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Naked Fish - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 236
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 7
Gots: 34 | 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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Photo of dunkirkwns
4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is a perfect beer to have during the cold winter and warming spring months. Too bad its a seasonal and only available for a limited time. It easily ranks among my top 5 stouts. this beer is great anytime. I highly recommend it to all of the customers who walk through my store. (282 characters)

Photo of hdofu
4.55/5  rDev +25%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer on tap at Duclaw in Bowie, MD out of a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with amber highlights and thin white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Malty aroma with a solid raspberry and chocolate aroma.

T: Smooth and sweet dark chocolate and aroma flavor.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Wow – excellent brew – one of Duclaw’s best. (380 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice, clear dark brown with highlights of ruby when held to the light. A soft tan head tops the beer.

S: This beer delivers on it's name - chocolate and raspberry are the two flavors that I pick up most on the nose. Both work harmoniously, and are both subtle as well. Great smelling beer.

T: Oh my GOD this is good. That was the first thing that ran through my mind. On first sip, I get that classic roasted malt and coffee/espresso profile. Mid-palate it tastes kinda like one of those chocolate covered cherries when it bursts in your mouth. The finish carries gorgeous chocolate and raspberry notes throughout the palate.

M: Moderately-high carbonation, and medium bodied, this beer is sweet, but not cloying. It carries itself very well.

D: This is a very drinkable beer, almost sessionable in fact. I would have no qualms about buying this by the case and quaffing them back on a hot summer day. (916 characters)

Photo of greyghost86
4.39/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the DuClaw in Belair, Maryland as part of the full sampler 2/9/2012. They offered it with standard tap and nitro.

Appearance: Dark amber with a thin head that quickly disipated.

Smell: Very nice, good aroma of coffee and chocolate with a slight tint of the raspberry.

Taste: I wasn't sure about this thinking the smell would trick my mind into tasting the raspberry, but it was there. Coffee taste at first, with the chocolate and raspberry coming on with the raspberry taste linging through the end.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin, but does a decent job.

Overall: This was one that I was not looking forward to tasting (not a fan of fruity beers) but found it extremely good and would recommend it highly especially if you like the coffee/fruit taste. DuClaw does a great job of mixing it up and does it again!!! (822 characters)

Photo of JerseyKirk
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Ruby red on the edges of the glass to black in the body.

S: Cocoa, chocolate, raspberry.

T: Wow. Love it. Tastes a lot like the smell. This is an awesome dessert beer. It tastes like a delicious delicacy. Rich dark chocolate and swirls of decadent raspberry. Awesome.

M: Perfectly dry finish for this stout.

O: Great. Easy drinker too! This is much better than the Double Naked version of this beer. The booze detracts too much. This one is just right. (459 characters)

Photo of BurpingtonDC
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful dark, almost black, color with a touch of mahogany. Fluffy tan head about two-fingers deep.

S - Wonderfully strong smell that delivers on its billing--sweet dark "chocolate and raspberry." I also pick up gentle notes of peat.

T - Starts off with an abundant roasted malt and espresso blast, then mellows in the mouth revealing its chocolate and fruit through to its finish. Defying the description, the malt taste is not too sweet, and IMO, thankfully so.

M - Light bodied, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O - The chocolate and raspberry flavors are very well represented in this stout, but not in an obnoxious way. It's dry and flavorful without being too heavy; you could even consider this stout sessionable. Naked Fish Chocolate Raspberry Stout is very enjoyable and I look forward to trying it again. (830 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was incorrectly labeled in the style category as this is a Chocolate Raspberry Stout.

Appearance: arrived in a pint glass thick black in color with a nice one finger tan colored head. Almost a paint-like lace left on the glass at the end for the pint.

Smell: mellow raspeberries, mild chocolate, and roasted malts.

Taste: well balanced beer as the milk chocolate and raspberry tones are mild, not overwhelming, and not fake tasting either. The roasted malts and some noticeable dry bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth at that start and finish. The finish is mildly dry. Raspberry and chocolate tones linger softly into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: superbly drinkable, basically a dessert in a glass. Must try if it is on tap. (782 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear black cherry with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like rich dark chocolate and dry cocoa, with some roasted coffee and sweet raspberries and cream.
T: It tasted like bitter dark chocolate and sweet raspberry, with some roasted coffee and cream. It had a mild bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Not bad, but a bit thin.
D: This was a very nice stout with good scent and great flavor. The raspberry was perfectly integrated, not too much or too little. The body was a little weak, but it was very easy to drink. Quite the tasty and well crafted brew. Recommended. (618 characters)

Photo of Hefe
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

edit: 2/8/2006 Very tasty this year, chocolate is very prevalent, rasberry subtle and well integrated. Well balanced and not too sweet. Goood drinkin'

Tasted at DuClaw on 2/2/04.

Appearance: Dark, with ruby amber edges and a lasting tan head.

Smell: Roasted espresso, with just a hint of rasberry.

Taste: Deeply roasted malts and light touch of hops up front, Chocolate and rasberry follow up on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Fine carbonation but a touch acidic which too me worked against the creamy body making it feel a little sharp and light overall.

Drinkability: All in all a very enjoyable brew. (617 characters)

Photo of rgtravers
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (962 characters)

Photo of nimrod979
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of Dithyramb
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (834 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (883 characters)

Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had sampled this one once before at the brewpub (Arundel Mills) last month but didn't review it. They just started bottling this, so here is the review of that version:

The bottle, marketing, and website said that this one was 4.6% ABV.

I split this bomber with my wife.

Poured into two snifters.

A: Abysmally dark brown, with a very meek, almost solid white head that didn't have much staying power. For a low ABV beer, this one looked very heavy.

S: I got raspberry on the nose (the forefront), along with chocolate. This was fairly potent.

T: Extremely dry on the finish. I can see why some people might say that this one is watery ...the dryness along with the small-medium body kind of gave it that appeal. I prefer to think of it as a very drinkable, dark, lawnmower brew.

M: Low carbonation, the fruit portion of the brew lingers, but the chocolatey, malty part fell by the wayside.

O: I saw what DuClaw was going for here: a "not too heavy" stout, with tons of mass appeal, and a combination of two ingredients that have worked for many dessert lovers since the beginning of time: chocolate and raspberry. To that end, this one succeeded to my mind... (1,169 characters)

Photo of HopDerek
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 edition: on tap as of Feb 6.

Poured a dark brown with some blackness to it, little tan head left good lacing. Smells primarily of chocolate, raspberries, and some coffee notes, also a slight smokiness. Tastes of dark chocolate, raspberries, and with a bitter coffee finish. Raspberry flavor lasts throughout, but doesn't overpower. Medium in body with ok carbonation, smooth. One of my favorite DuClaw seasonals, has a nice balance between the sweet and the bitter, and the lingering raspberry and chocolate notes really keep this beer fresh in your memory. (563 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of Nutleybeer
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Fells Point location served this in two varieties, regular and nitro-tap. I tried both in their massive sampler.

The nitro was incredibly smooth with a great head. In terms of the deeper flavor of the beer, I found the normal tap style to be better.

Dark in color. A pleasant scent, fresh and somewhat fruity. The first sip was interesting, reminscent of a slice of Black Forest cake. The raspberries flavor can pass for cherries. Hints of chocolate are there as well.

Not for everyone. I don't know if I would classify this as a "fruit beer" either, just a stout with a fruity essence. Not sure if I could drink this all night long, but a A+ for effort and trying something unuque and original. (704 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (321 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (1,140 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (1,510 characters)

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Naked Fish from DuClaw Brewing Company
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