Double Naked Fish | DuClaw Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by JerseyKirk on 03-02-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
101
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
12.26%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 101 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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 DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle; bottled on 28 Dec. 2015.

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. Still some faint vegetative notes but better than the aroma suggests. Mildly sweet bitter-sweet mix.

Overall: a bit disappointing and perhaps not as appealing to me as the 'single" Naked Fish.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours brown in the glass, with a touch of ruby shining through the edges, and topped with a ½ finger of mocha colored head. This maintains some foamy ringing, leaving back a light smattering of lace and light brown oils. Fresh raspberry dominates the nose for the most part but still saves room for underlying notes of coffee, cocoa, and a smidge of green citrus.

The taste is chocolate, green citrus and burnt grains along the back. That ever present raspberry flavor hangs on the edges of the profile and pulls into the backend as well. The roast in particular is really standing out to me and gives the finish dry and toasty feel while some leftover raspberry flavor leaves a little stickiness back in the corners of the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied with a sharpness to the carbonation up front, which then works itself into more of a firm and chewy creaminess along the back. The added alcohol is well hid here beyond the extra fullness to the flavors and feel.

This beer is the way that Naked Fish should have been all along, as I’ve always found the regular version to be a bit too light bodied and overdone with the raspberry flavor. This version is more of a sipper (I’m glad I split the bottle) with a lot more complexity going on with it. I’d like to see them bring this one back each February.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
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 duceswild
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split with a fellow BA.

Picked this beer up at a local shop and finally got to taste it tonight. The bottle classifies this beer as an Imperial Chocolate Raspberry Stout.

Color is is a dark reddish black. Can definitely smell both the Chocolate and Raspberries. The alcohol was not that noticeable to me and well balanced with the other flavors. During the pour this beer creates a medium sized head that dissipates rather quickly.

I really enjoyed this beer much more then DuClaw's Naked Fish
and am looking forward to picking up another bottle.

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Photo of smithj4
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of orangesol
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of stakem
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
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 ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VeganUndead
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of yourefragile
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of corby112
2.76/5  rDev -24.8%
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 Stinger80OH
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tigg924
2.68/5  rDev -27%
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 Dave_Treat
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of threedaggers
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
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 madelf66
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Double Naked Fish from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 101 ratings.
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