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Fort | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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
Reviews:
555
Ratings:
1,266
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
27.45%
 
 
Wants:
168
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448
For Trade:
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Photo of bubseymour
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer with about 11-12mo. age on it. Nice big beer with the rasberries very noticed. I think the balance of hops, sweetness and fruit work pretty well. It actually feels a little lighter than 18% and is not that boozy at all. Would guess it to be at 12%. Maybe because it had a year of age on it this beer worked well. Not sure, but it was decent.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a murky amber with a one finger off white head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is raspberry and alcohol.

T - The taste is sweet raspberry, tart cherries and cranberries with a very strong alcohol presence.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel with a harsh finish.

O - The raspberries provide a nice balance of sweet and tart but are overpowered by the heavy booziness.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Slight chill haze, or maybe there's some miniature floaters in there, of an amber-copper hue with a minimal, fizzy tan blanket.

Smells like raspberry spiced apple mead, with that little round, warming honey or wine-like heat, with maybe a little cherry cough syrup following through. As it warms, it just turns to straight jet fuel.

Taste is somewhat cloyingly sweet at first, but cut with hot hot heat. I get tart raspberry and cherry, again it's a bit too close to cough syrup. There's some Belgian malt and yeast, and a bit of apple cider vinegar.

Mildly frothy, but pretty harsh, with the rim of the glass getting really sticky. The yeast may be a little bitter, but overall this is sweet and hot.

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Photo of Chris_Dimmer
4.56/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had no idea this was 18%!? Excellent beer. Very smooth to drink. The fruitiness adds the right amount of bitterness to drink the high ABV beer

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Photo of riversider76
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a amber brown with a thin head. Not much retention, and a minimum of lacing. Aroma is of sweet fruit, candy and alcohol. Body is on the light side. Taste has hints of raspberry, along with other fruits. You will feel the burn! Very Belgian in style. Excellent.

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Photo of Giggy
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very sweet yet slightly tart at the same time. Intense flavor, alcohol taste is masked. Definitely smell the alcohol on the nose, takes away a bit of the aroma it could have. Served on tap in 4 oz. increments, probably a wise move.

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Photo of DankScuba
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cellared for about 9 months.

Appearance - Pours between an amber and ruby color, with more orange coming through when put up to the light. Head dissipates quickly, as expected from a beer with this ABV.

Smell - Heavy raspberry with a hint of dark fruit. Overwhelming sweetness, almost cotton candy-like. Smells like jam. Slight booze coming through as well.

Taste - Sweet raspberry and fruit flavor, followed by mellow Belgian funk. Lemon tartness cuts through the middle.

Feel - Significantly less syrupy then you would expect. Definite alcohol bite at the front of mouth. Throat warming from the high ABV. Finish is almost akin to a very dry cider.

Overall - Very tasty beer fruit beer worth sharing with some friends. It may be nostalgia, but I remember the original version (however long ago) having a bit more raspberry flavor coming through. I'm interested in leaving my last few bottles to see how they change over a few more years.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big, bright raspberry presence up front that quickly transitions to a more bitter cherry cough syrup character. Boozy. Belgian spice throughout and a feel that suggests some wheat in the malt bill. It's pretty syrupy and concentrated mid-palate, but avoids being cloying thanks to the bright start and relatively dry Belgian finish.

The story of this big beer is the battle between really nice raspberry wit flavors (think DFH Red & White on steroids) and not-so-nice bittersweet, medicinal notes. Ultimately a very interesting beer to sip through if you can get a decent bargain (picked up this bottle for $8).

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2015
~6 months since bottle date

Appearance- Pours an orange, light amber color, transparent. Half finger thick, fizzy, slight off white colored head, dissipates quickly. Tons of sticky alcohol legs cling to glass.

Aroma- Tart, juicy raspberries, jammy. Sour apples, cherries, lemon, little bit of spiciness. Hints of fusel alcohol.

Taste- Raspberry puree, tart and juicy, subtle sweet maramalade. Tart cherries, cranberries, sweet honey, hints of spicy apple. Hot fusel alcohol notes linger with raspberries.

Feel- Medium feel, slightly syrupy but far less than you would think given the ABV. Moderate carbonation, lots of booziness.

Overall- Raspberry aroma and flavors are very authentic, wonderful fruity tartness with hints of sweetness. All sorts of other subtle fruit flavors come into play, adds a nice complexity. Beer is very hot at this age, all sorts of boozy notes but nothing that detracts from what the beer is. Well done for what its intended to be.

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Photo of PVMT
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reddish pour with a hint of a head. Smell is straight raspberries and alcohol, almost like a Swedish Fish. Taste follows, but the raspberry flavor is more tart, than sweet. But the boozy taste is overpowering. Finishes a bit tart, more booze. Couldn't drink more than a few sips of it.

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Photo of CraigP83
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking sunset color, smell is fruity raspberries, wheat and booze. Taste immediately makes you pucker similar to a New Glarus Raspberry tart, not nearly as sweet though. Very boozy. Worth trying a few sips, but i would struggle to finish off more than a couple ounces

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Photo of EMV
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

L: Pours a semi-opaque dark amber color... hints of ruby red as I hold it up to the light. Thin tannish head, passable lacing.

S: Booze and raspberries.

T/F: Strong and fruity... alcoholic warmth from the get-go that lasts through the entire sip. Strong raspberry flavor... fruity... a bit funky. Mild to moderate carbonation... better as it warms as the Belgian yeasts add a little complexity. Finish is surprisingly dry.

O: A really tasty fruit beer... boozy as heck and definitely a sipper. Not one I'll be having regularly but a pretty cool beer from Dogfish Head. Well worth a visit.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Bottleneck says Bottled On 10/23/15.

A- Pours a light orange/amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Sweet port-like aroma with a cherry/raspberry aroma and a pronounced but not unpleasant booze fume.

T- Huge raspberry sweetness that doesn't taste artificial. Also notes of honey, cranberry and cherry. The alcohol is hidden exceptionally well for a beer with such massive gravity. Closest thing I can liken this to is a fortified wine/beer

M- Slick and slightly syrupy with medium-low carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Haven't had this in years and it's pretty much just as good as I remember it being. I remember the raspberry being just a bit more assertive and the color being more reddish and opaque but, other than that, they've gotten really close with this batch. Hope they can keep it up in years to come.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, bottled 10/23/2015. Finally getting around to reviewing this one from Dogfish Head, always excited to try something new from them. No abv listed on the bottle anywhere.

Poured into a Big Eddy snifter glass.

A - Pours a deep golden orange body with hues of red / pink. Less than a finger of wispy white head. Thickish in appearance, with slow-rising carb. Sediment visible.

S - Aroma of juicy / tart raspberry puree, and lots of hot boozy alcohol fumes. Still on the fresh side, the beer smells "young" in terms of booze heat.

T - Taste follows the nose: tart / juicy authentic raspberries, and lots of warming alcohol. Big boozy alcohol bite. Sweet, tart, and fruity, but the alcohol content is strong and noticeable, somewhat overpowering.

M - Feel is syrupy, semi-thickish. Very hot with the booze heat. Low carb, not terribly easy to put down stuff. Definitely a sipper.

Overall, a hot boozy monster of an ale. I liken it to a more alcoholic version of Founders Blushing Monk. I would be very interested to see what some serious age could do to one of these bottles.

Dogfish Head Fort -----3.5/5

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Photo of strohme2
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/23/15 poured into a tulip.
Looks like a muddled reddish brown, small 1 finger head.
Smell is jammy raspberries and nail polish remover.
Taste is mostly raspberry, more nail polish remover, rotten fruit. My wife said it tastes like a bad wine. I get that aspect. Some heat is present too.
Medium mouthfeel, some bubbles help carry the taste from start to finish.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy reddish brown with a thin off white head.

Smell: Strong fruit and alcohol smell.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of alcohol, wuthering a sweeter fruit taste and mild bitter hops.

Overall: Not what I expected, but it was a good beer, I would have it again.

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Photo of IckyT2012
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick and sweet like syrup. I'm gonna sit on my other bottle because I have a feeling this beer isn't going to peak for another 4-5 years. Cannot wait to try it aged.

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Photo of stevoj
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at brewery. Usually I expect this kind of wallop from an Imperial Stout or a barleywine. This one come from a jar of jelly, at least that's what it smells like. Silky pour, aroma of berries, taste comes on full fruit with associated alcohol burn. Really strong, but tasty. It will just take a while to get through....

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Photo of agreenman19
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L - copper amber. Clear, but a TON of floaties! Swirling it around the glass leaves legs!

S - it burns! Intense raspberry and alcohol.

T - raspberry Juicy Juice overwhelms. I can see the yeasty Belgian character. Has a slight rusty metallic twang. Tart cherries. Sickly sweet, kinda like Higher Math. The alcohol just annihilates my tongue and gums.

F - not as thick and syrupy as I'd expect. Higher carb (probably a result of the Belgian base). Doesn't exactly mix well.

O - not sure about this one. On one hand, I like a raspberry bomb, but on the other, I think the Belgian direction was the wrong way to go. Would've liked to see a raspberry stout or something like that.

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Photo of Moose90
2.72/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a slightly pinkish hue into the glass with great clarity and a slim off-white colored head on top that leaves behind some solid rings of lacing.

S — Smell is pungent raspberry and phenolic yeasty character. Very much booze forward and hot right out of the gates.

T — Taste starts well enough with notes of raspberry and Belgian yeast character. Gets quite phenolic and boozy quickly, finishes like cheap vodka.

M  — Warming, scorching, hot, lacks balance.

O — Just overdone, this would be good if it wasn't so overpowering alcoholic, this drinks like terrible cheap raspberry vodka.

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Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy copper with moderate off white head.
S: It smelled like wheat bread with raspberry jam.
T: It tasted like sweet and tart raspberry with wheat bread and honey malt. It had a clean and sweet aftertaste with a ton of alcohol warming.
M: It was oily with a bit of carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was an extreme brew with simple scent and taste. Nice body, but super hot so it had to be sipped. Age could only help. Fresh is ok.

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Photo of bluehende
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little too heavy in the raspberry aspect. This beer drinks much smaller than 17 percent. I would figure the tartness of the berries is responsible. All in all a very enjoyable beer as I love raspberries.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle, 2015 vintage.

Beautiful reddish brown, crystal clear body. No significant head to speak of and only traces of carbonation.

Sharp smell of fruits, lacks significant complexity, but its a very pleasing smell. Thin body, and taste that follow the aroma. Finishes with booze, not an unsettling amount, but enough to scare you a touch.

Overall, this is beer maybe technically, but drinks much more like a dessert wine. Its tasty, but should probably be given at least a year or more to let the flavors come together better.

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Photo of lefty418
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It looks beautiful when it's in the glass, smells like raspberries and the initial sip is good. My only issue is the aftertaste. It's super boozy and to me a little metalic. It's 18% so definitely a sipping beer.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber color with a small foamy head. Head retention and lacing are minimal. Strong boozy aroma with molasses and dark fruit. Even the aroma gets you drunk. Wow!! Strong, boozy, molasses, bourbon, dark fruit. Sip this one only.

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Fort from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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