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Naked Fish - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.61%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 02-02-2004

First brewed in 2002, Naked Fish, like most traditional Stouts, is medium-bodied and nearly black in color with a light tan head. But where Naked Fish turns the stout style upside down is in its flavor profile. Gourmet Chocolate Raspberry Coffee is added to the grain bill to produce a taste experience you’ll never forget. Naked Fish hooks you with flavors and aromas of roast coffee, raspberry and dark chocolate, before releasing you to a dry, chocolatey finish. These enticing flavors, combined with a moderate 4.6% abv, are guaranteed to make you get naked. Fish. Or whatever.
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Ratings: 223 | Reviews: 71
Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle.
Sweet chocolate and raspberry aroma, with faint dark malt and no sign of coffee.

Flavor: Quite a bit of raspberry and some chocolate but not so much as to be objectionable or to entirely mask the dark malts.
Raspberry builds into the finish, then fades as dark roasted grains with hints of dark chocolate and coffee eventually come to the fore in the aftertaste.

Photo of Brewndruid
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pork from the bottle.
Dark, scant Ed, aroma does not betray the flavor. I find this beard to be pleasantly surprising as I am not one for the friends stouts event horizon was scary. This has a very balanced taste of Baker's chocolate coffee and raspberry. Though the raspberry seems to disappear Pork from the bottle.

Photo of Urk1127
2.33/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I bought this excited to try it but was disappointed. Almost no head. Medium carbonation. Smell is roasty black coffee and yeast. No raspberry at all to me. Taste is black coffee then bitterness to dryness. It was ok but not what it was as advertised.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear extremely dark jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation and faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts, cocoa powder, and raspberries (though not very sweet raspberries). Hints of freshly roasted coffee as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of dark roasted malts with light to moderate flavors of cocoa powder. That is followed by light flavors of raspberries without any associated sweetness and a light flavor of freshly brewed coffee.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Not full enough or rich enough in body for the style in my opinion. There is some complexity to the flavors and aroma of the beer but I wish the raspberry was a little more present.

Photo of beerrat
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

OK not much taste other then a small bitter taste

Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Taste is raspberries, then sweet and dark chocolate followed by coffee roast at the end. Almost tastes like a raspberry nougat that you find in Valentine's chocolate boxes mixed with some coffee. The body is way lighter than others I have found in the style. Enjoyable and refreshing, I am glad I purchased a six pack.

Photo of Beerparrot
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I liked the double much better, it had more body and taste.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Do your like artificial-tasting beer? Are you into something you can chug down mindlessly? Want a Stout that doesn't feel like a Stout? Then look no further. As soon as I went on here to review this and saw that this was a Fruit/Vegetable Beer categorically, I knew that I wasn't alone in how I felt about this. Sure, there's raspberry here but not the kind that bursts with juice and leaves you wanting for more. Only the hint of chocolate that felt authentic kept me interested in this beer, but even the cocoa felt like it was powder mixed into the liquid.

Dark pour to this with a moderate tan head and some lacing as I worked my way through this. A hint of light seeped through around the edges but the appearance was nothing special. Some plain milk chocolate in the nose with the same in the taste, but never did I feel that it was actual milk chocolate. The thinness of the coffee came through and combined with the raspberry flavor, gave this beer a unique flavor profile, even if it didn't come together cohesively. There was a bit of tartness here and because this had a slightly roasted feel due to the coffee, stuck out more than it should have.

Thankfully, this wasn't terribly strong so as far as dark beers go, this would be one of the few that would also qualify as a session beer. While not a drain pour by any measure, this pales in comparison to other Stouts that I would reach for and there's too many other characteristics to this to make this a Fruit/Vegetable Beer (in my eyes). A decent brew that will offend no one but won't turn anyone on to any particular style either. Worth a go once just because it's slight deviance from the norm.

Photo of bubseymour
2.48/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bitter and artificial tasting mess of a beer.

Photo of wac9
1.06/5  rDev -69.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

this is undrinkable i know eertybody said it was good taste like im drink a raspberry tart just nasty

Photo of gopens44
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Not the worst I've had, and they get "effort" points as far as I am concerned but it was not overly balanced. The tastes were there (chocolate, raspberry, stout malts) but it seemed disjointed at times and contrived at others. Mouthfeel was pretty thin but I kept forgetting that this was a very low ABV which defends the mouthfeel a little. On the plus side, it did deliver the intended taste combination, had a touch of tartness that was a little special, and it didn't really have any off-putting features.

Photo of Immortale25
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Bottleneck says Bottled: 12/26/14.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a wispy pattern of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Incredibly sweet raspberry jam aroma combined with some milk chocolate.

T- The flavor isn't quite as sweet and the chocolate comes through a bit more than in the aroma. There's this clashing bitterness and I don't know where it's coming from. Doesn't seem like a hop bitterness and I don't think it's coming from the roasted malt. The low alcohol also seems to be depriving this beer of character.

M- The one very good thing about this beer since it's quite creamy and decadent. Medium carbonation and a full body.

O- If the raspberry wasn't so seemingly artificial, it had some more booze umph to it and there wasn't that strange random bitterness, this might actually be a good beer. As it stands, it's a subpar fruited stout.

Edit: Oh I see. They used raspberry chocolate coffee in the beer. That's where the bitterness is coming from but it must be cheap coffee because it's borderline acrid.

Photo of hophugger
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost pitch black color with tan head that dissipates quickly leaving decent, spider-web lacing. Aroma hits first with raspberry and a then a small amount of milk chocolate. Taste is mostly raspberry and chocolate with just a touch of roasted coffee on the finish. The raspberry is ok, but seems to have a touch of artificial taste to it. The chocolate is like milk chocolate and its unfortunate that the coffee takes a back seat with this beer, it would have balanced out much better with more coffee and boldness. Probably would have been better and more bold with a higher ABV. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and it is semi-refreshing...

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.43/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby color; by stout standards, it's pretty light. The head is a finger high and khaki in shade. While the head doesn't have the creamiest texture, its retention is okay. A ring of lacing is left on the glass. (3.25)

Smell: I pick up some hints of dark chocolate mainly. DuClaw's peppery house character also comes through. Raspberry and vanilla cream start to appear once this sufficient warms up. Having said that, where's the coffee? But that's not where this beer disappoints - the disappointment hits when I realize all of the notes (raspberry notwithstanding) are muddled and indistinct. (2.75)

Taste: The flavor is even worse. It opens up with an ashy roast flavor redolent of black coffee, before transitioning into a slight raspberry finish. I'm not picking up much chocolate. Its taste is weirdly clashing, and rather poor if I'm honest. (2.25)

Mouthfeel: This has a somewhat sharp texture on the tongue, thanks to sharp carbonation. While it's very light and dry, it genuinely feels rather harsh. And considering the weak flavor, that's not a good thing. (2.25)

Overall: DuClaw shouldn't have made this one 'sessionable'. It's low on flavor, too fizzy, and worst of all, the advertised notes are mild yet out of balance. Don't buy this - it's very drinkable, but not enjoyable. Basically, this is another disappointment from DuClaw. (2.25)

2.43/5: Put your damn clothes on

Photo of Samp01
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is very mild with dark roasted malt and fruity notes. Taste is sweet dark malt, mild coffee and chocolate with a bit of artificial raspberry flavor. Palate is medium body with good carbonation, slightly dry astringent. The finish is same as taste with some lingering roasted malt coffee and mild raspberry flavor mild bitterness. Was expecting a bit more substance from this brew, improves as it warms up a bit. Overall an ok brew nothing stand out.

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, and very dark brown, but not as near-black as many stouts (more like a porter). Head was khaki colored, but less than a finger thick; retention was good, but lacing minimal.

S: Toasted grain. Sweet fruit. Cocoa. And with a deep whiff, I smell that raspberry the label lists.

T: Malt is all toasty and no sweet. I get some faintly tart fruit flavor next, then black coffee. Bitter cocoa is there too. I wouldn't say the raspberry flavor is strong, but it's in there. In the finish there's a little acrid bitterness, but not in a negative way.

M: Pretty thin for a stout, but smooth and creamy. Carbonation is good. Booze is completely hidden.

O: Less "stout" than most stouts, but if you set those expectations aside, you won't be disappointed. It may not be outstanding, but it's a good beer in pretty much every aspect.

Photo of thecheapies
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Naked Fish.

Low-lying foam. All I really got was a ring. The body of the beer is very dark. A dirty black-brown. Has hues around the edges. Shows murk.

Old ground coffee, some cocoa powder, medium roast, dusty dryness, hints of caramel malt. Kind of muted.

Eh, we're showing some good roast character, but the "raspberry" is a perfumey fruit character that tastes very artificial. The coffee is barely there now, and I taste more cocoa flavors. I like that it's dry. Somewhat bitter, but not from the roast. Nothing is really overblown, no obscene flaws. The mouthfeel could be a little more solidified. Body is blah-blah medium and the carbonation wasn't enough to give the beer much texture. Still, Naked Fish is durable enough. Interesting beer.

Photo of MadCat
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours black, short light tan head, little lacing

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, hints of roasted malts

Taste: Coffee up front, then some chocolate. Some roasted malts and earthy hops. Finishes a little sweet, but not getting any raspberry flavor

Mouthfeel: True to the labeling it is a nice medium body. Low carbonation

Overall: Decent if it was advertised as a coffee chocolate stout, but a major disappointment due to the lack of raspberry flavor

Photo of johnnnniee
4.28/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Bruce, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a solid black color with a smallish tan head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of caramel chocolate, coffee, and a hint of berries. The flavor is a wow out of this world. Creamy chocolate covered raspberries with a hint of caramel and earth. This is like drinking a valentines day fruited chocolate. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy silky mouthfeel. This beer wowed me! Great fruited stout that I enjoyed the hell out of.

Photo of Boggdogg
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured dark black color with a small brown head that faded quickly. Leaves tiny traces of lacing around parts of the glass.
Smell is the best part of this beer. I actually can smell the chocolate with a hint of berry and some coffee.
Tastes like cheap dark chocolate and some sort of bad coffee. I get no sweetness of raspberry at all. It has a very light body for a stout and leaves my mouth with a nasty bitter aftertaste and very DRY.
Overall I was not impressed but I'd still rather have a Duclaw than a "bud".

Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, a bit of coffee and raspberry. Taste is coffee, smoke, mild raspberry, not much chocolate. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall smokier than I thought, and less sweet, a quality beer.

Photo of JWU
2.7/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz. bottle poured into a porter glass.

A- dark ruby/black. light gets through a bit when held to a light. Light khaki head that dissipated quickly.

S- Heavy on the raspberry with a bitter chocolate there as well. Raspberry overpowers.

T- A bit of raspberry, a hint of bitter chocolate, and not much else. Bitter, ugly finish.

M- thin, thin, thin, thin, thin. It's a stout people, it needs some body.

O- DuClaw continues to disappoint me.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.52/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark ruby-ish brown pour produces little more then a skim dark walnut toned head. No legs, standard issue. meh.

S: Dried black raspberries, small coffee, fruity, but low on appeal and temptation as well complexity.

T: Flavor of raspberry coffee, with dry bakers chocolate. Lightly bitter, dried blackberry fruitiness, dry creamer, bitter milky finish.

M: Mouthful was dry, slight tingle of carbonation, chalky, lighter end of medium substance wise but appears very thin on the leave.

O: Overall meh best describes this. Sounds like a good dessert beer, but is actually thin, with a boring fruit aspect, and the stout malting seems to be lean, dry flaky bakers chocolate instead of rich, lustrious with a bright fresh fruitiness as i imagined. Thin pass off the tongue, lacks substance, flavor. A big rich black cherry stout would of been ideal. Unimpressed.

Photo of RollBounce
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

head retention is great. Smell is of jelly rings raspberry flavored. Mouth feel is disappointing and thin.flavor of dark chocolate and raspberry jelly great lace ing. Overall it is the smell and look that makes you want this beer.look forward to trying the double naked fish.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured into a snifter

Body sits a dark brown, near black, with a one finger tan head. The cap falls pretty quickly and settles to a thin collar. Not much in the lines of lace.

The nose is of raspberries, milk chocolate, and moderate roast. A touch of coffee emerges as it gets a tad warmer.

Chocolate covered raspberries and good dose of roast. Mild sweetness is beaten back by bitter roast. The raspberry is prominent and adds a nice layer of flavor to the beer.

I have to admit, I thought this was a porter when I was drinking it, so I was a little shocked to see this under the stout category on BA. Definitely on the lighter side for the style and fairly watery in spots.

This is a nice raspberry stout as far as the nose and flavor profile go. Unfortunately it lacks in the other categories.

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Naked Fish from DuClaw Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.