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Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery

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FortFort

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BA SCORE
83
good

952 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 952
Reviews: 492
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 19.02%
Wants: 139
Gots: 215 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  18.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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%.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2005)
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Reviews by ititani:
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

ititani, Oct 22, 2013
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Photo of Resuin
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.

Resuin, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in early 2005, consumed on March 28th, 2009.
Stored in a fridge for 3 years. Held up well.

Appearance: mildly bubbly pink with no lace. Almost champagne like but under carbonated.

Aroma: medicinal like cherry or raspberry cough syrup. It's actually a little tough to tell form the aroma which fruit is the main component of this beer. Somewhat boozy. Spicy and zesty.

Taste: Raspberries are present but not overwhelming. The fruit is more generic now and the flavors are muddled fruit liquors blended together. Slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel: much more mellow than when it was first bottled. Boozy and slightly syrupy with a medium to full body and only light carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad at all and better than when this was fresh, if I recall correctly.

For the price though, this just doesn't work for me. It's a one trick pony and not one that I particularly like.

DaPeculierDane, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of npala86
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

npala86, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was bottled in 2008 with all aspects of being consumed at a later date that time is now 12/22/09. It boast a heavy dose of raspberry puree mixed with smooth wheat like complexes.

A- This beer shows a very confident pour of medium orange tainted fluid with light off white head that foams around the rim of the glass. Beautiful structure makes this one very inviting.

S- Fresh raspberries, slices of oranges, lemons and mild tart sweetness scents. Overall it is a wild berry scent with natural fruit tendencies. Major alcohol fumes burn the nose.

T-M- Very quick flavor of raw raspberries with a bitterness that makes you pucker your lips in sour sweetness. Nice consistancy of alcohol warmth is apparent. Mouthfeel is acidic and tartic with little carbonation to allow this big beer to go down. Different. Like a fine red wine i'd share it.

D- Drink when you get the chance but a wonderful beer to try to expand you horizons.

wesbrownyeah, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of poibag808
4/5  rDev +8.7%

poibag808, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of ricksrealm
2/5  rDev -45.7%

ricksrealm, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the first batch of Fort brewed just before the Extreme Beer Fest in Jan 2005. Hand-bottled by the brewer, unlabeled and sealed with cap, red wax and string with a black wax tip. This one is back when the beer was "Forte" : French for "strong," and the World's Strongest Fruit Beer, brewed with Oregon and Delaware raspberries. 20% ABV

Pours a hazed amber orange, topped with a ringed white lace. Little head retention.

Aroma was a bit off-putting initially, but once warmed ... smells like fruity antacid or zinc lozenges. A bit musty. Deep raspberry cordial and solvent in the nose.

G'damn! This is one hot and fruity beer! The heat creates one harsh mouthfeel. Super solvent-like alcohol burn that taunts with heartburn, and seeps into the palate. Loads of alcohol spice. Peppery palate smack. Sticky cough-syrup and cheap schnapps cling and deliver the palate a major beat-down. Raspberry character is strong and distinct. Lime-like stab across the palate, just beneath the berries. Big fusel alcohol rips your esophagus to pieces. Surprisingly, the finish is pretty damn clean and bone dry.

It burns! It burns! We swear this is Devil's blood. The juice of Satan! But we can't stop drinking it! And each sip makes the pain more ... pleasant. All hail Fort!

BeerAdvocate, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 750ml bottle (awesome artwork I might add) into my glass a clear light orange/red tone, a bit lighter than I was expecting, not much head to speak of but at 18% abv that's to be expected. Aromas start with pureed raspberries and some light graininess. Quite fruity with a touch of alcohol in the background. Maybe a touch of vanilla as well with a light hop buried within.

First sip brings a mix of natural raspberry puree and a bit of wheat graininess. Mixed fruit flavors meld in as well with a touch of vanilla. Lightly sweet but very well balanced overall. Flows down with a touch of hops on the finish and a light alcohol burn. This one ends up hiding the alcohol quite well compared to a few other high abv DFH brews I've tried. A damn tasty fruit beer overall.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the lighter side and is quite smooth as well. Nice steady carbonation. Fairly easy to drink for such a huge brew. It will definetly catch up with you after a bit. A good one to split for sure and my girlfriend even likes it too. One of the best high abv Dogfish head brews I have sampled. I'll be looking for another bottle again soon...this is a tasty treat.

orbitalr0x, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$9 per snifter, on tap now at the Dogfish Head Alehouse in Maryland.

Vibrant reddish hue with no head.

This is the best way I can describe this beer: It starts off tasting/feeling like a raspberry lambic, then halfway through (as you start to swallow) the taste/feel changes to more of a raspberry-flavored wheat beer, and then on the finish, it takes on the syrupy sweet strong-alcohol characteristics of Dogfish's World wide stout, or 120 min IPA. Nice and complex, this beer definitely works in stages.

At 18% alcohol, this beer goes down suprisingly smooth. I suppose most people couldnt have more than 1 glass, but this is a great dessert beer for sipping after your meal, which is what I did.

chOAKbarrell, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of lordofthewiens
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 750ml bottle, with bottled on 11/13/06 stamped on the bottle. Poured into a tulip glass, it's a beautiful beer: red/orange color, a thin head. Obvious raspberry aroma. The difficulty arose with the taste. Raspberry definitely there, but also a pronounced alcohol taste. Very harsh. The label says "should age with the best of 'em". I'll buy a couple more bottles and try that, because this isn't a drinkable beer in it's present state.

lordofthewiens, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of heddar33
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

heddar33, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Todd
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a long-stemmed, wide-bowled red wine glass the 1 pint, 9.6 fluid ounce bottle pours a hazy tea appearance, with shimmering orange hues and shades of pink and peach. The beer is topped with a respectable white foam head with wispy lace and gentle cling to the inside of the glass.

Big aroma of raspberries and huge solvent alcohol fumes, akin to Chambord, and pungent as the beer warms. Dots of savory spices and fresh hops in the nose, too.

The lively carbonation not only helps to retain the lacing, but it's the first introduction to the beer. It's spritzy, invigoration and amps up the beer's sharpness on the palate, followed by a smooth creamy feel. Alcohol definitely makes itself known. The heat worms its way into the palate with solvent and spice. Raspberry flavor is juicy, tart and dominates as it mingles with the alcohol to create a unique cordial-like experience. Malty backbone with sublet caramel, honey and vanilla lingering in the background. Belgian-esque with a dose of candi sugar-like sweetness and spices found in some Belgian ales. Suggestions of lime in the bitterness compliment the tart raspberry. Slight leafy hop character comes across the palate, followed by a salty edged linger on the tongue as the beer fades and dries away. Some solvent heat and spice remain in the finish with faded raspberry flavors for quite sometime.

Definitely one to share with friends, or someone special as "lights out and good nightcap." Although the beer's flavors open up as the beer warms, some might want to stick to serving cold to avoid the alcohol heat.

Pair it with something big and bold, like a Baked Brie en Croute, a hot chocolate torte, or selection of soft dark Belgian-style chocolates. Or better yet, make mini-fruit cups with fresh peaches and raspberries and soak them overnight with half a bottle of Fort. Top with fresh cream and a mint leaf, and pair the dessert with the other half of the bottle.

Todd, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of Namarsha82
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Namarsha82, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of JoeMertens
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clean, deep orange color

S - Bright raspberry and alcohol

T - The alcohol is hidden quite well, with raspberry and malt predominant. Can seem a bit sweet and cloying.

M - Carbonated and warming as it goes down. A little thick and syrupy.

D - For sharing a bottle with a friend, I definitely recommend it. But the alcohol in it will creep up on you given how high alcohol it is.

JoeMertens, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev +8.7%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of devilmatic
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

serving: bottle served in a snifter

appearance: A reddish-orange hue

smell: A really strong scent of raspberries

taste: Tart Raspberries

mouthfeel: Full mouthfeel

drinkability: A great after dinner beer with a rich dessert such as cheesecake or rich chocolate.

Reminds me of Celis Raspberry back in the day before they were bought out.

devilmatic, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml brown champagne style magnum with just a cap. No freshness date, but a beer this strong will age quite well.

A- The lace crackles as it slowly loses retention, good clarity ... the sediment was left behind during this pouring.

S- Smells of a raspberry cordial, sweet with a huge fruity raspberry nose.

T&M- Clean malt palate, touch of neutral yet mildly nutty yeast. Loads of berry flavors but predominantly raspberry juice. Moderate body with a slick crispness on the palate. Clean but lightly solvent alcohol warms with each sip. Clean and semi-dry finish with a fading fruitiness.

D- Wow, quite an amazing ride for a fruit beer. A little bit more alcohol and I'd be drinking gourmet schnapps. Share this beer between a few friends with a slab of raspberry filled baked Brie cheese.

Jason, Jan 22, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

psujorge, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge bottle pours a chill hazed but radiant copper body with a small almond head that quickly falls to a pink fringed skim and collar. Aroma is subtle, odd considering the bottle is stamped with a bottling date just over a month ago. Raspberry jam notes are joined by model airplane glue to the nose. Odd, but really pleasant. Medium body with spritzy carbonation. Taste is sticky with big doughy maltiness, sweet/tart berries, and the pleasant taste of the model airplane glue you loved as a kid. Solvent-like is an understatement, but it works here for some reason. Finishes dry with a kiss of grapefruit that comes out of nowhere. Surprisingly drinkable for such an enormous fruit beer. Another oddball brew from DFH.

merlin48, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of warriorsoul
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful bright copper color...a half finger of white head and some nice lacing.
Decent aromas of sweet carmelized malt and fresh rasberries.
The taste is simply incredible....huge rasberry flavor and just the right amount of sweetness to balance out the alcohol which makes an appearance but only enough to tell you to respect this one.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, the carbonation is perfect and goes down too easy.
Another solid extreme brew from Sam and the folks at DFH....will definitely pickup another bottle to sit on for a year or so to see how it evolves.

warriorsoul, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of tigg924
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled dated 7/5/2007--poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: minimal head,amber in color, clear, low carbonation

Smell: rubbing alcohol and light fruit--unappealing

Taste: an alcoholic raspberry cordial, oak, light raspberry, alcohol, some chocolate

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, heavy bodied, sweet with some alcohol burn

Overall: Glad I got to try this one, but not sure if I would do it again for the price. It is a sipper and the taste is a lot better than the smell. This one does get better as it warms. Not one to turn down, but not one to buy again. I would be curious to try other vintages.

tigg924, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to slasher007 for sharing this beer.

Pours orange/red with a white head. Very clear. The aroma is strong on the berries with some alcohol. The flavor is strong raspberry with a lot of hot alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium and very syrupy. Low carbonation. Not a bad beer, but I wish the alcohol was a little more hidden. Interesting but probably not worth the $20 a bottle it sales for here in Dallas.

Mora2000, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of 1Adam12
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky orange color poured from the bottle. Beautiful raspberry alcohol smell. Smells like real raspberries though. Tastes like it smells. Tons of raspberry, and no hiding of the ABV in this bad boy. But it works. I think it works because even with the major alcohol taste, theres that much raspberry to balance it out, all while tasting like a beer still. Not overly sweet. Mouthfeel is medium. Nicely carbonated. I'm so bummed that my state no longer gets dogfish head (yet again dogfish head, PLEASE COME BACK TO US!), but this can still be found here and there around the state and it is something I will drive out of my way to find while I can get it.

1Adam12, May 30, 2011
Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy amber-red with a short pink head and thick, thick lacing. Lovely red rasberry aroma, malt, and alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel, not sticky, and dry finish. Obvious sweet rasberry taste, but it is tempered by a caramel/earthy malt background. The sweetness did not overwhelm for me as it seemed to for others. However, the 18% alcohol is not masked completely. Some warmth, a fair amount of ethyl, combined giving it a dessert-wine/aperitif feel. Good, but next time will definitely have to share with more than just my brother in law.

magictrokini, Feb 04, 2009
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Fort from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 952 ratings.