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:
#28,138
Reviews:
569
Ratings:
1,313
pDev:
17.69%
Bros Score:
3.94
 
 
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171
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Ratings: 1,313 |  Reviews: 569
Photo of briman
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours thick, almost syrupy and is kind of a dull umber color. Slightly less than a 1/4 inch beige head, with average retention, settling into minimal lace.

Lots of sweet malt, certainly rasberries, and alcohol in the nose.

Flavor is thick and malty, with rasberries throughout. No real obvious hop presence, it's pretty much thick sweet malt & rasberries, with a hint of alcohol in the finish.

Medium to full body, with moderate carbonation. Thick, syrupy, and coating. Rasberries add to the flavor, rather than dominating it which is a positive. Alcohol provides noticeable warming, but overall the alcohol is hidden pretty well.

Certainly not sessionable, but a nice twist on a strong ale. I would definately drink this again.

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Photo of Kreko7
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Robdrinx
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of CMundt4994
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cabsandking
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish orange with a small layer of off white foam and a thick crown. Nice fresh raspberry aroma, citrus zest, some alcohol ester but not like expected, and a bit caramel malt in the back. Hot alcohol off the bat but does calm down after of few sips. Fresh raspberries again that’s balanced with tart citrus and a straw, wheat character keeps the fruit from going overboard. Characters of buttery malt, diacetyl, hints of vanilla, and sweetness that’s between saccharin and honey. Mouthfeel is rather pleasurable, full with a near silkiness and good creaminess with the carbonation standing up to the 18 abv. This beer exceeded expectations in many ways, and ended up being dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of jda007
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of BirdFlu
4.7/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red colour which is lighter on the edges.
The tate is very strong up front. Tangly and similar to DFH Olde School Barleywine. Theres a lot of really big flavor going on here. Lots of sweetness right after you swallow, which is when the raspberry seems more noticeable. A little bitter in the tonsil areas. Its similar to 120 minute or Olde School but with fruity sweetness and tang.
Mouth is very powerfully tangy and very carbonated. Its pretty thick and a bit syrupy.
Aroma is sweet and tangy, but develops as it opens up. More raspberry aroma becomes present later on, but it is still subdued. If it was any sweeter it would seem fake and inorganic.
Its a real sipping thing, like a wine. Def a bit boozey. It is a bit smooth relative to its high ABV, though. Almost reminds me of mountain dew or other fruity soda.

It really opens up in flavor and aroma, like wine does, as its been sitting open. So it gets better as you get further into it.

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Photo of speter
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Initially, I'd have said this was raspberry red, but a closer inspection reveals it to be a murky orange with a quickly-fading tan head that leaves wisps all over the side of the glass.

S: Raspberries and alcohol, all the way! Actually, alcohol and raspberries, but with a definite Belgian angle somewhere in the high notes.

T: The initial taste is a combination of the booze and berries, which persists well into the center. Just past the center, it opens up with various spicy overtones like cloves, cinnamon, and pepper, which carry you through a warming finish. Who needs port when you've got this?

M: Very viscous and warming, though there is a bit more carbonation than typical for a high ABV DFH beer.

D: This is very much a dessert beer, with a drinkability to match.

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Photo of foogerd
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2008. I figured this was a good buy for 12.99

A- Color of a lighter version of bloody mary, bloody orange? Head disappears immediately, it is 18% so thats understandable.

S- Raspberries, fresh ones, sweet ones, candied raspberries, raspberry puree, everything raspberry you could think of, thats what this smells like. Yea, it smells good.

T- Raspberry, some dark chocolate notes, definitely alcohol which seems to work in tandem with the fruity raspberry theme, kinda like a raspberry liquor.

M- Light bodied, enough carbonation to make this tasty.

I picked it up for the unique factor I definitely wouldnt pick it up again, been there done that kind of attitude. I wouldnt dissuade someone from picking it up at the price point that I did which I think is pretty reasonable. If you see if for anything higher pass on it. And make sure it has some age on it I cant imagine how boozy this must be fresh.

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Photo of Rich540
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of MickeyMonk
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UNCCTDawg
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Lorianneb
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of dwaz
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of YouSkeete
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: unfiltered caramel/orange color. Barely any head whatsoever, hardly any lacing.

S: Seriously boozy. There is not even remotely any attempt to mask the alcohol in the aroma. Hints of raspberries, strawberries and blackberries make their way through the alcohol to the nose.

T: Tastes like a red wine on the cheaper side. Raspberries are prevalent in the flavor, along with other dark fruits. Raspberry sweetness is a little overpowering for the balance of this beer, which is essentially it's downfall. Very very boozy, alcohol hits the palate hard.

M: Burn of alcohol with an aftertaste that's much too sweet. Medium carbonation, medium body.

D: Definitely a sipper. My suggestion would be to split the bottle 3 or more ways, that way you aren't morally forced to finish this whole thing.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.09/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A bottle that's been in my cellar for at least a year, probably more like 2. Split this with the wife, and holy cats....wish we had more people here to share it with us. Awesome nose....I could sit here and just sniff it...

Color is nice, I expected a darker color for some odd reason, but the color is perfect too.

I really like this as a sipper, but it would have been fantastic as a lower ABV brew for more anytime drinking. Very drinkable for 18%, but like I said, I'd like something with a little less kick.

Nice beer, worth a try, but not something I'd probably purchase again. I'm glad I've held onto it.

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours out a honey caramel color with a thin, soda-like head.

S: Funky, fruity, and tart - like turned raspberry jam.

T: Smooth alcohol followed by a tangy raspberry sweetness. Maraschino cherries, apple skin, tawny port.

M: Smooth and syrupy, puckering sweet at the onset.

D: Much like a desert wine, moderation is the key.

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of GangOf1
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kmccabe33
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of atlandy
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of whitekiboko
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of nucmedmario
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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5/5  rDev +34%

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