Naked Fish - DuClaw Brewing Company
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Reviews by Arithmeticus:
3.65/5 rDev +4.3%
Poured chilled in ale glass, from bomber
A: solid black; good head, but mixed-sized bubbles; decent carb stream; lacing unremarkable
S: +: its aromatic; -: lots of tinny/metallic overtones
T: raspberry and chocolate are very strong, nice meld. The beer moves into the background; malt (heavy roast) prominent
Really nice after-dinner beer
11-03-2012 21:48:45 | More by Arithmeticus
More User Reviews:
3.75/5 rDev +7.1%
This was a pretty respectable try by DuClaw on a flavored stout. It had a pleasant candyish quality about it, with the chocolate and raspberry flavors pretty much neck and neck. I would say this beer would even be good for someone who is "afraid" of dark beers, thinking that they will be too powerful or overwhelming. This beer is under control and easy drinking. Not too sweet, either, which was nice. A very pleasant, above-average offering from DuClaw.
03-12-2006 23:59:25 | More by chOAKbarrell
4.1/5 rDev +17.1%
I had this on tap at Fells Point in Baltimore MD.
App: Black upfront with little to no head, as the beer was finished the rudy hues came through with the light behind the glass.
Smell: Great smell, roasted malt flavors coupled with the light raspberry smell coming through the back. Very enviting to the sences begging for a taste.
Taste: Great taste of a stout with a slightly sweet and tarty raspberry taste. The roasting of the malts sets up the palate with a dry anc crispness that a stout is known for. As the beer warmed up the raspberry flavors closed in on the dry taste and cleasned the palate with a sweet flavor.
Mouthfeel: Great thickness; fully coating the mouth with great flavors. The tickness of the beer is not too much as to leave the stomach full.
Drinkability: This is a highly drinkable scession beer. Dry and crisp but then backed up with a sweet flavor of raspberry. The mouth is great and just thick enough. Great beer.
12-10-2006 01:37:43 | More by rgtravers
4.22/5 rDev +20.6%
It's almost black body reveals clear glints of ruby-tinted mahogany beneath a creamy head of tan foam that fades shortly to just a thin collar. Lightly tart and sweet raspberry is noticeable in the nose over a dark malt background. The body is medium and its fine carbonation leaves it lightly crisp and tingly on the tongue. The flavor again delivers raspberry, impeccably balanced against dark chocolate and a subtle roastiness. Hop bitterness is present but does no more than balance the malt and fruit. A raspberry sweetness appears and then fades at the swallow; replaced by dark chocolate and then some short lingering dryness. Very drinkable. Very well done. Nicely balanced.
02-02-2004 00:25:20 | More by NeroFiddled
3.93/5 rDev +12.3%
Thinnish tan head, opaque brown body with garnet highlights. A bit of lace.
Nose has a lot of dry malt and some cocoa.
Taste is a bunch of raspberry and chocolate. It seriously tastes like a raspberry chocolate and for the low abv, there's plenty of flavor. Not especially bitter, and pretty well balanced. You'd think 'watery' with the light flavor profile, but it's really not. Faint trace of coffee.
Mouthfeel is thinnish for a 'stout,' but no real complaints.
Pretty darn good. Nice lightish, but very pleasant flavor profile. And at the low ABV, quite sessionable in terms of fruit stouts. Price point might get in the way.
09-26-2011 01:05:48 | More by zaphodchak
4.03/5 rDev +15.1%
On tap at the Fell's Point location during the recent release.
Pours a dark brown with garnet highlights around the edges with an off-white/tan head that left some minimal lacing. The aroma is mmm, mmm, good. Chocolate, roasted malt, and of course, some subtle raspberry notes.
The taste is once again, as advertised. The bulk of the taste profile is deep chocolate sweetness and roasted/burnt malts but that lovely raspberry character rears it's head in the backend and finishes things on a most pleasant note. The mouthfeel is light medium bodied with a lively carbonation that pops in the mouth.
There isn't too much else to say about this perennial February release from DuClaw as it gives you exactly what they advertise. A nice marriage of chocolate & raspberries in one easy drinking Stout package. Not the biggest or best but definitely one nicely flavored Winter brew.
02-10-2008 22:36:10 | More by Kegatron
4.55/5 rDev +30%
A really yummy beer I finished my sandwich with tonight. The beer is a rich dark color impossible to see through with a thin white lacing on top. The smell was very chocolatelty. The chocolate and raspberries were very noticeable. The beer is exceptionally smooth. I could have drank another had I not been stuffed.
05-05-2009 00:31:42 | More by hdofu
4.05/5 rDev +15.7%
From my growler I brought home. Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights when held in the light. Small tan head. Aroma is roasty chocolate, coffee, and raspberries. Taste is sweet raspberries, chocolate and slight bitter coffee metallic finish. It has a moderate finish. Creamy mouthfeel, could benefit from not being so thin though. I really enjoy this beer. Interesting take on the style but this definitely tasted better directly at DuClaw.
02-20-2011 20:27:22 | More by nimrod979
3.85/5 rDev +10%
Had on tap at DuClaw...
A- Came to me a brown color when held to the light showed some amber hues on the edges. One finger light tan head shows good retention. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass when drinking.
S- Aroma is pretty simple. Light roasted malts in the front of the nose. There is a distinct raspberry aroma that comes though lightly tart but very nice. Hints of roast in the ending bring this full circle.
T- Roasted malts in the front just like the nose. This comes with a light chocolate flavor right after the roast. Middle of the beer is where raspberry takes off. There is some light tartness to the raspberry but tastes a little artifical. Chocolate does come back in the ending with hints of light alcohol. Raspberry once again comes in the very end filling up the final flavor.
M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. A little light and watery in the mouth at times. Palate has raspberry and light chocolate tones. Aftertaste is light alcohol, raspberry, and hints of chocolate and roast. Flavors were balanced between the raspberry and roasted chocolate. No off flavors per say just a little watery at times. Light alcohol drying on the palate.
D- Once again this beer is a little on the light side. This really makes the beer drinkable and finishing this one is no problem at all. The ABV is not really an issue with this one as the alcohol never shows much at all. Overall a nice simple drinking beer that has a light chocolate covered raspberry feel to it.
03-15-2011 23:47:08 | More by alleykatking
3.65/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
02-05-2014 00:19:10 | More by tone77
2.51/5 rDev -28.3%
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.
05-22-2013 01:35:35 | More by beerthulhu
3.03/5 rDev -13.4%
I am drinking Naked Fish on release night in the Hanover location of DuClaw. The ale was served slightly chilled in a tumbler. Note that I have submitted a change to BA to have this classified as an American Stout and I will review it with that in mind.
Appearance: The ale is deep and dark. The head pours with a nice white tinge, but the ale does not appear to be carbonated, it comes across as flat.
Smell: I expected a roasted aroma but was surprised when faint raspberry notes hit my nose. While I know this is a raspberry stout, I was not expecting such an upfront presence.
Taste: Again, the raspberry notes dominate the taste. I find very little stout character, maybe a hit of chocolate that tries to balance out the raspberry. I don't recall previous incarnations of Naked Fish being so over-the-top in fruit character.
Mouthfeel: The ale is very smooth and the fruit notes make for a very sweet nouthfeel.
Drinkability: Moderate alcohol and a taste that does not overpower are plusses for this stout.
02-09-2006 02:51:10 | More by akorsak
3.43/5 rDev -2%
Served at DuClaws in Bowie. Appearance was very dark, typical stout. Smell was very heavy on the raspberry. Taste was very heavy on the raspberry, very little chocolate or anything else. Mouthfeel was disappointing, very thin feel. Overall not a bad beer, but not compelling enough to order again; just expected a stronger feel and taste.
03-03-2013 02:00:19 | More by darkstar12
Naked Fish from DuClaw Brewing Company
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