Mar 16, 2008

Dogfish Head Fort


According the the Dogfish Head's website Fort is "a strong ale brewed with a ridiculous amount of pureed raspberries (over a ton of em!)". I don't mind raspberries at all and rather like them in a fermented concotions. The better half and I will split a bottle of Framboise a couple times a year. With a 17% abv and it being a Dogfish Head I knew it would be much bolder than a fru-fru Framboise though. At almost 18 bucks for 750 mil bottle it was a special occasion thing that the better half and I would share with friends over a dinner we we're having together over the weekend.
I gotta say that the label, designed by Tara McPherson, has the cutest cartoon female I think I've seen in quite a long time. Well, her and the Esurance chick that is. The drink itself looks nice too. At first pour it reminds me a bit like apple cider but given a minute in the glass it takes on a summer at dusk orange look. You can smell the alcohol in it. No doubt about that. The raspberry scent raps itself around it. Very interesting. We adjusted our tastebuds accordingly, clinked our glasses and took a sip. Then we all looked at each other.
"Ugh! Cough medicine" was everyone's first reaction. Follow up tastes didn't change much from that. I don't know if that was DFH's intention or if they need to experiment more with the idea. From start to finish it very medicinal and drying. Ethanol was mentioned more than one. The raspberry taste seems it more of the seed than the fruit and any sweetness that comes from it is hanging on heavy and thick to the alcohol making the whole damn thing unpleasant. All of us there are Dogfish Head fans. We wanted to get around the idea of Fort, expecting something a bit juicy with a big kick, but couldn't get into it.
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5 comments:

Plotchmann said...

Calling DE home I am a big fan of what DgH is up to but some of their over the top experiments are just that-over the top experiments. I too, felt a little ripped off when trying this. It's made me a little apprehensive on trying some of their newer/crazier releases. Their vodka's are great though but I don't think they sell it outside their brewpub.

carson said...

The E-SURANCE gal is a fox.

Dale said...

Seems like everytime I'm in the store there's like 3 new Dogfish Head things I haven't tried...but yeah, after dropping the a bit of outrageous coin on the Fort I'm a little gun shy myself. From what I've read a lot of people really like it. I am not one of them. W wont hold it against them though because when they make something good-IT'S REALLY GOOD!

carlo(ad)s said...

carson-Youre not one of those guys that write esurance girl fan fiction and wonder what she looks like naked are you?

carson said...

Me? Nah?