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Saluki Dunkeldog - Big Muddy Brewing

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 18.56%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: karst on 03-03-2010)
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Skycarp33

Illinois

5/5  rDev +49.7%

11-24-2011 02:48:18 | More by Skycarp33
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

05-12-2013 20:47:46 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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karst

Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 16:28:11 | More by karst
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NonicPanic

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

11-30-2013 05:20:21 | More by NonicPanic
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RilesWhite


4/5  rDev +19.8%

06-14-2012 22:08:05 | More by RilesWhite
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JMS1512

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +19.8%

02-22-2013 14:21:31 | More by JMS1512
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 20:10:33 | More by emerge077
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TheSarge

Virginia

4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 18:12:05 | More by TheSarge
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mkel0365

Illinois

4/5  rDev +19.8%

03-23-2014 01:40:42 | More by mkel0365
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Cheet577


4/5  rDev +19.8%

10-11-2012 23:01:12 | More by Cheet577
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Jburnsm

Illinois

4/5  rDev +19.8%

05-30-2014 06:57:38 | More by Jburnsm
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Mick-e-d


4/5  rDev +19.8%

11-17-2012 01:54:44 | More by Mick-e-d
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Roxyfire

Illinois

4/5  rDev +19.8%

06-23-2014 13:45:16 | More by Roxyfire
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CummingsK21

Illinois

4/5  rDev +19.8%

12-29-2011 16:22:49 | More by CummingsK21
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dhannes

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 02:46:57 | More by dhannes
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speer

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really a very good beer. Appearance is dark brown, technically dark amber with a thin head that doesn't stick around too long. New to beer so I'm not too good with picking out the smell or taste notes. However, very mellow, smooth tasting beer that goes down easy and has plenty of flavor to make you want to take another sip. Moderately bitter toward the end. Really a very good tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 02:36:19 | More by speer
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offthelevel_bytheplumb

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 02:01:28 | More by offthelevel_bytheplumb
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fishkab

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

04-02-2014 18:36:25 | More by fishkab
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slammo

New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 23:09:16 | More by slammo
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TheWhiskerReview

Tennessee

3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My revisit of the Dunkeldog pours an orange-rimmed brown with a fluffy 3-finger white head, which gets rocky and leaves a small layer of retention and dense lace. From the start, there seems to be more hops in this bottle than the last one I tasted. Nose has a floral hoppy freshness brightening the aromas of toasted malt, butterscotch, chocolate and estery apple. Palate is medium bodied and vaguely slick with some muddled chocolate flavors leading to a more precise attack of toasted malt, apples and coffee. Again, hops seem bigger which is a wonderful improvement, while the finish tastes a bit like a KitKat bar, with some lingering acidity.

Overall, still not amazing, but shows amazing improvement from the last bottle I had several months ago. Wasn't nearly as thin and showed a much better balance of malt and hops. Looking forward to revisiting in the future.

Former review:

Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-21-2011 12:25:00
2.95/5

Pours a clear yellowish-mahogany and smells light and sweet, with notes of coffee, cream, banana and cocoa krispies. The palate is light-medium bodied with coffee and caramel flavors against a backdrop of grainy corn. This is Big Muddy's best in their short brewing career, and although not great, I think its more of a reflection of cheaper ingredients as opposed to brewing technique, which is promising.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 12:25:00 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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Moby

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

08-01-2012 21:58:55 | More by Moby
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richbrew

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

08-25-2012 01:07:35 | More by richbrew
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eorwar

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

01-23-2012 01:27:02 | More by eorwar
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JVan

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

07-01-2013 13:45:49 | More by JVan
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Beefytits4

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

02-19-2013 17:06:01 | More by Beefytits4
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Saluki Dunkeldog from Big Muddy Brewing
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