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Dos Perros - Yazoo Brewing Company

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Reviews: 164
Hads: 562
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 24.59%
Wants: 22
Gots: 105 | 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 stewart124
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 mattsdenney
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
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 Bounty628
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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 aasher
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was gifted to me by adamb0719 in a very generous act of advocacy. Thanks Adam!

This beer pours a light bodied Pepsi brown in color with a good amount of carbonation and a beige lacing around my glass. It gives off aromas of light chocolate malts, caramel, and toffee. It finishes with light bitterness. You can definitely tell it's Munich dark malt. All are very light and well integrated. It tastes of light chocolate malt and again is very heavy on the Munich malts. It it lightly bitter and subtly sweet. It tastes like a less nutty Altbairisch. It drinks very light and is as refreshing as a brown ale can be. For a smaller beer it has solid flavor and is a solid choice.

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Photo of kkoz
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance & Aroma: It was clear and had a deep brown color. There was a finger-thick, cream-colored, creamy head that stuck around for a bit, but didn’t leave any lacing. The aroma was a bit like dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste & Feel: There was a crisp mouthfeel, and the body was light-medium. There was a bit of a bready, lightly sweet chocolate flavor in the middle, followed by a chocolate and slightly coffee-like flavor in the finish. I couldn’t really taste a hop flavor, as the bitterness in the finish mixed with the coffee flavors, giving it a bit of a watered-down coffee like bitterness.

Food Pairing: This was a bit of a confusing one for me. Maybe it’s the Mexican flare of this beer, but I guess I’d pair it with spicy Mexican food. The bready, light chocolate, and watered-down coffee flavors would help to cut the spiciness, and might add an additional layer of flavor complexity to the food.

Overall Impression: I wasn’t sure what to expect from this beer, and it was definitely different. The aroma left evidence of a flavorful beer, but the ABV indicated that it was a session beer. It was very drinkable, and it had a little more flavor than most session beers. However, I felt that the light flavors were a bit of a tease, and it felt a bit watered down in the follow through. I’m not opposed to light session beers, but the lighter flavors left me wanting something a bit more bold.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.87/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received in trade from GPHarris, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a deep reddish brown with a smallish tightly bubbled khaki head that quickly dissipates to a ring on top. Smells of caramel, brown bread, applesauce, brown sugar. There's more in the nose than I was expecting. Taste is light and sweet malts with a hint of tart and astringency. Watered down brown sugar water with hints of fruit and bread kind sums up this experience. Thinnish body medium to high level of carbonation, watery prickly mouthfeel. This smelled a whole lot better than it tasted. Average beer at best.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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 tempest
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lovely session brown from Yazoo. I'd never guess the ABV was so low from the taste, but really appreciate that I can have a decent beer without worrying about a buzz. The flavor is a simple and balanced bready and nutty caramel, sort of a like a cleaned up Newcastle. There's a pleasant little kick of toffee and the end and the beer finished slightly sweet.

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Photo of ackleydg
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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 JayS2629
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the sampler flight at the brewery. Dark brown with a light tan head that has descent retention and soapy lace. The smell is of chocolate malt, a touch of roast, coffee notes, and light earthy hops in the back. The taste follows with some dark fruit hidden under chocolat and roasted malt, and a touch of spicy, earthy hops. A bit watery, but it is a low gravity beer. Lots of flavor for such a light bodied but dark beer. Easy to drink.

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Photo of SisuPride
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A staple beer for anyone living in middle Tennessee. Dos Perros is a good beer which presented with very little head. Often this beer is sered too cold as it was last night at The Palm restaurant in downtown Nashville. Order it and let it sit a little and as it warms is choclate notes are more evident and it tastes better. An area this beer could be better is mouthfeel. A little too much carbonation at times. Try it if you get a chance - one of my favorite Yazoo beers..

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Photo of brew3crew
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-transparent amber white head aroud the edges
S-lots of malt can't quite nail one down specifically...
T-a lot like it smells. Just malt. Little bit of chocolate. In the end
M-medium bodied and smooth
D-very drinkable. Taste was gone in no time. Very respectable that I didn't expect.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish brown with a bit of white head. No real lacing to speak of. Smells sweet and roasty. Lots of malts on the nose and a nice roasted smell. Tastes pretty sweet and malty. There is a nice roast across it that blends well with the malt profile. A bit sharp on the tongue due to high carbonation. Pretty drinkable but at 3.5 percent I would hope so!

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Photo of Beertracker
4.48/5  rDev +23.8%
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 FanofHefe
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a shaker glass. Dark brownish red body with very little head. Minor lacing.

First note in the aroma is of a slightly sour citrus fruit; malty nutty notes follow. Maybe a hint of toffee or chocolate in the background but not in every whiff.

The flavor is a thinly matched offering of the aromas. Very light hop bitterness blends in and does it some justice.

Very easy to drink. Very light overall with a clean finish. Sessionable.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dos Perros...in English means...Two Perros.

A: Dark amber, not a whole lot of carbonation...looks almost like a flat soda to be honest. No lacing.

S: Malt, barley...maybe just a little bit of coffee. It may sound weird, but this smells a lot like the area surrounding the Guinness factory in Dublin. Kind of raw.

T: Caramel malt, bready..just a slight bit of sweetness. Nice taste, but to be perfectly honest, there's not much else to say for me.

M: Just what you'd expect out of a 3.5%ABV beer with low carbonation...pretty thin.

D: If you wanted, you could drink plenty of these. Even though it's a dark in color, it drinks like a light beer.

Good..wouldn't turn it down...wouldn't buy an entire 6 pack of it either.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 weatherdog
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a Yazoo branded shaker pint glass

It pours a deep rich brown with some ruby highlights and a 2 finger tan head that fades pretty quickly.

The nose is all pale chocolate and lightly roasted coffee malt. I really love the assertive but not overbearing coffee notes in the aroma.

The coffee flavors aren't as strong in the flavors and are replaced by a medium malt breadiness with a little chocolate. A very faint floral hop flavor is detected as well. It's just kind of a bland non distinct flavor.

Carbonation is medium with a medium light body. The lighter body really adds to the drinkability. I've enjoyed this beer several times and just wish some of the coffee noted wouild transfer to the taste.

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Photo of alleykatking
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks go out to Supernova777 for this beer at a recent tasting. Josh...well I got nothing else.

A- Pours a darker brown color. I am actually surprised by this for some reason..don't know why. One finger tan head shows poor retention and lace falls back into the glass as I drink this one done.

S- A light toasted malt scent comes out with this one at first. A nutty aroma comes through more and more as the beer itself warms. The hops in this one are minimal in the backend...there is a light sourness to these as well. Don't know if that is suppose to be there or not. Overall the whole aroma is a little muted throwing it into the average range.

T- The taste follows the aroma pretty well. There is a light toasted/roasted malt in the front with maybe a hint of sweet milk chocoalte. The nutty aroma has now turned into a middle flavor in the beer itself along with a light almost bready malt backbone. A interesting coffee hint comes in the backend before turning to light hop bite. The alcohol never really comes into play very much if at all.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light watery caramel malts with a hint of rpasted malt are left on the palate. A faint hop bite with some alcohol is left in the aftertaste. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were a little watery and muted but otherwise I would say pretty balanced. No real off flavors at all.

D- This beer was very drinkable. It's nothing special at all and I can respect that as just a easy drinking brown ale. ABV is low that you can make this a nice session beer. Not bad from a company that I look forward to trying more of in the future.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown and clear, one finger head and some lacing that slides down the glass.

Smells of slightly roasty caramel malts and light chocolate with just a touch of coffee.

Tastes pretty darn good. Once again the roasted malts shine through, a lightly sweet milk chocolate and coffee background accents nicely.

Feel wise I wasn't that impressed. Kinda thin and not that much tang. Not bad tho.

Drinkability is good, this beer would probably go well with a good chicken dish. The low ABV makes it very sessionable as well.

After drinking this beer I'd like to try more of Yazoo's beers, especially their Irish stout and APA.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

More cloudy orange/red, not much on the brown. Finger of tan head appears and disappears just as fast.

Nice and malty, a little nutty, with a hint of chocolate. Not bad at all.

A bit of malt sweetness, and that nuttiness like the aroma. A hint of toastiness.

Upper end of light, but still too light and thin.

Drinkability is high. It's not a bad beer, but It's not a very good representative of the style either.

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Photo of mixedbrewer
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap this poured a dark brown with small head and minimal lacing.

The smell is of roasted grain, caramel, and a bit of sour hops.

The taste is ok. Sweet, darkened caramel flavor that seems to be a little washed out by the watery body and light carbonation. The finish is ok, but leaves me wondering where the beer went.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.71/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer is dark brown and forms an off white to tan head of small bubbles / medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Beer is clear at the corners.

Mildly sweet, oddly grainy aroma.

Beer is thin and has an odd late bitterness / aftertaste that tastes like wheat and roasted grains. There is little in the forward palate and its not a very desirable beer.

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Photo of sommersb
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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 sitarist
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent brown color...steady slow bubbles rise up to a dismal off white head that falls to hardly a ring.

I smell toast, and nutella.

It taste earthy...not much else to say.

Light body...very lively carbonation.

Im eating 3 meat, spicy spaghetti and this beer is going down great...a great big food beer!

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