PBoegel (29) - New York, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First time with this one. Was generally pleasantly surprised.
Aroma was very fresh and fruity with a healthy dose a fruity perfumy alcohol. Often times with these dogfish beers I get a ton of fusel alcohol and it comes off excessive and artificial. Some similar notes to a framboise but mostly from the obvious raspberry connection. You’ll find the ethanol and higher alcohol nose is quite similar to that kicked off by a Samichlaus.
Fort is very bright with some pinkish hues amidst the deep golden body. Very minimal head which is quick to drop, light cream to sandy.
Fort’s flavor is a blend of fruit and a heavy dose of warming alcohol. There is no shortage of bready malt, but the raspberry and alcohol dominate the palate. Some bitterness in apparent in the finish but quickly washed by the alcohol.
The body of Fort is this dense than I imagined. The fruit and hefty alcohol combine to offer a medium light body, deceptively smooth and approachable. A nice supportive carbonation.
This was a November 2011 bottle I received for Xmas from the Misses. We shared it and both genuinely liked it. We don’t often see pint to pint. Fort could in many ways work as a nice red wine substitute. Certainly a nice and somewhat surprisingly refreshing night cap. For its high abv it was easily shared between two people. I believe this one would likely age nicely and retain pleasant raspberry notes especially in the flavor. There is room for the alcohol to mellow some but you won’t be disappointed fresh either, just expect some heat.
boto (1951) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle: This one pours a red tinged clear amber color. There was about no head or lacing to it. The aroma is nice. Some raspberries with a little tartness to them. The taste is quite good. Tart raspberries with a nice ale backing them up. You don’t even notice the alcohol until its too late!
caesar (5764) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ WWT IV, small sample. Hazy purple color, short head. Strong fruity nose, quite alcoholic as well. Thick, fruity, quite sweet. Bit too alcoholic.
Maakun (1476) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at WWT. Reddish brown with short lasting head. Raspberry jelly, dough, strawberries, hoerenkots, caramel. Then some rotten strawberries come through. Taste is quite sweet with an alcoholic bitterness. Full bodied with lots of alcohol, bit too much alcohol for me.
MrHangover (3139) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2015
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ WWT IV, courtesy of me!! Pours a clear pinkish beer with a small light purple head on top. Aroma of cassis, forest fruits and light barrel notes. Flavor is slightly sour, light alcoholic, loads of sweet red fruits and loads of alcohol. Aftertaste is sweet and boozu... a bit disappointing and too strong.
Benzai (9914) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ WWT IV. Hazy brown color, small off-white head. Smell and taste are heavy and strong: alcohol, sweetness, raspberry, a touch of hops. Medium body and carbonation. Quite good, though it doesn’t need this much alcohol imo.
kermis (6844) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at WWT IV. Pours cloudy red with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet red fruits and booze, light floral. Flavour is heavy sweet with burning alcohol in the palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
deanso (6492) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at WWT IV.
Very thin white head. Raspberry aroma. Clear amber pour. Strong alcohol and raspberries. Pretty good
djd07 (5889) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 bottle thanks to Gibson. Pours a cloudy orange with no head. The aroma is raspberry seed and booze. Medium mouth with very sweet raspberry syrup, booze is very strong with this one with the sweetness a little overbearing.
zach8270 (3831) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 750 ml - 2005 vintage) Been holding onto this one for a while so I wasn’t sure how it would’ve held up. Murky red pour with a puffy white head. Aroma still has some good sweetness to it. Flavor starts off with a bit of stale raspberry but opens up as it goes on. Still has some raspberry to it with a lightly tart finish. Held up nicely.
kevnic2008 (9571) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - JAN 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Many thanks to Kappldav123 for sharing this bottle! Clear red amber with a lasting off-white head. The aroma is fresh raspberry. Surprisingly there is no alcohol in the aroma.