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2014 20:27:28 | More by PaulBorn
Fort from Dogfish Head Brewery
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