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Ojos Negros - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 37
Gots: 31 | FT: 4
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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Ratings: 211 | Reviews: 35
Reviews by Beerandboards:
Photo of Beerandboards
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tastes great, but this beer is so turbid that chunks of blackberry ( I hope its blackberry) are floating in it.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.1/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
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!

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.

Photo of MaxSpang
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage (first bottling). Served from a bottle into a Westvletern 12 chalice.

APPEARANCE

The beer pours a surprisingly clear reddish-brown color with absolutely zero head. There isn't a lot of visible "bubbliness", which is somewhat surprising. It actually looks very much like a slightly carbonated wine. It definitely gained a lot of color from the blackberries, let's find out if it gained any aroma/flavor from them.

SMELL

The beer has some nice acidic funkiness on the nose that reminds me of lemon juice. There's a bit of pepper and other spices, and a bit of earthy oak, white wine, and leather. There are some nice brettanomyces (a wild yeast strain) character, such as hay or straw, which adds to the complexity. The blackberries are present, but not over-the-top. They are a subtle, but pleasant, addition to the aroma. This beer smells like a nice blend of fruity beer and earthy wine - yum.

TASTE

This beer is respectably sour without being puckering. There is a nice bit of tartness and "funkiness" that lingers throughout the sip, sort of like Greek yogurt. This doesn't have the "wet horse blanket" taste that a lot of other wilds have, but it definitely has some pleasant Brett-like notes - dry hay, lemon zest, spice notes (black pepper especially), earthy oak, etc. The fruit lends a bit of sweetness to the beer, and gives the mouth a bit of ripe berry flavor which works nicely. The blackberry really shows it's full contribution after the initial swallow when it blossoms into a truly authentic blackberry flavor - right down to the seeds. This beer has a good amount of complexity while remaining drinkable.

MOUTHFEEL

For a wild ale, this beer has a bit more body and a lot less carbonation than expected. I always expect lambics and wilds to be very effervescent and sparkly, but this beer is not. It is, however, pleasantly dry (albeit not as much as other wilds) and very drinkable. The lingering mouthfeel is similar to that of a robust wine.

OVERALL

This beer is everything that Rivertown's Lambic is and more. The blackberries really bring this beer into something special. It is a very approachable sour for people who are unfamiliar with sour beers. It isn't as sour as other similar beers, but it has so much complexity and authentic fruit flavor that it really satisfies the palate. This is probably the best beer from Rivertown that I've had to date, and I'm proud that a brewery that is so close to me can produce a beer like this. Get your hands on this beer!

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a La Fin Du Monde snifter. The beer is slightly dark, hazy reddish-amber. As with every Rivertown beer I've had, the carbonation is very low and whatever head you can muscle out of this beer quickly vanishes. The nose definitely tells you this is a sour beer and gives you champagne-like dry notes, apple skins, and more than a little of that sour, funky, barnyard-like smell.

Light body and medium-firm mouthfeel. The flavor is pleasantly sour and acidic. It is not overpowering in its acidity, but the brewer didn't wimp out and make it mellow and sweet either. The flavor is very grapey and wine-like, with faint nonspecific fruit notes that add a bit of character to the acidity and make it quite pleasant, rather than sweetening the beer and toning it down too much. The only problem is that the flavor is a bit one-dimensional and lacks the complexity of the better wild ales.

This brewery has disappointed me often in the past. While this is by no means a world-class sour, I feel that they got it right. It is enjoyable and pleasant to drink. It's unfortunate that the blackberries did not contribute more in the way of flavor, but it could be for the best. Too much fruitiness would make the beer too sweet, and this is not a ``fruit beer''. It is a sour beer with just a hint of fruit. Nicely done.

Photo of dren
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage.

3.0 A: Opaque ruby red plum color. Just got half a finger of fizzy head to form and it disappeared almost as quick as it came. No lacing.

4.0 S: Very nice nose on this. Super vinous and fruity. Not sure what type of wine barrels were used, but it's fairly obvious that it's a red grape. Tart blackberry with just a hint of acetic sourness. Lots of lactic acid though. Musty basement and rotting wood, but also fruity mixed berry, apple orchard, and cherry. Oak and vanilla to round things out.

4.5 T: Taste is like the nose, except that the blackberries gain some strength in the taste. Super tart, but mildly acetic. Blackberry, cherry, blueberry, elderberry - basically lots of berries with a good tanginess to it. Again a pleasant musty basement and woody type funk. Oak, vanilla, and some apple. Very nice.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could use a bit more creaminess. Super smooth though.

4.0 D: Really impressed with this considering Rivertown's normal brews are miss or miss (no hits). Big fruitiness that gives Cantillon's fruit beers a run for their money.

Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This just arrived in Indy today.

Ojos Negros pours a light bodied dark amber with ruby highlights and a nice and creamy pinch of off white head. The nose is light and tart with light jam, a nice level of oak, slightly bitter seeds, and a touch of brett. It's nice, but nothing crazy. The flavors are nice and approachable as well. It's rather seedy and has a nice level of tartness with the perfect amount of oak. The acidity is pretty mellow and the Brett is just there enough. It's pretty solid. It drinks light and oaky. The tartness/sour leaves pretty quickly but its nice while its there. Overall this is a nice beer. It's not on the Belgian level but its close to something like Juliet, with less acidity and more oak. I like it. I look forward to trying their future sours.

Photo of macher0
3.74/5  rDev -9%

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.

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A lot of butter in this.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours sort of an amber color with an off-white head. The nose is full of cherry and blackberry with a mild spiced cider note. A hint of oak, lemon, and a slight candy sweetness. Minimal funk, mostly grass, and a touch of vinegar. The flavor has a bit of oak to go along with intense fruitiness. Lots of cherry and blackberry notes, sweet tarts, oak, and mild vinegar. Not bad, but not a huge fan of this either.

Photo of brystmar
3.24/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rivertown's trek across the craft beer spectrum takes a stop in Senne Valley with the dry tartness, juicy fruit, and sharply acidic tones that are familiar to lambics, yet deliver an American twist with the wine barrels and indiginous blackberry fruit.

Ojos Negros pours with a deep honey-mauve elegance that looks as much like wine as it does beer. Setting it apart is the tame carbonation that develops a lumbering sheet of white foam with minimal lacing. Slightly hazy, the beer displays its fruit additions proudly with its color and cloudiness.

Fruit aromas strike the nose with both juicy and sharply acidic qualities. Dark fruit aromas abound, but yet not easily recognizable as blackberry. Vinous wine-like notes keep the fruit infussion caught somewhere between raspberry, red grape, cherry, and blackberry. Slighly port-like, the aromas also share elements of cider, balsamic, bruised fruit mustiness, limes, and crabapples.

Nondiscript fruit flavors seem of dark and pitted varieties and allure the palate with the supreme tartness of balsamic, dry red wines, cider, sherry, limes, and sour grapes. Backed with slim fruit sweetness but more with a salty brine with sea water, leather, and tobacco. Dusty dried wood and strong iron flavors continue to shape the impressions of taste well beyond the first sip.

It's dry body is evident from the start. Strong acidity carves into the thin sweetness with ease as the sourness seeps into the taste buds with little rebuttal from malt sweetness or dextrin character. Slight creaminess from carbonation is quickly shed, leaving the beer wine-like in its tannin-rich finish and hop void. Alcohol is easily masked by tartness, which never becomes part of the conversation.

Although new to the sour ale game, Rivertown demonstrates astute and authentic character that's heavily inspired by the spontaneously fermented ales of Belgium while encorperating advancements in wine-soaked woods and mineral-rich blackberries for a beer that's as avant garde as it is traditional.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Duff27
4.07/5  rDev -1%
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!

Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Photo of seeswo
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a purple, reddish color with a whitish red head. Translucent and attractive. Smell is lower key - funky, tart and lightly fruity. Brings you in. The taste is really nice. Strongly funky tartness, with a mild sour blackberry. Really interesting, but relatively mild fruit flavor. This beer might be a bit thin in the mouth, but it is highly drinkable. The tartness is spot on for an enjoyable summer brew. Would be very interesting to see where this beer goes.
Cheers.

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.44/5  rDev +8%
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

Photo of beesy
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Stone Cali glass.

A - pours an opaque rosey red with SanDiego orange sunset edges. A small off white head builds and falls to just a frothing ring quickly.

S - yummm!! Vinous, bright and fruity with pie cherry and berry notes. Earthly. Slightly horse blanket.

T - lots of the some. A nice berry flavor is present. Its a little hard to call it out as blackberry with the sour notes, but its there. Cherry pie. Funk. Brett.

M - just a tad more than I was expecting but still dry.

D - very easy to drink.

Overall, a fantastic beer I can only get more excited about with age. Tart, fruity, funky. Props to Rivertown for another fantastic sour.

Photo of rudzud
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Ojos Negros from Rivertown Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.