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


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RATINGS: 217   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   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.

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
jaghana (5326) - Strasbourg (Alsace), - MAY 26, 2012
Bottle 50cl, a clear amber beer with low head. Nose is just on berries. Aroma is dry just full of berries and elderflowers, medicine notes with mint finish. Just awful and undrinkably dry grassy astringent stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skarecrow (38) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 23, 2016
500ml bottle BB Dec 2016 Full on fruity aroma with estery banana notes Poured hazy brown with nice head. Bitter with a sweet finish Maybe a tad cardboard/oxidized.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MayumiH (818) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours a deep ruby with a creamy head. Sweet and fruity. Blueberry, liquorice and mint. Light to medium body. Drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorgeLee (1675) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2016
Bottle from Sainsburys. Nice dark ruddy brown in colour, and not as overly fizzy as some bottled Badgers. Sweet and fruity. Definite hints of cough syrup. A little unbalanced, needs some nice spicy hops to make it come together. Boozy and yet not satisfying, pear drops. Overall, interesting idea but a bit disappointing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
canddw (91) - - APR 17, 2016
Bottle. Dark amber, medium carbonation and thick creamy head. Generic hoppy nose, slightly stale with blackcurrent hints. Fruity, very sweet, creamy taste with blackcurrent, blueberries, biscuit, hints of cherry, sultanas. Needs more bitterness, lacks a good finish. A bit cloying.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
brewtalita (209) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 31, 2016
Deep amber/light brown. Aroma sweet berries and drunken morning shit. Very bad, I feel as I am right on the lavatories when smelling this :( High carbonation, medium palate. Very sweet taste, spoiled with high artificial fructosity and cloying siropy consistence. Bad aftertaste. Spilled.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
rusos (517) - Stupava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 29, 2016
Rated 27.03.2015. Bottle, shared by brewtalita. Clear amber colour with white head. Aroma is fruity, mostly artificial fruit juice - plums and blueberry, both not natural, sweet. Taste is very sweet, sugary, artificial fruit syrup. Cloying. One-dimensional, no bitterness, just the "fruits". Not good one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (4993) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2016
Bottle. Appearance - deep amber with a nice fluffy head. Nose - initially some cardboard but then burnt toffee sweet orange. Taste - orange and honey. Molasses and black jack sweets. Palate - medium to full bodied with a rich sweet but tangy texture and the finish Overall - best I’ve had from this brewer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nybol (1264) - DENMARK - MAR 13, 2016
Farven er smuk rød-brun-bronze og smagen er cremet. Aroma har noter af frugt, primært hindbær. Smagen har en let sødme, masser af ikke alt for søde hindbær marmelade, lidt fersken, banan og nødder. Det er lidt mærkeligt, og hindbær marmelade er dominerende. Ellers en frisk sommerøl.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
midovark (322) - Balassagyarmat, HUNGARY - FEB 12, 2016
0.5 l bottle. Dark red, almot brown color. Sweet fruits and malts in aroma. Medium-heavy bodied and moderate carbonation. Sweet taste with a long finishing, a bit too sweet for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
bobblackcoffee (21) - - JAN 30, 2016
Sweeter than a bee’s arse. Is there actual fruit in this? It’s not list ed. I’m struggling with the fructosity. Needs a salty accompaniment.

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