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Naked Fish - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Naked FishNaked Fish

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170 Ratings
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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

3.5/5  rDev 0%

02-27-2012 01:15:59 | More by jsnoek
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

02-10-2012 01:56:12 | More by sneth019
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

02-07-2012 02:28:20 | More by duceswild
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District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -42.9%

02-06-2012 04:59:25 | More by yourefragile
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

02-01-2012 18:55:42 | More by Texasfan549
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

02-01-2012 17:42:50 | More by kjkinsey
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

12-13-2011 20:15:00 | More by DeutschesBier
Photo of Rickythejeweler


3/5  rDev -14.3%
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
Photo of TMoney2591


3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
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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4/5  rDev +14.3%

11-20-2011 18:29:58 | More by DoctorB2B
Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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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3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
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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3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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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3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
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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3.78/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-16-2011 02:45:47 | More by Knapp85
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3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

The body is black with mahogany edges. A tiny layer of cream colored head formed quickly...poor retention time with zero lacing.

Chocolate raspberries...that pretty much sums up the nose. Cold coffee and roasted malts in the background.

The taste is pretty much where the nose indicates...coffee up front with a bitter dark chocolate finish. Raspberries are in the background throughout the entire drink.

Medium bodied, a little slick with moderate carbonation.

Pretty decent for what it is... a nice desert beer that is well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 20:30:52 | More by mgbickel
Photo of BurpingtonDC


4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful dark, almost black, color with a touch of mahogany. Fluffy tan head about two-fingers deep.

S - Wonderfully strong smell that delivers on its billing--sweet dark "chocolate and raspberry." I also pick up gentle notes of peat.

T - Starts off with an abundant roasted malt and espresso blast, then mellows in the mouth revealing its chocolate and fruit through to its finish. Defying the description, the malt taste is not too sweet, and IMO, thankfully so.

M - Light bodied, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O - The chocolate and raspberry flavors are very well represented in this stout, but not in an obnoxious way. It's dry and flavorful without being too heavy; you could even consider this stout sessionable. Naked Fish Chocolate Raspberry Stout is very enjoyable and I look forward to trying it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 22:14:42 | More by BurpingtonDC
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3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 01:10:21 | More by billab914
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4.45/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice, clear dark brown with highlights of ruby when held to the light. A soft tan head tops the beer.

S: This beer delivers on it's name - chocolate and raspberry are the two flavors that I pick up most on the nose. Both work harmoniously, and are both subtle as well. Great smelling beer.

T: Oh my GOD this is good. That was the first thing that ran through my mind. On first sip, I get that classic roasted malt and coffee/espresso profile. Mid-palate it tastes kinda like one of those chocolate covered cherries when it bursts in your mouth. The finish carries gorgeous chocolate and raspberry notes throughout the palate.

M: Moderately-high carbonation, and medium bodied, this beer is sweet, but not cloying. It carries itself very well.

D: This is a very drinkable beer, almost sessionable in fact. I would have no qualms about buying this by the case and quaffing them back on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 05:29:59 | More by tlazaroff
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4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 18:31:14 | More by Pencible
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District of Columbia

3.08/5  rDev -12%
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...

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 20:29:23 | More by Daniellobo
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3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

always appreciate a good beer from one of my local favorites

A - dark cola brownish red with a tan head that disappears a little too quick. looks great and then it's gone :(

S - sweet fruit smell, dark and musty malt

T - huge burst of raspberry and dark chocolate, like drinking a Ghirardelli raspberry candy. not nearly as cough syrupy as I expected, which is a major plus. the sweet chocolate also hides a somewhat bitter undertaste from the dark grains. this is a good taste overall, but after a while can get very cloying and sweet. could easily use a little more hop for more fruity citrus or stronger bitterness from the toasted grain

M - I really liked how smooth this was, thick but also velvety and goes down really nicely

D - I'd like to go try this on tap, maybe with something spicy to counter balance the sweetness a little bit. still a good beer, and I only got it for like $4 for a bomber

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 02:40:34 | More by obrendano
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District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2011 17:48:19 | More by Huhzubendah
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3.5/5  rDev 0%
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.


Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 01:24:47 | More by THECPJ
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3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 23:03:28 | More by Beer4Baltimore
Naked Fish from DuClaw Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.