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Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery

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950 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 950
Reviews: 492
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 139
Gots: 215 | 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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5/5  rDev +35.9%

12-14-2011 16:17:30 | More by taitlifto


4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-13-2011 16:47:55 | More by IMTHOMAS
Photo of 2378GCGTG


4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-13-2011 14:26:34 | More by 2378GCGTG
Photo of chodinheaven


4.05/5  rDev +10.1%

A hazy dull orange colored beer with bright pink highlights that give it an overall pink hue. One and a half finger white head that dissapates fairly quickly down to a very thin sheet. Small spots of lacing. The aroma is vinous, smelling like a white wine with a bit more of a raspberry zest than you would find in a wine. The raspberries are softly sweet and tart smelling. There is a substantial alcohol whiff that lets you know its there without overpowering too much. A touch of bread fills out the aroma profile.

A big fruity sipper this one is. The raspberries come out kicking, more so than in the aroma, with a pleasant sweetness at first followed by a nice little touch of tartness. Not overly sour like raspberries can be, but it certainly has the sweetness that comes with them. That touch of bread from the aroma makes its way here too as an almost forgotten backbone to the beer. The reason it is almost forgotten is the big alcohol feel throughout. It is definitely a huge part of the profile to this beer as it prickles the palate in a bristly way. But just like some other high octane Dogfish beers, the alcohol isn't cloying and, although it may be a bit over the top, it isn't bad. It lingers in the aftertaste and then the breath for a good long while, but it is offset by the pleasant sweetness of the raspberries. Key word here is pleasant and not cloying. This had the potential to be very cloying, as it is at least 18% ABV and very fruity, but manages to stay dry and clean, not turning the stomach. The grit from the alcohol and the slight tartness gives it a bone-dry, vinous finish with just a bit of a syrupy residue leftover.

Really a good beer. A little too much in the ABV? Maybe. Unbalanced? Probably. But its still damn good. The raspberry flavoring is just spot on and counteracts the boozy taste superbly. But be careful because this beer will put you on your butt. Definitely one to share.

12-13-2011 06:05:35 | More by chodinheaven
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-12-2011 22:44:23 | More by HuaiDan
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3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

A bit of white foam on the head. Pink-amber body.

Alcohol nose, with a bit of raspberry.

Raspberry malt liquor, quite alcoholic. I'd get one to lay down to wear down the alcohol off. It works, and it works well. It's intense, but balanced enough, and the literal ton of raspberries in the brew aren't overwhelming.

Smooth feel, pretty nice.

Well, my take is to let this one lay down for a while. It's nice, but not worth the price fresh. I'd prefer Founder's Blushing Monk over this, though it's a similar price point.

12-11-2011 04:17:47 | More by zaphodchak
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New York

5/5  rDev +35.9%

12-11-2011 04:15:37 | More by josefnewsong
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New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -17.7%

Pours a clear amber color with minimal head and no lacing

Smells like alcohol and medicinal raspberries. Slight grain scents come out as it warms, but it smells very medicinal.

Tastes of grain and raspberries. No progression except alcohol really comes out on the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin considering the alcohol.

Overall, this is not good at all. It is overly medicinal and just not good to drink...thank god I'm sharing this bottle

12-10-2011 02:47:43 | More by bs870621345
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-08-2011 23:31:09 | More by dwaz
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-08-2011 22:01:33 | More by tjseveryday
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Picked this up today. Nice and tart you will taste taste the rasberries. This is a very strong beer. Well worth tasting.

A -nice dark cherry hue with not much carbination.

S - dark cherry

T - alcoholic cherry taste really almost a halls.

M - same as taste really strong.

O - very strong but a really nice brew search it out!

12-08-2011 02:28:57 | More by Casey10
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-07-2011 23:16:55 | More by drummermattie02
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-07-2011 20:45:24 | More by tclapper
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-06-2011 00:16:15 | More by JohneHoodlum
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

12-05-2011 20:21:35 | More by scottyu27
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-05-2011 01:44:54 | More by nmann08
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-04-2011 12:00:04 | More by Joecaddie
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

12-02-2011 05:08:38 | More by bravesandbeer
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-02-2011 03:50:27 | More by pavpav12
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12-01-2011 05:28:09 | More by rab53
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

12-01-2011 00:10:46 | More by dylnthmsn
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4.83/5  rDev +31.3%

2008 Vintage

Split 4 ways, poured into a claret.

Appearance-A vibrant goldish color. Very hazy, can't see a damn thing through it. Little head, an off white one. You can just see the sticky beer clinging to the glass when swirling it.

Smell-Aroma was amazing. Just sweet ripe raspberries. It's boozy, but nothing like WWS or 120, and I was expecting a boozy mess. Only other aroma I get is a honey like sweetness, but boy this smells inviting.

Taste-Oustanding. Just can't believe how much this beer worked. Just a crazy amount of fresh raspberries in every sip. Upfront and towards the finish, and it didn't get old. Finish was on the dryer side that made me want to keep sipping. You can really feel the alcohol running through your veins, but not so much when consuming it. I drank this at about 45 degrees i'd guess, and when it warmed the booze definitely came out more, but so did a little more complexity. Sweet honey and a good amount of caramel and toffee notes came out too. Just oustanding all the way around.

Mouthfeel-Creamy, nice carbonation. Big mouthfeel, thick and chewy.

Overall-What else can I say. I really had to find the time to drink this. Obviously your not going to drink this all to yourself, although I probably could throughout a course of a day after trying it, and loving it. I honestly was expecting a sloppy mess even w/ the 3 years of age but it was just oustanding. Shocked by all the negative reviews on this one, I want more, and I'm already working on it. Amazing.

11-27-2011 15:41:27 | More by SWMeyer4141
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-27-2011 02:21:43 | More by GRG1313
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-26-2011 11:03:10 | More by poibag808
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-25-2011 05:08:30 | More by MammothBrew
Fort from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.