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


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RATINGS: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fairground (29) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2013
Light bodied licorice, raisin, aromas.... Easily Drinkable on a hot day! Extremely fruity!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
niquillis (783) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2013
Bottle from tesco, Meir. Pours amber with lively off white head. Fruit aroma, a bit medicinal like cherry flavoured tunes. Weird, I'd like to try on cask though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cunningham (4000) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2013

Appearance: Deep brownish color with a fine tan head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Sweet fruity (plum side).
Palate: Medium body. Sweet and a light bitterness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Weird fruity on a solid malty background.
Overall impression: I am usually a Badger fan, but this one…...
Personal stats: Bottle from local grocery store in Liverpool, England.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SarkyNorthener (1414) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2013
Bottle. Copper ruby beer with a medium head. Aroma is full of the damsons. Taste is fruity cherry flavour, a little synthetic though, like cherry drops. There is a bit of malts in there sweet though. Strange beer, I like it and I don’t.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
gunnar (4865) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 27, 2013
Shared bottle at Cardinal. Pours clear ruby with a small white head. Aroma is quite strange fruity with anisette. Taste is too much liquorice, sickening, strange, awful.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Holmen1 (2001) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 26, 2013
Fra flaske på Cardinal M2 feb-13: aroma av plommesyltetøy (eller is med rom og rosin iflg. Egil). emmen aroma av overmodne bær. Ikke noe for meg, men interessant å ha prøvd. Kanskje noe for de som vil ha en øl men ikke liker humlebitterhet?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
abemorsten (2491) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2013
Shared 0,5 l bottle at Cardinal. Clear orange golden body with a tan colored film. Fruity, raisin, liquorice and honey notes on the nose. Fruity sweet liquorice with a raspberry tutti frutti malty mouth with a bitter finish. Medium body. Dry mouth. A bit artificial aromas maybe, but altogether an interesting beer, earning it a few overall points in my view.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sigmund (4812) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2013 500 ml brown bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 5.7%. Clear brown colour, moderate off-white head. Strong aroma of damson / plums, over-ripe raspberries and some weird fruity cough syrup I bought in Scotland once. The flavour is fruity and slightly roasty, notes of plums, over-ripe raspberries and cough syrup again. Moderate hops. Pretty weird beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Grumbo (493) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle, pours a reddish brown colour with small head. Strong emphasis on berries, rather over-poweringly, bitter-sweet. Aftertaste not unlike a fruit yogurt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
VastActiv (2175) - Oulu, FINLAND - JAN 3, 2013
Bottle 0.5l from Oluthuone Leskinen, Oulu. Colour is reddish brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours are berries, raspberry and alcohol. Texture is like strawberry lemonade with vodka. Just horrible.

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