Fort | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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%.

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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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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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Fort from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 1,259 ratings.
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