Naked Fish - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 6
Gots: 27 | 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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Ratings: 232 | Reviews: 73
Photo of RollBounce
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

head retention is great. Smell is of jelly rings raspberry flavored. Mouth feel is disappointing and thin.flavor of dark chocolate and raspberry jelly great lace ing. Overall it is the smell and look that makes you want this beer.look forward to trying the double naked fish.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.84/5  rDev +11%
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.

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.

Photo of darkstar12
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of greyghost86
4.39/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the DuClaw in Belair, Maryland as part of the full sampler 2/9/2012. They offered it with standard tap and nitro.

Appearance: Dark amber with a thin head that quickly disipated.

Smell: Very nice, good aroma of coffee and chocolate with a slight tint of the raspberry.

Taste: I wasn't sure about this thinking the smell would trick my mind into tasting the raspberry, but it was there. Coffee taste at first, with the chocolate and raspberry coming on with the raspberry taste linging through the end.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin, but does a decent job.

Overall: This was one that I was not looking forward to tasting (not a fan of fruity beers) but found it extremely good and would recommend it highly especially if you like the coffee/fruit taste. DuClaw does a great job of mixing it up and does it again!!!

Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer on tap at Duclaw in Bowie, MD out of a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with amber highlights and thin white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Malty aroma with a solid raspberry and chocolate aroma.

T: Smooth and sweet dark chocolate and aroma flavor.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Wow – excellent brew – one of Duclaw’s best.

Photo of dunkirkwns
4.6/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is a perfect beer to have during the cold winter and warming spring months. Too bad its a seasonal and only available for a limited time. It easily ranks among my top 5 stouts. this beer is great anytime. I highly recommend it to all of the customers who walk through my store.

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ale glass, from bomber

A: solid black; good head, but mixed-sized bubbles; decent carb stream; lacing unremarkable
S: +: its aromatic; -: lots of tinny/metallic overtones
T: raspberry and chocolate are very strong, nice meld. The beer moves into the background; malt (heavy roast) prominent

Really nice after-dinner beer

Photo of biglite351
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Photo of JerseyKirk
4.37/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Ruby red on the edges of the glass to black in the body.

S: Cocoa, chocolate, raspberry.

T: Wow. Love it. Tastes a lot like the smell. This is an awesome dessert beer. It tastes like a delicious delicacy. Rich dark chocolate and swirls of decadent raspberry. Awesome.

M: Perfectly dry finish for this stout.

O: Great. Easy drinker too! This is much better than the Double Naked version of this beer. The booze detracts too much. This one is just right.

Photo of Rickythejeweler
3/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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 Naugros
3.77/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of vandemonian
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
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

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.

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 mgbickel
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of BurpingtonDC
4.37/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

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.

Photo of tlazaroff
4.4/5  rDev +27.2%
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.

Photo of Pencible
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
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...

Photo of obrendano
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
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

Naked Fish from DuClaw Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.