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Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery

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510 Reviews
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Reviews: 510
Hads: 1,047
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 27.32%
Wants: 156
Gots: 277 | 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 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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Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.58/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 1 pint/9.6 fl oz poured into a glass mug. Bottled in 2008 and cellared.

Appearance: Pours a clear pumpkin/ amber orange with a small white head that stays throughout. No real lacing.

Smell: Raspberries, raspberry tart, candy, and alcohol on the nose. Very malty. The raspberries bring both sweet and sour qualities.

Taste: Both sweet and sour in the taste. Nicely balanced. At 18% the alcohol is present in the taste and warms as it is consumed.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy and somewhat sticky over the palate. A sweet beginning but finishes tart. Extremely Slight carbonation.

Overall: This is truly one of my favorite beers. A unique beer even for the style. I was actually lucky enough to meet Sam at the old Brickskeller in Washington DC and begged him not to stop brewing this awesome beer.

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Photo of kustard
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottled 07/09/07.

Consumed from Duvel tulip.

A - murky brown, head retention almost nonexistent, foam creeped out of bottle a couple minutes after opening

S - cherry, vinegar, tiny bit of funk, caramel, brown sugar, figs

T - sour, fruity, tart. Belgian base comes through. Dry finish. Some faint cough syrup. Balsamic vinegar.

M - good bit of alcohol burn on front of tongue but booze creeps up on you. Despite the foaming, not much carbonation. Coats mouth with that lingering tartness.

O - this was my white whale after drinking one fresh a few years ago and not realizing that some aging could do it some good. Love the sour and tart character this takes on. Beyond 6 years could accentuate the vinegar qualities. Belgian base readily apparent. 5 years out is probably prime time.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle - it's been way too long since i last had this (2010).

a nice clean light amber pour with 2 fingers of head which diminished slowly and left behind a nice frothy lacing. smells of port wine barrels, raspberries, caramel. the flavor is VERY sweet, tons of raspberry, a huge alcohol warmth is a bit overwhelming but goes down smooth after the first few sips. lots of caramel, berry, wine barrel on the end of the palate. full body with low carbonation.. sticky on the lips, very booze heavy and warm.

this is an outstanding beer and i'm sad it hasn't been produced regularly in 2 years now. dfh needs to bring this one back for good, even if it's a small 12oz bottle like 120/wws.

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Photo of Strix
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage

Approximately peach colored, slightly hazy, some head that lingers as a ring.

Sugar, alcohol, slight berry note.

Sugar and booze (reminiscent of Samichlaus) definite rasperry finish. Quite floral.

Mouthfeel slick, coats the mouth.

I was quite impressed by this, really. High ABV melds with the fruit, very Samichlausesque.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2011 vintage.

Pours a super-hazy rosy dark-orange. Head formed easily in the tulip and has remained a near three-finger constant. Laces, too.

Raspberry skins, floral perfume, floral hops, tart cherry, and pomegranate berry. Nice, after two years.

Raspberries and flora, and I don't mean sour critter flora. Flowery and still somewhat hoppy. Boozy burn in the finish with some lingering white wine-like sweetness, but not 18% booziness. More of that tart cherry/pomegranate and red currant fruitiness in here. Touch of strawberry leaf. Malts have notes of toasted pecan and treacle syrup. Interesting.

Dangerously drinkable. Medium-to-sticky body and feel with a lot of leftover trapped effervescence. You just have to fight the lip-smacking.

Excellent stuff. I miss the hoppier fresh version I've had on-tap, but this was fantastic, too. I feel like this is, at least, close to the sweet spot for this brew.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
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!

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Photo of Kadonny
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 bottle into a snifter glass. This was a one year old bottle.

A: A clear reddish maroon color with a tiny off white head. No lacing at all.

S: Wow, lots of raspberry on the nose coupled with some sugar sweetness and loads of alcohol.

T: The raspberry flavors are massive. They mix with a huge sugar and candy sweetness that stays through. Towards the finish the massive alcohol comes in to take over on the finish. It's not totally off-putting, but it makes a massive showing. Sweetness finishes it out.

M: Full, coating, syrupy sweet and very little carbonation.

O: I give DFH props for really making this a huge raspberry bomb. Where I question it is who wants 750ml of this huge alcohol sweet bomb? Why not just make them 12 ounce bottles and then one might be able to enjoy one at a sitting. There were two of us and we couldn't finish the bottle. Again, I give them props for their forward thinking on beer, but this one misses the mark on drinkability.

Good, but far from great.

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Photo of philbe311
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love Dogfish Head, but I'm been a bit nervous to pop this one open for more than two years, but tonight is the night...

Bottled 9/14/2011

A - A finger's worth of audibly fizzy light khaki colored slightly creamy head with an abundance of big chunky bubbles mix in... Minimal retention gives way to a full thick creamy lacing that looks quite appealing... Large carbonation bubbles cling to the sides of the glass as some random quick paced carbonation bubbles rise sporadically within... The color is a slightly pale and slightly murky orange... So far so good...

S - The pureed raspberries hit the nose first in a very satisfying manner... Ground mustard??? Slightly medicinal qualities... A very subtle Belgian yeast component... Not too shabby...

T - The immediate flavors are rather pleasant... Golden raisins... Raspberries... A light Belgian yeast flavor... This is quickly replaced by the booze and heat which take an a thick syrupy cough medicine quality (which dissipates a bit as it warms)... The heat lingers for a good bit...

M - Medium to bull bodied... Uber dense... Syrupy... Thick... Chewy... Light carbonation...

D - Sip slowly... Would have made an interesting and somewhat compelling 12 oz, but the 25.4 oz format is quite daunting and even puzzling given the ABV... Not as bad as many reviews make it out to be (perhaps to the two years I let it sit), but not something that I would recommend nor drink with any regularity... This is what DFH does and you either love or hate their attempts at pushing boundaries and I for one love it because otherwise there would be no World Wide Stout...

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Photo of colts9016
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has a been a beer that I have wanted to try for a while, I really do not remember the reason as to why. Poured into a Schlitz goblet at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A two finger head that is ivory in color, creamy and fluffy. The head has really good retention, considering it is a high alcohol brew. The color of the beer is a medium reddish orange color with mahogany tint. The clarity of the beer is clear with a touch of cloudiness. Small carbonation bubble slowly drift from the bottom of the glass. A smart looking beer with a coy smile.

Nose: Surprisingly I smell malts lots of malts, caramel, toast, and biscuit notes. The raspberries come through next offering a fruitiness and sweetness. The alcohol is a supporting actor with an eye on the Oscars. Other aromas in the beer is a slight floral note, yeast, and citrus.

Taste: A big beer with tons of raspberries seeping through the malt and alcohol. The malt is rich complex, toasty, caramel, and biscuit flavor. The raspberries are slightly sweet and fruity. The alcohol stepped up and made the performance of it is life and everybody knows its role. Other flavors is floral, yeast, grass, sour, and citrus.

Mouth feel of the beer is chewy, warm, slight astringent, and carbonated.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. This big body beer is fantastic, but not perfect. The Belgium profile gives the beer a unique style, then mix in the raspberries makes it unforgettable. The alcohol is prevalent, but fairly balanced with the other flavor. I am glad that the raspberries did not get lost in this brew. Wish I had one more to age for a few years, would love to make comparison notes.

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Photo of jtierney89
2.3/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty clear golden hue with a touch of pinkness from what I can tell, its pretty dark with the power off. Craggy white head. Little flakes float throughout, close to a year of age. Smells of delicious fresh raspberries touch of wheat and grain. Dove into this forgetting that's it 18% took too big of a SIP.

This is a big sweet booze bomb though. Tart raspberries throughout. Champagne like effervescence. Massive syrup like mouthfeel, somehow though carbonation comes through. Lots of alcohol heat and overall booziness. Mouth coating for sure. This beer is just kind of a one trick pony though, tastes like raspberry liquor. Does a good job of showcasing the raspberries but that's about it. Some funky Belgian saison like properties underneath it all but they're barely there.

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Photo of ArrogantB
1.32/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

750ml bottle 2008 vintage. I knew this would be a tough beer but I was still completely unprepared for this shit. Sort of a light orange with a pinkish hue. Aroma is acetone and nail polish remover, disgusting. Flavor is very sweet, hint of raspberries and overwhelming alcohol. It was what I imagine industrial cleaning supplies to taste like. I think this was the worst beer I have ever tasted in my life .

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at the Pickled Pig Pub in Rehoboth Beach, DE

Served and enjoyed from a goblet glass

A - Beer arrived at the table with a half-finger head. A beer is deep amber color. Semi-translucent. The beer appears very thick as I swill the glass and watch as the beer slides down the sides. Little to no lacing left on the glass.

S - The initial aroma is a very sweet, very boozy aroma. Smells sort of like a wine.

T - The beer is very sweet on the first sip. A very distinct raspberry fruitiness that is combined with a sourness. A slight malt taste. No hop biterness at all. The ABV is very noticeable. This is a sipper for sure. The 4oz sample that I purchased was more than enough especially since I was trying other brews.

M - A thicker consistency. A distint alcohol aftertatse.

O - I'm a huge fan of the DFH brews and I was glad I got to try Fort. This beer pushes the boundry between beer and wine more than any other DFH beer I've tried. Although Midas Touch and Noble Rot are wine-like, in my opinion, Fort is almost like a dessert brandy. Decent tasting but not an everyday brew.


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Photo of uawildcat
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber in an English pub glass and pilsner glass. It has a decent head that last with some lacing, but who cares that much about appearance.

It smells amazing. Very sweet with tons of raspberry in it, just what I was expecting.

The taste though is lacking in my opinion. There is just too much of a brown sugar sweetness to it. The raspberry also tastes a little off in my opinion, but it might be due to the sweetness. To me it tastes almost like one of those blue or dark red tootsie roll lollipops. I wish there was more acidity to it like a real raspberry.

The mouthfeel is the worst thing about this beer. It is very hot due to the amount of alcohol and super sticky too from all the malt. It is a chore to get through more than maybe half of a 12 oz glass.

Overall, this beer does serve well as a dessert beer. Just make sure that you split it with somebody since its hard to get through.

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Photo of Pahn
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split 3 ways into snifters. Drank 9/4/12 (last night), and reviewed from notes (all my reviews are from notes, normally with the beer still being drank).

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch offwhite head that dissipates quickly. Pours a brownish orange and leaves small bits of lacing.

Smell: Sherry-like, raisiny malt flavors. Good but a little faint.

Taste: Sugary barleywine with tons of raspberry. It's a bit "two note," raspberry punch in the face, really strong caramely malt.

There really isn't anything else to say about this beer, except that it gets a 4 for how delicious the deep, sugary barleywine malt flavor is, how well it blends with the raspberry, and how well it handles the alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Very hot. Moderate carbonation. Bit sugary.

Overall: I like it. Impressive balance for so much alcohol and such a ridiculously prominent fruit addition. Fruit itself doesn't taste like fresh fruit, but it doesn't taste like artificial syrup either.

Would be interested in aging the beer, as the malt depth is nice and the fruit and heat could stand to calm down.

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Photo of 120minuteman
4.77/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage:

Appearance: A dark rosy red, much like a cider
Smell: A basket of rasberries, salmonberries and a hint of pear
Taste: Covered a wide range of flavors, starting from sweet and ending in sour. This bottle is less fruity than a younger bottle that I've had, and has become far more complex over time.
Mouthfeel: Not much retention, but felt like a young scotch at times
Overal: I would highly recommend this beer, great as an after dinner drink with some friends. If you see if, pick up 2 bottles: one for now, the other for later (5-years later)

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Smells like raspberries... and booze. There's a little wheatiness in there too. Tastes strongly of fruit, raspberries and dates with a strong alcohol burn that will definitely benefit from some age. It is delicious, not quite as good as the one I had on tap at 1702. If I can get my hands on another I'll put it away for a couple years and see what happens.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.54/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 vintage.
Appearance: hazy yellowish read. Not much of an off white head. No surprise for an 18% monster.
Smell: Sweet, rich raspberries. Exotic and inviting.
Taste: more of the same. Braced for an alcohol punch that never came. Sweet but not overly so. The richness and depth offset the sweetness like a fine port.
Overall: Awesome. A work of art from Sam and team. How in the hell do they make an 18%er this easy to drink?

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a wellington beer glass.

Appearance: This a cloudy somewhat dark amber, head is minimal coming to an off-white color rising to maybe 1/10" if that off the body.

Smell: Holy yeast, strong....just putting the glass down before sip you can feel what's coming to you. Dark fruits and yeast condescending in the nostrils.

Taste: This beer off the first sip you feel it sweet like a deep red wine.

Mouth: Little sweet but somewhat flat, this is not a bad thing. I can't lie to the public this after taste is stuck to my cheeks.

Overall: This is a unique beer, definitely above average because there is nothing else like it I have ever tasted. It will remind you of some Belgian beers with a twist, Salud!

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Photo of BostonHops
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle served in a snifter.
bottled in 2009.

pours a clear, burnished deep orange tone yielding 3/4" off-white head that quickly dissipates into a thin cap, collar around the glass. not unsurprising given the 18% ABV... very pungent nose smacks of tart raspberries and alcohol. the strength of the rasberry is good, but on the whole it's fairly one-dimesional.

flavor is... ok, not going to sugarcoat it: IMO what we have here is a syrupy, boozy, cloying raspberry mess that wreaks havoc on the palate. salvaged from the drain by its authentic rasberry presence but not my favorite offering from dogfish head by a long shot. boozy finish... full bodied on the palate with medium-low carbonation.

i had high hopes for this number but in the end it's only slightly more enjoyable than a wine cooler on steroids. glad to have tried it but won't be back for seconds.

(originally reviewed: 05-01-2011)

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Photo of rfgetz
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've loved other big rasberry brews such as Founder Blushing Monk so was anticipating trying this guy for a while, but never pulled the trigger due to price. Found on tap and was excited to try.

Pours a golden amber with faint touches of red... maybe expected a big dose of red/purple/pink... little spots of bubbles, no real head. First scent brings medicinal raspberry and booze notes, lightly tart and sweet, booze takes over. Taste was taken over by the dry, burning alcohol, hides some lightly tart and sweet raspberry. For as much as this wants to be a big raspberry brew, ive found more flavor in some cheap low-abvs seasonals. Acidic and astringent, medicinal. Medium bodied, light bubbles, lingering burn. Disapointing.

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