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Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery

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FortFort

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BA SCORE
83
good

943 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 943
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 19.02%
Wants: 139
Gots: 213 | FT: 6
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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AAxsom

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-23-2012 23:27:34 | More by AAxsom
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MalReever

Delaware

3/5  rDev -18.5%

01-23-2012 12:07:23 | More by MalReever
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bschinelli

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First, I liked this, but as I was having dinner at a local gastropub with a great draft list, I put this on my tasting list at the end of the meal, as or with dessert.

It was served in a small, six oz snifter. In the glass, it was dark orange color, hazy with a 1/4 inch of tight packed foam on the top when I got it. The nose was huge, with lots of tart raspberries and sweetness. The first taste is lots of raspberry and sweetness, with a little subtle bread in the back of the throat. I didn't pick up on the alcohol the way I should have. My wife tried it, who doesn't like beer, and said she liked it. The mouthfeel was lighter than I thought as well, only slightly heavy, with more carbonation than I expected. Overall, this was a very good sipper for dessert, and saved me from eating something I shouldn't.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 16:24:37 | More by bschinelli
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rwilde

Ohio

3/5  rDev -18.5%

01-21-2012 23:50:36 | More by rwilde
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poppyjohn

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-21-2012 22:04:52 | More by poppyjohn
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Moose34

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-20-2012 13:01:01 | More by Moose34
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drewburning25

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -45.7%

01-20-2012 03:51:12 | More by drewburning25
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xenjoiii

New York

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

01-19-2012 15:21:45 | More by xenjoiii
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DawnDebauchery

Virginia

2.15/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had high expectations of this beer after the owner of the local beer shop raved about it. She had me totally convinced that this beer would be the best I had ever tasted. She described it as "chocolate covered raspberries".

Not . . . so . . . much. I poured it into a glass. It had a minimal amount of head and was amber and cloudy in color.

The smell was very sweet. It had a hint of raspberry, but that was soon followed by a high alcohol smell. It smelled almost like a raspberry cough syrup.

I've had many a fruit beer in my day and others pull it off exceptionally well with genuine fruit flavors. Even though this one is brewed with raspberries is has a very artificial flavor to it. That coupled with the burn from the high ABV created that cough syrup flavor.

I couldn't get away from the syrupy feel of this beer. It was hard to describe because it wasn't like a thicker beer. It was thick but sugary at the same time.

I'm glad the woman told me she would give me my money back if I didn't like it. I did finish off the bottle, but didn't really enjoy it at all. It was too artificial tasting. It's what I would expect from the cheaper versions of flavored beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 05:33:26 | More by DawnDebauchery
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ricksrealm

Florida

2/5  rDev -45.7%

01-18-2012 21:42:47 | More by ricksrealm
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Aiptasia

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling as I write this in a 4 oz. Intuition ale works tumbler from the bottle.

I'll keep the review simple. It's raspberry 120. Do you like Dogfish Head's 120 minute IPA? It's a raspberry version of that.

A: Pours a nice golden amber with a slight 1/2" head that dissipates fast. Leaves minimal lacing with a slight halo of cat spit around the rim. Carbonation is minimal.

S: Smells of raspberries and warming alcohol.

T: Overwhelming rum notes similar to DFH 120. Very sweet with all of the supplemental raspberry/corn sugar feedings, this doesn't surprise me. Best consumed cold to prevent the alcohol from turning your mouth into a volcano. Once your tastebuds die back a bit from the alcohol, the raspberry flavors overwhelm. Hops have no chance against this beer and aren't detectable at all. Tastes like lambic vs. appleton white rum.

M: Sharp stinging sensation from the high alcohol leaves the mouth astringent, dry and tasting like raspberry vapors. Very hard to get over the alcohol presence.

O: Great for anyone that wants a fast buzz that loves raspberries and hates hops. It's like lambic on acid and will definitely git ya drunk.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 00:52:09 | More by Aiptasia
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 04:25:58 | More by Hopfenpeter
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MaxH

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

01-16-2012 22:42:46 | More by MaxH
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BeerLover99

Illinois

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

A: orange/mild cloudy, finger white head,
nice lacing

S: big raspberry nose, boozy, vanilla, jam

T: huge raspberry, hint of cherry, mild malt,
vanilla, boozy/sticky/sour finish

M: med body, big sticky/pucker mouth

O: Interesting. Glad I tried it, don't
know if I would get again. BIG SiPPER!
Share with friends. Reminds me of
strawberry wine when I lived in the South.

GOOD, NOT MUST HAVE!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 19:37:46 | More by BeerLover99
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oldsmuggler

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-15-2012 23:48:33 | More by oldsmuggler
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psuwiz99

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-15-2012 21:27:38 | More by psuwiz99
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bkbergen

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-15-2012 04:23:12 | More by bkbergen
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st9647v3

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.5%

01-15-2012 00:07:55 | More by st9647v3
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M1A2

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-14-2012 17:39:41 | More by M1A2
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Eurytos

Texas

3/5  rDev -18.5%

01-14-2012 14:27:24 | More by Eurytos
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demgoth

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-14-2012 07:16:52 | More by demgoth
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cbhuffman

Indiana

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-13-2012 20:26:44 | More by cbhuffman
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EagleRare

Maine

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

01-13-2012 04:08:29 | More by EagleRare
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nucmedmario

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-12-2012 23:22:48 | More by nucmedmario
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bonbini26

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-10-2012 17:15:34 | More by bonbini26
Fort from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 943 ratings.