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Saluki Dunkeldog - Big Muddy Brewing

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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | 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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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 25
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TMoney2591
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

My first impression of this brewery will come from this beer. Good luck, Big Muddy! It pours a clear dark-ish russet topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises dry biscuits, wood, light greens, grass, light flowers, and a touch of very light cocoa covering everything beneath. The taste keeps with the biscuit theme and adds some light caramel, light spicy pine, and a bit of balsa. It's not much, but it really ain't too bad, either. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and an oily feel. Overall, an okay beer, straight up. I wouldn't recommend one, but I also wouldn't advise against one, either.

Photo of Tone
2.96/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and slight 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, weak aroma and body, below average for the style.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

Photo of Duff27
2.66/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- half inch light tan head with a dark amber/brown beer beneath it. Decent head retention, no lacing.

S- sweet malts, slght breadness.

T- more brown malts, faint hops. Small coffee hint, maybe.

M- thin, watery. Alright carbonation.

D/O- this one was okay. Nothing special. Good sessional amber.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark toasted ruby to clear brown color. Good bubbling and good head. Leaves a little lacing on the inside of my glass. Good bubbling too.

Heavy toasted malt aroma has notes of bread crust and malt syrup for homebrewing. Maybe just a little earthy hop aromas.

Powderd toast, a ittle bread crust, and watery malt syrup make up this beers malt profile. While just a little grass and earth from the hops balances that out.

Easy to drink, but not much to it except a nice look.

Photo of enelson
2/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of champ103
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tres Hombres in Carbondale IL.

A: Pours a hazy brown color. At first a one finger white head forms, and recedes in a moment. Light lace.
S: Sweet malt, lightly toasted, but plenty of diacetyl in the nose.
T: Again, lightly toasted, sweet, and diacetyl.
M/D: A medium body and good carbonation. Not hard to drink. The diacetyl keeps this from having more than one in a sitting.

Not bad, but the diacetyl is to much. I am a proud Saluki, and really wanted to like this beer. Though it is nothing great. Nothing bad either. I will have another in hopes of another MVC title. Be proud of the only local beer in Southern Illinois right now. Even if it is a little flawed.

Photo of jbaker67
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Suds
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Fizzy, reddish-brown and malty, this is a reasonably good session brew. It is a little hazy, with a tan head and large carbonic bubbles. The smell is all about the malt. A hint of woodyness and hops, but mostly malt. The beer has a sugary up front sweetness, but the carbonation and bitterness offer some balance. The mouthfeel is spritzy and lighter than expected.

Photo of WDJersey
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of crossovert
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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?

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4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3.11/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of vande
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice light amber...little head and even less retention... the nose is light.. a fairly basic amber ale.. worth the $4 to try and could easily drink more than one... I'd treat this as a "time out" from the bigger beers..or at the very least one that you could enjoy more than one w/ out getting knocked on your can... I'm interested in trying their pale too...

Photo of TheSarge
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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Saluki Dunkeldog from Big Muddy Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.