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Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery

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510 Reviews
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Reviews: 510
Hads: 1,042
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 27.32%
Wants: 156
Gots: 269 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  18.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2005

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%.
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Photo of corby112
1.41/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a dark cloudy amber/orange color with some golden ruby hues when held to a light source and a thin white foam head that quickly disappears leaving no lacing behind.

Sour funky aroma with a subtle hint of raspberry which is surprising, until you take a sip. Massive alcohol presence which makes this beer smell more like Mad Dog 20/20 than a beer.

Once again the alcohol dominates the flavor taking away from any semblance of other flavors including the faint hints of raspberry and sugar. Firey alcohol burn lasts throughout warming up the chest in the finish.

I thought that this beer was flat out disgusting and undrinkable. It is the only beer I have ever drain poured. I guess if you want to get wasted there could be some value in it but I would just stick with Mad Dog. Gross!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a beautiful dark and hazy cranberry orange color with no visible head.

S: Big fruity aroma with tons of fresh natural raspberries and a nice tart/sourness on nose.

T: Some alcohol is also detected. Huge tart raspberry flavor. Flavor is fruity (cherries, cranberries, and raspberries) with a nice rough berry coating on tongue. Hot raspberry alcohol tang finishes this beer out.

M: Mouthful is moderate with a big warm berry sourness going down and lots of acidit and fizzy carbonation.

D: A good sipping beer (wine substitute) for dinner.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle purchased from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed 1" beige head over the clear reddish copper brew. Head lasts and lasts, with tons of little bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass, and heavy frothy lacing. Aroma is tart raspberries, with a bit of an earthy undercurrent. Taste is the same tart raspberries, duelling with malty sweetness and strong alcohol. The sweetness is almost cloying, and the alcohol heartily warms all the way down. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both not bad, but it certainly doesn't go down terribly smooth. Interesting brew, but I probably wouldn't go through the effort or expense to find this one again. To clarify, I can appreciate what they're doing here, I just don't have to like it.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hzy orange/amber color; some sediment. Poured a 3 finger tan head with good retention to a 1 finger cap. Lazily decanted. No lacing.

S: Rasberries and alcohol with a bit of a wild ale note; thats about it.

T: Rasberries with almost a sweet grape wine flavor. Earthy malt and yeast flavors in the foiundation; sweet and sour. Lots of warming alcohol.

M: Light body; almost thin. Ample carbonation. Dry and slightly hot.

D: I don't know what I was expecting. Interestingly flavorful and who knows about balance. Share with freinds and have something sweet.

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Photo of rudzud
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*2008 Vintage*

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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with a bottled on date of 11/13/06. Fort pours a reddish/amber color with a half inch off-white head which went away very quickly. It smells fruity, like raspberries, plums, sherry and alcohol. Just pouring the beer into the glass the aroma comes out very quickly. You can definitely taste the alcohol in this brew, it tastes like tart (but not too tart) berries, pears and alcohol (port/sherry). The alcohol does hit you at first, but after a little while it settles down and the warming isn't bad at all. Obviously, more of the flavors comes out as the beer warms up a little bit. There's also a nice sweet fruity aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium/full, with a good amount of carbonation. It's also a little syrupy and dry. Drinkability is very good, considering the 18% ABV. But it's definitely a sipping/dessert beer. The next time I drink one of these, I'm going to split it with someone instead of drinking the whole bottle myself like I just did. Another good, creative effort from DFH. I'd recommend it to others to try at least once.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.82/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle. Awesome artwork. Think I might get one of their shirts from the website.

Appearance- Pours a spritzy head with minor retention. Color reminded me of when T took a cherry Juicy Juice box and poured it into a glass. Color is a light rose and amber. With some consistant lacing.

Smell- An inspiring mix of alcohol, rasberries, hints of wheat, and sugary candy.

Taste- Starts out as rasberry juice that proceeds into a more sugary rasberry flavor. I found it amazing I could taste the FRESH, REAL rasberries in this beer. The rasberry flavor was not cloying at all. The suagry rasberry then mixed with the alcohol to give it some very comfortable warmth. The finish was a mix of fresh rasberries eaten straight from the basket, sugared rasberries, wheat, bananas, and of course alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Pretty good carbonation that enhanced the subdued sweetness of the rasberries, but helped to bring out the wheat used in this beer. Just spectacular.

I've had two bottles of this so far, this is a reveiew of my second bottle drank. The first was with my girlfriend (who is not a big beer drinker period, but she humored with this one) who thought it was stupendous. When I shared my second bottle with my friend, he thought it was a real treat. Further proof that he really enjoyed it, is that he drank a wine glass full over the course of 45 minutes. This is a rarity with my ber guzzling buddy. Who has drank a lot of my other craft beers a little quicker than I would've liked. But this beer seemed to grow on me more and moe with each sip from each bottle. Hands down, my favorite fruit beer thus far.

P.S. I have one bottle I'm gonna forget about for awhile and report on the results.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.89/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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 $.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of claspada
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange/golden color with a small white head.

The aroma is dominated by sweet, sugary raspberries and booze; a small amount of citrus hops present themselves as well. This

The taste is strong, boozy raspberries, but not in a completely offensive way. Definitely sweet and not what I consider "beer" per-say but good. This is more of a carbonated raspberry mead.

Light medium bodied with a low level of carbonation and a viscous mouthfeel. The strength and sweetness knocks the drinkability down, but this is an interesting beer that's worth a try, but not a repeatable offering in my opinion.

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Photo of glid02
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Grant - thanks! I've been balking at buying this for a while so I'm glad I get the chance to try non-king-sized portions.

Pours a hazy purplish-amber color with a thin white head. The head recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving light lacing.

Smells of bright raspberries with good amounts of darker blackberries in there as well. It's got a bit of tartness that keeps the inherent sweetness from being overwhelming.

Tastes similar to how it smells. There's really no influence from whatever types of malts were used as the raspberry and milder blackberry flavors overpower everything else. Again, they're not overly sweet which is nice. Near the end of the sip a good deal of warming occurs due to the high ABV but it's a good deal away from tasting fusel-like.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. As mentioned before I'm glad I didn't have to polish an entire 750 off by myself as I don't think I'd be very happy afterwards.

Overall this was better than I was expecting - it's a big beer for sure but the alcohol is relatively well-hidden and the berry flavors have good levels of tartness and sweetness. Worth a shot if you can find some friends to share it with.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a big, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A big, fruity aroma featuring raspberries, malt, a touch of hops and a lot of booze.

T: Tasted of raspberries, hops, and some malt. The alcohol, while somewhat well masked,is unavoidable. Nonetheless, this is a pretty solid flavor.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Like a lot of DFH beers this one will not appeal to everyone. However, this is still a drinkable beer.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a murky cloudy gold with no head or lacing.

The aroma is medium with a dominant alcoholic raspberry marshmellow.

The taste is mostly alcohol that burns on the way down with a very little amount of alcohol.

The feel is nice it coasts your throat like cough syrup.

Despite the abv it is actually totally drinkable, I could totally crush this and as bonus bet cracked.

Overall, I was a little disappointed. I was expecting something more fruity to kill the alcohol. Instead there was a slight sweetness that merely muted the alcohol. This has potential but its not quite there yet.

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Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer upon its emancipation from the 750ml brown bottle, resides in the glass a limpid rusted orange with bountiful creamy light tan head that slowly erodes leaving a velum like coating of lace upon the glass. Nose is saturated with raspberries, sweet at the front but a nice tart tangy tones at the back, quite a sniffer this beer, start is sweet with a tangy twang as it hits the back of your palate, the grain profile delectable and the top middling its feel. Finish is staunch in its acidity, the hops enjoyable with a bit of alcohol bite at the very end, quite dry and a real tummy warmer, what a treat on St. Patrick’s Day as I sit here listening to Elmore James, and relax from a long week of drudgery.

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Photo of barczar
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More subtle aroma than expected, though there are definitely raspberry notes and booze.

Flavor is sweet, but the alcohol heat counters, providing a dry finish. Raspberry is noted and pleasant, but doesn't lend any tartness. Almost medicinal, wIth an alcohol burn.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.56/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared last night by Barry. '08 vintage. Holy crap.

This pours a dark, deep inviting red color, with a very small head, and basically no lacing.

Smells really, really, raspberry forward, even 7 years later. It's incredible. Just rich raspberry, tart and sweet at the same time, with some raspberry seed flavor, along with some slight booziness, but nowhere near the aroma I'd expect from a beer of this ABV.

Tasting this, I can hardly believe it's 18% ABV. The booze has basically subsided, only leaving a slightly spicy warming feeling at the end of each sip. Otherwise, there's just a genuinely wonderful raspberry flavor, I can't believe how much raspberry is here even all these years later- there's clearly a deft brewing hand here. Say all you want about Dogfish Head- this is an insane, killer beer. I can't say it's exactly complex- if you're looking for nuanced flavors, or really any flavors other than raspberry, you'll be looking for a while. However, the raspberry flavor they managed to capture here is just outstanding, and that's impressive enough for me.

This is fairly thick bodied, with a juicy, crisp mouthfeel, almost pulpy in a way. There's a lower level of carbonation. It's really drinkable, and honestly doesn't even need to be a sipper. At this age, it's so easy to put down. You gotta be careful though- if you drink too much of it, you'll be knocked right on your ass.

This is one of the best DFH beers I've ever had. It's coming back out again soon, I'll have to put down for 6-7 years before trying it again.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

2015 bottle. I was expecting this to be more fruity. Earthy, not too sweet and subtle raspberry. Kind of tastes like cough syrup. The body is not too thick and the carb makes it drink light, but this doesn't taste good.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled 2008.

A - This pours out a totally hazed pink hued apricot orange hue with a low cream head. Poor retention probably from the alcohol and light lace.

S - Light raspberries on the nose, fresh, but light with a very fruity, boozy nose. The level of alcohol definitely comes out in the nose. A lot of phenols. Mango, light pineapple, and some strawberries. No hops. The malt is the but pushed back.

T - The flavor is rich with phenol and fusel alcohol. A combo of nail polish remover and deep fruits of mango, pineapple, and rich raspberries. Tons of malts in the background.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth with a lingering sweet fruitiness and alcohol burn. A moderate carbonation finish spritzes it up a bit.

D - Between the alcohol and fruity sweetness, it's a great beer but not terribly drinkable. One best split with some people. A party brew.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle poured into taster. 2011 vintage - thanks alex

Pours a bright reddish color with some golden hues. Thin pinkish head dissolves slowly, leaving some wispy film behind.

Whoa - raspberry explosion in the nose. Tons of fruit with a pretty substantial amount of sweetness. Boozy heat is pretty strong along with a smattering of Belgian yeast.

Bold, heavy raspberry and fruit flavor up front. Well, really that's pretty much the whole profile. Intermittent notes of Belgian yeast, soft funk, sweetness and alcohol spike through as well. Finishes warm and sweet.

Fuller medium body, slightly higher carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. I guess this might improve over time but it's entirely too sweet and boozy.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle a hazy honey-golden - quite appealing. Fruity aroma has a bit of an alcohol nip to it. Flavor is mainly fruity - apple, banana and pear - and has a malty undertone as well as a strong, but not fierce, alcohol bite. Texture is smooth and subtly fizzy.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.15/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottled 2008

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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter glass at a Dogfish Head dinner at Rapture. From notes. Reviewed 16 January 2012.

A: Almost a finger of nice head fades quickly. The beer is reddish, translucent/cloudy, and pretty.

S: Whoah! Balsamic vinegar and fruity, cherry cough syrup. Sticky.

T: Uh...It's quite sweet. And still reminiscent of cough syrup. But in the taste a tartness -- raspberry -- prevails. Utterly sweet with no bittering balance, but at 16% what did you expect?

M: Strong and dry, but with a decent carbonation amidst the cloyingness.

O: Too sweet (and strong) for my blood, but perhaps worth the experience.

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Fort from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 510 ratings.