DuClaw Brewing Double Naked Fish

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The chocolatey profile of a well-made stout stands strong on its own, but when a brewery mixes things up a little, good things happen.

DuClaw’s Double Naked Fish is the first and only beer I’ve had from the Maryland-based brewery, but it’s a dandy. It’s a souped-up version of regular Naked Fish, a chocolate-raspberry stout. It stands at 84 on Beer Advocate.

With an expected deep, dark pour, Double Naked Fish gives off an amazing aroma of straight dark chocolate and raspberry. This marriage is strong as neither is overpowering and both are distinctly noticeable. It’s like boozy candy, although without any harsh alcohol aroma for a beer that stands at 7.6 percent ABV.

duclaw naked fish beerThere is just a hint of coffee on each smell, which is layered with vanilla cream and tons of toasted sweetness from Pale Ale and Caramunich malts. This beer smells as if you took a Lindemans Framboise lambic and mixed it with a Young’s Double Chocolate Stout – a “black and tan” combo I highly recommend.

The taste of the beer is thinner than I expected – not nearly close to a chewy stout – and a touch of acidic bitterness at the front of each sip comes from a healthy dose of Goldings hops and the use of chocolate-raspberry coffee. While the smell of this beer was perfectly balanced, the main flavor is most definitely raspberry over chocolate. But not by much.

Each aftertaste lingers with bitter, high-cocoa content chocolate and roasted grain. Not quite coffee. Double Naked Fish clinged to my tongue, making it hard to shake that flavor until my next sip.

Double Naked Fish stats:

  • Malt: Pale Malt, Roasted Barley, Caramunich Malt, Chocolate Malt, Chocolate
  • Hops: Goldings
  • Adjuncts/Additives: Chocolate-raspberry coffee
  • ABV: 7.6 percent
  • Brewery: DuClaw Brewing Company of Bel Air, Maryland

+Bryan Roth
“Don’t drink to get drunk. Drink to enjoy life.” — Jack Kerouac

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3 thoughts on “DuClaw Brewing Double Naked Fish

  1. Look at you tasting Maryland Beer I’ve never had! Making me look bad. Even though I haven’t had Double Naked Fish, I have had Single. I remember thinking they balanced the fruit flavor well, but as you said with Double, it was a little thin for a stout.

    • I picked it up at Arrowine in Arlington. Never even heard of them until then. They’ve popped up a few times since, including the Six-Pack draft.

      Have you had others aside from Naked Fish?

  2. Yeah, they are one of my favorite local breweries. In fact, they just opened a brand new location that is about 3 right turns from my house. Eventually, they are going to have a tasting room there. When that happens, I will be one happy man.

    I like to describe them as Maryland’s version of Sam Adams. All of their beers are made with balance in mind. Full of flavor, but nothing ever stands out and takes over a beer.

    http://www.duclaw.com/beers.aspx

    All of their staple beers are good, but if you come across OZ you have to pick that one up. It’s a great session IPA with lots of juicy flavors.

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