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


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RATINGS: 238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   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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Palme's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Palme (4811) - 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. Lot’s 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 it’s 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

Dbcwi88 (16) - Loughton, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2017
Very strong red fruits nose. Same in taste though strong hint of banana which is less pleasant. Malt profile is very weak. Overall good if you’re looking for a (very) fruity strong ale.

hohops (998) - Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2017
Appearance- dark amber, clear, a thick fizzy beige head of one finger. Aroma- lots of plum, blackcurrant, liquorice, brambly fruit. Taste- rich and malty, lots of dark fruit, blackcurrant, raisin, tangy fruit, nutty malt hints, quite sweet. Fluffy mouthfeel.

jice (373) - Grenoble, FRANCE - JUN 7, 2017
Pack Badger @Lidl. La fruitée du pack, l’étiquette ne spécifie pas le(s) fruit(s). Surprenante, pas désagréable mais pas exceptionnelle

rebelred (14) - cork, IRELAND - JUN 7, 2017
In bottle. rich ruby damson like fruit flavour . Easy drinking would never think it’s 5.7%.

john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2017
Bottle. Dark Ruby in colour. Very fruity; berries, apple, dark fruits. Malty; roasty malts; caramel, hint of liquorice. Some slight hop bitterness; slightly earthy. Sweet malty fruity, but has a rather odd boiled sweets flavour. Didn’t like it. (2008)

rauchbier (3891) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2017
Bottle, from Tesco. Red brown, thin but lasting white head and good condition. Big sweet plummy nose with a slightly spicy edge and a hint of roasted barley. Full bodied in the mouth with a dominant sweet fruitiness from the damsons and a building bitterness that becomes quite dry with time. Finish is sweet and fruity with a lingering spicy bitterness.

fajry (2082) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 19, 2017
Fľaša v Saltney. Jantárová farba, slabá biela pena. Vôňa sladová, sladká, karamel, bobulové ovocie. Chuť sladká, ako cukríky, karamel, jemná trpkosť. Dosť umelá dochuť.

Swaroga (2221) - Warszawa, POLAND - JAN 31, 2017
Brown, can-see-through with small to medium head. The first striking aroma is an off-flavour of cat piss and wet dog. Seams that not only they used old hops but managed to oxidise it as well. There are also some vomit like odours…. What the hell ! Despite all that, roasted bread, caramel, orange zest, flowers. Soft carbonation and mouth feel. I only took 2 sips, the rest goes to the sink.

Peaky (1) - Bath, Somerset, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2016 does not count
Great fruity taste with a punch. Lovely for a summers night after a hard days work.

dutchbeerpages (2439) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2016
The wrong sweetness for me. Also, i am allergic to liqourice root, not 100% sure if it has it but I am reacting.

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