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Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery

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FortFort

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BA SCORE
83
good

945 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 945
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 19.02%
Wants: 139
Gots: 213 | 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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Skidz

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maryland

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...

Serving type: bottle

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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brentblack1

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

09-06-2012 23:38:29 | More by brentblack1
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ari32

Georgia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

09-08-2013 14:34:43 | More by ari32
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webmanspidey

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 00:49:28 | More by webmanspidey
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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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First, I liked this, but as I was having dinner at a local gastropub with a great draft list, I put this on my tasting list at the end of the meal, as or with dessert.

It was served in a small, six oz snifter. In the glass, it was dark orange color, hazy with a 1/4 inch of tight packed foam on the top when I got it. The nose was huge, with lots of tart raspberries and sweetness. The first taste is lots of raspberry and sweetness, with a little subtle bread in the back of the throat. I didn't pick up on the alcohol the way I should have. My wife tried it, who doesn't like beer, and said she liked it. The mouthfeel was lighter than I thought as well, only slightly heavy, with more carbonation than I expected. Overall, this was a very good sipper for dessert, and saved me from eating something I shouldn't.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 16:24:37 | More by bschinelli
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pwoody11

Delaware

5/5  rDev +35.9%

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

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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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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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 03:50:37 | More by perrymarcus
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cowboy83

New York

5/5  rDev +35.9%

06-06-2012 15:29:09 | More by cowboy83
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Hopsiam14

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-29-2013 20:32:31 | More by Hopsiam14
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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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marcpal

New Jersey

2.48/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into snifter from the tap at Dogfish Head brewpub in Rehoboth.

A: Amber color with a pinkish hazy hue to it. Bubbly carbonation, champagne like at first and minimal amounts of lacing on the pour.

S: Raspberry and fruit sweetness and then a bit more sweetmess and raspberries. This does not smell like a beer at all, and alcohol really not evident yet..

T: Here comes more of the raspberries, and the sweetness- and the alcohol does make its presence felt. Did not enjoy this one too much, far prefer the other DFH big beers but this is more of a hard mixer, not pleasurable to me.

M: Champagne like fizz matching the taset. There is a cloying sweetness and it is matched by the alcohol remaining in the back of the palate.

D: Not very drinkable based on the sweetness overbearingness and the high levels of alchohol. Would strongly prefer DFH other high price, high alcohol offerings by far (WW, 120, and others)

This is one of those beers that leaves you wondering afterward if it really is a beer? Not such a good thing to me but interesting. I could see it being a good drink with a dessert or as a sipper. It really takes something special foodwise to cut through the sweetness of this thing.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2007 20:27:02 | More by marcpal
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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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GaryMarkle84

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

08-12-2012 20:46:10 | More by GaryMarkle84
Fort from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 945 ratings.