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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
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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 Knapp85
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (576 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 oline73
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (528 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 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 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 chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle; bottled on 29 Dec. 2014.

Sweet chocolate and raspberry aroma, with faint dark malt and no sign of coffee.

Flavor: Quite a bit of raspberry and chocolate but not so much as to be objectionable or to entirely mask the dark malts, and not as much raspberry as the aroma suggests. The raspberry builds into the finish, then fades a bit as dark roasted grains with hints of dark chocolate and coffee eventually come to the fore in the aftertaste. Good bitter-sweet mix. (484 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear extremely dark jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation and faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts, cocoa powder, and raspberries (though not very sweet raspberries). Hints of freshly roasted coffee as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of dark roasted malts with light to moderate flavors of cocoa powder. That is followed by light flavors of raspberries without any associated sweetness and a light flavor of freshly brewed coffee.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Not full enough or rich enough in body for the style in my opinion. There is some complexity to the flavors and aroma of the beer but I wish the raspberry was a little more present. (1,027 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (510 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 billab914
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (890 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 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 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 tone77
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (289 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 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 ColForbinBC
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (809 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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)

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