Dogfish Head Fort (2011)

Wow, long time no update. It’s not that I haven’t been reviewing beers, I just haven’t had time to type of the reviews. This was the beer that I opened on Easter. Easter was absolute craziness. I woke up at 0200 to put my pork shoulder in the smoker and was waking up about once an hour to add more chips to it and spray it with apple juice. Then, Katie and her daughter came over and I had hidden eggs around the front lawn for her to find. After that, I fired up the regular grill to do the vegetables and the apples for the apple chutney with Jack Daniel’s and apple juice reduction. In between all this, I was chasing a 4 year old around the backyard. Dinner came out really well and I popped this open right before dessert. I really needed a drink.

ABV: 18%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: This one has only been aging since 12/2011.

Random: I really like the artwork on the label of this one.

This brew poured with a thick two finger white head that dissipated with some lacing left on the glass. The body was a pink-amber color and slightly cloudy. There was a lot of visible carbonation on this brew. The nose was a huge amount of tart raspberry coupled with some sweet malt. The booze was also really obvious on this one, which was surprising for a DFH brew. They seem to have mastered the art of hiding high amounts of booze on a big brew. The taste was shockingly…fruity (note the sarcasm). It initially went down with a lot of sweetness, but the back end of the sip was tart raspberry. But, holy booze Batman! This beer was hot…really, really hot. That actually took away from the rest of the flavors for me. I tend to really enjoy fruit beers, but the booze threw it a bit off kilter. The beer was medium thickness and had moderate carbonation. The finish was pretty long and fruity with a lot of booze. After one glass, this would definitely be overwhelming, so I’m lucky I got Katie to try some. This is a beer that I should have left in the basement for another year or two. With that being said, I would definitely have it again if I could age it for about 3 more years.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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