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
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#27,035
Reviews:
569
Ratings:
1,313
pDev:
17.69%
Bros Score:
3.94
 
 
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Ratings: 1,313 |  Reviews: 569
Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Gorgeous, I can hardly wait to drink this beer it looks so good (I write that after having drank it). Beautiful light read with perfectly accompanied head. A bit of lacing but not much.
Smells of strong berried fruits. Not specifically raspberry, but berry scent.
Cherry NightQuil. Very strong alcohol. Strong bitterness at first out of the frige. Bitterness faded and sweetness came out as it warmed up.
Remarkably smooth and fizzy at the same time. Not bad mouth feel at all.
I had two 6-8 oz glasses. I did not want any more and I'm glad because I didn't realize how much alcohol was in it.

Notes: The flavor is too much, not worth the price.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep copper with a reddish hues, very light lace for a head hat sustaind the duration of consumption.
the aroma is malty, hint of raspberry, and alcohol.
the flavor is malty, carmelized sugar, alcohol, spice, hint of raspberry.
the mouthfeel is pretty full, little slippery sweet, sticks to your mouth.
beer is very drinkable but best enjoyed on a cold night.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in DFH Alehouse snifter.

Looks like a vivisected blood orange made liquid, like Francis Bacon had gotten at it, with no real head to speak of. The absolute reek of raspberries pours into the nose, followed by a strong creek of alcohol that meanders through the fruity jungle. No real surprises in the taste, with the spiked berry flavors taking the point and never really relinquishing the high ground, though they do faze themselves out in order to be reinforced by squads of light maltiness. They sit on the tongue with not too much weight and just enough effervescence to keep spirits up.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice rich deep golden color with some hints of read and a great white foamy head.
Smell: Very rich seedy sweet raspberry jam aroma with a hint of hops.
Taste: Very rich raspberry flavor with a slight bitterness from the alcohol and the seediness of the raspberries.
Mouthfeel/overall: The alcohol and sweetness are very overpowering but I can see the advantage of aging this beer.

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Photo of blakesell
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Gravity Head '08 in New Albany, IN. Poured into a 4oz large shot glass, thankfully, not 10oz like everything else.

Appearance- Surprisingly has head for such a big beer. Head was a finger thick upon arrival, but it still lingers fifteen minutes later, and clings to the sides of the glass. Looks like baby gots some legs on her as well!

Smell- Raspberry and BIG alcohol. Smells like a raspberry liquor, which I guess essentially it is. Still is quite malty and has the aspects of still being a beer.

Taste- Whoa. When I tried to go for a large sip, it caught the throat with a firey grip. Raspberry is thin but alcohol remains BIG. Raspberry burn lingers and does not dissipate. I like this beer, but it's definitely not for keeps.

Mouthfeel- Thick, full bodied, warming and palate destroying. I would call this a one time brew for drinking.

Drinkability- 3 may be a little high, and it was nice and warming, but it was still a good beer. I don't think I'll be revisiting it anytime soon, but it was not a bad beer by any means.

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Photo of CASK1
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange glass. Strong off-white head with decent retention. Head fades to a persistent ring on the edge of the glass. Aroma is a mix of fruit and alcohol. Very little malt or hop aroma. Clean aroma, but relatively uninteresting. Fruit is evident and balanced, but not overwhelming.

Flavor is somewhat one-dimensional. Plenty of fresh berry fruit flavor and aroma. Alcohol is evident, and adds to the sweetness of this beer. A bit cloying.

Medium body makes this beer more drinkable that the alcohol content should suggest.

Overall a decent fruit beer, but could be better balanced.

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Photo of djbreezy
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of FightinIrish88
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoubleJ
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've had a bottle since I bought one in Arizona back in March. My friend had a going away party earlier tonight, and I thought it would be nice to celebrate with such a unique beer. 750 ml bottle shared with three other people, on to the beer:

This must be what raspberry fruit juice looks like without the added colors. Murky apricot skin color, no head to be found in this one. The aroma is a nice one. Lovely raspberry aroma, like raspberry syrup. Some booze sneaks through the nostrils as well. The taste is where things become love or hate. It tastes like fresh raspberry syrup, and you feel a moderate kick on the palate, but going down it really burns. It tastes like really good raspberries, but...it's extremely boozy. Syrupy in the mouth, but not cloying, with a pinch of fizz.

I knew I would be in for a ride with Fort. The flavor is really nice, though the afterburn is a high price to pay. 7 ounces was enough for me, so make sure this beer is shared. As for experiments....cook with it, mix drinks with it, impress your friends with it....or attempt to drink a magnum of this.

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Photo of Timtac
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewcrew76
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bright golden with pinkish hues. Thin white head with a thin foamy lacing clinging to the side of the glass.

S - Sweet pilsner malt, sour/tart raspberry. Malt is more pronounced than raspberry.

T - Sweet malt to start, hint of bittering hops in the middle with a tart raspberry finish. Framboise like but with a stronger hint of alcohol and more malty.

M - Tight little bubbles. Crisp and clean with a medium to full body.

D - Decent fruit beer but not overly impressed. Nicely balanced but a hint of cough syrup.

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Photo of Skidz
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours out bright, light gold with pink-ish tints and sits a beaming ruby-orange in the glass witha small light white head. Fades to a faint surfacing of foam with some lacings around the glass. Completely mezmerizing to say the least.

Aroma is clearly and distinctly malty, lightly toasted and crackery with balancing hops presence. Getting to the thick of it, raspberry aroma is very mild are not over-pronounced.

Tastes moderately sweet up front, crackery malts dominate while spicy alcoholic tones pick up from behind, ushering in some hops bitterness with little to no flavor interaction. Raspberries are there, always there, pecking in at the sides but never getting too feisty. Finish is hot, damn hot and drying, not dry, but definately requiring some thirst quencher.

Crisp and clean in the mouth with tact and effervescent carbonation in the teensiest of bubbles. Medium-full in body.

Not a huge fan of this at this point. It is indeed very well managed and balance is achieved on all fronts, including fruit, but man, it is a drag. A beatiful looking glass of beer, but a hell of a long ways away from anything worthwhile, especially when factoring in cost. While many have mentioned that its potency listing seems inaccurate or at least very hidden, I would disagree. It is quite evident, both in flavor and in feel, as well as in the dreaded cough-syrup comparison that almost immediately came to mind. However, credit shall be given where it's due, and it does deserve at least one try. Who knows, maybe you will love it, but I will pass.

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber. Good raspberry aroma and tehre is raspberry taste, strongly malted and biting including candy sugar. Malt liquor 18%. Orange with a nice moderate head and lace. Dry and strong comcomitantly. Thinnish body, good ingredients, Had it four years later on tap, and better, mire fruitiness, bitterness, and liked the lace in appearance.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared a bottle poured into snifters at the DFH pub.

This beer pours up real nice the color is rich dark and inviting. Medium head that fades quickly. Not much to talk about there.

The aroma of this beer was brilliant. The Raspberry lover will want too sniff between every sip.

Taste is of sweet raspberry and alcohol. At 18% it is over powering and takes away from what could have been. Alas...Yet another noble effort gone awry by the way of the Young Turks.

Mouthfeel is average for high end beers, almost full body.

Too bad the finish is not better is could have been an exquisite desert beer.

If they keep working on this beer, the way of our abbey monks in München, say 300-400 year they may have it perfected.

This beer is a fine extreem offering, the score is a good one. Just not my taste. MK

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, bottled in 2008. Pours a hazy amber color, with a very subtle pink hue. White head disappears immediately.

Raspberry aroma, with a huge blast of fusal alcohol. Some faint lighter malt in the nose, but mostly buried in booze.

A bit of lighter malt starts off. Some sour raspberry character. A bit of earthy hops and a lot of booze. A slight pucker at the end.

Lighter side of medium body, carbonation is also light. Huge boozy character, even after 2 years. Very unique, and an interesting thing here. A little certainly goes a long way.

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Photo of edskirk3
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 750 mL bottle on Presidents Day, and opened it tonight and drank it pretty much right out of the fridge. I was considering letting it age until the summer or something but then I thought, screw it just drink it.

"Bottled on 11.28.05" Label is kinda cool.

I poured into my Orval goblet. Amber/orange with white froth that did not last long in a wide-mouthed goblet.

Smells of alcohol. Or as Michael Jackson says, "pepper." My inferior nose doesn't pick up any raspberries no matter how hard I sniff.

The taste is also warmingly alcoholic. It's like a fruit-flavored barley wine, actually. I do pick up fruit undertones, but the alcohol is so dominant. The more I drink, the more I'm reminded of cough syrup (which I hear is a placebo). It's kind of creamy as well.

At the end there's an earthy note. It's woody/grainy. And creamy. And warming, of course.

In retrospect, maybe I should have waited to open this bottle. Or let it warm up a little. It's not bad, but I'm not blown away by this ale. Although, kudos to DFH for making this so friggin' strong. Nothing wrong with that.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the Trading Post Market in Bonner's Ferry, Idaho of all places, they had about 5 of them out on display near the wines. The cashier commented on the price (almost $17 US), and said that she'd never drink anything that was called "Dogfish". The bag boy just looked at me with quiet sullen contempt, probably imagining all the cans of Schlitz he could have ponied up with for that amount spent on the one bottle of weird fucked up beer. I hastily exited....

Comes in a 750 ml brown magnum, only capped, a green-eyed redheaded maiden on the label blowing raspberry kisses. Pours out a cloudy, no...make that murky hazelnut tone, forced highlights of bright pink when held to the light. The head is a quick creamy off-white splash with little retention, leaving a thick creamy ring on top of the beer.

Aroma is boozy with the smell of fermented raspberries, vinuous notes, slight alcohol warmth.

Flavour is instantly warmed by alcohol content, malt is bready, tart red currants, really only the faintest traces of raspberry--I have a feeling the berries were used to help up the abv% to what it more than to substantially flavour this. Or perhaps the alcohol presence is too overwhelming to give the raspberries a chance. Definitely more reminiscent of wine with the exception of the malt content.

Mouthfeel, while a bit acidic from the alcohol content from the fruit, is pretty balanced, on the lighter side of medium-bodied, but still smooth.

Not sure if I have an inkling to try one of these again, especially at the price tag. Definitely some sipping stuff and best shared with others who appreciate trying extreme beers like this. Impressive that they managed to pull something like this off, but it still doesn't wow me.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't a fan of this, tasted like a thick raspberry medicine. This could use some aging on it.

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Photo of rudzud
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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 mrmanning
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sample courtesy of Milos- A slightly hazed orange/deep gold, with a thin ring of white head. Nose is raspberry puree with sugar and alcohol, pungent hops,perfume and some oak. Tastes very strong. Of alcoholic raspberries with a bunch of fresh hops added in. Potent. A bit woodsy with a metallic twang towards the end from the alcohol. Pretty intense overall, but as it warms it does grow on you and becomes more enjoyable. Strong fruity finish with lengthy hop bitterness. Good stuff. Thanks Milos!

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Photo of drseamus
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was served from a 750ml bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter. It was bottled on 11/13/06 and consumed on 1/24/06. It pours a beautiful red color with a very thin off white head that dies quickly. It smells more like wine than beer actually. Behind the strong winey smell is a slight raspberry aroma. I forgot while I was first drinking it that it is 18% alcohol, but in retrospect that explains the taste well. It reminds me of port wine, but is less sweet and slightly hotter. The raspberry flavor is only present in the background. This is a very light bodied beer. I'm not sure whether I like this beer or not. I suppose for 18% ABV, the hotness is to be expected in such a light beer, but it does make it slightly hard to drink. The flavor behind the hotness is good though, and if you're looking to get drunk, this will work. I have a second bottle that I am going to let age for at least a year and try it again. I expect that some of the hotness will be gone by then.

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Photo of MJSFS
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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 chasebrownyeah1
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dogfish head Fort ABV: 18% Bottled in 2008!

A: Beautiful looking beer. Has a redish to yellow tint to it. minimal to no head or lacing.

S: The smell is of fruits(mostly raspberries) and red wine. This beer smells and taste sweet! Has a very unique smell and very advertising.

T: Taste of a very wonderful sweet red wine. Has a raspberry taste with a hint of wheat, hops and malts. This beer is very balanced, but has a distinctive bite... The alcohol!!

M-D: From what I said earlier has a balanced taste and the flavors of the beer just go together greatly. This beer is a sharing beer... I am, of course, sharing this with my bro. This beer I would drink only one a night and have others to sip on. Good "Chilling" beer!!

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Photo of lefty418
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Fort from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,313 ratings