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


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RATINGS: 186   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Palme (3591) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hackobock (1723) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2014
December 8, 2014. Bottle at home, received in a trade, thanks Beersiveknown! Clear amber with a creamy white head. Aroma is sweet caramel with black currant, cranberries, floral and herbs. Taste is medium sweet, very light bitterness, very fruity with a light dry bitterness. Smooth medium bodied, oily texture with soft small bubble carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gary (1448) - the hood Brentford, London,, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2014
Bottled. Fruity dried vibe aroma. Dull brown with not much beige head. Flavours of earthy hops,stewed toffee,Apple, plum, light roast. Kinda light richness. Meh

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stout4stout (20) - neath, WALES - NOV 7, 2014
An unusual beer, pleasantly so. This is a blackcurrant & liqorice sweet in a bottle. Probably my favourite Badger beer..

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Outlaw_Si (16) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
Not a great beer. Too sweet, too perfumed. Really not my thing so can’t be bothered to analyse further!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1038) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2014
500ml bottle from Tesco. Clear copper colour with a small white head. Aroma and flavour have fruit, orange, raisin, citrus, and plum. A bit to sweet and fruity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gegwilson (1459) - 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 (296) - 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 (505) - 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 (1485) - 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 (246) - - 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.

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