Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery

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FortFort

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BA SCORE
83
good

966 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 966
Reviews: 494
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 141
Gots: 218 | 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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Photo of SCZ
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of pwoody11
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of Kadonny
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 bottle into a snifter glass. This was a one year old bottle.

A: A clear reddish maroon color with a tiny off white head. No lacing at all.

S: Wow, lots of raspberry on the nose coupled with some sugar sweetness and loads of alcohol.

T: The raspberry flavors are massive. They mix with a huge sugar and candy sweetness that stays through. Towards the finish the massive alcohol comes in to take over on the finish. It's not totally off-putting, but it makes a massive showing. Sweetness finishes it out.

M: Full, coating, syrupy sweet and very little carbonation.

O: I give DFH props for really making this a huge raspberry bomb. Where I question it is who wants 750ml of this huge alcohol sweet bomb? Why not just make them 12 ounce bottles and then one might be able to enjoy one at a sitting. There were two of us and we couldn't finish the bottle. Again, I give them props for their forward thinking on beer, but this one misses the mark on drinkability.

Good, but far from great.

Photo of Hopsiam14
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of DaveHS
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dogfish Head is really pushing it these days. They seem to be doing the AVERY thing...trying to make one beer in every concievable style that will make people say," You can't even taste the alcohol! How do they balance it so well? It gets me drunk and it tastes like fruit! Yay!" The only problem is that this doesn't often work, and the result is usually a sacrifice of style for ABV.
As for FORT, I have no idea what the hell they were trying to do. This takes like cranberries and vodka. For $20.00! What the hell?
It pours out the color of a cran-apple Fruitopia. Almost no head. What little there is receeds quickly. Smells like berris and cheap Nikolai vodka out of a plastic bottle. It's kind of syrupy. The mouthfeel is okay at first, but gets progressively hotter as you go on. I'm sipping it right now. I take a little in my mouth, swish it, hold it, swallow it, wait a moment...NOTHING! What a one dimensional beer. Drinkable, sure, if you just want tog et drunk, but this is nothing special, and it is WAY overpriced.
Dogfish Head needs to get their act together. I remember the days of 120 minute IPA 750s that tasted like they were brewed by Jesus.
Bottom line, don't waste your money. Blah.

Photo of Radome
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Photo of Agold
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Imstillthegman
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of cultclassic89
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of dgeebs07
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of harsley
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of webmanspidey
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a large snifter. This was bottled way back in July 2007. I didn't realize it was quite this strong when I opened it... hopefully I'll be able to finish.

Smell is an intensely sweet mix of raspberries and honey. Taste is extremely sweet as well, but very intense as you would expect with something this strong. The raspberries are prevalent and definitely the dominant flavor here. The best comparison would be a very sweet and bubbly raspberry dessert wine. An unpleasant comparison is a fruity cough syrup. Overall, I think this is good and interesting but would've been easier to enjoy if it hadn't been quite this strong.

Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Travisnin
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of timtim
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hazy redish pink grapefruity with a fizzy white head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves a little lace. can't knock this one too much though for appearance because of the super high abv. smells of sweet sweet real raspberry, sugar and sweet malt with some booze. quite pleasant if you ask me. taste is truly unique, and far from a lambic. boozy finish, but not too bad. hard to drink too much of this, but quite a nice dessert beer. went really well with ice cream.

Photo of Grebdioz
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jayhawk73
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of DrStiffington
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the third time I've bought one of these bad boys. Pours from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass. Head disappears quickly, leaving behind a dark golden brew. Smells fruity and sweet. Tastes of rasberries and alcohol. Lots of burn on the back of the throat as it goes down, but I like that. Has a thick, cloying sweetness to it, but again, I like that in this beer. Good thing I'm splitting this one with my wife or I might be on the floor afterwards.

Photo of LittleDon
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear, it pours a small head which is gone in the blink of an eye. Amber in color. Complex aroma of honey, berries, and hops. The first taste reminds me of cough medicine, sweet up front and bitter in the finish. Some alcohol in the finish but the 18% ABV is very well hidden. Sticky mouthfeel, lots of sugars. Improves some as it gets warmer. I'd give it an A for creativity, but a D for execution.

Photo of brentblack1
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of shadow1961
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Fort pours out a fluffy head over a pretty,
cloudy red brew. Carbonation is really active, and the
nose is exactly like fresh-picked raspberries. The flavor
is intense- raspberry of course, but also oak and alcohol.
The finish is a bit of hop and more fresh raspberry. The after-
taste, like the nose, is fresh raspberries. So the experience
gives you a soft, pleasant beginning, an intense second act,
and a gentle goodbye. The intensity does moderate as the
brew warms. The mouthfeel is very crisp indeed, a bit dry, and
a lot warming.

It doesn't say on the label, but a quick check of the Dogfish
Head website reveals that this brew is 18% alcohol, which makes
Fort the most powerful beer I've tasted up to this moment. That
alcohol is at once a problem and an opportunity. In my opinion this
is a remarkable brew- right now, as, I assume, a fairly young brew, it
is right on the razor's edge- if it was just a little more alcoholic, it would
be too much. This brew stays just on the good side of being out of control.
On the other hand, all that alcohol makes this the perfect candidate for
cellaring- this massive brew can only improve with age. But at whatever
age you crack this baby open, do it with friends- it only comes in 750ml
bottles, and that's almost too much- even for me...

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at BevMo a week or so ago.

Appearance- orange copper color, minimal head

Smell- sweet raspberry, alcohol, very boozy

Taste- raspberry, alcohol, very boozy

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was ok but very boozy. I might drink it again. I don't know. still ok though

Photo of treehugger02010
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this 750 ml bottle from Capone's in Norristown, Pa. I poured it into a "water glass." The bottled on date was 11.13.07.
Appearance: A almost purple body, with a decent head that faded fast. The retention was pretty good, considering. Very highly carbonated and the head was kind of off white.
Smell: Very boozy aroma, but as it warms, the raspberries came out in full force.
Taste: Very identical to the aroma with a bit more colexity. Considering such a strong alcohol aroma, it wasn't all that off putting. The best part was the after taste of raspberries.
Mouthfeel: Nothing really stuck out.
Drinkability: It was pretty good, but I wish they would bottle it in smaller bottles.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jonada
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. 2011 release. Poured into a DFH signature glass

Appearance: Pours a dark amber orange color with less than a finger of an off white head, that dissipates to a thick collar and wispy foam coating. Body is relatively clear with a good amount of visible carbonation

Smell: Tart raspberries, booze, sherry, vanilla, sweet malt and a light Belgian yeast quality.

Taste: Follows the aroma pretty closely with sweet, tart raspberries being the most prominent. Following that are notes of dark fruit, booze, red apple and a caramel like malt. There’s a mild Belgian yeast undertone as well (almost like a Belgian blonde turned WAY up) but is overshadowed by the more assertive flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a thick, sticky, syrupy mouthfeel and medium levels of soft carbonation. Sweet, but not cloying, with a light raspberry tartness in the finish to balance it out. Not sure of the ABV for this batch, but for an 18-ish % beer, this is dangerously drinkable (but obviously still a sipper).

Overall: This has been a strange, random want of mine for quite a while, so it was nice to finally be able to tick this. With that said, the beer itself was a pleasant surprise as the reviews on this seem to be quite mixed. While it’s not a beer that’s super complex, it is a (REALLY) big ass raspberry beer with big flavors, that accomplishes what it’s going for and (most perhaps most impressively) does it without being a boozy mess.

Fort from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 966 ratings.