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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Grumbo (822) - Suffolk, - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle, pours a reddish brown colour with small head. Strong emphasis on berries, rather over-poweringly, bitter-sweet. Aftertaste not unlike a fruit yogurt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Umoyk (50) - , - MAY 6, 2015
Aroma is sweet, like berries (strawberries, cherries and blueberries?), liquorice, and caramel. A little bit of earthy hops coming through. The fruity esters (which who knows where they come from) are a bit too bold, like Jolly Ranchers. Thick, syrupy body, with plenty of sweetness. Just enough bitterness to balance. Smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (3741) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2015
Bottle at home. Clear amber pour, thick off-white head. Aroma of spicy malts, licorice, caramel and some floral herbs. Flavor is quite bitter and with loads of licorice. Sweet malty base. Interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Giochaurand (157) - FINLAND - APR 14, 2015
Pours ruby in colour with medium head. Aroma is malty, fruity and licorice. Taste is spicy, azafran, licorice, toasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alexi91 (137) - 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 (87) - 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 (218) - 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 (405) - 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 (529) - 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 (6621) - 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 don’t like this style of perfumy, artificial ales, but there’s no denying it’s 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.

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