Ojos Negros - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

32 Reviews
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Reviews: 32
Hads: 218
rAvg: 4
pDev: 2.75%
Wants: 36
Gots: 29 | 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:
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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Reviews: 32 | Hads: 218
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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. (1,336 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (1,133 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev +3%
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. (781 characters)

Photo of beesy
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of Brew33
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -8%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of seeswo
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (475 characters)

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Ojos Negros from Rivertown Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.