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
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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 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.

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.32/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of Chaney
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
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...

Photo of alleykatking
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at DuClaw...

A- Came to me a brown color when held to the light showed some amber hues on the edges. One finger light tan head shows good retention. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass when drinking.

S- Aroma is pretty simple. Light roasted malts in the front of the nose. There is a distinct raspberry aroma that comes though lightly tart but very nice. Hints of roast in the ending bring this full circle.

T- Roasted malts in the front just like the nose. This comes with a light chocolate flavor right after the roast. Middle of the beer is where raspberry takes off. There is some light tartness to the raspberry but tastes a little artifical. Chocolate does come back in the ending with hints of light alcohol. Raspberry once again comes in the very end filling up the final flavor.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. A little light and watery in the mouth at times. Palate has raspberry and light chocolate tones. Aftertaste is light alcohol, raspberry, and hints of chocolate and roast. Flavors were balanced between the raspberry and roasted chocolate. No off flavors per say just a little watery at times. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- Once again this beer is a little on the light side. This really makes the beer drinkable and finishing this one is no problem at all. The ABV is not really an issue with this one as the alcohol never shows much at all. Overall a nice simple drinking beer that has a light chocolate covered raspberry feel to it.

Photo of nimrod979
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From my growler I brought home. Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights when held in the light. Small tan head. Aroma is roasty chocolate, coffee, and raspberries. Taste is sweet raspberries, chocolate and slight bitter coffee metallic finish. It has a moderate finish. Creamy mouthfeel, could benefit from not being so thin though. I really enjoy this beer. Interesting take on the style but this definitely tasted better directly at DuClaw.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draught at DuClaw Bowie.

Pours black running into brown around the edges, light tan head.

Nose is a nice combination of light roasty and raspberry notes; lightly tart, acidic, though the acidity takes away from the richness.

Taste is light and roasty, lightly tart raspberry, bit of cocoa; definitely a really nice chocolate covered truffle thing going on, but the mouthfeel feels a bit thin, mainly due to the acidity from the raspberries. However, I preferred this to Bell's Cherry Stout, which is the closest thing I can compare it to.

Photo of hdofu
4.55/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A really yummy beer I finished my sandwich with tonight. The beer is a rich dark color impossible to see through with a thin white lacing on top. The smell was very chocolatelty. The chocolate and raspberries were very noticeable. The beer is exceptionally smooth. I could have drank another had I not been stuffed.

Photo of Nutleybeer
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Fells Point location served this in two varieties, regular and nitro-tap. I tried both in their massive sampler.

The nitro was incredibly smooth with a great head. In terms of the deeper flavor of the beer, I found the normal tap style to be better.

Dark in color. A pleasant scent, fresh and somewhat fruity. The first sip was interesting, reminscent of a slice of Black Forest cake. The raspberries flavor can pass for cherries. Hints of chocolate are there as well.

Not for everyone. I don't know if I would classify this as a "fruit beer" either, just a stout with a fruity essence. Not sure if I could drink this all night long, but a A+ for effort and trying something unuque and original.

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 HopDerek
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 edition: on tap as of Feb 6.

Poured a dark brown with some blackness to it, little tan head left good lacing. Smells primarily of chocolate, raspberries, and some coffee notes, also a slight smokiness. Tastes of dark chocolate, raspberries, and with a bitter coffee finish. Raspberry flavor lasts throughout, but doesn't overpower. Medium in body with ok carbonation, smooth. One of my favorite DuClaw seasonals, has a nice balance between the sweet and the bitter, and the lingering raspberry and chocolate notes really keep this beer fresh in your memory.

Photo of claytri
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured black with a tan head. The aroma was a rich raspberry and chocalte very much like a fine desert. Then the taste came and I got lots of raspberry, but no beer. The feel was heavy and wet. A very unenjoyable beer, and one I would not recommend.

Photo of
3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fells Point Location

A light mahogany color, especially when compared to the other "dark" DuClaw beers. Large medium light brown head.

Aroma is raspberry in a big way. A little bit of chocolate and coffee come through as well.

Taste is more sweet than bitter. Flavors include raspberries (much stronger in smell than taste), coffee/roast notes and faint chocolate.

Medium + in body. Medium + in carbonation. Very refreshing.

Overall, a nice beer. Not really to my taste, but well done.

Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler into pint glass.

Appearance: dark red-brown/ black with coffee-colored head that leaves lots of residue.

Smell: Vague chocolate, almost a Guinness-like character. But I wouldn't trust my own opinion because I was a little congested tonight.

Taste: This is amazing. It really does taste like chocolate and raspberry, while not being overly sweet and desensitizing the palate. It retains some porter/stout character, but mostly in that the chocolate flavour is of the bittersweet variety. The raspberry flavour is very strong, but in a pleasant -- not overpowering -- way.

Mouthfeel: I felt this was a bit lacking. Given the huge taste profile, I thought this beer might be a little thicker, but it felt watery to me.

Drinkability: I had two pints and wanted more, mostly because it tasted great and I was waiting for a big, thick mouthfeel.

Photo of rgtravers
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Fells Point in Baltimore MD.

App: Black upfront with little to no head, as the beer was finished the rudy hues came through with the light behind the glass.

Smell: Great smell, roasted malt flavors coupled with the light raspberry smell coming through the back. Very enviting to the sences begging for a taste.

Taste: Great taste of a stout with a slightly sweet and tarty raspberry taste. The roasting of the malts sets up the palate with a dry anc crispness that a stout is known for. As the beer warmed up the raspberry flavors closed in on the dry taste and cleasned the palate with a sweet flavor.

Mouthfeel: Great thickness; fully coating the mouth with great flavors. The tickness of the beer is not too much as to leave the stomach full.

Drinkability: This is a highly drinkable scession beer. Dry and crisp but then backed up with a sweet flavor of raspberry. The mouth is great and just thick enough. Great beer.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nitro-tap into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown with a creamy head that quickly vanished. Smells of berries and roasted malt (?). Raspberry taste with hints of chocolate lead to a well-balanced flavor...the chocolate comes up stronger in the aftertaste and ends up dominating the overall taste. A like the combination because it's not sweet like most other fruity brews thanks to the cocoa. It's very drinkable as a dessert beer.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a pretty respectable try by DuClaw on a flavored stout. It had a pleasant candyish quality about it, with the chocolate and raspberry flavors pretty much neck and neck. I would say this beer would even be good for someone who is "afraid" of dark beers, thinking that they will be too powerful or overwhelming. This beer is under control and easy drinking. Not too sweet, either, which was nice. A very pleasant, above-average offering from DuClaw.

Photo of Higravity
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a Chocolate Raspberry Stout. Believe it or not it actually worked. Heavy dark black topped with an off-white head that fades back. Smells of raspberry and dark chocolate of all things ;) on top of a malty punch. The flavor isn't too big and that is what makes this rather enjoyable. The roasted dark chocolate frame holds the gentle raspberry flavor well. The flavor isn't artifical or overly tannic. The mouthfeel is a little slick though and I think two of these in an night would do for me. Nice beer though and not one I would shy away from.

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.

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 Dithyramb
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a pint glass at the Fells location.

Poured an amber tinged dark brown/black with creamy tan head. Actually slightly darker than I expected.
Very faint, tart raspberry aromas ride a dark roasted malt backbone
Nicely complemented brew with an initial raspberry flavor intermingling with dark cocoa and malty sweetness. There is only a very light hop flavor in there
Medium mouthfeel with a quick dry finish

This beer is quite drinkable. Assuming they've made enough for me to come back later and sample, I will.

Photo of Hefe
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

edit: 2/8/2006 Very tasty this year, chocolate is very prevalent, rasberry subtle and well integrated. Well balanced and not too sweet. Goood drinkin'

Tasted at DuClaw on 2/2/04.

Appearance: Dark, with ruby amber edges and a lasting tan head.

Smell: Roasted espresso, with just a hint of rasberry.

Taste: Deeply roasted malts and light touch of hops up front, Chocolate and rasberry follow up on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Fine carbonation but a touch acidic which too me worked against the creamy body making it feel a little sharp and light overall.

Drinkability: All in all a very enjoyable brew.

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.

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Naked Fish from DuClaw Brewing Company
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