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


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RATINGS: 201   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grima (2189) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - JUN 24, 2011
Courtesy of Bolagshataren
Dark amber color, with plenty of white foam. Hoppy-berry aromas, slightly tart, very fruity. Starts fruity acidity, intense aroma of wild berries and roasted malt. The center part is extremely tart / bitter and sour, still remains the strong berry aroma. The hop aroma goes back so far, the roasted malt is also weaker. The finish is again much more acidic, with massive berry aromas. Getting used to, but somehow like it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hackobock (2181) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joe19612 (2137) - 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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wyzzywyz22 (2102) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2009
Bottle, Sainsbury’s, Upton. Poured a darkish mahogany colour with a medium tan head. A fruity number this, definitely picked up on the damsons in the aroma and flavour. Caramel malt and more fruit with a hint of spice are the predominant themes in the flavour which was somewhat sweet. On the whole I enjoyed this and would have again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gegwilson (2102) - 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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jimthechap (2057) - 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 . There’s a hint of green on the white head that departs in short order. I’m 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. I’m thinking of Bakewell Tart.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2011
A rating from an old notebook. Bottle. Ruby coloured. Odd sweet plum nose that’s quite artificial. A very strongly flavoured sweet fruity bitter with a strange burnt edge. I didn’t really enjoy this much but it seems like it had more about it than the typical Badger beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonMoore (2018) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markas101 (2001) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1913) - 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.

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