Saluki Dunkeldog - Big Muddy Brewing
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3.4/5 rDev +1.8%
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!
04-14-2012 03:11:53 | More by WoodBrew
3.93/5 rDev +17.7%
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.
01-30-2013 02:46:57 | More by dhannes
4/5 rDev +19.8%
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.
02-20-2011 20:10:33 | More by emerge077
3.4/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
09-17-2011 00:37:30 | More by gerite
3.35/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
05-03-2013 23:17:45 | More by Durtdiggler
4/5 rDev +19.8%
Poured into a mini weizen glass for the heck of it, and the brew makes a solid two finger thick light khaki colored head. The body is cloudy, and brownish copper in color.
The aroma is bready, metallic, toffee, a hint of black pepper mixed in with a light vanilla fragrance.
Taste wise, there is overripe plum, some vanilla, bourbon, and metallic qualities.
Feels medium in body, a little spicy somehow, wetting to the palate.
I had been standoffish from trying this beer, but this is a beer I may go back to. Pretty solid.
06-13-2012 18:12:05 | More by TheSarge
4.45/5 rDev +33.2%
Poured from a bomber fresh from the brewer after a tour of the facility. Fills the New Belg sniffer with a deep copper/mahogany topped with a one finger beige head that persists as a fine textured ring and minor lace. My estimation of color is 18-22 SRM with an obvious depth in its light mahogany brown.
Aroma of Munich malt suggests a German Dunkel more than American Amber. Low hop aroma (similar to Hallertau). Very clean no DMS/ corn or Diacetyl/butter.
Flavor features a rich malt with clean almost lager character. No Diacetyl, DMS or fruity esters noted. Low caramel and hints of chocolate linger in the background and suggest a higher lovibond crystal (> 120 ?) A moderate hop presence lingers in the clean finish.
MF a medium body and moderate to slightly higher carbonation adds to the mouthfeel. Low warmining noted. Not astringent. Smooth but short of being silky. Clean lager like finish with hops offsetting any residual sweetness.
Excellent drinkability with malts showing depth and complexity. Clean chrisp finish from well attenuated fermentation (Kolsch yeast according to brewer)
Although the lable declares it a Dark Am. Amber I am finding this malt complexity similar to a German Dunkel. So easy to drink and my favorite from Big Muddy Brewing.
03-03-2010 16:28:11 | More by karst
2.85/5 rDev -14.7%
Bought it thinking it was a Munich dunkel.
It is a dark brownish amber.
Smell is light slightly metallic, hoppy.
Tastes like a standard brewpub brown ale/red ale/amber ale combo. Not interesting in the least bit. Drinkable because of the lack of character.
Do we really need this many amber ales?
11-15-2011 04:33:27 | More by crossovert
3.64/5 rDev +9%
I thought when I purchased this bottle it was a Munich Dunkel but apparently not. The head is a nice firm beige topping on a dark orange hued body. The mouthfeel is slick and the taste is that of caramel with a slight hop twang. Overall I am satisfied with this beer and enjoy the experience even though it is not as labeled. Better than a lot of other ambers I have had.
01-21-2013 23:09:16 | More by slammo
Saluki Dunkeldog from Big Muddy Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.