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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:
#24,585
Reviews:
567
Ratings:
1,306
pDev:
17.69%
Bros Score:
3.94
 
 
Wants:
171
Gots:
445
Trade:
30
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,306 |  Reviews: 567
Photo of pjs234
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of csustar001
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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 M1A2
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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 TexIndy
2.51/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottled on 7/10/07. Tasted on 7/31/08.
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. It was a hazy orange color and had a ton of carbonation. Even with a good pour, it didn't have much of a head which isn't surprising considering the high ABV. No lacing.

The aroma was extreme raspberries and alcohol. Reminded me of raspberry wine cooler. I don't like the ones that overtly reek of alcohol so this got knocked down some. The taste was better than I thought. I expected heavy alcohol to match the aroma but it wasn't as bad. It was still pretty heavy on the ABV but blended better in taste than smell. Heavy raspberry taste as well, of course.

Overall, I just didn't like this one. I like a bunch of fruit beers so it's not that aspect. It seemed to have a good base flavor but really got ruined with the high ABV and alcohol taste. Just made it unenjoyable after a few drinks. Got this one for free so can't complain too much but I wouldn't pay for this one or recommend it.

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Photo of ari32
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of HRamz3
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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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Photo of Washuffizi98
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kmos27
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cfrances33
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of parris
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler fill from Party Town.
I was a little leary of splitting a growler of this, but it's Super Bowl Sunday so what they hey.
Pours a murky, reddish brown in color. No head on the pour, but given the ABV that is perfectly understandable. Smell is strong puree raspberries and has an alcohol pop flavor. Just a bit of warmth from the alcohol which is quite the accomplishment given the high ABV. Decent beer, but not something I could or will drink regularly.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a decent head and retention for a beer that is so high in alcohol. It's nose is strongly of rasberries with some subtle malts coming through.

This beer is very sweet. I didn't find it overly boozy for 18% alcohol. It was just a beer on steroids. A fault of it is that it is very sweet. A fuckload of sugar had to have been added to make this 18 %

Still a decent brew. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Phillyz
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of sliverX
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of TonyTalon
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 1 pint/9.6 fl oz poured into a glass mug. Bottled in 2008 and cellared.

Appearance: Pours a clear pumpkin/ amber orange with a small white head that stays throughout. No real lacing.

Smell: Raspberries, raspberry tart, candy, and alcohol on the nose. Very malty. The raspberries bring both sweet and sour qualities.

Taste: Both sweet and sour in the taste. Nicely balanced. At 18% the alcohol is present in the taste and warms as it is consumed.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy and somewhat sticky over the palate. A sweet beginning but finishes tart. Extremely Slight carbonation.

Overall: This is truly one of my favorite beers. A unique beer even for the style. I was actually lucky enough to meet Sam at the old Brickskeller in Washington DC and begged him not to stop brewing this awesome beer.

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Photo of Domingo
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle of this for Valentine's Day.
Pours a really nice pinkish color. Definitely not as dark as a lambic (or even the Wisconsin fruit brews), but certainly more red-tinted than most.
Smell is really nice. Reminds me a little of raspberry jam crossed with champagne. A definite highlight, one of the best smelling fruit beers I've ever encountered.
Taste was a little bit of letdown. Tasted sort of like a pale blonde ale with hell of kick, and a little raspberry sweetness in the finish. While really good on paper, neither aspect was really all that great. Compared to DFH's other massively potent brews, I really expected a little more sweetness to bring out the raspberry more. The problem with it being subdued is that I don't think the base ale has enough flavor to compliment it.
Mouthfeel was solid, just the right amount of carbonation present to give it a bubbly feel, but not overdone.
Drinkability's pretty limited, though. I'm not sure I could handle much more than 1/2 bottle. At $18 a bottle, I don't think I'd get it again.
Like some of DFH's other adventurous brews, it's unique, but nothing great. Worth a try, though!

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

thanks unionmade for the xmas gift..

juicy orange pour.. clear, some foamy head that dissolves to nothingness. i could skim the cream off this puppy with one shot. nose carries berries.. not necessarily of the razz variety, just something dark and sweet. syrupy. weirdly offset by a huge butter bomb maltiness, a scent that reminds me of a dominant flavor in the 05/06 olde school.

flavor, to me, screams with more blackberry and the fruit is very pronounced. perfumey, and seemingly not 100% real actual honest-to-goodness fruit. puree, essence, extract, juice, syrup, etc. the sweetness of the berry is confronted in an extreme fashion by the alcohol, which provides a mouthwash-like sensation in my cheeks and in the back of my throat. the malt backbone here is kind of messy, adding flavors of rind, dirt, and fresh plastic to the mix.

beer just doesn't need to be 18% unless it's dark, dark, dark, and extremely rich. this beer strives for flavor in too many different directions.

drinkability is remarkably high though, and i don't think i can really explain why. maybe because i am conditioned on DFH beers and lately there is an underlying similarity between their higher ABV offerings.

not horrible, but i wouldn't reach for it again at the inflated price tag that it bears.

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Photo of Foxman
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a vibrant coppery amber, almost ruby, and slightly hazy. A finger of off-white head drops soon to feathers of froth. Animal crackers of lacing plod along the inside of the glass.

The aroma shoots a quick flash of sweet caramel malt that parts for a stanchion of bright, juicy raspberry. A companionable yeast tartness gives sway to a sneaky snake of alcohol.

Upon tasting, raspberry grabs star status, deeply sweet and with tangy fruit tongueplay. The cloying ploy continues with a rock sugar candy and caramel assault. The alcohol is much more obvious here, and as it evaporates an encircling and drying bitterness surprisingly crisps the residual malt berry effect. The finish remembers the raspberry but gives full exposure to a lingering dry bitterness. It's a departure, an experience, and over-the-top.


Close to full bodied, it's lip-smacking syrupy and chock-full of palate presence.

If you like raspberry, you're in. If not, you're screwed. I like them, but...this much? I'm not sure really, but perhaps. Still, while extreme by its nature, it's an intriguing trek through the DFH collective mind. The ABV is freaking big, real big, and you ignore it at your own peril. I came, I tasted, but I'm left to wonder: Who conquered who?

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Photo of ruzzal
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spider889
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have had this fresh on tap at the brewery, a bottle about 6 month old, and most recently a bottle that was a little over a year old. I can definitely attest to this beer getting better with age.

I shared this bottle at the first Central Ohio beer tasting. Love the label. 12/2009 bottling.

The beer is a mild amber color, mostly clear. Not much head but we weren't in a rush to take a full pour of a beer so strong.

The smell has really opened up on this with some age. Some were complaining of the booziness, but for a beer of 18% you've got to expect that, no matter how well hidden it is. Still, I felt that the alcohol had mellowed nicely in one short year, I can see why some hold onto this for 5+ years.

Lots of raspberry and blackberry notes can be found in the aroma. The fruit is sweet and ripe, with a moderate sting of alcohol on the finish.

The taste is certainly hot, but tart raspberries distract the palate from the alcohol well. Sweet with a nice warming deep in the throat.

Ultimately this beer is very hot no matter how you slice it. I went into this bottle expecting exactly that, and wasn't disappointed with the beer. If you go into it thinking that 18% abv will somehow be masked completely you're not going to like this. Despite the alcohol, this is most definitely not undrinkable. A fine sipper that I wish we had more time to appreciate at our tasting. Not a beer to rush through.

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Fort from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,306 ratings
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