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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Black River Falls is in the heart of cranberry country, and this fall seasonal is a German ale brewed with real Wisconsin cranberries. Not your typical, sweet fruit beer, our Cranberry Special is well balanced with a refreshing tart finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
cblado (298) - Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2008
12 oz bottle. Aroma starts out with lovely cranberry flavor, but somehow that falls off into an almost plastic-y scent. Not a good start. Flavor is similar, starts out with a promising burst of cranberries, not quite enough to carry the flavor though, and it ends in a flat malt flavor. Palate is thin and oily. Oh well. Iíll try making beer bread with it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
hopdog (11579) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2008
12oz bottle acquired in trade with CaptainCougar (thanks!). Sand Creek label. Poured a medium and hazy amberish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of cranberries, grains, and fruits. Tastes of cranberries, berries, and sugary sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
My label says Sand Creek Cranberry Special Ale. 12oz bottle, no date. Minimally hazy medium orange with a small light yellowish white head, fading to a ring rather quickly. Iím hard-pressed to find any cranberries in here, though the sugary cereal Trix definitely comes to mind--sweet malts and artificial fruitiness. Flavor adds some tart fruitiness, though I still canít say that itís cranberry, and pretty much continues with the sweet Trix schtick. Add a tinge of toast in the finish, and that sums up the beer. No bitterness. Light carbonation with a light body. Not really worth seeking out.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Picked up single 12-oz bottle from Brennanís Country Farm Market in Brookfield, WI. Pours a clear reddish copper brew with a fast dissolving white head and dissipates clean. Aroma of some light fruity character, a touch of light white bread malt and that is about it. Taste is lightly carbonated, light to medium bodied, with just barely any tart berry flavor. Finish is quite watery, a hint of cranberry tart and after a few seconds, nothing. From being so close to the cranberry bogs of Tomah, this brew could use some more cranberry.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Bottle at Gin Ricks. Ack, this stuff was pretty terrible. Not much in the way of cranberries in the taste i didnt think, but there was weird sour/tart taste that tasted like somthing other then cran. Really thin in taste overall, needs more cranberries. I dont think i finished the bottle.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2007
Medium copper with a small off white head. Aroma is fruity. Could not detect cranberry, just random fruit. Same with the flavor. Mild fruit and malt. Light tartness. Not horrible... Not great... Just sort of blah.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
prosqtor (408) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2007
This wasnít bad...not sure what others were expecting. Cranberries are a big, tart and sweet flavor, and this beer encompasses all of those. I like it, and it makes me think of camping in the fall, with a flannel on and a campfire going.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
truebluehes (201) - Tipton, Iowa, USA - JUN 27, 2007
Bottle. Looked and smelled okay on the pour and went drastically downhill from there. Initial flavor was okay, but got much worse. Very different, very unpleasant. Would not get another bottle again.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madscotsman (147) - Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Nice cooper color with a tan head. Not much in the aroma category. Had a slightly tart flavor and palate with very little carbonation

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
sethyeah (9) - Ancona, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2007 does not count
From Sand Creek label bottle, it pours a fizzy, thin head. Very little aroma other than mild hops. Reddish copper color, opaque, bubbles remain in glass until last drink. Really awkward flavor, much like diet Dr. Pepper, a generic bland "fruitiness" but not really distinguishable cranberry. Aftertaste almost hurts, it is so bad. Itís just, thereís something wrong with this recipe. It is probably the worst tasting beer Iíve ever had.

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