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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: 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 robgage
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Naugros
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is peach to orange. The head starts off thin, but dense and then dissipates in seconds to a thin film. It does leave some lovely lace down the sides.

The smell is immediate...no sticking your nose in the glass to get at it. You first get a frambois lambic odor, but then the alcohol comes through with the strength of a fruited brandy.

This taste is strong with alcohol and the raspberries come second, but there is more going on behind it all. There are some floral hops and a little spiciness in the back of the mouth. Apple brandy with hints of vanilla on the palate. It is quite yummy, but don't let it warm up unless you want more alcohol.

This is a "hot" beer and is designed to be so (fort is French for strong). The burn is a little too unpleasant in a fruity brew for my taste. There is a slight oiliness left on the lips and the raspberry brandy impression lingers as an aftertaste.

I doubt I could manage more than a glass of this raspberry assault weapon. This beer packs a whallop! It is an experience that you must try and I do appreciate the craftmanship put into this concoction; it's just not exactly my style.

Photo of damienblack
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of madtowndmb1
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I again was able to try this for free at a festival and was very excited to try this, since I've never seen it in Madison, WI.
It was poured out of a bottle into a 5oz. glass and I right away smelled alcohol! Strong too! I was hoping for of the fruity scent like you get from a New Glarus Belgain Red or something. It looked nice in the glass, redish hue, small head. I couldn't get over the alcohol though all through the drink from lips to the lingering of it. The fruits were there but secondary flavor. That all being said I would recommend trying it but but be prepared for something different. Basically expect a 18% beer! I would like to try again to try a different batch too.

Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of steamboatbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of perrymarcus
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle served in a snifter.
bottled in 2009.

pours a clear, burnished deep orange tone yielding 3/4" off-white head that quickly dissipates into a thin cap, collar around the glass. not unsurprising given the 18% ABV.

very pungent nose smacks of tart raspberries and alcohol. the strength of the rasberry is good, but on the whole it's fairly one-dimesional.

flavor is... ok, not going to sugarcoat it: IMO what we have here is a syrupy, boozy, cloying raspberry mess that wreaks havoc on the palate. salvaged from the drain by the intense rasberry presence but not my favorite offering from dogfish head. boozy finish.

decent, full bodied mouthfeel with medium-low carbonation.

i had high hopes for this number but in the end it's only slightly more enjoyable than a wine cooler on steroids.

Photo of cowboy83
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of marcpal
2.48/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into snifter from the tap at Dogfish Head brewpub in Rehoboth.

A: Amber color with a pinkish hazy hue to it. Bubbly carbonation, champagne like at first and minimal amounts of lacing on the pour.

S: Raspberry and fruit sweetness and then a bit more sweetmess and raspberries. This does not smell like a beer at all, and alcohol really not evident yet..

T: Here comes more of the raspberries, and the sweetness- and the alcohol does make its presence felt. Did not enjoy this one too much, far prefer the other DFH big beers but this is more of a hard mixer, not pleasurable to me.

M: Champagne like fizz matching the taset. There is a cloying sweetness and it is matched by the alcohol remaining in the back of the palate.

D: Not very drinkable based on the sweetness overbearingness and the high levels of alchohol. Would strongly prefer DFH other high price, high alcohol offerings by far (WW, 120, and others)

This is one of those beers that leaves you wondering afterward if it really is a beer? Not such a good thing to me but interesting. I could see it being a good drink with a dessert or as a sipper. It really takes something special foodwise to cut through the sweetness of this thing.

Photo of davet100
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of sailorastro
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of GaryMarkle84
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a crystal mug the beer was a slightly hazy medium orange gold. A off white creamy head builds about one and a half finger high and dissipates relatively fast with leaving good lacing.
The smell is raspberry all the way, with some malt in the back.
Tasting the beer those flavors will arrive in the same order. The hops will mellow the sweetness of the raspberries slightly, but not enough. But it is a fruit beer, and therefore that is ok in my book. The alcohol is there, but well hidden for the high ABV of 18 percent.
I really liked this beer as for what it was designed for!

Photo of tlazaroff
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Appearance is beautiful! Its a deep, but perfectly clear red, and bright white head that actually leaves more lacing than expected for the ABV%. When swirled, the alcohol just sticks to the glass.

S: Boozy, almost fuel-like. I get light fruit notes, but it's hard to make out anything over the alcohol. I really wish the smell was better.

T: My first thought was of wine. It's very fruity, can defiantly pick out the raspberries. There is no hop flavor at all, but the beer is nicely balanced. The finish is all booze, but surprisingly, this doesn't detract from the overall good taste.

M: Carbonation is on the high side, the body is medium, but defiantly sticky. It feels somewhat oily too, it's not a bad thing, but thats the best descriptor that I have for the feeling.

D: At 18%, this is a sipping beer, that I will enjoy over a period of an hour or two.

Photo of dherling
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out a reddish orange brown color, with a thin white bubbly head. The nose is raspberry, alcohol, some slight floral notes, honey, malt. The taste is honey, raspberry, fruit, alcohol, fig, stone fruit. Has a medium body mouthfeel, the alcohol bites you. I wonder what this would taste like aged another 10-15 years. This is a better beer than the ratings reflect.

Photo of Varkias41
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Higravity
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well this is much better out of the bottle. This is my 2nd bottle sample and it has improved both times I have tasted it. I didn't care for this one draft at the alehouse in MD (earlier review). It looks like a pink tinted wheat beer. The smell is fruity with a good punch of alochol but some resonace of tannins. That is a lot smoother than the tap vesion the fusel alcohols aren't as prevelant and the tannins are near acceptable limits. The fruit flavor is true to raspberies and there is still a maltyness but only slightly. Thin and boozey in the mouthfeel but this is now something I could have a snifter of and not cry foul.

Photo of bbeane
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aged for almost a year...

A- Poured into my DFH snifter... Very light bubbly head appears and disappears quickly. Brilliant ruby in color with little sediment and almost no activity

S- Smells very sweet... and boozy. Malts, raspberries, and alcohol. Almost smells more like a liquor

T- Very sweet and raspberry. Extremely boozy. Starts out sweet and finishes sweet. More malty up front, maybe a hint of hops somewhere mid swig, and raspberry and alcohol in the finish...

M- Light bodied, very little carbonation

D- Definetly not one of my DFH favorites, but worthy of experiencing. I would drink more... maybe with a group at dinner instead of wine or on a special occasion

CHEERS!!

Photo of DruRho
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of dominic4beer
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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

I've been looking forward to Fort since it first came out. I was anticipating trying it at the EBF, but unfortunately it was all gone by the 2nd session. I picked this bottle up at Marty's yesterday.

Appearance - Red-orange color, white frothy head, leaves a thin white sticky layer.

Smell - BOOZY, very slight raspberry flavor, little malty, little hoppy

Taste - The 18% ABV hits you in the face. Warm, fusel alcohol forces me to take small sips. The raspberry flavor comes thru softly. Even so, this is a strong ale first and a fruit beer second.

Mouthfeel - Lots of warmth from the alcohol, slightly sticky, but not overly so.

Drinkability - The alcohol really limits the grade in this category. I am going to drink 3/4 of the entire 22 oz bottle, but only because I can do so over 3 hours and I can be drunk for the night. It's really not overly thick, sweet, or sticky. It's the alcohol that makes it slow to drink.

Overall I like this beer, but the price and high alcohol level make it for special occasions only.

Photo of Anthony1
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber slightly cloudy look pours with a huge effervescent head cloudy white fluffy leaves massive chunky layers of lace. Aroma: Tart raspberries floud the senses along with bready yeast notes some spicy character over ripened with spicy alcohol fruit notes sugary and tart blend. Taste: Flowing raspberry flavor with a highly alcohol phenol character flowery hop presence with more of the bready yeast and biscuit malt sweetness a bit of a honey raspberry syrup tone. Mouthfeel: Syrupy texture semi-colloidal very coats the palate yet still has a fine carbonation it's hard to explain a strange sensation on the palate for sure medium bodied overall...I guess. Drinkability: Heavy dose of raspberries a ton to be exact helped the natural fruit sugars for fermentation purposes reaching that 18% could be probably be tricky without 'em easy to consume in a mellow fashion to get too relaxation status fine off centered ale

Photo of rwilde
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of dannyfayy
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of djbreezy
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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

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