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


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RATINGS: 233   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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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
stravale (2934) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - APR 20, 2013
Bottle from Waitrose [160413]
Reddish dark amber, clear, frothy white head
Aroma of red berries, hint of strawberry, sweet fruits, some yeast, touch of fruit bubble gum, soft roasted malts, sweet caramel malts, artificial fruity notes
Taste of fruity brown malts, hedgerow woody hops, artificial fruits, bit yeasty, red berries, touch of minerals, little liquorice, rather odd flavour
Palate - Soft to medium carb, medium body, bit oily, little sticky, fruity soft bitter. Finish a bit dry, bitter English hops, bit of yeast on the tail
Overall - Its a mixed bag, come across as rather odd, bit artificial - my opinion of the beer lowered the more I had of it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kristall-Knig (2820) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - MAY 23, 2011
Fruchtig-slicher Geruch nach Waldbeeren. S-rstiger Start. Ab der Mitte wird das Bier malziger mit Noten von Waldbeeren, Erde und feuchtem Moos. Diese etwas merkwrdige Mixtur fliet bis weit in den Abgang,ja intensiviert sich hier noch. Leicht trocken-bitter abflauend. Eigenartiges Bier - aber auch nicht ganz schlecht.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joe19612 (2759) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjsint (2689) - 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 - Im 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 Ive had so far. Lovely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewBoxer (2613) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2010
Rugby red colour. Clear with a good white frothy head. Fruity aroma, a little sour with malt. Interesting flavour with rich fruit berries. Smooth texture of syrup.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeanF (2404) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markas101 (2385) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - 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 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dutchbeerpages (2373) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grima (2371) - Merzkirchen, RLP, 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!

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