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Naked Fish - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.3%


Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: Higravity on 03-12-2006)
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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 01:05:45 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 14:07:35 | More by thecheapies
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MadCat

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 01:31:26 | More by MadCat
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 23:26:45 | More by johnnnniee
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Boggdogg

Pennsylvania

3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
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".

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 02:23:32 | More by Boggdogg
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 00:19:10 | More by tone77
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JWU

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 03:20:55 | More by JWU
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.51/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 01:35:35 | More by beerthulhu
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RollBounce

New York

3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2013 21:00:06 | More by RollBounce
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-06-2013 12:12:04 | More by ColForbinBC
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 23:40:58 | More by DrDemento456
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Served in a tulip, a dark ruby-brown liquid with a small tan head that sank to a ringlet; minor lacing. Aroma of roasty dark malts and essence of raspberry, fairly muted. At first sip, I got a nice chocolate-raspberry flavor, but this surprisingly fell off extremely quickly, and the roastiness of the malts took over; pretty much all fruit flavor vanished, and roasty bitterness took over. It wasn't really bad, it was just a bit shocking. Body was just about medium, fairly thin in the mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Came off more like a porter than a stout, honestly. If it had kept up that initial flavor consistently, this would have been a fine beer, but overall, it wasn't that great, and I wouldn't revisit it.

DuClaw seems to have a lot of good ideas, but the final products seems to always fall short.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2013 01:48:29 | More by Rifugium
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darkstar12

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-03-2013 02:00:19 | More by darkstar12
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greyghost86

Delaware

4.38/5  rDev +24.1%
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!!!

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-10-2013 13:21:55 | More by greyghost86
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ckollias

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2013 19:55:10 | More by ckollias
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dunkirkwns

Maryland

4.61/5  rDev +30.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2013 22:08:56 | More by dunkirkwns
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 21:48:45 | More by Arithmeticus
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Considerable orange around the glass witha a short off-white head

S - Very mild with raspberry and milk chocolate

T - Flavor version of the scent. Very mild raspberry and milk chocolate... but sort of that water-based chocolate milk type flavor.

M - Thin with mild coating. Slight tingle on tongue and throat

O - Nothing actually bad, but nothing really good either.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 11:06:50 | More by biglite351
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JerseyKirk

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 00:47:00 | More by JerseyKirk
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Rickythejeweler

Maryland

3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown, thin soapy head, spotty lacing.

S - Cocoa, fake raspberry, light smoke.

T - Chocolate malt, light coffee, fake raspberry, bacon.

M - Thin.

O - I wish I would have seen the "natural flavoring" on the label. FAILURE. I still love DuClaw, just not this.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 03:02:44 | More by Rickythejeweler
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Thanks to JayQue for this bottle!

Ah, fruited stouts. Love 'em or hate 'em. Let's see which column this one lands under: It pours a very dark (though still translucent) garnet topped by a finger of relatively short-lived dusty khaki foam. Pretty disappointed in this look, I gotta say. The nose is composed primarily of lightly dank raspberries, which have been sprinkled with a small amount of cocoa powder. Not much else going on, really, but it does smell pretty good. The taste brings in more of the same, but the raspberries are kinda muted, coming off as a little plastic-y. The cocoa is a bit more pronounced, and is joined by some light coffee, which provides some extra roasty bitterness. Honestly, things would've been better if they had followed the smell, rather than venture off into this new, less bold territory. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, I wasn't much of a fan of this beer. It's too thin to be much of a stout, and the flavors really don't reach where they aim for.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 03:53:30 | More by TMoney2591
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Naugros

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle says it's a stout, but it sure doesn't look like one. I poured this aggressively and could barely manage a thin ring of suds and a few disinterested floaters. It's more brown than black and looked really thin during the pour. It even smells thin, if that's possible. It does throw some roast, but you'll get that off stouts and porters. I get a faint whiff of chocolate, faint being the operative word, and some really weak-ass coffee, but no raspberry whatsoever.

First sip and I find the raspberry. It's there, it's slightly sweet, it's strong, but it doesn't overpower the other flavors. The chocolate stands out more and it taste like a dark chocolate raspberry whip Easter egg washed down with some really thin coffee. The flavors all work well together and the balance is excellent.

I've got a bit of an issue with the body. It looked and smelled thin because it is thin. Way too thin for almost any type of stout. The saving grace in this category is that there is no bitterness, even when cold. The reason for that is probably the same reason this is thin and is only 4.6% alcohol...they must not have used a ton of malts in the mash ton. Up the malt load and the body and the ABV increase. Make most of those roasted malts and you increase the bitterness.

Bog marks on a well-balanced beer with some really nice flavors. Fix the mouthfeel characteristics and I'd be a huge fan.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 01:08:04 | More by Naugros
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 01:05:48 | More by zaphodchak
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vandemonian

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 01:46:14 | More by vandemonian
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oline73

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 22:17:59 | More by oline73
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Naked Fish from DuClaw Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.