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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
Ranking:
#41,641
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
268
pDev:
15.61%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
49
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 268 |  Reviews: 81
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 -19.9%
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 Griggsy
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FightinIrish88
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of malfunxion
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Beejay
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
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 -28.9%
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 +3.2%
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 Shanecon295
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark, almost black. Has a tinge of red with the sweet aftertaste of razberry and chocolate. dark head.

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Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brighteyes868
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jams1220
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jason_nwx
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 paulish
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ConradKenney
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Webbydag1
2.76/5  rDev -20.2%
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 MDHopster
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dave_Treat
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ummswimmin
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +9%
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 BeccaH
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brewndruid
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
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 AlaskaAg
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Naked Fish from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 268 ratings
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