onceblind (9860) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2017 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.
Hazy deep pinkish copper with no head. Rich boozy fruity aroma with lots of raspberry and peach and hot spirit tones. Full deep fruity body with raspberry purée with strawberry whiskey and a warming boozy finish. Pretty warm and full, lots of red fruit purée and a bit of whiskey. crispaire (239) - - JUN 7, 2017
the color of the brew might be its most appealing aspect. sickly sweet. raspberries evident. big boozy lingering warm finish. if you want an instant buzz, this concoction’s for you, but definitely not a great representation of a fruit beer. fidelis83 (2453) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 27, 2017
Cloudy amber pour, thin off white head, and a high effervescence, though with lots and lots of really tiny bubbles. The head, although small has great retention and the beer coats the glass a bit. Aroma is raspberries, lots of toffee, doughy yeast, caramel, alcohol, raw nuts and toast, smells like it’s really sweet. Flavor is raspberries, caramel, lots of toffee, alcohol, dark fruit, a hint of licorice, red bell pepper, freeze dried berries and odd perfumey note. Pretty heavy body, creamy, chewy entry, light, but quite sharp carbonation, fairly dry (though still pretty chewy) finish, moderate alcohol burn. Pretty tasty, surprisingly clean, very much a Barleywine with berries, but pretty light on character for the big abv% MacBoost (1914) - Victor, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2017
Chugged this in under 7 seconds. Drank pretty good. Some fruit, lots of sugar. Nice little buzz. A little pricey. RichTV is on welfare. 🤑 Chalumeaux (1570) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2017
Poured from bottle date looks like 2009 ruby red with a nice tan head and good legs. Strong aroma of raspberry dark fruit and caramel. Taste is dark fruit berry jam lingering alcohol finish. Wow.
kevinator (2268) - The Colony, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Wooh! Quite nice and unexpected.Puts most fruit beers to shame. Not overly sweet as there seemed to be an nice hop balance. Raspberries through the aroma and flavor. Some spice. Pretty color and great palate. Weighty and smooth with a slightly dry finish. Msdrbeat (780) - East Lansing, USA - DEC 28, 2016
Bottled. Really strong raspberry aroma. Color is a reddish amber. A lot of booziness in the taste. ljthiessen (1350) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 15, 2016
Bottle. Clear amber pour with a white head. Aroma is candied cherry, some caramel and dark fruit, really nice. Taste is cherry and dark fruit. Capa (3322) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2016
Syrupy orange pour with a tall head. Fruity and fusel alcohol aroma with light caramel malt. Fire nose. Thick body. Very raspberry syrup from beginning to end. The fiery booze is surprisingly well hidden but the fruit. The heat of the booze shows itself by the burning sensation on the tongue much like a shot of something. I was a bit worried about this initially, and it’s gonna put me on my two-pack for sure, but it’s surprisingly "easy" for the abv. books_n_brews (162) - Baltimore-ish, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Holy alcohol batman. Agree with some others that fruit flavors finesse gets lost in the boozing. Smells good. After taste is a bit harsh. But after buzz makes it all better.