Fort | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

FortFort
BA SCORE
3.73/5
1,304 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
Ranking:
#23,966
Reviews:
567
Ratings:
1,304
pDev:
17.69%
Bros Score:
3.94
 
 
Wants:
171
Gots:
446
Trade:
31
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,304 |  Reviews: 567
Photo of CreightonSM
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 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 Lantern
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
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 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 MKrauss
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | 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 brycevolk
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jkrug5
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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%

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

Photo of briandaube
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of gillagorilla
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shared by Spider889.

The world's strongest fruit beer, eh? Thats just about as Dogfish Head as you get.
A- I was a little surprised to see this beer pour out a golden color rather than red. Come to think of it, I usually am surprised to see the color of most Dogfish beers. Seems like every one of their 750ml bottles all contain some sort of pale golden beer. Raspberries seem to have very little influence on the color, aside from a faint pinkish hue.

S- Big on raspberries. Alcohol sting mixed in with the puree/extract smelling concentration of raspberries.

T- For being 18% this beer is tame. I find that Olde School, at less than 16% or what ever it is, to have a stronger alcohol flavor. Raspberries are pretty strong too with not much else. No hops and a very meager malt profile. Its not bad, its just one dimensional.

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

Photo of zac16125
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter
vintage 2015


A: Pours a real pretty dark amber, slightly hazy with a big 2plus fingers width of dense appearing light tan head. Good retention before dissipating down and leaves a moderate amount of lacing. 4.25

S: Raspberry, belgian-yeast, booze. Not a ton going on but its quite pleasant and the nose hides the ABV well. 4

T: Its quite boozy, and somewhat sweet. Decent amount of fruity raspberry, but its an artificial raspberry flavor like syrup. Surprising amount of bitterness. Some fusel ethanol. 3.75

M/D: Fuller bodied but not think. Boozy but not hot. Carbonation appropriate. Not syrupy at all which is impressive for the ABV. Drinkability is pretty good all things considered. 4

O: Its obviously quite boozy but for a person who generally enjoys boozy beers this one is quite enjoyable. 4

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Fort from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,304 ratings
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