Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by Twerp28:
4.1/5 rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
A shame this beer. This particular bottle at least. Having just gone through my beer cellar inventory I had noticed this Fort, although being purchased in 2009, had a late 2006 production date. Originally I read the '08 for an '06 and so it is I realized for the first time I was cellaring a five year old beer. A five year old beer very high in unfermented sugar surely.
Disappointed. Unfortunately I've had too much exposure to oxidised fruit wine and that is exactly what I'm getting from this bottle. I'm sure in it's more youthful days it had a hint of Raspberry Port or Brandy. I can taste it, I can see it. A dark brown with a hint of ruby, Irish Red would be fitting. Age has killed any form of carbonation and like a geriatric bottle of red wine it oxidises almost immediately. You get a whiff of it's youth, then it's gone. Lost to the present. It's Mickey Rooney in a bottle. Drink it when it was married to Ava Gardener. Young is best, if you have a 2008 drink it NOW! It has most likely already climaxed and is on it's way to the grave.
This being said, I can drink past the oxidation. If you can overlook the vinegar and the flatness this beer has something to say, it has experience, it has a story to tell. I'm watching Citizen Kane as I drink this bottle. What a fitting analogy. My old Fort is surely on the decline, but it is a bottle that has truly lived. Not some lager. Some lager who started life in mediocrity and finished it's years in the as the same shit lager as it began. Your drinking the steady decline into hell. It's not a James Dean or a Grace Kelly, it's a M. Night Shymalan or a Steve McQueen. I'd rather drink a beer that was once great than one that was never great at all.
Serving type: bottle
11-15-2011 20:54:25 | More by Twerp28
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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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