Fort | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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FortFort
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

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:
551
Ratings:
1,252
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
18.21%
 
 
Wants:
167
Gots:
447
For Trade:
32
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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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Photo of zonker17
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slight head on an beer that resembles something between an old ale and barleywine. Not a hint of redness. Nose more like a old ale. Lots of raspberries here but the beer base is very strong. Bitter and missing some balance. Heavy mouthfeel and higher than expected carbonation. Bought 2, but 1 would have been enough. Will see how it ages.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter)

L: medium-dark, reddish amber liquid, light cloudy specs (pectin?) floating about - didn't see anything about it being bottle-conditioned... some strands of scummy surface suds do remain till the end

S: honey, lightly-medicinal booze... booze is tame, very low fusel, if any of note... the fruit is faint, and could be partially influenced by the yeast - smells more like an essence, like a scented lip balm, and not overtly raspberry... overall depth in smell is weak

T: fruit much more prevalent on the palate, like a rich concentrate... mildly metallic in the aftertaste with an almost cherry pit flavor and woody bitterness... certainly a malty base...

F: beautiful degree of deep warmth starting in the back of the throat, firing down through to your thorax... the body and finish is light, though there's a definite plumpy, wobbly jelly pouch up front - fades out swiftly, leaving little residual stick

O: it's basically a fruit and beer liqueur - the booze and nice balancing act with the raspberry is what's notable here, it's a simple construct, otherwise, but with much room for embellishment and experimentation (endlessly thinking of herbs...)... I would drink this lightly chilled... side note: compared to the recent reissue of Raison D'Extra, this actually tastes a lot like how I remember it tasting last I had it (from a bomber) in about 07-08

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Photo of bhyndthebottle
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pretty raspberry red hue, with a good head and lacing that lasts. Nose is all tart raspberry, with a sweet malty backing. Taste follows smell , with a spicy, slightly alcoholic sweet finish. Overall a really good beer for being 18%. I would love to try this again in 2 or three years.

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Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of earthiness, dark citrus, slight spice, alcohol, slight sweet malt, and strong yeast. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable Beer. Tastes of strong alcohol, raspberries, strong yeast, earthiness, hint of wine, and slight sweet malt. Overall, I was hoping for more raspberries, the wine/earthiness was impressive, but the alcohol strength was a detriment.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears ruby-cooper, clear fizzy and with slightly off-white foamy head. Lacing cakes around the glass.
Smells like raspberries in a wine-like fashion, strong on the nose, yet not in an alcohol burn type of way.
Tastes tart and raspberry-licous, with a strong fruit-perfume lingering aftertaste, and sweet malts. Somewhat medicinal, numbing, yet tasty.
Feels a little syrupy and medium-thick.
Solid enough winner from what you'd normally expect from DFH's high-strength, yellow-capped offerings. And at about $10.00 per single bottle, it's not a bad buy.

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Photo of havron
4.52/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage 12 oz bottle enjoyed fresh and poured into a tulip.

L: Pours a deep amber with copper tints topped by a thin ring of white head displaying impressively sticky lacing for the ABV. Would be clear if not for lots of suspended solids (presumably bits of raspberry fruit) that hang motionless within the brew, defying gravity.

S: The nose is dominated by an intense aroma of tart raspberries, backed up by a sweet caramel maltiness akin to that of DFH's anniversary brew, Higher Math, only with the tart cherries replaced with fresh raspberries (and no chocolate of course, not that HM has a particularly strong chocolate presence anyhow). Surprisingly little booze for the absurd ABV, but it is unmistakably there.

T: A pleasant tartness hits the tongue first, quickly exploding into a jubilant burst of intense raspberry flavor buoyed up by a blast of sprightly carbonation and a backbone of sweet caramel malts. Boozy alcohol peaks sharply in the middle but is actually quite smooth and does not overwhelm; feels like about 12%, tops, rather than 18%. The cozy raspberry flavor trails off mercifully slowly, revealing just the right amount of yeasty background notes that characterize the base brew firmly in the advertised Belgian ale region of the beer spectrum. Tart raspberry flavors continue well into the finish and linger long on the tip and sides of the tongue. Delicious.

F: Full-bodied and viscous, even syrupy. Aside from the carbonation, this feels almost like more of a liqueur than a beer, but that's not a bad thing.

O: Very unusual. Unusual, and wonderful. This is absolutely delicious, and grows on you with each sip. Can't wait to see what a little age does to this. I am going straight out and buying a couple (expensive) four packs to put away.

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Photo of bnes09
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very strong alcohol character. Sweet but not too sweet. Lots of raspberry but not overpowering. Mild, underlying, leafy, herbal hop. Full, dense body. Unique and tasty fruit beer.

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Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle into snifter. pours a murky orange cognac color with minimal head. nose; faint boozy raspberry, belgian yeast, banana sweets & slight medicinal, phenolic cherry. taste; lightly tart raspberry puree, sugar and big bready malts are the backbone here. lots of light fruit syrup middle sweets including apple, banana, cherry & pear and some honey at times. hops are minimal, but there is a bitter bite hidden in here somewhere. at 18% abv, the expected alcohol character is well-tamed and pleasantly warming - no harsh bite or aftertaste. medium+ carbonation and a heavy mouthfeel. i'm not a fruit beer fan, but this one has its appeal. i usually dislike tart beers, but amidst so much alcoholic fruit sweets, the tart is a welcome highlight here. i would really be interested in trying an aged fort, but i lack the patience and discipline. =)

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured Fresh
smell: citrus, pine, caramel
taste: tangy, raspberry, sweet caramel, wood, slight booze
Feel: well carbed, tingly, booze is hidden very well
will have to try aged in a few years

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Photo of 57md
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a reddish copper with practically no head. The nose is sharp and unpleasant - most reminiscent of nail polish remover. Tart fruit, most particularly raspberries, dominates the flavor profile. However, the drinking experience is lessened because this offering is far too thin to carry the high alcohol presence.

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Photo of curasowa
2.26/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear, reddish color with a thin cap of head that fades quickly to a ring.

Aroma: Medicinal, phenolic, cherry cough syrup and raspberry juice.

Taste: Cough syrup. Very boozy, phenolic, sticky sweet berry juice.

The Rest: This should not be drunk fresh. It is almost unpalatable. Definitely needs to rest quite a while.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2015 Bottle served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: poured thin with a small head the went away quickly.

Nose: berries, raspberry, alcohol, solventy, sweetness

Taste: medicinal, raspberry, hot alcohol, tons of booze

This needs to age. I'll take Sam's recommendation and try it again in 2 years.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice. Bottled on 10/23/15.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber red with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of off white head that settles into a thin patch.

Smell: A very fruity and sweet Belgian style aroma with a scent of raspberries and yeast. Big upfront scent of raspberries. Belgian yeast with some hints of pepper, clove, and funk. Malt hints of caramel, straw, and biscuit. Sweet hints of sugar. Also some subtle fruit hints of apple, pear, cherry, and raisin. Not as boozy in the nose as expected. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very fruity, sweet, and boozy Belgian style taste with notes of raspberries and Belgian yeast. Big juicy and sweet upfront taste of raspberries. Belgian yeast with some funk and notes of pepper and clove. Malt notes of caramel, biscuit, cracker, and straw. Sweet notes of sugar. Also some fruit undertones of cherry, raisin, apple, and pear. Some noticeable alcohol. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and fairly syrupy. Boozy as expected at 18% but it isn't too much.

Overall: A very good imperial take on a fruit beer. Huge raspberry flavor with some nice Belgian yeast. Somehow avoids becoming a cloying mess. Pretty good fresh. I'm going to get another bottle to age.

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 10/23/2015. Pours slightly hazy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lightly tart raspberries, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, pear, apple, pepper, candi sugar, toasted bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, raspberries, and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big lightly tart raspberry, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, pear, apple, pepper, candi sugar, toasted bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of yeast/alcohol spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, pear, apple, pepper, candi sugar, toasted bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, raspberries, and moderate malt sweetness; with a great sweet/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from yeast/alcohol spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light-moderate warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial Belgian fruit beer! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, raspberries, and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the enormous ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zac16125
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter
vintage 2015


A: Pours a real pretty dark amber, slightly hazy with a big 2plus fingers width of dense appearing light tan head. Good retention before dissipating down and leaves a moderate amount of lacing. 4.25

S: Raspberry, belgian-yeast, booze. Not a ton going on but its quite pleasant and the nose hides the ABV well. 4

T: Its quite boozy, and somewhat sweet. Decent amount of fruity raspberry, but its an artificial raspberry flavor like syrup. Surprising amount of bitterness. Some fusel ethanol. 3.75

M/D: Fuller bodied but not think. Boozy but not hot. Carbonation appropriate. Not syrupy at all which is impressive for the ABV. Drinkability is pretty good all things considered. 4

O: Its obviously quite boozy but for a person who generally enjoys boozy beers this one is quite enjoyable. 4

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Photo of headbangingteacher
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Your mistake if you keep this cold and drink it cold. If you do, you will get that cough syrup flavor you may have read about. Otherwise, allowing this to warm brings forth a slightly sweet, noticeably boozy, yet frighteningly smooth profile. Imbiber beware.

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

Fresh this beer is too hot. Aged it is very good. This past weekend I split a 2015 bottle with some of my in laws and then we sample a 2009 bottle. Although I am not a huge fruit beer fan, the 2009 was very smooth and drinkable. So the moral of the story is if you get this beer, sit on it for awhile to let it mellow.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

When it comes to DFH monsters, they usually hide the booze well. While a bit alcoholic, it hardly seems like it's 18% from the nose. Having said that, I could use more raspberry. Oh Godzilla, I regret saying that after tasting it - this is a raspberry and sugar bomb. It opens sweetly enough to give anyone a diabetic coma. On the plus side, I feel the 18% more than I taste it - and despite. No real complexity or depth is featured. The feel is one part total treacle, one part orifice warming. 2 oz of this raspberry syrup is more than enough, but I'll finish this anyways, because $10 a bottle.

2.78/5: So sweet, it cured Wilford Brimley of his diabeetus just so it could give it to him again

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter.

Deep ruby orange grapefruit body color, literally like a ruby grapefruit, and fairly opaque body. Non existent pouring head with a thin and occasional big bubbled collar. Slightly whispy top as well.

Aroma is actually quite subtle. Fruit raspberry, a small hint of cotton candy and salt water like taffy as well but far less sweetness than anticipated. No boozy quality either, making for a nice raspberry aroma and not being sledgehammered on the nose.

Palate is quite interesting. Taste like a classic strong ale, with an interesting very prickly carbonation mouthfeel. Hints of thick caramel but with a much more toned down sweetness. Raspberry fills the palate nicely and controlled. Mild sweetness with tones ranging from mild sugar to honey on the aftertaste with an almost tart berry following as well. Not the slightest bit boozy.

A real nice fruit beer, well in control. Not in love but certainly not disappointed in it either.

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Photo of UncleRandy
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The 3 on taste is an average. The first sip for me took me back to my youth, taking liquid childrens' tylenol. Memories? Great. Taste. Ugh.

But this grew on me after a few more sips. Heavy alcohol throughout. I think cherries may have done this one more justice than the raspberries, but that's a personal preference.

I won't be seeking this one out. Glad I bought a single.

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Photo of HiWire
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear mahogany. No head at all. No lacing. Smells very malty and sweet. Tastes of, drum roll please, raspberry. Raspberry malt bite?, is that a thing? I hate raspberries. Dog fish you sucked me in again. WTF am I drinking?

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Photo of oldn00b
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly rusty copper, fizzy head does form and a ring retains.

Nose is huge on raspberries but not much else aside from a bit of alcohol.

Flavor is exactly as expected - a solid touchpoint for me is Blushing Monk. This comes across like a 120 minute Blushing Monk in flavor mostly. The extra booze gives it a bit of a medicinal flavor which I'm hoping will dissipate with some time.

Feel is a bit brash, drying and more alcoholic than sweet. It's a nice beer, but I think some time will do it well.

Comparing it to a Blushing Monk (from memory) it has almost the exact same flavor, but the higher ABV really does bring the medicinal quality I'm not a big fan of. It doesn't have the glorious color or that incredibly mouthfeel either - it's possible the latter will come with time but probably no such luck with the former. It's nice, glad I have more, but one fresh was enough for now I think.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a dull amber to bright and slightly earthy orange. a finger or so of an off white head. weak retention but leaves behind a slight lacing and some alcohol legs as it swirls. strong clarity and strong brightness.

Smell: strong and intense berries. comes of a bit artificial but still juicy and nice. some pale and bready malts. strong booze.

Taste: opens up with raspberry juice. has a bit of sweetness to it. little to no tartness. malts come through pale and a bit on the bready side. booze shoots through to balance out any sweetness and add some vanilla-y notes.

Mouthfeel: medium to full feel. nice balance. strong booze and warmth. fairly clean besides the warmth.

Overall: most fruit beers are either tart or overly sweet, but this one finds a nice balance for the sweetness with the booze. another great high abv brew from dogfish head, although this one may taste the booziest of the bunch.

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Photo of gr0g
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle from 2015. Color is orangey-amber, while there's little head formation to speak of. Smells strong and potent. Aroma is of ripe raspberries first and foremost with plenty of caramelized/brown sugar backing it up. Alcohol notes are surprisingly light.

Flavor is very sweet and very strong, as expected. There's more to it than that, though, unlike, say, Higher Math. Bit of alcohol burn on the finish, but not overpowering. Raspberries lend their flavor in a more subtle way than they contribute to the aroma -- it's not like a fruit liqueur, though the mouthfeel is a bit syrupy. It's also a bit harsh and fizzy. Strong, fruity, tasty. The very definition of a sipper. Enjoy with good company.

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Fort from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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