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Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

958 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 958
Reviews: 494
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 139
Gots: 214 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

dgeebs07, Feb 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Travisnin, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of harsley
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

harsley, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of webmanspidey
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a large snifter. This was bottled way back in July 2007. I didn't realize it was quite this strong when I opened it... hopefully I'll be able to finish.

Smell is an intensely sweet mix of raspberries and honey. Taste is extremely sweet as well, but very intense as you would expect with something this strong. The raspberries are prevalent and definitely the dominant flavor here. The best comparison would be a very sweet and bubbly raspberry dessert wine. An unpleasant comparison is a fruity cough syrup. Overall, I think this is good and interesting but would've been easier to enjoy if it hadn't been quite this strong.

webmanspidey, Aug 18, 2011
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 jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

jeffthepony, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Grebdioz
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Grebdioz, Dec 28, 2011
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 brentblack1
4/5  rDev +8.7%

brentblack1, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of shadow1961
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Fort pours out a fluffy head over a pretty,
cloudy red brew. Carbonation is really active, and the
nose is exactly like fresh-picked raspberries. The flavor
is intense- raspberry of course, but also oak and alcohol.
The finish is a bit of hop and more fresh raspberry. The after-
taste, like the nose, is fresh raspberries. So the experience
gives you a soft, pleasant beginning, an intense second act,
and a gentle goodbye. The intensity does moderate as the
brew warms. The mouthfeel is very crisp indeed, a bit dry, and
a lot warming.

It doesn't say on the label, but a quick check of the Dogfish
Head website reveals that this brew is 18% alcohol, which makes
Fort the most powerful beer I've tasted up to this moment. That
alcohol is at once a problem and an opportunity. In my opinion this
is a remarkable brew- right now, as, I assume, a fairly young brew, it
is right on the razor's edge- if it was just a little more alcoholic, it would
be too much. This brew stays just on the good side of being out of control.
On the other hand, all that alcohol makes this the perfect candidate for
cellaring- this massive brew can only improve with age. But at whatever
age you crack this baby open, do it with friends- it only comes in 750ml
bottles, and that's almost too much- even for me...

shadow1961, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at BevMo a week or so ago.

Appearance- orange copper color, minimal head

Smell- sweet raspberry, alcohol, very boozy

Taste- raspberry, alcohol, very boozy

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was ok but very boozy. I might drink it again. I don't know. still ok though

jeffjeff1, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of treehugger02010
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this 750 ml bottle from Capone's in Norristown, Pa. I poured it into a "water glass." The bottled on date was 11.13.07.
Appearance: A almost purple body, with a decent head that faded fast. The retention was pretty good, considering. Very highly carbonated and the head was kind of off white.
Smell: Very boozy aroma, but as it warms, the raspberries came out in full force.
Taste: Very identical to the aroma with a bit more colexity. Considering such a strong alcohol aroma, it wasn't all that off putting. The best part was the after taste of raspberries.
Mouthfeel: Nothing really stuck out.
Drinkability: It was pretty good, but I wish they would bottle it in smaller bottles.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of zaphodchak
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

zaphodchak, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of LittleDon
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear, it pours a small head which is gone in the blink of an eye. Amber in color. Complex aroma of honey, berries, and hops. The first taste reminds me of cough medicine, sweet up front and bitter in the finish. Some alcohol in the finish but the 18% ABV is very well hidden. Sticky mouthfeel, lots of sugars. Improves some as it gets warmer. I'd give it an A for creativity, but a D for execution.

LittleDon, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of DrStiffington
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the third time I've bought one of these bad boys. Pours from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass. Head disappears quickly, leaving behind a dark golden brew. Smells fruity and sweet. Tastes of rasberries and alcohol. Lots of burn on the back of the throat as it goes down, but I like that. Has a thick, cloying sweetness to it, but again, I like that in this beer. Good thing I'm splitting this one with my wife or I might be on the floor afterwards.

DrStiffington, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Skidz
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours out bright, light gold with pink-ish tints and sits a beaming ruby-orange in the glass witha small light white head. Fades to a faint surfacing of foam with some lacings around the glass. Completely mezmerizing to say the least.

Aroma is clearly and distinctly malty, lightly toasted and crackery with balancing hops presence. Getting to the thick of it, raspberry aroma is very mild are not over-pronounced.

Tastes moderately sweet up front, crackery malts dominate while spicy alcoholic tones pick up from behind, ushering in some hops bitterness with little to no flavor interaction. Raspberries are there, always there, pecking in at the sides but never getting too feisty. Finish is hot, damn hot and drying, not dry, but definately requiring some thirst quencher.

Crisp and clean in the mouth with tact and effervescent carbonation in the teensiest of bubbles. Medium-full in body.

Not a huge fan of this at this point. It is indeed very well managed and balance is achieved on all fronts, including fruit, but man, it is a drag. A beatiful looking glass of beer, but a hell of a long ways away from anything worthwhile, especially when factoring in cost. While many have mentioned that its potency listing seems inaccurate or at least very hidden, I would disagree. It is quite evident, both in flavor and in feel, as well as in the dreaded cough-syrup comparison that almost immediately came to mind. However, credit shall be given where it's due, and it does deserve at least one try. Who knows, maybe you will love it, but I will pass.

Skidz, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of Dithyramb
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
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...

Dithyramb, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +8.7%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
Fort from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 958 ratings.