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Naked Fish - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 237
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 7
Gots: 34 | 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 Urk1127
2.33/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I bought this excited to try it but was disappointed. Almost no head. Medium carbonation. Smell is roasty black coffee and yeast. No raspberry at all to me. Taste is black coffee then bitterness to dryness. It was ok but not what it was as advertised. (251 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.43/5  rDev -33.2%
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 (1,440 characters)

Photo of biglite351
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
2.52/5  rDev -30.8%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of JWU
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of claytri
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured black with a tan head. The aroma was a rich raspberry and chocalte very much like a fine desert. Then the taste came and I got lots of raspberry, but no beer. The feel was heavy and wet. A very unenjoyable beer, and one I would not recommend. (258 characters)

Photo of Webbydag1
2.76/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Nice aromas, but cheap raspberry taste. Lacks in punch, where I expected loud chocolate raspberry notes. I usually like what du law has to offer but I have to admit this fell flat on its face. (192 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3/5  rDev -17.6%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of Rickythejeweler
3/5  rDev -17.6%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
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. (1,026 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light stout with a sweet and fruity intent.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Somewhat lazy label with Duclaw framing and name of the brew design-based typography in yellow over textured red. Side paragraph notes sensuality of the offering, main intent and characteristics of the brew, and encourages to get naked… Shows 4.6% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Deep brown to black pour, 1/4" creamy head, moderate to poor retention, soft surface memory and some spots of lacing.

S - Soft nose with a light lactic roasted nose, touch of chocolate and raspberry as it settles.

T - Light malty, soft lactic touch, raspberries, and chocolate sure enough, and fair at all of it, but in a rather unremarkable way. Light touch of coffee under the flow...

M - Light body, lingering on watery, medium-soft carbonation…

O - Fruity… Light… Quite forgettable for me. They are after another type of audience with this one.

Notes: Not a pain but this is too light and even weak in most fronts, but not like something where one would praise subtlety but rather a brew that might be trying to be subdued to reach a non-beer crowd. Quite forgettable... (1,161 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (1,093 characters)

Photo of gopens44
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of Boggdogg
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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". (516 characters)

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

- from the notes
Shared a bottle with my wife, our opinions of the brew are much the same.
A - a solid dark brown with small quickly dissapating head.
S - rasberries and some light chocolate malts.
T - much like it smells, rasberries and mild chocolates.
M - lacks some needed carbonation and is thin.
D - drinkable? yes, but not particularly desirable.
It might be better if paired with food/dessert but otherwise was a one off for myself and my wife.
Akin to Guinness with rasberries. (486 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (862 characters)

Photo of darkstar12
3.42/5  rDev -6%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of Brewndruid
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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... (650 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of bluehende
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not bad for a low alcohol stout. Had all the right flavor. It's flaw was the raspberry tasted more of syrup than actually fruit. The raspberry flavor was subtle so not a bad beer overall. Nothing extra either. (213 characters)

Photo of MadCat
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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 (459 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (1,664 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with an pinkish hue and 1 finger off white head

smell: coffee, chocolate, raspberry,

taste: mostly raspberry, chocolate, little oxidation

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body,

overall: an interesting fruit / stout beer. wouldn't say it is something I would seek out again. But definitely glad I got to try it out.

Cheers,
The CPJ (391 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (1,230 characters)

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Naked Fish from DuClaw Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.