Saluki Dunkeldog | Big Muddy Brewing

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Saluki DunkeldogSaluki Dunkeldog

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Big Muddy Brewing
Illinois, United States

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

Added by karst on 03-03-2010

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Photo of karst
4.45/5  rDev +30.9%
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 Carrier4
4.17/5  rDev +22.6%
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 porters4life
4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
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 emerge077
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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 TheSarge
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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 dhannes
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
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 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.

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Photo of speer
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of Radome
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of Markwas
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thought it was a dunkel, but really was a blend of an amber and a dunkel. Drank from the glass it came in, so I didn't get to notice the exact color or head, but after realizing the blended aspect of the beer, I decided to drink my second at a cooler temperature and it made a difference. Going to have to try this again in a different environment, had it while visiting in-laws over the holidays, which could have led to the higher rating. I think I would have given Strohs a 4 that weekend.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of slammo
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
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 TheWhiskerReview
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
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

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.

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Photo of matjack85
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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 gerite
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
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!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Samp01
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear dark amber with a medium short lived beige head. Aroma and taste is of dark malts and caramel flavors, yeast, mild fruity notes and hops bitterness on the end for balance. A medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish is sweet dark caramel malt, some grains, yeast and mild bitterness with a bit of a nutty ending. Overall good drinking brew.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This pours a semi-cloudy amber color with a foamy beige head. The aroma is mostly malty with not much else that my nose could pick out. The flavor is rather simple with an average taste of grains and malt. There is a lingering grassy grain after taste.

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Photo of Durtdiggler
3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
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 vande
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of Suds
3.23/5  rDev -5%
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 champ103
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Tone
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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