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Ojos Negros - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.01%
Wants: 36
Gots: 36 | 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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.03/5  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 brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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 BEERchitect
3.93/5  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.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
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 emerge077
3.93/5  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!

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.71/5  rDev -10%
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.

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4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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 aasher
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Ojos Negros from Rivertown Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.