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Ojos Negros - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

34 Reviews
THE BROS
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very good

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 221
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 7.27%
Wants: 37
Gots: 30 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: seeswo on 07-25-2012

A sour ale fermented with Belgian wild yeast from the Senne Valley and aged in oak wine barrels with fresh blackberries.
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Reviews: 34 | Hads: 221
Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Pours with a slight crackle of carbonation, good clarity with minimal lacing on top. Funky tart nose with hints of blackberry jam. Assertive but level tartness throughout, bit of cellar funk and medicinal phenols. Kiss of blackberry flavor in the middle, dry finish.

This beer talks to the palate about patience, lots of flavor and balance with some many nuances. Lots of fun to sip. (432 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dull mahogany hue with no head. Nose is vinous and lactic in nature with a suggestion of ethanol. Taste consistent with nose - blackberries are more apparent in the flavor profile; however, it all coalesces together quite nicely. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an even carbonation that falls just short of lively and a pleasant acidity. Overall, very enjoyable. I just wish we had cracked it earlier in the night. (434 characters)

Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was so disappointed by Ojos Negros. I was hoping for something similar to Liefman’s Cuvee-Brut where the beer was tart but fruity with decent carbonation. Instead, Ojos Negros is flat, dry, and sour sans fruit. Perhaps I aged the bottle too long or maybe my expectations were wrong. (286 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Murky reddish brown. Not much of a head, if anything.

Smell - Smells pretty nice. Berries. Acetic acid. Red wine and oak.

Taste - Berry flavor is strong up front. Caramel malt. Sourness kicks in with some oak and red wine, but then it all drops off and leaves a cardboard staleness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Low carbonation. Slick feel from the seemingly oxidized nature.

Overall - Promising aroma, but kinda feel apart. (493 characters)

Photo of dren
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yumadumdum
L: dark reddish brown
S: smells of soury sourness
T: mouth puckering sour with a bit of blackberry tart in the finish, they really mix well. The blackberry is not dominant or overpowering, just plays a supporting roll. A nice and dry finish.
F: bubbly and dry
O: damn good sour, surprised because I've had some rather bad ones from this brewery. (356 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Appearance - The poured a copper color with a reddish tint. Bubbles clung to the sides of the glass, but quickly disappeared.

Smell - The smell most dominant was that of sour fruit with an overall sour profile.

Taste - My initial impression is that the beer is pleasantly sour. The blackberries present a nice tart taste with the oak adding a dry background. The dryness of the oak just makes you want to take another drink.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is appropriate for the style, sweeping away the sweetness and leaving a dry aftertaste.

Overall - I did not have the highest expectations for this one, but enjoyed it a lot. (631 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage

Appearance: Pours a copper color that shows the influence of the blackberry juice; the head is somewhat flimsy and fades to a ringlet and archipelago; many dots and streaks of lace

Smell: Acetic tones waft upwards, along with blackberry, oak and vinous notes

Taste: Oak and blackberry flavors compete with a hint of wheat bread, on the front end, with the acetic and vinous character building through the middle; the finish was dry and oaky, with just a touch of residual fruit

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; puckery

Overall: Rivertown excels in the sour department and while not as good as their lambic I had recently, this certainly adds to their reputation (701 characters)

Photo of macher0
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%

Bottle to tulip.

A: Murkey greenish-purple (strange I know). The colors are very stratified in a tulip - gets darker at the bottom of the glass. Highly viscous resembling apple cider.

S: Tart. Notes of sour fruit, dust, sour-yeast, oak, and vinegar. Moderate amount of funk.

T: Tart. Notes of sour red grapes, red wine, apples, and persimmon. Strong wine flavor.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, moderately smooth. THICK.

O: This sour came highly recommended and I was a bit let down. I love sours and I find the feel of Rivertown sours to be unappealing, and this falls in line. Compared to other Rivertowns, this has higher carbonation, but is still very think and almost syrupy. The color is strange and too cloudy. The fruit notes are very good and the wine is certainly noticeable. If you like sours, try this, but I will not go back for seconds. (861 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear reddish tinged golden hue with a thin quarter inch head that fades to leave thin light wisps. Nice color!

S - Aromas of blackberry tartness, nice vinous notes, light sour blonde like aromas. Light, light wheat.

T - Taste is nice soft blackberries, grapes, light tartness. Solid mustiness, light oak and vanilla. The fruit is nice, like a fleeting taste of blackberry. Nice seedy aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel is quite dry, not too lightly carbonated like some of the other Rivertown sour offerings I've had.

O - Overall this was a solid wild ale. Would prefer the blackberries being a bit more prominent, overall though this was a fine beer. (734 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I found this to be a terrific beer... lots of sourness with just the right amount of blackberries to swing this over with a touch of sweetness...

Not overly sour or tart but there is definitely an ample amount so that there is no guessing about what they were trying to do here...

A very nice available beer that would be great on a sweltering summer night... (362 characters)

Photo of edfish
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got a 25.4 oz bottle for 14$
Poured with carbination stuck to the inside of the glass. About a 1/2 white head dissipating , left a nice slow dripping lace. Color is a slightly hazy golden, if you look into the bottom of the glass it has slight cherry hue.
Not much to smell, light fruit and what I call the lambic must. Light citrus/blueberry?
Taste is the fruit lambic sour, Rivertown has a wonder tasting Lambic! Great dry finish .
Mouthfeel is full then the flavors kicks in finishes sour and dry.
Overall, I am not sure why this is called an American wild ale, my pallet screams Lambic!
And a damn good one at that! Sour lovers unite! (638 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours lightly hazy reddish orange with a small off-white head. The aroma has tart lemon, blackberries, vanilla, oak, light funk, blue cheese and has a nice blend of tartness and smoothness. Medium / light crisp refreshing body that still has some lush smoothness and a mild amount of carbonation. The flavor starts with oaky woodiness, sharp lemon, sour blackberry, some wild bugs, bits of vinegar and blackberry pith. The finish is very dry, sour and rustic. (459 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is hazy and golden with a small white head. The aroma offers blackberries, Iambic type funk, citrus, perhaps a touch of wine. Nice flavor. Tart and funky. Grape skins, berries, oak, vanilla. Well-balanced. Relatively light in body with a tangy finish. Another nice beer from the folks at Rivertown. (307 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, vintage 2012, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a murky orange-ish ochre color, produces a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates.

S- Nice tartness, wheat, blackberries, cherry, vinous oak and vanilla. Smells very nice.

T- A restrained fruitiness is the first thing you notice, blackberries as well as red grape and cherry. Tartness is present more towards the finish, but remains relatively restrained. There's also a dry mustiness, some oak and a bit of vanilla.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel with a very dry finish.

O- A solid, if not stellar, sour. There's a nice amount of complexity here, and it's very drinkable stuff. Hopefully we'll see more beer in this vein from Rivertown in the future. (726 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy copper-orange with a thin finger of frothy white head. Fades fairly quickly.

S - Wheat, sour and tart blackberries, cherries, and other berries, vanilla, oak, funky brett and other yeasts, lactic acid, lemon zest.

T - Sour and tart blackberries, cherries, and other berries, oak, vanilla, wine, wheat, funky brett and other yeasts, lactic acid, lemon zest.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a tart, sour, and funky finish.

D - Nice american wild ale. Good overall balance and complexity. (519 characters)

Photo of Beerandboards
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber

A - light red almost purplish hue in a otherwise translucent orangish appearance. White foam, good head retention.

S - smells lactic-y sour, some berry fruit notes, little bit of vinegar grape

T - pretty good punch of sour right off the bat, lactic sour that hit in the back of the jaw bone. I like sours sour, and this one delivers. There is some fruity over tones. Not much in the way of blackberry, if I really thought about it, you can pick up some slight fruit peel type blackberry. Really good.

M - medium carb, medium feel

O - haven't tried a whole bunch of sours, but I really liked this one. It was plenty sour, but also had a nice mellow flavor profile that matched well with the level of sourness. If I had access to this, I would pick it up regularly. (790 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into pint glasses due to lack of glassware - thanks for this extra, I forget who sent it at the moment

Hazy golden orange pour with a pinkish hue. Crop of white head dissipates pretty quickly, leaving little retention or lacing behind.

Acidic fruit in the nose with funky yeast and dark fruit. Blackberries and oak with red wine and grape skins.

Snap of biting sourness up front with blackberries, red grapes and currants. Oaky and vinous with plenty of red wine character and an earthy touch. Funky wild yeast, barnyard and jammy berry fruit sweetness. Mild backbone with oak and red wine, followed by continuing acidic sourness in the finish.

Medium body, higher carbonation, bubbly, dry and lingering on the tongue. A solid dark wild ale with plenty of berry fruit flavor, but doesn't quite stack up to some of the top flight sour producers. (871 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one at a recent Random Sunday Tasting! Poured a hazy red-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, blackberry, tart, sour, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, blackberry, tart, funk, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. While there was not a huge bit of complexity this one was actually quite good. All of the flavors and aromas going on were very complimentary of each other and made this one quite enjoyable for me. I could definitely drink quite a bit of this one given the opportunity. I have to give it to Rivertown on their sours as they are definitely onto something here. (820 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy and is reddish yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin layer of large bubbles on the surface.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of sour funk in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather sour but not as much as you would have expected because there are notes of blackberry flavors. The finish has lingering notes of oak from the barrel aging.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very tart on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this wild ale because the blackberries help to balance out the sourness and make this drinkable. (643 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: light orange/brown color, poured with some head but not overly carbonated, head gave way to thin veil pretty quick, slight haze
S: medium sour nose, some woodiness
T: well-made, truly sour with depth, some woodiness, fruity balance to sourness
M: rounded, well-made, sour and refreshing (289 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes taken from a bottleshare at the Phoenix Sun in NYC. Thanks kindly to Alex (think alex brought this one all apologies if i am mistaken, converse with me and happy to correct it) for sharing.

a - pinkish orange. no head. soft yellow head.
s - smells awesome. white wine with sour blackberries. good white wine barrels.
t - really nice sour. very balanced. white wine.
m - really nice. good sour feel.
o - overall, nice white wine vibe. good sourness and a bit funky. (471 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a mini nonic it pours a hazy orange with a deep reddish glint from a distance. Soft fine foam texture, not much lace. Head and skim part quickly after a minute or two.

Pleasant aroma, fairly wild with a little minerality and tannic berries. Slightly woody.

Crisp and moderately tart with distinctive blackberry notes. Dry tannic aftertaste. Sharp acidic sourness that puckers a bit at first, then becomes fleeting. Pretty quenching, I enjoyed it though there wasn't a whole lot of depth or barrel complexity to it. We did a side by side with Juliet, and Juliet won unanimously. Still would recommend trying it.

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one! (657 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, vintage 2011. Served in a flute, the beer pours a reddish/amber color with an inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, and there's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and tart, it smells like tart blackberries, oak, lemon peel and a little bit of vinegar. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also the addition of some tart apples and an overall sweet and tart berry flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's dry and has a good amount of carbonation. It's also smooth and quite enjoyable to drink. I think this is a good brew. At $11.99 a bottle, I'd definitely buy this again. Too bad this one didn't stay around for too long, I guess I'll have to wait until next year to try it again. (736 characters)

Photo of brystmar
3.24/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Sean!

Hazy, slightly murky brownish color. Aroma lacks big time: hard to decipher the fruit, predominantly spoiled malts and other disappointing scents. Bleh, I remember this being better.

Thankfully the taste is on the right track. Sour fruits, good funk, not as much flavor depth as I'd like but still enjoyable. A solid sour, though (thankfully) there are much better options available to me regularly. (414 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bigass bubble head. Collar and some lacing left.

Lovin the aromas. Can tell its tart and fruity.

Woo. I'd give this about a 7.5 on the sour scale. Leaves a fruity (grapey) aftertaste. Wouldn't even want to guess the abv of this one.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

I'll almost classify this one as sour for the sake of being sour. I like it none the less. Blackberries arent as pronounced as i would have preferred but everyone liked it. Thanks MaxSpang! (460 characters)

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Ojos Negros from Rivertown Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.