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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552
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1,257
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
27.45%
 
 
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Photo of DmanGTR
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes on 11/28/09. Thanks to my buddy Kyle for this early Christmas present!

A - poured burnt sienna orange with a short lived 1/2" head that became a sparse sing. Somewhat cloudy, but very rosy. Pretty! 3.5

S - Raspberries, hint of marachino cherries, lots of sweet caramel malt, lots of alcohol. It's like BAM, right in your nose! 4.5

T - Immensely boozy but a ton of raspberries and malt backbone. Lots of caramel and a hint of spiciness. A sweet dessert beer indeed. 4.5

M - Lovely and velvety. Pretty good carbonation, could use a touch less. Medium bodied. 4.0

D - Obviously very boozy. A sipper. 3.5

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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 prototypic
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's extremely hazy and has an autumnal look. Looks slightly tangerine-esque in color. There's some light getting through, but it's impossible to see through it. Head is a little off white and only a finger deep. It receded quickly and left a light lacing on the glass.

Smell: The nose is incredibly inferior to what it should be. It's very weak. There are definitely rasberry and fruit notes in addition to a light alcohol aroma. Perhaps some light maltiness in there. It's virtually void of anything else here. Disappointing to say the least.

Taste: It's very sweet and has an interesting sour character to it. Certainly the rasberries are responsible for its fruity, sweet taste. The sour component is more interesting a more difficult to pinpoint. It as if a hint of vinegar were added to the mix. It's far from offensive and actually adds character. Surprisingly, it works pretty well. It's nice and malty which adds more to the sweet taste. Alcohol is certainly noticeable and has a warming effect on the way down. But, it's blended about as well as it can be for such a big beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied bordering on thick. Definitely a sipper. It's carbonated well and is relatively smooth. Far from a spectacular feel, but it's very good. Drinkability is limited in my opinion. It's certainly above average considering its intriguing and complex flavor. But, due to the 18% abv and the very sweet taste, I'd be very hard pressed to finish a complete 750. Fortunately I'm splitting the one I have. It's just a little too big and too sweet to warrant further consumption.

Fort is an interesting beer. No doubt it's a novelty that's worth checking out. I'd throw out suggestions for improving it, but I'm certain that it's exactly as Dogfish Head intended. I'll take it as it is and judge it accordingly. Definitely worth picking up, even if only once.

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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 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 arizcards
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber in early January from Sportsmans for $15.59.

Beer poured a red orange color with a decent head initially. Initial impression was one of pouring a glass of wine. Nose has a very wine like pleasantness, very heavy of raspberry puree. Taste initially was heavy on alcohol but settles down afterwards into a steady source of heat. It is pretty nice, of raspberry malts with an almost dark chocolate bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied but very smooth. Drinkability would be very good if sharing the bottle as an after dinner apertif. I believe this would pair well with dark chocolate. I honestly did not know what I was getting into before trying this. I am not sure if i want to take on the whole bottle in one sitting. This is worth a try but something I will not go after again,

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Photo of Oakenator
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color but with a shade towards red/pink - definitely showing some raspberry color. Head is decent at pour, lingers, and laces for a bit along with the beer but then disappates. Smell from this 1 yr old brew is somewhat boozy but with a berry sweet note present. Taste is heavy sweet upfront with candy showing, alcohol burn on the back of the throat through the middle (but expected at 18%), and then raspberry and candy to finish. A treat to be enjoyed every once in a while!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled On: 2011 10:33

A: Pours a golden sunset color with big hues of pink. Not much of a head, but given the abv thats no surprise

S: Raspberries, alcohol, and some light malts. Fairly dominated by the first 2

T: Same as the nose, big on the raspberries and alcohol. The abv is actually hidden fairly well, I would have guessed around 11-12%, as the huge amount of raspberry seems to tone it down a little. Sweetness and alcohol linger, with the sweetness winning out for about 10 seconds after. I guess the ton of raspberries used pays off after all

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. With the abv, I'm surprised at the level of carbonation that is present (which is a good thing, as it helps wash away the booze)

O: A very interesting and delicious take on a fruit beer. The sweetness and alcohol balance out quite nicely and make this dangerously drinkable, albeit still a sipper that should take at least an hour to finish a 10-12 oz serving

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-brown with very little head that disappears immediately. Surprise, no lace.
Smell is malty, alcohol, strawberry, and dark fruits.
Taste is like sherry with malt, dark fruits, a big hit of alcohol with no noticeable raspberry but a slight strawberry note.
Full-bodied and a medium effervescence, smooth, almost chewy. A really good beer if a sipping one.

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Photo of merlin48
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge bottle pours a chill hazed but radiant copper body with a small almond head that quickly falls to a pink fringed skim and collar. Aroma is subtle, odd considering the bottle is stamped with a bottling date just over a month ago. Raspberry jam notes are joined by model airplane glue to the nose. Odd, but really pleasant. Medium body with spritzy carbonation. Taste is sticky with big doughy maltiness, sweet/tart berries, and the pleasant taste of the model airplane glue you loved as a kid. Solvent-like is an understatement, but it works here for some reason. Finishes dry with a kiss of grapefruit that comes out of nowhere. Surprisingly drinkable for such an enormous fruit beer. Another oddball brew from DFH.

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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 sulldaddy
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampling this brew with Stopper. Poured slightly chilled into a snifter clear amber color with eggshell white edge layer of head.

ARoma is a bit of grainy malt but dominant sweet raspberries. First sip is fairly thick body syrupy texture and very fine carbonation, that tingles my entire mouth.
Flavor is almost all sweet berries from start to finish. Not very complex, almost like a fruit wine.

A tasty enough beer, but I wouldnt buy it again.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at the Dogfish Brewpub in Rehoboth Beach.
Served in a snifter as an apricot colored beer with scant head.
Smell is very fruity with very strong berry notes.
Taste is of berries without being too sweet. It really is a great taste and the alcohol only slowly arises as the beer warms.
Leaves a nice berry taste in the mouth without the sweetness that you would expect.
As drinkable, almost too drinkable, as you can get for an 18% beer. I was surely aware of it the next morning.
My wife an I toured the brewery the next day and picked up a bottle for New Years Eve. I will see how that compares to the on-tap version.

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Photo of CHickman
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 7/9/07: pours a cloudy copper reddish amber with a 1/2 inch foamy tan head; smells of raspberries and malt, with that sweet scent like a port wine that just screams of heavy alcohol content.

Sharp taste of raspberries and malt up front, with the warming alcohol feel starting as the brew slides down and then gets sweeter as it comes to a dry finish. Very light carbonation and decent lacing, but this beer leans more towards a wine or barleywine rather than a true beer (like the 90 Minute IPA for example). After the second sip I started to taste citrus, like orange peel and/or lemon, as well as some caramel, maple syrup and other spices that were present, but so repressed by the dominant raspberries and malt flavor that my taste buds couldn't decipher what they were. The alcohol is noticable, but considering it's 18% it was pretty well masked.

This beer is like the Lindeman's Framboise Lambic on steroids, and I mean that in a good way. It's an interesting beer that would go well with desert or a piece or dark chocolate, but it's not a session beer. I'm glad I shared it my wife as a nightcap since it was a "mood" setter, but this is not a beer for anyone looking to drink beer. This is a solid experiment from Dogfish Head, but overall is a tad too sweet for me to come back and have this again unless it's for a romantic interlude involving a good beer with a high ABV, chocolate and some hot lovin' on the agenda!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/13/06

Appearance - pours out a hazed red-tinted amber. A brief light tan head that forms and disappears like I'm pouring a soda. A slow bead of bubbles from underneath sustains the thinnest of collars.

Aroma - a fusel hit right after opening this baby. Huge barleywine-like malts, a decent dose of fruit but nothing major. Smells absolutely potent, that's for sure.

Taste - caramel, sticky sweet malts at the fore. Sweet raspberry, very sweet. Holy smokes, a serious alcohol breath on this, even after three+ years aging. Some biting fruit tartness on the swallow provides the only attempt at bitterness. The abv heat, fruit snap, and malt bigness make a flavor almost like ginger ale at times. So very warm down to the belly, this will be an all-night sipper.

Mouthfeel - low-level carbonation, a slick feel without too big a body. Nicely done.

Drinkability - never again solo, but certainly with help.

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Photo of Todd
4.39/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a long-stemmed, wide-bowled red wine glass the 1 pint, 9.6 fluid ounce bottle pours a hazy tea appearance, with shimmering orange hues and shades of pink and peach. The beer is topped with a respectable white foam head with wispy lace and gentle cling to the inside of the glass.

Big aroma of raspberries and huge solvent alcohol fumes, akin to Chambord, and pungent as the beer warms. Dots of savory spices and fresh hops in the nose, too.

The lively carbonation not only helps to retain the lacing, but it's the first introduction to the beer. It's spritzy, invigoration and amps up the beer's sharpness on the palate, followed by a smooth creamy feel. Alcohol definitely makes itself known. The heat worms its way into the palate with solvent and spice. Raspberry flavor is juicy, tart and dominates as it mingles with the alcohol to create a unique cordial-like experience. Malty backbone with sublet caramel, honey and vanilla lingering in the background. Belgian-esque with a dose of candi sugar-like sweetness and spices found in some Belgian ales. Suggestions of lime in the bitterness compliment the tart raspberry. Slight leafy hop character comes across the palate, followed by a salty edged linger on the tongue as the beer fades and dries away. Some solvent heat and spice remain in the finish with faded raspberry flavors for quite sometime.

Definitely one to share with friends, or someone special as "lights out and good nightcap." Although the beer's flavors open up as the beer warms, some might want to stick to serving cold to avoid the alcohol heat.

Pair it with something big and bold, like a Baked Brie en Croute, a hot chocolate torte, or selection of soft dark Belgian-style chocolates. Or better yet, make mini-fruit cups with fresh peaches and raspberries and soak them overnight with half a bottle of Fort. Top with fresh cream and a mint leaf, and pair the dessert with the other half of the bottle.

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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 allengarvin
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice glass, this is a very murky beer. It is slow to develop a head, and that dissipates quickly after it forms. Strong, sweet raspberry aroma, to the exclusion of anything else. Very heady beer, strongly alcoholic from the start. Raspberries in abundance, and generally sweet, but fortunately not cloying. Dogfish Head does have a lot of skill at making a reasonably drinkable extreme-alcohol beer, I admit. But this one is fairly one-dimensional compared to something like their Raison d'Extra. Interesting concept, but not that interesting of a beer.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2011 vintage.

Pours a super-hazy rosy dark-orange. Head formed easily in the tulip and has remained a near three-finger constant. Laces, too.

Raspberry skins, floral perfume, floral hops, tart cherry, and pomegranate berry. Nice, after two years.

Raspberries and flora, and I don't mean sour critter flora. Flowery and still somewhat hoppy. Boozy burn in the finish with some lingering white wine-like sweetness, but not 18% booziness. More of that tart cherry/pomegranate and red currant fruitiness in here. Touch of strawberry leaf. Malts have notes of toasted pecan and treacle syrup. Interesting.

Dangerously drinkable. Medium-to-sticky body and feel with a lot of leftover trapped effervescence. You just have to fight the lip-smacking.

Excellent stuff. I miss the hoppier fresh version I've had on-tap, but this was fantastic, too. I feel like this is, at least, close to the sweet spot for this brew.

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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 brotherloco
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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 GCBrewingCo
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured crystal clear amber golden with a white and wispy head which fizzed like a carbonated soda and left the building just as quickly.

The aroma was raspberries and cherries as the carbonation flashed away. After the intial rise and demise of the head the aroma became a low level raspberry aroma with a strong fruity presence. The raspberries were easier to detect from further away than from directly over the glass. Some slight spice was present due to the alcohol in the aroma.

The flavor was alcoholic and lightly fruity with only a brief reminder that the beer was supposed to contain rapberries. The flavor was brash with a strong impression of alcohol which warmed the palate from first sip. The flavor was fruity, but not complex and not well balanced. A bitter flavor was present, but it did not seem to emerge from hopping.

The finish was dry with a harsh alcohol presence long and lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and the carbonation was very, very low. The alcohol in this beer really caused quite a bit of warming and was harsh and burning.

The beer was certainly not a favorite and reminded me of an almost failed attempt to copy Troegs Mad Elf with raspberries and to see how far alcohol could be taken in a beer at the same time. It was not awful, but it was not complex, more an extremely strong beer with raspberries. For the price of admission, I'll pass next time.

750 ml bottle. Bottled on 11/28/05, $19 at OUAV.

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Photo of flexabull
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

November 2006 bottle.

I've had this bottle for at least two years, it's been so long that i don't remember who sent it to me. Whoever it was, thanks again!

Pours a amber/pink color with a pretty good white head.

Aromas are you guessed it, raspberries. Not much else here, maybe some cream.

Taste is boozy, but not too sweet. Slick and think, light creaminess. Finish is tart, with a very raspberry character, and some alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is good, nice and thick.

Drinkability? Not really... Intersting beer for sure, but man, I doubt my friend and I will be able to finish this bottle.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear copper-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of strong raspberries, booze, a bit of Belgian yeast and some floral elements.

T - Starts off with some strong sweet raspberry flavor with some tartness. Through the middle, some booze comes through with some floral flavors. The finish is a mix of more sweet and lightly tart raspberries with some booze and a bit vanilla and yeast.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Pretty drinkable. A bit one dimensional, but the strength and complexity of the raspberry flavor is really nice.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/28/05

Saved this beer for my birthday, and it was worth it. Poured a reddish-copper, with a thin but well-retained head. Lots of bubbles, like a champagne, and a great stack of lace as the glass emptied.

Smelled predominantly of raspberries, vanilla and sweet spices. A buoyant and thankfully not-too-sweet aroma.

Flavors: excellent depth. There's a small liqueur-type bite, but at 18% ABV, the alcohol is hidden pretty well. Amidst the fruity, pungent, spicy essence is a veneer of wild yeast, all of that offsetting what could've been a too-sweet concoction, but what turned out to be a nicely balanced, complex, intriguing drink. Raspberries, yes. But there's a lot more going on here, especially in terms of spiciness and the full-bodied, kinda wild essence given off by the yeast.

Mouthfeel was full of fizz, yet held a round, heavy, somewhat glaze-y heft.

Despite the high alcohol, this went down extremely well. A beguiling, intriguing brew. What is this exactly? (besides another amazing Dogfish Head invention.) Pricey, which limits drinkability, but well worth the experience, at least once.

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Fort from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 1,257 ratings.
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