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Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery

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FortFort

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BA SCORE
84
good

958 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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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)
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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.

slvrmon82, Dec 04, 2007
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.

drtth, Feb 20, 2012
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!

Oakenator, Jan 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

psujorge, Feb 02, 2012
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hubster712, Jun 07, 2012
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jmodus, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of MinorThreat
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I want to preface this review: I am not an expert when it comes to fruit beer. My girlfriend however; she knows her way around a bottle of framboise. So with regard to my lack of expertise and respect for hers... Sarah take the wheel:

A-Clarity was nice, color is similar to a tawny port, head was pinkish in color and reduces to a skim.

S-shitloads of raspberries (duh)

T-Almost tastes like a raspberry wine, light and refreshing with no cloying sweetness after taste.

M-Hits the pallet with a bright alcohol sense similar to wine but washes clean

D-I could and did chug this

Sam, you're the shit...I found my new beer...buh-bye lambic

MinorThreat, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of Samstronaut
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Samstronaut, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of JohnCurran
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -Pinkish amber color topped by a half finger white head.

Smell -Imagine standing in a field of raspberries on a cool morning. Now multiply by 10. Slightly tart, slightly sweet, very boozy.

Taste -MMM...raspberries, funk, raspberries, booze, raspberries, malt, booze, raspberries. Not cloyingly sweet, not too tart. A nice balance.

Mouthfeel -A bit heavier than expected but the raspberry, booze, funk and tartness dance around the tongue.

Drinkability -More drinkable than expected. Plowed through the 750 mls on my own over the course of a couple of hours and never got burnt out of the taste.

An enjoyable "extreme" beer. Not for everyday but fun every now and then. Great work Dogfish Head!!!

JohnCurran, Feb 26, 2011
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Fort from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 958 ratings.