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Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

958 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 958
Reviews: 494
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 139
Gots: 214 | FT: 6
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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 Golden2wenty1
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle purchased at Riley's here in Madison as a splurge for the Valentines's Day dinner I made for my girlfriend and me.

Pours a vibrant dark amber/pink with a bit of foam that dies quickly in my champagne flute. Nose is fresh raspberries, nice and tart, and waftable alcoholic fumes....yes, folks, this stuff could probably strip wallpaper. Tastes similar to the St. Louis Premium Framboise that I've ad on tap, well, except for the fact that it's nearly as strong as Malibu Rum. Sweet yet tart, fresh raspberry juice with a fiery alcohol dropkick. Mouthfeel is lively and champagne dry. This stuff is actually a little better and more drinkable when it's straight from the fridge to cut that warming alcohol. Worth the pricetag? Not sure, but I sure am crunk in the meantime...Happy Valentine's, y'all.

Golden2wenty1, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep copper with a reddish hues, very light lace for a head hat sustaind the duration of consumption.
the aroma is malty, hint of raspberry, and alcohol.
the flavor is malty, carmelized sugar, alcohol, spice, hint of raspberry.
the mouthfeel is pretty full, little slippery sweet, sticks to your mouth.
beer is very drinkable but best enjoyed on a cold night.

plaztikjezuz, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of kdmorse
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pouring from the beautiful 750 mL bottle into a champagne flute. ¾” head when poured with vigor. Orange/peach color with hints of amber. Head is pure white and lingers for a long time and clings well to the glass to hang around for a while.

S: From a distance, subtle and sweet raspberry scent. When sniffed more closely, lots of alcohol/solvent aroma with the fruity odors. Could easily get drunk off the smell. As it warms, scent becomes more inviting and less alcoholic. Smell evolves greatly until the snozberries smell like snozberries.

T: At first, I can’t pick up much beer flavor past the alcohol. As it warms and I pause to reflect, flavors come alive. Nice malt body, but little-to-no hops. Lots of alcohol-kick as it goes down the hatch. Dry finish with a hint of fruity freshness. The aftertaste of berries lasts for quite some time and makes me want to take another bi gulp as soon as it disappears.

M: Mouthfeel is great for this brew, but a bit unique for a beer in general. Good carbonation that keeps the beer alive.

D: Lots of alcohol, but handled in a stunning fashion. Hard to decide how drinkable this is because there is so much alcohol to palate. I am definitely enjoying drinking this, and I could share this with a friend for a while but not all night. Drinks like a 10-12% beer, not an 18% beer.

Notes: Happy Valentine’s Day to me. Being single for my first V-Day since puberty, I used my money to treat myself. Wonderful drinking experience that all beer drinkers should have. Not as fruity as I expected, but a great beer. Oh Dogfish, you never cease to amaze me.

kdmorse, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of tfinn
2.33/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

well carbonated, head drops quickly (due to high alcohol as expected). color is light tannish leather.

smell has is fairly solvent-heavy, as expected for this high ABV, with hints of berry and herbal earthy notes. very iniviting. too bad it deteriorates from there.

taste? like running an emory board over your tongue. extremely one-dimensional, harsh and grainy, with no depth at all. you get to enjoy all the raspberry seed tannins with none of the actual raspberry flavors. even the residual sweetness of the base beer seems to get buried. I can't for the life of me imagine that this was what was intended; it tastes like an experiment gone horribly wrong.

mouthfeel is coating and full, with the expected high ethanol drying effects. the clean finish is at least some consolation for having to suffer through the awful flavor experience itself.

I am unimpressed. not completely, as I like the idea behind this beer, and I can think of numerous ways this could have turned out better. however, this emperor has no clothes, and I look forward to all the self-proclaimed beer geeks proclaiming the wonders of this beer to prove their beer geek status. hypocrites.

given the variability I have experienced with a couple other dogfish head brews, it's possible my bottle was a fluke, and that the vast majority of what made it into the market is better than the bottle I had. (which I ended up dumping the remaining contents of...)

tfinn, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of Dithyramb
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this with my wife over a snowy evening. Purcahsed as a bomber from the Wine joint in Hamden. No freshness date, but ink jet labeled that it was "Bottled on 11/28/05."
Poured a clear pretty pink pink with a small white head. Comes off like a well-fermented blush wine. Limited waves of carbonation within the body and retention, but excellent lacing.

Big raspberry nose soaked in grain alcohol.

Fort was berry berry good to me. You get a rush of raspberry flavors. Not like a clingy syrup, but like a nice hint of raspberry reduction tossed into a good dessert. Some mellony undertones are there as well. It is spicey and boozy as it warmed, becoming more big-beer like and less like a nice wine. I'm convinced you could serve this chilled at a party, and the ladies would think you've concocted some sort of new martini.

Medium bodied, leaving some warm sugar in your mouth afterwards. The bomber didn't have a chance, really. The only thing that would keep this as a revolving beer in the fridge would be cost. Just consider it a fine underpriced bottle of wine...

Dithyramb, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of montageman
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Upon opening the bottle, the aroma of raspberries is clearly evident. Poured into champagne glasses - it looks pink/red in color with a nice foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Initial taste is raspberries - sweet and fruity. However, due to the large alcohol content, it finishes dry with some alcohol burn. This was fine for me, but my wife was not fond of the finish. Once it sits for a while, it becomes sweeter and a little easier on finish. I would call this a "gimmick" beer, but it works. I would definitely try it again.

montageman, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tall flute)

A- This beer has a light crystal clear coppery body with a red tint. The head is a creamy thick dense foam that last and last. The foam sticks to the glass and looks of a slight pink hue but that might be the reflection of the beer.

S- The smell of sweet fresh raspberries is strong and wonderful. There is a supporting aroma of slightly toasted malt and perhaps some green hops. As it warms there is a bit of a buttered cooked corn note with the hops.

T- There is a bold sweet raspberry flavor that finishes a bit dry. There is a big alcohol taste to finish but it compliments the fruit. I don't taste any big fusel alcohols so it is not very harsh. There are some green resin hop flavors in the finish that are "kicked up" by the fizz and alcohol. As this beer warms some notes of cooked corn start to come through in the flavor.

M- The mouthfeel is medium light with a fizz in the texture and some alcohol heat that finishes the beer. As this beer warms more of the fusel alcohols come through and really give it more of a kick.

D- I think this is a good but young beer. I never thought of aging an American fruit beer until today. This has some nice fruit but the alcohol makes the hops really stand up and demand attention. I like it better than Champagne but not as much than some framboise I have had before. I will have to find another bottle or two and rereview in several years. It's nice they print the bottled date on the glass itself.

rhoadsrage, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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, I like it.

WVbeergeek, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of ChuckD
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a capped, 750 ml brown bottle.

The pour shows something that looks like the cranberry tea that my wife drinks - nice reddish brown tints. The overly white head is big and foamy. Nice lacing - most likely from the high bubbly action of this stuff.

To the nose, it is big raspberry and alcohol. The smell explodes out at you.

In the mouth, it's nice and clean. Again, the fruit jumps all over your tongue, but the alcohol keeps it from getting too sweet. There is a semi-tart crisp bite that also makes it easy to drink. Very refreshing for a brew that will kick your ass. Completely different than all of the other ultra malty big alcohol beers we know and love.

Musings: When a fruit brew is done right, I tend to enjoy them. This one is right on the mark. It is a little pricey, but by the time you and your loved one have finished the bottle, the beer reviews will end for the evening.

ChuckD, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of beerinator
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Light ruby brown, with longstanding slightly offwhite head. Lacing lingers for a pleasantly long time. The color of the beer fades into caramel as the glass gets thinner.

Aroma: Aroma is strongly fruity and sweet. Dark berry fruits and other types of sweetness seem to soak up the initial aroma. There seems to be some fruit-like bitterness/sharpness also present in the aroma.

Taste: The taste is strong in fruit flavor right up front, but this beer quickly dries as it glances across the tongue. Quickly this goes from being a sweet fruity beer to a dry beer with raspberry notes. The mouthfeel is pleasantly full, and the finish is dry but still reminiscent of the lingering fruit. The alcohol content seems to blast it's way into your face during the middle of the swallow. It doesn't seem too strong right now, but we'll have to see how I feel in 20 minutes...

Notes: Good flavor, interesting beer. This one is tasty, but heed warning. 18% abv is not for the fruit beer drinking faint of heart. Heads up.

beerinator, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of taez555
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a clear orange/pinkish hued body with a small white head that died quickly.

Nose is interesting and very intriguing. Soft raspberries or cherries and very muted. A definite fruit juice smell tone blends into thick but never overpowering alcohol. At 18% I was expecting so much alcohol it burned. This is soft and present. The fruits come out but never sting. Really an amazing smell.

Huge thick body. First impression is not so much lambic, but a perfectly balanced fruit puree reduction that's been turned into a beer. There's definitely malt in this beer as well. Touches of caramel and a strong alcohol remind me of a good english barleywine. Alcohol definitely come alive as it warms and although it has hints of chambord or other raspberry flavor liquors, it's not as sharp and much more drinkable. The hops in this beer are so well balanced as to make them almost unnoticeable. They come out a bit more as it warms giving it a decent bitterness with just enough hop flavor to add some flavor, but are never distracting from the fresh raspberry taste.

This beer is a meal unto itself, but would amazing paired with chocolate. At 18% this is like drinking a bottle and half of wine. So whatever you do take it slow or share it.

Overall... Wow!!! I was scared to try this beer expecting maybe a huge overly tart lambic, but this beer is nothing like that. It's so unique it deserves it's own category. Imperial lambic, fruit barleywine, etc.... I don't know... but whatever you call it, it's good.

taez555, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of Todd
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a long-stemmed, wide-bowled red wine glass the 1 pint, 9.6 fluid ounce bottle pours a hazy tea appearance, with shimmering orange hues and shades of pink and peach. The beer is topped with a respectable white foam head with wispy lace and gentle cling to the inside of the glass.

Big aroma of raspberries and huge solvent alcohol fumes, akin to Chambord, and pungent as the beer warms. Dots of savory spices and fresh hops in the nose, too.

The lively carbonation not only helps to retain the lacing, but it's the first introduction to the beer. It's spritzy, invigoration and amps up the beer's sharpness on the palate, followed by a smooth creamy feel. Alcohol definitely makes itself known. The heat worms its way into the palate with solvent and spice. Raspberry flavor is juicy, tart and dominates as it mingles with the alcohol to create a unique cordial-like experience. Malty backbone with sublet caramel, honey and vanilla lingering in the background. Belgian-esque with a dose of candi sugar-like sweetness and spices found in some Belgian ales. Suggestions of lime in the bitterness compliment the tart raspberry. Slight leafy hop character comes across the palate, followed by a salty edged linger on the tongue as the beer fades and dries away. Some solvent heat and spice remain in the finish with faded raspberry flavors for quite sometime.

Definitely one to share with friends, or someone special as "lights out and good nightcap." Although the beer's flavors open up as the beer warms, some might want to stick to serving cold to avoid the alcohol heat.

Pair it with something big and bold, like a Baked Brie en Croute, a hot chocolate torte, or selection of soft dark Belgian-style chocolates. Or better yet, make mini-fruit cups with fresh peaches and raspberries and soak them overnight with half a bottle of Fort. Top with fresh cream and a mint leaf, and pair the dessert with the other half of the bottle.

Todd, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tangerine tones, clear, nearly, tea-like...under an adequate whitish head, soon to diminish...lovely look, though...

Sweet in the nose, large and in charge fruit, raspberry tart, but not too loud, shining cassis, as well...beautiful berries...very nice...

Tastin'...lovely, thick, big and bold....framboise on steroids, to be cliched...slick alcohol sneaks in...yum, but...booze staves off drinkability a tad...yum, raspberries, ...whoop, big fat booze... is it better than a Lindeman's? ...it's boozier, that's for sure...

Definitely tasty, throughly well crafted...just too boozy.

Yum, I say, as I am wont to say...

delish...if oversized...yummy-yum....

feloniousmonk, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of ggaughan
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had been waiting to try this big fruit beer since I heard it was being released. The beer poured a nice red/orange color with a very vibrant body, almost like champagne. We drank this out of Lindeman's flutes. The aroma of this beer is a very strong, raspberry alcohol smell but pretty please. This reminds me of a wild raspbery liquor from Italy that I have in the house. The taste is very similar to a very bubbly champagne. The first taste you get from each sip is of the pleasant raspberry present but you then get hit with the high abv to remind you that this is a big beer and a DFH beer. I would go back for another bottle but would definitely split it with others.

ggaughan, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I didn't really feel like paying the $20 it would have taken to procure a bottle of this...not that I'm adverse to paying $20 for a beer...I just need to know it'll be worth it...and with this I wasn't sure what I'd be getting, being an extremely potent fruit beer. Kind of a contradiction of terms, eh? So when I saw that Tria was offering a glass of this at their Sunday School 1/2 price, that is to say, $4, well I had to stop by on my way home and enjoy it with their particular cheese pairing of the day.

Now having tried it, I must say, Sam and the brewers at DFH have again humbled me. Pours a lighy copper color, a bit bubbly though the carbonation on the palate is quite soft and really suits the amount of alcohol nicely. And speaking of that alcohol level, it amazingly hides itself extremely well. Never in a million years would I have thought this was 18% ABV. A tad warming, certainly, but there's no alcoholic burn to this whatsoever. The flavor is there, but it's mild and is just enough to balance the sweetness of the fruit. The raspberries are lush in the nose, complimented by dry earthy, almost funky lambic qualities.

Raspberry is the dominant flavor, but as I said, the alcohol, which is hardly even noticeable in other "fruit" beers, does have a nice interplay with the tartness displayed up front. Carbonation is lovely. This beer really surprised me, and quite pleasantly at that. I would now shell out the $20 for a bottle, but this is one that begs to be shared, not only because it is quite tasty, but the alcohol level and tartness make it not one to down alone. A very interesting experience and makes for an excellent pairing particularly with the Italian goat cheese I sampled it with, which was also presented with a small amount of honey, which was an even nicer pairing. The sweetness of the honey cut the beer's tartness just perfectly.

All in all, this is certainly one of a kind (due to its strength) and quite the interesting brew. Worth seeking out.

IrishRedRock, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml brown champagne style magnum with just a cap. No freshness date, but a beer this strong will age quite well.

A- The lace crackles as it slowly loses retention, good clarity ... the sediment was left behind during this pouring.

S- Smells of a raspberry cordial, sweet with a huge fruity raspberry nose.

T&M- Clean malt palate, touch of neutral yet mildly nutty yeast. Loads of berry flavors but predominantly raspberry juice. Moderate body with a slick crispness on the palate. Clean but lightly solvent alcohol warms with each sip. Clean and semi-dry finish with a fading fruitiness.

D- Wow, quite an amazing ride for a fruit beer. A little bit more alcohol and I'd be drinking gourmet schnapps. Share this beer between a few friends with a slab of raspberry filled baked Brie cheese.

Jason, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

thanks unionmade for the xmas gift..

juicy orange pour.. clear, some foamy head that dissolves to nothingness. i could skim the cream off this puppy with one shot. nose carries berries.. not necessarily of the razz variety, just something dark and sweet. syrupy. weirdly offset by a huge butter bomb maltiness, a scent that reminds me of a dominant flavor in the 05/06 olde school.

flavor, to me, screams with more blackberry and the fruit is very pronounced. perfumey, and seemingly not 100% real actual honest-to-goodness fruit. puree, essence, extract, juice, syrup, etc. the sweetness of the berry is confronted in an extreme fashion by the alcohol, which provides a mouthwash-like sensation in my cheeks and in the back of my throat. the malt backbone here is kind of messy, adding flavors of rind, dirt, and fresh plastic to the mix.

beer just doesn't need to be 18% unless it's dark, dark, dark, and extremely rich. this beer strives for flavor in too many different directions.

drinkability is remarkably high though, and i don't think i can really explain why. maybe because i am conditioned on DFH beers and lately there is an underlying similarity between their higher ABV offerings.

not horrible, but i wouldn't reach for it again at the inflated price tag that it bears.

goodbyeohio, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of beerkeeper
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

we were all excited to try this one and with a whopping 18% abv the dogfish head fort seemed like it might be one for the books. Maybe we built it up to much, but this beer was a little of a dissapointment. The advertised "over a ton of rasberries" fell a bit short; however, they did come through nicely in the smell. At first we didn't notice the alcohol but after a few sips it starts to build up in the back of the mouth. The mouthfeel kind of bounces back and forth between crisp and syrup. All in all a decent brew, but not worth the 15.99 a bottle. Side note: as it is warming the taste really does improve with a sort of rasberry puree.

beerkeeper, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of Gaisgeil
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Expensive for a beer, but considering it's ABV is well into wine territory, I'm somewhat okay with that personally.

Pours a slightly hazy amber in color (I'm really shocked it's not red at all, considering the amount of raspberries used in it's creation) with a thin creamy head that had good retention. Nose is outrageously juicy, very overwhelmingly fruity, smells of rich fresh raspberries. Taste is nicely balanced, not as overly sweet as many fruit beers, actually sort of dry, rather than the typical syrup mouthfeel. Layers of malt and tartness balances things out quite well. Strongly alcoholic, but maybe doesn't strike me quite as 18% ABV would indicate. A quite nice diversion, but not something I'd look for very often.

Slàinte!

Gaisgeil, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of ScarletLady
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this at Frisco's after looking all over town for it. I thought it reasonable at $19.95 a bottle (promo for DFH pint night) It poured a copper/bright bronze color, with a bit of head. It smells WONDERFUL. Light raspberry and maybe cherry aroma, but you can detect a hint of alcohol. The taste is what really made it stand out. I don't usually like fruit beers because of the sweetness. this had a great fruit flavor that evaporates on the tongue, I'm guessing due to the alcohol content. No sticky sweetness. Definitely could taste a bit of the alcohol but that didn't diminish it in the least. Very drinkable.

ScarletLady, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of cubedbee
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$15.99 for a 750 ml bottle, certainly pricey, but I just got a promotion and so I'm splurging. Pours a glowing ruby-amber with a finger off off-white head that quickly reduces to a ring, some spotty lacing left behind on the glass. Nose is sweet berries--rasberry, cherry, blackberry, with a slight whiff of alcohol. Taste has a big rasberry component, not artificial and syrupy, slightly tart. The rasberry is overlaid on a smooth wheaty malt, with a definite alcohol bite and a fairly dry finish. Medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation. This is a pretty decent fruit beer, hiding the abv extremely well and making a very high alcohl beer rather easy to drink.

cubedbee, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of mjohn27603
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$16.67 a bottle. Bottled on 11/28/05. Pours a pinkish, rusty, cherry tinged color out of the bottle. No evidence of chill haze quite clear. A thing head remains on top fo the beer, very fine bubbles of carbonation simila to a champagne rise up from the bottom. Aroma is sweet and of berries. First sip reveals a rather light berry taste with some off flavors like a rubbing alcohol or vodka. Not overwhelming alcohol flavors but hide in the background. Mouthfeel is a little heavy but no where near what is expected for 18% ABV.

Why does this need to be 18%? I would rather enjoy a smaller bottle or a lighter ABV session beer to this. Not worth the price. I've been finding Dogfish Head is doing too many extreme beers for the sake of doing it not for a pleasant drinking experience.

I'm not even going to finish the bottle but cap it and store for later. The fruit is light in flavor so even if cellared for a while I don't know that this would taste vastly better other than a more subtle alcohol flavor.

mjohn27603, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of sacfly
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Happy new year. Had paired with raspberry crème Brule at the DFH New Years Eve dinner.

Served an impressive deep red color with a hint of purple, well, like raspberries. No head, minimal carbonation. Smell is of raspberry (imagine that) a hint of cherry(?) and a bit of vodka.

Taste is solvent like alcohol and raspberries. The alcohol burn is distracting and takes away from the full enjoyment of the beer. Aftertaste is more of the same. I got used to the alcohol burn towards the end. Went well with the desert!

Fresh from the tap? I recommend skipping that and buying a bottle to age for a year or two (or more…). If it settles down with time, this could be great. As is right now, it was still OK.

Hard to rate, because of contrasting likes and dislikes in the catagories. For example, the taste of raspberry was awesome, 4.5, but the solvent alcohol was a 2 at most.

Note that his is a draft review. I have herd that the bottles are good right now… they don’t have nearly the solvent quality that the draft version has. I will update my review after cracking a bottle.

sacfly, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of beergurujr
4.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

first thing: i cannot believe that this is an 18% beer. way, way too well balanced. however, i'll go along with the listed ABV, for now anyway.

visual: hazy strawberry blonde. moderate head and carbonation.

aroma: raspberries. simple, but good.

foretaste: raspberry extract-like. interesting. i like it.

mouthfeel: medium to heavy.

midpalate: raspberry and hop; alcohol (assuming it is really 18% ABV) extremely well hidden. perhaps a huge hopping rate to make this so drinkable?

aftertaste: pretty much raspberry extract. dry.

you'd expect such an extreme beer to be way malty, way sweet. this isn't. kudos to DFH.

buzz is hitting me now, shortly after downing this one rather quickly. it may actually be 18% ABV as listed. but as i wrote, very, very well balanced, regardless of actual ABV. a winner!

beergurujr, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The family stopped by the Dogfish Ale House for a Christmas Eve lunch. The Fort was served on tap, in a snifter and chilled.

I first had Fort last summer at the DFH pub in Rehobeth. All I recall is high alcohol and bewilderment over what fruit was in this beer. This time around, the brewers took the time to get everything right and it shows.

Appearance: The ale comes in a snifter with a small to neglible head. It is coppery-red, with an emphasis on the red from the raspberries.

Smell: Thiere is a definite raspberry smell here. It is a pleasant aroma, similar to Lindemans, but not as sweet and overbearing. The alcohol (18%) also makes itself known.

Taste: A great tasting fruit beer! The raspberry is present, but not too strong. It mixes well with the ale and provides a great lift in the taste. The alcohol is very well masked, making this a potent brew.

Mouthfeel: Unlike the first batch which lacked Raspberry content, the fruit is quite evident now. It is a mild sweetness that mixes well with the alcohol and malt. There is no overpowering hops feeling to scour the palate.

Drinkability: I've got to give this a '3' as it weighs in at 18%, which seriously limits the drinkability. Despite the ABV, I will try another one, next time I find it on tap.

akorsak, Dec 24, 2005
Fort from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 958 ratings.