1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery

Not Rated.
FortFort

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

958 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 958
Reviews: 494
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 139
Gots: 214 | FT: 6
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Fort Alström Bros
Ratings: 958 | Reviews: 494 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of dotes_on_dipas
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

dotes_on_dipas, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of kkipple
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Opened this to celebrate my birthday with 3 very special friends. Yeah, it was 2 am and we were already in high spirits. But even we could recognize that this "beer" is the holy grail of raspberry beverages. My notes have the following writ large:

Fort. What is? Raspberry. Sweet. Booze.

And that really sums it up. But for those wanting more, here ya go.

Fort is: Orange-red. Not quite clear. I think I saw little bits of raspberry seed in the beer. Wouldn't put it past 'em.

Fort is: A massive blow to the nose of fresh raspberry syrup and tons of alcohol. Take 3 pounds of raspberries, puree 'em, add a pound of sugar, a handle of vodka, reduce in a pan and you'd have something that *might* smell like what Dogfish has done with their Fort. Then again it could be horrible.

Fort is: A sugary sweet fruit bomb. Tart, but alcoholic in the extreme. Tough to drink much of. Approach it as a fruit liqueur like Chambord and you'll do alright.

Fort is: An absurdly over the top fruit beer experience. I don't use the word experience lightly. You simply must try this beer on a special occasion. A cool early morning on a porch overlooking the mountains in North Carolina worked for us, but you have to find your own inspiration.

*** October 2009 edit***

Had a 3 year vertical in the same mountains again recently. 06, 07, 08. The consensus is that Fort DOES mellow out nicely with age - the 06 and 07 were quite similar, but the eldest had less booze heat (still quite a bit) and was much more approachable. Would score the 2006 vintage a solid 4.0 as of October 09. I'd recommend aging it for at least a year unless you like your fruit beers excessively boozy. I'm not sure what it says about us that we drank 3 Forts in one weekend... I hope good things!

kkipple, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle year 2009.

Pours a clear amber color with some red/orange highlights. Tiny particles stuck in suspension keeping this from being totally clear in appearance. Includes a nice cap of white foam with good retension supported by continual bubbles of carbination. Decent amount of lace clings all around the glass, spotty at times when swirled but a solid curtain of white lace after taking slow sips. Aroma is similar to a fruity raspberry juice but with a very noticable alcohol presence blended with malt. Taste is tart and fruity with a tiny bit of sweetness but regardless of a colder than ideal serving temperature, the alcohol is quite dominating. The alcohol really takes center stage in this beer with all the other characteristics just playing a minor role in the background. It is a very, very warming beer and has quite the astringent alcohol taste. Body of this beer feels quite light but that might be a false impression because of the high alcohol that seemingly partially evaporates if you don't swallow fast enough. This beer leaves a lingering taste of the raspberry in your mouth coupled with a bit of hop bitterness.

I would also like to note that the alcohol in this beer shares a strikingly similar smell and taste to what is found in the DFH 120 IPA. I know it sounds weird but I really picked up on this right away. I don't think it is just the fact that both beers share an 18 or higher percent volume of alcohol, there is just something very similar in the alcohol taste and smell with each.

stakem, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of twenty5
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

twenty5, May 10, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Eric for opening this up.

Pours tangerine golden with a small white head.

The aroma is dominated by sweet, sugary raspberries and alcohol. There are a small amount of citrus hops present. This has quite a potent aroma. The taste is strong, pungent raspberries. It's very sweet and the alcohol is very strong. I was drinking this and thinking that the alcohol was abnormally strong, and then I saw the ABV and it made sense. This is reminiscent of a carbonated raspberry mead. Considering the 18%, the ABV is actually decently hidden.

Light - medium bodied with a low level of carbonation and a viscous mouthfeel. This is definitely the strongest fruit beer I've ever had. The strength and sweetness knocks the drinkability down, but this is an interesting beer that's worth a try.

HopHead84, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of InsuranceGuy
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

InsuranceGuy, May 07, 2012
Photo of brycevolk
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

brycevolk, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of bossmanbuzz
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

bossmanbuzz, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

ColForbinBC, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of iDrake
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

iDrake, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of cp45
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

cp45, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of AJ01923
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

AJ01923, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

BillRoth, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of MattGeleske
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

MattGeleske, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of Gyle41386
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Reddish/pink lemonade pour. Not much going on in the foam or lacing departments.

Smells like a raspberry kids drink, but highly alcoholic. Like a boozy juice box. Sign me up.

Flavor is pretty much along those same lines. Smooth, sweet raspberries, with a hot, somewhat numbing finish. Booze is very apparent, though I wouldn't have guessed 18%.

Smooth, syrupy texture. Leaves a light tickle in the back of the throat. Hard to drink more than about four ounces of this one, but it's still enjoyable. I was pleasantly surprised that this was a fairly simple (well, as simple as an 18% raspberry beer can be) Dogfish Head offering...I was expecting something much more, off-center I guess, but that was not the case.

Gyle41386, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of nuggetlover
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

nuggetlover, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of mrfrancis
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

mrfrancis, May 11, 2014
Photo of cld253
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

cld253, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of indychups
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

indychups, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

ShemRahBoo, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of jaasen64
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

jaasen64, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of ChrisMon02
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

ChrisMon02, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Kreko7
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Kreko7, May 20, 2013
Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Fort from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 958 ratings.