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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: 221 | 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 Todd
4.39/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

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Photo of hdofu
4.39/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been excited about this beer for awhile now, my brother picked up a bottle tonight and I must say it was worth the wait. The pours off reddish orange with white lacing. Smell really gets you with an intense aroma of raspberry in your face. Taste is a complicated matter consisting of a tiny hint of malt and a whole lot of raspberry. The beer has a pleasant feeling of alcohol burn ( with this much alcohol it'd be hard not to) and a finish not unlike raspberry sorbet. After reading alot of reviews that say this beer isn't raspberry enough, I have to say do you want beer, if not why not just get raspberry juice cause this is a pleasant extremely drinkable beer.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.39/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Dogfish Head Fort poured a cloudy amber color, with very little head. It smelt of rasberries, and alchool, very sweet and strong. It had a very interesting taste, it was sweet, and very strong rasberry flavors, and a strong kick of alchool which balanced the sweetness. It was a delight to drink, however it may be difficult to have much more then one because of the %18 ABV. Overall a very different beer, and a very good beer, worth a try

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Photo of jlenik
4.39/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had two servings of this at the International Great Beer Expo in Cuddebackville, NY.

notes from 07/24/10:

750ml bottle

2006 vintage

a: reddish in appearance and kind of hazy
s: a bit fruit and a bit boozy
t: amazing. I've tried this fresh and it is in no way even close to this one from 2006. It's strong but four years definitely gave it enough time to cool down. It's definitely fortified.
m: minimal carbonation. very dry.
d: Almost a little too good for something that's 18% abv. I've also had this problem with a few DFH's other brews (WWS and Raison D'extra). Get a few years on them and you are set.

summary: try it fresh. then store a few away for a while.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Krakistophales
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours red with almost no head

S: Lots of raspberries, cherries, and assorted berries, along with a rum raisin sort of booziness.

T: Raspberries, a sherry sort of booziness, general fruity flavors. Very nice, like a really strong lambic.

O: This is quite nice. I have to mention that this is a 2008 bottle, so with 3 years on it it's probably much less boozy than when it was fresh. Still, I like it quite a bit.

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Photo of chadb
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just ordered yesterday and picked up today. These bottles are stamped July. Poured into a red wine glass, almost a greenish tinge looking from the top. Fine looking from side with lots of carbonation sitting on the glass.

Smell, like a wine. Wife who doesn't like beer was asked to smell this one and she flat out said it smells like wine. Sweet, with more of a hint of raspberries than flat out berry, but as said very sweet smelling.

This would be a great tasting drink after the first one. The second glass was much smoother than the first with more fruit and floral than the first. I would hate to loose the taste with something else before, so try this one twice in the same sitting.

Savor the sip, don't drink. Keeping this in the mouth for a few seconds (or more) before swallow really allows alot more to come out.

My drinkability would rate higher, but you really can't drink this as easy as I would have liked. This may be because of my usual drinking instead of sip and savor of beers.

Really like this, only issue may be the high level of alcohol. If others think of this as a wine instead of a "beer" you will enjoy this.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.43/5  rDev +21%
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...

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Photo of 1Adam12
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky orange color poured from the bottle. Beautiful raspberry alcohol smell. Smells like real raspberries though. Tastes like it smells. Tons of raspberry, and no hiding of the ABV in this bad boy. But it works. I think it works because even with the major alcohol taste, theres that much raspberry to balance it out, all while tasting like a beer still. Not overly sweet. Mouthfeel is medium. Nicely carbonated. I'm so bummed that my state no longer gets dogfish head (yet again dogfish head, PLEASE COME BACK TO US!), but this can still be found here and there around the state and it is something I will drive out of my way to find while I can get it.

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Photo of jameaterblues
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One bottle shared among friends: this review is from notes.

This bottle was brewed in 2005.

A-Light amber with a slight dark purple and ruby tint. 1/4 inch head with big white rings of lace.
S-Big sweet malts, ripe red fruit (raspberry of course)...light alcohol, fruity yeast, and this beer really opens up as it warms.
T- Sweet raspberry balanced by alcoholic bitterness...light floral hops, and light raspberry and light alcohol in the finish .
M/D- Delicious and well balances. Strong and thick...not overly sweet....medium bodied, bubbly and very complex....a bottle I would definitely purchase again even at the $19 dollar price tag.

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Photo of drtth
4.46/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a wine glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This is from the December 08 bottling and so has just over 3 years of bottle age.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a nice clear pink color (much the color of a pink sparkling wine) with a ring of creamy ivory foam and some visible bubbles of carbonation. (I suspect a more vigorous pour would have produced more head but this was from a shared bottle and we didn’t want to disturb any sediment that had collected while doing the first pour.) As the ring grows smaller there is no lacing left behind and sipping leaves only small speckles of lacing that slide back down to the ring.

Smell: The aroma is definitely raspberry from start to finish. It is fresh, clean and very much like a raspberry cordial, but with a touch of complexity that goes beyond the raspberry and is hard to identify.

Taste: The flavor is a light refereshing raspberry with no real trace of alcohol showing at all. By this age any hop bitterness from the 45 IBUs has faded and gone but what is left of the hop flavors serves shows in the increased depth of complexity of flavor and gives the raspberry some interesting character that is hard to tease out as it remains quietly in the background. The alcohol is well concealed here and there isn’t a trace of alcohol burn from the 18% ABV.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the medium side of full bodied and the carbonation provides a light prickliness that livens things up a bit. The finish is medium long and basically involves the raspberry sweet-tartness just fading away until you realize it has gone dry.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: One sip follows another easily and naturally which makes this beer dangerously drinkable. At this ABV it would be quite easy to lose track and drink more than one wanted. My overall impression of this beer is that it is perfectly suited to conclude an evening’s entertainment when having dinner and good conversation with friends. It has a robust enough carbonation to keep things lively and make the raspberry flavor dance around on the tongue. It never cloys and reminds me of a wonderful cross between a pink sparkling wine and a richly flavored fruit cordial.

Note: After posting the review I took a look at what some others had to say about this beer. For those who found the beer too hot, I can appreciate the problem but did not find it to be the case with this three year old bottle. If you buy this one, plan on letting it sit for a couple of years before being opened. For those who found the flavor and aroma to be a bit one-dimensional, I recommend you avoid fruit cordials. Mostly they are one-dimensional but will also be quite sweet and cloying to your taste as they don’t have the carbonation to liven things up.

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Photo of kundabuffer
4.46/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A luxurious treat....the smell is of raspberries and alcohol, not surpisingly....mouthfeel is a little thick at first but finishes drier....The alcohol is well-masked, I find, and I would find it hard to believe another recent reviewer's contention that the alcohol is higher than 18%...I've nearly finished a bottle and am still feeling fairly coherent. Altogether the flavor is very pleasing--the raspberry taste dominates without at all becoming cough-syrupy. I plan to have this again, but with a) friends and b) some sort of dessert.

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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 MOB210SA
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought and reviewed on my 23 birthday.

Gently fizziling half finger light tan, off white heads quickly dissipates to almost nothing but maintains thin ring of bubbles. No lacing but clings to the walls some. Reddish cherry amber in color.

Sweet eminating effervescent rasberry fruitness slightly stings the nose. Smells awesome but somewhat alcoholic which is no suprise. I dont smell any hops and rasberry overwhelms in a good way.

Moderatly thick, lingering sticky mouthfeel that is not too syrupy. Just enough carbonation.

Not much into fruit beers but this is hands down the best ive ever had. A little bit expensive price tag, but it was a special occasion- and I think it was very worth it. This beer was quite an experience. Hope to pick this up again sometime. Very different from anything Ive ever had. Dogfish Head has never dissapointed (at least for me!)

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Photo of slvrmon82
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - It's a thick creamy gold color. Thick can't see through it at all. Very heavy appearance.
S - Pure raspberries. No doubt about it. It hits you as soon as its in front of you. I was excited just by the smell of this beer.
T - Amazing. Delicious. I was blown away that it could be that high in alcohol and taste so good. There is so much fresh raspberry taste that it is hard to call it beer.
M - Pretty nice. Very nice sipping beer in the winter. Not much of a summer beer. Heavy on the palate and the tongue.
D - Average, I couldn't have more than one or two of these beers. It is heavy and stays on the palate for a while. Can't wait to have some more but couldn't see drinking much of it in the summer.

Dogfish always blows me away with their beers.

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Photo of NolateM
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very fresh bottle, only about a month old.

Poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale goblet. Fairly cloudy amber color. Dissipated head, but nice ring and lacing.

Lots of alcohol in the aroma, but fresh fruit comes through as well.

I had this beer last spring and thought it was good, but getting it fresh this time truly made all the difference, as the fresh bottle REALLY has all the raspberry flavor still intact. Some suggestions of apple and pear come through, as were also apparent when I had it last spring. It has a nice hint of champagne-like tartness (tastes as though it may have been brewed with champagne yeast or something).

Mouthfeel is good for what this beer is... obviously there's a generous amount of alcohol heat (which keeps getting more prevalent as the beer warms), but that goes without saying. Nice spritzy carbonation too.

Buy this as fresh as you possibly can, and serve it at fridge temperature. It really is worth it. What a fantastic, warming, strong, flavorful brew this is. Have it at the end of the night, or with dessert - I paired it with home-made tiramisu, and it was truly exceptional. It makes a delicious (and less expensive) substitute for port wine. It's PORT BEER! I should copyright that name.

About $16 for a 750 mL

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Photo of littlebibs
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first had this at the Boston Beer Fest with
Sam himself pouring and it was the biggest hit
at the Fest. Big lines and Sam trying his best to give out a taste sample and with
everybody going back for more, I don't think
it lasted very long. It has a unique
taste but although its strong it has many flavors
mixing around the raspberry theme. Its an outstanding addition to the extreme side of
beers/ale. Its creamy, with a candied sweetness
that quickly moves past the alcohol, tartness
and a touch of some kind of lime, interesting
nightcap to say the least. Got this for a 50th
birthday gift and had to open it right away.
Classy stuff from a great craft brewer. Sam
you are amoung the best out there, keep it up!

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Photo of drumstik
4.52/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby/amber color. Almost looks like a mix of grapefruit and apple juices. Minimal head the fizzles away.

Smells of sugary raspberries, alcohol, and just the slightest hint of hops.

Carbonation is felt on the tounge as well as a slight alcohol warmth followed up by a juicy/tart raspberry flavor. Hints of vanilla and caramel come through along with a bit of spice and hops. The raspberry flavor is very natural and almost more of a candied raspberry shortcake type flavor.

This would go great with a piece of rich creamy cheesecake to finish off the night and put you to bed! One of the most out there fruit beers I have ever tasted and it is oh so good! Thanks DFH!

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Photo of MinorThreat
4.52/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I want to preface this review: I am not an expert when it comes to fruit beer. My girlfriend however; she knows her way around a bottle of framboise. So with regard to my lack of expertise and respect for hers... Sarah take the wheel:

A-Clarity was nice, color is similar to a tawny port, head was pinkish in color and reduces to a skim.

S-shitloads of raspberries (duh)

T-Almost tastes like a raspberry wine, light and refreshing with no cloying sweetness after taste.

M-Hits the pallet with a bright alcohol sense similar to wine but washes clean

D-I could and did chug this

Sam, you're the shit...I found my new beer...buh-bye lambic

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Photo of JohnCurran
4.52/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -Pinkish amber color topped by a half finger white head.

Smell -Imagine standing in a field of raspberries on a cool morning. Now multiply by 10. Slightly tart, slightly sweet, very boozy.

Taste -MMM...raspberries, funk, raspberries, booze, raspberries, malt, booze, raspberries. Not cloyingly sweet, not too tart. A nice balance.

Mouthfeel -A bit heavier than expected but the raspberry, booze, funk and tartness dance around the tongue.

Drinkability -More drinkable than expected. Plowed through the 750 mls on my own over the course of a couple of hours and never got burnt out of the taste.

An enjoyable "extreme" beer. Not for everyday but fun every now and then. Great work Dogfish Head!!!

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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 berpwillie
4.54/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i was pleasantly supprised by this beer. not that i though it wouldn't be good, but i suggest taking your first sip while sitting down. The first sip or two is a bit strong but with the abv that is to be expected. Very distinct orange color, with a raspberry aroma you could probably smell from a mile away. Although the taste of raspberry is very strong i thought it was neither over-powering nor over-whelming. Becafeful-for those not prepared a glass or two of this will surely have you buzzzing

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Photo of nriech
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in Richmond Va at Carytown W&B. Poured with a slight head that disappears quickly. The smell of raspberries and alcohol come immediately from the glass.

The first sip I think this is some sort of raspberry champagne. Then the hops come out slightly and then as you breath the alcohol comes out. Nice warm feeling on the tounge, doesnt overpower the flavors though. Excellent ballance of the 3. The berry flavor seems to stay in the cheeks.

The only down for me was the body was pretty good but seemed a little heavier than I would have expected. Im not sure how much sugar was used but maybe a little less, even if it lowered the alcohol, would have been nice.

This is overall the best beer to introduce someone unlearned in the quality beer world, or even beer for that matter. It would absolutely hook anyone, including me, who didnt mind a little cha-ching for an excellent beer. Got one more Im holding on to with a Pangea for special occasions.

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Photo of jordanmills
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy red-amber with a little head that left fast. Smells of raspberries and sweetness. Tastes of raspberries and sweetness. Enough of the alcohol comes through to let you know that it's there, but it surprisingly does not at all overwhelm the taste. It's very light on the tongue, compares well to a sparkling fruit wine. I could drink this all night, except the price would break my wallet, and the alcohol would break my balance. It would go very well with a dark chocolate dessert that wasn't too sweet.

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