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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 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
JMerritt (1842) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Amber colored & clear. Head fizzes up like soda and disappears just as quickly. Sour grain & light cranberry aroma. Pretty darn tasteless initially, which eventually turns into a sugary (not tart?) cranberry flavor. A disappointment.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2004
INteresting tasting brew. Not as good as the homebrew Cranberry wine from this year, but an interesting beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Amber color with a smaller cream colored head. Hint of malt and really boring nose. Mild and caramel malt mix nicely with a light acidic cranbery backdrop. Really quite simple. Des not seem as strong in the cranberry department as in past years.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2003
Disappointing. Hoped for a nice brew with cranberry hints. Not the case. The look was okay with an amber body under a white head. The aroma was almost non-existent. No real cranberry sensation. The flavor was blah. A beer without anything going for it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
hotstuff (4274) - Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2003
Not to my liking at all, but then again, I'm not a fan of fruit beers. This beer poured a small sized white head with fine-small sized bubbles that quickly dissipated. The body was uncarbonated, cloudy with an orange hue. The nose was malty and a slight cranberry aroma. The flavor was acidic with some cranberry flavoring to it with a tingly, watery, thin palate. This beer was light bodied with no lacing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 26, 2003
This brew poured a small head of fine to medium sized mostly diminishing white colored bubbles that left behind a fair laceing and a hazy softly carbonated yeast floaty light orange brown colored body. The aroma was mild with notes of fruit and yeast. The mouthfeel was tingly mildly acidic and a little on the bitter side. The flavor was mostly of mild cranberry and sweet malt. Not as bad as I had anticipated and rather pleasant on top of the other brews I have had this evening.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2004 Bottled. Not too great. Thin head atop a light coppery body with just a touch of pink too it. Base malts are pleasant, but without much character to them. Cranberry flavor is a little slight and leaves a saccharine aftertaste. A stronger hop presence would be interesting. I hope these guys keep working on it. Re-rate: Guess I was a little under the weather when I tried my first bottle, as the second one comes across much smoother. Cranberry taste is more noticeable this time, but not overpowering, and surprisingly, not cranberry bitter. I shared this at my homebrew club tasting and yes, the wives enjoyed it (but these are beer-drinking wives who also homebrew, not wine cooler wives. They also dig my chile beers).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2003 Light copper color, thin white head diminishes quickly. Minimal aroma, slightly malty. As for the taste... It tastes like sugar-water with a splash of cranberry juice. It starts with a wishy-washy malt and finishes with some weak hops, but there's not much to this stuff. If I ever get brave enough to open up the next bottle in my six-pack and it's better than this one, I'll re-rate.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 9, 2003
Light, hazy gold with a thin clustering head. Nose is malty, like their Oderbolz Bock, with just the slightest cherry/cranberry note. While tart on the sides of my tongue, the "malt-delivery-system" was very watery and bland. They have a long, long way to go if they ever want to hang with the big boys of Wisconsin Fruit Beers!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
igneous1 (1506) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 21, 2003
color is an orange/red mixture. not much of a head really..pretty thin, white and mostly nonlasting. aroma is very earthy, musty and dusty. surprisingly, i dont pick up any cranberry qualities at all in the aroma. flavor has some cranberry and a very sharp acidic quality to it. i added this beer today as a fruit beer without tasting, but after trying it, possibly might be more of an American Wheat instead???

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