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Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery

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FortFort

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BA SCORE
84
good

966 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 966
Reviews: 494
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 139
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 stakem
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle year 2009.

Pours a clear amber color with some red/orange highlights. Tiny particles stuck in suspension keeping this from being totally clear in appearance. Includes a nice cap of white foam with good retension supported by continual bubbles of carbination. Decent amount of lace clings all around the glass, spotty at times when swirled but a solid curtain of white lace after taking slow sips. Aroma is similar to a fruity raspberry juice but with a very noticable alcohol presence blended with malt. Taste is tart and fruity with a tiny bit of sweetness but regardless of a colder than ideal serving temperature, the alcohol is quite dominating. The alcohol really takes center stage in this beer with all the other characteristics just playing a minor role in the background. It is a very, very warming beer and has quite the astringent alcohol taste. Body of this beer feels quite light but that might be a false impression because of the high alcohol that seemingly partially evaporates if you don't swallow fast enough. This beer leaves a lingering taste of the raspberry in your mouth coupled with a bit of hop bitterness.

I would also like to note that the alcohol in this beer shares a strikingly similar smell and taste to what is found in the DFH 120 IPA. I know it sounds weird but I really picked up on this right away. I don't think it is just the fact that both beers share an 18 or higher percent volume of alcohol, there is just something very similar in the alcohol taste and smell with each.

Photo of duceswild
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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

Bottled on 2011-10-14

A: Pours a clear ruby red with a finger tall off white head and light visible carbonation. The head reduces over time but about 50% of the original head was retained. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Some sweetness and definite presence of the raspberries but there is more than a faint hint of alcohol in the nose. The smell of the berries is very refreshing but then it is followed by a slightly astringent burning from the alcohol.

T: Rich raspberry and malt sweetness followed by the slow burn of the alcohol. The flavor is intense and rich.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. I would describe it as very clean.

O: The beer is a little heavy on the alcohol taste and smell for me but not a bad beer. I'm glad that I had the chance to sample this one but I will probably not be purchasing any more of them. Would be interesting to see what happens with this one if cellared but by space is too constrained to do that. Perhaps the perfect serving of this would be a cordial glass worth as a digestiff.

Photo of corby112
1.35/5  rDev -63.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a dark cloudy amber/orange color with some golden ruby hues when held to a light source and a thin white foam head that quickly disappears leaving no lacing behind.

Sour funky aroma with a subtle hint of raspberry which is surprising, until you take a sip. Massive alcohol presence which makes this beer smell more like Mad Dog 20/20 than a beer.

Once again the alcohol dominates the flavor taking away from any semblance of other flavors including the faint hints of raspberry and sugar. Firey alcohol burn lasts throughout warming up the chest in the finish.

I thought that this beer was flat out disgusting and undrinkable. It is the only beer I have ever drain poured. I guess if you want to get wasted there could be some value in it but I would just stick with Mad Dog. Gross!

Photo of weeare138
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Plenty of mixed reviews on this one. Mine is a two year old sample, bottled on 11/28/05...
Appears an orange toned amber with a 2 finger, foamy, white head that quickly fades into a mild cap and collar. At first pour, there are a few floaters in there. Upon closer inspection, they are a few stray pieces of seperated raspberry puree complete with seeds.
Smell is remarkable and addictive from the first inhale. Notes of ripe raspberries, and freshly baked rhubarb pie with strawberries. Very intriguing and delightful.
Taste is that of an after dinner cordial that's been infused with ripe raspberries, caramelized sugar, and freshly cut strawberries.
Mouthfeel...I was expecting an over the top alcohol bomb judging by other reviews but I found this to be just the right amount of warmness to compliment the sweetness. I could compare this to some of the better Tawny Ports I've had. Save it, sit on it for a few years, drink it on a special occasion after dinner with some chocolate truffells, or creme brulee.

Photo of superspak
1.93/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

750 ml bottle into wine glass, bottled in 2008. Pours extremely hazy red orange color with a foamy 1 finger off white head with poor retention that reduces to almost nothing. Aromas of strong raspberries, booze, and some tartness and big sweetness. The nose isn’t particularly inviting, but is alright. Taste of huge booze up front with some raspberries, malty sweetness, and some spiciness. Lingering notes of sweetness and booze on the finish. Big alcohol in the taste and a huge warming on the finish. This is pretty much undrinkable, way too much alcohol presence. Big syrupy mouthfeel with light-medium carbonation. This was just not good at all, my first drain pour. I could not see myself finishing this bottle.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I aged this bottle for a year before drinking it. Seemed to help a good deal- still strong and alcoholic, but not hot and the flavors are somewhat more integrated. Pours a dark amber with little head and no lacing. No brilliant hues of raspberry puree here. Aromas of seedy raspberrys and creamy raspberry puree. A bit of sweet malt and some tannins on the finish- probably from raspberry seeds. Taste is similar, with very deeep raspberry flavors that are also quite tannic and bitter and exhibit rich, complex seedy/stemmy overtones. For me, this works and the resultant tannins balance the alcohol and sweetness from the raspberries. My wife hated it. Mouthfeel is very tannic and although this is definitely a sipper, a friend and I polished off the bottle with enjoyment. Definitely a unique beer and highly interesting.

Photo of mothman
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this one.

Bottled on 7/9/07

Poured into kbs chalice

Pours 1/4 finger of khaki colored head. Color is a burnt orange hued brown.

Aroma: Smells boozy with a ton of raspberry. I can actually smell every raspberry that they used in making this beer. Some caramel malt shows. Big flavor here.

Taste: Woah, this beer is huge. Tons of raspberry. Sweet and sugary. A massive amount of booze shows. Some yeast and malts are present. Maybe a layer of toffee.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and syrupy. Just a tad hot as well. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a hot burn to it. So much booze showing.

Overall, this beer is a massive sipper. As I drank more of it, it got easier to drink. Whether or not this was a result of the alcohol is another question. The raspberries are delicious, but just so much alcohol comes through.

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
2.28/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

3 year old bottle poured into some wine glasses and split with friends.

A- This Fort sports a hazy orange color with some faint red/pink going on. Nothing in terms of head and therefore no lacing. Fort looks like fruit juice.

S- Smells like wine or a heavily loaded mixed drink, not like beer. This is berry forward and the alcohol is really big as well, that really gets in the way of the fruits. A big malt addition adding to the sweetness.

T- Taste like a fruity alcoholic drink or a cheap high abv wine. Besides that the raspberry and blackberry work well to make this a fruit beer. It succeeds in that way but the alcohol is really big even 3 years later and it really gets in the way.

M- I can only tske a very small sips of this. The feel is smooth but hot as well with a fruity staying power. The liquid is above medium bodied and coats the mouth and tounge. The carb is rather light.

D- I was good with my 6oz or so, any more would be to much. Share this one with a friend or three. The alcohol and impending heat really take the drinkability on this and just tastes bad in general. It really gets in the fruits way. Im not sure this one can be saved.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've had a bottle since I bought one in Arizona back in March. My friend had a going away party earlier tonight, and I thought it would be nice to celebrate with such a unique beer. 750 ml bottle shared with three other people, on to the beer:

This must be what raspberry fruit juice looks like without the added colors. Murky apricot skin color, no head to be found in this one. The aroma is a nice one. Lovely raspberry aroma, like raspberry syrup. Some booze sneaks through the nostrils as well. The taste is where things become love or hate. It tastes like fresh raspberry syrup, and you feel a moderate kick on the palate, but going down it really burns. It tastes like really good raspberries, but...it's extremely boozy. Syrupy in the mouth, but not cloying, with a pinch of fizz.

I knew I would be in for a ride with Fort. The flavor is really nice, though the afterburn is a high price to pay. 7 ounces was enough for me, so make sure this beer is shared. As for experiments....cook with it, mix drinks with it, impress your friends with it....or attempt to drink a magnum of this.

Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The family stopped by the Dogfish Ale House for a Christmas Eve lunch. The Fort was served on tap, in a snifter and chilled.

I first had Fort last summer at the DFH pub in Rehobeth. All I recall is high alcohol and bewilderment over what fruit was in this beer. This time around, the brewers took the time to get everything right and it shows.

Appearance: The ale comes in a snifter with a small to neglible head. It is coppery-red, with an emphasis on the red from the raspberries.

Smell: Thiere is a definite raspberry smell here. It is a pleasant aroma, similar to Lindemans, but not as sweet and overbearing. The alcohol (18%) also makes itself known.

Taste: A great tasting fruit beer! The raspberry is present, but not too strong. It mixes well with the ale and provides a great lift in the taste. The alcohol is very well masked, making this a potent brew.

Mouthfeel: Unlike the first batch which lacked Raspberry content, the fruit is quite evident now. It is a mild sweetness that mixes well with the alcohol and malt. There is no overpowering hops feeling to scour the palate.

Drinkability: I've got to give this a '3' as it weighs in at 18%, which seriously limits the drinkability. Despite the ABV, I will try another one, next time I find it on tap.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tall flute)

A- This beer has a light crystal clear coppery body with a red tint. The head is a creamy thick dense foam that last and last. The foam sticks to the glass and looks of a slight pink hue but that might be the reflection of the beer.

S- The smell of sweet fresh raspberries is strong and wonderful. There is a supporting aroma of slightly toasted malt and perhaps some green hops. As it warms there is a bit of a buttered cooked corn note with the hops.

T- There is a bold sweet raspberry flavor that finishes a bit dry. There is a big alcohol taste to finish but it compliments the fruit. I don't taste any big fusel alcohols so it is not very harsh. There are some green resin hop flavors in the finish that are "kicked up" by the fizz and alcohol. As this beer warms some notes of cooked corn start to come through in the flavor.

M- The mouthfeel is medium light with a fizz in the texture and some alcohol heat that finishes the beer. As this beer warms more of the fusel alcohols come through and really give it more of a kick.

D- I think this is a good but young beer. I never thought of aging an American fruit beer until today. This has some nice fruit but the alcohol makes the hops really stand up and demand attention. I like it better than Champagne but not as much than some framboise I have had before. I will have to find another bottle or two and rereview in several years. It's nice they print the bottled date on the glass itself.

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

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.

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of jdhilt
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber/red color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Raspberry nose. Flavor is raspberry pie with alcohol, sweetish, alcohol finish. Another decent beer from DFH. Bottled Nov 13, 2006. Pricey at $16.00 for a 25.6oz bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

Photo of Stinkypuss
1.65/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Dogfish Head Fort

Pours a pinkish brown with a short livid head. Aroma of raspberries and some lofty alcohol. In the taste, bitter raspberry, honey, wheat malt and alcohol. Also has some rotten vegetation notes Sickeningly sweet too, almost as if it were "off". Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, and the alcohol burns. All in all you could not pay me to drink this stuff again. A hot mess, I'd age this and hope for the best maybe time (decades) can smooth it out.

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml
Bottled On: 11/13/06

Poured into my DFH glass a very nice dark golden amber color, very nice carbonation, nice two-finger fizzy off-white head, which does leave some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, lots of raspberries, spices, with some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, big raspberry flavour, some spicyness, and caramel. Medium body, the alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming with a brew this high in ABV. Very drinkable, I like this one, glad to have a chance to finally try it.

Photo of biegaman
2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle purchased from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed 1" beige head over the clear reddish copper brew. Head lasts and lasts, with tons of little bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass, and heavy frothy lacing. Aroma is tart raspberries, with a bit of an earthy undercurrent. Taste is the same tart raspberries, duelling with malty sweetness and strong alcohol. The sweetness is almost cloying, and the alcohol heartily warms all the way down. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both not bad, but it certainly doesn't go down terribly smooth. Interesting brew, but I probably wouldn't go through the effort or expense to find this one again. To clarify, I can appreciate what they're doing here, I just don't have to like it.

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Fort from Dogfish Head Brewery
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