Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery
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3.35/5 rDev -9%
750ml bottle courtesy of shrek806 good lookin out playa
A: poured a pinkish orange with yellow highlights that had absolutely no head and no lacing at all sticking to the glass. It looks like a colorful barrel aged beer.
S: very big booze aroma smacked my nostrils at first whiff with apparent raspberries notes and vinous wine character as well. It also seemed to have syrup, strawberries, and floral notes too.
T: the booze is pretty intense on the palate but not as punchy like the nose but does kinda mesh with the raspberries and strawberries. It had vinous wine flavor that reminded me of a wine cooler but much boozier.
M: the wine cooler..ahh I mean beer was light to medium body with zero amount of carbonation which had a sweet fruity and extremely boozy finish.
D: obviously the beer drank pretty poor due to the ABV and was a sipper beer for sure but I'm still glad I had the oppotunity to try the strongest fruit beer on earth.
09-13-2010 06:52:58 | More by Gobzilla
3.5/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
08-15-2006 17:59:52 | More by cjgator3
3.43/5 rDev -6.8%
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)
02-14-2005 21:24:05 | More by francisweizen
3.28/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
10-11-2010 01:09:20 | More by drpimento
4.2/5 rDev +14.1%
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
03-10-2010 14:29:51 | More by DmanGTR
2.85/5 rDev -22.6%
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 $.
07-28-2010 00:10:39 | More by sweemzander
4.22/5 rDev +14.7%
This eighteen percenter from 11/10/06 looks like a dark belgian stained red. It's a dark crimson in color with no head. It barely allows light to pass through. It smells of a dark belgian, rich, yeasty, tart from the raspberries, and of smooth alcohol. It drinks pretty thick. It's a flavorful medium bodied. It's very sweet, very tart, and full of alcohol but it all mixes well together. This one is a great beer done well. Not too shabby for the supposed most alcoholic fruit beer in the world.
10-23-2010 04:44:30 | More by aasher
3.8/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
08-05-2008 06:00:41 | More by cokes
4.1/5 rDev +11.4%
On-tap @ Prime 16 into a DFH Signature Glass.
A: Ruby-amber body with cherry glints; small white head quickly disappears, leaving a tiny ring around the edge. Just what I'd expect from a beer this strong.
S: Alcohol, toenail polish (in a good way); tart raspberries on the finish. Big, bold, and inviting.
T: Crisp raspberries, warm booze, and a tart finish. Powerful, aggressive, and straightforward. I'm a fan.
M: Medium body with mouth-coating stickiness and just enough bubbles to stave off cloyingness.
D: Extremely impressive for the astronomical ABV. Simply Awesome.
Notes: Highly tasty and drinkable beer that packs a killer punch. Very extreme, very cool.
12-22-2009 00:36:08 | More by woosterbill
1.3/5 rDev -64.7%
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 .
10-07-2012 17:06:06 | More by ArrogantB
3.68/5 rDev 0%
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.
02-11-2011 11:07:58 | More by clayrock81
3.55/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
06-12-2011 02:23:34 | More by rudzud
3.23/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
06-06-2012 21:54:55 | More by rfgetz
3.78/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
12-21-2011 02:08:54 | More by mynie
2.13/5 rDev -42.1%
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.
12-27-2010 02:06:10 | More by cpetrone84
2.95/5 rDev -19.8%
A 750ml bottle, with bottled on 11/13/06 stamped on the bottle. Poured into a tulip glass, it's a beautiful beer: red/orange color, a thin head. Obvious raspberry aroma. The difficulty arose with the taste. Raspberry definitely there, but also a pronounced alcohol taste. Very harsh. The label says "should age with the best of 'em". I'll buy a couple more bottles and try that, because this isn't a drinkable beer in it's present state.
02-11-2007 23:59:44 | More by lordofthewiens
3.25/5 rDev -11.7%
Bottled dated 7/5/2007--poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass
Appearance: minimal head,amber in color, clear, low carbonation
Smell: rubbing alcohol and light fruit--unappealing
Taste: an alcoholic raspberry cordial, oak, light raspberry, alcohol, some chocolate
Mouthfeel: low carbonation, heavy bodied, sweet with some alcohol burn
Overall: Glad I got to try this one, but not sure if I would do it again for the price. It is a sipper and the taste is a lot better than the smell. This one does get better as it warms. Not one to turn down, but not one to buy again. I would be curious to try other vintages.
08-20-2011 13:55:43 | More by tigg924
Fort from Dogfish Head Brewery
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