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Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

955 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 955
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 139
Gots: 212 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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 AKBelgianBeast
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

AKBelgianBeast, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of Beertracker
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dogfish Head Fort pours up with a wispy thin pinkish-white head that barely rings the bright deep cranberry-ruby body. Wow! Huge complex nose that explodes with a plethora of raspberry fruitiness (jam, preserves, etc...) and phenolic spiciness (clove, coriander, peppercorn). Lots of higher alcohols. The flavor is a fruit explosion of raspberries, soft malt, and warming alcohol. Some supported sweetness, but dries out towards the hot finish. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. I rarely struggle to finish a beer, but this one's nearly over-the-top. More reminiscent of a cordial (Chambord) than a beer. Tons of raspberries, but Fort...ified is more like it!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Beertracker, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

750 mL, '09 batch.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AlCaponeJunior, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of nlmartin
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a very deep rubyesque coppery coloration. The head was about two fingers thick and quickly resolved into a ring of foam. Specks of lacing remain behind on the glass.

Smell: The smell of Raspberry Fields go on forever. Dam this beer is loaded with tart raspberry goodness mixed with a wonderfully biscuity smell.

Taste: The taste is as the smell. There is a ton and a half of raspberry goodness ontop of biscuity goodness. The beer comes off as raspberry tea with bourbon and crumpets.

Mouthfeel: The beer is way full bodied. There is a lot of tight carbonation that helps loosen up this beer bomb.

Drinkability: For 18% this is one drinkable beer treat. The alcohol is present in smell, taste and mouthfeel; however, the alcohol is in no way offensive. This is a very drinkable beer treat overall. I have one in the cellar that I will try in 2 to 5 years.

nlmartin, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of jayhawk73
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at DFH in Falls Church:

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

jayhawk73, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of NEhophead
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEhophead, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of Anthony1
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber slightly cloudy look pours with a huge effervescent head cloudy white fluffy leaves massive chunky layers of lace. Aroma: Tart raspberries floud the senses along with bready yeast notes some spicy character over ripened with spicy alcohol fruit notes sugary and tart blend. Taste: Flowing raspberry flavor with a highly alcohol phenol character flowery hop presence with more of the bready yeast and biscuit malt sweetness a bit of a honey raspberry syrup tone. Mouthfeel: Syrupy texture semi-colloidal very coats the palate yet still has a fine carbonation it's hard to explain a strange sensation on the palate for sure medium bodied overall...I guess. Drinkability: Heavy dose of raspberries a ton to be exact helped the natural fruit sugars for fermentation purposes reaching that 18% could be probably be tricky without 'em easy to consume in a mellow fashion to get too relaxation status fine off centered ale

Anthony1, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of therica
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A= dense apricot, quickly forming orange-beige head which disappears quickly and never returns.

S= brandy, raspberry, apricot, very strong on the nose.

T= brandied apricot with raspberry, very liquor strong, more like a liqueur than a brew. Modest evidence of dry malts, very slight bubblegum. Minimally sweet but balanced.

M= slightly dusty dry/tart, fruit, fairly nice offering for its style.

D= not at this 18% ABV, maybe split a bottle with a few friends or for a holiday apertif' or in place of brandy, definitely has its worthy place but rather strong for one person on a bottle and no way on being a session beer but a great alternative for brandy as a brewed beverage to impress your snobby but ignorant friends.

therica, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wanted to get my hands on this beer for a very long time. When I finally found it I bought a few bottles and had some at the brewpub. I love the intensity that this beer has. It's super string and very flavorful. The beer tingled your tongue and sweet and tart raspberry goodness. The alcohol leaves a mellow burning in the after taste. The color is a pretty reddish pink. It's got a pretty heavy feel to it as well with not much head. I enjoy this beer on it's own just sipping it over the course an hour or so. Very strong, it'll knock your socks off.

Knapp85, Apr 01, 2011
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
Photo of StephenRich
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The Dogfish Head Fort; a giant Belgian Ale brewed with a ridiculous amount of pureed raspberries. Would you expect anything less from Dogfish Head? Well, you shouldn't. Dogfish Head has a huge range of beers right now, and many of them are high alcohol, rich beers primed for ageing. The Fort is a perfect example. What is a ridiculous amount of raspberries you ask? Over one ton of them! Its works out to be 20 pounds per barrel produced.

This though is no ordinary fruit beer. It is not some mild wheat beer sweetened with touches or even heaps of fruit. This is a beer crafted to be rich, large, and definitely in charge. The one ton of pureed raspberries are added during fermentation so that the yeasts can do their job in a playground of sugar.

Sam Calagione, Founder and President of Dogfish Head, claims it to be the strongest fruit beer in the world at 18% abv, and it very well may be. It really is an exciting experience, and Sam is adamant that this beer will age supremely well and will really hit its stride after a few years. I have only had the opportunity to enjoy a fresh bottle, but when I am ready to shell out the $20 that each 750 ml bottle costs, you can be sure I will be cellaring it.

Uncap the bottle and you will instantly notice that the air around you now has the perfumed scent of sweet fruit fields and tart raspberries. But then pour it and this beer erupts into a massive world of deeply rich aromas with pungent fruit and Belgian Flavors.

The pour is very lively rushing a stream of tiny carbonation everywhere the beer exists, but it does not lift a significant head. On my first pour I actually got close to no head, but then the second, more vigorous pour did yield about a half inch or white fluffy head. Both though showed only traces of lacing after a few minutes. It can be difficult for a beer of this strength to maintain its head, so I was certainly not worried. Especially not after peering into the deep ruby red beer that sat in front of me.

It glowed amber orange in the light showing traces of gold and hints of garnet out of the light. It really was a beautiful beer that drew me in close. I poured it cool around 7C (45F) expecting that it would be both refreshing when cool, and soothing when warm. Something told me I would not be pounding back this 18% monster.

The nose is an absolute rush. You barely need to come close to it; a gentle waft from a foot away will bring you bright sweet raspberries, pale malt sweetness and hints of spice and alcohol. Get right in there and you are absolutely consumed by rich fruits. More than just raspberries come to play this game now - mulled cherries, blackberries and bits of warm apple are there along with vanilla and light caramel. The malts are there but hidden under the sweet power of the fruit. It shows a brisk wall of tartness and still the warmth of alcohol, but no where close enough to bing down the fruit. Notes of spice, maybe white pepper appear in the end, but still, this beer is dominated by a ton of raspberries.

I will warm when you go into drink this beer, do not expect a fruit Lambic. Cause it is not. In fact, if you put the Fort vs a Lambic in a boxing ring, the Lambic would be TKO'd by the first round. But you should be ready for it after smelling it.

First comes the undeniable power of Belgian ales. Powerful, brightly tart Belgian yeast and pale malts open your tongue to sweetness and funk. After only a quick second the fruit begins to pour in almost erasing that initial sensation. Once it touches your cheeks it is all uphill from there. The rich and sweet flavors of cherries and backberries wash in first followed soon by a more tart raspberry crack. It all comes in very smoothly offering itself and several flavors bound together in unison and harmony. The apples that I got in the nose are gone, but the spice and pepper is here in the back of my mouth. It adds a necessary crispness and a touch of balance to this supremely sweet beer.

Sweet yes - but sugar sweet, no. It is very natural and shows no signs of medicinal sweetness or artificial flavors as many fruit beers tend to. As it warms up a touch the depth of the fruit is revealed and more spice like cinnamon and clove step to bat. A warmth of brandy like alcohol washes by your tongue making you a touch more sensitive to the soothing tart of the raspberries.

Although it is very sweet and juicy, it is actually relatively dry and quenching. Very fine carbonation definitely helps this, and the pepper, tart flavors and a subtle hint of hops all help make this beer drinkable. Without that it would be too one sided and over aggressive.

I enjoyed this a lot, but enjoyed it on its won. Next time I have a bottle I will be pairing it with either a flourless chocolate cake, a chocolate raspberry tart, or beef ribs. Yes, beef ribs. The sweet savory flavors of the tender beef coated in sweet and tangy BBQ sauce will be amazing with this sweetly tart powerhouse. Make sure you have a bib.

StephenRich, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of lehows
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow...this fruit beer is simply gnarly! Had this at the Dogfish Head brewmaster dinner at Bobbique. Poured into a red wine glass, it was blush colored and had a small but fine white head. Large and fumey aromas of berry alcohol. The beer is brewed with tons of raspberries but I also noted the characteristics of strawberries in there as well. Taste was extremely smooth with a tight raspberry/strawberry flavor dominating the palate with a notable hop presence too. I learned from brewery reps that the ABV is actually more often closer to 24% than 18! A very tasty brew that will knock you on your ass if you don't watch yourself. Open this bottle with friends or else!

lehows, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

FtownThrowDown, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of Hefe
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber/Gold with a slight reddish tinge.A fluffy bit o' head hangs out on top for a bit before becoming sticky lacing. Aromas of sweet malt and red fruits, the flavor is noticeably rasberry with a heavy malty sweetness, and a bit hot on the finish. Mouthfeel is oily/slick and pretty full bodied. Too heavy for mass consumption, but damn it went well with that chocolate rasberry cake!

Hefe, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of kmo1030
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hazed pinkish dark orange with a whitish head that doesn't stick around, that wasn't expected though being a fruit beer.
you can smell raspberries from a foot away. close up, it smells of pulpy raspberry meat, booze, and some slightly grainy caramel. it has some perfumey cherry-like qualities too.
raspberry cookie sweetness at the beginning of the taste, followed up with some caramel and sweet cherryin the middle, and finishing with tart very fresh tasting raspberry and finally booze. it deserves something like a 4.25 here, but i'm gonna round down.
medium bodied with crisp carbonation. it works well here no complaints.
drinkabiltiy is pretty good considering, but the sinus clearing exhalation of alcohol isn't helping matters. to it's defense though, it doesn't taste 18% abv, something more like 10%.
i feel like this beer could have been created to the same effect without all the booze, it seems a little gratuitous. it is a good beer none the less.

kmo1030, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of AleWatcher
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Typed up review from notes taken previously.

Bottle poured into a Snifter.

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

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

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

Feels really thicker than it looked. Almost heavy.

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

AleWatcher, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of Naugros
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is peach to orange. The head starts off thin, but dense and then dissipates in seconds to a thin film. It does leave some lovely lace down the sides.

The smell is immediate...no sticking your nose in the glass to get at it. You first get a frambois lambic odor, but then the alcohol comes through with the strength of a fruited brandy.

This taste is strong with alcohol and the raspberries come second, but there is more going on behind it all. There are some floral hops and a little spiciness in the back of the mouth. Apple brandy with hints of vanilla on the palate. It is quite yummy, but don't let it warm up unless you want more alcohol.

This is a "hot" beer and is designed to be so (fort is French for strong). The burn is a little too unpleasant in a fruity brew for my taste. There is a slight oiliness left on the lips and the raspberry brandy impression lingers as an aftertaste.

I doubt I could manage more than a glass of this raspberry assault weapon. This beer packs a whallop! It is an experience that you must try and I do appreciate the craftmanship put into this concoction; it's just not exactly my style.

Naugros, May 04, 2010
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

pokesbeerdude, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of ruckzuck
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

M - solid, smooth, nice carbonation

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

ruckzuck, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of timtim
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

timtim, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A little backstory- just got a promotion, decided to pop this to celebrate. Opened a 750ml bottle.

A- Golden yellow with little head (as expected). Looks pretty good.

S- You guessed it- raspberries. The booze is here, too. Woozy, boozy. Still, I like it.

T- Very tart, which is surprising. The alcohol is there, similar to the 120 min alcohol feel. Still, the berries do a nice job of masking the 18% ABV. Very fruity, but not overly sweet. Delicious.

M- A bit rough, but one has to condiser the ABV. You could have told me this was 10-11% and I'd have believed you, though. DFH did a great job with this one.

D- A hair above moderate. Too much of this is ... well... too much of a good thing. Still, for the ABV, what we have here is a delightful brew. Save this for special occasions, though. Not an everyday sipper- I'd buy 1 or 2 a year.

ShogoKawada, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of mjord23
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

mjord23, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of BringusKilkenney
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

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

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

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

BringusKilkenney, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of goblue3509
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a orange golden color with a slight reddish hint when held to the light. There is a soapy head that givees way to edges and leaves strands of lace up and down the glass. The aroma is of raspberries but the aroma is of real raspberries not a puree. The taste has a big raspberry taste up front. Again the taste is of real raspberries not puree or extract. After the raspberry taste there is a slight hop bite and a tiny bite of an alcohol taste. The mouthfeel is lowly carbonated there is also a slight sticky alcohol part. Overall it is a solid fruit beer. It is not an over the top fruit taste but an actual real fruit. The alcohol is very well hidden and makes this beer dangerously drinkable.

goblue3509, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of briman
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours thick, almost syrupy and is kind of a dull umber color. Slightly less than a 1/4 inch beige head, with average retention, settling into minimal lace.

Lots of sweet malt, certainly rasberries, and alcohol in the nose.

Flavor is thick and malty, with rasberries throughout. No real obvious hop presence, it's pretty much thick sweet malt & rasberries, with a hint of alcohol in the finish.

Medium to full body, with moderate carbonation. Thick, syrupy, and coating. Rasberries add to the flavor, rather than dominating it which is a positive. Alcohol provides noticeable warming, but overall the alcohol is hidden pretty well.

Certainly not sessionable, but a nice twist on a strong ale. I would definately drink this again.

briman, Jun 14, 2008
Fort from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 955 ratings.