Brewed by Badger (Hall & Woodhouse)
Style: English Strong Ale
Blandford Forum, England


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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Bottle: Pasteurised.
Seeking out the treasures of the countryside and making the most of local ingredients is an art shared by Badger and the wily poacher. Badger's Poacher's Choice captures unique rural flavours in a smooth, dark ale enhanced by a touch of liquorice for spicy sweetness and damson for a soft, subtly fruity taste. A gutsy ale that's worth tracking down.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
RichTheVillan (3672) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2014
Bottle from a supermarket behemoth; amber/red pour with thin off white head, strawberry jam aroma, taste is sweet damson jam a hint of liquorice all very forced and artificial, malty finish odd beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebeermole (12) - Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2014
A very nice and moreish ale from Badger delivering what it said on the bottle. As well as the sweetness, some people could maybe find the damson and liquorice a little overpowering but it suited my palate. Being a strong ale, it was hardly surprising to find it was also quite solvent alcoholic, and had other ester characters present such as isoamyl acetate and ethyl acetate. I would definitely recommend you try it! I also agree it would go very well with a strong mature cheese. 

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GoufCustom (904) - HONG KONG - FEB 17, 2014

500 ml bottle bought at foodGARDEN in D2 Place, Lai Chi Kok.

Clear amber brown colour with no yeast sediments; Less then one quarter head with residual beige foam which fades in 30 seconds; Moderate sticky lacing with fizzy carbonation; Very fragrant and sweet aroma of ale malt, with strong damson, Ribena concentrate, blackcurrant, bubblegum, liquorice, and sugar; Nice mid to light sweet taste of light ale malt, with damson, light plum, Ribena, light blackcurrant, molasses, flower petals, biscuits, light yeast, faint lemon and shades of grass; Close to light body, thin and slightly slick palate; Mouth feel is light ale malt wrapped in rich but light damson and sweet plums. Blackcurrant taste abound, like Ribena with notable astringency, but thankfully it’s lighter and less sweet than the aroma; Also some nice flowery taste plus light biscuits. Interesting… Hoppiness is light floral, plus faint lemony grassy hops in nose and taste; No much bitterness, just light fruity astringency to match with a sweet finish; Slightly dry after taste, fairly sweet and fruity to mouth.

Comments: A very dark-fruity ale verging on unreal or maybe artificial, its damson and liquorice aroma and taste are stronger than the label suggests. I found it a tad sweeter than it should, but it’s still quite refreshing. Tuned down the sweetness, and this’ll be a winner. Worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2014
Appearance: Clear ruby/copper with finger ivory head. Aroma: Fruity, plum, blackberry, butterscotch, bread. Taste: Medium sweetness, low/medium bitter and sourness with a very slight saltiness. Palate: Thick grainy texture, light/medium body, average/prickly carbonation, lingering finish which is initially quite sweet and fruity , before developing a liquorice sour and bitterness. Comments: Very nice and slight ring lace. Reminds me a little of fruit juice with a bit of bite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Benzai (9140) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle @ home. Clear amber to medium brownish color, medium sized beige head that leaves good lacing. Smell malts, sweetness, sweet fruits. Taste malts, sweet fruits, a hint of tea and something weird. Medium body, average to medium carbonation. Hmm not really my kind of beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjsint (991) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle at home. Part of a 4-pack gift ’sett’. Mid brown, translucent. Bit of white head and nice lacing. The aroma is composed very largely of plums - I’m not getting the liquorice but there is chocolate and honey as well. The taste is initially sweet, but far from sickly. Bitterness rises up to curb the sweetness, and the result is a long, flavourful sip. Aftertaste a bit too tangy for me. In conclusion, the best Badger ale I’ve had so far. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wekker84 (1610) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2013
bottle a amber colored beer with a white head aroma malts fruits dark fruits vanilla and spicy flavor malts fruits berries dark fruits vanilla spicy and some bitters

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
andriesradu (518) - ROMANIA - OCT 15, 2013
Pours clear amber with no head. Aroma is moderate to heavy sweet, fruity, especially liqourice and blueberry. Flavor is sweet, fruity, again mostly berry’s. Finish is light bitter. A bit to fruity but ok.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
olliejobbins (1077) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2013
500ml bottle. pours a ruby colour with a solid tan head that doesn’t last long. aroma and taste are both a little odd for the style... lots of strawberry. it’s like a gone off kriek. didn’t like it much. too much liquorice for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (3089) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 24, 2013
500ml bottle. Clear copper color. Small white head, stays. Oranges, citrus, sweet, raisins in aroma. Sweet, orange peels, raspberries, plums in flavor. Well balanced and so fruity. Next one please!

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