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Saluki Dunkeldog - Big Muddy Brewing

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27 Reviews
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Reviews: 27
Hads: 93
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 30.47%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Muddy Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: karst on 03-03-2010

This is what happens when an American Amber meets a German Dunkel. Aromatic and Munich malts yield a slight sweetness balanced with a hint of chocolate roast. The result is a very approachable beer with a smooth distinctive taste.

22 IBU
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Reviews: 27 | Hads: 93
Reviews by offthelevel_bytheplumb:
Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
3.81/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my Warsteiner mug. Pours a clear, light brown with a finger length tan head that dissipates quickly. Smell brings forth some big caramel and toffee notes, and there is some noticeable grass in the background. I find there to be some vanilla as well, but it isn't strong. Taste is much less bold than the nose, but there is more of a hop presence. The sweet, toasty malts are still the story to this one, and it's a good story. There is a lingering toasty caramel aftertaste, but I don't get the roasty chocolate that the brewery advertises it has. I do understand what they are saying when they say this is a very approachable beer, because it is a lighter bodied beer, but not watery, and it has decent balance to it.

Overall: This isn't the greatest Amber Ale I've had, or the best beer I've had by Big Muddy. With that said, this is a very reasonably priced beer and a very sessionable beer. You don't have to run to the store right now to get a sixer, but you should consider picking one up the next time you see it.

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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5/5  rDev +47.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, Brownish amber color with slight white head. Decent retention and spotty lacing. Smells of wheat, yeast, and slight sweet malt. A rather weak aroma, on the whole. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of grain, yeast, and slight pale malt. Overall, a decent beer kudos to my neighbor for bringing some up from downstate!

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Photo of fishkab
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of erushing
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Moby
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of dhannes
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled into a Sam Adams' Perfect Pint and let warmed up to about 45º.

A=A transparent brown color...almost a mahogany. Head foamed up nice and think for a minute or so. I can't quite place it...it is different than most reds in that it is a reddish brown--more brown than red, but still quite transparent.

S=Nice aroma of malt, with some cocoa and perhaps cinnamon.

T=Sweet maltiness--a mild dunkel profile--like a whole wheat roll, some smokiness and caraway seed. Flavor is a bit lacking, however, in intensity.

M=Lighter body, with a fair amount of carbonation...probably designed as more of a session beer.

O=I'm not quite sure what to make of this one...somewhere I read that it is supposed to be a cross between a dunkel and a red, and that is what it reminds me of. The site suggests that this was designed for SIU students, hence the Saluki reference, and I can see this being a beer college students would want to drink as a better session beer...but compared to others out there, this is just a little lacking.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Samp01
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear dark amber with a medium short lived beige head. Aroma and taste is of dark malts and caramel flavors, yeast, mild fruity notes and hops bitterness on the end for balance. A medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish is sweet dark caramel malt, some grains, yeast and mild bitterness with a bit of a nutty ending. Overall good drinking brew.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my last beer at the Great Taste '10, and it was nice to finally track down a (fresh) bottle to review.

Into a tulip, Saluki Dunkel Dog pours an attractive reddish amber with bright jewel-tone clarity. About a finger of foam on top, that remains for the first few sips, later forming a ring around the edges. It laces nicely with spindly arcs of lace dripping down into the beer.

As it warms, there's a nutty malt character that comes out. Simple multigrain bread and clean toasted malt notes. This translates directly into the flavor, very malt forward with nutty, bready flavors of mutigrain toast. Little to no hop character, but there is a faint bitterness in the aftertaste. Zero corn, DMS, or diacetyl (likely a dirty tap line if you're getting any of that). Exceptionally clean, obviously all malt, no adjuncts. Body is crisp and light, the flavor isn't wild and crazy, but it's a fine Amber Ale. Finishing the bomber is no problem.

One to pair with many foods, suitable for any situation. A good introductory craft beer, simple and well made. Simplicity is vastly underrated these days... obviously no one is trying to reinvent the wheel here, just make quality craft beer for the locals. Hope to see more from this tiny new Illinois brewery in the future.

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2/5  rDev -40.8%

Photo of matjack85
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I bought this at the Binny's store in Bloomingdake, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. Nice to see a beer named after the mascot of my alma mater - SIU. No freshness date that I could find. Despite the use of the word "dunkel" in the name, BA lists this beer as a red/amber ale rather than a dunkelweissen.

The beer poured a mostly clear iced tea color with a big 3-finder beige head that lasted several minutes but produced very little lacing.

Nice malty smell with lots of caramel and a little vanilla. Trace of citrusy hops underneath.

Caramel sweetness with a slight twang from the hops, but very little hop bitterness. Not very complex, but good flavor.

Watery thin body with moderate to medium carbonation. This is the beer's big weakness. It's way too thin.

Definitely sessionable with the low abv and no harshness, But I wish it had more substance.

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Photo of peabody
3.11/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.24/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gerite
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my second Big Muddy beer at the Blue Boar in Cobden, IL. My last visit they were sold out of the Saluki Dunkel Dog so I had to settle for the Pale Ale which was good, but not great. The Dunkel Dog is by far the better of the two beers. It looks and tastes like the dark amber beer that it is. Although better than their Pale Ale, it lacks the quality to be considered a great beer.

I had a 22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. It was a nice dark amber color with about two fingers of foamy head which left plenty of lacing. The taste was mostly malts with a very slight hint of hops. The drinkability was very smooth with little carbination. The mouth feel was a little lite for this type of beer. Overall it is a good beer that I hope to find on tap somewhere.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of Durtdiggler
3.34/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bomber bottle into Pilsner glass, off light brown color. White 1 finger head settle quickly. Good effervescence. Some cloudiness

Aroma is slight roast malted cocoa with a bit of sweetness. A bit underwhelming but smells nice

Taste has nice toastiness with some chocaate breadmalt with some noble hops to balance. Very basic nothing complex to stand out.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Easy drinking.

This beer could be a bit better. There's nothing that stands out about it. I wish I could get more of the flavor I was sensing so was a bit underwhelmed. There's better versions of the style.

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2.5/5  rDev -26%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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Saluki Dunkeldog from Big Muddy Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.