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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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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 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.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
muzzlehatch (4903) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2016 (Dec 2016) 12 oz bottle from a different Woodmans (Janesville) served cold in a pint glass. Uggh, what was I thinking before - or has this beer gone way downhill? Perhaps a little of both - it certainly doesnt have any head retention this time, and both aroma and flavor remind me less of fresh cranberries than of cranberry-flavored Emergen-C - great for colds, but not what I want to drink when I want beer. Also a bit of diacetyl in the nose methinks...in the end, its buttery, fake-tasting, metallic and bitter at the finish, and thin and watery. New rating used. (Nov 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 isnt 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 years model or Im just a softie for cran action. Rate 6-4-7-4-14

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
auerbrau (3204) - Ithaca, New York, 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 wasnt 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 (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2005 I like cranberries, drink the juice, eat the sauce... but theres no trace of that fruit here. A dirty amber drink, flat, and nigh unto headless, this beverage has a berry aroma, but I dont recognize it. Its 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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2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Frank (4060) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2005
UPDATED: APR 24, 2010 Got this out of the bargain cart at Sams so bear in mind this might not be fresh. Its 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 Id already tried it and didnt like it. This bottle was fresh and its still pretty bad. Clear orange brown w/ a very slightly pinkish head or maybe Im 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.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
heemer77 (5317) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Got the bottle for a dollar at Sams 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.

3.3
   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. Couldnt have many of these but a good onesie.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
walleye (1094) - 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.

1.7
   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.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
badgerben (4973) - 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.


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