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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john44 (3429) - 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)

Towey1989 (3341) - 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.

Davros (3310) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2012
Pours deep ruby with a small quickly fading head.
Nose shows confectionery-like grape notes, I suppose from the damson. There’s some faint liquorice and soft caramel too. Mostly just the grape/bubblegum note though.
Similarly fruity taste, very sweet and grape-like. Not much behind it.
Could use a little more carbonation.

stravale (3145) - Co. Westmeath, 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 - It’s a mixed bag, come across as rather odd, bit artificial - my opinion of the beer lowered the more I had of it

asheft (3111) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2009
Potent cherry/fruity aroma with come white grape and cranberry. Extremely fruity nose. Almost crystal clear, orangish amber with a lasting, eggshell coloured, thin cover. Very fruity flavour of cherry and sherry-like nuttiness and some liquorice. A bit rancidy with an unpleasant fruity sourness, with very low bitterness. Light to medium body, low carbonation, bitter fruit finish.

joe19612 (3106) - 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.

Calisky (3099) - 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.

vinivini (3079) - 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

ALLOVATE (3077) - 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)

bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2009
Clear browny red body with short lasting head. Fruity sweet nose even a little ginger. Taste is also sweet though not heavy, smooth mouthfeel and don’t really notice the alcohol.

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