Naked Fish | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Naked FishNaked Fish

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by NeroFiddled on 02-02-2004

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Photo of ROGUE16
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Dewsby
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of edthehead
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -15.5%
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 +24.8%
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 -2.8%
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 OtisCampbell007
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AricGresko
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gpblackgt
2.24/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of teromous
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
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 brocktune
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Collinc7238
2.45/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Joshhersh
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
2.46/5  rDev -30.7%
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 HopsForBrains
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VeganUndead
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gregf51
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of akopczyk
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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 -22%
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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Naked Fish from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.55 out of 5 based on 267 ratings.
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