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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:
1,267
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
27.45%
 
 
Wants:
168
Gots:
449
For Trade:
32
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Reviews: 555 | Ratings: 1,267
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. Still, no real complexity or depth is featured in the flavor profile. 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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Photo of DovGibor
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/23/15; poured into a snifter. Deep orange color veering slightly towards light red. Minimal head that quickly settled away.

Aroma is sweet berries with maybe a hint of malt. Giving the glass a swirl liberates some light alcohol notes that blend with the berries. Mouthfeel is rich, though noticeably light on the carbonation.

Taste is fruity with a light tartness that balances and makes the beer enjoyable. It's much closer to a mild lambic than the much boozier tasting 120 minute, World Wide Stout or Olde School. There is a touch of sweetness, but not at all cloying or medicinal.

Overall this is much lighter than I expected; more in the nose than the palate. Not to say it's a flavorless beer, just less robust than I expected from a Dogfish 'big' beer. It's enjoyable, though I think there are some light lambics that match its quality and are easier to find than this occasional rarity.

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

Surprisingly, for a Belgian style it didn't overflow with an uninformed hard pour. It leaves a decent amount of lacing on the Dogfish Head snifter. It has a reddish hugh. Mainly clear.

Smells yeasty with sweet fruit.

Raspberry up front, but a lot stronget in the aftertaste for me. A nice Belgian base. Slightly spicey, with some sour, musty yeast. Seems to be a decent amount of hops. I notice some bitterness in the middle. There is also some alcohol at the end, but not too bad.


Excellent feel. Creamy, with a slight crisp bite.

While this is very sweet, the raspberry flavor does not overpower the beer at all. It does drink quite a bit like a wine. I had no idea it was 18% until I looked at the listing. It does not drink like it at all. Very enjoyable

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Photo of devilfluff
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 bottle. Poured into a small tulip.

Less pink than I expected. smells of raspberries, but not the overwhelming flavor I expected. Hugely booze, big alcohol burn.

I think a couple of years will mellow this nicely.

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Photo of barczar
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More subtle aroma than expected, though there are definitely raspberry notes and booze.

Flavor is sweet, but the alcohol heat counters, providing a dry finish. Raspberry is noted and pleasant, but doesn't lend any tartness. Almost medicinal, wIth an alcohol burn.

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Photo of themind
2.96/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Well the 17% is hidden, I will give it that. Anything else, not so great. Is it drinkable?, yes but its kinda flat. It's flavor is not bad, its just a bit dull. The raspberry is there but it has a syrup consistency to it.

Bottom Line: In the glass, looks good. After that...not sure. Would revisit.

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Photo of Hops3
4.77/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I tried this beer for the first time on a release night at a local Dogfish Ale House. Fantastic. I only had one but it was wonderful. This is a sipping beer with sweet mellow raspberry taste. Don't expect strong raspberry however. The strong 18% ABV mellows the fruitiness. A little taste of hops but not over powering. This stuff is truth serum so be careful who you drink it with.

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

This is a bomb! The bottle did not have an alcohol content, at least I could not find one, but it hits one pretty hard. The beeer had a very nice color and a good head. The taste was very complex but the raspberry flavor came through strongly. Very good beer.

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Photo of Jpottersls081
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent beer, starts out smooth just the right amount of raspberries, will keep you warm on a chilly November night, raspberries from start to finish, not overbearing on the alcohol or raspberries for an absolutely knock your socks off ABV of 15-18. I have two bottles I will cellar for a few years, my guess is it will mellow and strengthen, can't wait to see. I shall review again.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
2.96/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

2015 bottle. I was expecting this to be more fruity. Earthy, not too sweet and subtle raspberry. Kind of tastes like cough syrup. The body is not too thick and the carb makes it drink light, but this doesn't taste good.

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Photo of buckeye1275
4.77/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 edition. 12 oz bottle. It's been a few years since I've had this beer. I picked up two 4-packs for $34.99 each. Expensive , yes but considering it's 15-18% I'm only drinking one over a 2 hour span.

Nice reddish, deep color with a fruity aroma. The taste is very complex. Tons of fruit notes from the raspberries but a nice, thick mouthfeel as well. You can't taste the alcohol at all. There is a sweetness to the finish that I really like. I'm gonna drink 4 fresh and cellar the other 4.

Great beer.

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

2011 Bottle

A - Pours a nice, clear, raspberry red color with a pronounced creamy lacing, no head.

S - Straight up raspberries and booze, even after four years!

T - Up front raspberries, no malt presence at all on the palate, and finishes with raspberries and booziness.

M - Heavy medium body, lip smacking sticky, noticeable warming on the way down, wet finish with the ABV evaporating off the top and leaving the sides on the tongue watering for more.

O - IMO, this beer scores way lower than what it deserves.

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

750ml bottle: This one pours a red tinged clear amber color. There was about no head or lacing to it. The aroma is nice. Some raspberries with a little tartness to them. The taste is quite good. Tart raspberries with a nice ale backing them up. You don’t even notice the alcohol until its too late!

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Photo of Pegasus
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep claret in color, with a small head, which soon fades away. Modest carbonation drifts lazily to the surface. The lacing is faint.

Aroma: Intense notes of raspberries and vinous, spicy alcohol

Taste: Begins with over-the-top raspberries and sweet and spicy alcohol. The alcohol is quite warming and by no means subtle. The raspberries, tart and juicy, play off against the strong and spicy alcohol, with neither dominating. Both the raspberries and alcohol intensify as the taste progresses. Leafy hops lurk in the background. The alcohol brings the taste to a graceful close.

Mouthfeel: Very soft, full, velvety, with a texture similar to that of port wine.

Drinkability/notes: Stunning and elegant, for me, comparisons to port wine are inescapable. Its a pity that Fort is no longer made, I cannot think of a more elegant accompaniment to a holiday dinner than this. This was 2008 vintage.

Presentation: Packaged in a one liter Belgian-style brown glass bomber, sealed with a pry-off cap, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice, though a champagne flute might have been equally appropriate.

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

Bottle shared last night by Barry. '08 vintage. Holy crap.

This pours a dark, deep inviting red color, with a very small head, and basically no lacing.

Smells really, really, raspberry forward, even 7 years later. It's incredible. Just rich raspberry, tart and sweet at the same time, with some raspberry seed flavor, along with some slight booziness, but nowhere near the aroma I'd expect from a beer of this ABV.

Tasting this, I can hardly believe it's 18% ABV. The booze has basically subsided, only leaving a slightly spicy warming feeling at the end of each sip. Otherwise, there's just a genuinely wonderful raspberry flavor, I can't believe how much raspberry is here even all these years later- there's clearly a deft brewing hand here. Say all you want about Dogfish Head- this is an insane, killer beer. I can't say it's exactly complex- if you're looking for nuanced flavors, or really any flavors other than raspberry, you'll be looking for a while. However, the raspberry flavor they managed to capture here is just outstanding, and that's impressive enough for me.

This is fairly thick bodied, with a juicy, crisp mouthfeel, almost pulpy in a way. There's a lower level of carbonation. It's really drinkable, and honestly doesn't even need to be a sipper. At this age, it's so easy to put down. You gotta be careful though- if you drink too much of it, you'll be knocked right on your ass.

This is one of the best DFH beers I've ever had. It's coming back out again soon, I'll have to put down for 6-7 years before trying it again.

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Photo of kamikazeokami
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Jonada
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. 2011 release. Poured into a DFH signature glass

Appearance: Pours a dark amber orange color with less than a finger of an off white head, that dissipates to a thick collar and wispy foam coating. Body is relatively clear with a good amount of visible carbonation

Smell: Tart raspberries, booze, sherry, vanilla, sweet malt and a light Belgian yeast quality.

Taste: Follows the aroma pretty closely with sweet, tart raspberries being the most prominent. Following that are notes of dark fruit, booze, red apple and a caramel like malt. There’s a mild Belgian yeast undertone as well (almost like a Belgian blonde turned WAY up) but is overshadowed by the more assertive flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a thick, sticky, syrupy mouthfeel and medium levels of soft carbonation. Sweet, but not cloying, with a light raspberry tartness in the finish to balance it out. Not sure of the ABV for this batch, but for an 18-ish % beer, this is dangerously drinkable (but obviously still a sipper).

Overall: This has been a strange, random want of mine for quite a while, so it was nice to finally be able to tick this. With that said, the beer itself was a pleasant surprise as the reviews on this seem to be quite mixed. While it’s not a beer that’s super complex, it is a (REALLY) big ass raspberry beer with big flavors, that accomplishes what it’s going for and (most perhaps most impressively) does it without being a boozy mess.

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Fort from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 1,267 ratings.
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