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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
Ranking:
#24,988
Reviews:
568
Ratings:
1,309
pDev:
17.69%
Bros Score:
3.94
 
 
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171
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Photo of umustdrink
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Opaque dark orange color. Offwhite head fades to a ring. No lacing.

S - Pungent raspberry smell with some light earthy wheat like aromas. Surprisingly little or no alcohol detected on the nose.

T - Starts out with a bitter alcoholic fruity flavor, alcohol comes through slightly metallic. Holding it in for a while yields a thick ruddy raspberry flavor with a dull, faintly burning alcohol. Finish leaves a sharper alcohol burn and some earthy raspberry flavors.

M - Thick consistency with light to medium carbonation.

D - Overall a very interesting brew, definitely a sipper. Not something I'd do very often but it was nice to try.

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Photo of jlenik
4.39/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had two servings of this at the International Great Beer Expo in Cuddebackville, NY.

notes from 07/24/10:

750ml bottle

2006 vintage

a: reddish in appearance and kind of hazy
s: a bit fruit and a bit boozy
t: amazing. I've tried this fresh and it is in no way even close to this one from 2006. It's strong but four years definitely gave it enough time to cool down. It's definitely fortified.
m: minimal carbonation. very dry.
d: Almost a little too good for something that's 18% abv. I've also had this problem with a few DFH's other brews (WWS and Raison D'extra). Get a few years on them and you are set.

summary: try it fresh. then store a few away for a while.

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Photo of Acuity
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled in 2008

A- Cloudy orange, no head, no lacing.

S- Alcohol and fruitiness, not too much on the smell but enough.

T- Starts with an alcohol taste very present, mid way through you can feel the warmth and carbonation, and afterwards there was little to no after taste.

M- The mouthfeel was decent during the sip but left nothing on the tongue or any after taste

D- I shared this with my girlfriend, split between two the alcohol still got to you pretty fast, it taste more like a liquor than a beer, I would say this is the least enjoyable of all the Dogfish I have tried. I would drink it again but not for a while.

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Photo of lightindarkness
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Older bottle (11-28-05), not worried about date though, given abv - actually hoping age would knock it down a little. Poured in a 0,3l Nørrebor Bryghus flute.

A - Sharp gleaming golden orange with hints toward pink. Very attractive. Tight fizzy head foams up nicely, but retracts quickly, with some champagne-like effervescence, though much tighter in bubbles.

N - Grainy at first, plenty of cereal, then blossoming into a mild fruity sweetness with berry and warm sugar all wrapped up. I have to say that the nose is very nice, with little alcohol and a seemingly fine balance.

T - Grainy flavors up front quickly erode into soft ripe berries, just a tinge over-sweet, mildly syrupy, but not out of character for what I expected (and definitely cut down by the alcohol). Somewhat dry and rather balanced, without more raspberry than needed, and certainly not lacking. Most substantial detraction is alcohol, which sits much too highly on the palate, fuming sharply, creating the sensation of a jell-o shot - with fruity enticing body and sharp distilled grain-like fumes hitting throat and nasal passage. A mild spice lingers after fumes die down post-sip, hinting at more depth and some of the age starting to show through, though honestly, age isn't really notable in oxidation or deepening of flavor or balance. Some decanting really helps taste here, oxidizing slightly (where it hadn't in the bottle) and breathing some of the fumes off.

M - fuzzy carbonation on the tongue with a mild slightly sticky body. Alcohol cuts, hums, and burns in different amounts at different times in the sip, and kind of interrupts and otherwise very nicely balanced feel.

D - Hard to assert a consistent opinion on this, even in my own mind. Some sips linger with a nice grain supported fruit flavor that leaves me wanting more. Others, when I hold too long, or swallow too quickly, cut with alcohol fumes, not just burning, but sharp. I find that the more I drink, the better it balances, but alcohol is notably deceptive that way. Warming improves slightly. I've had this before (a bottling date of about a year less), and recall it being richer with more balanced alcohol. A fine beer worth trying, and one I'm not remorse at having, but not one I'll likely seek out, though as fruit beers go, it's up there on my list.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured froma 750ml bottle into a DFH signature glass

Bottle Date: 2009

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby in color, small size head likely from the alcohol slowly dissapates leaving a thin sheet of lace around the glass. This beer has a beautiful color likely from the boatloads of raspberries that go into this beer.

Smell: Whew, not only do I get a ton of sweet raspberry and cranberry flavors up front but I get a thick aroma of booze on the back end. The fruitiness smells very authentic, with the hoppiness pairing well giving out a tiny bit of citrus here as well. The "booze" element reminds me of a 120 Minute or Olde School in the fact that it's very pungent yet very sweet smelling.

Taste: Wow, I guess a year really did good things for this beer. As much as I thought alcohol bite was going to kill this beer, it's barely noticeable! Sweet raspberry flavors burst off the glass, again very authentic, almost like crushing up a bunch of raspberries and straining the juice into the glass! A red wine like tannin flavor mixes in here making this very comparable to a port wine. Very tart without being overly sour. The hops used give off a small citrus bite towards the finish, but nothing too noticeable. The last sip shows off a tiny touch of alcohol sweetness with more of that earthy raspberry flavor.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is a bit thick, and the carbonation is low yet a tad prickly, almost like a champagne that's gone a bit flat. A good amount of bitterness from the hops come into play here as well. This one sits nicely on the tongue without getting too wet.

Drinkability: This is by all means a sipper, coming in at 18% ABV, this one will really creep up on you with a bit of age (let this sit for a year to really experience the depth of the flavors). I like that the raspberry flavors are not fake tasting, and that the alcohol bite from sitting for a year really took a backseat so I could experience all of the fruit flavors billowing from this beer! Very comparable to a wine, your snobby red wine drinkers would really get a taste for this one! Very glad I finally got a bottle of this to experience it, because it's one of the better fruit beers out there with nothing lacking on any level. Great job DFH!

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Photo of IPx
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of MADPolo
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Klourie
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Expensive for a beer, but considering it's ABV is well into wine territory, I'm somewhat okay with that personally.

Pours a slightly hazy amber in color (I'm really shocked it's not red at all, considering the amount of raspberries used in it's creation) with a thin creamy head that had good retention. Nose is outrageously juicy, very overwhelmingly fruity, smells of rich fresh raspberries. Taste is nicely balanced, not as overly sweet as many fruit beers, actually sort of dry, rather than the typical syrup mouthfeel. Layers of malt and tartness balances things out quite well. Strongly alcoholic, but maybe doesn't strike me quite as 18% ABV would indicate. A quite nice diversion, but not something I'd look for very often.

Slàinte!

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Photo of DersOne
4.74/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2005 vintage bottle poured into a DFH tulip glass and served at roughly 50°F

A-Pink grapefruit/ruby deep color, medium sized bubbles in head with minimal lacing, small effervescent bubbles from bottom of glass.

S-Sweet heavy malt and molasses, fading to sweet fruit, a bit of dark fruit on top of the main raspberry notes.

T-First impression is a raspberry hard candy with a bit of resiny molasses. Light booze given the ABV, slightly tart, small, enjoyable alcohol burn that fades slowly.

M-"Wet" mouthfeel, good effervescence with lingering tingle, coats the mouth well to let the flavors sink in, lasting character.

O-4.75/5 because this one was a bit carboardy due to its age and may have been just slightly past its prime. Maybe the 2006-2007 would have scored a 5, will seek out more for future sampling. An exemplary fruit beer.

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Photo of kustard
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottled 07/09/07.

Consumed from Duvel tulip.

A - murky brown, head retention almost nonexistent, foam creeped out of bottle a couple minutes after opening

S - cherry, vinegar, tiny bit of funk, caramel, brown sugar, figs

T - sour, fruity, tart. Belgian base comes through. Dry finish. Some faint cough syrup. Balsamic vinegar.

M - good bit of alcohol burn on front of tongue but booze creeps up on you. Despite the foaming, not much carbonation. Coats mouth with that lingering tartness.

O - this was my white whale after drinking one fresh a few years ago and not realizing that some aging could do it some good. Love the sour and tart character this takes on. Beyond 6 years could accentuate the vinegar qualities. Belgian base readily apparent. 5 years out is probably prime time.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of nootch23
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of jdklks
1.4/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

shared this one with my buddy Jmoore50.

Dogfish Head continues to disappoint me as one of, if not the, most overrated breweries out there. If there is any question as to which is better, consistent quality or uniqueness, Dogfish Head provides us emphatically with the answer of consistent quality (because their attempt at uniqueness is laughable at best). Seriously, this beer has NO business being 18%, and why? Being familiar with many DFH brews, my guess would be for novelty.

The appearance is the ONLY place where this beer shines. super filtered and super clear. dark-golden, almost amber color with a little off white head that fades quickly. the smell is of raspberries soaked in gasoline.

Everything here is straight-forward. there is no complexity, let alone nuance to be taken from this. as the smell suggests, it tastes like raspberries soaking in gasoline, and its as hot on the palate and in the esophagus as any hard liquor. I dont think it was barrel aged, but there is (oddly) a sense of oakiness in the aftertaste (or maybe it is flavor of my taste-buds disintegrating). Absolutely disgusting.

Moutfeel is much much too hot. carbonation is off. drinkability- it would have been a drainpour had i not been sharing it and thus only had to drink half. It got to be tolerable near the end, but watch out and hold your breath for the first couple of tastes.

once again, an example of what happens when a brewery is "experimental" to the point of being WAY over the top. blah.

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a wonderful orange-pink with medium head and a cloudy body. Left decent lacing on the glass.
The aroma was of sour fruits, sweet fruits, alcohol, sugar and almost no hop presence.
Raspberry in the taste, but not saccharine-y or syrupy. Good sweet/sour fruit taste along with some very mild spice. Also, you tend to notice the alcohol present (although maybe not the fact that its 18%)
The feel was somehwta fizzy from the almost champagne-like carbonation, and that paired with an almost biting tanic feel left the aftertaste more bitter than sweet.
Overall and interesting beer, more biting and bitter than syrupy sweet. But lookout for a noticably high ABV.

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Photo of crowbar540
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of mjc410
2.71/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Duvel tulip for probably the only sampling I'll ever have...

A: Bright amber, medium-light carbonation rising to the top, slight head as a ring around the top with thick lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Alcohol is the strongest scent, with a hint of raspberries

T: Tingling carbonation, slight acidity, raspberry comes through at the end, alcohol is increasingly warming

M: Mouth coating, slightly toward syrupy

D: Not very good - too highly alcoholic, without any real "beer" taste

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Photo of irishevans
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a light red/amber haze with a ring of white around the edge of the top where the head would normally be. the smell is actually a bit unpleasant, like a raspberry tussen nose, almost puts me off. the taste is pretty good, like frambiose meets barleywine and I'm talking the strong points of them both. a good flavorful beginning with that smooth barleywine finish and a lingering razz after-taste. the mouth-feel is smooth peaks in the middle with some crispness and goes back to smooth on the finish. it is not easy to put this one back, slow drinker but that's to be expected for it's abv. a worthy beer, i'd recommend it.

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Photo of jjf3792
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of SickNukes
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of bs870621345
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with minimal head and no lacing

Smells like alcohol and medicinal raspberries. Slight grain scents come out as it warms, but it smells very medicinal.

Tastes of grain and raspberries. No progression except alcohol really comes out on the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin considering the alcohol.

Overall, this is not good at all. It is overly medicinal and just not good to drink...thank god I'm sharing this bottle

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Photo of Miamilice
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of mtnbikerpa
2.69/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This brew was poured from a 750 ml bottle. Poured a reddish hue with about 2 inches of thick head. Strong scents of paint thinner or solvent. Thick alcohol flavor along with nail polish remover. Very little if any raspberry flavor. No fruit flavors to speak of. Mouthfeel is heavy. Drinkable nature is very limited.

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Photo of heebes
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint, bottled 2009

Pours a hazy cloudy grapefruit orange with no head to speak of...
The nose is strong alcohol (warning: DFH high ABV green cap!!), berries. The sip reveals a strong raspberrie flavour which warms quickly, an alcoholic blast at the front quickly hides and the finish lingers with more berry taste. Medium bodied, slight chewiness to the brew. Drinkability is going to be slightly low on this big bomber of a DFH brew. I agree it would age nicely as the bottle says, perhaps cutting the alcohol taste a bit. This'll be my beer for the night, share it if you have the company.

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Fort from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,309 ratings
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