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


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RATINGS: 195   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Palme (3605) - 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. Lotís 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 itís 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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alexi91 (42) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Origin: Bottle. Vessel: Pint Glass. Supplier: ASDA (Bristol). Sweet and fruity with pleasant aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DIBBLE (41) - Worthing, West Sussex, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2015
Dark clear golden beer with frothy/sticky but short lived off white head. Rotten apple and yeasty aroma. Low carbonation but still a good fizz on the tongue. Flavour has candy sweetness, dandelion and burdock, dark malt, slight medicinal quality. Complex yet well balanced beer. Not too rich. Finish is a brown sugar coated fruit salad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
alex_leit (146) - Minsk, BELARUS - MAR 4, 2015
0,5 l bottle. Reddish bronze with a good foam. Fruity aroma, a little pharmacy-sulfur, caramel, slightly spicy, something like licorice. Taste sweet, with blackberries, currants, red grapes, blue plum, caramel, some grassy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sjohnh (329) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2015
Dark copper colour with a frothy white head. Medium body. Big fruity / floral aroma. You have to look for it but the licquorice is there - at the back of the nose and the taste. The sweet jammy fruits dominate the flavour with a hint of spice and almond - the beer equivalent of a Bakewell tart. Very smooth and probably too sweet to have more than one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sharkydodson (444) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - JAN 28, 2015
the aroma is fruity and caramel with hints of flowers, candy and toffee... the taste is malty and fruity with rough hoppy bitterness and shades of spices, licorice and cherry... sweet and bitter dry aftertaste...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (6446) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2015
Big beige head. Clear deep reddish brown body. Perfumy wild berry and fruit aroma with candy and chewing gum notes. Sweetish perfumy artificial red berry and fruit taste with oily notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dry metallic perfumy red berry aftertaste with spicy green apple notes. I really donít like this style of perfumy, artificial ales, but thereís no denying itís well made, and something about the sweet fruitiness appeals to me, even through all that perfume. (0.5l bottle, from Waitrose, Canary Wharf, London.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
martinrumsam (562) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle. Dark reddish chestnut with thick lasting white head strong fruity aroma unfortunately a mixture of black currant and cola bottles. Taste is far too sweet and it is a sugary confectionery type sweetness. Some bitterness in the finish. Got it wrong guys sorry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
foxo82 (763) - Bromsgrove (via Leicester), Worcestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle from, er, somewhere. Dark chestnut brown with a long-lasting head. Nice. Aroma is cough medicine and Haribo Starmix. Taste is...odd. Restrained candy sweetness, like the aforementioned Haribo dissolved in water. Tastes like it should be bright pink. This does not taste like beer. Sorry, not a fan. Too perfumed, too fruity.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
snowdog140 (56) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2014
Decent head and a beautiful dark red, almost purple colour makes this beer stand out, fruity aroma as well. The taste is very strong, almost blackcurrant but sweeter tones also, most likely the liquorice advertised on the bottle. Taste is a bit too much for me, but those into fruity brews might like this more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hackobock (1930) - 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.

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