Double Naked Fish
DuClaw Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #2,092
Ranked #34,645
3.71 | pDev: 12.13%
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Imperial Chocolate Raspberry Stout. Get Double Naked. First brewed in 2012, Double Naked Fish pushes the traditional Stout style to a new dimension of flavor. Full-bodied and nearly black in color with a light tan head, Double Naked Fish swims away from the rest of the school with a flavor profile dominated by gourmet chocolate raspberry coffee and cocoa nibs for a taste experience that is truly unique. It hooks you with flavors and aromas of roast coffee, raspberry and dark chocolate, before releasing you to a dry, robust chocolaty finish. These enticing flavors, combined with a moderately strong 7.6% abv, make Double Naked Fish quite the catch.
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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
4.73/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Double Naked Fish
Look: Pitch black with a nice dark tan head.
Smell: Rasberries, but to me it is a bit more like chocolate cake with cherries in it.
Taste: Sweet chocolate, coffee, the alcohol mixes well with the stout and hits you mid sip. The flavor of the booze
mixing with the stout is like a chocolate liqour and it follows with a bitterness of dark chocolate. The bitterness lingers on your tongue nicely. There is some rasberry in the flavor, but more of the chocolate.
mouth: somewhat thin, but not exactly watery
Overall: I didn't have the original version of this beer, but this one is really a great one. You will like it if you enjoy dark chocolate smoothly blended into a great tasting stout.

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Photo of devo1980
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A good, interesting stout. No fake flavors, and the cherry/chocolate is more present in the smell, than in the taste. Hides the high alcohol well and is very drinkable. A decent pick for a strong, dark stout.

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Photo of tigg924
2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours opaque, black in color with 3/4 inch head. Taste is dark chocolate,coffee, raspberry, milk chocolate..and an odd aftertaste of mustard that I get from Naked Fish. Medium bodied, sweet..Is as advertised, imperial coffee and raspberry..Slighty below average stout. Unlike For Pete's Sake which benefited from imperialization,Double Naked Fish seems to be the same average beer with more alcohol. Will pass in the future.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Overall: Was fearing something harsh or out in left field--aka Duval's sweet baby jesus--but this was
actually surprisingly drinkable. Certainly better representation of the style, but as a one-off, not
bad at all. The raspberry is present in the nose and on the palate, but not overwhelming so. Other
notes of coffee and dark fruit present as well.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a small, light tan-hued head.

Smell: Moderate roast suggesting day-old coffee, low-grade chocolate. Not really finding any raspberry. Probably for the best, though there is an odd, slightly vegetal undertone in the nose.

Taste: A sweetish, cola-like taste and a bit tangy. Though a little jumped from the regular NF, it's basically the same mild roastiness, lifeless chocolate. Slight dingy berry flavor, though it doesn't really express itself well as something you'd call raspberry. Tangy, acidic finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: It's just not good and may even be a slight step down from the standard version.

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle; bottled on 28 Dec. 2015. Revisited in October 2017.

Faint dark malts, sweet chocolate and vegetative aromas with more prominent raspberry aroma. Improved (largely less vegetative) after it sat for a while.

Flavor: Quite a bit of raspberry and chocolate but not so much as to be objectionable or to entirely mask the dark malts. The level of raspberry clearly exceeds the other components. Faint or absent vegetative notes help make the flavor better than the aroma suggests. Mildly sweet bitter-sweet mix with a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Overall: recommended. Improved with some aging.

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Photo of marley2112
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Of all the beers from recent memory, this one benefits the most from warming to room temperature. What was at first an overly bitter, overly carbonated brew settled down wonderfully after about 15 min, with a heftier mouthfeel and more pleasant balance between the bitter and the raspberry. Glad I was patient.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a: silky black color that only allows a little bit of light to penetrate. really nice 3 finger tan head on this. real good looking beer

s: roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, oak, a chewy smelling (that makes sense in my head) lightly sweet malt aroma, with a hint of brown sugar. there may be raspberry in the smell, but its very very faint in there

t: wow. the raspberry is much more pronounced in the flavor than the aroma. you definitely pick up on that right away along with a nicely roasted malt presence. that bitter dark chocolate is there to help cancel out the initial sweetness from the berry. there is a touch of caramel followed by a big woody oak finish with some bitterness from the roast. big juxtaposition between the sweet raspberry and bitter chocolate/malts in here

m: medium mouthfeel, with quite a high level of carbonation. might be a little more carbonation that i'd like, but it does not hurt the beer

o: again, the raspberry presence is much more dominant in the flavor than in the aroma. if you like the berry, then you will be glad to know it definitely leaves its mark here. the beer is also quite bitter, for which i'm glad because it helps transition away from the raspberry flavor...i'm not the biggest raspberry fan. its a well made beer, and if you like raspberry you will like this. i suppose its a bit too much raspberry for me, but if you're a fan of them then you'll enjoy

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Photo of Stevem68
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark chocolate color. Aroma is sweet chocolate with a fruity note. Flavor is dark chocolate with a bit of raspberry. The flavor is on the bitter side and overall it's not bad but could be much better.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a black color. The head is two fingers high and tan in shade. Retention is okay and the texture has nice density. Streaks of thin lacing stick to the glass.

I get a nice amount of dark chocolate from the nose. Nothing spectacular, but it shows up nicely. Twinges of raspberry also appear. Beyond that, there are also some hints of brown sugar, black coffee, and roasted malt. Nothing to really rave about, but this has a serviceable aroma.

I taste a lot more raspberry than the nose indicated. After this fruitiness opens the flavor profile up, it quickly transitions into vanilla cream and black coffee. The finish is both chocolaty and roasty. Not bad at all, certainly better than the non-imperial version, but the raspberry comes off a bit artificially. Damnit, DuClaw! Stop with the artificial shit.

The feel is a bit thin and slightly fizzy, seemingly more appropriate for a porter than a stout. But hey, a chocolate beer is supposed to be dry and light-ish by default, so I'll call the palate feel mildly successful. Carbonation is somewhat high, natch.

I didn't like Naked Fish. A big part of its problem was that it was too dinky (among other things). Because of that, there was a small hope this would actually end up being pretty good. It is, but not much more than that. The higher gravity gives it enough natural sweetness to counteract the roasty, bitter dryness, and there also seems to be more of a defined flavor progression. I still won't seek this beer out, but I will drink this again willingly.

3.15/5: Another piece of evidence that suggests DuClaw is better at big beers than small ones

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Photo of BB1313
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottled on 12/28/15. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a small light tan head that falls leaving nice retention and solid lacing. The aromas are full of sweet raspberries. Fresh flower pedals are in the mix too. It's pretty floral. The raspberry notes dominate, but the chocolate is present. The flavors are sweet with a subtle bitterness. Some syrupy milk chocolate notes along with some coffee notes. More floral notes. Alcohol goes unnoticed. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's smooth and easy to drink.

Ultimately I guess that I'm personally not too crazy about this, but they deliver exactly what they advertise.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Double naked fish pours a black color with a small and stale head. There is strong chocolate raspberry bar aroma. The taste has a strong candy bar taste, lots of raspberries, and then finishes with chocolate. A tad watery, but good body. Overall its a decent sweet candy like beer.

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Photo of match1112
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: pitch black body. two inches of mocha colored head settles to a ring leaving some nice lacing behind.

s: chocolate, coffee and raspberries.

t: bitter and sweet. dark chocolate with old cold bitter coffee and some raspberry syrup.

m: thinner that it should be, good carbonation.

o: i have a huge sweet tooth and enjoy huge chocolate stouts all the time. this one however is just too one sided on the sweetness. it really needs something to help balance it out.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.56/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a bit thinner than expected. Dark brown with some lighter highlights when held to direct light. Head is small, loose, bubbly, and drops to a wispy cap and loose collar in short order. A bit more carbonation than anticipated.

Smell: Loads of chocolate. Cocoa dusted chocolate bars. Straight up nib bitterness. Some sweet and tart raspberry plays in the back. Milk and dark chocolate. Chocolate malts. Did I mention chocolate? Some burnt edges. Deeply roasted. A bit of cardboard underneath. Vaguely metallic.

Taste: Roasted malts, old coffee, and more cocoa than the beer knows what to do with. Bitter cocoa nibs, baker's chocolate, so much dark chocolate. Feels like taking a huge bite of 85-90% dark chocolate and following it with half a tart raspberry. Some mild fruit undertones round out the back. Where's my raspberry? Roasted chocolate malts...some sweetness.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin overall. Carbonation runs a tad high. Slightly dirty finish, but not abrasive.

Overall: A beer full of lies!

Not a bad beer, but not the dessertish beer the bottle seemed to promise me. I was expected a slightly boozy chocolate covered raspberry, but was treated to a roasted cocoa and dark chocolate beer. Still, it's drinkable and not a total bust.

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Photo of philbe311
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth of late to develop light brown colored head that is densly packed and has a bit of rocky top to it... Solid retention... The color is a flat dull black... There is a good bit of moderate paced carbonation which can be seen in the top half of the glass... Leaves a slight sticky film on the glass along with a tiny bit of lacing...

S - The aroma is one of a delectable booze soaked chocolate covered raspberry... Perhaps some very faint lightly roasted malts... Not much else, but in this case you don't need anything else... Rather unique and very inviting...

T - The nose was a good indicator of what materializes on the palate... Slightly artificial raspberry... A mix of milk and dark chocolates... A hint of roasted malts... A bit boozy... There is the addition of a very light hop presence as well...

M - Medium bodied... A bit gritty and chalky throughout... The carbonation is a bit dull... The finish is an odd mix of dryness and slight saliva producing goodness...

D - DuClaw is a brewery that I've come to respect greatly in recent year and its in large part to there creativity and solid execution... Double Naked Fish is no exception to that... Great name... Stellar aroma... While this isn't a world class offering, DuClaw is able to take an abstract and aggressive flavor profile and translate it into solid offering that I rather enjoyed...

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Photo of dc55110
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle served at my current cellar temperature of 50* into a 10oz snifter. No date or batch code present on the bottle. The glass manufacturing year is '11.

A: Pours just like a cola with a fast dissipating mocha head. Dark, but not black. Light and objects are clearly visible at the edges. A small, but persistent ring of lacing clings to the glass.

S: Roasted coffee and bitter chocolate abound. The raspberry is only discernible as a slightly fruity and metallic smell in the background.

T: Slightly ashy chocolate with a metallic finish. No real raspberry can be detected. A lot of bitter chocolate on the finish, somewhat unpleasant.

M: Very thin, almost watery. Carbonation is just shy of non-existent. It leaves an odd slickness behind.

O: No very impressive, I'm unsure of the age of the bottle. I'd try it again if it was put in front of me, but would not grab one if I saw it.

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Photo of dtivp
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep dark brown with a one finger light mocha head that faded into a tick ring with spotty lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate with hints of raspberry.

Taste followed the nose with dark bitter chocolate, roasted malts followed by a sweet perfuming raspberry. As the beer came to room temperature the raspberry sweetness was not as sharrp and the beer was more balanced.

Mouth Feel was medium body leaning light body with moderate carbonation. Creamy, slightly smooth, the raspberries were a little too sweet until the beer warmed letting the roasted malts and chocolate bring some balance.

Overall not my favorite stout with fruit, a thicker body would help to make this a better beer.

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Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Chocolates filled with raspberries, touch of roast, sweet smelling, some coffee

L: Dark black, light tan creamy head that dissipates.

T: Raspberry up front before chocolate overwhelming. Low bitterness with a pleasant coffee like roastiness in the finish. Fairly sweet throughout, but not cloying. Raspberry chocolate really shines. Finishes semi-sweet, with some residual light coffee roast.

M: Medium bodied, not too thick. Medium low carbonation.

A nice, light desert beer. Not too sweet or overwhelming. All the fruit and chocolate flavors played off each other nicely.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at perch pub

Pours an opaque blackness with a slick layer of tanned head resting on top. Nice retention with patchy lacing on the glass.

Definitely comes across as advertised in the nose - cocoa powder, semisweet chocolate and raspberries. Hints of truffle and caramel with roasted dark malts. Light alcohol warmth.

Thick and sweet up front with plenty of chocolate and raspberries. Dark fruit sweetness with molasses and cocoa - similar to a chocolate covered raspberry. Roasted dark malts with caramel sweetness and continuing raspberry fruit. Finishes a bit warm and rich.

Fuller medium body, well carbonated, sticky and full on the tongue. This was pretty tasty but the raspberries became a little cloying after a bit.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is slightly below average and a small ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: This actually smells a good bit like raspberry truffles. Deep semisweet chocolate with a solid raspberry fruitiness. Grainy malts and a supple roastiness underneath. Not super complex, but it hits the mark on what they were going for. Quite pleasant.

4.0 T: Tastes just like the nose. Raspberry truffles. Layers of dark and milk chocolate with plenty of raspberry. Somewhat dry otherwise with graininess and a light roast.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and super smooth. My only complaint is that this would be a better experience if the body was upped.

4.0 D: Good to drink a fruited dark beer that works since most of them suck. Solid all around. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with some light coming through at the edges. There is just under a finger of light tan head that leaves a nice layer on top of the pour.

Smell: I'm definitely getting some bitter sweet chocolate and mild roasted malts. The raspberry is there, but it's in the background. Not a very powerful smell.

Taste: Not a very sweet beer, but that's probably a good thing with the chocolate and raspberries. I'm getting some chocolate and roast along with a touch of raspberries. The roast lingers on the tongue through the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with aggressive tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I would say this one was close but no cigar. Enjoyable enough, but nothing there to put it over the top. I'd probably pass in the future.

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Photo of stakem
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft offering served in a nonic. The beer appears black in color with a thin off-white cap. Some brown clarity is seen around the edges when held to the light.

The smell is roasty with coffee and bitter unsweetened chocolate. A bit of yeasty earth elements are present and I really dont pick up much on the raspberry thats mentioned in the description.

The taste is like perfume. Where the raspberry was nowhere to be found in the aromatics, it is readily evident in the flavor with an artificial raspberry coffee taste. Some roasty burnt grain bitterness mixes with mild chocolate to try and bring this back into beer territory. A very yeasty aftertaste couples with some herbal elements that lasts inside the mouth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. It was not that easy drinking and not really what i was expecting. I shared my glass with a fellow who had a bottle in the past and unprompted he thought it tasted different from the bottled version. I wouldnt mind trying this again from a bottle but after not enjoying this im not gonna be the one to pony up the $.

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Photo of corby112
2.76/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a two finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Deeply roasted, almost acrid dark malt aroma with hints of burnt toast, dark chocolate, oatmeal, stale coffee and cigarette.  Not picking up any fruit.  Smells pretty harsh and one dimensional.

Medium body with very tight carbonation.  Lots of deeply roasted, burnt  dark malt dominating the flavor with raspberry sweetness in the finish.  Hints of burnt toast, coffee, dark chocolate and oatmeal making it a bit acrid and overly roasted before the raspberry sweetness comes in.  Very intense and in dire need of some more sweetness to balance things out.

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Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque black with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like cocoa powder and raspberry puree, with some black coffee and pumpernickel.
T: It tasted like dark chocolate, with sweet raspberry and some coffee and cream. It had a clean and mellow bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation. Weak body.
D: This was a decent stout with notable raspberry character. The scent and taste were nice, but the body was weak. The finish was super smooth, and the alcohol was well hidden, so it was very easy to drink. Nothing terribly special, but an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Chaney
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I split a bomber of this with my wife tonight.

Served in a Duck Rabbit snifter.

A: Poured out an extremely dark, reddish-brown color, with a slight wispy head that tucked itself into the liquid in no time. It certainly didn't have a very thick or gooey appearance... kinda watery actually.

S: This aromatic highlights were muted, yet still detectable: I got sort of a raspberry-mint character, along with a Dagoba-esque, dark chocolate nose.

T: I appreciated the quality of cocoa used here. This wasn't just simply Nestle's Quick with raspberry syrup. This had the decadence of a berry filled truffle sold at a fine chocolate establishment. The bitterness really tugged on the palate on the finish as well.

M: This was sort of a mixed bag. While I appreciated the gourmet-ness of the ingredients, with the pure cocoa killing the potentially uber sweet elements down to size, I was quite disappointed with the thin texture here. I found it a tad watery and not chewy enough to my mind. I had the same problem with the standard "Naked Fish."

O: Overall, this one got the job done and proved once again that DuClaw doesn't make one dimensional brews. However, this is definitely not one I would drink very often.

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Double Naked Fish from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 101 ratings