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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:
#24,064
Reviews:
567
Ratings:
1,305
pDev:
17.69%
Bros Score:
3.94
 
 
Wants:
171
Gots:
446
Trade:
31
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Ratings: 1,305 |  Reviews: 567
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of Proteus93
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Somewhere between a pinkish-red and lighter orange. It reminds me of a rosé wine in some ways. Head isn't particularly large, which I would attribute to the alcohol content, presumably. What is there does stick around, though.

S: A big scent of raspberry, a little bit of a fruitcake-like breadiness. Some caramel notes, and the spiciness of the alcohol that isn't all that hidden - though not extremely warm.

T + M: Sweet and intense... but not intensely sweet. The raspberry is lacking the medicinal, perfume-like, chemical taste that typically comes with them. The alcohol is certainly well known, full and warming all the way down, without being hot or harsh. There's also a caramel quality to it that, along with the heaviness of the body, offers a nice dynamic to the beer.

D: I let this one sit for a little while before digging into it... and I think it's going to spend a lot more time sitting before I'm done. I suspect it may be enjoyed in two sessions rather than trying to finish something so big in one sitting - at least alone. It could make for a nice after dinner drink with someone special.

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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 deadliest
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of jwinship83
2.18/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A- Dark orange, very hazy, quickly dissipating head.

S- rubbing alcohol with a raspberry hint.

T- painfully alcoholic. slight raspberry taste which became more apparent over the 90 or so minutes it took me to drink this one.

M- Very thick and syrupy. the feel is probably the best thing this beer has going for it.

D- ugh...never again. i forced myself to finish it because i paid so much for it. the idea of buying another one is laughable. i tried this because DFH has some other solid extreme beers. im glad to be able to say ive tried the worlds strongest fruit/vegetable beer, but i bet ill never try it again.

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Photo of soupyman10
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at the DFH Alehouse in Falls Creek, VA, poured into a snifter. $26 for a 750ml bottle, which was absurdly expensive, but I split it with three friends. This one's not really a fruit beer as expected. A little more interesting. Pours a fairly good looking amber/copper color with a very slight touch of head on top. No real head. It's kind of a weird combination of barley wine and fruit beer, tons of raspberries thrown in there as well. Lots of spicy goodness. Body is fairly full and syrupy, as I said, barley-wine-esque. Not one you could drink a bunch of, but splitting up it works at well. Overall, this one's alright I dunno, this one was very interesting for a fruit beer. A lot more beery, with some interesting malt flavors, and then with some raspberries thrown in, than most fruit beers. Very tasty, although it took a minute to throw down.

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Photo of craftaholic
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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

Photo of MisledTitan
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMV
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

L: Pours a semi-opaque dark amber color... hints of ruby red as I hold it up to the light. Thin tannish head, passable lacing.

S: Booze and raspberries.

T/F: Strong and fruity... alcoholic warmth from the get-go that lasts through the entire sip. Strong raspberry flavor... fruity... a bit funky. Mild to moderate carbonation... better as it warms as the Belgian yeasts add a little complexity. Finish is surprisingly dry.

O: A really tasty fruit beer... boozy as heck and definitely a sipper. Not one I'll be having regularly but a pretty cool beer from Dogfish Head. Well worth a visit.

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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 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 DaPeculierDane
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in early 2005, consumed on March 28th, 2009.
Stored in a fridge for 3 years. Held up well.

Appearance: mildly bubbly pink with no lace. Almost champagne like but under carbonated.

Aroma: medicinal like cherry or raspberry cough syrup. It's actually a little tough to tell form the aroma which fruit is the main component of this beer. Somewhat boozy. Spicy and zesty.

Taste: Raspberries are present but not overwhelming. The fruit is more generic now and the flavors are muddled fruit liquors blended together. Slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel: much more mellow than when it was first bottled. Boozy and slightly syrupy with a medium to full body and only light carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad at all and better than when this was fresh, if I recall correctly.

For the price though, this just doesn't work for me. It's a one trick pony and not one that I particularly like.

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Photo of DovaliHops
2.54/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, light orange color with a hint of pink. Small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is sweet cherry/raspberry with hint of cough syrup (Benadryl). Boozy and medicinal. Taste is medicinal as well. Very sweet...can't get over the medicinal flavors in this one. Sweet cherries and raspberries with booze. Mouthfeel is full bodied and hot. Drinkability is not very high. Overall, a good experience, but not something I would purchase ever again.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This is a very complex, confusing, and not very drinkable beer! It is tart, sour, high in alcohol and not very drinkable, making it the doppelganger of Lindemann's framboise, which was the first lambic I ever had. It has many different flavors - it is quite alcohol tasting (18% ABV!) but also has a powerful sourness and abundant apple and cherry fruitiness. There is also a fair amount of spiciness. You would not drink this at the same times you would drink other beers. Recommended despite a distinct lack of drinkability.

Color was a bright ruby red/orange. Aroma was very sour and fruity with some maltiness. I've already commented extensively on flavor. This beer is rather undrinkable; I love sour, but there are Flemish sours that are much more drinkable than this beer. But this and my other criticisms aside, this beer is something that you've got to try!

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Photo of dextermcgurk
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Sarge3130
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of BColton1
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jjanega08
2.34/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A= pours an amber color. Sort of a golden amber with a small thin white head on it that has some decent retention for the strength of the beer. The lacing is minimal

S= Pungent. Loads of rasberries in it with a ton of booze. The heat is obvious and sort of fusal. Smells like rasberry jetfuel.

T= Not as much heat as I anticipated but there is still a TON of heat in this one. Nice rasberry flavor in it which I expected but the heat on this one is way to much. Tastes like rocket fuel.

M= A low carbonation slick sticky feeling.

D= Not what I was hoping for. Way to hot. I find DFH beers are great at around 10- 12 percent on the high end. When they venture venture further the heat starts to be a little too much. Interesting beer but not the best.

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Photo of MammothTarantula
1.87/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Overpoweringly sweet. One dimensional booze bomb that sells for the ABV alone. My first drain pour. Sorry for ranting.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 mL bottle.

Tried 18 Jul 2008, bottled 10 Jul 2007.

Small head that quickly dissipates. First pour was clear and rosy in color, after about half the bottle was gone sediment turned it hazy and slightly brown. Aroma of raspberry and alcohol. Starts with raspberry and brown sugar, alcohol is upfront and quite warming, bourbony. Sweetness fades through the middle, becoming more resiny at the finish. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel.

Somewhat less raspberry/fruity than the NG Rasbperry Tart. Not bad but for both overall taste and price ($20 v $9) would take the NG over this.

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

Photo of CGMLS3
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of lovindahops
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle dated brewed in 2008

A- pours an orange unfiltered look. Not much for a head. Cloudiness of the brew almost gleams. impressive look from the body

S- powerful fruity essence. Alcohol seems to bend and twist throughout each whiff. Almost takes over the entire theme of the brew. The raspberries really dominate as stated

T- light and fruity on the initial entrance. The sweetness begins to set in... Then all of a sudden the flavor is indented with an an alcoholc essence. Look, it is what it is... Fruit and alcohol teaming together for a desert like treat

M- tasty but stings. However, the drinkability makes you wanting more

D- there is no question DFH delivers with a treat. Trust me, this is great for the ladies... The alcohol will sneak up on you. Fort is a great spin from DFH to show they are not only capable for a hops hit... They can also make some sweet fruity concoctions

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

Fort from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,305 ratings
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