Beer: Saluki Dunkeldog Dark Amber Beer
Brewery: Big Muddy Brewing
Style: American Amber Ale
Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Murky, dark amber body with a thick beige head that maintains its buoyancy.
Smell: Well, this doesn’t smell like any beer I’ve smelled before. There’s a very unique malt character that I can’t quite recognize. It reeks of liquor, gasoline, rotten fruit, and salt. And it makes my nose itch. Ugh, I really don’t want to try this…
Flavor: Thankfully it’s not as awful as it smells. It has smoked meat and pumpernickel bread flavors. Actually, it kind of tastes like dumping a German dinner in a blender and serving it as a smoothie.
Feel: Thin with soft carbonation. It feels…fluffy…if you can try to imagine what that would feel like.
Concluding Remark: Next up is another hybrid Amber. Big Muddy Brewing attempts to serve us an Amber Ale-German Dunkel fusion. What SHOULD that translate into? My guess would be a heavy-ish, dark wheat beer with a bright hop flavor to balance the intense wheat taste. Instead, Saluki Dunkeldog is composed of barley and dark wheat flavors that are interspersed with a burnt caramel taste. After TRYING to finish this odd 750 ml, all I’m left with is a big muddy malt mess on my tongue. It’s certainly not undrinkable, but it is downright bizarre and I can’t imagine too many of my friends enjoying this. At the end of the bottle, it’s just kind of salty and weird. PASS.
I always hate giving a somewhat scathing review of a beer from a brewery that produces some actual great beers. So, while I recommend never ever taking home a Saluki Dunkeldog, you CAN go ahead and purchase their Big Muddy Monster. It’s probably the best Brown Ale/IPA fusion (if not one of the only) and an homage to a cryptid.