DuClaw Brewing Company opened its doors in 1996 in Bel Air, Maryland. Countless flavors, styles and awards later, brewing operations moved to an expanded facility in Abingdon, Maryland to keep up with the growing demand for barrels of their ever growing line-up of specialty brews. One of their seasonal offerings is Naked Fish, which is a chocolate raspberry stout.
The beer pours an almost black color with ruby highlights. The ruby notes are extremely evident when viewed in the light. The 1 ½ finger mocha colored head dissipates rather quickly and leaves a light lacing both atop the beer as well as along the sides of the glass.
The nose offers notes of sweet raspberries like one would get from a raspberry jelly. There are also aromas of cocoa nibs that are similar to the notes of baker’s chocolate. Roasted notes of coffee, almonds and malts are notable but the raspberry definitely takes center stage.
On the palate you are immediately greeted with a chocolate raspberry flavor that is reminiscent of a chocolate covered raspberry jelly. The chocolate and raspberry notes disappear rather quickly and are replaced with bitter roasty notes of malts and coffee. Amidst the dominate roasted flavors there is a milky note that adds some complexity. The mouthfeel of this beer is really thin and the carbonation is rather high. While not standard for a stout, the lighter body could give the beer a more universal appeal.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.0 Pints out of 5
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