Fort | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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1,301 Ratings
FortFort
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 18.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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%.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,301
Reviews:
566
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
17.89%
 
 
Wants:
170
Gots:
447
For Trade:
31
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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12oz can with a bottled on date of 10.2015

L - Cloudy amber brown, with no head or lacing left on the glass

S - Belgian candy sugar, booze. Cotton candy

T - Like the smell, very sweet, very boozy! Almost an instant buzz!

F - Medium body and carbonation.

O - An excellent slow sipper. Enjoy one, yes just one!

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Photo of MikeWard
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. bottled 10/24/15, so closing in on 22 months old. 18.0abv

a fairly aggressive pour yields a clear dark amber body with a ton of suspended particles. (yes, clear, but floaties) small off white head leaving a trace of lacing.

aroma is very nice indeed. tart raspberry smell, with a decent but not overpowering booze hit. thought about waiting for the particles to descend, but they were suspended, so......

taste. Oh wow. smooth raspberry flavor with the warmth of the alcohol behind it. wonderful combination. i would imagine this one benefits greatly from aging. Fresh it would likely be an alcohol bomb.

a little below full on the mouth, sweet/tart raspberries on the finish with a little bit of alcohol warmth.

Overall, aside from the suspended particles, at 22 months this is one hell of a beer. Thanks Dogfish Head, sorry i only picked up the one bottle.

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Photo of khoff5
2.56/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of drocpsu
4.52/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle poured into a tulip glass. Based on the other reviews that this beer was a bit hot, I let it sit for a while. Decided it was finally time to open it up. Beer poured with a nice 3/4" head and a luscious aroma of raspberries. Taste had a bit of heat but definitely did not seem overpowering to me. Raspberries really shine through in this one. Fruity-Sweet, but balanced the touch of boozy heat wonderfully. I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but honestly, I loved it. Thought it was fantastic. However, I do love raspberries though, so it was right up my alley.

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Photo of BamfBacon
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one aged a couple years (I had a taate of a fresh one too). It definitely mellows quite nicely with age. It is still a little boozy, but the raspberry character has become more prominent

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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of groleau
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a flight of 4 aged beers at dogfish head
Bottled 2011 drank 2017
Look - drark golden color alight skin around the edge
Smell - funky raspberry booze
Taste - lots of raspberry and lots of booze
Feel - medium body with a warming effect probably due to the high alcohol
Overall - not bad but to fruity for me

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Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SSGCujo
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of g00ey
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of HattedClassic
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a nice looking clear reddish amber color but has a lot of flakes that really ruin what could have been a very good and attractive beer.

The smell and taste are good. They have a similar strong sweet and very lightly tart raspberry note that comes off as slightly syrup but is still good. The note is moderate in strength and is at a nice level. There is also a decent Belgian notes but it gets swallowed by the raspberry notes. There is a light booze note that works well with the raspberry notes.

The feel is meh. It has a syrupy feel and very little carbonation that creates a fizzy feel. It's fairly smooth and syrupy.

Overall, yeah go for it. It's a decent high end vegetable beer and worth the price.

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Photo of Nunya
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kuges
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mambajahamba
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of derkfromwi
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not feeling this one. This bottle is about a year old I've been sitting on. Still harsh alcohol burn. Raspberry is faint on the nose followed by harsh alcohol. Slow sipper, a bit better as it warms but not something I ever want to have again.

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Photo of Timc32
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ruzzal
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Furlinator
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutHunter
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Dogfish Head's Fort for $9.99 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this one for a while and since this is the first time I've ever seen it on the shelf I though I would take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks good, it's goes well with the beer and it's a little eye catching. It poured a darker orange color that took on an orange and pink color when held to the light and it had a quarter of a fingers worth of bubbly white head that faded to nothing and it didn't leave any lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but it would be better if it had better head and some actual lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with a sweet raspberry aroma being the first to show up and it imparts a sweet raspberry jam like aroma that's slightly medicinal and it goes into the booze which is very noticeable, and pretty boozy. Up next comes the malts which just impart a sweet malt and pale malt like aroma with a little a bit of doughy yeast and towards the end it has a little bit of a candy like aroma. This beer has a nice aroma, but it's pretty boozy and sweet.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but not as rough around the edges and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the raspberry being the first to show up and it imparts a sweet raspberry juice and jam like aromas that are just slightly medicinal and that goes into the booze, which is noticeable and pretty warming, but it's a little lighter than it was in the aroma and the sweetness is a little lighter too. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast which goes into the malts which are lighter than they were in the aroma and they just impart some sweet malt and grainy flavors. On the finish there's a little bit of bitterness with some tartness and boozy showing up and it has a candied raspberry, sweet and boozy aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, it's sweet and boozy, but it's like a more refined version of the aroma.

M- Not the smoothest, a little cloying, fairly boozy, pretty damn warming, sticky, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it was smoother with the alcohol hidden a little better.

Overall I thought it was a pretty nice beer and it's a nice example of the style, it's one big, sweet and intense beer, but that's always to be expected with these really high gravity beers from Dogfish Head and it did deliver when it came to the raspberry flavors. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, half the bottle is the perfect amount for me, it might start to get too boozy and sweet after that. What I like the most about this beer is the balance in the taste, it was better than the balance in the aroma. What I like the least about this beer is the sweetness and boozyness, I think the alcohol could have been hidden just a little better. I might buy this beer again, but I wouldn't turn one down and I would be interested to see how this one ages. I recommend trying this beer if you like raspberries and you can handle lots of sweetness and booze. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it, I see what they are going for and it lives up to being a high gravity raspberry Ale. but when it comes down to it it's a little tough to drink more than 6 ounces of it. It's not a favorite Dogfish Head beer and it's a nice example of the style. Nice job guys, this is one big and intense raspberry beer, keep it up.

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Photo of Jason1221
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from 2015 aged in wine fridge and poured into Kane chalice.

L: Tiny head that disappears almost right away. An 18% ABV will do that for you. No lacing, tiny ring. Beer is a mostly clear deep Amber.

S: The smell is all macerated raspberries, honey, and sweet malts. Surprisingly, you really can't pick up the alcohol.

T: But you can taste it. The good thing is after 2 years it has mellowed considerably, justifying my decision to skip a review then. Raspberries up front, with honey and sweet malts. Very much like a mead. Alcohol is there, but doesn't dominate finish, fortunately, and competes with sweetness.

F: Full bodied, medium carbonation. Balance much improved by aging. Construction simple, but good. OK drying or sweetness would become cloying. ABV heat there, but not overbearing.

O: A good once in every great while dessert beer. Definitely age this.

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Fort from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.69 out of 5 based on 1,301 ratings.
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