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


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RATINGS: 198   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
undercurrent25 (1578) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2014
Pours a light brown colour, taste is sweet like icing sugar and christmas cake fruitiness

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Cimbasso (328) - - SEP 7, 2014
A copper colour with a creamy-coloured head. Aroma of malts and red fruits. the taste is dominated by an almost Ribena-like taste of blackcurrants, which must come from the damson plums. There is also a plenty of maltiness there and a good dryness imparted by the hops. The taste is predominantly quite sweet like a childrenís drink. The licquorice kicks in at the end, giving a strange sweet but tart aftertaste. A little too sweet for my taste, but with a slightly improved balance could be a really interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Danev76 (506) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2014
Light and fruity lolly like aroma. Clear ruby red colour with good head. Sweet malt and boiled lolly flavour with smooth finish. Medium to heavy body with low to medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ianwelby (696) - SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2014
Clear, reddish-amber beer with a foamy off-white head and a pungent, sugary fruit aroma. I feared from the smell that the flavour would be overpowering or sickly but itís not. I think itís the liquourice, which Iím not usually a fan of, which balances out the tangy fruit enough to stop that happening. Itís not one Iíd rush back to because it is a touch sweet for my taste but itís not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sdmmb (1181) - USA - JUL 12, 2014
Drunk from 50cl bottle bought in Wakefield. Dark ale flavoured with hint of liquorice and damson. Not unpleasant. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
waiake (368) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 29, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2014 500ml bottle pours a dark brown colour with a strong malty fruity aroma, full body, definite sweet aftertaste with what I presume is licorice. Appreciated other badger ales but didnt really enjoy this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Trappis**d (22) - Dorset, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2014 My local beer brewed just a few miles away, I think this is my all time favourite beer. the flagship Badger beer in my book, rich comforting ,a great winter ale ,a bowl of spicy plum pudding in a bottle,but not too sweet, it has has a bitter backdrop and is rounded and smooth, a unique beer that stands out from the crowded ale market .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dogbomb (1011) - ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle. Dark amber ale with a thick off-white head. Nose is like a bag of confectionary shrimps and pontefract cakes. Sugary licorice. In the mouth, itís even more sugary. Getting a touch more sweet licorice. Maybe Iíve had this standing too long, but the sugars are taking over a bit too much. Thereís a smidgin of damson. Not really subtle enough at this stage, for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tinylightsrecs (312) - - MAY 4, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2015 Bottle at home from Sainsburys. An interesting combination of the sweet and the heavy - always been a go-to last beer of the night for me. There's better out there but I have a soft spot for this

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
RichTheVillan (4163) - 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.

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