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Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

926 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 926
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 19.35%


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%.

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BuxMontBeerLover

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2012 01:04:49 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2012 21:54:55 | More by rfgetz
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a snifter, the beer is a cloudy, orange-amber coloring with a frothy, dense, small bubbled off-white head. Aromas are surprisingly subtle, with a strong raspberry and booze blend of the nose. Not overly sweet or tart on the nose, it smells great. Flavors are rich, with a heavy fruit and malt sweetness balanced very well. Raspberry tartness is solid, but remaining light to avoid being overpowering, with a good, smooth, creamy malt backbone. The beer has a decent lacing along the glass, and the body is round and smooth, with a velvety texture as it clears the palate. The aftertaste is a little sharp, with the tart raspberry flavors meeting a roasted, earthy backbone. The finish has a slight linger and cloy, but the increased ABV cleans that up quickly. Very smooth and flavorful.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2012 19:12:11 | More by GarthDanielson
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bschinelli

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First, I liked this, but as I was having dinner at a local gastropub with a great draft list, I put this on my tasting list at the end of the meal, as or with dessert.

It was served in a small, six oz snifter. In the glass, it was dark orange color, hazy with a 1/4 inch of tight packed foam on the top when I got it. The nose was huge, with lots of tart raspberries and sweetness. The first taste is lots of raspberry and sweetness, with a little subtle bread in the back of the throat. I didn't pick up on the alcohol the way I should have. My wife tried it, who doesn't like beer, and said she liked it. The mouthfeel was lighter than I thought as well, only slightly heavy, with more carbonation than I expected. Overall, this was a very good sipper for dessert, and saved me from eating something I shouldn't.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 16:24:37 | More by bschinelli
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Beejay

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: An apricot orange flavor that fades to yellow, and a touch of haze. A nice tan head is on top.

S: Sweet raspberries with a nice subtle tart smell. There is almost a cotton candy thing in there, or perhaps chocolate covered cherries. The finish definetely tells the abv.

T: sweet raspberry, and perhaps sugar cookies. There is a nice floral note in there, almost a soft rose petal flavor. The finish is has a bit of wheat bread and a significant amount of alcohol and a touch of extract.

M: Slightly thick mouthfeel, yet it still maintains an interesting softness. Carbonation is fine in consistancy, and medium in level.

O: overall tasty, although very much a sipper beer. It is somewhere between tart and cloying. Glad i got the small size.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 00:46:50 | More by Beejay
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at DFH in Rehoboth Beach.

A: Served in a goblet, Fort was pinkish-red in color with a small off-white head. Moderate head retention and very minimal lacing.

S: Definitely some raspberries, very rich and fresh, slightly sweet. Not really much else going on in terms of flavors, but there is a sizeable alcohol presence as well.

T: Lots of raspberries again, slightly tart, a bit of brown sugar and raisins. There is again a pretty good amount of alcohol coming through.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Certainly very fresh. The raspberry flavor was strong, but the booziness made it hard to drink. Would be interested in laying down a bottle for a few years, but there are other beers I would rather cellar more.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 14:47:28 | More by mdaschaf
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served from the tap at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach.

appears a dark golden color with little head. I was actually surprised, I expected it to be tinted pink from the fruit. aroma is very pleasant - very sweet raspberries. the raspberry is actually more mild in the taste.

also surprisingly for the ABV strength, it's not boozy at all. body is fairly thin.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2011 04:37:38 | More by jmdrpi
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MsRif

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the DFH brewpub in DE. Poured a pink-orange color with an off-white head. The head fizzled away leaving minimal lacing. Had an aroma of raspberries and something else that I could not identify. Raisins? Maybe it was the high alcohol mixed with fruit...but the aroma honestly reminded me of Raison D'Extra. Tasted of tart raspberries, sweet malts, brown sugar...raisins...and BOOZE. This beer certainly does not mask the high alcohol.

On the thin side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I wasn't a huge fan of this one and I stuck with just a 4oz pour. Unique, yes...drinkable...not really.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 18:54:11 | More by MsRif
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Dogfish Head, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Slightly hazy golden-peach color with a small head that left a bit of soapy lacing, but didn't stick around too long. Aroma of raspberries and grainy alcohol, and not much else. Taste of raspberry, framboise-ish, but much bigger on the booze. Not much else in the way of flavor or complexity, pretty straightforward, pretty strong, delivers what it promises. Medium in body and carbonation. Not a bad beer, but definitely not for everyone. A shot of raspberry vodka is probably cheaper and you'll get the same effect, and be able to move on with your life quicker.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 16:42:56 | More by Rifugium
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jayhawk73

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at DFH in Falls Church:

Pours an orangeish color w/ almost zero head. Minimal lacing on my snifter glass. Very dense looking, w/ little carbonation. The smell is fairly simple- raspberry, malt, and alcohol. There might be some other dark berries in there, but they're mixed in the background. Very sweet smelling. The taste kicks it up a notch. Same profile as the nose, but it's well balanced, and the 18% ABV doesn't really get in the way. Sweet, but not overly so. Feel is medium, low carbonation, and fairly sweet w/ an alcohol/raspberry aftertaste. Overall, I actually dug this for a fruit/vegetable beer. Almost like drinking a port. Cheers.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2011 19:56:18 | More by jayhawk73
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap from a 2008 keg

A-thick tan color. thin cream colored head

S-smells like alcohol with a touch of raspberries and some cream.

T-comes in with a strong bite of alcohol and raspberries and cream...but mostly alcohol. ends with a burnt raspberry cream flavor. its a harsh beer with not much smoothness or balalnce.

M-medium heavy carbonation with a dry finish

O-this is just too big of a beer to be enjoyable. its harsh and does not go down easily. it wouldn't be terrible to share though. this isn't something i'll be searching out. you know, for the money, i expect a whole hell of a lot more out of my fruit beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 19:25:10 | More by AdamBear
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wanted to get my hands on this beer for a very long time. When I finally found it I bought a few bottles and had some at the brewpub. I love the intensity that this beer has. It's super string and very flavorful. The beer tingled your tongue and sweet and tart raspberry goodness. The alcohol leaves a mellow burning in the after taste. The color is a pretty reddish pink. It's got a pretty heavy feel to it as well with not much head. I enjoy this beer on it's own just sipping it over the course an hour or so. Very strong, it'll knock your socks off.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2011 16:58:38 | More by Knapp85
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Dixonian

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The only keg we got in the DFW on tap at my favorite local pub-poured into a chimay goblet.

Pours ruby red with a nice reddish head. Smells very sweet-raspberry aroma really comes through. Tastes as sweet-I've had this in a bottle as well and the alcohol and overall sweetness is subdued on tap. The owner appearently cellared the keg for a few months which I'm sure has something to do with it. Nice malty backbone which helps to mellow the sweetness as well. Smooth and flavorful-I've never tasted anything quite like this. 18% abv was there but not as in your face as you'd think. Not one you could down all night-one was just enough for me.

Very happy I got the oppurtunity to try this on tap. Definately not to be missed if you get the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2010 23:34:29 | More by Dixonian
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LittleCrayon

New York

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tried on tap. nice amber color, no head at all. sweet, strong aroma of alcohol & cherry. First sip, tastes like whole grain honey mustard, good gourmet mustard! not off putting at all...really unique and interesting. flavor deepened with cherry sweetness & warm finish. good sipping beer. wasnt overwhelming with CHERRY--whihc was a nice surprise. would be great with vanilla ice cream or short bread cookies. bought a bottle to age.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2010 22:44:33 | More by LittleCrayon
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nrbw23

Ohio

2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A- Pours a dark orange and very hazy. Not too much going on here for the head either.

S- Smells of alcohol for sure and a mixture of raspberries.

T- Alcohol is everywhere and almost insane. A very slight raspberry taste and that is pretty much it.

M- Very thick and syrupy. Fuller side of medium in body and low carbonation.

D- The search continues for a fruit beer I like. No thanks I'll stick with their IPA's for sure next time.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2010 07:41:48 | More by nrbw23
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djbreezy

Washington

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

served in a 5 oz. snifter at Saraveza in Portland, OR

appearance - the beverage poured an amber/red color with little bubbles and high carbonation, left strong lacing on the glass, one finger head

smell - sharp nose with raspberry and fruit scents

taste - strong taste hits the tip of the tongue, raspberry flavor is dominant, alcohol flavors present

mouthfeel - medium body, carbonation that tingles, semi-smooth finish, taste lingers a bit

drinkability - this is a pretty strong beverage, the 5 oz. portion was more than enough

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2010 03:39:02 | More by djbreezy
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beabear

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a reddish-amber hue with very minimal head or lacing -- just too much alcohol to retain carbonation.

Smell: Raspberries (obviously), but also a heavy licorice smell that advertises the abv pretty well. It smells appropriately boozy.

Taste: At first glance, it almost tastes like someone mixed together raspberry juice and scotch -- very boozy, but with enough sweetness and hops to balance a bit. There is definitely a heavy aftertaste, but with this much alcohol you'd have to expect that.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and a bit syrup-y. I was definitely nursing this a bit -- it gets overwhelming in bigger gulps.

Drinkability: Between the high alcohol and the liquor-like taste and feel, I'm not sure I could drink more than one glass. But why would you need to?

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 15:56:29 | More by beabear
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brystmar

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the Draught House in Austin.

A: wasn't sure what to expect from this brew aside from raspberries, so when it poured a reddish-amber color with minimal head I simply accepted it with an "OK, cool" attitude. Mild lacing on the glass.

S: raspberries! Hints of booze, and honestly smells a little like boxed wine or Boone's Farm upon further investigation. Apologies to Sam if that sounds insulting -- it's not a bad thing & no harm intended! It really does smell like the red Jolly Ranchers taste.

T: woah raspberries! Caramel-y and smooth as it sits in your mouth. Super sweet with no signs of hops or malt. Honestly quite enjoyable despite the overly sweet complexion. I was SHOCKED to learn its ABV because this beer was ridiculously easy to drink. Honestly it's as easy to drink as orange soda. And this thing boasts 18% booze. Just....wow.

F: medium-bodied with a very silky smooth complexion. Feels nice in the mouth, again hiding its true strength well, but revealing more and more booze as the drink warms.

D: again, just ridiculously easy drinking for a strong beer. Had they not told me the alcoholic content, I would've guessed 4-5% and been pleasantly surprised to find out it was 7-8%. But 18%...hats off to DFH for being masters of booze-hiding. A bit sweet (and strong) for multiples, but given the strength I can't imagine an easier drink than Fort.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2010 04:33:43 | More by brystmar
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in DFH Alehouse snifter.

Looks like a vivisected blood orange made liquid, like Francis Bacon had gotten at it, with no real head to speak of. The absolute reek of raspberries pours into the nose, followed by a strong creek of alcohol that meanders through the fruity jungle. No real surprises in the taste, with the spiked berry flavors taking the point and never really relinquishing the high ground, though they do faze themselves out in order to be reinforced by squads of light maltiness. They sit on the tongue with not too much weight and just enough effervescence to keep spirits up.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2010 19:34:27 | More by TMoney2591
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zoso1967

Michigan

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Note: this review is based on a 2008 vintage draft that was cellared by Teresa's Next Door.

Served in a red wine glass, I could tell right away that this beer meant business. Very hazy pink amber with light carbonation. Even if you didn't know that it was 18% ABV, one could get a pretty good idea of the strength just by looking at it. Smelled very boozy and sweet with a nice raspberry aroma in there as well. I also swear that I smelled twizzlers, though my wife disagreed. Taste was absolutely nuts. Super sweet and boozy. The alcohol warmed my entire mouth and as waves of malt sweetness, fermented raspberries, slight bitterness and some wine like notes washed over my taste buds. There is definitely some bitterness or sourness to the beer, but no hop taste can make it through all those raspberries. It really reminded me a lot of 120, but with fruit instead of hops. I found it to be quite well balanced, but that could very well be the result of the cellaring. Fully bodied, and smooth with a fairly tacky finish. This is a beer to savor, and I cannot imagine drinking anymore than my 6 oz pour. I can imagine that this beer would have not been nearly as good if it was still young.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2010 18:57:18 | More by zoso1967
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap @ Prime 16 into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: Ruby-amber body with cherry glints; small white head quickly disappears, leaving a tiny ring around the edge. Just what I'd expect from a beer this strong.

S: Alcohol, toenail polish (in a good way); tart raspberries on the finish. Big, bold, and inviting.

T: Crisp raspberries, warm booze, and a tart finish. Powerful, aggressive, and straightforward. I'm a fan.

M: Medium body with mouth-coating stickiness and just enough bubbles to stave off cloyingness.

D: Extremely impressive for the astronomical ABV. Simply Awesome.

Notes: Highly tasty and drinkable beer that packs a killer punch. Very extreme, very cool.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2009 00:36:08 | More by woosterbill
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drunkboxer1

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had an eight ounce glass on draft. I didn't know what this was when it was ordered, so I was a little surprised. Surprisingly it has a fair amount of carbonation, a few little bubbles. I kinda expected it to be almost still. Definitely a wine like/still cider like character to it. I guess the fact that there is actually fermented fruit in it is not surprising. It was a nice beer, fairly interesting, but at this price I wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2009 20:06:16 | More by drunkboxer1
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Dive Bar in Worcester on Thanksgiving Eve. Served in a small 6 oz snifter. Bright orange color. Nice white head for such a tiny beer. Smell was a bit boozy. Taste was a lot more boozy than I expected. I can see now why the serving size is limited. Huge wallop of raspberry flavor comes through. Nice bite of hops on the back of the tongue on the finish. Lingering alcohol burn on the palate. A quality beer, but I feel that it's one of those extreme fruit beer that nice to try, but I don't feel the need to ever order one again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2009 18:30:55 | More by morebeergood
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Long story short, opening night at Birch and Barley, the wait staff was not sure what the different taps were. Someone told me that they had Life and Limb on draft so I ordered it and it turned out to be Fort.

Poured in a modified strange, served on draft at the Birch and Barley/Churchkey opening. White tight head forms quickly with moderate to high carbonation to support it, falls as you drink leaving lacing on the glass. Brown / orange in color, lots of haze, cannot see through this beer.

Aroma is complex and sour. Smells like alcohol, dried fruits, lots of sweetness, some apricots, some raspberries, honey, and citrus. Hard to pick up any specific hop character but its there.

Flavor of the beer is pretty odd. Strong / warming forward sensation. Kind of biting on the back of the tongue, almost has a wine like character to it. Hop bitterness is lost in the sour / sweet tones of the fruit. Really like dried cranberries or some other berries. Drinkability moderate, mouthfeel full.

Overall, a good experience, even if I never got my Life and Limb.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2009 14:09:04 | More by drabmuh
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dasenebler

Maine

4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at DFH night, Novare Res (Portland, ME)

Poured with no head whatsoever. Cloudy, dark straw color. Think unfiltered apple juice.

Nose was huge and awesome. Fruity alcoholic esters, with tons of raspberries obviously.

Wow, this is a strong beer. Very hot, almost not beer-like at nearly 20 percent. But, it's tangy and yeasty, with a great fermented fruit flavor. Acidic, but not necessarily sour. Not overly sweet like many of the stronger DFH offerings. Nice berry aftertaste. This is actually a delicious sipper of a beer. Incredible stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2009 05:01:57 | More by dasenebler
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Fort from Dogfish Head Brewery
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