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Fort - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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FortFort

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BA SCORE
83
good

533 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 533
Hads: 1,158
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 27.52%
Wants: 162
Gots: 380 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer | 18.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2005

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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Reviews: 533 | Hads: 1,158
Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice. Bottled on 10/23/15.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber red with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of off white head that settles into a thin patch.

Smell: A very fruity and sweet Belgian style aroma with a scent of raspberries and yeast. Big upfront scent of raspberries. Belgian yeast with some hints of pepper, clove, and funk. Malt hints of caramel, straw, and biscuit. Sweet hints of sugar. Also some subtle fruit hints of apple, pear, cherry, and raisin. Not as boozy in the nose as expected. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very fruity, sweet, and boozy Belgian style taste with notes of raspberries and Belgian yeast. Big juicy and sweet upfront taste of raspberries. Belgian yeast with some funk and notes of pepper and clove. Malt notes of caramel, biscuit, cracker, and straw. Sweet notes of sugar. Also some fruit undertones of cherry, raisin, apple, and pear. Some noticeable alcohol. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and fairly syrupy. Boozy as expected at 18% but it isn't too much.

Overall: A very good imperial take on a fruit beer. Huge raspberry flavor with some nice Belgian yeast. Somehow avoids becoming a cloying mess. Pretty good fresh. I'm going to get another bottle to age.

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 10/23/2015. Pours slightly hazy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lightly tart raspberries, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, pear, apple, pepper, candi sugar, toasted bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, raspberries, and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big lightly tart raspberry, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, pear, apple, pepper, candi sugar, toasted bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of yeast/alcohol spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, pear, apple, pepper, candi sugar, toasted bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, raspberries, and moderate malt sweetness; with a great sweet/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from yeast/alcohol spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light-moderate warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial Belgian fruit beer! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, raspberries, and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the enormous ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zac16125
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter
vintage 2015


A: Pours a real pretty dark amber, slightly hazy with a big 2plus fingers width of dense appearing light tan head. Good retention before dissipating down and leaves a moderate amount of lacing. 4.25

S: Raspberry, belgian-yeast, booze. Not a ton going on but its quite pleasant and the nose hides the ABV well. 4

T: Its quite boozy, and somewhat sweet. Decent amount of fruity raspberry, but its an artificial raspberry flavor like syrup. Surprising amount of bitterness. Some fusel ethanol. 3.75

M/D: Fuller bodied but not think. Boozy but not hot. Carbonation appropriate. Not syrupy at all which is impressive for the ABV. Drinkability is pretty good all things considered. 4

O: Its obviously quite boozy but for a person who generally enjoys boozy beers this one is quite enjoyable. 4

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Photo of headbangingteacher
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Your mistake if you keep this cold and drink it cold. If you do, you will get that cough syrup flavor you may have read about. Otherwise, allowing this to warm brings forth a slightly sweet, noticeably boozy, yet frighteningly smooth profile. Imbiber beware.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fresh this beer is too hot. Aged it is very good. This past weekend I split a 2015 bottle with some of my in laws and then we sample a 2009 bottle. Although I am not a huge fruit beer fan, the 2009 was very smooth and drinkable. So the moral of the story is if you get this beer, sit on it for awhile to let it mellow.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

When it comes to DFH monsters, they usually hide the booze well. While a bit alcoholic, it hardly seems like it's 18% from the nose. Having said that, I could use more raspberry. Oh Godzilla, I regret saying that after tasting it - this is a raspberry and sugar bomb. It opens sweetly enough to give anyone a diabetic coma. On the plus side, I feel the 18% more than I taste it - and despite. No real complexity or depth is featured. The feel is one part total treacle, one part orifice warming. 2 oz of this raspberry syrup is more than enough, but I'll finish this anyways, because $10 a bottle.

2.78/5: So sweet, it cured Wilford Brimley of his diabeetus just so it could give it to him again

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter.

Deep ruby orange grapefruit body color, literally like a ruby grapefruit, and fairly opaque body. Non existent pouring head with a thin and occasional big bubbled collar. Slightly whispy top as well.

Aroma is actually quite subtle. Fruit raspberry, a small hint of cotton candy and salt water like taffy as well but far less sweetness than anticipated. No boozy quality either, making for a nice raspberry aroma and not being sledgehammered on the nose.

Palate is quite interesting. Taste like a classic strong ale, with an interesting very prickly carbonation mouthfeel. Hints of thick caramel but with a much more toned down sweetness. Raspberry fills the palate nicely and controlled. Mild sweetness with tones ranging from mild sugar to honey on the aftertaste with an almost tart berry following as well. Not the slightest bit boozy.

A real nice fruit beer, well in control. Not in love but certainly not disappointed in it either.

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Photo of UncleRandy
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The 3 on taste is an average. The first sip for me took me back to my youth, taking liquid childrens' tylenol. Memories? Great. Taste. Ugh.

But this grew on me after a few more sips. Heavy alcohol throughout. I think cherries may have done this one more justice than the raspberries, but that's a personal preference.

I won't be seeking this one out. Glad I bought a single.

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Photo of HiWire
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear mahogany. No head at all. No lacing. Smells very malty and sweet. Tastes of, drum roll please, raspberry. Raspberry malt bite?, is that a thing? I hate raspberries. Dog fish you sucked me in again. WTF am I drinking?

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Photo of oldn00b
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly rusty copper, fizzy head does form and a ring retains.

Nose is huge on raspberries but not much else aside from a bit of alcohol.

Flavor is exactly as expected - a solid touchpoint for me is Blushing Monk. This comes across like a 120 minute Blushing Monk in flavor mostly. The extra booze gives it a bit of a medicinal flavor which I'm hoping will dissipate with some time.

Feel is a bit brash, drying and more alcoholic than sweet. It's a nice beer, but I think some time will do it well.

Comparing it to a Blushing Monk (from memory) it has almost the exact same flavor, but the higher ABV really does bring the medicinal quality I'm not a big fan of. It doesn't have the glorious color or that incredibly mouthfeel either - it's possible the latter will come with time but probably no such luck with the former. It's nice, glad I have more, but one fresh was enough for now I think.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a dull amber to bright and slightly earthy orange. a finger or so of an off white head. weak retention but leaves behind a slight lacing and some alcohol legs as it swirls. strong clarity and strong brightness.

Smell: strong and intense berries. comes of a bit artificial but still juicy and nice. some pale and bready malts. strong booze.

Taste: opens up with raspberry juice. has a bit of sweetness to it. little to no tartness. malts come through pale and a bit on the bready side. booze shoots through to balance out any sweetness and add some vanilla-y notes.

Mouthfeel: medium to full feel. nice balance. strong booze and warmth. fairly clean besides the warmth.

Overall: most fruit beers are either tart or overly sweet, but this one finds a nice balance for the sweetness with the booze. another great high abv brew from dogfish head, although this one may taste the booziest of the bunch.

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Photo of gr0g
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle from 2015. Color is orangey-amber, while there's little head formation to speak of. Smells strong and potent. Aroma is of ripe raspberries first and foremost with plenty of caramelized/brown sugar backing it up. Alcohol notes are surprisingly light.

Flavor is very sweet and very strong, as expected. There's more to it than that, though, unlike, say, Higher Math. Bit of alcohol burn on the finish, but not overpowering. Raspberries lend their flavor in a more subtle way than they contribute to the aroma -- it's not like a fruit liqueur, though the mouthfeel is a bit syrupy. It's also a bit harsh and fizzy. Strong, fruity, tasty. The very definition of a sipper. Enjoy with good company.

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Photo of DovGibor
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/23/15; poured into a snifter. Deep orange color veering slightly towards light red. Minimal head that quickly settled away.

Aroma is sweet berries with maybe a hint of malt. Giving the glass a swirl liberates some light alcohol notes that blend with the berries. Mouthfeel is rich, though noticeably light on the carbonation.

Taste is fruity with a light tartness that balances and makes the beer enjoyable. It's much closer to a mild lambic than the much boozier tasting 120 minute, World Wide Stout or Olde School. There is a touch of sweetness, but not at all cloying or medicinal.

Overall this is much lighter than I expected; more in the nose than the palate. Not to say it's a flavorless beer, just less robust than I expected from a Dogfish 'big' beer. It's enjoyable, though I think there are some light lambics that match its quality and are easier to find than this occasional rarity.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly, for a Belgian style it didn't overflow with an uninformed hard pour. It leaves a decent amount of lacing on the Dogfish Head snifter. It has a reddish hugh. Mainly clear.

Smells yeasty with sweet fruit.

Raspberry up front, but a lot stronget in the aftertaste for me. A nice Belgian base. Slightly spicey, with some sour, musty yeast. Seems to be a decent amount of hops. I notice some bitterness in the middle. There is also some alcohol at the end, but not too bad.


Excellent feel. Creamy, with a slight crisp bite.

While this is very sweet, the raspberry flavor does not overpower the beer at all. It does drink quite a bit like a wine. I had no idea it was 18% until I looked at the listing. It does not drink like it at all. Very enjoyable

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Photo of devilfluff
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 bottle. Poured into a small tulip.

Less pink than I expected. smells of raspberries, but not the overwhelming flavor I expected. Hugely booze, big alcohol burn.

I think a couple of years will mellow this nicely.

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Photo of barczar
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More subtle aroma than expected, though there are definitely raspberry notes and booze.

Flavor is sweet, but the alcohol heat counters, providing a dry finish. Raspberry is noted and pleasant, but doesn't lend any tartness. Almost medicinal, wIth an alcohol burn.

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Photo of themind
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Well the 17% is hidden, I will give it that. Anything else, not so great. Is it drinkable?, yes but its kinda flat. It's flavor is not bad, its just a bit dull. The raspberry is there but it has a syrup consistency to it.

Bottom Line: In the glass, looks good. After that...not sure. Would revisit.

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Photo of Hops3
4.77/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I tried this beer for the first time on a release night at a local Dogfish Ale House. Fantastic. I only had one but it was wonderful. This is a sipping beer with sweet mellow raspberry taste. Don't expect strong raspberry however. The strong 18% ABV mellows the fruitiness. A little taste of hops but not over powering. This stuff is truth serum so be careful who you drink it with.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a bomb! The bottle did not have an alcohol content, at least I could not find one, but it hits one pretty hard. The beeer had a very nice color and a good head. The taste was very complex but the raspberry flavor came through strongly. Very good beer.

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Photo of Jpottersls081
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent beer, starts out smooth just the right amount of raspberries, will keep you warm on a chilly November night, raspberries from start to finish, not overbearing on the alcohol or raspberries for an absolutely knock your socks off ABV of 15-18. I have two bottles I will cellar for a few years, my guess is it will mellow and strengthen, can't wait to see. I shall review again.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

2015 bottle. I was expecting this to be more fruity. Earthy, not too sweet and subtle raspberry. Kind of tastes like cough syrup. The body is not too thick and the carb makes it drink light, but this doesn't taste good.

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Photo of buckeye1275
4.77/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 edition. 12 oz bottle. It's been a few years since I've had this beer. I picked up two 4-packs for $34.99 each. Expensive , yes but considering it's 15-18% I'm only drinking one over a 2 hour span.

Nice reddish, deep color with a fruity aroma. The taste is very complex. Tons of fruit notes from the raspberries but a nice, thick mouthfeel as well. You can't taste the alcohol at all. There is a sweetness to the finish that I really like. I'm gonna drink 4 fresh and cellar the other 4.

Great beer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Bottle

A - Pours a nice, clear, raspberry red color with a pronounced creamy lacing, no head.

S - Straight up raspberries and booze, even after four years!

T - Up front raspberries, no malt presence at all on the palate, and finishes with raspberries and booziness.

M - Heavy medium body, lip smacking sticky, noticeable warming on the way down, wet finish with the ABV evaporating off the top and leaving the sides on the tongue watering for more.

O - IMO, this beer scores way lower than what it deserves.

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Photo of Boto
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: This one pours a red tinged clear amber color. There was about no head or lacing to it. The aroma is nice. Some raspberries with a little tartness to them. The taste is quite good. Tart raspberries with a nice ale backing them up. You don’t even notice the alcohol until its too late!

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Photo of Pegasus
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep claret in color, with a small head, which soon fades away. Modest carbonation drifts lazily to the surface. The lacing is faint.

Aroma: Intense notes of raspberries and vinous alcohol

Taste: Begins with over-the-top raspberries and vinous alcohol. The alcohol is quite warming and by no means subtle. The raspberries, tart and juicy, play off against the strong and spicy alcohol, with neither dominating. Both the raspberries and alcohol intensify as the taste progresses. The alcohol brings the taste to a graceful close.

Mouthfeel: Very soft, full, velvety, with a texture similar to that of port wine.

Drinkability/notes: Stunning and elegant, for me, comparisons to port wine are inescapable. Its a pity that Fort is no longer made, I cannot think of a more elegant accompaniment to a holiday dinner than this. This was 2008 vintage.

Presentation: Packaged in a one liter Belgian-style brown glass bomber, sealed with a pry-off cap, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice, though a champagne flute might have been equally appropriate.

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Fort from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.