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


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RATINGS: 239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Grumbo (3968) - Ipswich, 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.

iamnosuperman () - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2017
Basically this taste like a lemsip. It isn't the badger out there. I would pass on this one

HalfCutConnoisseur (2) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2017 does not count
This beer was quite a turning point for me. I was not a big beer drinker before I tried Poacher's Choice a couple of years back, before this beer I had only tried the likes of Peroni, which I found to be about as insipid as Robinson's lemon squash, but this beer made me realize beer was not just a bland and uncultured aperitivo to ultraviolence for knuckle dragging Wetherspooners, beer could actually be for discerning adults who were capable of things such as civilized conversation and joined up handwriting etc, I found beer could stimulate the palate like a glass of wine could and it was the first time I did not feel ill after drinking a glass of beer, I realised if you paid for a beer made by people like Hall & Woodhouse they were much more discerning about their craft and the experience could be a much better one. I still find this to be a lovely, dark and malty beer, ultimately it lead me to try lots of other quality beers, some good, some even better, but also absolute shockers (worst of all by far so far is 'Lech')! Highly recommended.

Davros IX (485) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2017
Bottle at home from Tesco. Deep dark colour in the tankard and a nice head. A strong aroma of malt, dark fruit and a hint of liquorice. The taste was all about the liquorice and I had cooled it perfectly so it had calmed down and was layered into the flavour. The mouthfeel was lovely and smooth and there was a definite tang from the alcohol. A nice beer, but very rich and you couldn't have more than one.

Muffie (1) - Forestside, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2017 does not count
Myself and my husband have been drinking real ales at lunchtime all summer and Poachers Choice is the best one we have found all summer such a shame we have been only just discovered it. Roll on next summer. Thank you

r.zyrtau (3) - - AUG 26, 2017 does not count
Sweet and mildly aromatic, licorice gives some interesting taste. Worth trying. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

vinivini (2994) - Gomel, BELARUS - AUG 23, 2017
Bottle. Dark amber colour. Clear. Huge frothy off-white well-lacing head. Sweet fruity smell. Massive berry jam. Minor starch. Medium body. Sweet estery taste. Lots of berries again. Burnt sugar. Pleasant still too sweet I guess. Light hoppy bitterness in ending in not enough for balance. OK

Calisky (3057) - ALSACE, FRANCE - JUL 31, 2017
Courtesy of jaghana. Ambrée, légère mousse. Nez fruits rouges, caramel cuit. Gout fruit rouge avec astringence et un peu glucose, bon corps, fin sur la confiture fruits rouges et biscuits.

Rasmus40 (21977) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2017
Bottle from Tesco, New Street, Birmingham. Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, light licorice and plum. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter.

Dbcwi88 (42) - 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 (1096) - 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.

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