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Naked Fish - DuClaw Brewing Company

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210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 4
Gots: 24 | 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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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 bf7
3.91/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Markbienvenu
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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 JamieDuncan
3.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

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 NoProblem
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Fievel
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbaker67
3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AMCPhD
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RobDB
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 Laulau
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 FriedSlug
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ryan4120
3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

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 Boone757
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of McMatt7
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Naked Fish from DuClaw Brewing Company
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