Fort | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

BA SCORE
83
good
1,297 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:
1,297
Reviews:
564
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
17.93%
 
 
Wants:
170
Gots:
447
For Trade:
31
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,297 |  Reviews: 564
Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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 +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jacobob10
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of token_23223
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of lemmy187
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
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 -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of dertyd
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Aisha
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajdemma
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thoglund
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bubseymour
4.38/5  rDev +19%
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 -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Tbone2131
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jjwisenheimer
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 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 Sabtos
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Slight chill haze, or maybe there's some miniature floaters in there, of an amber-copper hue with a minimal, fizzy tan blanket.

Smells like raspberry spiced apple mead, with that little round, warming honey or wine-like heat, with maybe a little cherry cough syrup following through. As it warms, it just turns to straight jet fuel.

Taste is somewhat cloyingly sweet at first, but cut with hot hot heat. I get tart raspberry and cherry, again it's a bit too close to cough syrup. There's some Belgian malt and yeast, and a bit of apple cider vinegar.

Mildly frothy, but pretty harsh, with the rim of the glass getting really sticky. The yeast may be a little bitter, but overall this is sweet and hot.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Goatdavemac
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chris_Dimmer
4.56/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had no idea this was 18%!? Excellent beer. Very smooth to drink. The fruitiness adds the right amount of bitterness to drink the high ABV beer

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Photo of millerbuffoon
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fort from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 1,297 ratings.
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