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Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

950 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 950
Reviews: 492
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 140
Gots: 215 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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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%.

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judzillah

Massachusetts

2.38/5  rDev -35.3%

Raspberries and booze, that's what you'll get out of this one. Pours pinkish with a white head. Smells like it tastes, like raspberries and alcohol. The taste is dominated by the berry and the very warm alcohol. I was hoping for some more complexity with this one, but that's about it. Surprisingly I found this one easier to drink as I went along, that may have had something to do with the 18% strength. This one should almost be treated as an aperitif rather then any traditional beer. I'm glad I tried it, but I don't I'd buy it again for the very steep price they are asking for it.

01-06-2007 17:48:39 | More by judzillah
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

Huge bottle pours a chill hazed but radiant copper body with a small almond head that quickly falls to a pink fringed skim and collar. Aroma is subtle, odd considering the bottle is stamped with a bottling date just over a month ago. Raspberry jam notes are joined by model airplane glue to the nose. Odd, but really pleasant. Medium body with spritzy carbonation. Taste is sticky with big doughy maltiness, sweet/tart berries, and the pleasant taste of the model airplane glue you loved as a kid. Solvent-like is an understatement, but it works here for some reason. Finishes dry with a kiss of grapefruit that comes out of nowhere. Surprisingly drinkable for such an enormous fruit beer. Another oddball brew from DFH.

01-02-2007 19:33:36 | More by merlin48
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aforbes10

Iowa

2.45/5  rDev -33.4%

strawberry juice colored with a white head. about how a big fruit beer should look, IMO. Smells like raspberry jolly ranchers and red wine. Taste is a quick punch of raspberries and then an EXTREME alchol /baby cough syrup flavor. It really smacks you in the mouth. This experience does not diminish as you get further through the beer, either. Totally dominated by the alcohol, like a raspberry flavored mixed drink at a shitty bar. I really didn't like this offering from DH...and i do like fruit beers, even raspberry ones (like New Glarus' Rasp. Tart) but this just didn't do anything for me.

01-01-2007 21:27:01 | More by aforbes10
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HardTarget

Texas

2.38/5  rDev -35.3%

Report from the field:
Opened the bottle to celebrate being with old, good friends in Little Rock. Sorely disappointed. The nose is interesting, but boozy. Some deep raspberry notes sounding off, but overwhelmed by alcohol. To the eye it is a sullen red liquid with a thin collar. A taste brings all the expected alcohol, sweet red berry jam, and more alcohol. Just too harsh and strong. My wife, a Framboise lover, couldn't handle it. I ended up leaving a corked half bottle, the four of us couldn't finish it. Some earthy notes, mild funk, but the alcohol just was too much. Age it for a fortnight or twenty. I can maybe see this turning to jam and being enjoyable, but right now, I can't finish it.

12-30-2006 00:09:08 | More by HardTarget
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BeerSox

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%

750mL bottle into small wine glasses and shared with family.

Pours tomato red with a very fizzy cap that lasts only a few seconds. No lacing. Slightly hazy.

Strong raspberry with a lot of alcohol burning through.

Once again, the raspberry is the dominant characteristic, mixing with the high alcohol. Medium bodied with low carbonation, with a slick feel, more like a wine. The finish is extremely dry from the alcohol.

This is a very flavorful beer, considering the amount of alcohol in it. The alcohol does make itself noticed though, and all you can taste is the raspberry puree. Considering all that, it's still a beer to be tried. I recommend it for wine lovers.

12-25-2006 23:03:38 | More by BeerSox
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jordanmills

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +23.6%

Poured a cloudy red-amber with a little head that left fast. Smells of raspberries and sweetness. Tastes of raspberries and sweetness. Enough of the alcohol comes through to let you know that it's there, but it surprisingly does not at all overwhelm the taste. It's very light on the tongue, compares well to a sparkling fruit wine. I could drink this all night, except the price would break my wallet, and the alcohol would break my balance. It would go very well with a dark chocolate dessert that wasn't too sweet.

12-25-2006 04:25:47 | More by jordanmills
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NolateM

Connecticut

4.55/5  rDev +23.6%

Very fresh bottle, only about a month old.

Poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale goblet. Fairly cloudy amber color. Dissipated head, but nice ring and lacing.

Lots of alcohol in the aroma, but fresh fruit comes through as well.

I had this beer last spring and thought it was good, but getting it fresh this time truly made all the difference, as the fresh bottle REALLY has all the raspberry flavor still intact. Some suggestions of apple and pear come through, as were also apparent when I had it last spring. It has a nice hint of champagne-like tartness (tastes as though it may have been brewed with champagne yeast or something).

Mouthfeel is good for what this beer is... obviously there's a generous amount of alcohol heat (which keeps getting more prevalent as the beer warms), but that goes without saying. Nice spritzy carbonation too.

Buy this as fresh as you possibly can, and serve it at fridge temperature. It really is worth it. What a fantastic, warming, strong, flavorful brew this is. Have it at the end of the night, or with dessert - I paired it with home-made tiramisu, and it was truly exceptional. It makes a delicious (and less expensive) substitute for port wine. It's PORT BEER! I should copyright that name.

About $16 for a 750 mL

12-24-2006 20:22:30 | More by NolateM
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peabody

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours out like a red ice tea with lots of white suds to decorate the top of this inviting looking drink.
You know those vodka jigglers where you take jello and mix it with some sort of alcohol?
Well this smells like a cherry/raspberry/lime jiggler that I had at a local blues concert. Very strong aroma's of cherry and raspberry.
The alcohol is very prevalent here too.
Taste is a very sweet cherry malt flavor with just a hint of hop bitterness . The strong vodka/cherry juice takes over most of the flavors though. I would think girls would really like this.
Mouthfeel is suprisingly clean here with only the cherry flavor remaining along with the alcohol burn.
Drinkability ... hmm, you wouldn't want to drink more than one of these at a sitting or you wouldn't be able to stand up!

12-22-2006 01:42:35 | More by peabody
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

Pink tinged, amber in color. A fair amount of carbonation to it. Huge, big ole nose of rasberries. This sucker screams fruit. Very sweet-no tartness to it. Nice big blast of rasberries and some crisp malt-wheat? The alcohol is very present. Slight bitterness-I chalk that up to the alcohol. While the fruit is a sweet boost it is actually quite dry. Good body for the beer overall. Very enjoyable-split a bottle with a friend @ 18%. The alcohol dominance knocks it down a bit. Now that I can get it easily in bottles I will cellar some for sure.

12-16-2006 03:22:24 | More by lackenhauser
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Andbrew

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -13%

Kept outside in a snow pack in Breckenridge Colorado until served. Served in a Chimay Tulip glass.

A - Rich cherry wood color with tints of orange. Light head retreats quickly leaves no lacing. Looked a bit cloudy however was probably from the temperature.

S - Strong Raspberry aroma right off, very sweet alcohol smell with a hint of hops.

M - Very fizzy, light on the palate and clears quickly.

T - Overwhelmingly alcohol, at first noticeable only lightly, as the beer warms alcohol more prevalent and overpowers the raspberry. Mineral hits of Iron and tart ester. Back of palate picks up the very tart almost sour taste.

D - This one seems as though it needs to be paired with a raspberry dessert or possibly a raspberry appetizer as that will help bring it out in this beer. Should be shared as in the time it takes to drink the bottle it will have warmed to the point at which the alcohol is overpowering.

Overall I would suggest this one for a light 8 ounce service among a group for a raspberry cheesecake dessert as the raspberry needs to be enhanced and the sour/tartness on the palate neutralized.

11-27-2006 21:19:09 | More by Andbrew
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%

Sampling this brew with Stopper. Poured slightly chilled into a snifter clear amber color with eggshell white edge layer of head.

ARoma is a bit of grainy malt but dominant sweet raspberries. First sip is fairly thick body syrupy texture and very fine carbonation, that tingles my entire mouth.
Flavor is almost all sweet berries from start to finish. Not very complex, almost like a fruit wine.

A tasty enough beer, but I wouldnt buy it again.

09-19-2006 01:54:59 | More by sulldaddy
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cjgator3

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours a hazy amber color with not much head because of the high abv. There are definately raspberries in the aroma along with a good dose of alcohol fumes as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Alcohol definately makes it's presence both initially and at the end that gives a long dry warming effect in the throat. This is like no other beer I have tried so it does get some creativity points. Overall, a good beer that would be great without the extreme alcohol presence. I will definately try again in the colder winter months.

08-15-2006 17:59:52 | More by cjgator3
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Foxman

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

It pours a vibrant coppery amber, almost ruby, and slightly hazy. A finger of off-white head drops soon to feathers of froth. Animal crackers of lacing plod along the inside of the glass.

The aroma shoots a quick flash of sweet caramel malt that parts for a stanchion of bright, juicy raspberry. A companionable yeast tartness gives sway to a sneaky snake of alcohol.

Upon tasting, raspberry grabs star status, deeply sweet and with tangy fruit tongueplay. The cloying ploy continues with a rock sugar candy and caramel assault. The alcohol is much more obvious here, and as it evaporates an encircling and drying bitterness surprisingly crisps the residual malt berry effect. The finish remembers the raspberry but gives full exposure to a lingering dry bitterness. It's a departure, an experience, and over-the-top.


Close to full bodied, it's lip-smacking syrupy and chock-full of palate presence.

If you like raspberry, you're in. If not, you're screwed. I like them, but...this much? I'm not sure really, but perhaps. Still, while extreme by its nature, it's an intriguing trek through the DFH collective mind. The ABV is freaking big, real big, and you ignore it at your own peril. I came, I tasted, but I'm left to wonder: Who conquered who?

08-07-2006 19:02:11 | More by Foxman
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cbl2

New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

$16.99 750 mL 18.00% Bottled on 11/28/05, with this alcohol, it should keep.

Appearance:

Pours a slightly hazy peachy-rose into my goblet with a faint white film on top, too thin to be considered a head.

Aroma:

Rich ripe raspberry/strawberry jam with vibrant sweet berry notes. Reminiscent of Berry Zing herbal tea with a dollop of honey.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Not at all what I expected. This has notes of a belgian pale ale with a bone dry mouthfeel to it, that is accompanied by a mild presence of raspberry fruit. Alcohol warms the throat as it goes down.

I'm not disappointed, but at $17/bottle, I expected more. It is good, and unique, as all DFH beers are though the WOW! factor is missing. I won't be shelling out $17 again for this. That will have to wait for Sam's next outrageous offering.

07-29-2006 16:42:07 | More by cbl2
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Paled orangey brown color with a dusty white capping of yielding, crispy froth that grows up to about a finger high. The foam slips away quickly however, no surprise for a beer this big, but was impressive to see anything from it. Minimal lacing in a few spots.

Aroma is much like that of raspberry/strawberry yogurt, kinda soft, creamy, with a nice auromatic waft of fresh raspberry ice cream. Dulled in both sweetness and sourness, yet has that specific grab about it that goes with normal berry-like freshness.

Taste is nice. Firm, bold, filling, and tasty. This actually is fairly tame, its not a slap in the face, and/or palate, with the raspberry tartness or sweetness normally associated with raspberries. The malts really hold it together nicely with a slightly nutty, thicker bread dough-like tone and mild eagerness to fill the palate. The raspberry flavors are balanced in well, much like the nose, its dulled and taken down a notch in tartness and sweetness. Making for a softer, firmer ride. Only a slight tartness buzzes about as does that raspberry tangyness. Finish is rounded and full with a slight drying and fruity woodyness.

Feel is very nice as its quite filling and full. Quite bold within enriched highening of girth from the malt base used to keep the raspberry from being the true king in its flavor. Nicely balanced and very drinkable as the tartness and sweetness are well in check.

Drinkable, and dangerously so. Never a detection of the 18%, where was it? I have no idea. But its there, brilliantly hidden under all the rich texture and milding, yielding flavors. It has only a slight wamth beyond the point you know you're drinking something big when it begins to unfold and breathe onto your palate. It sinks in and gets ya that way. It has a certain politeness about it that itrigued the hell out of me. A solid fruit beer if there ever was one. For specail occasions, and what not. But the price tag ($16+) and the ABV will keep it from being a mainstay.

07-22-2006 14:23:41 | More by tavernjef
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%

Dogfish Head Fort
750 ML brown bottle
Served in a St. Sebastiaan tulip glass

* Enjoyed with LB *

Pours a golden amber orange blend. Awesome head that leaves trails of sticky lacings. Thick, sudsy, foamy head.

Super intense nose with strong whiffs of blackberry, strawberries, rasberries and mangos. Pure berry delight.

Sweet, juicy berry flavors with a strong syrup quality. Incredibly intense sense of ripe, flavorful of fruit juice. I like how this beer is complex, unique and enjoyable. Don't underestimate the power of this brew.

This beer is extremely difficult beer to compare to. A totally original beer style and delivery. Another DFH beer that deserves much credit.

07-21-2006 01:55:49 | More by Hibernator
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%

This beer poured an apricot and strawberry color with a persistent, creamy egg shell white head.

Smells of raspberries and tart cherries with a huge, non-caustic alcohol. There’s also a slight bit of caramel in the background. I’m not sure how to rate this, but I guess if the style is an 18% ABV fruit beer, this is really impressive.

The taste starts with a CO2 and an oaky dryness that is followed up by a caramel and raspberry with a slight touch of coffee. Again, the huge alcohol steps in, but it doesn’t burn at all.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with a thick carbonation.

I liked this one quite a bit. Considering the ABV, it was surprisingly tasty and I can’t wait to sit on another bottle for several years to try it again.

07-15-2006 17:39:16 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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Hefe

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +6%

Amber/Gold with a slight reddish tinge.A fluffy bit o' head hangs out on top for a bit before becoming sticky lacing. Aromas of sweet malt and red fruits, the flavor is noticeably rasberry with a heavy malty sweetness, and a bit hot on the finish. Mouthfeel is oily/slick and pretty full bodied. Too heavy for mass consumption, but damn it went well with that chocolate rasberry cake!

06-19-2006 18:55:23 | More by Hefe
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Zorro

California

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%

3/4 Liter bottle received from LuckySevens82 and BIF33 - Team Spring.

A serious beer with a serious reputation for f'ing up the drinker!

Pours a near clear amber colored beer that somehow manages to form a heroic level of head despite the mighty alcohol level present.

Smell is light tasty raspberries and raspberry liqueur with faint aromas of malt and black pepper. Alcohol carries additional fruit smells to my nose mostly a delightful peach aroma. Intense distillate of fruit aromas here that is quite nearly a perfume.

Taste is lighter than expected almost more like raspberry vodka than a beer. Alcohol is noticeable in the taste but also carries a nice no artificial fruit flavor to my mouth. Raspberry and peach are about equal in flavor here. After a bit the alcohol bite lessens and the tarter fruit flavors show up in the taste. After a bit this gets really floral in flavor and reminds me of the taste of Rose Jam I ate in Turkey.

Mouthfeel is thinner than you would expect, must be all the alcohol.

An interesting beer to say the least it is much closer to a liquor than a beer. Quite close to drinking a fruit flavored perfume this is a beer best reserved for special occasions, and savored in small cups.

06-10-2006 03:22:43 | More by Zorro
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Kendo

New York

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%

25.4 oz bottle says it was bottled on 11/28/05. We consumed it on 6/3/06, split it 4 ways, so I guess I got about 6 oz in a goblet.

Pours a golden orange with a fizzy, thin white head that disappeared fairly quickly.

Scent? Raspberries, raspberries and more raspberries. And alcohol.

As for the taste: like the nose, only two flavors really hit you: raspberries and alcohol. It's almost like children's-cough-medicine-sweet, but with all that fizz it seems more like soda than syrup. Swirling this around in your mouth you really feel the fizzy carbonation. As it finishes, you defnitely feel the alcohol burn -- it's a burn, not alcohol "warmth" -- go down your throat and lodge itself in your belly.

As for mouthfeel, like I said, it's highly carbonated. "Fizzy" was the word that kept popping into mind.

Drinkability? Tough to call this beer drinkable. We found that it did go pretty well with chocolate brownies as a desert -- I think the sweet chocolate flavors coated the mouth and eased the alcohol flavors a bit. When I drank the first half of the glass without any food pairing, I had a hard time getting past the alcohol burn. At 18% ABV, you wouldn't want to have much more than the 6 oz we all had. One participant did say, however, "it's easy to drink more of it than you want to." I think that sums up its alcohol strength quite well and is a backhanded compliment on its drinkability. Of course, he wasn't the guy who shelled out the cash for this bottle. . . .

Kudos to DFH for pushing the envelope with this one. However, I think all the sugars from the raspberries led to a much-too-carbonated ale, and those same sugars led to over-active yeasts and too much alcohol as well. It works as an experiment and perhaps as a desert beer, but at $20 for a bottle that MUST be shared due to the ABV, I probably won't ever get this again.

06-05-2006 16:02:58 | More by Kendo
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -27.2%

Poured a fizzy, orangy pink appearence, bubbles but no head - though it did leave somelacing. First impression is the 18% - yup, you can certainly tell its there - each and every one of the 18%, for sure. This is like a harsh and potent raspberry syrop that really burns. Raspberries seem authentic but not sweet, and the beer is honestly too pinsing and drowned out with alcohol to make it any way fruity. Aroma did evolve sniff to sniff though. Can't find any hops. Liquere like, actually very reminscent of a cognac and became continuously so as it warmed. Syropy and an alltogether different fruit beer. Perhaps slightly enjoyable (in a small dosage) but overall, flavours are scraped out by this burning cognac taste and mouthfeel is void of any finish or aftertaste. Where does this stand? Nothing in any way completes this beer. Couldn't tell you how this one would age, but I wouldn't be willing to try it. A neat one for sure, though I wouldn't revisit I was very happy to try - big thanks to northyorkSammy!

This beer seemed to hit the head more than it hit the tastebuds. A beer of this strength is hard done by to have any grace, and it doesn't.
Like other DogFish Head products, they've crafted this creative, over-the-top beer that I appreciate more for it's quality and creativity, than I do enjoy it for it's taste.

05-25-2006 16:48:31 | More by biegaman
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DrunkPagan

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%

From time to time I get the chance to try the exotic, and Dogfish head stuff is usually pretty out there.
I was impressed by the look, smell, and taste. While a little fruity, it was still pretty good. It's difficult to describe exactly, but imagine a heavy hefeweizen with strong fruit-like undertones.
While I liked the taste, the moment the beer got to my stomach something said 'stop.' I felt that beer much more than I tasted it, and couldn't finish a whole glass. It wasn't just the high alcohol content either, the stuff was just too heavy for me. If you're into very heavy beers, and very fruity beers, the Fort is your dream. If not, though, take in small doses. This is definitely a sipper to be shared with a large group of people.

05-24-2006 19:50:55 | More by DrunkPagan
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -29.9%

Bottle: Poured a clear light copper color ale with a very small head with little retention. Aroma of sweet raspberry is pleasant enough but the burning alcohol kind of ruin it for me. Taste is quite sweet with some raspberry presence thought not as much as I would have expected (since the label mentioned ‘’over a ton of raspberry’’ I was thinking New Glarus Raspberry style). Alcohol is way too hot for my liking and body is a bit thin. Overall, this is a way too expensive fruity malt liquor.

05-24-2006 14:17:52 | More by Phyl21ca
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

Bomber. Good raspberry aroma and tehre is raspberry taste, strongly malted and biting including candy sugar. Malt liquor 18%. Orange with a nice moderate head and lace. Dry and strong comcomitantly. Thinnish body, good ingredients, Had it four years later on tap, and better, mire fruitiness, bitterness, and liked the lace in appearance.

05-22-2006 23:31:26 | More by Sammy
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +18.2%

Bottled 11/28/05

Saved this beer for my birthday, and it was worth it. Poured a reddish-copper, with a thin but well-retained head. Lots of bubbles, like a champagne, and a great stack of lace as the glass emptied.

Smelled predominantly of raspberries, vanilla and sweet spices. A buoyant and thankfully not-too-sweet aroma.

Flavors: excellent depth. There's a small liqueur-type bite, but at 18% ABV, the alcohol is hidden pretty well. Amidst the fruity, pungent, spicy essence is a veneer of wild yeast, all of that offsetting what could've been a too-sweet concoction, but what turned out to be a nicely balanced, complex, intriguing drink. Raspberries, yes. But there's a lot more going on here, especially in terms of spiciness and the full-bodied, kinda wild essence given off by the yeast.

Mouthfeel was full of fizz, yet held a round, heavy, somewhat glaze-y heft.

Despite the high alcohol, this went down extremely well. A beguiling, intriguing brew. What is this exactly? (besides another amazing Dogfish Head invention.) Pricey, which limits drinkability, but well worth the experience, at least once.

05-20-2006 03:56:22 | More by Metalmonk
Fort from Dogfish Head Brewery
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