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Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery

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508 Reviews
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Reviews: 508
Hads: 1,032
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 27.32%
Wants: 154
Gots: 266 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

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: 508 | Hads: 1,032
Photo of jmdrpi
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served from the tap at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach.

appears a dark golden color with little head. I was actually surprised, I expected it to be tinted pink from the fruit. aroma is very pleasant - very sweet raspberries. the raspberry is actually more mild in the taste.

also surprisingly for the ABV strength, it's not boozy at all. body is fairly thin.

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

Poured from 750 mL bottle and shared with friends.

A-Clear amber, with hint of pink, ...well carbonated with one-finger head,

S-Raspberries and alcohol.

T- Rather sweet raspberry syrup with strong alcohol presence all the way through. The alcohol takes over and hangs on for a long finish.

M-Medium bodied; carbonation gradually dies down, alcohol heat with syrupy feel.

O-Bold and aggressive concept. Too heavy on the alcohol when my mind is thinking raspberry. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of beerbiatchMD
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle (date 2011/10) shared amongst friends and paired with dark Lindt chocolate.

A: nice clear amber with red hues. Thin white head dissipates quickly. Not really any lacing.

S: definite raspberry, honey, and fruity alcohol in the nose.

T: strong raspberries up front, syrupy, some hints of bourbon, fairly strong on the alcohol.

M: dry, crisp. fairly hash alcohol heat but this is expected given the DFH toxic waste parity symbol on the bottle cap.

O: a good beer for sure, very different. It is strong and very fruity. It does pair well with chocolate and I would recommend tasting it with that on hand. As I've grown to expect with DFH this is a very out there ale and I definitely appreciate it. Am aging two bottles as well.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Appearance is beautiful! Its a deep, but perfectly clear red, and bright white head that actually leaves more lacing than expected for the ABV%. When swirled, the alcohol just sticks to the glass.

S: Boozy, almost fuel-like. I get light fruit notes, but it's hard to make out anything over the alcohol. I really wish the smell was better.

T: My first thought was of wine. It's very fruity, can defiantly pick out the raspberries. There is no hop flavor at all, but the beer is nicely balanced. The finish is all booze, but surprisingly, this doesn't detract from the overall good taste.

M: Carbonation is on the high side, the body is medium, but defiantly sticky. It feels somewhat oily too, it's not a bad thing, but thats the best descriptor that I have for the feeling.

D: At 18%, this is a sipping beer, that I will enjoy over a period of an hour or two.

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Photo of mynie
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

18%?!? I had no idea. Good thing we split the bottle, I guess. A-and, really, this explains quite a bit about the rest of that awful night.

Pours a very pretty shade of amber that's a little limp. My handwritten score is a 3.5, but considering the elevated ABV the lack of effervescence is perfectly fine and this deserves a 4.

Smells like raspberry liqueur: big, sweet, candied raspberries along with some varied nodes of spice and honey. No alcohol nodes apparent whatsoever.

Tastes like it smells, only the honey sweetness gets a cloying near the back end. Overall it's pretty smooth, though, considering its giganticness.

Definitely worth trying, and you certainly get 15 bucks worth of drunk off of a 750ml bottle.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber carbonated with a nice two finger head, however after a while it starts to go flat.

S-Raspberries, fruit, and some alcohol.

T-Very sweet overwhelming fruit/raspberries. Alcohol is present as well.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation, and alcohol heat is there.

O-An interesting beer. If it wasn't for the price tag I'd pick up another and age it for a while. Alcohol was strong fresh.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of MsRif
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the DFH brewpub in DE. Poured a pink-orange color with an off-white head. The head fizzled away leaving minimal lacing. Had an aroma of raspberries and something else that I could not identify. Raisins? Maybe it was the high alcohol mixed with fruit...but the aroma honestly reminded me of Raison D'Extra. Tasted of tart raspberries, sweet malts, brown sugar...raisins...and BOOZE. This beer certainly does not mask the high alcohol.

On the thin side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I wasn't a huge fan of this one and I stuck with just a 4oz pour. Unique, yes...drinkable...not really.

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

First had: on tap at Dogfish Head, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Slightly hazy golden-peach color with a small head that left a bit of soapy lacing, but didn't stick around too long. Aroma of raspberries and grainy alcohol, and not much else. Taste of raspberry, framboise-ish, but much bigger on the booze. Not much else in the way of flavor or complexity, pretty straightforward, pretty strong, delivers what it promises. Medium in body and carbonation. Not a bad beer, but definitely not for everyone. A shot of raspberry vodka is probably cheaper and you'll get the same effect, and be able to move on with your life quicker.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a nice clear orangish amber color. It has a fluffy 2-finger off-white head on it. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves some scattered lave behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a huge bunch of fresh raspberry. There is a good bit of an alcohol bite. Overall the smell is pretty sweet, but the alcohol aromas do a pretty good job of cutting it. There is a little bit of hop presence coming through as well.

T - The taste starts off with a really nice sweet raspberry flavor. It is sweet, but not too sweet. There is definitely some alcohol presence, but just like the sweetness it isn't overdone. There is a little bit of hop presence coming through as well as some citrus. The finish leaves some lingering sweet and tart raspberry flavor and some booziness on the palate.

M - This has a pretty full body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is a good amount of sweetness, but it's never cloying. There is a pretty big alcohol bite that leaves some lingering warmth in the finish.

O - This has really good drinkability. It is definitely a sipper, but it's ultimately delicious. This is definitely one of the better fruit beers that I have had. The raspberry flavor is fresh and very nice. There is a pretty big alcohol presence, but it is really not bad at all for 18%. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, and I don't know why I kind of avoided this one for a while. I definitely recommend trying this one out. I would buy it again. My girlfriend enjoyed it quite a bit too so thats a plus.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice rich deep golden color with some hints of read and a great white foamy head.
Smell: Very rich seedy sweet raspberry jam aroma with a hint of hops.
Taste: Very rich raspberry flavor with a slight bitterness from the alcohol and the seediness of the raspberries.
Mouthfeel/overall: The alcohol and sweetness are very overpowering but I can see the advantage of aging this beer.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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

Poured from a 25.6 oz bottle into a snifter

A: A pink-orange color with a light tan head of one finger. The head fades fairly quickly, leaving mild lacing.

S: The smell consists strongly of tart raspberries. There is a small bit of malt as well. As it warms, a slight vinous character comes through.

T: The taste is more balanced than the smell. The raspberry sweetness is complemented by a moderate malt flavor. The beer comes very close to being cloyingly sweet but manages to just avoid that thanks to the tartness of the berries and the high alcohol content. As the beer warms, there are notes of caramel and toffee.

M: Fairly thin thanks to the high alcohol content and a little sticky due to the sweetness. Carbonation is mild.

O: An interesting brew. When I started drinking it, it reminded me distinctly of cherry cough syrup, but thankfully as it warmed, that flavor went away. The resulting raspberry flavor is unique and well executed.

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Photo of chodinheaven
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A hazy dull orange colored beer with bright pink highlights that give it an overall pink hue. One and a half finger white head that dissapates fairly quickly down to a very thin sheet. Small spots of lacing. The aroma is vinous, smelling like a white wine with a bit more of a raspberry zest than you would find in a wine. The raspberries are softly sweet and tart smelling. There is a substantial alcohol whiff that lets you know its there without overpowering too much. A touch of bread fills out the aroma profile.

A big fruity sipper this one is. The raspberries come out kicking, more so than in the aroma, with a pleasant sweetness at first followed by a nice little touch of tartness. Not overly sour like raspberries can be, but it certainly has the sweetness that comes with them. That touch of bread from the aroma makes its way here too as an almost forgotten backbone to the beer. The reason it is almost forgotten is the big alcohol feel throughout. It is definitely a huge part of the profile to this beer as it prickles the palate in a bristly way. But just like some other high octane Dogfish beers, the alcohol isn't cloying and, although it may be a bit over the top, it isn't bad. It lingers in the aftertaste and then the breath for a good long while, but it is offset by the pleasant sweetness of the raspberries. Key word here is pleasant and not cloying. This had the potential to be very cloying, as it is at least 18% ABV and very fruity, but manages to stay dry and clean, not turning the stomach. The grit from the alcohol and the slight tartness gives it a bone-dry, vinous finish with just a bit of a syrupy residue leftover.

Really a good beer. A little too much in the ABV? Maybe. Unbalanced? Probably. But its still damn good. The raspberry flavoring is just spot on and counteracts the boozy taste superbly. But be careful because this beer will put you on your butt. Definitely one to share.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit of white foam on the head. Pink-amber body.

Alcohol nose, with a bit of raspberry.

Raspberry malt liquor, quite alcoholic. I'd get one to lay down to wear down the alcohol off. It works, and it works well. It's intense, but balanced enough, and the literal ton of raspberries in the brew aren't overwhelming.

Smooth feel, pretty nice.

Well, my take is to let this one lay down for a while. It's nice, but not worth the price fresh. I'd prefer Founder's Blushing Monk over this, though it's a similar price point.

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Photo of bs870621345
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with minimal head and no lacing

Smells like alcohol and medicinal raspberries. Slight grain scents come out as it warms, but it smells very medicinal.

Tastes of grain and raspberries. No progression except alcohol really comes out on the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin considering the alcohol.

Overall, this is not good at all. It is overly medicinal and just not good to drink...thank god I'm sharing this bottle

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Photo of Casey10
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up today. Nice and tart you will taste taste the rasberries. This is a very strong beer. Well worth tasting.

A -nice dark cherry hue with not much carbination.

S - dark cherry

T - alcoholic cherry taste really almost a halls.

M - same as taste really strong.

O - very strong but a really nice brew search it out!

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.8/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 Vintage

Split 4 ways, poured into a claret.

Appearance-A vibrant goldish color. Very hazy, can't see a damn thing through it. Little head, an off white one. You can just see the sticky beer clinging to the glass when swirling it.

Smell-Aroma was amazing. Just sweet ripe raspberries. It's boozy, but nothing like WWS or 120, and I was expecting a boozy mess. Only other aroma I get is a honey like sweetness, but boy this smells inviting.

Taste-Oustanding. Just can't believe how much this beer worked. Just a crazy amount of fresh raspberries in every sip. Upfront and towards the finish, and it didn't get old. Finish was on the dryer side that made me want to keep sipping. You can really feel the alcohol running through your veins, but not so much when consuming it. I drank this at about 45 degrees i'd guess, and when it warmed the booze definitely came out more, but so did a little more complexity. Sweet honey and a good amount of caramel and toffee notes came out too. Just oustanding all the way around.

Mouthfeel-Creamy, nice carbonation. Big mouthfeel, thick and chewy.

Overall-What else can I say. I really had to find the time to drink this. Obviously your not going to drink this all to yourself, although I probably could throughout a course of a day after trying it, and loving it. I honestly was expecting a sloppy mess even w/ the 3 years of age but it was just oustanding. Shocked by all the negative reviews on this one, I want more, and I'm already working on it. Amazing.

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Photo of Twerp28
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A shame this beer. This particular bottle at least. Having just gone through my beer cellar inventory I had noticed this Fort, although being purchased in 2009, had a late 2006 production date. Originally I read the '08 for an '06 and so it is I realized for the first time I was cellaring a five year old beer. A five year old beer very high in unfermented sugar surely.

Disappointed. Unfortunately I've had too much exposure to oxidised fruit wine and that is exactly what I'm getting from this bottle. I'm sure in it's more youthful days it had a hint of Raspberry Port or Brandy. I can taste it, I can see it. A dark brown with a hint of ruby, Irish Red would be fitting. Age has killed any form of carbonation and like a geriatric bottle of red wine it oxidises almost immediately. You get a whiff of it's youth, then it's gone. Lost to the present. It's Mickey Rooney in a bottle. Drink it when it was married to Ava Gardener. Young is best, if you have a 2008 drink it NOW! It has most likely already climaxed and is on it's way to the grave.

This being said, I can drink past the oxidation. If you can overlook the vinegar and the flatness this beer has something to say, it has experience, it has a story to tell. I'm watching Citizen Kane as I drink this bottle. What a fitting analogy. My old Fort is surely on the decline, but it is a bottle that has truly lived. Not some lager. Some lager who started life in mediocrity and finished it's years in the as the same shit lager as it began. Your drinking the steady decline into hell. It's not a James Dean or a Grace Kelly, it's a M. Night Shymalan or a Steve McQueen. I'd rather drink a beer that was once great than one that was never great at all.

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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 thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle I picked up for $3.99 (!) this beer was a murky brown color with one finger of sandalwood colored head. The retention was stubborn and impressive as a fine layer that left lacing all down my glass in a thin curtain. The aroma was boozy with plenty of raspberries, sweet malt, brown sugar and hints of both molasses and bourbon. The flavors were also punchy and suggestive of being worth aging. I tasted the punch first of alcohol heat and raspberries followed by grains, sweet malt and pilsner malt. A big, big beer. The mouthfeel was smooth and frothy, the body medium and the carbonation light. A good beer but dominated by the alcohol and one that I think needs to age to be appreciated. Still, for the price I paid, I’m gonna go back and grab another and put it down for a few years…

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We crack the top on this 2008 vintage and glug out a liquid the light caramel color of apple cider. The head is a tan color, and only appeared when poured roughly. What is seen are little clumps of bubbles here and there, with no lacing throughout the tasting. The beer holds an impenetrable haze, but no sediment is noted, save for the last few drops of the bottle, which hold a granular, sandy yeast. This is deposited all around the glass, noted only when the glass begins to empty. The carbonation appears low, and the bubbles rise slowly through the murkiness. The nose presents dominantly, with fusel alcohols at the front. These mix with big plastic phenols and an acetone reminiscent of nail polish remover. There are equally as bright acetaldehydes, giving a green apple flare to it. The raspberry is significant, but the presence of the booze, and the robustness of the chocolate and caramel malts contribute to drowning it out. The taste begins with tart raspberry and a fine acidity. Once the tartness clears, the puckered mouth fights with sugary sweet caramel malts, and an aspect of brown sugar. The middle peaks of fruitiness, with strong and sweet raspberries, and a malty bready quality. There is also a buttery, not quite diacetyl, bite to the top of the swallow. The end is of darker malts, and the burning sting of alcohol. The aftertaste breathes of enormous fusel alcohols, of a cheap vodka quality, and plastic phenols. Here the booze finally cuts the sweetness all the way down. The body is medium and the carbonation is lighter. Each sip is thick and syrupy, producing a clean coating and drying with each drop. Due to the ever present alcohol, there is a massive warming effect felt by the drinker. The abv is nearly unparalleled, and the beer drinks at a snail’s pace.

Overall, what we enjoyed best about this brew was the fact that the fruit seemed so genuine. With the big booze profile these flavors mixed and it produced flavoring comparable to a port wine, while the appearance and smells screamed that it was a cider. Where we lost points, however, was in the over the top booze. After a few sips the worries about this slip away, but it makes the beer less approachable, and harder to get into in the first place.

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Photo of Ralphs66
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some bottles need warning labels...this is one of them. I bought this because I've been really enjoying all the crazy shit that DFH produces. They push the envelope: some good, some not so good. This offering was previously unknown to me, and I was completely unaware of the ABV. Cracked the bottle and liked the look and smell. Yeah, it's boozy smelling but I had no idea what was going to jump out and bite me in the ass. It mellows as it warms, but the bite and burn are still very prominent. The raspberries and sweetness are there, but you have to make a conscious effort to think about them. Otherwise, the only thing there is ALCOHOL. I'm about 10 sips in, and the drunken fog begins.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a murky brown clay color. No head and no lacing at all.

S - Semi sweet and mostly tart raspberries. Some vinegar makes it way through along with some caramel and tons of booze. Smells wonderful.

T - Tart, sour and surprisingly pretty sweet through the middle. Sour raspberries are what this beer is mainly about. Plus tons of booze. I rate this as an experimental brew.

M - Thick and syrup like with almost absent carbonation. Guess it works out alright.

O - I could see myself going after this one again. Though I didn't rate it high I think it would be a good conversation piece with guest or at a party. Not complex by any means but damn tasty.

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Photo of cbarrett4
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter. 2010 batch.

Pours a murky gold/amber with some reddish highlights, short head dissipates fairly quickly to average lace.

On the nose is big fruit: raspberry, peach, fig dominate with a hint of malts and caramel, maybe some honey. Pretty complex but rather marred by a streak of aggressive alcohol.

On the palate the raspberry is very noticeable and well balanced with the malts and mild hops. There is a bit of spice, honey, and raspberry jam with a slight dusting of cocoa.

Pretty full bodied but the alcohol definitely comes through. Acidity is low, as is bitterness. Medium to long finish.

This reminds me more of a cordial than a beer. The alcohol is high, and is noticeable, but it still doesn't come off as 18%. If you are familiar with raspberry dessert wine (like Bonny Doon Framboise) then you kind of know what to expect here.

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Fort from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.