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


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RATINGS: 187   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (2029) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2012
Pours deep ruby with a small quickly fading head. Nose shows confectionery-like grape notes, I suppose from the damson. Thereís some faint liquorice and soft caramel too. Mostly just the grape/bubblegum note though. Similarly fruity taste, very sweet and grape-like. Not much behind it. Could use a little more carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joe19612 (1934) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2007
Bottle from Tesco. The beer poured a dark ruby colour with a thin white head. The aroma to me smells of bubble gum. The taste is very sweet and really fruity. Not a bad beer, from Badger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markas101 (1903) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 8, 2011
50 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK. Dark amber colour, head immediately dissipates. Stone fruit and cherry aroma with some sweet apple and caramel. Sweet flavour with more cherry coming though on the palette; bright finish with under notes of vanilla.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonMoore (1902) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2007
Bottle. Dark amber colour, long lasting, creamy off-white head. Aroma of fruit and liquorice. Same in the taste, plus very sweet and cloying sugary taste that lingers. Nice body to it. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EHSRanders (1795) - Tjele, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2010
Bottle. Dark amber colour with medium creamy off-white mostly lasting head. Fruity aroma. Sweet fruity flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jimthechap (1790) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 3, 2011
Aromas of chicory, licorice and ruby port. Pungent and interesting. Smells enticing. A touch of rose blush to a largely golden pint . Thereís a hint of green on the white head that departs in short order. Iím a little shell shocked by the first taste. It is full bodied and not shy of flavour. It is vaguely medicinal in flavour. The damson comes through strongly with licorice playing a secondary role. Thinking about the formulation of the recipe, it could have been so easy to get very, very wrong. Still, I agree with the Grandmaster who suggests that this is a beer best shared. A lot to deal with in one sitting. Would be an ideal dessert match though. Iím thinking of Bakewell Tart.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sm89walt (1780) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2009
Bottle. A ruddy amber colour with a medium, frothy but short off-white head. Lots of blackcurrent and blueberry on the nose, some spice and pepper. Itís pretty sweet, more berries, some dried fruit. Pasteurised mouthfeel, mild carbonation, faux-fruit sweet finish. Yup, this is a Badger.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1754) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - OCT 28, 2009
Really enjoyed this. Almost drinks like a lighter weight bock to my simple palate. Lots of fresh fruit, sweet mineral-like lolly flavours. A touch of spice as well. Deadly smooth and dead easy to suck down. No bitterness or hop impact to speak of.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeanF (1729) - Nunavut, CANADA - SEP 7, 2009
Yes, there is just a little bit of fruits and malts in the nose but not nearly enough to call it an aromatic beer. Looks all right though, nice brown colour and thick head. The fruit definitely comes through in the taste, lots of grapes and cherry flavours, slight malty and hoppy hints and a dry finish. A good rendition of a "fruity" beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hackobock (1725) - 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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