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Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery

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FortFort

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BA SCORE
83
good

950 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 950
Reviews: 492
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 139
Gots: 215 | FT: 8
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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shadow1961

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%

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...

04-27-2007 16:47:38 | More by shadow1961
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jeffjeff1

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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

01-30-2012 19:45:10 | More by jeffjeff1
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chcfan

California

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-16-2011 13:21:24 | More by chcfan
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treehugger02010

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

10-12-2007 12:25:40 | More by treehugger02010
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

12-11-2011 04:17:47 | More by zaphodchak
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brentblack1

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

09-06-2012 23:38:29 | More by brentblack1
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webmanspidey

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

08-18-2011 00:49:28 | More by webmanspidey
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Skidz

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

02-18-2006 02:00:00 | More by Skidz
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Dithyramb

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +21.5%

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...

02-13-2006 20:52:15 | More by Dithyramb
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kkrez

Colorado

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-14-2011 23:20:06 | More by kkrez
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yergermeister

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-18-2012 14:02:06 | More by yergermeister
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seplo

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

10-29-2012 20:03:19 | More by seplo
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +8.7%

750ml bottle purchased at Riley's here in Madison as a splurge for the Valentines's Day dinner I made for my girlfriend and me.

Pours a vibrant dark amber/pink with a bit of foam that dies quickly in my champagne flute. Nose is fresh raspberries, nice and tart, and waftable alcoholic fumes....yes, folks, this stuff could probably strip wallpaper. Tastes similar to the St. Louis Premium Framboise that I've ad on tap, well, except for the fact that it's nearly as strong as Malibu Rum. Sweet yet tart, fresh raspberry juice with a fiery alcohol dropkick. Mouthfeel is lively and champagne dry. This stuff is actually a little better and more drinkable when it's straight from the fridge to cut that warming alcohol. Worth the pricetag? Not sure, but I sure am crunk in the meantime...Happy Valentine's, y'all.

02-15-2006 05:05:06 | More by Golden2wenty1
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

I had been waiting to try this big fruit beer since I heard it was being released. The beer poured a nice red/orange color with a very vibrant body, almost like champagne. We drank this out of Lindeman's flutes. The aroma of this beer is a very strong, raspberry alcohol smell but pretty please. This reminds me of a wild raspbery liquor from Italy that I have in the house. The taste is very similar to a very bubbly champagne. The first taste you get from each sip is of the pleasant raspberry present but you then get hit with the high abv to remind you that this is a big beer and a DFH beer. I would go back for another bottle but would definitely split it with others.

01-26-2006 03:32:38 | More by ggaughan
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jeffthepony

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-16-2011 16:37:05 | More by jeffthepony
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pwoody11

Delaware

5/5  rDev +35.9%

11-15-2011 02:19:09 | More by pwoody11
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harsley

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-26-2013 15:54:36 | More by harsley
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

12-28-2011 14:29:27 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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Hypersomnia

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-15-2013 04:10:16 | More by Hypersomnia
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Naugros

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +6%

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.

05-04-2010 00:18:02 | More by Naugros
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PeteRiz

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-15-2012 17:54:26 | More by PeteRiz
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damienblack

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-10-2013 04:01:13 | More by damienblack
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Sarge3130

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

06-08-2014 23:51:09 | More by Sarge3130
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iemailjack

Florida

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-08-2013 00:29:21 | More by iemailjack
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

2.93/5  rDev -20.4%

750ml bottle served in a snifter.
bottled in 2009.

pours a clear, burnished deep orange tone yielding 3/4" off-white head that quickly dissipates into a thin cap, collar around the glass. not unsurprising given the 18% ABV.

very pungent nose smacks of tart raspberries and alcohol. the strength of the rasberry is good, but on the whole it's fairly one-dimesional.

flavor is... ok, not going to sugarcoat it: IMO what we have here is a syrupy, boozy, cloying raspberry mess that wreaks havoc on the palate. salvaged from the drain by the intense rasberry presence but not my favorite offering from dogfish head. boozy finish.

decent, full bodied mouthfeel with medium-low carbonation.

i had high hopes for this number but in the end it's only slightly more enjoyable than a wine cooler on steroids.

05-01-2011 03:50:37 | More by perrymarcus
Fort from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.