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Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery

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496 Reviews
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Reviews: 496
Hads: 983
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 19.13%
Wants: 147
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 thecheapies
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2011 vintage.

Pours a super-hazy rosy dark-orange. Head formed easily in the tulip and has remained a near three-finger constant. Laces, too.

Raspberry skins, floral perfume, floral hops, tart cherry, and pomegranate berry. Nice, after two years.

Raspberries and flora, and I don't mean sour critter flora. Flowery and still somewhat hoppy. Boozy burn in the finish with some lingering white wine-like sweetness, but not 18% booziness. More of that tart cherry/pomegranate and red currant fruitiness in here. Touch of strawberry leaf. Malts have notes of toasted pecan and treacle syrup. Interesting.

Dangerously drinkable. Medium-to-sticky body and feel with a lot of leftover trapped effervescence. You just have to fight the lip-smacking.

Excellent stuff. I miss the hoppier fresh version I've had on-tap, but this was fantastic, too. I feel like this is, at least, close to the sweet spot for this brew.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color but with a shade towards red/pink - definitely showing some raspberry color. Head is decent at pour, lingers, and laces for a bit along with the beer but then disappates. Smell from this 1 yr old brew is somewhat boozy but with a berry sweet note present. Taste is heavy sweet upfront with candy showing, alcohol burn on the back of the throat through the middle (but expected at 18%), and then raspberry and candy to finish. A treat to be enjoyed every once in a while!

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Photo of Kadonny
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 bottle into a snifter glass. This was a one year old bottle.

A: A clear reddish maroon color with a tiny off white head. No lacing at all.

S: Wow, lots of raspberry on the nose coupled with some sugar sweetness and loads of alcohol.

T: The raspberry flavors are massive. They mix with a huge sugar and candy sweetness that stays through. Towards the finish the massive alcohol comes in to take over on the finish. It's not totally off-putting, but it makes a massive showing. Sweetness finishes it out.

M: Full, coating, syrupy sweet and very little carbonation.

O: I give DFH props for really making this a huge raspberry bomb. Where I question it is who wants 750ml of this huge alcohol sweet bomb? Why not just make them 12 ounce bottles and then one might be able to enjoy one at a sitting. There were two of us and we couldn't finish the bottle. Again, I give them props for their forward thinking on beer, but this one misses the mark on drinkability.

Good, but far from great.

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Photo of philbe311
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love Dogfish Head, but I'm been a bit nervous to pop this one open for more than two years, but tonight is the night...

Bottled 9/14/2011

A - A finger's worth of audibly fizzy light khaki colored slightly creamy head with an abundance of big chunky bubbles mix in... Minimal retention gives way to a full thick creamy lacing that looks quite appealing... Large carbonation bubbles cling to the sides of the glass as some random quick paced carbonation bubbles rise sporadically within... The color is a slightly pale and slightly murky orange... So far so good...

S - The pureed raspberries hit the nose first in a very satisfying manner... Ground mustard??? Slightly medicinal qualities... A very subtle Belgian yeast component... Not too shabby...

T - The immediate flavors are rather pleasant... Golden raisins... Raspberries... A light Belgian yeast flavor... This is quickly replaced by the booze and heat which take an a thick syrupy cough medicine quality (which dissipates a bit as it warms)... The heat lingers for a good bit...

M - Medium to bull bodied... Uber dense... Syrupy... Thick... Chewy... Light carbonation...

D - Sip slowly... Would have made an interesting and somewhat compelling 12 oz, but the 25.4 oz format is quite daunting and even puzzling given the ABV... Not as bad as many reviews make it out to be (perhaps to the two years I let it sit), but not something that I would recommend nor drink with any regularity... This is what DFH does and you either love or hate their attempts at pushing boundaries and I for one love it because otherwise there would be no World Wide Stout...

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Photo of colts9016
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has a been a beer that I have wanted to try for a while, I really do not remember the reason as to why. Poured into a Schlitz goblet at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A two finger head that is ivory in color, creamy and fluffy. The head has really good retention, considering it is a high alcohol brew. The color of the beer is a medium reddish orange color with mahogany tint. The clarity of the beer is clear with a touch of cloudiness. Small carbonation bubble slowly drift from the bottom of the glass. A smart looking beer with a coy smile.

Nose: Surprisingly I smell malts lots of malts, caramel, toast, and biscuit notes. The raspberries come through next offering a fruitiness and sweetness. The alcohol is a supporting actor with an eye on the Oscars. Other aromas in the beer is a slight floral note, yeast, and citrus.

Taste: A big beer with tons of raspberries seeping through the malt and alcohol. The malt is rich complex, toasty, caramel, and biscuit flavor. The raspberries are slightly sweet and fruity. The alcohol stepped up and made the performance of it is life and everybody knows its role. Other flavors is floral, yeast, grass, sour, and citrus.

Mouth feel of the beer is chewy, warm, slight astringent, and carbonated.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. This big body beer is fantastic, but not perfect. The Belgium profile gives the beer a unique style, then mix in the raspberries makes it unforgettable. The alcohol is prevalent, but fairly balanced with the other flavor. I am glad that the raspberries did not get lost in this brew. Wish I had one more to age for a few years, would love to make comparison notes.

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Photo of jtierney89
2.3/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty clear golden hue with a touch of pinkness from what I can tell, its pretty dark with the power off. Craggy white head. Little flakes float throughout, close to a year of age. Smells of delicious fresh raspberries touch of wheat and grain. Dove into this forgetting that's it 18% took too big of a SIP.

This is a big sweet booze bomb though. Tart raspberries throughout. Champagne like effervescence. Massive syrup like mouthfeel, somehow though carbonation comes through. Lots of alcohol heat and overall booziness. Mouth coating for sure. This beer is just kind of a one trick pony though, tastes like raspberry liquor. Does a good job of showcasing the raspberries but that's about it. Some funky Belgian saison like properties underneath it all but they're barely there.

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Photo of ArrogantB
1.32/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

750ml bottle 2008 vintage. I knew this would be a tough beer but I was still completely unprepared for this shit. Sort of a light orange with a pinkish hue. Aroma is acetone and nail polish remover, disgusting. Flavor is very sweet, hint of raspberries and overwhelming alcohol. It was what I imagine industrial cleaning supplies to taste like. I think this was the worst beer I have ever tasted in my life .

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at the Pickled Pig Pub in Rehoboth Beach, DE

Served and enjoyed from a goblet glass

A - Beer arrived at the table with a half-finger head. A beer is deep amber color. Semi-translucent. The beer appears very thick as I swill the glass and watch as the beer slides down the sides. Little to no lacing left on the glass.

S - The initial aroma is a very sweet, very boozy aroma. Smells sort of like a wine.

T - The beer is very sweet on the first sip. A very distinct raspberry fruitiness that is combined with a sourness. A slight malt taste. No hop biterness at all. The ABV is very noticeable. This is a sipper for sure. The 4oz sample that I purchased was more than enough especially since I was trying other brews.

M - A thicker consistency. A distint alcohol aftertatse.

O - I'm a huge fan of the DFH brews and I was glad I got to try Fort. This beer pushes the boundry between beer and wine more than any other DFH beer I've tried. Although Midas Touch and Noble Rot are wine-like, in my opinion, Fort is almost like a dessert brandy. Decent tasting but not an everyday brew.


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Photo of uawildcat
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Pahn
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split 3 ways into snifters. Drank 9/4/12 (last night), and reviewed from notes (all my reviews are from notes, normally with the beer still being drank).

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch offwhite head that dissipates quickly. Pours a brownish orange and leaves small bits of lacing.

Smell: Sherry-like, raisiny malt flavors. Good but a little faint.

Taste: Sugary barleywine with tons of raspberry. It's a bit "two note," raspberry punch in the face, really strong caramely malt.

There really isn't anything else to say about this beer, except that it gets a 4 for how delicious the deep, sugary barleywine malt flavor is, how well it blends with the raspberry, and how well it handles the alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Very hot. Moderate carbonation. Bit sugary.

Overall: I like it. Impressive balance for so much alcohol and such a ridiculously prominent fruit addition. Fruit itself doesn't taste like fresh fruit, but it doesn't taste like artificial syrup either.

Would be interested in aging the beer, as the malt depth is nice and the fruit and heat could stand to calm down.

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Photo of 120minuteman
4.77/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage:

Appearance: A dark rosy red, much like a cider
Smell: A basket of rasberries, salmonberries and a hint of pear
Taste: Covered a wide range of flavors, starting from sweet and ending in sour. This bottle is less fruity than a younger bottle that I've had, and has become far more complex over time.
Mouthfeel: Not much retention, but felt like a young scotch at times
Overal: I would highly recommend this beer, great as an after dinner drink with some friends. If you see if, pick up 2 bottles: one for now, the other for later (5-years later)

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Smells like raspberries... and booze. There's a little wheatiness in there too. Tastes strongly of fruit, raspberries and dates with a strong alcohol burn that will definitely benefit from some age. It is delicious, not quite as good as the one I had on tap at 1702. If I can get my hands on another I'll put it away for a couple years and see what happens.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.54/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 vintage.
Appearance: hazy yellowish read. Not much of an off white head. No surprise for an 18% monster.
Smell: Sweet, rich raspberries. Exotic and inviting.
Taste: more of the same. Braced for an alcohol punch that never came. Sweet but not overly so. The richness and depth offset the sweetness like a fine port.
Overall: Awesome. A work of art from Sam and team. How in the hell do they make an 18%er this easy to drink?

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a wellington beer glass.

Appearance: This a cloudy somewhat dark amber, head is minimal coming to an off-white color rising to maybe 1/10" if that off the body.

Smell: Holy yeast, strong....just putting the glass down before sip you can feel what's coming to you. Dark fruits and yeast condescending in the nostrils.

Taste: This beer off the first sip you feel it sweet like a deep red wine.

Mouth: Little sweet but somewhat flat, this is not a bad thing. I can't lie to the public this after taste is stuck to my cheeks.

Overall: This is a unique beer, definitely above average because there is nothing else like it I have ever tasted. It will remind you of some Belgian beers with a twist, Salud!

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Photo of BostonHops
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle served in a snifter.
bottled in 2009.

pours a clear, burnished deep orange tone yielding 3/4" off-white head that quickly dissipates into a thin cap, collar around the glass. not unsurprising given the 18% ABV... very pungent nose smacks of tart raspberries and alcohol. the strength of the rasberry is good, but on the whole it's fairly one-dimesional.

flavor is... ok, not going to sugarcoat it: IMO what we have here is a syrupy, boozy, cloying raspberry mess that wreaks havoc on the palate. salvaged from the drain by its authentic rasberry presence but not my favorite offering from dogfish head by a long shot. boozy finish... full bodied on the palate with medium-low carbonation.

i had high hopes for this number but in the end it's only slightly more enjoyable than a wine cooler on steroids. glad to have tried it but won't be back for seconds.

(originally reviewed: 05-01-2011)

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Photo of rfgetz
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've loved other big rasberry brews such as Founder Blushing Monk so was anticipating trying this guy for a while, but never pulled the trigger due to price. Found on tap and was excited to try.

Pours a golden amber with faint touches of red... maybe expected a big dose of red/purple/pink... little spots of bubbles, no real head. First scent brings medicinal raspberry and booze notes, lightly tart and sweet, booze takes over. Taste was taken over by the dry, burning alcohol, hides some lightly tart and sweet raspberry. For as much as this wants to be a big raspberry brew, ive found more flavor in some cheap low-abvs seasonals. Acidic and astringent, medicinal. Medium bodied, light bubbles, lingering burn. Disapointing.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear copper-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of strong raspberries, booze, a bit of Belgian yeast and some floral elements.

T - Starts off with some strong sweet raspberry flavor with some tartness. Through the middle, some booze comes through with some floral flavors. The finish is a mix of more sweet and lightly tart raspberries with some booze and a bit vanilla and yeast.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Pretty drinkable. A bit one dimensional, but the strength and complexity of the raspberry flavor is really nice.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle poured into taster. 2011 vintage - thanks alex

Pours a bright reddish color with some golden hues. Thin pinkish head dissolves slowly, leaving some wispy film behind.

Whoa - raspberry explosion in the nose. Tons of fruit with a pretty substantial amount of sweetness. Boozy heat is pretty strong along with a smattering of Belgian yeast.

Bold, heavy raspberry and fruit flavor up front. Well, really that's pretty much the whole profile. Intermittent notes of Belgian yeast, soft funk, sweetness and alcohol spike through as well. Finishes warm and sweet.

Fuller medium body, slightly higher carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. I guess this might improve over time but it's entirely too sweet and boozy.

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Photo of phishsihq
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fort pours a reddish-peach color, capped by a thin white head and a wall of lace. Was totally surprised by the nail polish & alcohol aromas bursting from the glass, we were not expecting Fort to weigh in at 18% ABV, slight hints of raspberry linger in the nose. The first sip made arm hair stand on end, with a strong alcohol burn lingering in the finish, but with the next sip the sweet and tart raspberry flavors cut through the alcohol and make the brew much ore palatable and enjoyable. Medium bodied, Fort also features a moderate amount of carbonation. BIG and Bold, Fort was more then we expected, yet enjoyable all the same. Definitely an Off-Centered Ale for Off-Centered People!


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Photo of cps98
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A – Light pink with a very fine white head. Head dissipates fairly quickly. The beer is very clear and resembles a rose wine in appearance.

S – The sweetness of the raspberries come out in the aroma very well. I feel like I detected lite hints of honey.

T – Full on raspberry, with very noticeable alcohol on the backside. Also I got sweetness from honey in there too.

M – The beer was very light and sweet. Carbonation was very good. Alcohol warmth on the back of the throat was present.

O – Overall this was a little sweet for my taste. A small tasting glass was more than enough for me.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped. Bottled 2011. Served in a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazed grapefruit red with a couple of fingers of beige foam. Heat settles to a fluffy ring. Some broad lacing.

Aroma is very much like raspberry soda. Bright berry fruit, floral garden notes. Some alcohol.

Initial flavor is intensely sweet, with a syrupy fruit quality. Things sour a little and tartness emerges in the middle, but sweetness sticks around too. Both flavors linger on in the aftertaste. A slight alcohol taste in the finish, but amazing how well buried it is. Overall I like the flavor but it does have some unpleasant cough syrup qualities.

Full bodied with medium-low carbonation. Drinks quite thick and syrupy.

I'm used to Belgian-style beers with fruit in them to be a lot lower in ABV and with much higher carbonation, so this one is pretty unique. You certainly don't need more than one glass in a sitting.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Burnt orange with a reddish overtone, small foamy head which becomes nice lacing, respectable moderate internal carbonation, almost completely translucent

S: Dried fruits, apples, berries, definitely some alcohol throughout, caramel notes, strong fragrance overall

T: Much the same as the nose, strong dried fruit flavor, not raspberry specific necessarily though, heavy alcohol (a bit much), quite sweet but no overpowering, caramel and toffee come through as well (reminiscent of aged olde school barleywine)

M: Personally a fan of this viscosity, decently thick, but not too much so, a bit heavy on the alcohol as previously mentioned, almost no aftertaste, but too lingering on the palate

O: Big, lots of alcohol, strong fruit flavors and a large bouquet, but this being said, all expected

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer for sure. Pours beautiful red with frothy head. Smells of strong raspberry and heavy booze, not much else going on in the aroma. Taste is a bit cloying and very hot, raspberries, liquid sugar, booze. Big heavy syrupy mouthfeel, light carbonation, whoah. This is solid for dessert but a bottle this size should be shared with at least 3 or 4 others. Especially given the alcohol level.

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Photo of mjord23
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle (2011 date stamp) into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Definitely a beer that you have to let warm, right out of the fridge it was harsh, overly sweet and alcoholic... definitely disappointing. Notes are from once it's warmed a bit.

A: Pours a deep amber with bright red notes. Absolutely beautiful. Little to no head, a far bit of sticky lacing with some strong staying power.

S: Sweet, sugary, raspberries. Intense.

T: Very sweet, with raspberry dominating the flavor profile. Alcohol is very present, but not in a bad way. Once it warmed, it was more balanced. The complexity of the sweet v. tartness of the raspberries shined through.

M: Syrup-y, which somewhat hinders the drinkability. Mild carbonation. Nothing to really cut the sweetness. Because of the thick quality of the beer, the taste lingers, which is unexpectedly pleasant.

O: At first sip, I was ready to dump the bottle. Letting it warm allowed this beer to really shine - the complexity of the raspberry combined with the strong malty backbone made for a fun drinking experience. Very glad I had someone to share it with though, because at ~18% ABV, the whole bottle would have knocked me out.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly cloudy dark orange amber with a thin off-white head that dissipates in to a ring around the glass with a hint of lacing. Aroma dominated by raspberries, slightly sour. Intense lavor of sweet raspberry juice with a hint of sweet malt and alcohol. The flavor is pleasant and interesting at first, but develops a medicinal quality and then the alcohol hits with a very hot finish. Light to medium bodied. I found the sweetness to be appropriate, but the ABV made this difficult to drink except in small quantities, not a feature I enjoy for a beer. Glad I tried it, but may not devote enough time to finishing another big bottle of this. I would buy this again in a smaller bottle.

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