Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

496 Reviews
THE BROS
88
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Reviews: 496
Hads: 983
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 145
Gots: 222 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2005

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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Photo of Gobzilla
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle courtesy of shrek806 good lookin out playa

A: poured a pinkish orange with yellow highlights that had absolutely no head and no lacing at all sticking to the glass. It looks like a colorful barrel aged beer.

S: very big booze aroma smacked my nostrils at first whiff with apparent raspberries notes and vinous wine character as well. It also seemed to have syrup, strawberries, and floral notes too.

T: the booze is pretty intense on the palate but not as punchy like the nose but does kinda mesh with the raspberries and strawberries. It had vinous wine flavor that reminded me of a wine cooler but much boozier.

M: the wine cooler..ahh I mean beer was light to medium body with zero amount of carbonation which had a sweet fruity and extremely boozy finish.

D: obviously the beer drank pretty poor due to the ABV and was a sipper beer for sure but I'm still glad I had the oppotunity to try the strongest fruit beer on earth. (945 characters)

Photo of CONOR8832
2.76/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Very colorful beer, beautiful aray of colors, amber, some shades of pink, and some delicate red tones,I am sure from the rasberries. Very eye catching in appearance.

S - Solid aroma of fresh off the vine rasberries, with a touch of a freshly popped botte of chanpagne. This smell reminds me of a New Years celebration.

T - An explosive hit of fresh pureed rasberrries, there are a few citrus tasting notes in there but mostly fermented rasberries. Slight taste of some wood/oak notes with the champagne flavor left to linger on your tounge.

M - Ok I am going to make my champagne reference again. Yes this beer was very bubbly and dry, like a fine french champange. (I am now done with champagne references)

D - Not my personal favorite but I have to try everything. There was a little to much rasberry flavor/sweetness. I know that this is a fruit beer but in my opinion I did not care for the the sweetness that Fort had to it, like I said not my favorite but it is ok. Good beer to have after dinner in combination with some dark chocolate. (1,051 characters)

Photo of steve8robin
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting to is finally try this brew. Huge ABV fruit beer? Unheard of. 750ml bottle...

A: Deep golden ruby copper with a thick 1 inch off white head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: Cherry tartness upfront blended with some super sweet raspberries. Heavy port and alcohol booziness in the middle. Nice malty oak on the backend. Good.

T: Starts with a sharp bite of alcohol quickly followed by very strong raspberry flavor. Super sugary fruity malts in the middle with some hints of breadiness on the backend. Good.

M: Very thick bodied with a huge heavy carbonation. Decent.

D: Wow, despite the huge ABV, this goes down surprisingly easy! Dogfish has definitely mastered the art of making super boozy beers very drinkable. Very good.

All in all, this is a great brew. I thought the ABV would totally ruin this one, but it goes down super easy. This is one of the best fruit beers I have tasted yet. If you like big beers and nice strong beers with some sweet fruity flavors blended in, then definitely find this one and try it. (1,047 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

WOW, and not in a good way. Spent a night in Loveland with the family, and stopped into a well known liqour store for a few bottles. Saw 750s of this one on sale for eleven bucks, and my wife really wanted to try it. This was not a pleasant experience. Huge raspberry flavors were present, but so was a huge, overbearing and unpleasant alcohol presence. This one was too hot to be enjoyed. (389 characters)

Photo of Stigs
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

big 750ml, split amongst 4 people (thank god)...served in chalices. 2009 vintage.

A - a bit of a dull, muddy reddish/purple/brown color...was exepecting more red from the massive amount of berries. very thin film of bubbles, no lacing or foam.

S - loads of raspberries, cough syrup, alcohol...about it, though not bad.

T - berries struggle to fight through a massive bozzy alcohol flavor. they do come through, just barely, and losing any sense of freshness or tart along the way.

M - thick and syrupy, with barely any carbonation. ALCOHOL BURN.

D - interesting as expected, but i was really hoping for a bigger fruit profile and less booze. dont bother with this until 5+ years, but by that time the fruit will probably be stale. (735 characters)

Photo of speter
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Initially, I'd have said this was raspberry red, but a closer inspection reveals it to be a murky orange with a quickly-fading tan head that leaves wisps all over the side of the glass.

S: Raspberries and alcohol, all the way! Actually, alcohol and raspberries, but with a definite Belgian angle somewhere in the high notes.

T: The initial taste is a combination of the booze and berries, which persists well into the center. Just past the center, it opens up with various spicy overtones like cloves, cinnamon, and pepper, which carry you through a warming finish. Who needs port when you've got this?

M: Very viscous and warming, though there is a bit more carbonation than typical for a high ABV DFH beer.

D: This is very much a dessert beer, with a drinkability to match. (782 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange/golden color with a small white head.

The aroma is dominated by sweet, sugary raspberries and booze; a small amount of citrus hops present themselves as well. This

The taste is strong, boozy raspberries, but not in a completely offensive way. Definitely sweet and not what I consider "beer" per-say but good. This is more of a carbonated raspberry mead.

Light medium bodied with a low level of carbonation and a viscous mouthfeel. The strength and sweetness knocks the drinkability down, but this is an interesting beer that's worth a try, but not a repeatable offering in my opinion. (603 characters)

Photo of StephenRich
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The Dogfish Head Fort; a giant Belgian Ale brewed with a ridiculous amount of pureed raspberries. Would you expect anything less from Dogfish Head? Well, you shouldn't. Dogfish Head has a huge range of beers right now, and many of them are high alcohol, rich beers primed for ageing. The Fort is a perfect example. What is a ridiculous amount of raspberries you ask? Over one ton of them! Its works out to be 20 pounds per barrel produced.

This though is no ordinary fruit beer. It is not some mild wheat beer sweetened with touches or even heaps of fruit. This is a beer crafted to be rich, large, and definitely in charge. The one ton of pureed raspberries are added during fermentation so that the yeasts can do their job in a playground of sugar.

Sam Calagione, Founder and President of Dogfish Head, claims it to be the strongest fruit beer in the world at 18% abv, and it very well may be. It really is an exciting experience, and Sam is adamant that this beer will age supremely well and will really hit its stride after a few years. I have only had the opportunity to enjoy a fresh bottle, but when I am ready to shell out the $20 that each 750 ml bottle costs, you can be sure I will be cellaring it.

Uncap the bottle and you will instantly notice that the air around you now has the perfumed scent of sweet fruit fields and tart raspberries. But then pour it and this beer erupts into a massive world of deeply rich aromas with pungent fruit and Belgian Flavors.

The pour is very lively rushing a stream of tiny carbonation everywhere the beer exists, but it does not lift a significant head. On my first pour I actually got close to no head, but then the second, more vigorous pour did yield about a half inch or white fluffy head. Both though showed only traces of lacing after a few minutes. It can be difficult for a beer of this strength to maintain its head, so I was certainly not worried. Especially not after peering into the deep ruby red beer that sat in front of me.

It glowed amber orange in the light showing traces of gold and hints of garnet out of the light. It really was a beautiful beer that drew me in close. I poured it cool around 7C (45F) expecting that it would be both refreshing when cool, and soothing when warm. Something told me I would not be pounding back this 18% monster.

The nose is an absolute rush. You barely need to come close to it; a gentle waft from a foot away will bring you bright sweet raspberries, pale malt sweetness and hints of spice and alcohol. Get right in there and you are absolutely consumed by rich fruits. More than just raspberries come to play this game now - mulled cherries, blackberries and bits of warm apple are there along with vanilla and light caramel. The malts are there but hidden under the sweet power of the fruit. It shows a brisk wall of tartness and still the warmth of alcohol, but no where close enough to bing down the fruit. Notes of spice, maybe white pepper appear in the end, but still, this beer is dominated by a ton of raspberries.

I will warm when you go into drink this beer, do not expect a fruit Lambic. Cause it is not. In fact, if you put the Fort vs a Lambic in a boxing ring, the Lambic would be TKO'd by the first round. But you should be ready for it after smelling it.

First comes the undeniable power of Belgian ales. Powerful, brightly tart Belgian yeast and pale malts open your tongue to sweetness and funk. After only a quick second the fruit begins to pour in almost erasing that initial sensation. Once it touches your cheeks it is all uphill from there. The rich and sweet flavors of cherries and backberries wash in first followed soon by a more tart raspberry crack. It all comes in very smoothly offering itself and several flavors bound together in unison and harmony. The apples that I got in the nose are gone, but the spice and pepper is here in the back of my mouth. It adds a necessary crispness and a touch of balance to this supremely sweet beer.

Sweet yes - but sugar sweet, no. It is very natural and shows no signs of medicinal sweetness or artificial flavors as many fruit beers tend to. As it warms up a touch the depth of the fruit is revealed and more spice like cinnamon and clove step to bat. A warmth of brandy like alcohol washes by your tongue making you a touch more sensitive to the soothing tart of the raspberries.

Although it is very sweet and juicy, it is actually relatively dry and quenching. Very fine carbonation definitely helps this, and the pepper, tart flavors and a subtle hint of hops all help make this beer drinkable. Without that it would be too one sided and over aggressive.

I enjoyed this a lot, but enjoyed it on its won. Next time I have a bottle I will be pairing it with either a flourless chocolate cake, a chocolate raspberry tart, or beef ribs. Yes, beef ribs. The sweet savory flavors of the tender beef coated in sweet and tangy BBQ sauce will be amazing with this sweetly tart powerhouse. Make sure you have a bib. (4,995 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Grabbed this on a recent trip down to FL. Bottled on 7/9/07. 18% abv, wow! Poured a deep hazy orange apricot color with minimal head. The aroma is a sweet smells of raspberry, vanilla, and alcohol. The first sip is fruity but then the alcohol bites back a little but not necessarily in a bad way. The more I sip on it the better it becomes. Surprised how drinkable it is for the abv. Med/Heavy mouthfeel. Overall, I actually really like this one and would have it again. (478 characters)

Photo of ne0m00re
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of therica
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A= dense apricot, quickly forming orange-beige head which disappears quickly and never returns.

S= brandy, raspberry, apricot, very strong on the nose.

T= brandied apricot with raspberry, very liquor strong, more like a liqueur than a brew. Modest evidence of dry malts, very slight bubblegum. Minimally sweet but balanced.

M= slightly dusty dry/tart, fruit, fairly nice offering for its style.

D= not at this 18% ABV, maybe split a bottle with a few friends or for a holiday apertif' or in place of brandy, definitely has its worthy place but rather strong for one person on a bottle and no way on being a session beer but a great alternative for brandy as a brewed beverage to impress your snobby but ignorant friends. (724 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 7/24/10 notes.

a - Pours a dark amber color with an inch of reddish head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cherries, dark fruits, and fruity
malts. Hints of alcohol, but not that bad considering the 18% ABV.

t - Tastes of raspberries, other dark fruits, caramel malts, fruity malts, and a bit of alcohol. Again, not too bad considering the ABV.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - I thought this was a pretty good fruit beer. The high ABV would make it hard to drink too much of it, but I didn't feel as though it hurt the smell, taste, or feel. I've had lower ABV beers where the alcohol was much more prominent. Would try again. (659 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. 2008 vintage.

(A)- Pours a hazy/cloudy pale blush red/pink color. Produced a light layer of white foam, but dissipated quickly.

(S)- A lightly spicy raspberry aroma with bits of tart cherry and cranberry in there too. A light woody aspect among the spiciness.

(T)- Very similar to the smell with spicy tart fruits. Very very very dry with a familiar cough syrup heat going down to the massive ABV.

(M)- A lightly fizzy carbonation level. Very similar to a cough syrup boozy heat as it goes down; the ABV is ridiculous and hot shy at all. The fruits are a pretty diminished at its stage of shelf life.

(D)- My biggest complaint is the big boozy heat and massive ABV really kills this in the drinkability. Decent fruits. It just has that syrup-like consistency and boozy bite that reminds me of drinking cough syrup. One of the hardest beers to drink in recent memory; could only finish 3/4 of the bottle and by then I was tanked. Even a bigger disappointment is how much $ I paid for this versus what I got; I would much rather grab a bottle of Cantillon for the $. (1,108 characters)

Photo of mindlucent2007
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My aged Fort poured a copperish red with a very thin film atop looking like a strong Belgian.

Real sweet aroma; the raspberries are up front, but the alcohol is noticed more than any
other ingredient.

A fruity explosion with raspberries battling against the alcohol and I have to say that the berries win the battle.

There is a rich, warming feel when I sip the Fort. Moderate carbonation.

A 750ml solo and I have no plans to go anywhere as this is going to put me on my ass without a doubt. Dogfish Head has the extreme beers down. (537 characters)

Photo of ebby82
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden haze. I only poured about 3 ounces at a time, because it's so alcoholic. A slight head which dissipates quickly. Prominent lacing. Smell is overwhelmingly raspberries, and the alcohol is definitely noticeable. The taste is raspberries, alcohol, and sweetness. It has a vague Belgium-esque flavor to it, but the dominant tastes are raspberries. When it gets warm, it begins to taste a little like brandy. The mouthfeel is syrupy, and the texture too, is brandy like. Definitely a sipper, and probably perfect on a cold winter day. (544 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (866 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 750mL bottle served into a tulip. Thanks, GbVDave!

Pours an unexpected amber color with excellent clarity and transparency - very much the color of beer. I imagined that this would be all pink or something but all the visual indication that this is a fruit beer is the hint of red laced throughout the amber body. I wasn't expecting much head from an 18% ABV beer and I didn't get but half a finger at most. Some foam sticks to the glass when you turn the glass around in your hand but it doesn't lace per se.

Yes, you do smell the alcohol. Right up front is a boozy punch reminiscent of a spirit. Vodka, kinda'. There are two kinds of berry smell going on - a perfume sort of raspberry scent and a gentle berry flesh. Some bittering hops too. It smells of cough medicine at first but that harshness mellows out as the beer warms. It's pretty gentle as far as the fruit goes, which means that you mostly smell boozy malt.

This is huh wow. The tongue is greeted first by a medicinal sort of cough syrup flavor that blends into the malt. The key to this beer though is the finish. Swallow and your whole mouth gets superkicked by the alcohol. Tons of sweet heat from the booze gives your tongue a wallop but it is actually sort of - get this - balanced by the fruit on the finish. A sharp but sweet perfume-like blast of raspberry tempers the hit from the alcohol and the lingering aftertaste is that of soft raspberry.

This is pretty thin in mouthfeel for as large a beer, alcohol wise, as it is. I don't think that the beer needs to be thicker; this isn't a beer you're going to swirl in your mouth for a few seconds. Drinkability is suspect. It is tasty and unique and I would drink this again but 18% ABV takes its toll on your palate and on your brain.

This is one of the more unique experiences in beerdom. This is a spirit-like beer and it is quite good, strange though it is. Try it, if only once for the novelty. (1,930 characters)

Photo of BabyBastard
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled in '09, pours hazy golden brown, slight reddish tinge about it. No head here, whatsoever, though I did a slightly aggressive pour. Yield equals nothing. Overall, looks like a good brew, not what one would expect a fruit beer to look like.

Smell is huge fusel alcohol. Not much else, maybe a hint of raspberry scent, but mostly that big alcohol scent.

Taste is a bit of raspberry, a lot of alcohol, and a nice malt backbone follows up in the aftertaste.

Feel is super warm. Probably can be classified as hot. Warming like a shot of hard liquor. Good carbonation, nice and tingly, alive on the palate.

Average in the drinkability arena. Very heavy on the booze can lead to trouble. I'm polishing off this 750mL alone, and I hate to see what tomorrow brings. (767 characters)

Photo of pastradul
4.57/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to wchesak for this one.

Appearance is a burgundy brown, with a slight bit of head but not a lot.

The smell is almost ripe rasberries, just leaving tart and entering sweet.

the flavour is great. Not at all what i was expecting. Nothing like other rasberry beers where it tastes like melted sherbet. This is fir sure a strong ale made with fruit. I nice malt backbone supporting the rasberry flovour through out the whole taste.

Paired with a rasberry dark chocolate is amazing.

might need to get another bottle and age this one. (545 characters)

Photo of ZX6Chris
4.62/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Golden brown. Barely any head. Bubbles around the edge.

S-Sweet Unripened raspberries. Smells really nice.

T-Great raspberry flavor, of course the alcohol comes through, dry tart finish.

M-Medium body. Kind of like a raspberry liqueur but not too syrupy. Great carbonation

D-Slow easy drinker. (299 characters)

Photo of BeerNemesis
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Fort | 750 ml. | 18% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Delaware
Style: Fruit Beer
Glass: Wine glass

Presentation:
I quite like the label art: lotsa raspberries! It's not got a cork but a cap instead. Interesting.

Appearance:
Sunset colors: orange, grapefruit pink, and hazy peach. White foam and wispy lace.

Aroma:
Smells very strongly of fermenting raspberries.

Taste:
Lively carbonation is followed by an almost cloyingly sweet tsunami of intense raspberry-flavoured liquid. The sweet raspberries thankfully become a bit more tart as the sip wears on. Alcohol is prominent throughout -- making the brew hard to manage as the temperature rises.

Mouthfeel:
Great carbonation. Medium bodied. Major alc burn.

Harmony:
I actually think DFH should have lowered the ABV drastically on this one. The sweet/tart raspberry flavor is quite interesting by itself. The high alc, sort of intrudes on that experience -- forcing me to take sips when I would have preferred to experience more of the flavor. I probably won't get it again, though it was definitely worth sampling.

Bottled on: ?
Price: ?
Value: ? (1,122 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.39/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Dogfish Head Fort poured a cloudy amber color, with very little head. It smelt of rasberries, and alchool, very sweet and strong. It had a very interesting taste, it was sweet, and very strong rasberry flavors, and a strong kick of alchool which balanced the sweetness. It was a delight to drink, however it may be difficult to have much more then one because of the %18 ABV. Overall a very different beer, and a very good beer, worth a try (440 characters)

Photo of Naugros
3.92/5  rDev +8%
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. (1,142 characters)

Photo of Ghenna
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a ruddy cooper, with a white foam head that dissipates after a little bit (little lacing). Smells heavily of raspberry, and the same creamy alcohol smell that I get from their world wide stout. Maybe a bit of vanilla.

Taste is a lot of things at once. Raspberry, alcohol, a bit of dry bitterness, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is pleasant- not too heavy, pleasingly effervescent (with bubble contiunually working their way up from the bottom throughout its time in the glass). A bit of bitterness makes itself known as the beer warms up.

All told, I was a little bit dissapointed with this beer. It being a fruit beer, and being strong, I had hoped that this was a beer that my wife and I could share- thats what helped me to forego the $20 the bottle cost and the difficulty involved in hauling it all the way from DC to Northern California. I guess the confusion arises from the fact that this isn't a fruit beer that appeals to fruit beer drinkers, but a fruit beer that appeals to strong beer drinkers. That isn't to say that I find the beer bad- its actually fairly typical of DFH strong beers, which is to say heavy in the area of alcohol and flavor. Just whereas WWS is malt, coffee, and caramel heavy- forte is raspberry. (1,230 characters)

Photo of mtnbikerpa
2.69/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This brew was poured from a 750 ml bottle. Poured a reddish hue with about 2 inches of thick head. Strong scents of paint thinner or solvent. Thick alcohol flavor along with nail polish remover. Very little if any raspberry flavor. No fruit flavors to speak of. Mouthfeel is heavy. Drinkable nature is very limited. (315 characters)

Fort from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.