Ojos Negros - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 36
Gots: 29 | 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: 215 | Reviews: 36
Photo of TrackcoachLVPA
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Incredible beer. You can taste the fruit, but not overwhelming. They do no wrong at Rivertown

Photo of duketheredeemer
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Much blackberry. Compares favorably with Upland Blackberry, and that's saying a lot.

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 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 edfish
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

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 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 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.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

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 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 ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of jbaker67
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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 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 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 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.

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 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 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 Brew33
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really happy to see a local brewery making above average Sours. The Rivertown Lambic is a fantastic beer and Ojos Negros is darn tasty too.

A slightly rosy shade with a thin layer of distinct bubbles on top. The aroma is very good. Lactic acid, slight blackberry sweetness, lots of acidity. Very little oak character. The flavor follows right a long. Lactic sourness, jammy blackberry flavors on the finish and lots of Blackberry acidity, very distinct. As with Rivertown Lambic, the mouthfeel is on par with some of Belgium's best Lambic beers. Dry, light, effervescent. Overall, I enjoyed this greatly. I would have happily drank another 750 ml without blinking.

Another great sour beer from right here in the Nati.

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...

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 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 Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Ojos Negros from Rivertown Brewing Co.
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