Fruit-Full Fort | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 18.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by superspak on 11-22-2017

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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of Shantzak
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tedho21
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ArcaneGoose
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


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Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy burnt sienna color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, fruit, esters, slight alcohol, hint of wine, and a hint of wood. Fits the style of a Fruit and Field Beer. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. There is a strong dryness and slight acerbity. Tastes of sweet malt, fruit, hint of esters, alcohol, wine, and a hint of wood. Overall, strong dryness, fruit is more of a sweetness than specifically distinguishable, with a great complexity and blend,

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Photo of Keepnitrl
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ummswimmin
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
2.61/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

A: Pours a cloudy, maroon-brown color; head is minimal at best (despite an attempt to bring out more via aggressive pouring).

S: Berry notes dominate, predominantly raspberry and blackberry. Aftre a moment, I start to sense malty notes, floral hops, and the aroma of red wine.

T: Sweetness hits my tongue like a freight-train. It is cloying and overwhelming. It so over-the-top that I'm reminded of artificial sweetener. Holy crap! --This is just too sweet for me to enjoy! Yes, there are some notes of fruit and even a hint of hops, but they're overwhelmed by the damned sweetness!

M: Decent carbonation on the tongue, not that I was paying much attention at that point.

O: The overwhelming, cloying sweetness ruins it for me. Have you ever heard the phrase, "too much of a good thing?" If not, look it up in the dictionary, and you'll see a picture of a bottle of this swill. As much as it pained me to do it, considering the price, I poured this one down the drain.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gnilwod
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a murky, rosy brown with almost zero head. nose; an initial bright berry puree & ethanol blast that slowly subsides into caramel & elderberry. taste; toasted caramel malt, ethanol, lightly tart raspberry, elderberry, light butter, & citrus hops. low carbonation & heavy mouthfeel. not very complex, but has an enjoyable ‘sweet & savory’ interplay. a gigantic, enjoyable sipper that begs to be aged; this would be killer after mellowing a few years. pairs extraordinary well with dark chocolate, since the dry semi-sweet chocolate will accentuate the sweet parts of the beer.

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Photo of TheGent
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Navalartichoke
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently had this beer brewed with boysenberry, raspberry, BlackBerry, and elderberry from dogfish head, ABV 17.20%. Whether it is 17.20% or 18.00%, that's pretty strong and I was not ready for that.

Look: hazy brownish purplish with a thin off-white head

Aroma: berries, blackberry, raspberry, red wine, a hint of alcohol.

Flavor: The flavor is, well sweet and tart berry, raspberry and BlackBerry mostly, as well as red wine. I was taken by surprise that it was noticeably boozy and then I looked at the bottle. Oops that was kind of strong. Not bad though, the booziness does not overwhelm, it is like a berry flavored port wine, well slightly milder. Actually pretty good.

Feel: medium body

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

some say robitussin, some say messed up red wine, but i kind of dig this. i dont remember the original very well, its been ages since i had it, but this addition of extra fruits is kind of cool, in a medicinal, purple drank kind of way, almost like something more than just the alcohol is setting in when i drink it, but i dont stop myself. lavender to purple in color, cloudy a bit from the tap, and some more head than i thought it would have. aroma of blackberry preserves, cranberry tang, and port wine sweetness and intensity, really quite complex. i expected like a melted fruit punch popsicle and vodka, but its not like that at all, beery still, with both grain and yeast elements on display, which i am thankful for on each sip. tons of fruit though too, cherry is where the medicinal part comes from i think, not sure what all fruits they use, but there is also a cool and curious tang coming through the sugar here, maybe a raspberry, maybe something more, but its broken down, fermented, mature now. red wine notes, candy sweetness, and robust fusel alcohol, especially at temperature. an assertive and original beer, if we can even call it that. cool stuff, i respect the heck out of dogfish head for this kind of thing, even if i dont want to drink all that much of it...

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


A: Beautiful sherry coloring with pinkish hues glisten on the pour with a slightly holding head. Within, a fine misty carbonation factor similar to a misty morning softly dances in the vessel.

S: Sour raspberries, boysberries and blackberries are prominent on the nose as expected. Tart wine like aroma, good awareness.

T: The flavor was warm and wine like, full of berries and sharp, tart like notes of fruity sourness. Alcohol is is well present, as well a jam like sweetness. Acidic, sour fruit of apples-grapes with a fresh wet nature of briary and wildberries.

M: Thick and viscose mouthful is creamy soft accompanied by a warming alcohol tone. Sharp and acidic.

O: A wine like experience, slightly sour berries, acidic makes this a savory sipper with a wine like drinkability. Had no idea of its 18% abv prior to drinking, would assume a range of 9-10% but never felt like 18%, and again, consumed like a fine red wine. Paid something like $3 for a 12oz bottle, quite possibly the steal of the century. A definite try.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Though I find the label art a tad creepy the beer itself is definitely unique and pretty damn good...

There's something about the bottle art on this that just creeps me out. I don't know exactly what it is, it could be those hands, the color scheme, or maybe just all of the art taken in. Regardless, right out of the bottle, the beer pours a dark red colored liquid with weak foam and no lacing, but the color is appealing to the eyes, and even some pinkish highlights. The smell reminds me of wine - fruity and mostly forward with apple, grapes, cherries, and even a distant tang of citrus - very complex. At first the mouthfeel feels creamy but as it warms it's mostly carbonated and even has an astringent aspect to it. The flavor is reminiscent to wine, in fact, to the uneducated this beer could easily be mistaken for a wine, not necessarily a bad thing but for the purist it might be something way too out of the ordinary to truly sit back and enjoy. Nevertheless, I did enjoy this beer, full of flavor, boozy though not forward, and different than anything I've had in quite a while.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of REVZEB
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Love how dogfish head does all kinds of extreme and weird stuff. Pumped to try this and it did not disappoint. Tastes like a home brewed berry wine mixed with cognac, underlying oat, and malt. The blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries are boozy, sweet and fruity. Doesn't taste like 18% abv, dangerous. The smell is cognac booze mixed with a red wine barrel finish with the berries. Feel is sneaky thin, while being sticky and syrupy, almost distilled. The wife enjoyed as well.

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Photo of petrusek23
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrDemento456
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Snagged a bottle for 9 bucks plus tax at the Vintage Estate in Ohio into a goblet.
A - Much darker appearance than the typical fort more deep brown mahogany with no head to speak of. Looks like an old ale.
S - Very berry forward in the bottle with some blueberries and elderberries but the glass is straight up port wine and raspberry sourness. Little to no ethanol burn smell which is nice.
T - Much better than I expected not being a huge fan of wine I really love the clash of wine characters with the typical raspberry flavors the regular provides. Not sure if every berry is represented but it does leave a nice sweetness to the palate with little to no ethanol burn. Not even getting much drying as others described but that could just be the way they described the intense burn one would feel with this beers caliber.
M - Medium to heavy but smooth with no lingering burn one would expect.

Overall possibly the best version of fort in my opinion smooth berry flavors with a dry palate and a easy going sweet finish. If it wasn't 9 bucks a bottle I would get it all the time!

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Photo of cozmo
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heddar33
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joshkeyes
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boone757
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Fruit-Full Fort from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 95 ratings