Fort - Dogfish Head Brewery
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4.43/5 rDev +20.4%
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. Patricks Day as I sit here listening to Elmore James, and relax from a long week of drudgery.
03-18-2006 00:46:07 | More by Gusler
4.03/5 rDev +9.5%
Poured on-tap and served in a snifter, the beer is a cloudy, orange-amber coloring with a frothy, dense, small bubbled off-white head. Aromas are surprisingly subtle, with a strong raspberry and booze blend of the nose. Not overly sweet or tart on the nose, it smells great. Flavors are rich, with a heavy fruit and malt sweetness balanced very well. Raspberry tartness is solid, but remaining light to avoid being overpowering, with a good, smooth, creamy malt backbone. The beer has a decent lacing along the glass, and the body is round and smooth, with a velvety texture as it clears the palate. The aftertaste is a little sharp, with the tart raspberry flavors meeting a roasted, earthy backbone. The finish has a slight linger and cloy, but the increased ABV cleans that up quickly. Very smooth and flavorful.
01-24-2012 19:12:11 | More by GarthDanielson
4.85/5 rDev +31.8%
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.
03-07-2006 04:35:48 | More by scruffwhor
3.2/5 rDev -13%
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.
05-19-2012 17:40:37 | More by xnicknj
4.1/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
01-29-2010 22:17:44 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.7/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly cloudy dark orange amber with a thin off-white head that dissipates in to a ring around the glass with a hint of lacing. Aroma dominated by raspberries, slightly sour. Intense lavor of sweet raspberry juice with a hint of sweet malt and alcohol. The flavor is pleasant and interesting at first, but develops a medicinal quality and then the alcohol hits with a very hot finish. Light to medium bodied. I found the sweetness to be appropriate, but the ABV made this difficult to drink except in small quantities, not a feature I enjoy for a beer. Glad I tried it, but may not devote enough time to finishing another big bottle of this. I would buy this again in a smaller bottle.
04-08-2012 03:12:54 | More by LiquidAmber
3.68/5 rDev 0%
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.
12-30-2009 03:47:25 | More by jrallen34
4/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
09-30-2010 13:25:20 | More by avalon07
4.1/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
05-27-2007 23:37:59 | More by bluejacket74
4.25/5 rDev +15.5%
Paled orangey brown color with a dusty white capping of yielding, crispy froth that grows up to about a finger high. The foam slips away quickly however, no surprise for a beer this big, but was impressive to see anything from it. Minimal lacing in a few spots.
Aroma is much like that of raspberry/strawberry yogurt, kinda soft, creamy, with a nice auromatic waft of fresh raspberry ice cream. Dulled in both sweetness and sourness, yet has that specific grab about it that goes with normal berry-like freshness.
Taste is nice. Firm, bold, filling, and tasty. This actually is fairly tame, its not a slap in the face, and/or palate, with the raspberry tartness or sweetness normally associated with raspberries. The malts really hold it together nicely with a slightly nutty, thicker bread dough-like tone and mild eagerness to fill the palate. The raspberry flavors are balanced in well, much like the nose, its dulled and taken down a notch in tartness and sweetness. Making for a softer, firmer ride. Only a slight tartness buzzes about as does that raspberry tangyness. Finish is rounded and full with a slight drying and fruity woodyness.
Feel is very nice as its quite filling and full. Quite bold within enriched highening of girth from the malt base used to keep the raspberry from being the true king in its flavor. Nicely balanced and very drinkable as the tartness and sweetness are well in check.
Drinkable, and dangerously so. Never a detection of the 18%, where was it? I have no idea. But its there, brilliantly hidden under all the rich texture and milding, yielding flavors. It has only a slight wamth beyond the point you know you're drinking something big when it begins to unfold and breathe onto your palate. It sinks in and gets ya that way. It has a certain politeness about it that itrigued the hell out of me. A solid fruit beer if there ever was one. For specail occasions, and what not. But the price tag ($16+) and the ABV will keep it from being a mainstay.
07-22-2006 14:23:41 | More by tavernjef
3.85/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
03-06-2011 17:14:28 | More by Cyberkedi
3.23/5 rDev -12.2%
2007 bottle, enjoyed in 2011.
A – Beautiful color; raspberry ice tea and black cherries. The head has a solid consistency with trace pink highlights. Ok retention, but poor lace.
S – An interesting contrast between light aromas of sweet apricot, wood, and booze, and darker notes of medium grade honey and prune.
T – Sharp booze into a crisp oak, plum and brown sugar. Medicinal middle. The darker fruits fade into a distinct raspberry and molasses backend.
M – Aggressive alcohol on a medium body. Ok carbonation. Incredibly long, sweet, oaky finish.
O – At 18% I'm definitely looking for some booze in the profile, but I wasn't a huge fan of the way it played out in this beer. The alcohol felt detached from the rest of the profile; more of a distraction than an asset. I was surprised that 4 years of aging didn’t do more to mellow out and integrate the profile.
07-31-2011 15:54:54 | More by vfgccp
3.48/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
08-24-2010 20:10:11 | More by claspada
3.53/5 rDev -4.1%
A- pours a murky dull orange, thin head. Decent head retention, no lacing.
S- smells like a sour/tart.
T- slighty sour. Fruity, would say raspberry because I know better hah. Boozy N' wild, don't bother this guy none.
M- medium mouthfeel, spot of carbonation I feel.
D/O- split between a few people for the girlfriends bday, we all enjoyed. Liked more than my score would indicate. Another experimental success in my book from DFH. Thanks MammothBrew!
06-26-2011 04:46:05 | More by Duff27
Fort from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 951 ratings.