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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 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Cornfield (5521) - 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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Frank (2968) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2005
UPDATED: APR 24, 2010 Got this out of the bargain cart at Samís so bear in mind this might not be fresh. Itís a nice reddish brown color with a foamy head of large bubbles. Nose is sweet with a twinge of sourness and a hint of tobacco (interesting considering heemer77 noted it tasted like Swisher Sweets). You can tell this was brewed with concentrate rather than whole fruit, the taste is over sweet and artificial. (I noted this before I looked at the commercial description, by the way). Really just very sweet and cloying. I think I detect a hint of NutraSweet or some other artificial sweetness. No good.

Rerate: Go this a second time not realizing Iíd already tried it and didnít like it. This bottle was fresh and itís still pretty bad. Clear orange brown w/ a very slightly pinkish head or maybe Iím just imagining things. Nose is mild malts and a twinge of cranberry. Same w/ the flavor. Some tartness in the finish comes off as out of place. Pretty standard issue crummy fruit beer. 2.0 rating stands but categories are adjusted.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
heemer77 (5106) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Got the bottle for a dollar at Samís in Chicago. A nice amber body with a thin head. Lots of bubbles clung to the side of the glass. Aroma is full and bready with a hint of mild cranberries. the taste is like Swisher Sweet cigars with some cherries. No cranberry in the flavor. Very sweet. This would make an alright summer beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Had this bottled. Nose of cranberry and citrus, thin head, golden amber color. Tastes tart, finishes slightly hoppy but sweet. Couldnít have many of these but a good onesie.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
walleye (1067) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2004
poured deep amber with off white head. aroma a semi sweet cranberry hints of grapes and apple.flavorweak cranberry, some malts, sugar and a strange syrup like feel. did not care too much for this one.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2004
2004 Autumn Brew Review: Reddish Coloring. Sweet and Cranberry on the Nose and Very Lacking on the Tongue. Disappointment.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
badgerben (4492) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2004
Autumn Brew Review 2004. Kind of a light red color. A bit of craberry in the nose and taste. Eh, more sugar than anything.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
JK (4587) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2005 Red. Too much sugar, little fruit in the aroma or the flavor. Heavy but not in a good way. I like fruit beers but this one doesnít do anything for me.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2004
On tap,ABR.Well I do not reaaly like fruit beers but I took a sniff of someone elseís I decided to try this.the cranberry nose is pleasant.The taste is definitely cranberry and noy much else.Imean this is to sweet for me.I could drink one and one only.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2004
The second worst beer I have ever had. Poured a clear fizzy color with a slightly red tint. The aroma is very stale. The flavor has some cranberry flavor and what cranberry flavor it does offer is tastes slightly like vomit. The first beer I ever poured out. The only distinguishable flavors in this beer are flavors that were better left untasted. Don't waste your time or even worse anyone else's time by serving this atrocity this holiday season, stick to egg nog.

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