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

Added by karst on 03-03-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
106
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
16.08%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
18
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Photo of Skycarp33
5/5  rDev +46.2%

Photo of Big_Thirsty
4.59/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of karst
4.45/5  rDev +30.1%
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 NonicPanic
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of onlymurderers
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of firkingroovin
4.24/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Carrier4
4.17/5  rDev +21.9%
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 porters4life
4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
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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4/5  rDev +17%

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +17%
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%
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 +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of dhannes
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of BigEast55
3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nat1975
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
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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Saluki Dunkeldog from Big Muddy Brewing
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