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Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery

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FortFort

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BA SCORE
83
good

974 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 974
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 18.97%
Wants: 145
Gots: 224 | FT: 7
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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Ratings: 974 | Reviews: 497
Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with a bottled on date of 11/13/06. Fort pours a reddish/amber color with a half inch off-white head which went away very quickly. It smells fruity, like raspberries, plums, sherry and alcohol. Just pouring the beer into the glass the aroma comes out very quickly. You can definitely taste the alcohol in this brew, it tastes like tart (but not too tart) berries, pears and alcohol (port/sherry). The alcohol does hit you at first, but after a little while it settles down and the warming isn't bad at all. Obviously, more of the flavors comes out as the beer warms up a little bit. There's also a nice sweet fruity aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium/full, with a good amount of carbonation. It's also a little syrupy and dry. Drinkability is very good, considering the 18% ABV. But it's definitely a sipping/dessert beer. The next time I drink one of these, I'm going to split it with someone instead of drinking the whole bottle myself like I just did. Another good, creative effort from DFH. I'd recommend it to others to try at least once.

Photo of jrallen34
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a murky cloudy gold with no head or lacing.

The aroma is medium with a dominant alcoholic raspberry marshmellow.

The taste is mostly alcohol that burns on the way down with a very little amount of alcohol.

The feel is nice it coasts your throat like cough syrup.

Despite the abv it is actually totally drinkable, I could totally crush this and as bonus bet cracked.

Overall, I was a little disappointed. I was expecting something more fruity to kill the alcohol. Instead there was a slight sweetness that merely muted the alcohol. This has potential but its not quite there yet.

Photo of cjgator3
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber color with not much head because of the high abv. There are definately raspberries in the aroma along with a good dose of alcohol fumes as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Alcohol definately makes it's presence both initially and at the end that gives a long dry warming effect in the throat. This is like no other beer I have tried so it does get some creativity points. Overall, a good beer that would be great without the extreme alcohol presence. I will definately try again in the colder winter months.

Photo of claspada
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange/golden color with a small white head.

The aroma is dominated by sweet, sugary raspberries and booze; a small amount of citrus hops present themselves as well. This

The taste is strong, boozy raspberries, but not in a completely offensive way. Definitely sweet and not what I consider "beer" per-say but good. This is more of a carbonated raspberry mead.

Light medium bodied with a low level of carbonation and a viscous mouthfeel. The strength and sweetness knocks the drinkability down, but this is an interesting beer that's worth a try, but not a repeatable offering in my opinion.

Photo of xnicknj
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle poured into taster. 2011 vintage - thanks alex

Pours a bright reddish color with some golden hues. Thin pinkish head dissolves slowly, leaving some wispy film behind.

Whoa - raspberry explosion in the nose. Tons of fruit with a pretty substantial amount of sweetness. Boozy heat is pretty strong along with a smattering of Belgian yeast.

Bold, heavy raspberry and fruit flavor up front. Well, really that's pretty much the whole profile. Intermittent notes of Belgian yeast, soft funk, sweetness and alcohol spike through as well. Finishes warm and sweet.

Fuller medium body, slightly higher carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. I guess this might improve over time but it's entirely too sweet and boozy.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled 2008.

A - This pours out a totally hazed pink hued apricot orange hue with a low cream head. Poor retention probably from the alcohol and light lace.

S - Light raspberries on the nose, fresh, but light with a very fruity, boozy nose. The level of alcohol definitely comes out in the nose. A lot of phenols. Mango, light pineapple, and some strawberries. No hops. The malt is the but pushed back.

T - The flavor is rich with phenol and fusel alcohol. A combo of nail polish remover and deep fruits of mango, pineapple, and rich raspberries. Tons of malts in the background.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth with a lingering sweet fruitiness and alcohol burn. A moderate carbonation finish spritzes it up a bit.

D - Between the alcohol and fruity sweetness, it's a great beer but not terribly drinkable. One best split with some people. A party brew.

Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle a hazy honey-golden - quite appealing. Fruity aroma has a bit of an alcohol nip to it. Flavor is mainly fruity - apple, banana and pear - and has a malty undertone as well as a strong, but not fierce, alcohol bite. Texture is smooth and subtly fizzy.

Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of WOLFGANG
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of rudzud
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*2008 Vintage*

From notes taken on 6/10/11

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip a crystal clear amber with a fizzy one finger head that leaves very little side lacing and a small halo.

S - Malty sweetness and super light raspberries. There are LOTS of ABV on the nose.

T - Its not bad. Tough to gauge this one. There is some raspberry/strawberry notes and they are pretty god. Unfortunately its all muddled/killed by the still very potent ABV.

M - Medium carbonation and slightly syrupy. The ABV is still noticeable.

O - Overall this isnt a bad beer, it just needs more time on it for things to smooth out. Its close though.

Photo of tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Paled orangey brown color with a dusty white capping of yielding, crispy froth that grows up to about a finger high. The foam slips away quickly however, no surprise for a beer this big, but was impressive to see anything from it. Minimal lacing in a few spots.

Aroma is much like that of raspberry/strawberry yogurt, kinda soft, creamy, with a nice auromatic waft of fresh raspberry ice cream. Dulled in both sweetness and sourness, yet has that specific grab about it that goes with normal berry-like freshness.

Taste is nice. Firm, bold, filling, and tasty. This actually is fairly tame, its not a slap in the face, and/or palate, with the raspberry tartness or sweetness normally associated with raspberries. The malts really hold it together nicely with a slightly nutty, thicker bread dough-like tone and mild eagerness to fill the palate. The raspberry flavors are balanced in well, much like the nose, its dulled and taken down a notch in tartness and sweetness. Making for a softer, firmer ride. Only a slight tartness buzzes about as does that raspberry tangyness. Finish is rounded and full with a slight drying and fruity woodyness.

Feel is very nice as its quite filling and full. Quite bold within enriched highening of girth from the malt base used to keep the raspberry from being the true king in its flavor. Nicely balanced and very drinkable as the tartness and sweetness are well in check.

Drinkable, and dangerously so. Never a detection of the 18%, where was it? I have no idea. But its there, brilliantly hidden under all the rich texture and milding, yielding flavors. It has only a slight wamth beyond the point you know you're drinking something big when it begins to unfold and breathe onto your palate. It sinks in and gets ya that way. It has a certain politeness about it that itrigued the hell out of me. A solid fruit beer if there ever was one. For specail occasions, and what not. But the price tag ($16+) and the ABV will keep it from being a mainstay.

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden hue with minimal head on top of an aroma that is slightly sugary and ALL raspberry it seems. A lighter body but still filling thanks to intense carbonation. Raspberry sweetness abounds thanks to the fruit and high yeast notes, but the beer is balanced enough so it's not like drinking straight razz juice or something. Finishes slightly dry and boozy, and I'll admit that I am surprised that the ABV didn't bleed into beer and ruin it.

Photo of sweemzander
2.89/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. 2008 vintage.

(A)- Pours a hazy/cloudy pale blush red/pink color. Produced a light layer of white foam, but dissipated quickly.

(S)- A lightly spicy raspberry aroma with bits of tart cherry and cranberry in there too. A light woody aspect among the spiciness.

(T)- Very similar to the smell with spicy tart fruits. Very very very dry with a familiar cough syrup heat going down to the massive ABV.

(M)- A lightly fizzy carbonation level. Very similar to a cough syrup boozy heat as it goes down; the ABV is ridiculous and hot shy at all. The fruits are a pretty diminished at its stage of shelf life.

(D)- My biggest complaint is the big boozy heat and massive ABV really kills this in the drinkability. Decent fruits. It just has that syrup-like consistency and boozy bite that reminds me of drinking cough syrup. One of the hardest beers to drink in recent memory; could only finish 3/4 of the bottle and by then I was tanked. Even a bigger disappointment is how much $ I paid for this versus what I got; I would much rather grab a bottle of Cantillon for the $.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of cpetrone84
2.15/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottled 2008

A-pours a dirty, cloudy, grapefruit juice looking color with a thin off white head that dissipates quickly.

S-the nose is full of raspberries and solvent alcohol, acetone, light rotten vegetable and a hint of spice in the finish. The booze is extremely strong but the vibrant raspberry do their best to mask it in a failing attempt.

T-so much alcohol in this, huge solvent alcohol met with sweet ripe raspberry. bitter rotten vegetables blend with a white peppery spice as the acetone kicks in full gear in the finish. rough malt flavors are muddled underneath the fruit and rubbing alcohol to create a boozy fruity mess.

M-again a messy malt body with a grainy syrupy texture and heavy feel to it. strong carbonation is the highlight with a crisp biting finish to balance the syrupy feel.

D-this is rough stuff, tough to get through a whole bottle. the raspberries are great its the rest of the beer that doesn't work. just too much going on with an unfocused malt presence and overly boozy flavor.

Photo of drpimento
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not nearly as good as I'd expected. Poured with a smallish, tan with orange tints, fizzy head and no lace. Color is a clear amber with red highlights. Aroma is brandy with raspberry, a bit tart, and a little malt. Flavor's about the same. Body's ok, but it seems to need a little more carboantion - sure would help cut the sweetness. Finish is like flavor, medium to long in length and very boozy. Was going to sip this while watching Poirot and Mystery! on the tube, but uh uh. Don't want any more. Would be good to cook with tho.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of rfgetz
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've loved other big rasberry brews such as Founder Blushing Monk so was anticipating trying this guy for a while, but never pulled the trigger due to price. Found on tap and was excited to try.

Pours a golden amber with faint touches of red... maybe expected a big dose of red/purple/pink... little spots of bubbles, no real head. First scent brings medicinal raspberry and booze notes, lightly tart and sweet, booze takes over. Taste was taken over by the dry, burning alcohol, hides some lightly tart and sweet raspberry. For as much as this wants to be a big raspberry brew, ive found more flavor in some cheap low-abvs seasonals. Acidic and astringent, medicinal. Medium bodied, light bubbles, lingering burn. Disapointing.

Photo of st9647v3
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of francisweizen
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is the new 18%abv brewpub/fest-only brew from the fine folks at DFH. This is an interesting brew to say the least, but i'm not sure if it was worth the trip down to Rehoboth for. This is a dark ruby red/pink champagne colour with a small head of off-white foam that quickly fades to just a small rim of lace. The aroma is pretty good. I pciekd up some HOT booze, fresh raspberries, and some funky, spicy undertones. The taste was good, fruity, but a bit too hot for my tastes. It also seemed one-dimensional with just the booze stealing the show. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, and not too thick for an 18%abv brew, but the drinkability was below average for me because of the overwhlmingly hot liquor flavor this brew has. Still it's an interesting experiment in brewing, and with a little twaking or two years of age this could be a fruit/strong ale contender (ala kuhnhenns rasperry eisbock)

Photo of ArrogantB
1.32/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

750ml bottle 2008 vintage. I knew this would be a tough beer but I was still completely unprepared for this shit. Sort of a light orange with a pinkish hue. Aroma is acetone and nail polish remover, disgusting. Flavor is very sweet, hint of raspberries and overwhelming alcohol. It was what I imagine industrial cleaning supplies to taste like. I think this was the worst beer I have ever tasted in my life .

Photo of DmanGTR
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes on 11/28/09. Thanks to my buddy Kyle for this early Christmas present!

A - poured burnt sienna orange with a short lived 1/2" head that became a sparse sing. Somewhat cloudy, but very rosy. Pretty! 3.5

S - Raspberries, hint of marachino cherries, lots of sweet caramel malt, lots of alcohol. It's like BAM, right in your nose! 4.5

T - Immensely boozy but a ton of raspberries and malt backbone. Lots of caramel and a hint of spiciness. A sweet dessert beer indeed. 4.5

M - Lovely and velvety. Pretty good carbonation, could use a touch less. Medium bodied. 4.0

D - Obviously very boozy. A sipper. 3.5

Photo of cokes
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 11/28/05. Had this fresh and wasn't thrilled. After the better part of 3 years it's time for a revisit.

Copper bodied with some salmon-pink glints. A fizzy white head sizzles up and down over the course of 10 seconds. Still, for a beer this big, the carbonation is impressive, as when I had it fresh two+ years ago, there was no head at all.
Raspberry is the main player on the nose, all sweet, seedy, and tart, backed with a big wet, doughy blanket of caramel pastries, and a bit of Eau de Vie -like alcohol bite.
It begins sweet, as any good 18% fruit beer should. Raspberry jam, honey (or Mead), heavy canning syrup. This is all propped against a somewhat less sweet caramel and dough support (though, that is sweet by all accounts as well). As it progresses, it drifts towards things more tart and the raspberry jam starts to mimic sparkling grape juice with it's slightly cloying and sticky sweet-tart interplay (and real-deal grapey flavors). Fruit brandy and port traits appear on the swallow with a fair amount of alcohol sting and dryness.
It's big gloopy, full bodied, but the carbonation fights through it all and manages to keep this from the cloying, teeth-sticking mess it could be (and I thought it was when I last had it a couple years ago).
Ultimately, this succeeds at exactly what it is. A gigantic raspberry beer. At this strength, it's gonna be a little heavyhanded. But this is semi-drinkable and enjoyable despite it all. Age treats this well, and I don't think I'd drink it fresh again. It is far from something I'd reach for often, but I might squirrel away a bottle or two long term for certain occasions.

Also, bottling this in 750mLs is lunacy. 12oz could be satisfyingly shared and seems a much preferable size.

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Fort from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 974 ratings.