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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.44   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.


2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ughsmash (7137) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
vyvvy (3999) - 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.

2.5
   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!!!

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
Strykzone (4933) - 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. Canít fault it on the mouth feel. That part was decent. There was a reason it was on the close out aisle.

2.1
   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!

2.2
   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.

2.5
   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 Iíve had from Sand Creek have been really good. First off, let me say that it isnít bad--itís 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 17, 2005
12 oz bottle obtained from the Mecca of Wisconsin micros, Woodmans on Gammon Road in Madison (Oct 2005). Fluffy lasting white head with the faintest hint of pink topping a dark, hazy reddish-amber body...subtle sour fresh cranberry in the nose, not at all sweet and syrupy like others, though there isnít much else besides the fruit except the faintest of grassiness...tart, refreshing body with a reasonable amount of fruit and a light but firm malty backdrop, faint grassy hop bitterness, a nice zest all the way through the finish...I liked this a whole lot more than most, either the recipe has changed since last yearís model or Iím just a softie for cran action.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 10, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2009 Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 2005. I would have expected a more enticing aroma from a fruit beer, but it wasnít there, instead a light tangy wasp drifted up. The flavors were nice, dominated by a very strong plain wine flavor and finishing with a sugary port complex. Interesting.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2005 I like cranberries, drink the juice, eat the sauce... but thereís no trace of that fruit here. A dirty amber drink, flat, and nigh unto headless, this beverage has a berry aroma, but I donít recognize it. Itís sweet in a near cloying way and that sweetness overrides any other flavors that may be present. It finished with a saccharine-like coating of the tongue. My first and last of these...

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