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:
#25,403
Reviews:
568
Ratings:
1,310
pDev:
17.69%
Bros Score:
3.94
 
 
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172
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Ratings: 1,310 |  Reviews: 568
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 jngrizzaffi
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber color with a small foamy head. Head retention and lacing are minimal. Strong boozy aroma with molasses and dark fruit. Even the aroma gets you drunk. Wow!! Strong, boozy, molasses, bourbon, dark fruit. Sip this one only.

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Photo of CGMLS3
2.5/5  rDev -33%

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

Photo of Hibernator
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Fort
750 ML brown bottle
Served in a St. Sebastiaan tulip glass

* Enjoyed with LB *

Pours a golden amber orange blend. Awesome head that leaves trails of sticky lacings. Thick, sudsy, foamy head.

Super intense nose with strong whiffs of blackberry, strawberries, rasberries and mangos. Pure berry delight.

Sweet, juicy berry flavors with a strong syrup quality. Incredibly intense sense of ripe, flavorful of fruit juice. I like how this beer is complex, unique and enjoyable. Don't underestimate the power of this brew.

This beer is extremely difficult beer to compare to. A totally original beer style and delivery. Another DFH beer that deserves much credit.

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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 TheSarge
2.54/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very hazy. Thin light tan head dissipates very quickly. Thin lacing is left behind.

Smells of Raspberry Tea.

Very strange. Yes I taste the raspberries, but ith has a strange ketchup like flavor to it. This is so sour, it makes my tounge curl a bit.

This is a strange brew to me. I can't give it too a negative review based on my inexperience. Give it a try.

I still love you DFH brewery.

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Photo of victory4me
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of NickyDee21
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Radome
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of Lawnboy33
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on a dogfishhead kick lately apparently :), doesnt bother me!!!

A - this DFH offering pours a golden orange color with a full head of 2 fingers, it is thick and pure white, a very healthy head that fizzes and sounds like a bowl of Rice Krispies

S - wow, a deep berry aroma, like whiffing a jar of raspberry jam, has a slight but obvious alcohol kick to the redolence

T - very very sweet, but not ad nauseum, a little too much alcohol in the flavor, could use a little more hoppiness to mask the ABV, still a good flavor

M - smooth with a slight alcohol bite

D - moderate, would be better with an ABV closer to 10-12%

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Photo of Ssippisam
2.67/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of taez555
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a clear orange/pinkish hued body with a small white head that died quickly.

Nose is interesting and very intriguing. Soft raspberries or cherries and very muted. A definite fruit juice smell tone blends into thick but never overpowering alcohol. At 18% I was expecting so much alcohol it burned. This is soft and present. The fruits come out but never sting. Really an amazing smell.

Huge thick body. First impression is not so much lambic, but a perfectly balanced fruit puree reduction that's been turned into a beer. There's definitely malt in this beer as well. Touches of caramel and a strong alcohol remind me of a good english barleywine. Alcohol definitely come alive as it warms and although it has hints of chambord or other raspberry flavor liquors, it's not as sharp and much more drinkable. The hops in this beer are so well balanced as to make them almost unnoticeable. They come out a bit more as it warms giving it a decent bitterness with just enough hop flavor to add some flavor, but are never distracting from the fresh raspberry taste.

This beer is a meal unto itself, but would amazing paired with chocolate. At 18% this is like drinking a bottle and half of wine. So whatever you do take it slow or share it.

Overall... Wow!!! I was scared to try this beer expecting maybe a huge overly tart lambic, but this beer is nothing like that. It's so unique it deserves it's own category. Imperial lambic, fruit barleywine, etc.... I don't know... but whatever you call it, it's good.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap from a 2008 keg

A-thick tan color. thin cream colored head

S-smells like alcohol with a touch of raspberries and some cream.

T-comes in with a strong bite of alcohol and raspberries and cream...but mostly alcohol. ends with a burnt raspberry cream flavor. its a harsh beer with not much smoothness or balalnce.

M-medium heavy carbonation with a dry finish

O-this is just too big of a beer to be enjoyable. its harsh and does not go down easily. it wouldn't be terrible to share though. this isn't something i'll be searching out. you know, for the money, i expect a whole hell of a lot more out of my fruit beer.

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Photo of Hypersomnia
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of antoines15
1.61/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - seems harmless enough, nothing special

S - smells fruity and boozy

T - here is where this "beer" just loses me. The alcohol is not hidden well at all as you taste every bit of the 18% and no much of the raspberry flavor. Not sure why you would make something like this to begin with.

M - carbonated and burns the tongue and throat as it goes down. Very harsh

D - if you couldn't tell, I find this to be almost undrinkable and I shared the bottle with five other people. I didn't even want to finish my 6 oz sample. Bleh. I saw someone compared it to mad dog 20/20 and i couldn't agree more. would not recommend it.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a dull amber to bright and slightly earthy orange. a finger or so of an off white head. weak retention but leaves behind a slight lacing and some alcohol legs as it swirls. strong clarity and strong brightness.

Smell: strong and intense berries. comes of a bit artificial but still juicy and nice. some pale and bready malts. strong booze.

Taste: opens up with raspberry juice. has a bit of sweetness to it. little to no tartness. malts come through pale and a bit on the bready side. booze shoots through to balance out any sweetness and add some vanilla-y notes.

Mouthfeel: medium to full feel. nice balance. strong booze and warmth. fairly clean besides the warmth.

Overall: most fruit beers are either tart or overly sweet, but this one finds a nice balance for the sweetness with the booze. another great high abv brew from dogfish head, although this one may taste the booziest of the bunch.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared a bottle poured into snifters at the DFH pub.

This beer pours up real nice the color is rich dark and inviting. Medium head that fades quickly. Not much to talk about there.

The aroma of this beer was brilliant. The Raspberry lover will want too sniff between every sip.

Taste is of sweet raspberry and alcohol. At 18% it is over powering and takes away from what could have been. Alas...Yet another noble effort gone awry by the way of the Young Turks.

Mouthfeel is average for high end beers, almost full body.

Too bad the finish is not better is could have been an exquisite desert beer.

If they keep working on this beer, the way of our abbey monks in München, say 300-400 year they may have it perfected.

This beer is a fine extreem offering, the score is a good one. Just not my taste. MK

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from 2015 aged in wine fridge and poured into Kane chalice.

L: Tiny head that disappears almost right away. An 18% ABV will do that for you. No lacing, tiny ring. Beer is a mostly clear deep Amber.

S: The smell is all macerated raspberries, honey, and sweet malts. Surprisingly, you really can't pick up the alcohol.

T: But you can taste it. The good thing is after 2 years it has mellowed considerably, justifying my decision to skip a review then. Raspberries up front, with honey and sweet malts. Very much like a mead. Alcohol is there, but doesn't dominate finish, fortunately, and competes with sweetness.

F: Full bodied, medium carbonation. Balance much improved by aging. Construction simple, but good. OK drying or sweetness would become cloying. ABV heat there, but not overbearing.

O: A good once in every great while dessert beer. Definitely age this.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured an apricot and strawberry color with a persistent, creamy egg shell white head.

Smells of raspberries and tart cherries with a huge, non-caustic alcohol. There’s also a slight bit of caramel in the background. I’m not sure how to rate this, but I guess if the style is an 18% ABV fruit beer, this is really impressive.

The taste starts with a CO2 and an oaky dryness that is followed up by a caramel and raspberry with a slight touch of coffee. Again, the huge alcohol steps in, but it doesn’t burn at all.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with a thick carbonation.

I liked this one quite a bit. Considering the ABV, it was surprisingly tasty and I can’t wait to sit on another bottle for several years to try it again.

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Photo of bmjivi221
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jacobob10
2.78/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle.

Amber colored with reddish hues. Off-white head that sinks down into a thin whisp of foam on top of the beer.

Straightforward aroma of raspberries and alcohol. The flavor is way more powerful than the aroma and hits you with intense raspberry cough syrup, bordering on medicinal. It's strong and challenging but just not very enjoyable, plain and simple.

There's heat in the finish, but it's not cloyingly sweet. In fact, it finishes on the dry side. That being said, I was pretty much done with this after about 6 ounces.

In hindsight, I should have split this bottle with someone but I decided to take on the entire bottle after getting a promotion at work today and the bottle won. Fort 1, Jacobob 0.

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