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Saluki Dunkeldog | Big Muddy Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Muddy Brewing
Illinois, United States
bigmuddybrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

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 STATS
Ranking:
#41,276
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
112
pDev:
15.36%
 
 
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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by BeerForMuscle:
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of COLIN007
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Buck89
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Carrier4
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
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

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Photo of firkingroovin
4.24/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigEast55
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Markc72
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of porters4life
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

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Photo of Big_Thirsty
4.59/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbundang9
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Suds
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of TheSarge
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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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Photo of karst
4.45/5  rDev +29%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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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Photo of matjack85
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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 slammo
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of jak
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of zeff80
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Poured out a dark amber color with a foamy, tan, one-finger head. Smelled of roasted malt and grasses. It was very malty and had a hoppy spice. It also had a mild bitter bite.

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Photo of peabody
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tone
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hint of alcohol, hint of tea, earthiness, hint of caramel malt, and sweet malt. A rather weak aroma. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt,
Hint of yeast, caramel malt, tea, strong earthiness, and slight pale malt. Overall, weak aroma, good feel and appearance, but weak aroma and disappointing body.

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Photo of KellyL
1.44/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Little head, quickly dissipated. The color was ok, not spectacular. Smelled of wet cardboard. The taste was unacceptible, off flavors and a metallic finish. Extremely thin mouthfeel.

I tried to choke it down but ended up dumping it. I hope that this was a bad bottle because I can't see it being a good seller. At least I got a bigger bottle for homebrew.

I can't say that I would be courageous enough to try it again. MAYBE I'd try it on tap if I ever found it.

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Photo of vande
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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...

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Saluki Dunkeldog from Big Muddy Brewing
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 112 ratings