Fort | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

BA SCORE
83
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1,300 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:
1,300
Reviews:
566
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
17.89%
 
 
Wants:
169
Gots:
447
For Trade:
31
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Photo of Mambajahamba
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of derkfromwi
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not feeling this one. This bottle is about a year old I've been sitting on. Still harsh alcohol burn. Raspberry is faint on the nose followed by harsh alcohol. Slow sipper, a bit better as it warms but not something I ever want to have again.

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Photo of Timc32
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ruzzal
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Furlinator
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutHunter
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Dogfish Head's Fort for $9.99 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this one for a while and since this is the first time I've ever seen it on the shelf I though I would take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks good, it's goes well with the beer and it's a little eye catching. It poured a darker orange color that took on an orange and pink color when held to the light and it had a quarter of a fingers worth of bubbly white head that faded to nothing and it didn't leave any lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but it would be better if it had better head and some actual lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with a sweet raspberry aroma being the first to show up and it imparts a sweet raspberry jam like aroma that's slightly medicinal and it goes into the booze which is very noticeable, and pretty boozy. Up next comes the malts which just impart a sweet malt and pale malt like aroma with a little a bit of doughy yeast and towards the end it has a little bit of a candy like aroma. This beer has a nice aroma, but it's pretty boozy and sweet.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but not as rough around the edges and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the raspberry being the first to show up and it imparts a sweet raspberry juice and jam like aromas that are just slightly medicinal and that goes into the booze, which is noticeable and pretty warming, but it's a little lighter than it was in the aroma and the sweetness is a little lighter too. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast which goes into the malts which are lighter than they were in the aroma and they just impart some sweet malt and grainy flavors. On the finish there's a little bit of bitterness with some tartness and boozy showing up and it has a candied raspberry, sweet and boozy aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, it's sweet and boozy, but it's like a more refined version of the aroma.

M- Not the smoothest, a little cloying, fairly boozy, pretty damn warming, sticky, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it was smoother with the alcohol hidden a little better.

Overall I thought it was a pretty nice beer and it's a nice example of the style, it's one big, sweet and intense beer, but that's always to be expected with these really high gravity beers from Dogfish Head and it did deliver when it came to the raspberry flavors. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, half the bottle is the perfect amount for me, it might start to get too boozy and sweet after that. What I like the most about this beer is the balance in the taste, it was better than the balance in the aroma. What I like the least about this beer is the sweetness and boozyness, I think the alcohol could have been hidden just a little better. I might buy this beer again, but I wouldn't turn one down and I would be interested to see how this one ages. I recommend trying this beer if you like raspberries and you can handle lots of sweetness and booze. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it, I see what they are going for and it lives up to being a high gravity raspberry Ale. but when it comes down to it it's a little tough to drink more than 6 ounces of it. It's not a favorite Dogfish Head beer and it's a nice example of the style. Nice job guys, this is one big and intense raspberry beer, keep it up.

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Photo of Jason1221
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from 2015 aged in wine fridge and poured into Kane chalice.

L: Tiny head that disappears almost right away. An 18% ABV will do that for you. No lacing, tiny ring. Beer is a mostly clear deep Amber.

S: The smell is all macerated raspberries, honey, and sweet malts. Surprisingly, you really can't pick up the alcohol.

T: But you can taste it. The good thing is after 2 years it has mellowed considerably, justifying my decision to skip a review then. Raspberries up front, with honey and sweet malts. Very much like a mead. Alcohol is there, but doesn't dominate finish, fortunately, and competes with sweetness.

F: Full bodied, medium carbonation. Balance much improved by aging. Construction simple, but good. OK drying or sweetness would become cloying. ABV heat there, but not overbearing.

O: A good once in every great while dessert beer. Definitely age this.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jacobob10
2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle.

Amber colored with reddish hues. Off-white head that sinks down into a thin whisp of foam on top of the beer.

Straightforward aroma of raspberries and alcohol. The flavor is way more powerful than the aroma and hits you with intense raspberry cough syrup, bordering on medicinal. It's strong and challenging but just not very enjoyable, plain and simple.

There's heat in the finish, but it's not cloyingly sweet. In fact, it finishes on the dry side. That being said, I was pretty much done with this after about 6 ounces.

In hindsight, I should have split this bottle with someone but I decided to take on the entire bottle after getting a promotion at work today and the bottle won. Fort 1, Jacobob 0.

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Photo of Timtac
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of token_23223
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of lemmy187
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried a bottle that had been cellared for over a year......the combination of the abv, belgium yeast, and raspberries did not work for me. Typically, I like raspberry beers.....but the fruit came off as very medicinal and overpowering.

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Photo of Nat1975
2.53/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of dertyd
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Aisha
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajdemma
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thoglund
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bubseymour
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer with about 11-12mo. age on it. Nice big beer with the rasberries very noticed. I think the balance of hops, sweetness and fruit work pretty well. It actually feels a little lighter than 18% and is not that boozy at all. Would guess it to be at 12%. Maybe because it had a year of age on it this beer worked well. Not sure, but it was decent.

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Photo of paresis
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of johnyb
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tbone2131
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jjwisenheimer
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fort from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.69 out of 5 based on 1,300 ratings.
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