Naked Fish - DuClaw Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev +8%
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.
08-16-2011 02:45:47 | More by Knapp85
3.1/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
11-23-2011 03:53:30 | More by TMoney2591
4.22/5 rDev +20.6%
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.
02-02-2004 00:25:20 | More by NeroFiddled
4.03/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
02-10-2008 22:36:10 | More by Kegatron
3.38/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
04-07-2013 01:48:29 | More by Rifugium
3.55/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
09-10-2011 22:17:59 | More by oline73
4.35/5 rDev +24.3%
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.
02-22-2006 13:08:30 | More by Gavage
3.03/5 rDev -13.4%
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.
02-09-2006 02:51:10 | More by akorsak
District of Columbia
3.63/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
05-11-2011 17:48:19 | More by Huhzubendah
2.51/5 rDev -28.3%
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.
05-22-2013 01:35:35 | More by beerthulhu
3.7/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
07-31-2011 01:10:21 | More by billab914
4.33/5 rDev +23.7%
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.
02-22-2014 23:26:45 | More by johnnnniee
3.5/5 rDev 0%
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.
05-04-2011 01:24:47 | More by THECPJ
Naked Fish from DuClaw Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.