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Naked Fish - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.61%
Wants: 6
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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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: 224 | Reviews: 71
Reviews by chOAKbarrell:
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of rgtravers
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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 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 NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of hdofu
4.55/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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 nimrod979
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of alleykatking
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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 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 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 akorsak
3.04/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of darkstar12
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of vandemonian
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DuClaw Naked Fish is an ok that is ruined by rasberries. They add a vegetal sourness that I didn't like.

A: Black colour and a 5 mm head that fades to decent lacing. 4

S: Malt and coffee with a subtle hint of raspberry fruitiness. 4.5

T: Roasty malt and noticeable rasberries. The rasberries add a fruitiness but also a vegetal sourness that isn't very pleasant, especially in the aftertaste. 3

M: Foamy. 4

O: This beer is ok, but the rasberries don't mix well with the rest of the beer. 3.5

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 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 MurphyMacManus
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler into pint glass.

Appearance: dark red-brown/ black with coffee-colored head that leaves lots of residue.

Smell: Vague chocolate, almost a Guinness-like character. But I wouldn't trust my own opinion because I was a little congested tonight.

Taste: This is amazing. It really does taste like chocolate and raspberry, while not being overly sweet and desensitizing the palate. It retains some porter/stout character, but mostly in that the chocolate flavour is of the bittersweet variety. The raspberry flavour is very strong, but in a pleasant -- not overpowering -- way.

Mouthfeel: I felt this was a bit lacking. Given the huge taste profile, I thought this beer might be a little thicker, but it felt watery to me.

Drinkability: I had two pints and wanted more, mostly because it tasted great and I was waiting for a big, thick mouthfeel.

Photo of oline73
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark brown with a layer of off white head that fades and leaves a ring around the glass.

Smell: Chocolate and raspberry with some sweet malt and roast.

Taste: On the mild side, but once I noticed that abv, that made sense. Roasty with chocolate and raspberry. The finish is a bit bitter from the roast.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin with mild carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: This is a good mild beer. Nice use of fruit to compliment the roast.

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 DrDemento456
3.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Paid 3 dollars for the single at the House of 1,000 beers. Been a while since I had an experimental beer and I never have tried a chocolate raspberry ale.

A - Pour is spot on what I expected for a stout, very dense and dark with a 1/4 inch of deep mocha head that settles to a thick lace ring. Pretty.
S - I do smell some actual raspberries buried beneath the roast. Hard to tell if they are artificial but in no way to they smell medicinal. Not much chocolate really it just smells like a raspberry infused stout.
T - Very interesting it flows with cocoa powder, then the raspberries sort of mix with the herbal hops, before finishing with the roast. A sort of hard water flavor is noted but it's not very distracting as I get it from time to time with beer. Not bad.
M - Tart and bitter maybe the roast could be dialed back a bit. It seems somewhat watery for a stout giving it a light to medium body. It's ok I guess.

Overall the whole time I was hoping the roast would take a backseat and the chocolate would enter as it warmed but at least I got the taste of raspberries throughout each sip. Worth a try if you seek an brew original.

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 Dithyramb
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a pint glass at the Fells location.

Poured an amber tinged dark brown/black with creamy tan head. Actually slightly darker than I expected.
Very faint, tart raspberry aromas ride a dark roasted malt backbone
Nicely complemented brew with an initial raspberry flavor intermingling with dark cocoa and malty sweetness. There is only a very light hop flavor in there
Medium mouthfeel with a quick dry finish

This beer is quite drinkable. Assuming they've made enough for me to come back later and sample, I will.

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Naked Fish from DuClaw Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.