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Ojos Negros - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 7.56%
Wants: 30
Gots: 23 | 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:
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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Holland

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

12-17-2012 03:41:31 | More by Holland
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

3/5  rDev -26.8%

12-15-2012 06:43:30 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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DangerDawg

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-04-2012 01:37:53 | More by DangerDawg
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-03-2012 18:12:46 | More by rowingbrewer
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bmoney

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-25-2012 21:13:18 | More by bmoney
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

11-12-2012 03:37:20 | More by BeerHunter76
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 01:00:58 | More by wisrarebeer
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

11-10-2012 14:12:52 | More by Texasfan549
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

11-07-2012 04:08:58 | More by bsuedekum
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

10-27-2012 02:13:09 | More by acurtis
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cosmicevan

New York

4.43/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 20:24:37 | More by cosmicevan
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Mark000

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

10-23-2012 02:06:59 | More by Mark000
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emerge077

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 21:31:43 | More by emerge077
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 22:01:40 | More by bluejacket74
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brystmar

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 01:51:03 | More by brystmar
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csustar001

New York

5/5  rDev +22%

10-02-2012 11:55:07 | More by csustar001
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

10-02-2012 06:40:53 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Duff27

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 02:04:39 | More by Duff27
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

09-30-2012 17:47:58 | More by xdefeatsy
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Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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TheBronze

Washington

4/5  rDev -2.4%

09-28-2012 02:27:03 | More by TheBronze
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Caterwaul

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

09-09-2012 10:15:27 | More by Caterwaul
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MaxSpang

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 00:55:57 | More by MaxSpang
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 04:58:07 | More by BEERchitect
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 01:15:23 | More by deadonhisfeet
Ojos Negros from Rivertown Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.