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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 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

Photo of malcontent
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bright orange hue to the body buy almost a complete lack of head or lacing don't make it look all that special.

On the other hand, this couldn't smell any better. The alcohol is aggressive but as it has time to breathe the aromas form a delectable combo that could best be summed up as a raspberry truffle. A knockout in this category.

Alcohol is obvious but as it calms down the raspberry is what this is all about. Tasty although there is a touch of solvent-like finish. Otherwise, a wonderful sipper.

Mouthfeel is viscous but it's almost 20 freakin' % ABV, what do you expect. It's certainly not a beer with high drinkability but it's a great treat to split with a group. We paired it with some high quality chocolate and thought it was divine.

Photo of Casey10
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up today. Nice and tart you will taste taste the rasberries. This is a very strong beer. Well worth tasting.

A -nice dark cherry hue with not much carbination.

S - dark cherry

T - alcoholic cherry taste really almost a halls.

M - same as taste really strong.

O - very strong but a really nice brew search it out!

Photo of leodarko
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of zachary80
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of DrewLikesBeer
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of mattboyer182
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Beerbuddha
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Beer poured a reddish amber color with no head at all. Lacing was present but minimal.

Smell - Raspberries dominate with also an alcohol smell as well.

Taste - Had a very medicinal taste to it. The raspberries are huge! Maybe a bit too huge. The alcohol taste is a bit too much as well.

Mouthfeel - Thick and syrupy with little carbonation.

Overall - Not very good. I couldn't finish the beer. I guess I shouldn't say couldn't but rather didn't want to. It says ages well on the bottle. My bottle was "aged" a year. Maybe a bit longer is necessary.

Photo of dextermcgurk
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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

A - This beer poured a light bronze color that produced a foamy light tan head that had decent retention and laced the side of ths glass moderately

S - The aroma produced by this beer was dominated by the sweet, tart smell of raspberries

T - The taste of this beer had a simple, straight forward approach that start with raspberries, and ended with more raspberries. There is a slight hint of beer, a little malt is present, but all in all this is more of a liqueur than a beer

M - The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, feel like I am drinking raspberry syrup, and the carbonation is moderate

D - I would rate the drinkability higher if it came in smaller bottles, but there is only one purpose for this beer, and it is a social one, best given to many

Photo of chumba526
2.23/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

2008 bottle.

Appears murky brownish red. It looks like carbonated red muddy swamp water. It also look s like a blood infused iced coffee drink. There is no real head to this beer.

It smells of brown sugar, rust, sweet malt and sweet raspberries. It does not have a complex raspberry smell like many other raspberry beers do.

It tastes of sweet malts. I get a bit of a brown sugar flavor. There is a raspberry flavor that is muddled in with a strong alcohol flavor. The finish of this beer is pretty nasty. It finishes with a strong rusty flavor.

it has a thick mouthfeel.

I feel like I have rusty nails in my mouth this rusty taste just will not go away. Drinking this makes my stomach turn. An interesting concept though the result is pretty poor. I can taste some berry flavor but the alcohol taste and the rustiness makes this beer not appealing.

My dad kind of likes it but he is kind of an alcoholic anyhow!

Photo of photomike
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Gyle41386
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Reddish/pink lemonade pour. Not much going on in the foam or lacing departments.

Smells like a raspberry kids drink, but highly alcoholic. Like a boozy juice box. Sign me up.

Flavor is pretty much along those same lines. Smooth, sweet raspberries, with a hot, somewhat numbing finish. Booze is very apparent, though I wouldn't have guessed 18%.

Smooth, syrupy texture. Leaves a light tickle in the back of the throat. Hard to drink more than about four ounces of this one, but it's still enjoyable. I was pleasantly surprised that this was a fairly simple (well, as simple as an 18% raspberry beer can be) Dogfish Head offering...I was expecting something much more, off-center I guess, but that was not the case.

Photo of bespin15
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of GreyGhost4
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of ne0m00re
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

06/01/10- Had a 750 mL bottle dated 07/10/07
A: Reddish brown, cloudy, with a good tan head.
S: Boozy and fruity like port with a caramel sweetness, dark fruits, and raisin, and overall sticky sweet.
T: Very sweet red wine and port, raspberry caramel, very little moldy hops in the background, almost like framboise with a slight banana character.
M: Sticky, very slightly frothy, but mostly spritzy carbonation.
D: Not very. This one is pretty harsh.

Photo of pavpav12
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of HugeBulge
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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

On tap at Gravity Head '08 in New Albany, IN. Poured into a 4oz large shot glass, thankfully, not 10oz like everything else.

Appearance- Surprisingly has head for such a big beer. Head was a finger thick upon arrival, but it still lingers fifteen minutes later, and clings to the sides of the glass. Looks like baby gots some legs on her as well!

Smell- Raspberry and BIG alcohol. Smells like a raspberry liquor, which I guess essentially it is. Still is quite malty and has the aspects of still being a beer.

Taste- Whoa. When I tried to go for a large sip, it caught the throat with a firey grip. Raspberry is thin but alcohol remains BIG. Raspberry burn lingers and does not dissipate. I like this beer, but it's definitely not for keeps.

Mouthfeel- Thick, full bodied, warming and palate destroying. I would call this a one time brew for drinking.

Drinkability- 3 may be a little high, and it was nice and warming, but it was still a good beer. I don't think I'll be revisiting it anytime soon, but it was not a bad beer by any means.

Photo of BeerZack
1.85/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Murky orange, almost amber color with little ring of bubbles that does lace.

Smell is very intense booze. [I had to let this one "breathe" for an hour+ before I could stand to smell and drink it.] Sugary sweetness and whiffs of perfumy dried fruit. Still very hot.

Syrupy sugary thick maltiness reminds me of a Belgian Quad with a dose of cheap fruit wine. Overly sweet and alcoholic, very medicinal impression (cherry cough syrup).

The drinkability on this one is very low. The alcohol even burns the tongue; like you're drinking MD 20/20 from a fancy bottle. This one has got to get better with age because it is pretty much undrinkable now.

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