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Naked Fish - DuClaw Brewing Company

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208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 4
Gots: 24 | 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: Higravity on 03-12-2006

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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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was shared from a growler with the family at a gathering a few years ago. The beer poured out as a deep brownish black color with a bubbly brown head that doesn't stick around for too long. The smell of the beer has a fresh aroma of raspberry, coffee, and chocolate on the nose. The taste of the beer is just about the same, no real difference from the smell to the taste. The mouthfeel is a little lighter than expected, it feels more like a porter than a stout. Overall I thought that the beer was pretty well balanced and does a good job of keeping you refreshed.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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 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 mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Rifugium
3.37/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

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

On draft at the brewpub in Bowie.

The beer is dark brown, with a thin, tan head that leaves minimal lacing. The aroma consists primarily of chocolate and raspberries, as one would expect. The flavor is nicely balanced and light on the palate. The thin body adversely affects the overall presentation of the beer. I would prefer a fuller body with more malt and support for the more subtle flavors. The raspberry aspect is done well - a nice presence and not too sweet. Overall, a decent brew and worth a try.

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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 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 billab914
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into my Otter Creek glass. Dark brown in color with a thin tan head barely covering the top of the beer. The head faded and clung to the edges of the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a lot of coffee coming through at first. I get some chocolate mixing with the fruity raspberry. The raspberry is pretty nicely done and actually smells like real fruit instead of extract, which is nice.

The taste starts out with some of the roasty, bitter coffee flavors. It starts to quickly show the fruity, raspberry, which lasts through the finish. Pretty nice mix of raspberry and roasty, stout flavors to it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style and carbonation is a little below average. Overall it was a pretty drinkable and flavorful beer. It managed to show some good stout flavors instead of being dominated by the fruity raspberry flavors. Pretty decent beer overall.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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Naked Fish from DuClaw Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.