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Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery

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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: 140
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 brewcrew76
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bright golden with pinkish hues. Thin white head with a thin foamy lacing clinging to the side of the glass.

S - Sweet pilsner malt, sour/tart raspberry. Malt is more pronounced than raspberry.

T - Sweet malt to start, hint of bittering hops in the middle with a tart raspberry finish. Framboise like but with a stronger hint of alcohol and more malty.

M - Tight little bubbles. Crisp and clean with a medium to full body.

D - Decent fruit beer but not overly impressed. Nicely balanced but a hint of cough syrup.

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

I found this beer to be quite enjoyable, not multi-dimensional by any means, but the raspberry succulence more than made up for the lack of malt character. A bigger malt body and mouthfeel would be nice, but I was impressed by the fruit character (which was lush and authentic) in both the aroma and flavor. I thought the alcohol was well hidden as well, making for a pretty enjoyable experience.

Photo of copasetic
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

When I saw a few 25 oz. bottles of this stuff on the shelf, I felt compelled to grab one. Hype or not, this beer demanded a test drive. Poured into a wine glass a crystal clear medium amber, forming a short fluffy head that never completely went away. The bubbles float slowly to the surface from start to finish, foreshadowing the thickness of this beer. The first component of the aroma I notice is a lightly malty, sweet alcohol --almost like champagne or a sweet white wine. The second is raspberries, but not terribly large in the forefront and not too sweet. The taste is strong, winey, and complex. Yes, it tastes sort of like a beer, but it tastes more like a chardonnay. In addition to the sour raspberry flavors, there are hints of pears, grapes, and the banana fruitiness of wheat malt. The mouthfeel is unsurprisingly thick and very fizzy. There's also a prominent heat.

I like Fort, and despite reading a lot of the hype (and anti-hype), its flavor is a surprise to me. It may be something that I only try once, or at most grab on a rare occassion, but it is definitely worth picking up. Like many Dogfish products, it makes for a perspective-widening beer experience.

Photo of WeymouthMike
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I generally don't do the fruit beer thing but if DFH jumps in the game I am willing to play. Appearance is a cloudy amber with a big white head. Smell is great,exploding of sweet rasberries and taste mimics the smell. Drinkability is amazingly high as the 18% alcohol is so well hidden its tough to believe till you finish a bottle. If DFH wanted to challenge the malt beverage market they could throw this in 6 packs and take them down quicker than glass joe.

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

on a dogfishhead kick lately apparently :), doesnt bother me!!!

A - this DFH offering pours a golden orange color with a full head of 2 fingers, it is thick and pure white, a very healthy head that fizzes and sounds like a bowl of Rice Krispies

S - wow, a deep berry aroma, like whiffing a jar of raspberry jam, has a slight but obvious alcohol kick to the redolence

T - very very sweet, but not ad nauseum, a little too much alcohol in the flavor, could use a little more hoppiness to mask the ABV, still a good flavor

M - smooth with a slight alcohol bite

D - moderate, would be better with an ABV closer to 10-12%

Photo of SilentSabre
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I have read much about this fruit bomb, of sorts, and have waited patiently to acquire one. I finally happened to obtain one, and tonight, I drink. I must say, this poured a much different colour than I had anticipated. A cloudy orange with no sediment ( I expected a little) and a thick, almost glue-like snow white fluffy head that subsided to a thin white haze in about 90 seconds. Thick, sticky lacing clings tightly to the sides of the glass. The smell is F~R~U~I~T!!! ....and little else. Surprisingly, at 18%, there is nearly no alcohol present in the smell. It is also important for me to tell all who read this that I am also consuming / reviewing this at about 41F (approximately 6C), quite cold indeed. I'm sure as this warms, the smell of alcohol with surley become more evident. The easiest way for me to describe this, would be to dump a framboise lambic and about 2 shots of Stolichnaya vodka into a glass. The musty "dank basement smell" is there, just like in a lambic or a saison. The raspberry is about all your taste buds get for about half a second; very pleasant. As the liquid washes over the back of your tongue and you actually swallow it, there is no mistake about it, this stuff is HOT!! 18%? You bet!! Every bit of it!! It isn't unmanagable, especially if you're expecting it, but it is certainly intense. The mouthfeel is heavy. Very heavy. Actually...it's syrupy. "It's a big beer", just doesn't quite capture it for this one... Because of the abv and unparalleled weight / syrup like body (for the style) I gave drinkability a 2.5. This one 750mL is plenty, and it'll be quite a daunting task for me to finish this by myself tonight...I'm sure I'll sleep like a log. If you do happen to get the chance to try this one out, go for it. I promise it's unlike anything you've likely every had.
Blessed Be
-SS

Photo of WesWes
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours an amber color with a 1/2" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a very strong alcohol scent that boasts of sour raspberries and not much else. It's not as inviting as a lambic or regular fruit ale. The taste is good. It has a smooth raspberry flavor, but it goes down real slow and warm. This is a beer to be savored not rushed through. I appreciate the concept, but where is the line in the sand. Dogfish Head keep making these high alcohol numbers that are hard to enjoy because they are too damn intense. The original lineup is flavorful and highly drinkable, because the alcohol is kept in check. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is a cool concept beer, but so are most of my homebrews. The problem is, I'm the only one who enjoys drinking them.

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

Hmm? I have been searching for this for 4 months. When I finally found the 'holy grail' I have been searching for I paid $20 for one bottle. Hundreds of dollars/time hours later I EXPECTED to be freakin BLOWN AWAY! I was NOT! Does this mean I was disappointed? I don't know. I guess so. Maybe I was only disappointed because of all the hype this beer received as the 'strongest fruit beer in the world’. It was good but I am afraid it did not live up to all that hype.

The beer was an attractive color, but certainly more clear than I expected. It was quite coppery. A careful pour yielded a very small head. The smell was very yeasty. The taste was quite bready, a bit sour/tart, and definitely subtle raspberry. I was expecting more raspberry and less yeast. A bit of the 18% ABV shows through but remarkably little alcohol for the high ABV. So this is a pleasant drinkable beer but for the price and size of it... I was expecting quite a bit more. Bummer!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of Gusler
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer upon its emancipation from the 750ml brown bottle, resides in the glass a limpid rusted orange with bountiful creamy light tan head that slowly erodes leaving a velum like coating of lace upon the glass. Nose is saturated with raspberries, sweet at the front but a nice tart tangy tones at the back, quite a sniffer this beer, start is sweet with a tangy twang as it hits the back of your palate, the grain profile delectable and the top middling its feel. Finish is staunch in its acidity, the hops enjoyable with a bit of alcohol bite at the very end, quite dry and a real tummy warmer, what a treat on St. Patrick’s Day as I sit here listening to Elmore James, and relax from a long week of drudgery.

Photo of nflmvp
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 bottle on 3/11/06.

This pours a nice reddish/amber with a HUGE head that took some time to dissipate, leaving a lacy foam covering all the way down the side of the glass and not much else once it finally dissapated comepletely . Nice raspberry aroma with a hint of hops in the background. Overall a very subtle aroma. I thought this looked better than it tasted at first blush but it grew on me considerably over time. The hops were more prevalent in the flavor than they were in the smell but the alcohol came through more than anything else. Mouthfeel was not as heavy as you might expect out of an 18% ABV beer and it was also suprisingly drinkable considering the punch.

I wish this had come bottled with a cork because I'd like to put about half of it back in the fridge for another session. Too bad for me.

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

The beer was poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a very deep rubyesque coppery coloration. The head was about two fingers thick and quickly resolved into a ring of foam. Specks of lacing remain behind on the glass.

Smell: The smell of Raspberry Fields go on forever. Dam this beer is loaded with tart raspberry goodness mixed with a wonderfully biscuity smell.

Taste: The taste is as the smell. There is a ton and a half of raspberry goodness ontop of biscuity goodness. The beer comes off as raspberry tea with bourbon and crumpets.

Mouthfeel: The beer is way full bodied. There is a lot of tight carbonation that helps loosen up this beer bomb.

Drinkability: For 18% this is one drinkable beer treat. The alcohol is present in smell, taste and mouthfeel; however, the alcohol is in no way offensive. This is a very drinkable beer treat overall. I have one in the cellar that I will try in 2 to 5 years.

Photo of jaxon53
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After looking at this brew time and time again at the local store, I finally broke down and just had to try it. Came in a beautifully labled 750ml bottle . Served in a wine glass, slightly chilled. Poured a very nice reddish amber color, with a short, bubbly head that dissipated rather quickly. Almost looks like a glass of wine sitting there. Had a nice aroma of fresh raspberries , with a little kick of alcohol. First taste was of raspberries,and something else i can't quite put my finger on yet, with a short, but sweet alcohol burn finish. Hard to believe there is that much alcohol in this. The 18% abv. is pretty well hidden.Had a great full taste with plenty of corbonation. Very drinkable for what it is , a very strong fruit beer. Think i'll get another bottle to hide for a year or two.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.85/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle. Awesome artwork. Think I might get one of their shirts from the website.

Appearance- Pours a spritzy head with minor retention. Color reminded me of when T took a cherry Juicy Juice box and poured it into a glass. Color is a light rose and amber. With some consistant lacing.

Smell- An inspiring mix of alcohol, rasberries, hints of wheat, and sugary candy.

Taste- Starts out as rasberry juice that proceeds into a more sugary rasberry flavor. I found it amazing I could taste the FRESH, REAL rasberries in this beer. The rasberry flavor was not cloying at all. The suagry rasberry then mixed with the alcohol to give it some very comfortable warmth. The finish was a mix of fresh rasberries eaten straight from the basket, sugared rasberries, wheat, bananas, and of course alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Pretty good carbonation that enhanced the subdued sweetness of the rasberries, but helped to bring out the wheat used in this beer. Just spectacular.

I've had two bottles of this so far, this is a reveiew of my second bottle drank. The first was with my girlfriend (who is not a big beer drinker period, but she humored with this one) who thought it was stupendous. When I shared my second bottle with my friend, he thought it was a real treat. Further proof that he really enjoyed it, is that he drank a wine glass full over the course of 45 minutes. This is a rarity with my ber guzzling buddy. Who has drank a lot of my other craft beers a little quicker than I would've liked. But this beer seemed to grow on me more and moe with each sip from each bottle. Hands down, my favorite fruit beer thus far.

P.S. I have one bottle I'm gonna forget about for awhile and report on the results.

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 kmo1030
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hazed pinkish dark orange with a whitish head that doesn't stick around, that wasn't expected though being a fruit beer.
you can smell raspberries from a foot away. close up, it smells of pulpy raspberry meat, booze, and some slightly grainy caramel. it has some perfumey cherry-like qualities too.
raspberry cookie sweetness at the beginning of the taste, followed up with some caramel and sweet cherryin the middle, and finishing with tart very fresh tasting raspberry and finally booze. it deserves something like a 4.25 here, but i'm gonna round down.
medium bodied with crisp carbonation. it works well here no complaints.
drinkabiltiy is pretty good considering, but the sinus clearing exhalation of alcohol isn't helping matters. to it's defense though, it doesn't taste 18% abv, something more like 10%.
i feel like this beer could have been created to the same effect without all the booze, it seems a little gratuitous. it is a good beer none the less.

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

The beer poured crystal clear amber golden with a white and wispy head which fizzed like a carbonated soda and left the building just as quickly.

The aroma was raspberries and cherries as the carbonation flashed away. After the intial rise and demise of the head the aroma became a low level raspberry aroma with a strong fruity presence. The raspberries were easier to detect from further away than from directly over the glass. Some slight spice was present due to the alcohol in the aroma.

The flavor was alcoholic and lightly fruity with only a brief reminder that the beer was supposed to contain rapberries. The flavor was brash with a strong impression of alcohol which warmed the palate from first sip. The flavor was fruity, but not complex and not well balanced. A bitter flavor was present, but it did not seem to emerge from hopping.

The finish was dry with a harsh alcohol presence long and lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and the carbonation was very, very low. The alcohol in this beer really caused quite a bit of warming and was harsh and burning.

The beer was certainly not a favorite and reminded me of an almost failed attempt to copy Troegs Mad Elf with raspberries and to see how far alcohol could be taken in a beer at the same time. It was not awful, but it was not complex, more an extremely strong beer with raspberries. For the price of admission, I'll pass next time.

750 ml bottle. Bottled on 11/28/05, $19 at OUAV.

Photo of edskirk3
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 750 mL bottle on Presidents Day, and opened it tonight and drank it pretty much right out of the fridge. I was considering letting it age until the summer or something but then I thought, screw it just drink it.

"Bottled on 11.28.05" Label is kinda cool.

I poured into my Orval goblet. Amber/orange with white froth that did not last long in a wide-mouthed goblet.

Smells of alcohol. Or as Michael Jackson says, "pepper." My inferior nose doesn't pick up any raspberries no matter how hard I sniff.

The taste is also warmingly alcoholic. It's like a fruit-flavored barley wine, actually. I do pick up fruit undertones, but the alcohol is so dominant. The more I drink, the more I'm reminded of cough syrup (which I hear is a placebo). It's kind of creamy as well.

At the end there's an earthy note. It's woody/grainy. And creamy. And warming, of course.

In retrospect, maybe I should have waited to open this bottle. Or let it warm up a little. It's not bad, but I'm not blown away by this ale. Although, kudos to DFH for making this so friggin' strong. Nothing wrong with that.

Photo of jmz62565
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a beautiful clear orange/red copper color with a large 2 finger white foamy head. One of the best looking I've ever seen. The smell has a real earthy."bisquity", aroma to it along with a hefty scent of rasberries. The taste has a large rasberry presence,naturally, with a a fare amount of hops and a yeast flavor that reminds me of a rasberry tort. Interestingly there is not a big alcohol flavor. There is some warming,but not what you would think. The m/f is medium with very well balanced flavors. This is a very good beer and the best fruit beer I've ever had,but I wish Dogfish Head listed the alcohol content on the bottle. I also think this should be served in a smaller bottle,or a resealable bottle.

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

A beautiful bright copper color...a half finger of white head and some nice lacing.
Decent aromas of sweet carmelized malt and fresh rasberries.
The taste is simply incredible....huge rasberry flavor and just the right amount of sweetness to balance out the alcohol which makes an appearance but only enough to tell you to respect this one.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, the carbonation is perfect and goes down too easy.
Another solid extreme brew from Sam and the folks at DFH....will definitely pickup another bottle to sit on for a year or so to see how it evolves.

Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Gorgeous, I can hardly wait to drink this beer it looks so good (I write that after having drank it). Beautiful light read with perfectly accompanied head. A bit of lacing but not much.
Smells of strong berried fruits. Not specifically raspberry, but berry scent.
Cherry NightQuil. Very strong alcohol. Strong bitterness at first out of the frige. Bitterness faded and sweetness came out as it warmed up.
Remarkably smooth and fizzy at the same time. Not bad mouth feel at all.
I had two 6-8 oz glasses. I did not want any more and I'm glad because I didn't realize how much alcohol was in it.

Notes: The flavor is too much, not worth the price.

Photo of mjc410
2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Duvel tulip for probably the only sampling I'll ever have...

A: Bright amber, medium-light carbonation rising to the top, slight head as a ring around the top with thick lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Alcohol is the strongest scent, with a hint of raspberries

T: Tingling carbonation, slight acidity, raspberry comes through at the end, alcohol is increasingly warming

M: Mouth coating, slightly toward syrupy

D: Not very good - too highly alcoholic, without any real "beer" taste

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

Dogfish Head Fort pours a reddish-brown color, slightly hazy with a white head that quickly fades to a thin layer around the edge of the glass. A pretty beer in my wine glass. Aroma is sweet raspberries. Taste is like a carbonated raspberry liqueur with the faintest bit of hop bitterness in the finish to remind you that you are drinking beer. These is definitely a beverage that pushers the boundaries of beer, but does it in a good way. Champagne-like mouthfeel, and alcohol is surprisingly hidden until I feel a nice warming sensation flow down my throat. A fascinating drink.

By the way, this is a deceptively strong beer - I suggest at least one other person to share it with.

Photo of ppoitras
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle purchased from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed 1" beige head over the clear reddish copper brew. Head lasts and lasts, with tons of little bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass, and heavy frothy lacing. Aroma is tart raspberries, with a bit of an earthy undercurrent. Taste is the same tart raspberries, duelling with malty sweetness and strong alcohol. The sweetness is almost cloying, and the alcohol heartily warms all the way down. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both not bad, but it certainly doesn't go down terribly smooth. Interesting brew, but I probably wouldn't go through the effort or expense to find this one again. To clarify, I can appreciate what they're doing here, I just don't have to like it.

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

An insane amount of raspberry and alcohol make this a very dry fruit beer with challenging warmth and strength.

The pour delivers a hazy ruby/mauve color with low carbonation which struggles to form any head. Yet and dainty foamstance slowly builds to a sheet atop the glass. No lacing, light legging.

Deep raspberry notes fill the nose and over take any base beer character. Alcohols provide a sharp sensation in the olfactories. Tart and bright aromatics, albeit somewhat one-dimensional.

Flavors closely mimic the aromas with the big lead in from the raspberry puree. A mix of under rippened and over rippened berries provide sharpness and brightness as well as deeper and richer varieties. A spicy Belgian-like flavor gives a little extra spiciness and enough of a fruity backdrop to add much needed complexity to the taste. Again, alcohol flavor provides a lot of rose-like esters and spicy paint-thinner flavor. No hop character.

A quick and fleeting sweet start soon develops into a thinning, dry, and spicy/hot feel because of the 18%. While the sweet start gives the richer raspberry flavors, the later 90% of the session gives the more tart and dry character.

A true fruit beer that lives up the craft beer name. A nice transition of raspberries leads to a very alcoholic finish. Still, the beer finishes quite one-dimensional and over done.

Photo of clvand0
4.58/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light red color with a small head that falls quickly and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is only slightly sweet with a lot of raspberry notes and almost no alcohol. Very interesting. A lot less sweetness than I expected. The flavor is much the same - lots of raspberry flavors without being too sweet. The finish is smooth and leaves a great aftertaste. Absolutely no hint of the 18% abv. The body is moderate and the drinkability is wonderful for the alcohol levels. Another great one from DFH.

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