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:
#25,429
Reviews:
568
Ratings:
1,310
pDev:
17.69%
Bros Score:
3.94
 
 
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172
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Photo of JDizzle
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MKrauss
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of colts9016
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
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 craftaholic
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.54/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 vintage.
Appearance: hazy yellowish read. Not much of an off white head. No surprise for an 18% monster.
Smell: Sweet, rich raspberries. Exotic and inviting.
Taste: more of the same. Braced for an alcohol punch that never came. Sweet but not overly so. The richness and depth offset the sweetness like a fine port.
Overall: Awesome. A work of art from Sam and team. How in the hell do they make an 18%er this easy to drink?

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Photo of Proclarush
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of derkfromwi
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of msumike89
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of allergictomacros
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Cloudy orange. Decent tan head. Obviously a big heavy beer.

S - Lots of raspberries and alcohol. Some herbal notes as well. Very strongly medicinal.

T - Very sweet with big raspberries and a heavy maltiness. Herbs, soy sauce and a strong bitter finish.

M - Moderate body but the maltiness gives it an added heaviness.

D - Big flavours and excessive maltiness I think. Pronounced to be undrinkable by 3 others. Fruity, very raspberry-y and really far too "big".

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Photo of Rilesmiles
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Azpittil57
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tclipse
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of facundoCNB
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle - it's been way too long since i last had this (2010).

a nice clean light amber pour with 2 fingers of head which diminished slowly and left behind a nice frothy lacing. smells of port wine barrels, raspberries, caramel. the flavor is VERY sweet, tons of raspberry, a huge alcohol warmth is a bit overwhelming but goes down smooth after the first few sips. lots of caramel, berry, wine barrel on the end of the palate. full body with low carbonation.. sticky on the lips, very booze heavy and warm.

this is an outstanding beer and i'm sad it hasn't been produced regularly in 2 years now. dfh needs to bring this one back for good, even if it's a small 12oz bottle like 120/wws.

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

Photo of retry4z
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brycevolk
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Lantern
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brystmar
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the Draught House in Austin.

A: wasn't sure what to expect from this brew aside from raspberries, so when it poured a reddish-amber color with minimal head I simply accepted it with an "OK, cool" attitude. Mild lacing on the glass.

S: raspberries! Hints of booze, and honestly smells a little like boxed wine or Boone's Farm upon further investigation. Apologies to Sam if that sounds insulting -- it's not a bad thing & no harm intended! It really does smell like the red Jolly Ranchers taste.

T: woah raspberries! Caramel-y and smooth as it sits in your mouth. Super sweet with no signs of hops or malt. Honestly quite enjoyable despite the overly sweet complexion. I was SHOCKED to learn its ABV because this beer was ridiculously easy to drink. Honestly it's as easy to drink as orange soda. And this thing boasts 18% booze. Just....wow.

F: medium-bodied with a very silky smooth complexion. Feels nice in the mouth, again hiding its true strength well, but revealing more and more booze as the drink warms.

D: again, just ridiculously easy drinking for a strong beer. Had they not told me the alcoholic content, I would've guessed 4-5% and been pleasantly surprised to find out it was 7-8%. But 18%...hats off to DFH for being masters of booze-hiding. A bit sweet (and strong) for multiples, but given the strength I can't imagine an easier drink than Fort.

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Photo of Budinetz
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Grabbed this on a recent trip down to FL. Bottled on 7/9/07. 18% abv, wow! Poured a deep hazy orange apricot color with minimal head. The aroma is a sweet smells of raspberry, vanilla, and alcohol. The first sip is fruity but then the alcohol bites back a little but not necessarily in a bad way. The more I sip on it the better it becomes. Surprised how drinkable it is for the abv. Med/Heavy mouthfeel. Overall, I actually really like this one and would have it again.

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Photo of Viperman1316
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kingcrowing
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into an 8oz tulip. 2008 Bottle

Pours a very deep dark cloudy amber with no head but a bit of off white lacing. Nose is both boozy and fruity, the respberries are hiddn by the alcohol at first by come through as it warms.

Taste is a bit boozy as to be expected, age seems to help a bit. It's very fruity and smooth and still pretty drinkable. This is almost like a fruit wine than a beer, very interesting and worth trying!

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Photo of chrispoint
1/5  rDev -73.2%

Photo of savagepm
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Fort from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,310 ratings
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