Saluki Dunkeldog
Big Muddy Brewing

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From:
Big Muddy Brewing
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #378
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
79
Ranked #28,735
Avg:
3.44 | pDev: 15.99%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
85
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 27, 2022
Added:
Mar 03, 2010
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  18
SCORE
79
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Saluki DunkeldogSaluki Dunkeldog
Notes: 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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Reviewed by Jmsandberg17 from Missouri

3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours an amber brown with a good bit of off-white head that recedes to a thin layer on top. Smell is roasted malts, toasty grains, bit of german hops. Tastes nice and malty, lots of toasty bready notes and a medium body. Mouthfeel is moderately bubbly, closes out with a slightly overshot hop astringency and bitterness. Solid, enjoyable beer, but probably wouldn't buy again.

Feels much more like a German dunkel lager than a red ale.
Jul 27, 2022
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Pours a clear reddish brown, small eggshell head fades quickly, no lacing. Snot locker gets a hint of warm bread, a bit of chocolate. and some malts. Taste buds get some sweet caramel a bit of hops. Thin not much carbonation. Overall, not too bad, but it'sa one'n done.
May 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.67 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Apr 27, 2022
 
Rated: 3.85 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Jul 18, 2021
 
Rated: 3.73 by 22Blue from Kansas

Nov 12, 2020
 
Rated: 3.52 by Jcreek from Illinois

Jun 13, 2020
 
Rated: 3.63 by jchanley from Illinois

Jun 13, 2020
 
Rated: 3.62 by zaraspook from Illinois

Feb 03, 2020
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

1.26/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
Unknown vintage; drank 3/18/15 @ the Yarchives.

See-through ruby red/purple appearance.

HUGE eggshell head; a curtain of lace.

Sweet corn, mild caramel, mild skunk spray & faint acrid smoke notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Sweet caramel & faint acrid smoke flavors up front; a puckering pickle juice finish. Terrible; I hope this went bad in some way & this wasn't constructed to end up this way.
Sep 08, 2019
 
Rated: 3.1 by Commandophile from Illinois

Apr 05, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by Nurt20 from Illinois

Jan 21, 2019
 
Rated: 3 by Rostie from Michigan

May 28, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by muswellbeerbelly from Illinois

Mar 25, 2018
 
Rated: 3.49 by jbundang9 from California

Feb 11, 2018
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Reviewed by Buck89 from Tennessee

3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a snifter. A clear chestnut brown color with a modest light tan head that left quickly. Aromas of roasty malt, caramel, some chocolate, and cherries. Taste featured caramel, burnt coffee, toast, some chocolate, and a hint of tart cherry. Medium-bodied and medium carbed with a sharp, metallic finish. Overall this was ok but the taste seemed muddled.
Sep 06, 2017
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Look - dark amber color clear slight white tan head
Smell - sweet caramel
Taste - slight caramel very slight malt but lacking much taste
Feel - medium light body and carb
Overall - ok, but for a hot day it doable
Aug 21, 2017
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
The Big Muddy is staying within its banks.
At least, that's what Saluki tells me.
It is a nice simple beer: takes dunkel malts and makes an ale, but nothing extreme; no hyper-fusion.
Just a pleasant beer that Looks just different enough. Smells malty. Tastes that way, but balanced with modest hops. Feels a little thin, but it is is a clean finish.
Young brewery, giving fresh beer and measured, cautious innovations to a college town. Keep it up.
May 30, 2017
 
Rated: 3.29 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Mar 22, 2017
 
Rated: 3.9 by Nat1975 from Indiana

Mar 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4.59 by Big_Thirsty from Illinois

Feb 28, 2017
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Reviewed by porters4life from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L: A beautiful amber color with a 1 finger head that slowly dissipates.
S: Light malt and hops scent on this one.
T: I am eating supper that consist of soup and a roast beef sandwich so that may throw this off a little bit but with that being said I really enjoy this beer. It tastes like it smells light malt and light hops present on this beer with a light scotch ale after taste but sweeter, very enjoyable.
F:A little thicker than I thought it would be and that is a good thing
Overall: A very enjoyable beer. I really enjoyed this and would buy it again.
Feb 08, 2017
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Reviewed by Radome from Florida

3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Tasted on tap in Illinois. Great appearance, like an American Brown Ale. Thick head. Malty, nutty and caramel aromas are a highlight. Malty flavor reminds me of Old Peculier but there is something vaguely artificial about the caramel flavor. Thin body is the biggest drawback. A drinkable, enjoyable beer.
Jan 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by onlymurderers from Illinois

Dec 08, 2016
 
Rated: 3 by Azpittil57 from Arizona

Jul 30, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by Markc72 from Illinois

Jul 02, 2016
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Reviewed by 1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Clear amber-brown body, shallow light tan head, moderate loose bubbles. Nose is toasted malt, faint caramel and spice-like hops. Flavor gets better, with warm toffee nuttiness and vanilla-like notes and toasty-roasty malts. Faint chocolate and warm spices. Mildly sweet . Body is light-medium, easily drinkable.
The dunkel notes are definitely the highlights, but the weak body and head and common "American amber' presence dragged it down. Why the brewers even bothered adding the American spin is beyond me, this would be better as a fully German-style dark beer.
May 02, 2016
 
Rated: 3.52 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Jan 24, 2016
 
Rated: 3.32 by dabear85 from Illinois

Jan 02, 2016
 
Rated: 3.56 by Washuffizi98 from Tennessee

Dec 02, 2015
 
Rated: 3.91 by BigEast55 from New York

Oct 10, 2015
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Reviewed by matjack85 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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.
Sep 12, 2015
 
Rated: 4.24 by firkingroovin from Illinois

Sep 03, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by krome from Illinois

Jun 30, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by ejk99 from Illinois

Jun 17, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Jun 15, 2015
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Reviewed by Carrier4 from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
This beer is really refreshing. For a classic Lager this beer is Delicious. I never would have imagined that the Big Muddy River in Southern Illinois could formulate such a nice crisp beer. Taste a little citrus, but definitely not enough to ruin it; just enough to add that acidic bite. Good summer drink
Jun 13, 2015
 
Rated: 3.54 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

May 09, 2015
 
Rated: 3.8 by jharper2189 from Illinois

Apr 16, 2015
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

2.84/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
A friend handpicked this beer as one of three fillers for a six pack to bring back to me in Hong Kong. I like to try different beers from different brewers but to be honest, the packaging is not all that attractive to me, and I probably would not have picked this off the shelf. Poured the 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured a clear dark rusty amber colour with a one finger head that dissipates quickly and no lacing.
S: Smells of malt, maybe plum and apple, but a hint of metallic at the end ruined it.
T: A bit light and thin. It was like watered down plum juice with an unfortunate light metallic aftertaste.
M: Light, goes down easy, medium carbonation.
O: It’s not bad and it feels great in my mouth, but the flavours could be more pronounced and the beer would improve plenty without the metallic smell and taste that lingers at the end.
Mar 25, 2015
 
Rated: 3.11 by peabody from Kentucky

Mar 14, 2015
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