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Ojos Negros - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

163 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 34
Gots: 34 | 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:
A sour ale fermented with Belgian wild yeast from the Senne Valley and aged in oak wine barrels with fresh blackberries.

(Beer added by: seeswo on 07-25-2012)
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Reviews by xnicknj:
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3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

xnicknj, Feb 23, 2013
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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.

thagr81us, Jan 15, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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!

emerge077, Oct 14, 2012
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.

bluejacket74, Oct 07, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
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!

MaxSpang, Sep 09, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

metter98, Dec 23, 2012
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Ojos Negros from Rivertown Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.