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


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RATINGS: 237   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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john44 (3048) - 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)

ALLOVATE (3003) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 4, 2011
One I’ve been enjoying quite often of late so time to rate it!
Into a pint just on cool. As translucent as polished crystal with sparse, intermittent carbonation. The body a deep, ruddy chestnut. A Houdini head goes up and disappears with haste to a thin pad of beige. The liquorice stands out on the aroma, with topsoil, plums and damp wood coming through. Quite earthy and raw with a little edge of heather and chamomile. Quite smoky in the mouth with a lot of charred wood, dowdy bitter woody herbs and more wood. Liquorice is subdued, almost background now, the damson more assertive. Good level of darker fruit sweetness balances out its mildly astringent malt (woody) swallow, the fruit also fills it out well. Aniseed builds as it goes, lingering long in the mouth. It tastes as though someone put a dash of Unterberg or Opal Nera in my Southern Brown Ale. At just 5.7% it packs quite a punch. Good meaty body to it (even as it’s pasteurised and filtered!), a soft spritzy mouthfeel with a long drop off. Interesting stuff, think I’ll have another! (50cL, BB 01/12, Thirsty Camel Butler)

jjsint (2993) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle at home. Part of a 4-pack gift ’sett’. Mid brown, translucent. Bit of white head and nice lacing. The aroma is composed very largely of plums - I’m not getting the liquorice but there is chocolate and honey as well. The taste is initially sweet, but far from sickly. Bitterness rises up to curb the sweetness, and the result is a long, flavourful sip. Aftertaste a bit too tangy for me. In conclusion, the best Badger ale I’ve had so far. Lovely.

joe19612 (2891) - 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.

Grumbo (2824) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - 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.

Kristall-König (2820) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - MAY 23, 2011
Fruchtig-süßlicher Geruch nach Waldbeeren. Süß-röstiger Start. Ab der Mitte wird das Bier malziger mit Noten von Waldbeeren, Erde und feuchtem Moos. Diese etwas merkwürdige Mixtur fließt bis weit in den Abgang,ja intensiviert sich hier noch. Leicht trocken-bitter abflauend. Eigenartiges Bier - aber auch nicht ganz schlecht.

Towey1989 (2695) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2016
Bottle. Pours a clear amber colour with a foamy off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, cola, damsun, some strawberry jam, slight liquorice and spicy hops. Taste of dark fruits, damsun, raisin, liquorice, some strawberry jam, subtle biscuity malts and spicy hops. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. A bittersweet, fruity, spicy hop bitterness in the finish. A very fruity ale, strongly of damsun and spicy hops. Quite rich and sweet but pleasant overall.

niquillis (2678) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2013
Bottle from tesco, Meir. Pours amber with lively off white head. Fruit aroma, a bit medicinal like cherry flavoured tunes. Weird, I'd like to try on cask though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

BrewBoxer (2632) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Bottle. Bland amber color. Hints of licorice and spice. Nothing overlky rememborable. Easy drinking, not strong at all

DeanF (2453) - Alberta, 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.

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