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Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

974 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 974
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 18.97%
Wants: 145
Gots: 225 | FT: 7
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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Ratings: 974 | Reviews: 497
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler fill from Party Town.
I was a little leary of splitting a growler of this, but it's Super Bowl Sunday so what they hey.
Pours a murky, reddish brown in color. No head on the pour, but given the ABV that is perfectly understandable. Smell is strong puree raspberries and has an alcohol pop flavor. Just a bit of warmth from the alcohol which is quite the accomplishment given the high ABV. Decent beer, but not something I could or will drink regularly.

Photo of Hefe
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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 kmo1030
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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 AleWatcher
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Typed up review from notes taken previously.

Bottle poured into a Snifter.

Pours a hazy/cloudy raspberry/sweet potato color that has a nice head but lacks much lacing.

A slight hint of pine needles, citrus fruit, and of course raspberries. Alcohol is noticeable in the nose, for sure.

Taste follows nose... Piney and floral notes give way to grapefruit, raspberry, and other sweet fruits (over-ripened black cherries, sour cherries, and tart cranberries). And a strong alcohol warming as it hits the back of the throat.

Feels really thicker than it looked. Almost heavy.

Seems pretty strong-- )At time of review, I had no knowledge of ABV, but I guessed in my notes that it was in the 13% to 15% range). If my guess about alcohol strenght is correct, then I'd say it is pretty well balanced to hide that much booze. This thing really opened up and got better as it warmed up. The bottle I drank was opened after being aged for 2 years... So now I just need to find a fresh one... And buy two of them... so I can age the 2nd one for 5 years!

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Happy New Year! First review of 2009! Picked up a 750ml single at Wilbur's in Ft. Collins for approximately $18.

A: Pink/orange color, slightly hazy, almost no head at all. What is there is white in color. Not much lacing. A few sticky little clumps. Not surprising for the abv.

S: Acetone, raspberries, thick wheat and barley malts, almost a melon, honeydew sort of smell as well. Definite kick of booze on this one. Wow. Almost like raspberry vodka.

T: Sweet raspberries, a slightly tart kick in there as well, big time booze on this one. Wow. Almost like sipping a raspberry vodka. Thick malt sweetness, not malt characteristic though, really sugary. Reminds me of vodka and fruit flavored soda mixed together. Not as bad as I had originally expected, but still pretty stout on the alcohol. Leaves a big time alcohol aftertaste. Raspberries and booze dominate this entire beer.

M: Thick, with a definite alcohol heat, a surprising amount of carbonation for the ABV. Somewhat dry finish, and a very sticky coating on the lips.

D: I have to put it down on the drinkability. There is no way I could consume one by myself in a night, it goes down with a definite burn, and is super sugary, but it isn't a bad beer. A definite extreme beer, and one that is fun to drink. An experience, nonetheless. Interesting.

Photo of Anthony1
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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 MikeB20
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: 750ml bottle poured into a DFH signature glass.

A: A nice amber with red highligths and a single finger white head. Slighty cloudy. Lacing is solid and a bit of head sticks around the edges. Pretty.

S: Sweet malt and tart raspberries with the distinct aroma of alcohol. No discernible hop aroma.

T: Sweet up front, tart on the back-end with some nice raspberry flavor. Alcohol is evident and warms on the way down. A decent balance but a touch sweet for my tastes. The higher alcohol content adds to a spirit like quality.

M: Slick and full bodied, it coats your mouth in sweetness. Carbonation is on the light side but adds to the spirit like qualities of this beer.

O: This is a bold brew. I really love raspberries and this beer showcases them well. Although a bit sweet for my tastes, the overall balance is pretty good. Tasty in small quantities but it can quickly become overwhelming. Some bitter dark chocolate pairs well and cuts the sweetness a bit, give it a try!

Photo of ruckzuck
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this over Christmas for myself and my gf to enjoy on Valentine's Day. Didn't know the ABV at the time. No wonder it was so expensive and no wonder I've never seen it in GA.

A - thick, syrupy, molasses, with off-white head

S - tart, fruity, raspberries!, hints of alcohol

T - tart, very fruity, sweet, alcohol really comes through

M - solid, smooth, nice carbonation

D - haha wow. Well, this is something I'd wanted to try and I certainly have now. Can definitely feel the alcohol. I'd buy it again perhaps next winter, but I don't know that I can rationalize the price as a student =(
Still, worth trying.

Photo of timtim
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hazy redish pink grapefruity with a fizzy white head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves a little lace. can't knock this one too much though for appearance because of the super high abv. smells of sweet sweet real raspberry, sugar and sweet malt with some booze. quite pleasant if you ask me. taste is truly unique, and far from a lambic. boozy finish, but not too bad. hard to drink too much of this, but quite a nice dessert beer. went really well with ice cream.

Photo of uawildcat
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber in an English pub glass and pilsner glass. It has a decent head that last with some lacing, but who cares that much about appearance.

It smells amazing. Very sweet with tons of raspberry in it, just what I was expecting.

The taste though is lacking in my opinion. There is just too much of a brown sugar sweetness to it. The raspberry also tastes a little off in my opinion, but it might be due to the sweetness. To me it tastes almost like one of those blue or dark red tootsie roll lollipops. I wish there was more acidity to it like a real raspberry.

The mouthfeel is the worst thing about this beer. It is very hot due to the amount of alcohol and super sticky too from all the malt. It is a chore to get through more than maybe half of a 12 oz glass.

Overall, this beer does serve well as a dessert beer. Just make sure that you split it with somebody since its hard to get through.

Photo of ckollias
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 22oz bomber out of a large snifter glass.

A: Orangish-amber ale with blonde highlights and a thick white 1-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Holy Raspberries! Strong raspberries are dominant, superior, and overwhelming. Every sniff is as potent as the last. Wow.

T: Just like the smell raspberries kick my butt. Strong alcohol overtones followed by more raspberries dominant throughout this beer. Every sip is strong and powerful.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and carbonation

O: I love these dogfish head beers. They push the envelope of what is normal and expected and make you rethink what have I been drinking all these years. That being said – this is sort of a one-time beer for me. It was a great beer after a big meal – a sort of dessert beer – but I probably wouldn’t buy this again unless I was going to a dinner party or something and needed to bring a gift.

Photo of BringusKilkenney
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It poured a dark yellow with a red tint in the light looked nice like you would expect a raspberry beer if you know what that would look like kinda nice i guess looked good small head with lacing.

The smell was nice with raspberries and alcohol dominating. Hops on the back side.

The taste is heavily alcohol and fruit with very sweet notes some tastes are hard to pick out but it is kinda nice definitely good for a fruit beer.

The mouthfeel is kinda heavy and decent reminds me of a barley wine. the drinkability is low and probably couldnt finish more than a pint or two cause it sits so heavy with the large alcohol content. Good fruit beer and would recommend it if you want to try one

Photo of nlmartin
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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 glid02
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Grant - thanks! I've been balking at buying this for a while so I'm glad I get the chance to try non-king-sized portions.

Pours a hazy purplish-amber color with a thin white head. The head recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving light lacing.

Smells of bright raspberries with good amounts of darker blackberries in there as well. It's got a bit of tartness that keeps the inherent sweetness from being overwhelming.

Tastes similar to how it smells. There's really no influence from whatever types of malts were used as the raspberry and milder blackberry flavors overpower everything else. Again, they're not overly sweet which is nice. Near the end of the sip a good deal of warming occurs due to the high ABV but it's a good deal away from tasting fusel-like.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. As mentioned before I'm glad I didn't have to polish an entire 750 off by myself as I don't think I'd be very happy afterwards.

Overall this was better than I was expecting - it's a big beer for sure but the alcohol is relatively well-hidden and the berry flavors have good levels of tartness and sweetness. Worth a shot if you can find some friends to share it with.

Photo of NEhophead
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.6 fl oz brown bottle; served in an oversized wine glass.
Bottled on July 09, 2007.

Pours a light raspberry, hazy-dirty camel coloration. Thin, filmy off-white sheet that gathers as a thin ring of bubbles around the rim of the wine glass. A few drops of lacing with the expected difficulty in sticking to the wine glass.

Slick, almost intensely sweet maltiness. Mild notes of tartness, but more noticeable vinous fruity esters: raisin, and plum. Lingering notes of caramel and toffee with a port-like alcohol aroma. Big and complex.

Bright and tart fruity esters immediately that last to the finish, but become less sour as the sip melds with the other flavors. Raspberry, lemon, orange, and apple. Near mid-sip is a darker caramel and milk chocolate sweetness. The alcohol presence is very mellow like an aged port, but still very intense. The flavor complexities are bold, yet balanced. What a unique concoction.

Medium bodied; slickly creamy. Not quite gaseous, which is surprising for a brew at 18% abv, and not too acidic either.

Bold, balanced, and complex with a pleasant texture. The only problem is the alcohol content. I made the mistake of drinking this one on my own, and I have a feeling that I'll need to recap half of the bottle and enjoy the rest tomorrow. This extreme offering should definitely be shared.

Photo of therica
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fort pours a thick hazy dark peachy brown with little tiny head that soon dissappears. The nose is of raspberry and robitussin. The first taste is of nice sugary thick raspberry, but not fresh tasting. Raspberries are there and strong but they are a really fermented flavor. Some other dark fruits and a little bit of spice go well in here. Alcohol burn is hot on the finish and warms to the bottom of the belly. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Drinkability is high for 18%, but it can only be so high. I think this will be quite the after dinner treat after a few years in the cellar. Good, but I think it will be significantly better in a few.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Updated review to average in the '07 batch I'm drinking now, along with the previous reviewed batch.

750 mL, '09 batch.

Reddish tan and just a touch hazy but mostly clear*. Many fine bubbles rise all along the sides of my duvel tulip glass. It didn't produce much head but there's some clumpy lacing. Overall quite nice to look at, very inviting.

The smell is a little subdued. Primarily alcoholic and raspberry notes dominate. There's some other fruits mixed in there, along with some spiciness and a little bit of a Belgian ale aroma.

Taste is very, very nice. The raspberries are strong, but not overpoweringly so. The ale base comes through letting you know this is a beer and not a cordial. It's definitely sweet but not so much that it loses its beery qualities.**

Feel is medium bodied, surprisingly, I expected it to be very thick. Clean and smooth, despite the high abv, which isn't at all overpowering, although it is noticeable. Aftertaste is of sweet raspberries and lingers beautifully.

Overall this beer is quite an experience to be sure. Very much a credit to the brewery, DFH once again leads the way in innovation.

I poured a little bit into my chicken marinade as well, should make a lovely flavor addition!

*'07 batch was much cloudier, almost brown in appearance, with more sediment and had less head and lacing, but still had nice rising bubbles.

**the '07 batch seemed a little mellower and easy to drink, also just a little more malty than the first go-round. Essentially they were not very much different tho, both were great, but the appearance of the newer batch was definitely superior

Photo of jayhawk73
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at DFH in Falls Church:

Pours an orangeish color w/ almost zero head. Minimal lacing on my snifter glass. Very dense looking, w/ little carbonation. The smell is fairly simple- raspberry, malt, and alcohol. There might be some other dark berries in there, but they're mixed in the background. Very sweet smelling. The taste kicks it up a notch. Same profile as the nose, but it's well balanced, and the 18% ABV doesn't really get in the way. Sweet, but not overly so. Feel is medium, low carbonation, and fairly sweet w/ an alcohol/raspberry aftertaste. Overall, I actually dug this for a fruit/vegetable beer. Almost like drinking a port. Cheers.

Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation - 750ml served in medium snifter freshness date states 11/13/06 bottling
A - Ruby red/deep chesnut hued ale with a thin white head that leaves almost no lacing

S - Aromas of alchol that are sherry like, cedar and dry raspberry and mellow plum scents

M & T - Effervescent with tinges of sweet raspberry followed by honey and woody sour cherry. Flavors of currant and cardomom are accompanied by warming presence of alcohol Dances lightly on the tongue with substantial depth.

D - Not a very drinkable ale albeit a sweet and flavorful one. Strength is deceptive and might make for a better digestif than and aperitiff.

Photo of cbl2
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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 drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Long story short, opening night at Birch and Barley, the wait staff was not sure what the different taps were. Someone told me that they had Life and Limb on draft so I ordered it and it turned out to be Fort.

Poured in a modified strange, served on draft at the Birch and Barley/Churchkey opening. White tight head forms quickly with moderate to high carbonation to support it, falls as you drink leaving lacing on the glass. Brown / orange in color, lots of haze, cannot see through this beer.

Aroma is complex and sour. Smells like alcohol, dried fruits, lots of sweetness, some apricots, some raspberries, honey, and citrus. Hard to pick up any specific hop character but its there.

Flavor of the beer is pretty odd. Strong / warming forward sensation. Kind of biting on the back of the tongue, almost has a wine like character to it. Hop bitterness is lost in the sour / sweet tones of the fruit. Really like dried cranberries or some other berries. Drinkability moderate, mouthfeel full.

Overall, a good experience, even if I never got my Life and Limb.

Photo of skillerified
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a unique orange and golden color. A strange, but alluring shimmer to this beer. It almost seems to change color as you move the glass. Looks like it might glow in the dark. Little head and no lacing, but I wasn't expecting much to begin with.

Rasberries up front, really strong, sort of like a rasberry flavored cough syrup (alcohol). Not unappealing though. Some hints of spices. A little vanilla maybe. Actually a little disappointing. I expected more.

Good stuff. Fruity, but not too fruity. Strangely well balanced mix of flavors. Very smooth, almost sticky feeling in the throat. Warming. Tasty and unusual...

...but still pretty hard to drink at times. That cough syrup character sticks throughout. It's not bad, but it makes it harder to keep picking up the glass. Add in the 18% ABV and the $20/bottle price tag and you pretty much have to call this a great one-time beer experience.

Photo of Mamute2007
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lackenhauser
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pink tinged, amber in color. A fair amount of carbonation to it. Huge, big ole nose of rasberries. This sucker screams fruit. Very sweet-no tartness to it. Nice big blast of rasberries and some crisp malt-wheat? The alcohol is very present. Slight bitterness-I chalk that up to the alcohol. While the fruit is a sweet boost it is actually quite dry. Good body for the beer overall. Very enjoyable-split a bottle with a friend @ 18%. The alcohol dominance knocks it down a bit. Now that I can get it easily in bottles I will cellar some for sure.

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Fort from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 974 ratings.