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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.47   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 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 (3534) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 30, 2006
12 oz bottle. Clear copper color with bubbly off white head that dissipated quickly. Attractive fruity malt aroma; the cranberry mingles nicely with the brown sugary malt and there is a whiff of rose hips. Sweet malty caramel flavor throughout which is balanced beautifully with subtle tart cranberry and toffee undertones. This is a pretty good beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ughsmash (7364) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Bottled. Poured a clear, rose-tinted amber with a short cap of off-white head. Nose was odd... airy, dusty artificially-sweetened cranberries.. some sweet malt, too.. Flavor picked up husky, artificially-sweetened cranberry concentrate, pale malt, and some tartness around the tongue. Short, flat, and empty finish... almost creamy across the middle. There was nothing good that I got out of this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
vyvvy (4661) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Now under the Sand Creek name, but still not very good. Pours bronze with a small tan fizzy head. The aroma has musty cranberries and lightly roasted malt with a cobweb character. Medium body with soft carbonation. Starts pleasant enough with some smooth cranberry and some malt. The finish unfortunately gets medicinal and tinny with the cranberry. Fair at best.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
McKnizzle69 (89) - Machesney Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Bottle:At first wif their is an undistinguishable sweet very fruity smell. Light almost opaque red in color with very little head. Hints of cranberry at first sip and goes nowwhere fast. Very dry bitter like a lemon finish. WIERD BEER!!!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
Strykzone (5534) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Found this one on the close out aisle. Cost a Dollar. Might have been over priced. Aroma was of an ale but with some kind of sour smelling fruit. Maybe i was cranberry, maybe not. Flavor was consistent throughout, but it was pretty bad. Cant fault it on the mouth feel. That part was decent. There was a reason it was on the close out aisle.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 15, 2005
12z bottle. Hazy, amber hue with golden yellow edges. Burnt corn aroma. Musty, like an old furnace. Flavor is sweet cranberry ice tea. Good initial mouthfeel, that evolves into a tart, puckering sticky mess!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Subdued aroma, some tart fruit. Sweet-tart flavor, syrupy and cloying. First drain-pour in a long time for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 Aww, nuts. I had high hopes for this brew. Other brews Ive had from Sand Creek have been really good. First off, let me say that it isnt bad--its just not great. From a bottle, it poured a fizzy-looking reddish amber with a quickly diminishing head. Faint cranberries in the aroma, along with more usual grainy beer smells. First taste is instant-on cranberries with a thin malt background. Then I got an almost immediate sour followup that tasted for all the world like alum (yes, alum, the stuff your granny used to put in pies for added "tartness"). Rather thin bodied and overcarbonated from my perspective. Interesting brew, but not my favorite in this category.

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