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Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
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 Andbrew
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Kept outside in a snow pack in Breckenridge Colorado until served. Served in a Chimay Tulip glass.

A - Rich cherry wood color with tints of orange. Light head retreats quickly leaves no lacing. Looked a bit cloudy however was probably from the temperature.

S - Strong Raspberry aroma right off, very sweet alcohol smell with a hint of hops.

M - Very fizzy, light on the palate and clears quickly.

T - Overwhelmingly alcohol, at first noticeable only lightly, as the beer warms alcohol more prevalent and overpowers the raspberry. Mineral hits of Iron and tart ester. Back of palate picks up the very tart almost sour taste.

D - This one seems as though it needs to be paired with a raspberry dessert or possibly a raspberry appetizer as that will help bring it out in this beer. Should be shared as in the time it takes to drink the bottle it will have warmed to the point at which the alcohol is overpowering.

Overall I would suggest this one for a light 8 ounce service among a group for a raspberry cheesecake dessert as the raspberry needs to be enhanced and the sour/tartness on the palate neutralized.

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

Sampling this brew with Stopper. Poured slightly chilled into a snifter clear amber color with eggshell white edge layer of head.

ARoma is a bit of grainy malt but dominant sweet raspberries. First sip is fairly thick body syrupy texture and very fine carbonation, that tingles my entire mouth.
Flavor is almost all sweet berries from start to finish. Not very complex, almost like a fruit wine.

A tasty enough beer, but I wouldnt buy it again.

Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber color with not much head because of the high abv. There are definately raspberries in the aroma along with a good dose of alcohol fumes as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Alcohol definately makes it's presence both initially and at the end that gives a long dry warming effect in the throat. This is like no other beer I have tried so it does get some creativity points. Overall, a good beer that would be great without the extreme alcohol presence. I will definately try again in the colder winter months.

Photo of Foxman
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a vibrant coppery amber, almost ruby, and slightly hazy. A finger of off-white head drops soon to feathers of froth. Animal crackers of lacing plod along the inside of the glass.

The aroma shoots a quick flash of sweet caramel malt that parts for a stanchion of bright, juicy raspberry. A companionable yeast tartness gives sway to a sneaky snake of alcohol.

Upon tasting, raspberry grabs star status, deeply sweet and with tangy fruit tongueplay. The cloying ploy continues with a rock sugar candy and caramel assault. The alcohol is much more obvious here, and as it evaporates an encircling and drying bitterness surprisingly crisps the residual malt berry effect. The finish remembers the raspberry but gives full exposure to a lingering dry bitterness. It's a departure, an experience, and over-the-top.


Close to full bodied, it's lip-smacking syrupy and chock-full of palate presence.

If you like raspberry, you're in. If not, you're screwed. I like them, but...this much? I'm not sure really, but perhaps. Still, while extreme by its nature, it's an intriguing trek through the DFH collective mind. The ABV is freaking big, real big, and you ignore it at your own peril. I came, I tasted, but I'm left to wonder: Who conquered who?

Photo of cbl2
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$16.99 750 mL 18.00% Bottled on 11/28/05, with this alcohol, it should keep.

Appearance:

Pours a slightly hazy peachy-rose into my goblet with a faint white film on top, too thin to be considered a head.

Aroma:

Rich ripe raspberry/strawberry jam with vibrant sweet berry notes. Reminiscent of Berry Zing herbal tea with a dollop of honey.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Not at all what I expected. This has notes of a belgian pale ale with a bone dry mouthfeel to it, that is accompanied by a mild presence of raspberry fruit. Alcohol warms the throat as it goes down.

I'm not disappointed, but at $17/bottle, I expected more. It is good, and unique, as all DFH beers are though the WOW! factor is missing. I won't be shelling out $17 again for this. That will have to wait for Sam's next outrageous offering.

Photo of tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Paled orangey brown color with a dusty white capping of yielding, crispy froth that grows up to about a finger high. The foam slips away quickly however, no surprise for a beer this big, but was impressive to see anything from it. Minimal lacing in a few spots.

Aroma is much like that of raspberry/strawberry yogurt, kinda soft, creamy, with a nice auromatic waft of fresh raspberry ice cream. Dulled in both sweetness and sourness, yet has that specific grab about it that goes with normal berry-like freshness.

Taste is nice. Firm, bold, filling, and tasty. This actually is fairly tame, its not a slap in the face, and/or palate, with the raspberry tartness or sweetness normally associated with raspberries. The malts really hold it together nicely with a slightly nutty, thicker bread dough-like tone and mild eagerness to fill the palate. The raspberry flavors are balanced in well, much like the nose, its dulled and taken down a notch in tartness and sweetness. Making for a softer, firmer ride. Only a slight tartness buzzes about as does that raspberry tangyness. Finish is rounded and full with a slight drying and fruity woodyness.

Feel is very nice as its quite filling and full. Quite bold within enriched highening of girth from the malt base used to keep the raspberry from being the true king in its flavor. Nicely balanced and very drinkable as the tartness and sweetness are well in check.

Drinkable, and dangerously so. Never a detection of the 18%, where was it? I have no idea. But its there, brilliantly hidden under all the rich texture and milding, yielding flavors. It has only a slight wamth beyond the point you know you're drinking something big when it begins to unfold and breathe onto your palate. It sinks in and gets ya that way. It has a certain politeness about it that itrigued the hell out of me. A solid fruit beer if there ever was one. For specail occasions, and what not. But the price tag ($16+) and the ABV will keep it from being a mainstay.

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

Dogfish Head Fort
750 ML brown bottle
Served in a St. Sebastiaan tulip glass

* Enjoyed with LB *

Pours a golden amber orange blend. Awesome head that leaves trails of sticky lacings. Thick, sudsy, foamy head.

Super intense nose with strong whiffs of blackberry, strawberries, rasberries and mangos. Pure berry delight.

Sweet, juicy berry flavors with a strong syrup quality. Incredibly intense sense of ripe, flavorful of fruit juice. I like how this beer is complex, unique and enjoyable. Don't underestimate the power of this brew.

This beer is extremely difficult beer to compare to. A totally original beer style and delivery. Another DFH beer that deserves much credit.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured an apricot and strawberry color with a persistent, creamy egg shell white head.

Smells of raspberries and tart cherries with a huge, non-caustic alcohol. There’s also a slight bit of caramel in the background. I’m not sure how to rate this, but I guess if the style is an 18% ABV fruit beer, this is really impressive.

The taste starts with a CO2 and an oaky dryness that is followed up by a caramel and raspberry with a slight touch of coffee. Again, the huge alcohol steps in, but it doesn’t burn at all.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with a thick carbonation.

I liked this one quite a bit. Considering the ABV, it was surprisingly tasty and I can’t wait to sit on another bottle for several years to try it again.

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

Amber/Gold with a slight reddish tinge.A fluffy bit o' head hangs out on top for a bit before becoming sticky lacing. Aromas of sweet malt and red fruits, the flavor is noticeably rasberry with a heavy malty sweetness, and a bit hot on the finish. Mouthfeel is oily/slick and pretty full bodied. Too heavy for mass consumption, but damn it went well with that chocolate rasberry cake!

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 Kendo
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

25.4 oz bottle says it was bottled on 11/28/05. We consumed it on 6/3/06, split it 4 ways, so I guess I got about 6 oz in a goblet.

Pours a golden orange with a fizzy, thin white head that disappeared fairly quickly.

Scent? Raspberries, raspberries and more raspberries. And alcohol.

As for the taste: like the nose, only two flavors really hit you: raspberries and alcohol. It's almost like children's-cough-medicine-sweet, but with all that fizz it seems more like soda than syrup. Swirling this around in your mouth you really feel the fizzy carbonation. As it finishes, you defnitely feel the alcohol burn -- it's a burn, not alcohol "warmth" -- go down your throat and lodge itself in your belly.

As for mouthfeel, like I said, it's highly carbonated. "Fizzy" was the word that kept popping into mind.

Drinkability? Tough to call this beer drinkable. We found that it did go pretty well with chocolate brownies as a desert -- I think the sweet chocolate flavors coated the mouth and eased the alcohol flavors a bit. When I drank the first half of the glass without any food pairing, I had a hard time getting past the alcohol burn. At 18% ABV, you wouldn't want to have much more than the 6 oz we all had. One participant did say, however, "it's easy to drink more of it than you want to." I think that sums up its alcohol strength quite well and is a backhanded compliment on its drinkability. Of course, he wasn't the guy who shelled out the cash for this bottle. . . .

Kudos to DFH for pushing the envelope with this one. However, I think all the sugars from the raspberries led to a much-too-carbonated ale, and those same sugars led to over-active yeasts and too much alcohol as well. It works as an experiment and perhaps as a desert beer, but at $20 for a bottle that MUST be shared due to the ABV, I probably won't ever get this again.

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 DrunkPagan
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

From time to time I get the chance to try the exotic, and Dogfish head stuff is usually pretty out there.
I was impressed by the look, smell, and taste. While a little fruity, it was still pretty good. It's difficult to describe exactly, but imagine a heavy hefeweizen with strong fruit-like undertones.
While I liked the taste, the moment the beer got to my stomach something said 'stop.' I felt that beer much more than I tasted it, and couldn't finish a whole glass. It wasn't just the high alcohol content either, the stuff was just too heavy for me. If you're into very heavy beers, and very fruity beers, the Fort is your dream. If not, though, take in small doses. This is definitely a sipper to be shared with a large group of people.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.58/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear light copper color ale with a very small head with little retention. Aroma of sweet raspberry is pleasant enough but the burning alcohol kind of ruin it for me. Taste is quite sweet with some raspberry presence thought not as much as I would have expected (since the label mentioned ‘’over a ton of raspberry’’ I was thinking New Glarus Raspberry style). Alcohol is way too hot for my liking and body is a bit thin. Overall, this is a way too expensive fruity malt liquor.

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber. Good raspberry aroma and tehre is raspberry taste, strongly malted and biting including candy sugar. Malt liquor 18%. Orange with a nice moderate head and lace. Dry and strong comcomitantly. Thinnish body, good ingredients, Had it four years later on tap, and better, mire fruitiness, bitterness, and liked the lace in appearance.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/28/05

Saved this beer for my birthday, and it was worth it. Poured a reddish-copper, with a thin but well-retained head. Lots of bubbles, like a champagne, and a great stack of lace as the glass emptied.

Smelled predominantly of raspberries, vanilla and sweet spices. A buoyant and thankfully not-too-sweet aroma.

Flavors: excellent depth. There's a small liqueur-type bite, but at 18% ABV, the alcohol is hidden pretty well. Amidst the fruity, pungent, spicy essence is a veneer of wild yeast, all of that offsetting what could've been a too-sweet concoction, but what turned out to be a nicely balanced, complex, intriguing drink. Raspberries, yes. But there's a lot more going on here, especially in terms of spiciness and the full-bodied, kinda wild essence given off by the yeast.

Mouthfeel was full of fizz, yet held a round, heavy, somewhat glaze-y heft.

Despite the high alcohol, this went down extremely well. A beguiling, intriguing brew. What is this exactly? (besides another amazing Dogfish Head invention.) Pricey, which limits drinkability, but well worth the experience, at least once.

Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy red peach colored body with a bit of a head that hangs around and leaves some splashy lacing

Smell: Raspberry puree and alcohol

Taste: Swirling this around in my mouth, I pick up a lot of sweet, but not cloying raspberry flavors that build in tartness by mid-palate; after the swallow, it brings forth a bit of alcoholic warmth

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Tasting the 2011 version (with about 8 months of age), I enjoyed it much more than the first one that came out back in 2006; still, this is a beer that would do much better in a 12 oz. bottle - this is just not a beer that can be enjoyed in quantity

Photo of CRJMellor
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a sort of off color dark orange with a clean white head. sort of soda-like carbonation.
Aroma has a nice undercurrent of red berries with some corn-like malt liquor and medicinal notes. Raspberry puree notes pick up as it warms a bit, pleasant.
Flavor is simply hot alcohol with a dash of raspberry. Get no hops bittering or floral notes at all. Simply an grain alcohol or malt liquor with a splash of raspbeery and it actulaly becomes more alcholic as it warms. Almost unpleasant
Mouthfeel is "hot" sort of sacchiriny sweet that eliminate any tart fruit flavor and just focuses on sweet alcohol.
Drinkability is disappointing. This may need some serious aging but I'm not sure that is going to do the trick. End result was simply an alcoholic malt liquor with some raspberry flavoring added. Nyquil comes to mind. Very disappointing.

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

Big thank you to ILOVESTOUTS for sending a great brew.
Poured a burnt amber orange with minimal head. Aroma was very mild, some raspberries, spices, and slight alcohol. Flavor was very mild, with some raspberry, candi sugar, malt and alcohol. I was skeptical from the other ratings but I thought it was very good.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared a bottle poured into snifters at the DFH pub.

This beer pours up real nice the color is rich dark and inviting. Medium head that fades quickly. Not much to talk about there.

The aroma of this beer was brilliant. The Raspberry lover will want too sniff between every sip.

Taste is of sweet raspberry and alcohol. At 18% it is over powering and takes away from what could have been. Alas...Yet another noble effort gone awry by the way of the Young Turks.

Mouthfeel is average for high end beers, almost full body.

Too bad the finish is not better is could have been an exquisite desert beer.

If they keep working on this beer, the way of our abbey monks in München, say 300-400 year they may have it perfected.

This beer is a fine extreem offering, the score is a good one. Just not my taste. MK

Photo of nvsblman
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with the color of white zinfadel with a full white head. Lots of sticky lacing. The aroma is full of raspberries with some vanilla and a little oak. The vanilla is there in the taste too, backing up all of the raspberries. Also noticing a slight spiciness and maybe some candi sugar too? Champagne-like mouthfeel. Very drinkable. As my wife and I aren't too excited by champange, a couple of these will be stuck back for special occasions. This would be great with a chocolate dessert or maybe some fruit.

Photo of seedee17
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Overall, this beer was just o.k. The least attractive aspect of this beer is its aroma. It falls somewhere in between flinstones vitamins and robitussin. The raspberry scent comes through slightly, but the alcohol overpowers everything. Pours a nice pinkinsh amber with minimal head. The flavor of the rasperries is faint, but pleasant. There is a nice malt profile and some hops, but the flavors are dominated by the alcohol. I understand what they were going for with this beer, and I love big beers as much as the next BA, but this particular brew could probably benefit from a lower ABV, just to let some of the other flavors shine through.

Photo of gosurfobx
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours straw color with a slight reddish tint. Smell shows a slight hint of the rasberries that are used in the beer. Taste has hints of rasberries with some hops and malt, but the alcohol taste also plays a big roll. Warming feeling in your stomach after drinking. Feels good in the mouth and is surprisingly drinkable for such a strong beer.

Photo of benito
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the 750ml bottle, this is a slightly reddish copper, with a big, airy head that nearly fills the rest of the wine glass I pour it into. The bouquet is a strong, but not overwhelming, rush of raspberries. The flavor too is dominated by raspberry, but there is also a distinct flavor of alcohol that pushes through in each swig.

I like the restraint of the raspberry flavor--overall this brew isn't too sweet--but I do wish that there were some second element to the flavor profile that gave this brew more variety. Once the raspberry dissipates toward the back of the mouth, the alcohol is all that's left and it's residual metallic taste isn't that pleasant.

This is an ambitious and flawed beer. I wonder if DH will continue to tweak the recipe with any future batches of this...the idea of such a strong fruit beer, with a complex palate is great. Now they've just got to work on the second part of that.

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

I guess you can't really fault the appearance since it's 18% alcohol by volume, but the head doesn't stick around real long and there's little lace. The aroma is nice and the mouthfeel is good, but despite the fact that they use real raspberries, there's an extract character to the flavor. That might be coming from the alcohol, however, as it's quite obvious. DFH has made better beers, and I expected a lot more from this one.

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