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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.45   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Picked up single 12-oz bottle from Brennan’s 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 wasn’t 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 (176) - 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. It’s just, there’s something wrong with this recipe. It is probably the worst tasting beer I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Translucent and rosy copper in color with sulfite like ice chunks floating on top. Pencil shavings, circus peanut shells and deceased peanut brittle draw up a derelict aroma, followed by a hint of burnt cranberries stuffed inside mineral toffee. Effervescence and sweet, with a honey rose nectar flavor trait that’s all too reminiscent with cherry/cranberry flavored Ricola throat lozenges. Much too spritsy, in a cherry Fresca kind of way. Cranberries hover on spring water and cling to the boots of the Ocean Spray guy like there’s no tomorrow. Rose tea hips wade in diluted caramel sauce for the finish. A worthy challenge from my 2006 Milwaukee YEHA! Secret Santa.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Sampled as Sand Creek Cranberry Special Ale. Funny-looking reddish rust body, small creamy off-white head. Aroma is like cranberry pie with some light vomit thrown in. Slight malty tannins(?). Flavor is regurgitate cranberry pie. Its like they added cranberries, which are sour/bitter, and awkwardly sweetened it. The sweetness comes across as Nutrasweet-like, which I think is where the vomitous quality comes in. Very awkward and unpleasing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
thegreenrooster (3302) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Label says Sand Creek. Pour is with with a small white head. Aroma is almost non-existant you would think a fruit beer would at least smell fruity. Flavor is almost as bland. No real cranberry and this is almost flat. Total joke of a beer. They could have at least made an attempt at something fruity.

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