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Dos Perros - Yazoo Brewing Company

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Reviews: 164
Hads: 571
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 24.79%
Wants: 23
Gots: 110 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Yazoo Brewing Company visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 11-24-2004

Many Mexican beer styles today are descendants of old Austrian styles, from when Austria ruled Mexico in the late 19th century. Our Dos Perros is made with German Munich malt, English Pale malt, and Chocolate malt, and hopped with Perle and Saaz hops. To lighten the body, as many Mexican brewers do, we add a small portion of flaked maize. The result is a wonderfully bready malt aroma, balanced with some maize sweetness and a noble hop finish.

21 IBU
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Photo of Dreizhen
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark, amber, see-through, little head that quickly dissipates.
S: I've had this beer so much it's hard to think of anything else but it when I smell it. Lime, coco, and malt.
T: Incredibly refreshing. Not overwhelming. Decent bite. There's not as much complexity to this beer as you'd find in some other, heavier beers. But that's not what this beer is aiming for. I personally believe this is one of the best session beers of all time. That being said, this is not a simple beer and it is anything but flat. The chocolate is subtle but adds a good amount of character. I could drink (and have drank) this all day.
M: Less bite than most ales, slight carbonation. Incredibly drinkable.
O: One of my all time favorite beers. Don't overlook it because it's not an "imperial" this or a "tripel" that. This is a fantastic beer that everyone should try.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yazoo's Dos Perros pours up with a light carbonation that creates a low, but sustainable tannish-white head that nicely collars the deep auburn-burnt umber body. Very bright clarity w/ excellent head retention for a lower alcohol beer that has adjuncts. The aroma is an intermingling of caramel notes (butterscotch candy & hot toffee) & toasted malt (buttery croutons, saltine crackers & sourdough bread) with hints of chocolate (dark baker's chocolate, hot cocoa) along with a nice dark fruitiness and just a touch of spiciness from the Perle/Saaz hops. Very low-negligible diacetyl. The flavor starts off with a dominate caramel maltiness that drives completely through this beer with some buttery toffee/treacle notes and a lovely biscuit-like toastiness that add to the overall complexity complimented by some coffee-like roastiness. The finish is slightly bready, bittersweet, fruity (bilberry, elderberry) & spicy with just enough bitterness to balance. Two Dogs is a medium-light bodied session brown that reminds me more of a Southern English Brown Ale than anything American. Regardless, it has an exceptional drinkability and is amazingly complex for such a small beer. I would love to try a pint of this one on draught or even from a cask via a handpull with some bangers & mash + onion gravy! Yoo-hoo, it's Yazoo!

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Trader's note: Many thanks to CurtisMcArthur for the fresh bottle.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.46/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dos Perros Brown ale 12 oz bottle poured into shaker pint

A: nice brown murky dark looks like leather

S: toffee, soft caramel, nice roasted nut

T: Sweet soft nuttiness brown sugar light roast

M: medium to light crisp beer with a clean

O: this is a very classic solid brown ale nice clean classic flavors it's a good beer

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Photo of mattsdenney
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dos Perros...one of the many reasons that Nashville is the greatest city in the country.

Appearance: Pours a clear, brown with thing off-white bubbly head. Looks like a brown ale should.

Smell: This beer definitely looks the part of a brown ale but the smell tells you that you're in for more. Malty chocolate, caramel, and hints of bread and coffee.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Creamy but light, bubbly and smooth. A refreshing brown ale that differentiates itself through the use of the mexican and chocolate malts. Pairs well with most any food (especially spicy).

Overall: This is a frequent go-to for me. I highly recommend giving it a shot if you're in Tennessee or North/Mid Alabama.

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Photo of BigBen61
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow...I will admit my beer drinking brethren that I have strayed from the path. I've been enjoying wine quite a bit lately. I'm not sure if it was a skunked Bass or that Milwaukee's Best Ice that gave me the desire for a change of scenery but this one sure brought me back. Had it at Rose Pepper's in Nashville on Tap. Came in a pitcher, great head when poured into my frosty mug and great color somewhere between a Stout and a Nut Brown in color head is a nice creamy off white with streaks of brown. The aroma is where this one got me. I'm not one for that charred over the top roasted malt that I've have found in some beers of this style this one was sweet and malty with just enough roasted character and citrus-like hops to balance it out and the flavor was spot on. This is my first Yazoo and damn am I happy to be so close to Nashville.

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Photo of BlueMoon10
4.31/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have had this beer on tap at the brewery and in a bottle

A: Medium brown, coke color. Thin creamy/tan head
S: Sweet roasted, caramel smell
T: Light in body but lots of flavor. Roasty malts, caramel/chocolate and a hint of citrus flavor.
M: Light and silky; goes down smooth
O: I really like this beer. Enjoyable year around. Highly recommend this beer

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Photo of Bounty628
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Though a lot of breweries have a sort of traditional American brown ale, Dos Perros has a nice complexity to it that makes it stand apart.

Poured from the bottle into a Yazoo pint glass I acquired while in Nashville, Dos Perros pours a mid-range brown color and the carbonation within the beer is evident once poured. There is a decent off-white head produced from the pour that dissipates rather quickly once the pour settles. The color of the beer is a nice fit for what is to come with the rest of the offering as it sets the tone for what the beer is all about.

The nose is packed pretty tightly with malted notes coupled with other darker hints of caramel and a kick of chocolate. The caramel is probably the most noticeable in the nose as there is sort of a sugary sweetness that walks its way out of the glass into the nose. There is a good bread backing within the nose that adds an additional bit of body to it.

If you are traditionally not a fan of a Mexican brown ale, it is probably because you have only had some pretty bad Mexican brown ales either on a cruise ship or at your local Mexican-in-name-only restaurant. Have no fear, Dos Perros will solve your dilemma and you will find that the taste is a real winner with this Mexican brown ale. There is a dominant malt effect that holds true throughout the entire offering but the malts are sweet and roasted and are remarkably well balanced. This offering is brewed with three different malts (German Munich, English Pale and Chocolate) and Yazoo has ensured that the three malts work together in a cohesive nature to really deliver a rich and inviting malt experience. For those that fear the malt-gone-wrong beers that end up with almost a syrup nature to them, you can rest assured that Dos Perros does not disappoint.

The mouthfeel of Dos Perros is both smooth and crisp and just like the taste, there is no syrupy or processed mouthfeel that is left because of the good malt nature of the beer. The offering is rather crisp in nature and all told is a nice balance of complexity. In terms of drinkability, the Dos Perros could be a very nice session beer as the ABV is a low 3.5% and when coupled with the smoothness and crisp nature of the beer you are left with a good tasting beer that is sure to not let you down.

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Photo of ackleydg
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got one of these on draft at my favorite bar in Nashville, the Broadway Brewhouse, to chase down a basket of their delicious chipotle chicken wings. Now Dos Perros exemplifies many of my favorite things about a brown ale: malty, not very hoppy, medium-bodied. Perfect compliment for some spicy BBQ wings. But I was surprised to find it served with a lime at the Brewhouse. I don't know whether it was there more for taste or to remind us of this beer's Mexican influence, but I prefer this beer sans lime. The acidity of the limes take away from the character of the brown ale, hiding that tasty caramel/chocolate malt flavor.

Without the lime, Dos Perros is very drinkable - a good option for filling your growler - and a great place to start sampling Yazoo's lineup of standard styles before moving on to some of their more adventurous varieties.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yazoo's Dos Perros pours a very dark mahogany brown body beneath a short head of creamy tan foam. The head retention is average, but it leaves some nice splashes and spots of lace about the glass. A whiff of toasty bread, cocoa powder, and fudge greet you in the nose, giving you a hint of what's to come. It's medium-light bodied with a very fine, moderate carbonation that gives a delicate bristle to the tongue. In the flavor it displays a touch of soft milk chocolate, supple dried fruit, a flicker of juicy berries, and a touch of malty tastiness. It's more chocolatey than the nose suggests. Its hop flavors and bitterness are limited to allow the maltiness and yeasty fruitiness to shine, yet it's superbly balanced by a delicate acidity that couples with the yeasty fruitiness to give the impression that it's more fruity than it is. It finishes mostly dry with a pinch of cocoa, some lingering apricot-like fruitiness, and the suggestion of some leafy and grassy hops. I found it charming, interesting, enjoyable, and really easy to drink. Highly recommended.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Yazoo beer in a recent beer trade with fsvan. Pours wonderfully, into my Sam Adams sensory glass. I love to smell beers and this one has a distinctive smell, maybe chocolate or coffee, but there's definitely something here for the nose to enjoy. This might be even better than Yazoo's Hefe, which I reviewed previously. If possible, the taste and mouthfeel are even better than the smell. Not thin like a lot of brown ales -- sweetwater in particular. I really like this sampling of Yazoo Dos Perros and would definitely look to pick up a six pack in the near future.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade. It pours a nice dark cola brown, with a fizzy off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Malty aroma has a fruity undertone and a hint of caramel, and is very inviting. Mouth-filling flavor is this beer's strongest point - rich and malty with hints of caramel, brown sugar and apple and just a whisper of banana. Texture is smooth, but lacking in fizz. Overall, this is a truly worthy ale. If ever you are in Nashville, look for this one - and its siblings.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While on a recent visit to Nashville, I picked up a 6er of this at a local gas station for a very reasonable price. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a nice deep yet clear brown color with a thin, effervescent brown head that quickly dissipates. The smell is malt dominant with lightly toasted notes, chocolate and caramel. The taste reflects the same maltiness, carefully balanced with a light citrus hopping - still slightly sweet but not sickeningly so. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a chewy carbonation and goes down very smooth. Overall a very drinkable beer, I'm glad I picked this sixer up, sad I didn't visit the brewery while I was there!

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Photo of sommersb
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle with a bottling date of first or second week of October this year.

Poured into a Yazoo pint glass, the color is a dark copper. Lots of initial bubbles, with a 1 finger creme-colored head that lingered quite a while.

Aroma has a slight sweetness to it, with caramel and malt smells dominating.

The taste is of roasted malt with some lightly sweet chocolate flavors coming through. A good balance of malt and hops here, with very little bitterness. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium level of carbonation and a nice alcohol warmth.

Drinkability is high - I definitely feel like drinking another when I'm done. Goes good with a meal or by itself while watching a football game.

This is my favorite regular offering from Yazoo.

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Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now this a different take on an american brown ale,and I kinda like it.Poured a deep tawny brown with a thinner white head atop,deep roast in the nose,along with some brown sugar and a mineral scent.Flavors are roasted with some bitter chocolate, nut and earth round out a soft finish that the flaked maize had a hand in I am guessing.Hmm I had low expectations,but I gotta say it has a uniquness thats pretty good.

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Photo of Misfit138
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review ever so let's see how it goes.

Since I live in Nashville I have had this beer several times and its my favorite from Yazoo.

Served from a stubby short neck bottle into my Guinness pint glass.

A- Poured a nice brown color with a highly carbonated head that rose about an inch, would leave lacing along the sides of the glass. However, the head would not last for long.

S- The scent was lightly chocolate and malts.

T- I think its a tasty beverage. It has a hint of chocolate and perhaps caramel. Goes down easy.

M- Pretty light overall. Has more carbonation than appears.

D- I think this is a beer that I can drink a few of whenever. It has a nice flavor and I think would go with a large variety of foods as well.

I do recommend this beer if you see it in your area, its possibly even better on tap.

I do know that the owner is slowly trying to get Yazoo beers distributed to a wider area, as long as it is presented well enough.

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Photo of TitanTake
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a local brewery here in Nashville, and they have many fine selections.

I purchased a six-pack of 12-ounce bottles.

A - nice amber appearance; mediocre head; very little lacing

S - light charcoal aroma; some roasted nutty smell too

T - light hoppy flavor; matches the aroma closely (unlike many other beers)

M - very light for an amber beer; smooth and little-to-no carbonation

D - fantastic! this is one of my favorite beers to drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of BeerskiBrewski61
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer has little of a foamy head which dissipates quickly.

It had a nice brown color and smell pretty good.

I sort of liked the taste, it was very mild and had a good after taste.

Overall; I'd have to say that's it a good beer.

I live north of Nashville and can get this beer at most stores which sell beer.

Now for the bad news; it's so overly priced I cannot see how they can sell it. There are better beers for a much more affordable price.

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Photo of tronester
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A medium brown in color with a thin tan head. Aromas of light milk chocolate. Taste is quite sweet caramel, and some toasty bread. A hint of hops to balance. Mouthfeel is amazingly rich. Overall this beer is remarkably flavorful for a mere 3.5% abv. I would certainly get this again.

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Photo of Mike4TN
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer year round! Recently tipped 2 back with a Porterhouse Steak..Phenomenal The way the Perros paired with the porterhouse. Definitely worth a try with or without the steak. This Yazoo brew will always do....Seriously though this beer is pretty good you need to try it if your able to do so

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Photo of John1985
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yazoo has just installed a bottling line in the last month. The Dos Perros has a deep chestnut brown color with a disappointingly vanishing head. Rich sweet Malt dominates the nose and the flavor with nuances of hop bitterness for balance. Finish is very smooth. This is not my favorite style but I could drink alot of this. Very nicely done brown ale.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass, bottled in the 4th week of May. Whatever it's classified as, this isn't really an American Brown Ale - at best, it's an English Brown from the yeast used, and at 3.5% is likely closer to a dark mild.

Pours clear dark brown, with deep copper highlights showing through. Thin head, maybe one finger at pouring, quickly settling into some scattered suds on top.

Nose is nice - fruity esters mixing with a nice dose of dry cocoa, just a bit of toasty bread crust underneath.

Taste, as always, does not disappoint. Up front the fruity esters in the nose combine with a slightly plummy stone fruit note from the malt, with an earthy cocoa note moving in late in the progression, with a bit of dark bread crust. There's a balancing presence towards the finish that lets you know there were actually hops used, bit earthy, but that's the most they expose themselves. Bitterness is kept to a barely perceptible hint, with more of the almost jammy fruity note humming along the palate on the long, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel is mellow, lightly carbonated, with just a bit of a slick feel to the medium body.

Drinkability? Fantastic. Agreeably flavorful, easy on the alcohol, beautifully balanced, tasty and moreish. Underrated gem from Yazoo in my homer opinion.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):

Paying homage to the Mexican/Vienna beers. Enough head to get by, clear reddish brown color. Smells of German dark bread, subtle floral hops and cocoa powder. This ale has some body for a smaller beer, but still leans toward the dry side. Milk-like sweetness form the maize adds some depth to the clean, toasty maltiness. Light peck of hop spice and floral bitterness level this beer out. Of course, we have to use "session beer" somewhere in this review--a damn good one at that.

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Photo of beerhobo22
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Malt and toasty aromas. Hops aroma is present, but not overpowering. Dark malt character is robust. Light tan head and nice dark brown color. Medium malt flavors with some hop bitterness, but it's very light. Had a good aftertast that was malty sweet, but didn't linger. Overall, this is a good beer. I've had this in bottle and on tap at the brewery.

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Photo of stewart124
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yazoo boasts this is a Mexican Amber Ale.

Deep ruby red to brown in color with a tan head.

Dark melanoidan/bready characters come through right away in the nose.

Even more dark bready characters come through in the flavor. Carafa II and munich really build this beer. Corn in the finish helps to ease this and really makes it easy drinking. Hops are muted so to speak.

Really a interesting beer and it drinks bigger than it's supposed 3.5% abv.

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Photo of NiceFly
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle Nov 2 2012 bottled on Aug 3rd 2012

Clear dark brown with small head no lacing. No Idea what style this was when I bought it but brewed with English, Munich and Chocolate malts so I expected and English style something or other.

Much like I expected minus English yeast character. I guess that is OK because it is listed as an American Brown.

Smells sweeter than it tastes and looking at the ABV I guess that was the plan. Just enough Munich character to keep it interesting. At 3.5%ABV I guess this is a session ale and I think it hits the mark there.

A nice malty treat that you could enjoy over conversation with some friends.

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Dos Perros from Yazoo Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.