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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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber. Good raspberry aroma and tehre is raspberry taste, strongly malted and biting including candy sugar. Malt liquor 18%. Orange with a nice moderate head and lace. Dry and strong comcomitantly. Thinnish body, good ingredients, Had it four years later on tap, and better, mire fruitiness, bitterness, and liked the lace in appearance.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wanted to get my hands on this beer for a very long time. When I finally found it I bought a few bottles and had some at the brewpub. I love the intensity that this beer has. It's super string and very flavorful. The beer tingled your tongue and sweet and tart raspberry goodness. The alcohol leaves a mellow burning in the after taste. The color is a pretty reddish pink. It's got a pretty heavy feel to it as well with not much head. I enjoy this beer on it's own just sipping it over the course an hour or so. Very strong, it'll knock your socks off.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of metter98
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy orange in color and poured with a thin layer of off white bubbles that quickly dissipated, leaving only a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of raspberries in the nose along with some notes of alcohol.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of raspberries, although there isn’t that much in the way of sweetness and the taste of alcohol is only really perceptible towards the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied and somewhat syrupy on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There is a moderate amount of warming from the alcohol, which is most evident in the finish.
O: The beer definitely tastes strong and is something that needs to be sipped very slowly when considering its strength; however enough of the alcohol is masked from the taste so it’s not overly that difficult to drink.

Note: 2008 vintage

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An insane amount of raspberry and alcohol make this a very dry fruit beer with challenging warmth and strength.

The pour delivers a hazy ruby/mauve color with low carbonation which struggles to form any head. Yet and dainty foamstance slowly builds to a sheet atop the glass. No lacing, light legging.

Deep raspberry notes fill the nose and over take any base beer character. Alcohols provide a sharp sensation in the olfactories. Tart and bright aromatics, albeit somewhat one-dimensional.

Flavors closely mimic the aromas with the big lead in from the raspberry puree. A mix of under rippened and over rippened berries provide sharpness and brightness as well as deeper and richer varieties. A spicy Belgian-like flavor gives a little extra spiciness and enough of a fruity backdrop to add much needed complexity to the taste. Again, alcohol flavor provides a lot of rose-like esters and spicy paint-thinner flavor. No hop character.

A quick and fleeting sweet start soon develops into a thinning, dry, and spicy/hot feel because of the 18%. While the sweet start gives the richer raspberry flavors, the later 90% of the session gives the more tart and dry character.

A true fruit beer that lives up the craft beer name. A nice transition of raspberries leads to a very alcoholic finish. Still, the beer finishes quite one-dimensional and over done.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy red peach colored body with a bit of a head that hangs around and leaves some splashy lacing

Smell: Raspberry puree and alcohol

Taste: Swirling this around in my mouth, I pick up a lot of sweet, but not cloying raspberry flavors that build in tartness by mid-palate; after the swallow, it brings forth a bit of alcoholic warmth

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Tasting the 2011 version (with about 8 months of age), I enjoyed it much more than the first one that came out back in 2006; still, this is a beer that would do much better in a 12 oz. bottle - this is just not a beer that can be enjoyed in quantity (n.b.Dogfish listened!)

Thanks, jkolls, for the chance to revisit

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Photo of oline73
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. This was a bottle from 2005.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with very little to no head.

Smell: Reminded me of raspberry ketchup. A bit metallic and really sweet.

Taste: Much better than the taste. Super sweet, but that is expected. The age has really helped the alcohol fade. Natural raspberries with a hint of tartness at the beginning of each sip. The finish is quite sweet.

Mouthfeel: Thick body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this aged fairly well. I don't know if the smell is better fresh, I guess I'll have to find out. Quite smooth.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.6/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear light copper color ale with a very small head with little retention. Aroma of sweet raspberry is pleasant enough but the burning alcohol kind of ruin it for me. Taste is quite sweet with some raspberry presence thought not as much as I would have expected (since the label mentioned ‘’over a ton of raspberry’’ I was thinking New Glarus Raspberry style). Alcohol is way too hot for my liking and body is a bit thin. Overall, this is a way too expensive fruity malt liquor.

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Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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 superspak
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 10/23/2015. Pours slightly hazy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lightly tart raspberries, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, pear, apple, pepper, candi sugar, toasted bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, raspberries, and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big lightly tart raspberry, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, pear, apple, pepper, candi sugar, toasted bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of yeast/alcohol spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, pear, apple, pepper, candi sugar, toasted bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, raspberries, and moderate malt sweetness; with a great sweet/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from yeast/alcohol spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light-moderate warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial Belgian fruit beer! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, raspberries, and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the enormous ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this one.

Bottled on 7/9/07

Poured into kbs chalice

Pours 1/4 finger of khaki colored head. Color is a burnt orange hued brown.

Aroma: Smells boozy with a ton of raspberry. I can actually smell every raspberry that they used in making this beer. Some caramel malt shows. Big flavor here.

Taste: Woah, this beer is huge. Tons of raspberry. Sweet and sugary. A massive amount of booze shows. Some yeast and malts are present. Maybe a layer of toffee.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and syrupy. Just a tad hot as well. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a hot burn to it. So much booze showing.

Overall, this beer is a massive sipper. As I drank more of it, it got easier to drink. Whether or not this was a result of the alcohol is another question. The raspberries are delicious, but just so much alcohol comes through.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. The color is a reddish-orange with a tiny head that quickly dissipates. The nose is just straight-up raspberries and booze. A nice sweetness and a bit of a tart character. The taste is similar with it almost acting as a liqueur. Right now, this is definitely too boozy although I could see it aging fairly well as long as a good bit of the fruit holds up.

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

I guess you can't really fault the appearance since it's 18% alcohol by volume, but the head doesn't stick around real long and there's little lace. The aroma is nice and the mouthfeel is good, but despite the fact that they use real raspberries, there's an extract character to the flavor. That might be coming from the alcohol, however, as it's quite obvious. DFH has made better beers, and I expected a lot more from this one.
Rating: 3.67 / Look:3.5 Smell:4 Taste:3.5 Feel:4 Overall: 3.5

Re-review on 3 Jan 2017: From a 12 oz. bottle "BOTTLED ON 10/23/15". Geez, I didn't realize this sample was so old when I set out to write this, I just opened it and found it didn't fit my memory of the beer and thought it deserved an update. In any case, the alcohol that I'd found previously is much more refined. There's some, and as it's a strong beer I'd expect that, but it doesn't come off as "hot". That might be due to aging, but I'd imagine that it's actually due to fermentation process at the time it was made. The raspberry also appears real, and I'm guessing the two go hand in hand, with the excess alcohol having thrown it off in my previous sample. It's pretty bright and fresh, and nicely supported by the sweet malt that's behind it. It actually smells to me like sweetened raspberries. On top of that, although the head does drop, it still maintains a wide collar, and leaves some OK spotty lacing behind. So across the board I feel this beer scores at least a 4 in its current incarnation (or... it's incarnation from a year ago - maybe it's a candidate for aging!). I picture it now as a kind of Belgian-style fruit-barleywine, and I could easily imagine it in Belgium with a Belgian (young or old) sitting at the bar nursing it as a long-stretched after work beer or early weekend tipple while reading the paper. And my only problem with that, with treating it as a rich beer that you only occasionally sip (which I do often during the later evening), is that the fruitiness makes it almost compelling drinkable, continually drawing me back to it... I don't think it will last that long ;) All of my scores are now adjusted, with this beer coming way up from something I'd originally found flawed to something that's actually rather special.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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3.68 out of 5 based on 1,293 ratings.
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