Naked Fish | DuClaw Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
duclaw.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
267
Reviews:
80
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
15.21%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
50
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 267 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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 oline73
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Boone757
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +18%
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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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Kegatron
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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 Rifugium
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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 billab914
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnnnniee
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Bruce, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a solid black color with a smallish tan head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of caramel chocolate, coffee, and a hint of berries. The flavor is a wow out of this world. Creamy chocolate covered raspberries with a hint of caramel and earth. This is like drinking a valentines day fruited chocolate. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy silky mouthfeel. This beer wowed me! Great fruited stout that I enjoyed the hell out of.

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Naked Fish from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.55 out of 5 based on 267 ratings.
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