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
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#27,342
Reviews:
569
Ratings:
1,313
pDev:
17.69%
Bros Score:
3.94
 
 
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Photo of BUNZILLA
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of albern
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This could have been an excellent and really enjoyable beer if not for the ridiculously high ABV which just dominates everything else going on in this beer. It pours a nice hazy, plenty carbonated, orangy copper with lots of off white creamy head, retention, and lacing. It pours a tad syrupy but the nose on this beer gives it all away. It is pungent alcohol, lots of it, and really drowns out the otherwise nice creamy malts, and raspberry underneath, and perhaps some spices as well. This beer is an after dinner drink, probably best poured over some chocolatey dessert or as an after dinner liqueur type drink. It is just so strong with a giant throaty burn, that I'm having a tough time getting the 6 oz. pour down. It is unfortunate because a toned down Fort would have been a wonderful and more enjoyable experience.

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Photo of shivtim
2.43/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clearish orange/pink, like a dark apple juice with a small white head. Nose is some fruit but I can't place my finger on it... oh wait, raspberries... and more raspberries. Then add another handful of 'em. Taste is like raspberry vodka, lots of alcohol. It's actually not bad at first, kind of like strong slightly malted raspberries, but the aftertaste is extemely alcoholic and tart. Mouthfeel is average, drinkability is hurt by both the taste and the ABV.

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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 neckbracesub
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Westyn
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kamikazeokami
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If you like raspberry juice smacking you in the face and giving you Type 2 Diabetes...this is the beer for you. Not in the same sweetness league as Serendipity, but it has less depth, not terrible...not the best.

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

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

Photo of gobuccos
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | 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 Viperman1316
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 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 MJSFS
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 brycevolk
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of briandaube
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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 ajdemma
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Fort from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,313 ratings