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Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery

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FortFort

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BA SCORE
84
good

966 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 966
Reviews: 494
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 141
Gots: 218 | FT: 8
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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Photo of drtth
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a wine glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This is from the December 08 bottling and so has just over 3 years of bottle age.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a nice clear pink color (much the color of a pink sparkling wine) with a ring of creamy ivory foam and some visible bubbles of carbonation. (I suspect a more vigorous pour would have produced more head but this was from a shared bottle and we didn’t want to disturb any sediment that had collected while doing the first pour.) As the ring grows smaller there is no lacing left behind and sipping leaves only small speckles of lacing that slide back down to the ring.

Smell: The aroma is definitely raspberry from start to finish. It is fresh, clean and very much like a raspberry cordial, but with a touch of complexity that goes beyond the raspberry and is hard to identify.

Taste: The flavor is a light refereshing raspberry with no real trace of alcohol showing at all. By this age any hop bitterness from the 45 IBUs has faded and gone but what is left of the hop flavors serves shows in the increased depth of complexity of flavor and gives the raspberry some interesting character that is hard to tease out as it remains quietly in the background. The alcohol is well concealed here and there isn’t a trace of alcohol burn from the 18% ABV.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the medium side of full bodied and the carbonation provides a light prickliness that livens things up a bit. The finish is medium long and basically involves the raspberry sweet-tartness just fading away until you realize it has gone dry.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: One sip follows another easily and naturally which makes this beer dangerously drinkable. At this ABV it would be quite easy to lose track and drink more than one wanted. My overall impression of this beer is that it is perfectly suited to conclude an evening’s entertainment when having dinner and good conversation with friends. It has a robust enough carbonation to keep things lively and make the raspberry flavor dance around on the tongue. It never cloys and reminds me of a wonderful cross between a pink sparkling wine and a richly flavored fruit cordial.

Note: After posting the review I took a look at what some others had to say about this beer. For those who found the beer too hot, I can appreciate the problem but did not find it to be the case with this three year old bottle. If you buy this one, plan on letting it sit for a couple of years before being opened. For those who found the flavor and aroma to be a bit one-dimensional, I recommend you avoid fruit cordials. Mostly they are one-dimensional but will also be quite sweet and cloying to your taste as they don’t have the carbonation to liven things up.

Photo of Oakenator
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color but with a shade towards red/pink - definitely showing some raspberry color. Head is decent at pour, lingers, and laces for a bit along with the beer but then disappates. Smell from this 1 yr old brew is somewhat boozy but with a berry sweet note present. Taste is heavy sweet upfront with candy showing, alcohol burn on the back of the throat through the middle (but expected at 18%), and then raspberry and candy to finish. A treat to be enjoyed every once in a while!

Photo of Dithyramb
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this with my wife over a snowy evening. Purcahsed as a bomber from the Wine joint in Hamden. No freshness date, but ink jet labeled that it was "Bottled on 11/28/05."
Poured a clear pretty pink pink with a small white head. Comes off like a well-fermented blush wine. Limited waves of carbonation within the body and retention, but excellent lacing.

Big raspberry nose soaked in grain alcohol.

Fort was berry berry good to me. You get a rush of raspberry flavors. Not like a clingy syrup, but like a nice hint of raspberry reduction tossed into a good dessert. Some mellony undertones are there as well. It is spicey and boozy as it warmed, becoming more big-beer like and less like a nice wine. I'm convinced you could serve this chilled at a party, and the ladies would think you've concocted some sort of new martini.

Medium bodied, leaving some warm sugar in your mouth afterwards. The bomber didn't have a chance, really. The only thing that would keep this as a revolving beer in the fridge would be cost. Just consider it a fine underpriced bottle of wine...

Photo of kundabuffer
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A luxurious treat....the smell is of raspberries and alcohol, not surpisingly....mouthfeel is a little thick at first but finishes drier....The alcohol is well-masked, I find, and I would find it hard to believe another recent reviewer's contention that the alcohol is higher than 18%...I've nearly finished a bottle and am still feeling fairly coherent. Altogether the flavor is very pleasing--the raspberry taste dominates without at all becoming cough-syrupy. I plan to have this again, but with a) friends and b) some sort of dessert.

Photo of MOB210SA
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought and reviewed on my 23 birthday.

Gently fizziling half finger light tan, off white heads quickly dissipates to almost nothing but maintains thin ring of bubbles. No lacing but clings to the walls some. Reddish cherry amber in color.

Sweet eminating effervescent rasberry fruitness slightly stings the nose. Smells awesome but somewhat alcoholic which is no suprise. I dont smell any hops and rasberry overwhelms in a good way.

Moderatly thick, lingering sticky mouthfeel that is not too syrupy. Just enough carbonation.

Not much into fruit beers but this is hands down the best ive ever had. A little bit expensive price tag, but it was a special occasion- and I think it was very worth it. This beer was quite an experience. Hope to pick this up again sometime. Very different from anything Ive ever had. Dogfish Head has never dissapointed (at least for me!)

Photo of jlenik
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had two servings of this at the International Great Beer Expo in Cuddebackville, NY.

notes from 07/24/10:

750ml bottle

2006 vintage

a: reddish in appearance and kind of hazy
s: a bit fruit and a bit boozy
t: amazing. I've tried this fresh and it is in no way even close to this one from 2006. It's strong but four years definitely gave it enough time to cool down. It's definitely fortified.
m: minimal carbonation. very dry.
d: Almost a little too good for something that's 18% abv. I've also had this problem with a few DFH's other brews (WWS and Raison D'extra). Get a few years on them and you are set.

summary: try it fresh. then store a few away for a while.

Photo of slvrmon82
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - It's a thick creamy gold color. Thick can't see through it at all. Very heavy appearance.
S - Pure raspberries. No doubt about it. It hits you as soon as its in front of you. I was excited just by the smell of this beer.
T - Amazing. Delicious. I was blown away that it could be that high in alcohol and taste so good. There is so much fresh raspberry taste that it is hard to call it beer.
M - Pretty nice. Very nice sipping beer in the winter. Not much of a summer beer. Heavy on the palate and the tongue.
D - Average, I couldn't have more than one or two of these beers. It is heavy and stays on the palate for a while. Can't wait to have some more but couldn't see drinking much of it in the summer.

Dogfish always blows me away with their beers.

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.

Photo of jameaterblues
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One bottle shared among friends: this review is from notes.

This bottle was brewed in 2005.

A-Light amber with a slight dark purple and ruby tint. 1/4 inch head with big white rings of lace.
S-Big sweet malts, ripe red fruit (raspberry of course)...light alcohol, fruity yeast, and this beer really opens up as it warms.
T- Sweet raspberry balanced by alcoholic bitterness...light floral hops, and light raspberry and light alcohol in the finish .
M/D- Delicious and well balances. Strong and thick...not overly sweet....medium bodied, bubbly and very complex....a bottle I would definitely purchase again even at the $19 dollar price tag.

Photo of Gusler
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer upon its emancipation from the 750ml brown bottle, resides in the glass a limpid rusted orange with bountiful creamy light tan head that slowly erodes leaving a velum like coating of lace upon the glass. Nose is saturated with raspberries, sweet at the front but a nice tart tangy tones at the back, quite a sniffer this beer, start is sweet with a tangy twang as it hits the back of your palate, the grain profile delectable and the top middling its feel. Finish is staunch in its acidity, the hops enjoyable with a bit of alcohol bite at the very end, quite dry and a real tummy warmer, what a treat on St. Patrick’s Day as I sit here listening to Elmore James, and relax from a long week of drudgery.

Photo of Krakistophales
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours red with almost no head

S: Lots of raspberries, cherries, and assorted berries, along with a rum raisin sort of booziness.

T: Raspberries, a sherry sort of booziness, general fruity flavors. Very nice, like a really strong lambic.

O: This is quite nice. I have to mention that this is a 2008 bottle, so with 3 years on it it's probably much less boozy than when it was fresh. Still, I like it quite a bit.

Photo of chadb
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just ordered yesterday and picked up today. These bottles are stamped July. Poured into a red wine glass, almost a greenish tinge looking from the top. Fine looking from side with lots of carbonation sitting on the glass.

Smell, like a wine. Wife who doesn't like beer was asked to smell this one and she flat out said it smells like wine. Sweet, with more of a hint of raspberries than flat out berry, but as said very sweet smelling.

This would be a great tasting drink after the first one. The second glass was much smoother than the first with more fruit and floral than the first. I would hate to loose the taste with something else before, so try this one twice in the same sitting.

Savor the sip, don't drink. Keeping this in the mouth for a few seconds (or more) before swallow really allows alot more to come out.

My drinkability would rate higher, but you really can't drink this as easy as I would have liked. This may be because of my usual drinking instead of sip and savor of beers.

Really like this, only issue may be the high level of alcohol. If others think of this as a wine instead of a "beer" you will enjoy this.

Photo of thespaceman
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured froma 750ml bottle into a DFH signature glass

Bottle Date: 2009

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby in color, small size head likely from the alcohol slowly dissapates leaving a thin sheet of lace around the glass. This beer has a beautiful color likely from the boatloads of raspberries that go into this beer.

Smell: Whew, not only do I get a ton of sweet raspberry and cranberry flavors up front but I get a thick aroma of booze on the back end. The fruitiness smells very authentic, with the hoppiness pairing well giving out a tiny bit of citrus here as well. The "booze" element reminds me of a 120 Minute or Olde School in the fact that it's very pungent yet very sweet smelling.

Taste: Wow, I guess a year really did good things for this beer. As much as I thought alcohol bite was going to kill this beer, it's barely noticeable! Sweet raspberry flavors burst off the glass, again very authentic, almost like crushing up a bunch of raspberries and straining the juice into the glass! A red wine like tannin flavor mixes in here making this very comparable to a port wine. Very tart without being overly sour. The hops used give off a small citrus bite towards the finish, but nothing too noticeable. The last sip shows off a tiny touch of alcohol sweetness with more of that earthy raspberry flavor.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is a bit thick, and the carbonation is low yet a tad prickly, almost like a champagne that's gone a bit flat. A good amount of bitterness from the hops come into play here as well. This one sits nicely on the tongue without getting too wet.

Drinkability: This is by all means a sipper, coming in at 18% ABV, this one will really creep up on you with a bit of age (let this sit for a year to really experience the depth of the flavors). I like that the raspberry flavors are not fake tasting, and that the alcohol bite from sitting for a year really took a backseat so I could experience all of the fruit flavors billowing from this beer! Very comparable to a wine, your snobby red wine drinkers would really get a taste for this one! Very glad I finally got a bottle of this to experience it, because it's one of the better fruit beers out there with nothing lacking on any level. Great job DFH!

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.

Photo of hdofu
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been excited about this beer for awhile now, my brother picked up a bottle tonight and I must say it was worth the wait. The pours off reddish orange with white lacing. Smell really gets you with an intense aroma of raspberry in your face. Taste is a complicated matter consisting of a tiny hint of malt and a whole lot of raspberry. The beer has a pleasant feeling of alcohol burn ( with this much alcohol it'd be hard not to) and a finish not unlike raspberry sorbet. After reading alot of reviews that say this beer isn't raspberry enough, I have to say do you want beer, if not why not just get raspberry juice cause this is a pleasant extremely drinkable beer.

Photo of lkokot
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of techfed87
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours with very little head. Color is a rich, cloudy rose. Carbonation is very light, although it still is present.

Smells like very sour raspberries. There definitely is an alcohol presence, but it mixes fairly well with the overall smell of the beer.

First taste is a very nice mix of sweet, tart, and of course, raspberry. Enough carbonation exists to keep what is a beer that is aged two and a half years still big in body.

This beer is amazingly easy to drink, especially considering the high alcohol content. Still, with the sheer amount of raspberries in this, that can definitely be covered up well.

A huge beer, this is definitely something you should try!

Photo of jaxon53
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After looking at this brew time and time again at the local store, I finally broke down and just had to try it. Came in a beautifully labled 750ml bottle . Served in a wine glass, slightly chilled. Poured a very nice reddish amber color, with a short, bubbly head that dissipated rather quickly. Almost looks like a glass of wine sitting there. Had a nice aroma of fresh raspberries , with a little kick of alcohol. First taste was of raspberries,and something else i can't quite put my finger on yet, with a short, but sweet alcohol burn finish. Hard to believe there is that much alcohol in this. The 18% abv. is pretty well hidden.Had a great full taste with plenty of corbonation. Very drinkable for what it is , a very strong fruit beer. Think i'll get another bottle to hide for a year or two.

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%

Fort from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 966 ratings.