Fort | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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83
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1,300 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:
1,300
Reviews:
566
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
17.89%
 
 
Wants:
169
Gots:
447
For Trade:
31
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Photo of brewcrew76
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
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 -3.5%
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 FightinIrish88
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoubleJ
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
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 -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Poured to an oversized wine glass. 2011 vintage.
Pours on the redish side of orange, a vigorous pour pulled a one finger head that was gone in a hurry. Nice spotty lacing.
nose is big and boozy, I get burnt sugar raspberries and tropical fruit. Big alcohol burn dominates the nose.
The raspberries is up front in the taste but is still overshadowed by the high alcohol, aside from that I get burnt sugar and toffee reminiscent of a barleywine.
Mouthfeel is super sticky, big body, and medium-low carbonation.
This is my third time trying this beer. The first time was in my second month of craft beer and I thought it had gone bad and poured it down the drain, the second time it was four years old and fucking delicious, this time it was fresh and I have to say this is a beer that needs aging to meet its full potential. At 4 years I'd give it a 4.7.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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 -3%
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 -3%
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 -3%
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 -3%
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 -3%
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 -3%
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 khargro2
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rlee1390
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber carbonated with a nice two finger head, however after a while it starts to go flat.

S-Raspberries, fruit, and some alcohol.

T-Very sweet overwhelming fruit/raspberries. Alcohol is present as well.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation, and alcohol heat is there.

O-An interesting beer. If it wasn't for the price tag I'd pick up another and age it for a while. Alcohol was strong fresh.

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Photo of kamikazeokami
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If you like raspberry juice smacking you in the face and giving you Type 2 Diabetes...this is the beer for you. Not in the same sweetness league as Serendipity, but it has less depth, not terrible...not the best.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped. Bottled 2011. Served in a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazed grapefruit red with a couple of fingers of beige foam. Heat settles to a fluffy ring. Some broad lacing.

Aroma is very much like raspberry soda. Bright berry fruit, floral garden notes. Some alcohol.

Initial flavor is intensely sweet, with a syrupy fruit quality. Things sour a little and tartness emerges in the middle, but sweetness sticks around too. Both flavors linger on in the aftertaste. A slight alcohol taste in the finish, but amazing how well buried it is. Overall I like the flavor but it does have some unpleasant cough syrup qualities.

Full bodied with medium-low carbonation. Drinks quite thick and syrupy.

I'm used to Belgian-style beers with fruit in them to be a lot lower in ABV and with much higher carbonation, so this one is pretty unique. You certainly don't need more than one glass in a sitting.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
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 jculler82
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange amber with a thin, white head. Settles to a ring after a few minuts.

Some vanilla in the nose, alcohol, maybe a bit of grainy malt, but not much else.

The raspberries come through in the flavor very nicely up front, they are followed by yeast esters that catch you off guard and make Fort a sipper.

Overall, Fort could use some tartness in my opinon. It's a bit hard to drink in quantity.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the first batch of Fort brewed just before the Extreme Beer Fest in Jan 2005. Hand-bottled by the brewer, unlabeled and sealed with cap, red wax and string with a black wax tip. This one is back when the beer was "Forte" : French for "strong," and the World's Strongest Fruit Beer, brewed with Oregon and Delaware raspberries. 20% ABV

Pours a hazed amber orange, topped with a ringed white lace. Little head retention.

Aroma was a bit off-putting initially, but once warmed ... smells like fruity antacid or zinc lozenges. A bit musty. Deep raspberry cordial and solvent in the nose.

G'damn! This is one hot and fruity beer! The heat creates one harsh mouthfeel. Super solvent-like alcohol burn that taunts with heartburn, and seeps into the palate. Loads of alcohol spice. Peppery palate smack. Sticky cough-syrup and cheap schnapps cling and deliver the palate a major beat-down. Raspberry character is strong and distinct. Lime-like stab across the palate, just beneath the berries. Big fusel alcohol rips your esophagus to pieces. Surprisingly, the finish is pretty damn clean and bone dry.

It burns! It burns! We swear this is Devil's blood. The juice of Satan! But we can't stop drinking it! And each sip makes the pain more ... pleasant. All hail Fort!

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Photo of epyon396
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of depechemode1983
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a murky brown clay color. No head and no lacing at all.

S - Semi sweet and mostly tart raspberries. Some vinegar makes it way through along with some caramel and tons of booze. Smells wonderful.

T - Tart, sour and surprisingly pretty sweet through the middle. Sour raspberries are what this beer is mainly about. Plus tons of booze. I rate this as an experimental brew.

M - Thick and syrup like with almost absent carbonation. Guess it works out alright.

O - I could see myself going after this one again. Though I didn't rate it high I think it would be a good conversation piece with guest or at a party. Not complex by any means but damn tasty.

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Photo of phishsihq
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fort pours a reddish-peach color, capped by a thin white head and a wall of lace. Was totally surprised by the nail polish & alcohol aromas bursting from the glass, we were not expecting Fort to weigh in at 18% ABV, slight hints of raspberry linger in the nose. The first sip made arm hair stand on end, with a strong alcohol burn lingering in the finish, but with the next sip the sweet and tart raspberry flavors cut through the alcohol and make the brew much ore palatable and enjoyable. Medium bodied, Fort also features a moderate amount of carbonation. BIG and Bold, Fort was more then we expected, yet enjoyable all the same. Definitely an Off-Centered Ale for Off-Centered People!

Cheers!

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Photo of armock
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a murky dark orange color with an off white head no lacing

S - Raspberries stand out the most with some spice and alcohol scents

T - The alcohol is very present then the spiced raspberries come through

M - This has a full body with lighter carbonation to it

D - The abv kills this beer it could be a lot more drinkable if the alcohol wasn't so present this is one of those beers that you drink just to say that you had it I won't be running to the store to buy more

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Fort from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.69 out of 5 based on 1,300 ratings.
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