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


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RATINGS: 201   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gegwilson (1939) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2014
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. Amber with a cream head. Very sweet and fruity with a little spice. A perfumey finish. The taste is reminiscent of refresher sweets. Pretty odd and not in a particularly good way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
digopossobon (337) - MACAE, BRAZIL - SEP 20, 2014
Cerveja temperada com alcaçuz e ameixas! Na minha opinião, a melhor das Badger. Embora todas sejam um pouco enjoativas. Belo creme denso e castanho. Com boa persistência. Liquido licoroso, amarelo óleo, translúcido. Muito perfumada! Um dos destaques da cerveja. Doce, frutada, forte. Lembra frutas vermelhas. Sabor forte, frutado. Malte e álcool presentes, na medida. No retrogosto, amargor, álcool e um pouco de frutas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dervock (583) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle - pours Brown with a small white head. Aroma is sweet with lots of fruit. Taste is sweet with an infused tea fruitiness. Medium palate.

   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 children’s 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 (505) - 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 (731) - 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 it’s not. I think it’s the liquourice, which I’m not usually a fan of, which balances out the tangy fruit enough to stop that happening. It’s not one I’d rush back to because it is a touch sweet for my taste but it’s not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sdmmb (1213) - 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 (405) - 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 .

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