Fruit-Full Fort
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #32
ABV:
18%
Score:
87
Ranked #11,523
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 12.15%
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
144
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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
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Fruit-Full FortFruit-Full Fort
Notes: A complex ale brewed with a boatload of berries.

A twist on our beloved Fort, Fruit-Full Fort is brewed with four types of berries - Raspberry, Blackberry, Boysenberry and Elderberry! This juicy blend of dark berries creates depth and complexity reminiscent of a jammy red wine.

Along with adding a boatload of more berries this time around, we also punched up the malt bill with Munich malt to provide a firm backbone. The result provides balance to the tart flavors of a very berry blend.

Dark maroon in color, Fruit-Full Fort is swirling with notes of velvety cherry and berry sweetness for a full-bodied - and full-flavor - experience!
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Photo of ONUMello
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no clear date, poured into a tulip
A: Brown glass color, hazy with a thin head
S: Mixed fruits and grain
T: Raspberry/blackberry, light wheat
M: Full bodied but not boozy, slightly sweet
O: This is a big beer but overall enjoyable fresh fruit, not too complex but tasty

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

Dark brown, murky, and pours like a quad. It is very boozy at 18% and a big tang from all the berry juice. This beer is executed similar to the World Wide Stout family. I love this one.

@firesidewithphil

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Photo of Zythophile
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: 6/15/18
Palate Contaminants: other beer

"Ages well." Okay.

Looks like raspberry juice. Slightly cloudy. Not a lot of head or lacing. So, at least the color is cool.

Smell is like spiked breakfast syrup. Blueberry first, then raspberry. A little cloves. Points for uniqueness.

The taste is about what I expected (i.e., in line with the scent), but it's not so sweet. I hesitate to call it medicinal because that has such a bad connotation, but it does evoke that. There's some fruit bitterness in the back. And some burn.

Fruit is barely there in the aftertaste. There's probably more alcohol. Not much carbonation. There's some sneaky astringency, too. It's a sipper, for sure. I don't know if anybody really needs a full 12 ounces of this. I'd be fine with a 4-ounce serving after dinner.

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Zythophile from District of Columbia, May 02, 2020
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4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Appearance : vert dark red, slight tinge of red/purple
no foam
extremely opaque - slightly translucent/lighter when held up to light
little specks throughout

Smell: boozy, with a hint of nutty along with the massive fruit

Taste: very sweet (but not too much), although the high abv hits you first. the pure sweetness overpowers any tart or sour notes. the aftertaste is slightly more floral, refreshing and light, with nothing being too overpowering.

Mouthfeel: very thick but not too much for such a strong beer. light carbonation.

Overall: although it's very intense due to the high ABV, it feels as drinkable as a much weaker beer. the balance of the fruits makes it very palatable both when sipping and in aftertaste. altogether couldn't imagine a more refreshing beer for the ABV, much prefer this to the 120 minute IPA

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fruit Full Fort pours a reddish brownish color, with not much head. Big barrel aroma, hints of earth. Flavor has a lot of barrel, lots of fruit, sweet, but not too much, with dry berries mixing in too. Good body and feel. Overall, lots of flavors, barrel, berries. Very sneaky, big beer, and you wouldn't know about it.

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vette2006c5r from Minnesota, Nov 19, 2019
Photo of puck1225
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of those beers you enjoy but doubt you will look for another.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Dark brownish red color with a good head and lacing. Some murky bits floating about. Very fruity smell and taste, berries, strawberry, raspberry, cherrry licorice. A bit boozy as it warms. Tastes like it should be good for you!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 06/15/18. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a cloudy reddish-brown color with about an inch light tan head that didn't stay around for too long. There's also a small amount of lacing. Aroma is fruity and a bit sweet, the brew smells mostly like dark berries (raspberry, blackberry, red grape and a general dark berry aroma), along with some caramel and bready malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, with sweet and tart dark berries, red grapes/wine, berry jam, and bready malt flavors noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating and a bit syrupy with a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked the sweet and tart berry flavors in this brew, and the booze is relatively well hidden for being 17.2% ABV. I thought this was drinking good right now, hopefully DFH will make this again in the future. Definitely worth picking up! $8.99 a bottle.

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Photo of JayWhitson
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a disgustingly beautiful, opaque brownish-purple. Nose is jammy, with sweet Cabernet and caramel notes. Taste follows with a big alcohol punch. Probably should have stashed it away for a couple years, but overall very enjoyable. Will grab another for the time capsule if I run across one.

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JayWhitson from Montana, Aug 22, 2019
Photo of Harrison8
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burgundy-brown with a heavy tint of fog that makes it look almost like a fuzzy plum is sitting in the glass. Head is a finger of khaki foam, but it fizzles away rather quickly. Aroma is a bouquet of fruits right up front which are quickly rinsed and washed away by alcohol. Blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, tangerine, red grape and green apple create the fruit bouquet. Flavor profile is more berry and fruit splender - hitting notes of blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, tangerine, peach, apricot, green and red grapes, red apples and green pears. Really deep and complex twist of fruit and berries, which results in a sugary front end. Alcohol sweeps in at the finish, drying it out via heat. Mouth feel is still with a very light effervescence. It has a medium-thick consistency. Overall, fruit and berry heavy with a sizable alcohol hit at the finish creating a 'girly' beer out front that quickly shows its true colors.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Aug 20, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Murky in complexion with an amber to purple hue. Minimal beige around most of the rim. The aroma is of cranberries, blackberries, and raspberries. I’m tasting an overall wallop of fruit that seems to finish with elderberries. I also taste blackberries and raspberry jam. The mouth has an odd cooling sensation initially and then warms up from an overall boziness that is very subtle with all of the fruit flavor. You wouldn’t guess the ABV without looking it up, but you can sense that you should tread lightly.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Jun 15, 2019
Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This beefy beast pours a muddled
dark mahogany with brownish amber highlights and a decent head of
off white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin layer, and shows light lacing.
Nose of dark berries and astringent booze with dark brown sugars. Flavors
follow the nose almost per word---astringent alcohol with dark black and
raspberries with dark brown sugar and a touch of grain. Nice mouth feel;
medium body, light carbonation, and a dry and moderately tart and
warming finish.

Overall a solid brew from a great brewery

Cheers

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice reddish brown color. There's about a 1 finger reddish/white head. Considering the high ABV, the retention is amazing. The remaining head almost looks creamy. Looking at the beer, sitting in front of me, it looks like there's a carbonation storm going on in the glass - carbonation rises to the top, then it looks like it falls back down.
The nose is an amazing, tart, funky, berry aroma. I can't pull out the individual aromas, but they all work so amazingly well together.
Taste - Berries, slightly sour up front. The tartness lingers throughout the drinking, and picks up as goes down my throat. Again, I can't separate the berries from each other, but I like the choir.
The body is decent. The carbonation dances in my throat. It isn't extremely boozy feeling, but I know it is.
A delicious, and dangerous sour. This is a sipping beer.

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Photo of MyGoodness
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, dark maroonish color with a slight tan head that quickly dissipates. First thing you smell is definitely berries followed by a cognac aroma. Taste is the same; tart berries followed by a malty liqueur like flavor. Slight burn in the aftertaste that a lot of DFH brews tend to have. Smooth, somewhat thick mouth feel with a bit of carbonation. Complex, nice, packs a wallop. Highly recommend it if you come upon one of these fellas at your local distributor.

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MyGoodness from New York, Apr 04, 2019
Photo of JuliusBonsall
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So I’m sitting on the futon spread prettttyyy wide, feeling as sorry for oneself as a man can — literally finished having some skin tags removed from the old turtleneck an hour ago. Needless to say, Doc and friends were like “please do not binge drink until the meds wear off,” and, needless to say, I was like “lol.” Fast-forward that hour and here I sit, nude legs akimbo with a Fruit-Full Fort by Dogfish Head perched on my good knee, and an old 8x10 of my best mate Gordon Blevins on the other. I don’t even realize I’m crying until a tear lands on Gordon’s crotch (it’s usually front-and-center in his pics… long story). Drown your sorrows as they say, right? This berried powerhouse will get you there in a hurry. Hovering around 18% abv and tasting like the best thing I’ve put in my mouth since cousin La'Damian and I did shots of Frankenberry and goat’s milk as pre-tweens, I can say with certainty that this is one of the finest strong beers I’ve tasted.

Pours the color of rich marmalade with a fluffy tawny head, straight stankin’ of fresh berries. Flavor is malty and lightly tart with a smooth berry finish, just like my MeeMaw’s homemade jam. Stick to one per session or you might find yourself bottomless on a futon waxing poetic about beer.

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JuliusBonsall from Pennsylvania, Mar 14, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep brown but light passes faintly. Minor head which settles to nothing. No lace.

Sweet, lots of berries, almost like soda. A bit like fruit punch.

Threefold this is a potent beer but it starts off innocently with darker malts. The alcohol starts meekly but grows in power, culminating in the swallow. It becomes sweeter as the tasting progresses. Like the smell, lots of berries -- black, rasp, and blue. Definitely a sipping beer which is closer to a carbonated brandy.

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smcolw from Massachusetts, Mar 09, 2019
Photo of zeff80
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a murky, dark brown color with a very small, tan head of foam. It smelled of raspberry, blackberry and sweet booziness. Sweet berry taste with booziness and a toasted caramel backbone.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Feb 20, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a glass of raspberry puree, with quickly receding foamy head. Smell is mild berry fruit. Tastes like a sour type of beer with intense jammy berry flavor. Feel well put together for a monster beer, not oily or viscous. At 18% this is definitely a sipper.Almost feels and tastes like a seltzer water with pomegranate juice mixed in albeit with a mild hotness. Overall this is a unique ,very big beer. Well done. This beer was aged 8 months.

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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey, Feb 19, 2019
Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very murky brown in color. It poured with a short beige head that died down very rapidly, leaving just a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of berries are present in the nose—boysenberries seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of boysenberries and blackberries along with underlying hints of caramel and malty sweetness. Just faint bits of alcohol are detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a slow sipper given its alcohol content, although you wouldn't know how strong it is by its taste alone. I could possibly see closing out a night with this beer on a summer evening as there's no warmth in the mouthfeel to lend this to being a beer to enjoy next to a fireplace on a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

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metter98 from New York, Feb 07, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz botled on 6/6/18 poured into a tulip glass, black purple with no head. The aroma is initially the dogfish head heat (think olde school) and a bunch of dark fruit. As it goes on, the heat dissipates leaving the fruit notes. The taste is much more centered on the berries, especially raspberry and blackberry. The feel is dense, with a medium amount of carbonation. Drinking alcoholic jam seems to sum it up.

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Apellonious from North Carolina, Feb 04, 2019
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4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A cross between a smooth wheat ale, cognac, liqueur with the robust flavor of a good port wine. Delicious sipping beer after a meal. May be the beer that converts a friend who always says, I hate beer. Anxious to get more to age.

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OB1Kubota from Michigan, Jan 25, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a two-finger off-white head that slowly fades leaving some lace. Opaque maroon color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Tart fruit nose and flavor is mostly raspberry and almost sweet, the malt is balancing the tartness. Higher ABV (16.5%) is hidden. Pricey at $8.99 for a 12oz bottle from Nature's Way Market South Berwick, Me.

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jdhilt from New Hampshire, Jan 23, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - poured into a 5 oz tasting glass. Deep red, almost purple in color, and completely cloudy. Virtually no head with just a bit of lacing. Beer was bottled in Nov 2018.
Smell - a nice whiff of booze with a lot of berries (as expected), and some tartness. Almost smells like a red wine.
Taste - a bit more carbonation than I expected first tickled my tongue, followed by light tartness from a myriad of berry flavors. A bit of bitterness and booziness both come out in the end, but overall, quite pleasant. Nice warmness in the end.
Feel - full-bodied, with below average carbonation and HIGHLY boozed. However, alcohol is quite well masked, especially at colder temperatures. Beer is extremely easy to drink.
Overall - I have never had a beer of this style at this ABV. So that in itself makes this beer quite novel. Fruitness does not mean tame: this beer has quite the bite!

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Profundobaso from New York, Jan 21, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a goblet. Bottled 6/28/18, so over 6 months old.

Thick cloudy reddish/pinkish/brownish body. Good sized off white head shrinks to a ring & thick covering .Some lacing at first.

There is a good strong berry aroma with hints of red wine.

The fruit comes through very nicely, mostly sweet but also a little tart at times. However, this is one hot beer. Could likely use a little aging, but I have no patience for that.

Mouth is full, finish is warm and fruity.

Overall, as mentioned above, would probably be better in a year or two. I had a 2-3 year old regular Fort last year, and it was excellent. But this was a nice warming fruity sipper last evening, as the snow began to fall in NE PA.

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MikeWard from Pennsylvania, Jan 18, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was a little off putting at first but as it warmed it grew on me. Definitely some dry red wine characteristics of this beer. Worth sharing with friends.

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bubseymour from Maryland, Jan 17, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled on 06/15/18 pours a cloudy, muddy, brown, but really glows an exciting purpleish colored body when backlit. A steady flow of tiny bubbles can be seen rising to the top joining a persistent whispy island of cream colored bubbles.

Aroma is tart berries and vinous cherry with a sense of caramel.

Flavors are as advertised. Lots of raspberry and blackberry and malt that reels in the tartness. Finishes with a hint of vinous booze burn.

Mouthfeel leans a lighter medium and finishes wet.

Overall a very interesting, boozy, change of pace.

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GrumpyGas from Illinois, Jan 13, 2019
Fruit-Full Fort from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 144 ratings