Naked Fish
DuClaw Brewing Company

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American Stout
Ranked #933
Ranked #44,219
3.5 | pDev: 15.14%
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
Naked FishNaked Fish
Notes: 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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Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 267
Photo of q33jeff
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

On tap at blend.

LOOK: dark black with a healthy off white head.
AROMA/TASTE: Coffee chocolate raspberries all prominent in nose and taste.
All good flavors, though not quite right. It seems forced.
FEEL: Flat and thin.


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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep dark mahogany with a coffee colored head.

Smells of chocolate and raspberry with some whole grain bread notes

Taste is bitter chocolate with yeasty bread notes that carry some alcohol presence going into raspberry syrup notes.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Greenville, South Carolina.

Appearance: Pours out a very dark brown body given a slim (very slim, actually), light tan head.

Smell: Easy going, ho-hum roast, vague chocolaty hint with some background faux raspberry.

Taste: Moderately roasty, coffee-ish tone with a little bit of sugared sweetness. Scant chocolate. Middling, unremarkable raspberry. Rather anticlimactic. The finish is sweetish trailing out flavors as mild as when they came in.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, a bit on the thin side. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Lackluster and frankly bit of a letdown. I'd had hopes. Maybe not high hopes, but hopes none the less. Now, I'm a little gun shy for the Double version. 2x zero is still a big, fat zero.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.43/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black with a little tan head. Notes of Chocolate and raspberry on the nose. the first the that hits you is the raspberry when tasting, then the chocolate kicks in. Nice creaminess as well. Low alcohol content for a stout.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOD 12/29/15. Pours pitch black. Very good head volume and lacing, outstanding retention.

Outstanding nose of bright raspberry over light chocolate, a bit of roast and a touch of char.

Heavy light body that is smooth with a hint of creaminess. Normal carbonation level with a fairly good balance with the body. Effervescence is mild mid-palate and closes with a nice prickly finish.

The flavor profile is good, but lacks intensity. It begins with a subtle coffee that flows into a light roast in the middle. Chocolate hints at being present, but you have to search for it. Raspberry makes a light appearance as the finish approaches. The finish is a slow fade of light coffee.

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Photo of teromous
2.8/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'm looking for a bottle date and I don't see one.

Appearance: There's a short but nicely formed light tan head under a black body. It's not an impressive beer to look at but it wouldn't be the worst.

Aroma: I get a bit of fruity aroma that smells a bit like raspberries. I nearly buried my nose trying to extract any more aroma.

Taste: I get a nice cherry flavor that tastes very much like a cherry liqueur. I don't know if this contains artificial flavors or not but it has an odd aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It has this sickening souring back-taste which really hampers drinkability. Not much going for this as far as mouthfeel.

Overall: It has an odd cherry flavor to the beer. If you can get over that then you are left with an average tasting beer. You might find a person who can't discern the flavors of the beer and would enjoy it. I personally did not.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.46/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Blackish brown with a very loud, fizzy head that rapidly dies off and does not return.

The aroma is a little acrid. There are hints of roasted dark malts and artificial raspberry, but that acrid metallic smell is most dominant.

The taste is very light on the advertised flavors. Roasted malt is most prominent, but it's not extremely deep. There's a light hint of raspberry in the background, but again it doesn't seem very natural. Chocolate takes a back seat.

All in all, this beer is soda, straight up. It's fizzy, light, not very roasty, not extremely flavorful. A dud.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

For the brewery that put flavoring extracts on the brewing map, the DuClaw brewers take on the decadence of chocolate and raspberry for a beer that drinks like dessert.

Naked Fish pours a dark porter-like brown with the depths of black through the center. Lacking a lustrous full head, the dainty swirl collapses back into the beer shortly after delivering on the aromatics of tart raspberry, chocolate and coffee. Much more stout-like in taste, the roasty, toasty and burnt sweetness of malt plays boldly on the initial palate.

And as the sweetness of seared caramel and bittersweet chocolate fade, the middle palate brings greater life to the fruit- tangy and tart, the raspberry influence hinges on cherry and cranberry as its light acidity balances against any lasting sweetness. Bitter late, the stout seems coffee-like and earthy while the snare of grape skin offers a peppery bite.

Medium-full, the beer's shy carbonation leaves the stout lying flatly on the tongue, saturating with elements of toast, caramel and cola. With the brightness of fruit in hindsight, its pectin flavor and feel gives the finish a taste of red wine with a toasted cocoa aftertaste.

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Photo of jp32
2.77/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours black in color with a very small khaki colored head. Aroma is of chocolate malts and otherwise very mild. It tastes of dark chocolate and artificial raspberry. A tad smokey in the finish. The mouth feel is thin, almost paper thin. I would've like to see something bigger from them here. Also, a flavored stout at 4.6% ? Is this a "session stout" then, or....?

I get the idea of a raspberry stout, but I'm not really sure where they were going here.

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Photo of Beejay
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Black with tan head. Looks like a stout.

S: Lots of chocolate up front, with coffee coming in after. The raspberry comes in during the finish, just a slight fruity vibe after the coffee, like walking into a doughnut shop that just finished brewing it's morning Joe, and filling up some raspberry filled jellies.

T: Raspberry comes out a little more than I would have thought, and the coffee almost takes a back seat. The fruit melds into the coffee flavor, then transitions to dark grain, and a touch of chocolate.

M: Medium in body, slightly creamy, and moderate carbonation.

O: Overall a pretty interesting take on a beer. The coffee, and raspberry work better than I thought they would.

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Photo of Bone53
2.46/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Easily my least favorite Duclaw offering yet. The look was promising, but it just went down hill from there. It has a cloyingly sweet artificial raspberry smell. The taste had that same character but with dirty malt notes lingering in the background. The mouthfeel was watery. Iv never drain poured a beer, but came close with this one. It's just plain bad and makes Great Lakes' Alberta Clipper seem world class.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into snifter. The color is nearly black with a very light tan head and minimal lacing. It has a nice smell of raspberry, chocolate, and malts. The taste follows the nose: dark chocolate, followed by tart raspberry and coffee.. The mouth feel is disappointing. It's simply too thin. Overall, the idea of a chocolate-raspberry stout is intriguing but this one is simply too light.

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Photo of bluehende
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not bad for a low alcohol stout. Had all the right flavor. It's flaw was the raspberry tasted more of syrup than actually fruit. The raspberry flavor was subtle so not a bad beer overall. Nothing extra either.

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Photo of Webbydag1
2.76/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Nice aromas, but cheap raspberry taste. Lacks in punch, where I expected loud chocolate raspberry notes. I usually like what du law has to offer but I have to admit this fell flat on its face.

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Brewndruid
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pork from the bottle.
Dark, scant Ed, aroma does not betray the flavor. I find this beard to be pleasantly surprising as I am not one for the friends stouts event horizon was scary. This has a very balanced taste of Baker's chocolate coffee and raspberry. Though the raspberry seems to disappear Pork from the bottle.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.33/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I bought this excited to try it but was disappointed. Almost no head. Medium carbonation. Smell is roasty black coffee and yeast. No raspberry at all to me. Taste is black coffee then bitterness to dryness. It was ok but not what it was as advertised.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Do your like artificial-tasting beer? Are you into something you can chug down mindlessly? Want a Stout that doesn't feel like a Stout? Then look no further. As soon as I went on here to review this and saw that this was a Fruit/Vegetable Beer categorically, I knew that I wasn't alone in how I felt about this. Sure, there's raspberry here but not the kind that bursts with juice and leaves you wanting for more. Only the hint of chocolate that felt authentic kept me interested in this beer, but even the cocoa felt like it was powder mixed into the liquid.

Dark pour to this with a moderate tan head and some lacing as I worked my way through this. A hint of light seeped through around the edges but the appearance was nothing special. Some plain milk chocolate in the nose with the same in the taste, but never did I feel that it was actual milk chocolate. The thinness of the coffee came through and combined with the raspberry flavor, gave this beer a unique flavor profile, even if it didn't come together cohesively. There was a bit of tartness here and because this had a slightly roasted feel due to the coffee, stuck out more than it should have.

Thankfully, this wasn't terribly strong so as far as dark beers go, this would be one of the few that would also qualify as a session beer. While not a drain pour by any measure, this pales in comparison to other Stouts that I would reach for and there's too many other characteristics to this to make this a Fruit/Vegetable Beer (in my eyes). A decent brew that will offend no one but won't turn anyone on to any particular style either. Worth a go once just because it's slight deviance from the norm.

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Photo of gopens44
3.19/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Not the worst I've had, and they get "effort" points as far as I am concerned but it was not overly balanced. The tastes were there (chocolate, raspberry, stout malts) but it seemed disjointed at times and contrived at others. Mouthfeel was pretty thin but I kept forgetting that this was a very low ABV which defends the mouthfeel a little. On the plus side, it did deliver the intended taste combination, had a touch of tartness that was a little special, and it didn't really have any off-putting features.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of hophugger
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost pitch black color with tan head that dissipates quickly leaving decent, spider-web lacing. Aroma hits first with raspberry and a then a small amount of milk chocolate. Taste is mostly raspberry and chocolate with just a touch of roasted coffee on the finish. The raspberry is ok, but seems to have a touch of artificial taste to it. The chocolate is like milk chocolate and its unfortunate that the coffee takes a back seat with this beer, it would have balanced out much better with more coffee and boldness. Probably would have been better and more bold with a higher ABV. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and it is semi-refreshing...

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.43/5  rDev -30.6%
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

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Photo of Samp01
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is very mild with dark roasted malt and fruity notes. Taste is sweet dark malt, mild coffee and chocolate with a bit of artificial raspberry flavor. Palate is medium body with good carbonation, slightly dry astringent. The finish is same as taste with some lingering roasted malt coffee and mild raspberry flavor mild bitterness. Was expecting a bit more substance from this brew, improves as it warms up a bit. Overall an ok brew nothing stand out.

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Naked Fish from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 267 ratings