Ojos Negros | Rivertown Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
89
very good
251 Ratings
Ojos NegrosOjos Negros
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
rivertownbrewery.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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.

Added by seeswo on 07-25-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
251
Reviews:
41
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
8.42%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
39
For Trade:
7
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev -3%
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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Photo of emerge077
3.92/5  rDev -3%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +5%
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

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A lot of butter in this.

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Photo of jlindros
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light fizzy head disappears instantly, murky orange slight amber hue.

Nose nice sour funk, lacto acidic funk, maybe pedio even, huge tart fruity raspberry blackberry wine like vinous thing, mild toasted oak, some lambic like sour funk.

Taste comes on very sour, sour lacto funk, tart vinous fruity, mild raspberry and blackberry, big acidic lacto funk, little chocolate thing blackberry dark choc, toasted oak barrel with little vanilla, nice wine barrel vinous, little bitter berry seed. Finish sticky flemmy acidic sour, lingering blackberry and toasted oak thing.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, big acidic bite flemmy.

Overall not bad, nice sour funk, nice barrel nice fruit, pretty tasty.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Pours with a slight crackle of carbonation, good clarity with minimal lacing on top. Funky tart nose with hints of blackberry jam. Assertive but level tartness throughout, bit of cellar funk and medicinal phenols. Kiss of blackberry flavor in the middle, dry finish.

This beer talks to the palate about patience, lots of flavor and balance with some many nuances. Lots of fun to sip.

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3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Murky reddish brown. Not much of a head, if anything.

Smell - Smells pretty nice. Berries. Acetic acid. Red wine and oak.

Taste - Berry flavor is strong up front. Caramel malt. Sourness kicks in with some oak and red wine, but then it all drops off and leaves a cardboard staleness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Low carbonation. Slick feel from the seemingly oxidized nature.

Overall - Promising aroma, but kinda feel apart.

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Ojos Negros from Rivertown Brewing Co.
4.04 out of 5 based on 251 ratings.
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