Fort | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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83
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1,293 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:
1,293
Reviews:
562
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
17.93%
 
 
Wants:
170
Gots:
451
For Trade:
31
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Ratings: 1,293 |  Reviews: 562
Photo of jagada
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in early 2005, consumed on March 28th, 2009.
Stored in a fridge for 3 years. Held up well.

Appearance: mildly bubbly pink with no lace. Almost champagne like but under carbonated.

Aroma: medicinal like cherry or raspberry cough syrup. It's actually a little tough to tell form the aroma which fruit is the main component of this beer. Somewhat boozy. Spicy and zesty.

Taste: Raspberries are present but not overwhelming. The fruit is more generic now and the flavors are muddled fruit liquors blended together. Slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel: much more mellow than when it was first bottled. Boozy and slightly syrupy with a medium to full body and only light carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad at all and better than when this was fresh, if I recall correctly.

For the price though, this just doesn't work for me. It's a one trick pony and not one that I particularly like.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Viperman1316
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of colts9016
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has a been a beer that I have wanted to try for a while, I really do not remember the reason as to why. Poured into a Schlitz goblet at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A two finger head that is ivory in color, creamy and fluffy. The head has really good retention, considering it is a high alcohol brew. The color of the beer is a medium reddish orange color with mahogany tint. The clarity of the beer is clear with a touch of cloudiness. Small carbonation bubble slowly drift from the bottom of the glass. A smart looking beer with a coy smile.

Nose: Surprisingly I smell malts lots of malts, caramel, toast, and biscuit notes. The raspberries come through next offering a fruitiness and sweetness. The alcohol is a supporting actor with an eye on the Oscars. Other aromas in the beer is a slight floral note, yeast, and citrus.

Taste: A big beer with tons of raspberries seeping through the malt and alcohol. The malt is rich complex, toasty, caramel, and biscuit flavor. The raspberries are slightly sweet and fruity. The alcohol stepped up and made the performance of it is life and everybody knows its role. Other flavors is floral, yeast, grass, sour, and citrus.

Mouth feel of the beer is chewy, warm, slight astringent, and carbonated.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. This big body beer is fantastic, but not perfect. The Belgium profile gives the beer a unique style, then mix in the raspberries makes it unforgettable. The alcohol is prevalent, but fairly balanced with the other flavor. I am glad that the raspberries did not get lost in this brew. Wish I had one more to age for a few years, would love to make comparison notes.

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Photo of Warren2621
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CreightonSM
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DovaliHops
2.54/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, light orange color with a hint of pink. Small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is sweet cherry/raspberry with hint of cough syrup (Benadryl). Boozy and medicinal. Taste is medicinal as well. Very sweet...can't get over the medicinal flavors in this one. Sweet cherries and raspberries with booze. Mouthfeel is full bodied and hot. Drinkability is not very high. Overall, a good experience, but not something I would purchase ever again.

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Photo of Azpittil57
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This is a very complex, confusing, and not very drinkable beer! It is tart, sour, high in alcohol and not very drinkable, making it the doppelganger of Lindemann's framboise, which was the first lambic I ever had. It has many different flavors - it is quite alcohol tasting (18% ABV!) but also has a powerful sourness and abundant apple and cherry fruitiness. There is also a fair amount of spiciness. You would not drink this at the same times you would drink other beers. Recommended despite a distinct lack of drinkability.

Color was a bright ruby red/orange. Aroma was very sour and fruity with some maltiness. I've already commented extensively on flavor. This beer is rather undrinkable; I love sour, but there are Flemish sours that are much more drinkable than this beer. But this and my other criticisms aside, this beer is something that you've got to try!

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Photo of BColton1
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of jjanega08
2.34/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A= pours an amber color. Sort of a golden amber with a small thin white head on it that has some decent retention for the strength of the beer. The lacing is minimal

S= Pungent. Loads of rasberries in it with a ton of booze. The heat is obvious and sort of fusal. Smells like rasberry jetfuel.

T= Not as much heat as I anticipated but there is still a TON of heat in this one. Nice rasberry flavor in it which I expected but the heat on this one is way to much. Tastes like rocket fuel.

M= A low carbonation slick sticky feeling.

D= Not what I was hoping for. Way to hot. I find DFH beers are great at around 10- 12 percent on the high end. When they venture venture further the heat starts to be a little too much. Interesting beer but not the best.

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Photo of MisledTitan
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sarge3130
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 mL bottle.

Tried 18 Jul 2008, bottled 10 Jul 2007.

Small head that quickly dissipates. First pour was clear and rosy in color, after about half the bottle was gone sediment turned it hazy and slightly brown. Aroma of raspberry and alcohol. Starts with raspberry and brown sugar, alcohol is upfront and quite warming, bourbony. Sweetness fades through the middle, becoming more resiny at the finish. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel.

Somewhat less raspberry/fruity than the NG Rasbperry Tart. Not bad but for both overall taste and price ($20 v $9) would take the NG over this.

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Photo of CGMLS3
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of Kuges
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
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 MammothTarantula
1.87/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Overpoweringly sweet. One dimensional booze bomb that sells for the ABV alone. My first drain pour. Sorry for ranting.

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Photo of Yancey82
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a big beer. No doubt. Great sweet aroma. Tons of raspberry favor and lots if booze. Definitely a sipper. Gonna take my time with this one.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Fort
750 ML brown bottle
Served in a St. Sebastiaan tulip glass

* Enjoyed with LB *

Pours a golden amber orange blend. Awesome head that leaves trails of sticky lacings. Thick, sudsy, foamy head.

Super intense nose with strong whiffs of blackberry, strawberries, rasberries and mangos. Pure berry delight.

Sweet, juicy berry flavors with a strong syrup quality. Incredibly intense sense of ripe, flavorful of fruit juice. I like how this beer is complex, unique and enjoyable. Don't underestimate the power of this brew.

This beer is extremely difficult beer to compare to. A totally original beer style and delivery. Another DFH beer that deserves much credit.

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Photo of Spider889
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have had this fresh on tap at the brewery, a bottle about 6 month old, and most recently a bottle that was a little over a year old. I can definitely attest to this beer getting better with age.

I shared this bottle at the first Central Ohio beer tasting. Love the label. 12/2009 bottling.

The beer is a mild amber color, mostly clear. Not much head but we weren't in a rush to take a full pour of a beer so strong.

The smell has really opened up on this with some age. Some were complaining of the booziness, but for a beer of 18% you've got to expect that, no matter how well hidden it is. Still, I felt that the alcohol had mellowed nicely in one short year, I can see why some hold onto this for 5+ years.

Lots of raspberry and blackberry notes can be found in the aroma. The fruit is sweet and ripe, with a moderate sting of alcohol on the finish.

The taste is certainly hot, but tart raspberries distract the palate from the alcohol well. Sweet with a nice warming deep in the throat.

Ultimately this beer is very hot no matter how you slice it. I went into this bottle expecting exactly that, and wasn't disappointed with the beer. If you go into it thinking that 18% abv will somehow be masked completely you're not going to like this. Despite the alcohol, this is most definitely not undrinkable. A fine sipper that I wish we had more time to appreciate at our tasting. Not a beer to rush through.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle dated brewed in 2008

A- pours an orange unfiltered look. Not much for a head. Cloudiness of the brew almost gleams. impressive look from the body

S- powerful fruity essence. Alcohol seems to bend and twist throughout each whiff. Almost takes over the entire theme of the brew. The raspberries really dominate as stated

T- light and fruity on the initial entrance. The sweetness begins to set in... Then all of a sudden the flavor is indented with an an alcoholc essence. Look, it is what it is... Fruit and alcohol teaming together for a desert like treat

M- tasty but stings. However, the drinkability makes you wanting more

D- there is no question DFH delivers with a treat. Trust me, this is great for the ladies... The alcohol will sneak up on you. Fort is a great spin from DFH to show they are not only capable for a hops hit... They can also make some sweet fruity concoctions

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Photo of TheSarge
2.54/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very hazy. Thin light tan head dissipates very quickly. Thin lacing is left behind.

Smells of Raspberry Tea.

Very strange. Yes I taste the raspberries, but ith has a strange ketchup like flavor to it. This is so sour, it makes my tounge curl a bit.

This is a strange brew to me. I can't give it too a negative review based on my inexperience. Give it a try.

I still love you DFH brewery.

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Photo of sludgegnome
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Fort from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 1,293 ratings.
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