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


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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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.

Palme's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Palme (3956) - Bergen, - AUG 21, 2012
0.5l bottle. Crystal clear in the pour, and it has a light nutty-brown color with a small lacing just off-white head. Actually a bit exciting on the aroma. Lot’s of fruity tones here. It actually smells a bit like fruity bubblegum. Quite sweet, but nice. It has a oily texture in the mouth and it’s average carbonated. The taste is even more bubblegum-like, and spicy! Not hot, but more strange-spicy. Some sort of ginger-root or something? This could easily have been a fruit or spice-beer. Ends light mouthdrying in the soapy finish, next with hints of bitter coffee, licorice and even some chocolate. Interesting one, but not exceptional good. 20.07.2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
explosivedog (96) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 30, 2016
500ml bottle. Dark brown with a thick head. Strong spicey aroma with tons of damsons and plums. Taste is bitter and more spiced plums. One of my favourite bottled ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
allmyvinyl (9255) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 28, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours clear amber with a thin white head. Aromas of raspberry jam, toffee, light spice, sweet cordial. Taste is sweet too, lots more red fruit. Too sweet for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
I_LUV_BEER (144) - - JUL 9, 2016
Served in a snifter from a 500ml bottle. Pours clear ruby-brown colour with a thick off-white head. Aroma is raspberries, plums, dark cherries, hint of molasses and liquorice. Taste is sweet and rich in fruity flavours without being sickly. The fruit combination is a rather amazing and tasty mixture of raspberry, dark cherry and plum notes, slightly bitter pleasant aftertaste. Medium body with medium carbonation. Very smooth, very unusual and very enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kathouse (1567) - Nevada, USA - JUL 8, 2016
From the bottle. Red cherry color and aroma with a small head. Fruity flavor of grape and plum. Slight sweetness. Strange for a strong ale but pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LazyPyro (488) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2016
500ml bottle. Clear amber colour with a one-two finger white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity, red berries, plum, almost like a fruit cider. Taste of liquorice, berry fruits, plum, malt. Medium body and carbonation. Sweet and fruity. A little unbalanced, the dominant flavour seems to be liquorice which is a bit weird, probably needs more spiciness, hops. Too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skarecrow (108) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 23, 2016
500ml bottle BB Dec 2016 Full on fruity aroma with estery banana notes Poured hazy brown with nice head. Bitter with a sweet finish Maybe a tad cardboard/oxidized.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MayumiH (875) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours a deep ruby with a creamy head. Sweet and fruity. Blueberry, liquorice and mint. Light to medium body. Drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorgeLee (1699) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2016
Bottle from Sainsburys. Nice dark ruddy brown in colour, and not as overly fizzy as some bottled Badgers. Sweet and fruity. Definite hints of cough syrup. A little unbalanced, needs some nice spicy hops to make it come together. Boozy and yet not satisfying, pear drops. Overall, interesting idea but a bit disappointing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
canddw (92) - - APR 17, 2016
Bottle. Dark amber, medium carbonation and thick creamy head. Generic hoppy nose, slightly stale with blackcurrent hints. Fruity, very sweet, creamy taste with blackcurrent, blueberries, biscuit, hints of cherry, sultanas. Needs more bitterness, lacks a good finish. A bit cloying.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
brewtalita (222) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 31, 2016
Deep amber/light brown. Aroma sweet berries and drunken morning shit. Very bad, I feel as I am right on the lavatories when smelling this :( High carbonation, medium palate. Very sweet taste, spoiled with high artificial fructosity and cloying siropy consistence. Bad aftertaste. Spilled.

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