Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery
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3.05/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
02-20-2010 23:22:09 | More by LittleDon
2.48/5 rDev -32.6%
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.
12-30-2007 20:27:02 | More by marcpal
3.45/5 rDev -6.3%
A: Appearance is beautiful! Its a deep, but perfectly clear red, and bright white head that actually leaves more lacing than expected for the ABV%. When swirled, the alcohol just sticks to the glass.
S: Boozy, almost fuel-like. I get light fruit notes, but it's hard to make out anything over the alcohol. I really wish the smell was better.
T: My first thought was of wine. It's very fruity, can defiantly pick out the raspberries. There is no hop flavor at all, but the beer is nicely balanced. The finish is all booze, but surprisingly, this doesn't detract from the overall good taste.
M: Carbonation is on the high side, the body is medium, but defiantly sticky. It feels somewhat oily too, it's not a bad thing, but thats the best descriptor that I have for the feeling.
D: At 18%, this is a sipping beer, that I will enjoy over a period of an hour or two.
12-21-2011 03:27:17 | More by tlazaroff
3.5/5 rDev -4.9%
Poured out a reddish orange brown color, with a thin white bubbly head. The nose is raspberry, alcohol, some slight floral notes, honey, malt. The taste is honey, raspberry, fruit, alcohol, fig, stone fruit. Has a medium body mouthfeel, the alcohol bites you. I wonder what this would taste like aged another 10-15 years. This is a better beer than the ratings reflect.
01-14-2007 02:37:05 | More by dherling
3.75/5 rDev +1.9%
Poured into a crystal mug the beer was a slightly hazy medium orange gold. A off white creamy head builds about one and a half finger high and dissipates relatively fast with leaving good lacing.
The smell is raspberry all the way, with some malt in the back.
Tasting the beer those flavors will arrive in the same order. The hops will mellow the sweetness of the raspberries slightly, but not enough. But it is a fruit beer, and therefore that is ok in my book. The alcohol is there, but well hidden for the high ABV of 18 percent.
I really liked this beer as for what it was designed for!
01-17-2012 04:25:58 | More by Hopfenpeter
3.48/5 rDev -5.4%
Well this is much better out of the bottle. This is my 2nd bottle sample and it has improved both times I have tasted it. I didn't care for this one draft at the alehouse in MD (earlier review). It looks like a pink tinted wheat beer. The smell is fruity with a good punch of alochol but some resonace of tannins. That is a lot smoother than the tap vesion the fusel alcohols aren't as prevelant and the tannins are near acceptable limits. The fruit flavor is true to raspberies and there is still a maltyness but only slightly. Thin and boozey in the mouthfeel but this is now something I could have a snifter of and not cry foul.
03-06-2006 14:50:29 | More by Higravity
3.65/5 rDev -0.8%
Aged for almost a year...
A- Poured into my DFH snifter... Very light bubbly head appears and disappears quickly. Brilliant ruby in color with little sediment and almost no activity
S- Smells very sweet... and boozy. Malts, raspberries, and alcohol. Almost smells more like a liquor
T- Very sweet and raspberry. Extremely boozy. Starts out sweet and finishes sweet. More malty up front, maybe a hint of hops somewhere mid swig, and raspberry and alcohol in the finish...
M- Light bodied, very little carbonation
D- Definetly not one of my DFH favorites, but worthy of experiencing. I would drink more... maybe with a group at dinner instead of wine or on a special occasion
11-28-2009 23:52:25 | More by bbeane
3.43/5 rDev -6.8%
I again was able to try this for free at a festival and was very excited to try this, since I've never seen it in Madison, WI.
It was poured out of a bottle into a 5oz. glass and I right away smelled alcohol! Strong too! I was hoping for of the fruity scent like you get from a New Glarus Belgain Red or something. It looked nice in the glass, redish hue, small head. I couldn't get over the alcohol though all through the drink from lips to the lingering of it. The fruits were there but secondary flavor. That all being said I would recommend trying it but but be prepared for something different. Basically expect a 18% beer! I would like to try again to try a different batch too.
10-22-2008 14:42:50 | More by madtowndmb1
3.88/5 rDev +5.4%
Appearance: Amber slightly cloudy look pours with a huge effervescent head cloudy white fluffy leaves massive chunky layers of lace. Aroma: Tart raspberries floud the senses along with bready yeast notes some spicy character over ripened with spicy alcohol fruit notes sugary and tart blend. Taste: Flowing raspberry flavor with a highly alcohol phenol character flowery hop presence with more of the bready yeast and biscuit malt sweetness a bit of a honey raspberry syrup tone. Mouthfeel: Syrupy texture semi-colloidal very coats the palate yet still has a fine carbonation it's hard to explain a strange sensation on the palate for sure medium bodied overall...I guess. Drinkability: Heavy dose of raspberries a ton to be exact helped the natural fruit sugars for fermentation purposes reaching that 18% could be probably be tricky without 'em easy to consume in a mellow fashion to get too relaxation status fine off centered ale
10-19-2009 01:19:31 | More by Anthony1
3.55/5 rDev -3.5%
served in a 5 oz. snifter at Saraveza in Portland, OR
appearance - the beverage poured an amber/red color with little bubbles and high carbonation, left strong lacing on the glass, one finger head
smell - sharp nose with raspberry and fruit scents
taste - strong taste hits the tip of the tongue, raspberry flavor is dominant, alcohol flavors present
mouthfeel - medium body, carbonation that tingles, semi-smooth finish, taste lingers a bit
drinkability - this is a pretty strong beverage, the 5 oz. portion was more than enough
03-02-2010 03:39:02 | More by djbreezy
3.98/5 rDev +8.2%
Bright orange hue to the body buy almost a complete lack of head or lacing don't make it look all that special.
On the other hand, this couldn't smell any better. The alcohol is aggressive but as it has time to breathe the aromas form a delectable combo that could best be summed up as a raspberry truffle. A knockout in this category.
Alcohol is obvious but as it calms down the raspberry is what this is all about. Tasty although there is a touch of solvent-like finish. Otherwise, a wonderful sipper.
Mouthfeel is viscous but it's almost 20 freakin' % ABV, what do you expect. It's certainly not a beer with high drinkability but it's a great treat to split with a group. We paired it with some high quality chocolate and thought it was divine.
05-18-2007 19:10:17 | More by malcontent
4/5 rDev +8.7%
Picked this up today. Nice and tart you will taste taste the rasberries. This is a very strong beer. Well worth tasting.
A -nice dark cherry hue with not much carbination.
S - dark cherry
T - alcoholic cherry taste really almost a halls.
M - same as taste really strong.
O - very strong but a really nice brew search it out!
12-08-2011 02:28:57 | More by Casey10
4/5 rDev +8.7%
A - This beer poured a light bronze color that produced a foamy light tan head that had decent retention and laced the side of ths glass moderately
S - The aroma produced by this beer was dominated by the sweet, tart smell of raspberries
T - The taste of this beer had a simple, straight forward approach that start with raspberries, and ended with more raspberries. There is a slight hint of beer, a little malt is present, but all in all this is more of a liqueur than a beer
M - The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, feel like I am drinking raspberry syrup, and the carbonation is moderate
D - I would rate the drinkability higher if it came in smaller bottles, but there is only one purpose for this beer, and it is a social one, best given to many
11-29-2009 20:05:59 | More by cvfish
Fort from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.