Ojos Negros - Rivertown Brewing Co.
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3.3/5 rDev -19.9%
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.
10-06-2012 01:51:03 | More by brystmar
3.68/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
08-12-2012 23:54:35 | More by womencantsail
3.71/5 rDev -10%
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.
02-23-2013 05:27:55 | More by xnicknj
3.85/5 rDev -6.6%
2011 vintage (first bottling). Served from a bottle into a Westvletern 12 chalice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
09-09-2012 00:55:57 | More by MaxSpang
3.9/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
09-03-2012 01:15:23 | More by deadonhisfeet
3.93/5 rDev -4.6%
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!
10-14-2012 21:31:43 | More by emerge077
Ojos Negros from Rivertown Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.